Way back in the “Dead, White & Blue” marathon, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) said the group has to be so resourceful and so brutal to get of Terminus, and we’ll “see members of the group that didn’t even know they were badass get to be badass.” So we were already expecting some low-key players to step it up — and we got a hint of that in the Comic-Con trailer with a flash of Eugene (Josh McDermitt) standing on a fire truck hosing down walkers, and Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) speaking up for the group in Gareth’s (Andrew J. West) face.
Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd shared another tease at Comic-Con that sounded like it was in the same ballpark — of new players taking the stage in unexpected ways. Gale talked to IGN about the 30th anniversary of Terminator, and at the end of her chat she dropped some hints about Season 5. “I think we’ll be challenging our characters again, because it is a world in which the stakes are life and death,” Gale said, “but they’re life and death every moment of every day. You’re never safe, and you’ll see them pushed to the limit. And characters that haven’t necessarily had to face those ethical and moral decisions will have an opportunity to see what they do when they are.”
Innnnnterrressting. Well, we know Carol (Melissa McBride) faced some tough moral decisions last season (Karen, David, Lizzie) and we saw what she did with them and how others reacted to her calls. In the previous season, we saw Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) quick decision to shoot that Woodbury kid and how his argument for its necessity differed from Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) take that it was too far. And we saw how Rick (Andrew Lincoln) went from trying to make peace with The Governor (David Morrissey) to killing a guy in a bathroom to biting a guy’s neck right off. You could say Tara (Alanna Masterson) was also challenged with ethical/moral calls, as the first one to agree to The Governor’s storm-the-prison plan, but also the one who chose to loyally follow Glenn (Steven Yeun) in his single-minded quest to find Maggie (Lauren Cohan). That was her penance.
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.