You'd think with The Walking Dead being off the air, we'd eventually run out of things to speculate about, right? Like at some point I'd think about writing yet another Walking Dead article and I'd just be like, dude, you've churned out like 70 billion blog posts about one television show in the last couple years, maybe it's time to re-evaluate your life choices. But I can't stop, because the cast and crew keep teasing the upcoming season. And since there's nothing on TV these days -- seriously, I've been reading books at night like some sort of animal -- they know exactly how easily distracted we are. It's either theorize about where The Walking Dead is going or listen to people argue about Ebola victims coming to the U.S., and I don't know about you, but I CHOOSE ZOMBIES.
Anyway: here are the very latest teases and hints from Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd, and executive producer/director/special-effects makeup guru Greg Nicotero.
Hurd first confirmed what's been reported before, that season 5 will pick up right when 4 left off. She says we can expect at least some of season 5 to be located somewhere other than the Georgia wilderness:
We like the fact that we are going to be changing it up with urban settings, suburban settings.
I'm all for that. I feel like everything's scarier when you see evidence of the apocalypse. As for upcoming events, there will be two main storylines:
We always have one sort of overarching arc, but there are distinct natural ends to particular arcs that fall during the midseason finale and pick up again in the midseason premiere.
Not everyone is going to be on board with the D.C. mission:
If you think about it, there are going to be optimists, there are going to be pessimists, there are going to be people that think going back into an urban setting is going to be very dangerous, because we've seen that many urban settings are essentially the City of the Dead. I don't think the debate is over yet over what's a good idea and what isn't.
As for Daryl's potential romance interests, Hurd considers it a no-win situation:
Daryl's interesting because there are the people who want him to hook up with Carol, there are the people who want him to hook up with Beth, there are the people who never wanted him to hook up because he's got to save himself for them. Regardless of what we do, I don't think we're ever going to make anyone happy.
But she admits that he's the one she'd snuggle up to if the world came crashing to an end:
I do know if there is a zombie apocalypse, I want to be on the back of his bike. That's what I know.
Greg Nicotero was asked point-blank if the scene of what appears to be a nod to the comics means bad (very, very, very bad) things for Glenn:
I can say I’m glad you caught that. And that your intuition ... I can’t say. I can’t say. I can say that it’s in the trailer for a reason.
Hmmmm. Well, without delving too far into comics spoiler territory, let's just say there's a really awful moment involving a villain, a baseball bat, and Glenn. So it's interesting Nicotero is teasing us that this moment is in the trailer for a reason:
My gut feeling is that the crew is really enjoying the speculation that Glenn's going to die, and they're playing it up -- but in reality, Glenn's going to survive. Still, who knows?
Finally, here's how Nicotero describes the next season in a nutshell:
Definitely in season 5, Rick will be questioning what it is that you have to do to protect the people that you love, what you're willing to do. And it's really about survival. I think that the one word that would describe season 5 is “survival.”
What do you think Nicotero meant when he said the Glenn scene is in the trailer for a reason?
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