It's been at least a week since I've done a round-up of the latest Walking Dead news, so gather 'round, zombie fans, and behold the intriguing teases dropped by creator Robert Kirkman. He's been hammering on the same theme for a while -- specifically, how intense the first episode is going to be -- and he got pretty specific about what we can expect with the Terminus revelations. Plus, I found some commentary from Steven Yeun on those pesky death rumors, and a photo of Daryl Dixon that's guaranteed to raise your heart rate ... in one way or another.
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In an interview with EW, Kirkman reiterated how the show will start out with a bang rather than a whimper:
In our first episode, it’s very much going to focus on the story of Terminus. There’s a lot of big revelations that haven’t really come out that I think people are gonna be pretty startled by. There’s a couple other revelations that I think people might’ve gotten a little bit of a lead on. We’ll definitely be defining those in some cool ways and confirming some theories and shooting down others, which is very exciting. But I think the coolest thing about coming back to season 5 is that we really hit the ground running. What I mean by that is that we very quickly deal with the situation that we left them in — this trapped, victim situation where they’re kind of at the mercy of the people of Terminus. We really kind of expand the story from there very rapidly, so I think this is going to be a pretty fast-paced season with quite a bit going on. News is already out that Seth Gilliam has been added, and we’re bringing in new characters like we always do, and I think season 5 is going to be our best season yet. I think when people finally see the premiere, they’ll see what I’m talking about.
I love how they basically say the same things over and over: best season yet, first episode's going to kick ass, don't worry we won't leave them in the boxcar all season, etc. But he also slipped in a little tease about Terminus. My read is that the Terminus citizens are definitely cannibals like we all suspect, but there's another twist to their story that comics readers won't see coming.
Kirkman will neither confirm nor deny that Seth Gilliam will play Father Gabriel from the comics, even though Gilliam's been photographed on set in a priest collar:
He’s playing a character that’s very integral to the future of The Walking Dead. Who he is is possibly a very large hint to where the story is gonna go, if you’ve read the comic book series. So, we are playing that as close to the vest as the spy photos will allow, but all will be revealed very soon.
In the comics, Father Gabriel helped Rick find the cannibalistic Hunters, since he was familiar with the area. He also protested Rick's violent retaliation against the Hunters, so maybe that's what Kirkman is hinting at -- an upcoming moral divide?
Let's switch over to Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn. Yeun has joined the throngs of cast and crew singing the praises of the premiere episode:
I remember a couple of scenes I would look over at what was going on in the scene and I would be like, ‘What the eff? What are we doing? How is this legal?' It's grounded and real, too; it's not like torture or gore for no reason. It's literally, that is what would happen and we are trying to show it. It would not work on network television, let me tell you that.
No pressure, Walking Dead, but after all this hype, the first episode better be like "The Grove" and the Red Wedding scene got married and had a really traumatic TV baby.
When asked to comment on the rumors of Glenn's death, Yeun reportedly "took a deep breath" before answering:
Ugh, I mean. Sometimes it's rough, I mean sometimes it's awesome. We will see what happens, yeah.
No way did such a seasoned cast member just accidentally confirm he's been killed off. I'm thinking this response virtually assures us that Glenn lives.
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Last but certainly not least, here's a season 5 photo of Daryl, unveiled by EW:
Now that's interesting. Who's got Daryl in their personal Red Room of Pain? And is this scene related to whatever we're seeing in AMC's sneak peek of their Comic-Con poster, which shows Michonne in handcuffs?
What do you think is going on with Daryl in that photo? And what's your call on Glenn: is he dead meat, or will he survive season 5?
Image via AMC