The Walking Dead only finished a month ago but producers at its network AMC are not going to let you forget about it that quickly. The most recent season had been criticised as being slow paced, boring and even accused of losing its touch with viewers compared to previous seasons.
However, AMC are are already armed with reasons why you should tune in when the show returns.
Scott Gimple has been tight lipped about the next season but huge hints such as Carl, played by Chandler Riggs, stating he hasn’t seen any scripts yet that hint at his character meaning a gruesome end.
Also Gimple is not one for dancing around the subject when it comes to killing off favourite characters, and had this to say during a recent interview:
‘Well, that isn’t this show. I mean, it’s a bummer, but nobody’s too important to kill off. I’m not thrilled to say that, but it’s just the nature of this show. Anybody can die, anybody will die, and my goal is that it not just be for shock value and that it serve the story. People might last a good long time, or they might be taken tomorrow. And the speculation of all of it — I try not to pay too much attention to that, because it’s really important that we just serve our story. People are thinking that we’re killing too many people, that we’re not killing enough people. I’m just trying to tell the story’
So is this a hint that our beloved hero Daryl Dixon may die? Or that Michonne, whose back story viewers have only just come to learn about, may meet a grisly end? I guess we’ll have to see, but in the meantime, check out what Gimple had to say about season 5:
‘I guess I can say, from a vibe point of view, the first eight of Season 4 were one thing, the second eight were something very different. These next eight are going to be something very different again. Things are just going to have a much different tone and a much different practical reality moving forward. The season has a number of shifts of location, and even of the tone. But the tone for most of the season is very, very, very intense. [It’s] going to be very different from the last half-season, and I loved the last half season, but it was always planned out in my head that there would be these big shifts, and we’re about to have one of those big shifts’
It’s good to see that the show isn’t going to follow it’s weak last season. Gimple has also promised a darker, more intense season so I think it’s safe to get excited again.