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'The Walking Dead' season 5 filming update

On May 12 Wetpaint Entertainment posted updates about the filming for the fifth season of "The Walking Dead," the AMC drama that follows a group of survivors in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. The new season began filming last week and the new sixteen episode season is expected to air in October. Some of the groups are still separated, but filming has started primarily at Terminus, although scenes are shot out of sequence.

Emily Kinney
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The series is filmed just south of Atlanta and many cast and crew members arrived in the area in late April. Most of the episodes have been written and the new location of the Terminus is filmed at an abandoned train depot. Fans of the series have been able to get pictures of actors like Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Steven Yeun and Andrew J. West hanging around the set.

There have been scenes shot outside near the train car that Rick and most of the prison group were put in during the season four finale. Also, a big herd of walkers was seeing lurking around the fences and it's possible Rick and the others use the walkers as a distraction to escape the train car. Filming was also moved inside, where locals were warned that they would hear explosions related to filming.

Fans have reported that they heard screaming like people were being tortured, which supports the idea that the citizens of Terminus are cannibals or the place is the opposite of a sanctuary. Norman Reedus, who plays crossbow wielding Daryl Dixon, was seen on set with a black eye and cuts on his face. It seems Carol will finally arrive at Terminus, since McBride was filmed standing outside the fences scoping out the new safe haven.

Last Wednesday, the International Business Times posted more updates about the new season, including tweets from show runner Scott Gimple which indicate that filming officially started on May 5. One tweets hints that Greg Nicotero, a makeup and special effects artist, will direct the first episode of the season. Nicotero previously revealed that he cannot confirm or deny which episodes he directed, although he helmed several last season as well.

The fifth season will also introduce a new character that will also be a series regular, but details about the role of being kept under wraps. The new role will be played by actor Seth Gilliam, and the character is described as having two sides to himself. Fans have speculated that the character is Father Gabriel Stokes, a preacher from the comic books who possibly kidnapped Beth from the funeral home last season.

The sixteen episode season is scheduled to premiere in late October and run through spring 2015. A spinoff series which will be set in the same world but with different actors was also given the green light for development and production earlier this year. The AMC series continues to break ratings for AMC and is one of the most watched dramas on television in the past decade.

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