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.

THE WALKING DEAD: Walk With Carl

The return date for the second half of season four of THE WALKING DEAD is not far off, and the first official poster for the return leaves no doubt about where the focus is going to be.

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I, for one, will be glad to see Carl (played by Chandler Riggs) assuming a larger role on the show. It appears that the show might hew somewhat closely to the comic book storyline after the prison disaster: Carl had to nurse Rick back to health in an isolated cabin.

I like Carl and the way the character has been developed on TV. I don’t understand the fan animosity directed at the character. After all, it’s not like he’s Lori!

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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THE WALKING DEAD 4.1: “30 Days Without an Accident”

TWD41About six or seven months have passed when the season four premiere reintroduces us to Rick and the denizens of the prison. In that time, the original tiny group has integrated the survivors from Woodbury and formed a quaint little farming town with a ruling council, organized work forces, lots of plants in buckets — and an army of the undead itching to get inside and eat everyone.

A lot of this introductory episode is devoted to establishing the new status quo and updating viewers on where all the regulars stand. Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) are still a couple — and no, she’s not pregnant — while Daryl (Norman Reedus) has become a celebrity around camp and possibly Carol’s (Melissa McBride) official boyfriend. Beth (Emily Kinney) does have a boyfriend — a new guy named Zack (Kyle Gallner). Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin) have settled in as important members of the team.
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New BBC Series Promo: IN THE FLESH

Starting this fall, AMC won’t be the only place to find zombies on the small screen. The BBC is getting in on the undead craze, and it’s released a hilariously awesome new public service announcement to promote the new BBC Three series In The Flesh.

The new show finds Britain in the wake of a zombie outbreak. But instead of survival horror, a la The Walking Dead, this series will follow the social and political ramifications of reintroducing domesticated zombies back into the populace.

Sure, it’s kind of weird, but it could be awesome. The premise has a lot of potential, and the series will follow a zombie trying to find his place in the (undead) world. It seems like it could be a spin on those vampires-living-in-society tropes, as zombie Kieren (Luke Newberry) fights the urge to eat brains on a daily basis.

THE WALKING DEAD Finds Someone New To Run the Show

gimpleAMC’s gruesome zombie hit, THE WALKING DEAD, has its new showrunner for season four. Now on its third boss in four years, it appears the job of TWD honcho has a shorter life expectancy than Mensa member in closet full of zombies.

Scott M. Gimple will take the reins from outgoing showrunner Glen Mazzara when production on the fourth season begins May 6. “I’m a huge fan of the comics, and started with the show on the other side of the set, as an avid viewer,” Gimple enthused. “Over the past two years, it’s been an incredible privilege making such great television with the best cast and crew I’ve ever worked with — I can’t wait to make some more.”

Series creator Robert Kirkman said, “Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two.”

In addition to Gimple’s promotion, producer Tom Luse and co-executive producer/special effects makeup supervisor and director Greg Nicotero have been elevated to executive producers.