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'Walking Dead' first look: New key art and premiere photos

One of the many zombies for the upcoming season of "The Walking Dead."
One of the many zombies for the upcoming season of "The Walking Dead."
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"The Walking Dead" has gotten its poster for the season, or "key art," and AMC released it on their media site Tuesday. They've also posted some photos of the cast in distress from the premiere episode of the new season, as well as some scary walker photos.

AMC has released its sesonal poster, or "key art," for Season 5, along with some premiere episode photos.
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The key art features Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) holding a gun in the woods with the caption, "hunt or be hunted." If you'll remember from last season, almost everyone was definitely falling in the "hunted" category at the end, as most had found their way to Terminus, which promised salvation but delivered something different altogether.

The episode photos released so far feature a gagged and bound Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Daryl and Rick peeking out of the box car where they were last trapped, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeung) and Daryl together in a shot where we can't see anything in the background, and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) holding baby Judith. There are also some solo shots of Rick, Tyreese (Chad Coleman), and several walkers.

There's still a long way to go to the season premiere October 12, but fans have been speculating on who would survive and who wouldn't since the closing credits of last season's finale. The show's creative team have always said that no character is off limits to be killed off, and they've reinforced that point many times throughout the series, killing beloved characters from the original cast, as well as later additions.

One of the most recent major characters killed off was Herschel (Scott Wilson), devastating fans of the show and the characters themselves as he had been the voice of fatherly reason for everyone, not just his daughters. It will be interesting to see if any of the other characters can take up the reins as the moral compass of the group the way Herschel did.

Or maybe this will be a season where utter chaos reigns, even more so than usual. "The Walking Dead" Season 5 premieres October 12 on AMC at 9 p.m. ET.