With Rick and company safely locked away in the train car “A” at Terminus at the end of season 4, fans are focusing on what season 5 will bring in the way of escape, action and story lines. Showrunner Scott Gimple, who recently appeared on Larry King, was quoted by Hypable on April 21 as saying there would still be character development but more action. The producer also shared a few spoilers, so be warned!
He also talked about the potential longevity of the show, saying it was uncertain if the comic would end but all TV shows eventually come to an end. He could, however, see “The Walking Dead” going on for 10 or more years. Given the frequency with which cast members are killed off though, he believes by then the show could have an entirely new cast.
Gimple also confirmed that Lennie James would be reprising his role as Morgan but the timing is still in question.
When the series picks up again in October, Gimple says:
“The show every eight episodes reinvents itself. Like this last half season we focused on all these different characters, before that there was a different structure where we had a couple of different big stories crash together. Action, intensity, there’ll still be the character stuff there, but the balance is going to be a little different.”
When King asked if the show would incorporate some light-hearted moments, here’s what the showrunner had to say:
“Yes, absolutely. I want to represent the whole of human experience. I don’t want to show just horror and misery, because if you just do that, it doesn’t mean anything. You need the light. You need humanity. You need love. You need friendship. Because those are the things that you’re trying to maintain amidst these horrors, and when you win, that makes the victories that much more sweet, but when you lose, it makes things that much more dark.”
The Latin Times added that a new character, 17-year-old Burton will be a new ally. Burton lost his leg but doesn’t let that get in his way. He is reportedly infectiously positive, too. He should be an interesting addition to the show. Seeing as Emily Kinney as Beth Greene has been confirmed for season 5, perhaps Burton will be a love interest for her, too. You may remember that prior to the season4 finale, Beth was kidnapped and hasn’t been heard from since.
“The Walking Dead” will return to AMC in October with season 5. Check back often for more news, updates and spoilers on our favorite zombie show.