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'The Walking Dead' season 5: 800+ zombies in mid-season finale, not for kids

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The premiere of “The Walking Dead” Season 5 is still more than a month away and we’re already getting antsy about the mid-season finale. If what Andrew Lincoln and Greg Nicotero said, according to the Sept. 1 Latin Post report, is any indicator, the whole season won’t be something Mom and Dad want to watch with the kiddies.

Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, the de facto leader of the little band of survivors, warns the season isn’t for kids. "We're really earning our rating this season," he said. "There are families that watch it together, but just so it's on the record, guys, it's a grown-up show this season."

We’ve heard other cast members talk about how grisly this season will be or about how they were surprised at what they were filming and that it would even be allowed on TV. Executive producer Greg Nictero gives us some indication of what to expect.

"I can tell you that in the mid-season finale that we just finished shooting there were upwards of 800 walkers for just that episode," he said. "I haven't done the tally yet for this season, but being out in the world it's a little trickier to avoid zombies. When you're in the prison, you have a safe haven. The zombies aren't so much of an everyday occurrence, whereas in this season we're out in the world at some point so they're there."

To put his comments in perspective, Season 4 had a total of 9,000 zombies total. That makes 800 in one episode an incredible amount.

Robert Kirkman, creator of the comic book series as well as executive producer and writer for the show adds his own teaser about Season 5 of “The Walking Dead.” "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, so you're very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we're going to take you on," he said.

Nicotero also hinted that fans should watch for a ‘subtle’ tribute in the first episode. It’s a "little more subtle, and this time it's not necessarily a zombie," he said, adding, "We hit certain milestones from the comic book that are tailored to our show and our characters, and certain storylines that we see in the comic book we will see in various places through Season 5."

"The Walking Dead" Season 5 premieres on AMC on Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. We’ll keep you posted on updates as we get them.

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