Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” has been filming since May and although the show won’t air for months, the producers have released a “Greetings from the Set” video that includes comments from the cast and crew. CBS News shared the video on July 2 and in it, Co-Executive Producer Denise Huth warns that season 5 is “incredibly action-packed and bloodier” than any of the preceding seasons.
The behind-the-scenes video was released by AMC on Tuesday. It features mini interviews from the actors behind Daryl, Rick, Glen, Maggie and more as well as from some of the executive producers and other crew members.
Most of the comments seem to talk about the premiere, which we are all anxiously awaiting. While the comments themselves don’t really give away any season 5 spoilers, the video, available here and on YouTube, does show the cast outside the train car and often engaged in fighting or other physical activity.
Norman Reedus who plays Daryl Dixon said, “This is one of those scripts that every couple of pages, you’re like ‘Oh, my God!’ and you have to put it down for a second. You just have to think about it.” Now that’s intriguing. After all the characters have been through, it seems like nothing should be that surprising anymore. Chad L. Coleman who plays Tyreese agrees. “After I read 501 [season 5 episode 1 script], I said, ‘Wow!’”
Andrew Lincoln who portrays Rick Grimes said, “It’s the most ambitious first episode I think we’ve attempted.” He later added, “It moves like no other premiere we’ve ever shot before and if this is anything to go by for the season, I think it’s going to be the best season yet.”
"This episode is so disturbing," said Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie. "I mean, some of the stuff they shot yesterday, I don't know if it'll make it to TV."
About Season 5 on the whole, Lincoln said, “A lot of people are trying to work out where they belong in the group this season. It’s very much a season about hierarchy.”
Cohen is pleased with the writing on the show even going into Season 5. “I’m always amazed at the evolution of the writing and of the show and of the characters and how it feels so fresh all the time.”
Huth explains, “If the scripts we have so far are any indicator, it’s incredibly action-packed and bloodier than anything we’ve ever done before.”
Season 4 finished off with the group, minus Carol, Tyreese and baby Judith, locked in train car A at Terminus. We’ve all seen the shot of Rick peering out of the train car and from the clips in the sneak peek video, it is clear the group will be out of that train car early in the episode. More action, more blood, more zombies…we can hardly wait!
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