Fans can expect big changes for season 5 of “The Walking Dead” if showrunner Scott Gimple is to be believed. That’s what he said in an interview reported on International Business Times on April 25. Changes effect cast, locations and tone of the series.
Regarding tone and location, Gimple says the show had one vibe during the first 8 episodes of season 4 and a very different vibe during the second 8 episodes. The first 8 of season 5 are going to be “Very different again.” He says the show will have a different tone and going forward it will have a different practical reality.
Some of this will be achieved through shifts in location throughout the season. In describing the tone of the season, Gimple said it would be “very, very, very intense.” Though he loved the way the second half of season 4 turned out, it has always been the plan to take the show in a different direction for season 5. We’re about to have one of those big shifts, he says.
We can also plan to see more of with Alanna Masterson (Tara) and Christian Serratos (Rosita) who have been promoted to series regulars. Also promoted to series regular is Andrew J. West who plays Gareth, the leader at Terminus who just had our friends locked in a boxcar.
On the subject of Gareth, show creator Robert Kirkman says the dynamics between he and Rick are going to be interesting. He had this to say:
“Seeing Gareth and Rick and the people of Terminus and our survivors go head-to-head is going to be interesting. There is a very deep, dark and storied history to Terminus and how these people came to be that will be revealed in season five.”
Perhaps we will see the first half of season 5 play out at Terminus and then the group might spend the second half on the road. They are supposed to be heading to Washington D.C. at some point. According to The Stir, the group might end up at the Alexandria Safe Zone for the season 5 finale. If they are going to stay more or less true to the comics, they will have to move along soon. Otherwise, Chandler Riggs will age out of his Carl Grimes character.
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“The Walking Dead” will air season 5 on AMC sometime in October 2014.