For a series that's awfully careful about how it reveals upcoming show details, The Walking Dead's producer/showrunner Scott Gimple was unusually forthcoming in an appearance on Larry King Now over the weekend. Naturally, he didn't give away anything super-critical, but he did answer some questions fans have been curious about -- including whether or not we can expect to see Morgan again, and an INCREDIBLY tantalizing tease about Daryl Dixon's future love life.
If you'd prefer to remain entirely surprised by what's coming in season 5, read no farther!
Gimple explained that the show will take on a new direction when we return to our survivors at Terminus:
The show every eight episodes reinvents itself. Like this last half season we focused on all these different characters, before that there was a different structure where we had a couple of different big stories crash together. Action, intensity, there’ll still be the character stuff there, but the balance is going to be a little different.
Larry King asked if there would be more action in season 5:
The story that we’re telling demands it. We’re not going to shy away from character, but the balance will be a little more towards action.
Gimple added that there would also be more humor/lighthearted moments to look forward to:
I want to represent the whole of human experience. I don’t want to show just horror and misery, because if you just do that, it doesn’t mean anything. You need the light. You need humanity. You need love. You need friendship. Because those are the things that you’re trying to maintain amidst these horrors, and when you win, that makes the victories that much more sweet, but when you lose, it makes things that much more dark.
As for the longevity of the show, Gimple says he hopes it last for many more seasons:
As a TV show, all TV shows end, but I will say I think it's possible that it could go on and on and on. I think if it went 10 years ... if it went longer than that it's possible that the cast, considering the amount of deaths on this cast and everything else, after 10 or 12 years, it could shift into a whole new cast.
I can't quite imagine The Walking Dead with entirely new characters, but I guess it's been done before -- for instance, ER ran for over a decade by incrementally swapping out the cast.
Gimple also says that we can expect to see Morgan again, although he won't commit to when:
I am so determined to make that happen by hook and by crook that I can say definitively 'yes.' But there's time and tide that can get in the way.
If you're having a hard time remembering Morgan, he's the guy who helped Rick in the first season, then we saw him again in season 3 after he'd lost his son and had fallen into a sort of grief-induced psychosis:
It'll be really interesting to see how they bring him back. Maybe it'll follow the comics story, where he reunites with Rick in Kentucky as the gang heads toward Washington, DC, with Abraham and Eugene. And if it's anything like the comics, Morgan's mental state won't exactly be improved.
Last but not least, this is what Gimple said in response to being asked if Daryl Dixon was ever going to find love:
I would say that Daryl has already found familial love. If you’re talking romantic love, I’m going to say, ‘I think so.’
He was also asked point-blank if there would be another romance apart from Glenn and Maggie in season 5, and here's his answer:
You know what? I’m going to say, ‘Yes.’
Ooooooooh. Does that mean Daryl? Or someone else, like Bob and Sasha? Personally, I'm gunning for a Daryl/Carol hookup.
What do you think will happen romance-wise in season 5? Do you predict a love interest for Daryl?
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