With “The Walking Dead” about six months away from airing the season 5 premiere, it seems like a good time to stop and assess what we know about the characters, where they are and what lies ahead. In that vein, Cinema Blend shared a review of the series on April 28 that proves most interesting. Adding what we’ve gleaned recently, here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season 5.
Don’t make plans for October
AMC said last fall that “The Walking Dead” would return for season 5 I the fall. Scott Gimple will once again be at the helm. It is expected to premiere in October but a firm date is not yet available.
How did season 4 end and where are all the characters?
When season 4 ended, Rick and his party had followed the train tracks, just like everyone else was doing to reach Terminus, the advertised sanctuary where "those who arrive, survive." Many believe Terminus is the home of the cannibals from the comic book series but that has yet to proven either way. Once there, they were captured and imprisoned in a boxcar. They were preceded by another group from the prison, also in the box car. So far, that means Rick, Carl Michonne, Glenn, Tara, Abraham, Rosita, Eugene, Maddie, Bob and Sasha are all tucked in that train car.
Beth had been kidnapped several episodes back and hasn’t been seen since. Carol and Tyreese, toting baby Judith, were on their way to Terminus but hadn’t arrived yet. According to Wetpaint, Emily Kinney, Melissa McBride and Chad Coleman, who play Emily, carol and Tyreese respectively, haven’t reported in for work in Georgia yet. The cast went back to work earlier this month. If these three aren’t there yet, it suggests they may not be part of the season 5 premiere.
Where will season 5 pick up?
Larry King asked that same question of showrunner Scott Gimple in a recent interview. Keeping his answers tight-lipped, Gimple did say the show would pick up right where it left off. He also said that season 5 will have more action than season 4. Fans will find out what happened to Beth and will get to see another romance, besides Maggie and Glenn. He did say Morgan would return but not necessarily in season 5.
King also asked, with that many alpha males in the boxcar, will there be a power struggle? Gimple’s answer was, not in the boxcar but it’s a good question for later in the season. So Rick will be in charge for a while yet but it doesn’t mean he will stay there throughout season 5. Drawing from an AMC video where the cast and crew talk about season 5, fans should expect it to be "explosive," "messy," "brutal" and "thrilling."
Which cast members will be returning for season 5?
Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carol), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Emily Kinney (Beth), Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), and Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (Bob) should all be back. Additionally, Alanna Masterson (Tara), Christian Serratos (Rosita) and new arrival Andrew J. West (Gareth) were recently promoted to series regulars. Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) and Josh McDermitt (Eugene) were made series regulars just prior to the last batch.
Who will die next on the show?
This is impossible to speculate about. If the series had closely followed the comic books, it would be much easier to answer this. However to keep us just a little off balance, the television series has opted to veer off the comic book path a time or two. The producers have said no one is safe; any character could be killed off at any time. There have been some surprising deaths on the show to be sure. There really is no way to know who will die next in season 5.
Filming is getting underway and spoilers, photos and clips should be heading our way in a few weeks. We’ll do our best to keep you posted as information becomes available.