'Walking Dead' Season 5 Premiere Spoilers: 5 Big Reveals

Walking Dead season 5 premiere

Who else is completely geeked that The Walking Dead premiere is ALMOST HERE? I feel like I’ve been writing about this show all summer, probably because I have been writing about the show all summer, and after all these months of teases and hints and maybe-spoilers I cannot wait to sit down and actually see what happens on Sunday night.

I’ll be recapping the Walking Dead for as long as anyone cares to read the posts, so please check back here on Sunday night for my rundown of the opening show of season 5. In the meantime, however, here’s the very latest news I can find on what we can expect (and hope) to see on October 12th. Get ready, because this episode sounds like it’s not pulling ANY punches.


The first scene will blow us away. At this point I’m slightly leery of the hype surrounding the premiere, but here’s what E! has to say about the very first moments of the episode:

The opening scene of Sunday's The Walking Dead premiere is probably the most terrifying thing ever to air on television. Ever. In the history. Of television.

WHAAAAT. Oh come on, it can’t possibly be that scary. OR CAN IT? Oh man, they definitely got my attention with that little claim.

The biggest danger will be people, not zombies. From a Forbes writer who’s seen a screener:

Sunday’s season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead begins on a note that’s couldn’t be more different from the season 4 opener.  It’s dark and gritty and intense. There’s nary a flower pot in sight. Hope? That’s a girl’s name. But this grim moment is just a starting point. Rick and his merry band are no longer simply trying to protect a little plot of land from walkers and usurpers. Instead, they’re heading toward something. What? That’s not clear yet. What is clear is that the biggest danger they’ll face will come not from the undead, but from the people they’ll encounter along the way.

It sounds like he’s talking about the Terminus citizens, but check out what creator Robert Kirkman has to say about that

Gareth isn’t the biggest threat. And the cannibal storyline may not be what we expect. Kirkman:

The only hint that I’ll really give you is that there’s a lot of ground covered in our first 8 episodes, so I would say without a doubt that Gareth is far from the only threat, quite possibly far from the biggest threat, and there’s quite a bit on the horizon. (…) one, wouldn’t it be crazy if (Terminus) didn’t turn out to be cannibals, since everything seems to be going that way? And two, all I’ll say is this season is following the comic book storyline pretty closely, possibly closer than we ever have before, and there’s a very popular, familiar storyline in the comic books that happened immediately following the exodus of the prison and it is entirely possible that we will be touching in some way on that very popular storyline.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think Terminus IS eating people, but first and foremost they’re doing something else, like maybe medical experiments that are related to whatever facility is holding Beth.

The big questions from the season 4 finale will be answered right away. Kirkman again:

(…) by minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered and five or six more have been presented. People wanting to know who the people of Terminus are, what they eat, whether or not our group gets out of the train car, where certain characters are that weren’t in the train car — you’re going to have a pretty tight five minutes of adventure to watch there that is going to reveal quite a bit. We haven’t ended the season on a cliffhanger before. This is really our first season ending in a cliffhanger. As a viewer, one thing that I really hate is when you leave something on a big moment and have this big cliffhanger moment and then you take your time paying that off. Shows where there’s this big cliffhanger and then it’s the end of episode 2 or 3 before you get any real answers as to what we left you hanging on — we’re definitely not doing that. From minute one, it’s like, oh, this is what this was, this is what that was, here’s where these people are, here’s where this person is — so you’re very much going to be invested, well informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on.

In other words, do NOT miss the first minutes of the premiere. Get your bathroom business and snack preparation taken care of well in advance.

Rick may not have a beard. Apparently Andrew Lincoln showed up to the show’s premiere without a beard, and here’s what he has to say about that:

I think I was quite clear on the red carpet that it’s one of three things: It’s either an extended flashback, I found a razor or I’m dead. I always knew that this season we were gonna need a bigger beard, but I had no idea the sort of shockwaves that being clean shaven would make.

I’m a pretty big beard fan, but I have to say, Andrew Lincoln looks sharp without one. Will Rick take some time for some manscaping during the apocalypse? Gosh, maybe Daryl will even wash his hair! … Nah, probably not.

Are you looking forward to the Walking Dead premiere?

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