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'The Walking Dead': Executive producer Tom Luse talks season 5

Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" is almost here and as fans get ready for another season, the cast and crew start to discuss the show more candidly. On Aug. 13, AMC posted an interview with executive producer Tom Luse. He talked about season 5, zombies in general and working on the show.

Walker with executive producer Tom Luse on set of "The Walking Dead"
Walker with executive producer Tom Luse on set of "The Walking Dead"
Courtesy of Gene Page/AMC

Luse said that "The Walking Dead" is a 52-week job for some people. Sometimes preparing the season happens before the previous season is over. When traveling, they prepare for new locations, which requires some work. They have to have the sets and locations look similar to how it would really look after the world has been shut down for a few years. He compared it to making a period film.

Luse has worked on other horror productions, such as "Jeepers Creepers" (the first as well as the sequel.) However, he says he is actually a romantic comedy type of guy. As a child he would get scared watching horror movies and said he was the kid that hid behind the seat during scary movies. Even though he is a lightweight, he admits it is a lot of fun and it has given him a real appreciation and understanding of the genre.

As for the biggest lesson working on "TWD" has taught him, Luse said it is to appreciate their fans. They have an opportunity to go on an amazing journey with the characters and that is only because the audience wants to know the story. He stated,

"It’s such a great honor to have so many people like our show. We want to make sure we give back to that audience everything that they deserve."

Luse added,

"The relationship between our show and our audience is an incredibly close one. Everyone both in front of the camera and behind the camera feels that way."

As for "The Walking Dead" season 5, the most challenging thing has been the journey, especially at the beginning of the season. What is interesting, Luse said, is that the scale of the world that the characters are living in is something they haven't done before. Viewers will see many aspects of what has been happening the past few years that hasn't been revealed before.

Finally, what would Tom Luse do if a zombie apocalypse actually happened? He said that he would just travel to the Isle of Capri in Italy or go to the Georgia coast. He commented,

"There are lots of horses, cows and pigs so it’d be good."

"The Walking Dead" season 5 premieres on AMC on Oct. 12.