WALKING DEAD Poised for a Bloodbath

ricks5As THE WALKING DEAD shambles toward its fifth-season premiere in October, star Andrew Lincoln wants us to know that no one should be considered safe; death could be waiting for any of the major characters:

It is an inevitable part of this show. It’s one of the great things, I think, that you have real jeopardy for favorite characters. It won’t be without its share of death this season.

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A Peek at WALKING DEAD Season 5

rickin5Although THE WALKING DEAD doesn’t return until October, AMC doesn’t want you to forget about Rick and crew, so this image from season five filming has just been released.

Let me carry water for AMC: When last seen, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of our friends were trapped in a cargo container by the cannibals of Terminus, but the caged Rick was rallying his ragged troops to bring the pain to their captors.

Get Psyched for the Return of THE WALKING DEAD

This video clip features the producers and several stars of THE WALKING DEAD talking about the new status quo and the challenges facing the survivors of the prison when the fourth season picks up again in just a few weeks.

It looks like our friends are widely scattered and mostly alone — however, Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) are still together. How will Beth (Emily Kinney) handle being alone for the first time? It seems a little surprising that Michonne (Danai Gurira) seems to be having trouble being alone again. Did she become too domesticated at the prison?

THE WALKING DEAD returns Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. on AMC.

Forget Xmas — What’s Gonna Happen on WALKING DEAD?

rickcarlChristmas is over — so instead of cleaning up stray bits of wrapping paper or that tinsel ball the cat coughed up, or even finishing off the last of the eggnog, why not read about something completely unrelated to the holiday? And what could be less Christmas-y than THE WALKING DEAD!

You will recall that the fall finale left the prison in ruins after the Governor’s attack; the survivors were scattered after the battle, with the fates of many — including infant Judith — left unknown. A wounded Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) stumbled into the woods together.

When TWD returns in February, executive producer Scott Gimple hints that the father and son could be on their own for quite a while, leaving Rick plenty of time to moon over the loss of his daughter.

“[ Judith’s possible death] is going to hit him in a way that we haven’t seen before. If it’s just the two of them, [Carl is] going to have to step up quite a bit because circumstances are wildly different and a lot will depend on him in terms of them just surviving. They don’t have an awesome, dual-layer fence and brick buildings to hide behind. They’re out in the world.”

 

THE WALKING DEAD 4.3: “Isolation”

TWD4033Another episode of THE WALKING DEAD, another cliff-hanger that leaves us begging for more. Can Daryl, Michonne, Bob and Tyreese outrun thousands of walkers? Will the disease claim more lives? Will Carol kill again? Will Tyreese kill Carol in revenge?

There was a palpable sense of fatalism from almost everyone in the camp, whether Carol warning Rick that they may not see another sunrise to Glenn complaining that all he’s doing lately is digging graves. Everyone seems to sense the Grim Reaper just outside the gates. And why not, with the disease inside the fence? And, as far as anyone knows, a mad killer on the loose?
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THE WALKING DEAD 4.2: “Infected”

TWD40203Not even a week after I expressed my disdain for “contagion” storylines (while discussing SLEEPY HOLLOW) what does THE WALKING DEAD do? It plays the contagion card. And worse, it looks like this will be a major plot thread for the foreseeable future.

I just don’t buy into the inevitable course of infections in these storylines — the path of the disease is clearly dictated by storytelling needs. Somebody once said that we are much more forgiving of amazing coincidences in real life than we are in fiction, so it’s best to not put any coincidences in your story, but if you must, keep it to just one. And it’s always the most dramatically interesting people who get infected in these stories. It happens too often to be coincidence.
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