Earlier this week I posted a roundup of the latest rumors swirling around the Walking Dead season 5 film set, and today I thought I'd check in with what the cast and crew are saying about the new season. Speculating over on-location gossip is good fun and all, but I particularly like it when the show drops an official hint or two for the fans.
No one's spilling the Carl-sized pudding container on any precise season 5 details, of course, but actor Norman Reedus has been doing a bang-up job of raving about the storylines to come -- and creator Robert Kirkman has confirmed something rather specific about what we can expect in the first episodes.
Potential spoilers ahead!
Reedus recently talked with EW about his excitement for season 5:
These scripts are the best scripts so far, and I’m really just excited to be back at it. There are a lot of characters right now, so there are a lot of really different personalities on set. And it’s super interesting, everyone’s really bringing it. It’s so dynamic because it’s so fast-paced and so complicated. It’s great to be back. Everybody on the whole team is so badass right now. It’s interesting, because a lot of personalities are clashing, or characters’ personalities are clashing.
Reedus always seems so well-coached in the art of the promotional fist pump, doesn't he? He added that the new hardcore Rick is here to stay, which is good news for those of us who got REAL tired of seeing him mope around and hallucinate Lori, like she wasn't annoying enough before she was dead.
Yeah, we definitely have Rick back.
Creator Robert Kirkman has re-confirmed that the Terminus mystery won't be dragged out past the first episode:
There’s a lot going on with Terminus. In our premiere episode of season 5 we’re going to give a ton of answers of who the people of Terminus are, what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, what’s going on with them. And by the end of that episode you’re going to have a much better understanding of what’s going on with them and why they’re so important to the show. Oh, and Daryl dies.
Ha ha, good one, Kirkman! Ha ha. Ha. *choke*
Kirkman added that we don't need to worry about Rick and the gang being stuck in the train car for very long:
They definitely get out of that train car. They do not spend the entirety of season 5 in that train car. It is through ingenuity and creativity and somewhat savageness that they are able to make their way out of that train car.
Sweet! And for the comics fans, Kirkman assures us he's not planning to stop writing any time soon:
I’m still doing the comic and plan in doing it for many, many years. And right now the issues that we are doing as we speak is material that could be adapted into a season 10, 11, or 12 depending on how we adapt things. And we’re not stopping. So five years from now we’ll be doing comics that could be for season 15. Now, it’s unrealistic to think it can go for that long, but if the show remains successful, the potential is there for that ... All that said, I’m just hoping and praying we make it to season 7.
Despite all that material, the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff show will be completely unrelated to the comics. I'm not wild about spinoffs in general, but I'm definitely interested to see what Kirkman comes up with for those new stories.
So, how do you think they're going to get out of the train car?
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