Who's interested in some info about season 5 of The Walking Dead? Because that's what I've got today: some teasing revelations from the creator, and a few intriguing potential spoilers as reported by folks who are eagerly observing the filming location in Georgia.
Stop reading now if you aren't caught up on season 4, or you want to remain completely unsullied for the upcoming Walking Dead episodes. Otherwise, join me in speculating about what season 5 has in store for us.
Let's start with creator Robert Kirkman gushing about how great filming is going:
We’re doing new and different and crazy and exciting things and now I think the atmosphere is that we can’t wait until we can start sharing things with people and start showing things to people because we’re really excited about what we’re doing here. We think we’re making another magical season.
(Heh. Just once I'd like to hear someone say, "No one's getting along and the story sucks and we're all just feeling really negative about how it's all going to come together.")
Kirkman says they're trying to keep a lid on the action to come, specifically because of how the last season ended:
There’s been a lot more secrecy on set. Just because any images that get out of any kind of things that are seen do in a sense spoil that cliffhanger, so we’re trying to keep things a little more tight this time around. There’s always people crowding around where we’re filming and trying to get spy spots of what we’re doing and stuff, but for the most part we’ve been able to avoid that. This is the first time we’ve really finished a season and gone back to the same place for the next season, so that’s kind of cool.
Finally, for anyone who didn't necessarily love the pacing in season 4, good news -- Kirkman confirms season 5 will start out in high gear:
I think this show works best with a cycle or ramping up and ramping down, and lulling people into a sense of security and speeding things up and keeping them on guard. I will say that we definitely start this season in an up cycle, whereas last season we definitely started the season in a down cycle. So we’re certainly changing things up in that respect and we’re gonna kind of hit the ground running this season.
Okay, that was basically the same vague promise they make every season, so let's zero in on the "spy spots" Kirkman mentions. The Spoiling Dead has been sharing details from the show's filming location, with fans reporting explosions on set, sounds of "torture," and burned bodies:
We posted a pic the other day of the tanks picture here. They were making them look old and rusted. Kim has provided us with a video of the aftermath. The explosions heard were from these tanks. The burnt spots are charred body parts.
Here's a photo from the Terminus set:
That's pretty interesting. Either we're seeing the results of Rick's group fighting back, or, as Wetpaint theorized, it's a flashback to the Terminus origin story. That would go along with what the creator and showrunner has said about revealing Terminus's full story ("Who the people of Terminus are and what their deal is will be dealt with fairly quickly when we come back for Season 5," "The truth of what those people are about will come super quick"), and it seems too early in filming to be dealing with how Rick's group escapes.
Also, as Robert Kirkman has stated, the candle room we spotted in the finale has great importance to Terminus:
There’s a big story to Terminus. There’s a very long and involved way that Terminus came about, and that memorial is a big part of it. It’s what these people have lived through and what’s happened to them and what’s built them into what they are, which will be revealed in Season 5.
Maybe the burned bodies are former Terminus citizens, who are now memorialized in that room? Maybe we'll see an origin story that's so horrible and tragic it drove them to cannibalism?
What do you think the burned Terminus bodies are all about? Do you think it'll be a flashback story?
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