AMC has just announced the sixth season renewal of their hit series The Walking Dead. It was pretty much a given and not really a surprise to fans, but it’s nice to know there will be more next year. The Walking Dead returns to AMC in just under two weeks October 12th. What’s in store for our favorite zombie apocalypse survivors? These two new teasers might reveal a few hints.
Both teasers are set to the new music by U2. Yep that new album that everyone got for free on Itunes and a hell of a lot of people didn’t want. The story of how to delete that free album became a more popular story than the free album itself. Unsurprisingly Bono and company didn’t get much respect for the Itunes download without consent move.
Don’t let that stop you from checking out these two new teasers. This season looks to be bat-shit crazy.
We’ve got a spinoff series in development that is expected to hit television screens sometime in 2015, but there’s still no title, or even a working title besides Walking Dead Spinoff.
Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd who had some interesting things to say about season 5:
I know we’re going to go back inside the city, where you guys haven’t really been since season 1. Tell me about that.
The show has spent a lot of time in primarily rural settings. But you’re never going to find the cure to the zombie apocalypse in the sticks. Now with them embarking on a mission, they have to reenter what we call the City of the Dead. There are many cities of the dead that they’ll have to encounter to complete their mission. So not only does it make it more difficult because the number of walkers, but also there are more hiding places in which their human antagonists can lurk. So however stiff and difficult the stakes have been up until this season, now they’ve been raised even further.
I’m excited to see them get back bigger towns and cities. The zombies of The Walking Dead are much more dangerous in tight spaces where large numbers and trap and overpower survivors.
Okay, Gale, what can you say about the overall story or theme we’re looking at this season, or at least during the first eight episodes?
Well, certainly what we’re seeing is that Rick Grimes is accepting the mantle of leadership in a way that is unlike he’s ever done in previous seasons. And that tends to have a ripple effect, with his relationships across the board in this show. We’re also embarking on the most ambitious episodes we’ve ever done in terms of not only the action set pieces, but also the level of emotional weight that’s brought to bear on the characters.
Rick has needed to step up for a while now. I know he’s had some hard times and gone a little crazy for a bit with his whole “Stuff and things” episodes, but dammit Rick, man up like your boy Carl. What about the TERMINUS people?
What can you tell me about Gareth? What makes him dangerous, and what sort of role is he going to play?
Obviously, we made Andrew J. Wast a recurring player this season. His role as Gareth is essentially the leader of Terminus, and to be bolted into that position when you’re as young as he is shows that not only is he a very adept survivor, but he’s someone that has engendered the trust of people much older than he is. So clearly he’s perceived as someone who can keep them safe, who can be tough, but also someone who is going to protect the interest of the original Terminus survivors. And that means that he may easily come into conflict with Rick, who’s reassumed the mantle of our group of survivors. As well as the rest of our original team, given that they’re all very adept at survival now, too, and they’re not going to put the needs and desires of another group in front of their own. So how they’ll coexist I’m sure is going to be the crux of the drama.
OK, by now we all know that Rick’s group and the TERMINUS group come to some kind of understanding, but if that will hold through the season will be one of the major story lines that will have to play out.
What are you looking forward to the most? Daryl finding Beth or vice versa? (Gotta say that I don’t thin we’ll see Beth with her original group until the end of this season. Hurd has this to say about Beth:
Let’s get into that. There’s this situation where she seems to be separated from the group ever since she was driven off in that car. What can you say about the predicament that she appears to be in?
Well, she’s on her own now, The good news is that she has a huge desire, unlike she did when we first met her, to live, to survive, and to rejoin the group. But that may not be what the people she’s encountered have in store for her. Clearly, she’s got her hands full, as you can tell from the very last shot of the promo. She’s in a place where it’s not all sweetness and light.
There’s certainly a lot going on this season and while we’ll see most of the group back together again, I think it will be the season finale that puts everyone, everyone still alive that is, back together again and on the road to Washington.