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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Spoilers: Michonne Will Have ‘A Lot Of Ferocity,’ Will She ‘Move Away’ From Being A Warrior? [VIDEO]

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Spoilers: Michonne Will Have ‘A Lot Of Ferocity,’ Will She ‘Move Away’ From Being A Warrior? [VIDEO]

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It looks like Michonne will have a lot to deal with in the next season of The Walking Dead, which will cause her to show some massive intensity.

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On Sunday, Entertainment Weekly posted an interview with Danai Gurira who plays Michonne on the series. Her character will apparently struggle on the inside while having to worry about moving into different paths.

“She does yearn for something more stable in life,” the actress said. “She really believes that Carl needs something more stable than where they are and what they have been experiencing, but also she’s very committed to what has to be done. She’s a woman who does what has to be done, so that involves a lot of ferocity.”

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This sparks up some questions on how far Michonne will go to do the right thing. Odds are likely it’ll involve violence and bloodshed since that’s one of the biggest trademarks of the series. But this could also involve heartbreak and tragedy; either way, Michonne is going to have to stay strong.

“It is a very interesting arc that she is on in terms of how is that going to show itself,” Gurira said. “Is she trying to move away from how much of a warrior she is? But will the world allow that?”

Only time will tell at this point what Michonne’s next battle will be and how that will affect the aspect of the series.

The Walking Dead Season 5 is set to premiere on Sunday, October 12 on AMC.

The Walking Dead Reveals New Character Portraits

On the heels of yesterday’s new covers, EW has revealed a series of character portraits exploring the cast of “The Walking Dead”. Check them out below!

Based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, Season Five of “The Walking Dead” premieres Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT. It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.


The Walking Dead Season 5 Is “Grown-Up” — See Characters Beaten and Bloody on Entertainment Weekly Covers (PHOTOS)

Season 4 of The Walking Dead may have started with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) listening to his iPod as he tended to his garden and doted on his (soon-to-be-deadly) little piglets, but Season 5 is already proving to be an entirely different beast. Farmer Rick is long gone, and considering that he and many of the others were locked in a train car at Terminus when Season 4 ended, we’d say that’s a good thing.

Rick, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) with Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) are featured on four different covers of Entertainment Weekly for the publication’s September issue, and although the covers are wonderfully bloody and brutal in their own right, it’s what the cast and producers have to say inside the pages of the mag that has us really intrigued.

Credit: Photo via Entertainment Weekly Photo: Daryl Dixon on Entertainment Weekly’s September 2014 Cover

According to Andy, for example, TWD Season 5 is more mature than ever before. “We’re really earning our rating this season,” he explains. “There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys — it’s a grown-up show this season.” In other words, put the kiddies to bed before you settle down to check out Season 5. If Rick’s bloody-knuckled EW cover is any indication of what’s to come, we’ll take Andy’s word for it.

And while we’ve grown accustomed to time jumps between seasons of TWD, executive producer Robert Kirkman once again assures us that won’t be the case this time around — we have to see how everyone busts out of that train car!

“By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered,” Robert reveals, but it true TWD fashion, it’s not that simple. He continued, “and five or six more have been presented, so you’re very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on.” Oh RK, we’ve been ready since the Season 4 finale last March!

Check out all of the TWD Entertainment Weekly covers below — also including several faces of Daryl Dixon, an armed Maggie and Glenn, and a many-handed Michonne — and tell us your thoughts!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Credit: Photo via Entertainment Weekly Photo: Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene on Entertainment Weekly’s September 2014 Cover

The Walking Dead Season 5: Is Tyler Williams Joining the Cast?

Even though it’s a show set after walkers have seemingly overrun the earth, it’s pretty standard for new faces to be added to The Walking Dead cast year after year. Sure, the majority of our survivors ended last season trapped in a Terminus train car, but it’s only a matter of time before they get out and we have no idea what or who they’ll find on the other side.

If the latest casting rumor is to be believed, Tyler Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) has joined the cast for Season 5. The Spoiling the Dead Facebook page notes that Tyler managed to land a role on the hit AMC drama and has been on the TWD set for several weeks now. What’s more? Tyler’s Twitter account seems to indicate that he’s currently in Atlanta and there are photos of him on set from not too long ago seemingly filming with Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon).

Other eagle-eyed fans seem to have spotted Tyler in the TWD Comic Con trailer that was released last month. It’s a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, but a guy who looks an awful lot like Tyler can be clearly seen followingBeth Greene (Emily Kinney) out of the prison (or whatever that foreboding place is) at the 2:47 mark. Get a closer look via the still on the left.

If that is Tyler’s character running behind Beth, then we’re glad to know he’s filmed with Norman in the past and was spotted filming with Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee), and Danai Gurira (Michonne) earlier today, August 26. If Tyler’s character has somehow met up with members of the former Team Prison then there’s hope for Beth too, right? Right, Scott Gimple?!

While all signs seem to indicate that Tyler is somehow involved with TWD Season 5, we’ll likely have to wait until after the October 12 season opener to be absolutely sure. Do you think Tyler was cast in TWD Season 5? Feel free to share your thoughts and theories below!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: Spoiling the Dead

‘The Walking Dead’: Greg Nicotero Looks Back On Season 4


“The Walking Dead’s” Greg Nicotero isn’t just the show’s wizard of blood, gore, goo and walkers.

The Executive Producer also steps in to direct the show on occasion, including several pivotal episodes from last season – including the Season 4 opener, “30 Days Without an Accident.”

Season 4 just dropped on DVD and limited edition Blu-Ray (with a spooky tree walker case), and to promote the release, Greg took time away from working on Season 5 (and texting “Simpsons” quotes to showrunner Scott Gimple) to share stories from behind the scenes with

PHOTOS: ‘The Walking Dead’: Behind The Scenes Candids The show was in your hands a couple of times last season as a director. Which one was actually the hardest one for you to do, from a director perspective, in Season 4?
Greg Nicotero:
They were all different, which was kind of fascinating about it. The first episode, which was called ’30 Days Without An Accident,’ was challenging because we had the biggest effects sequence that we had ever done, which was the zombies raining through the broken ceiling and the helicopter crashing down on top of our people. That sequence came as a direct result of a conversation that Scott and I had about Season 3, where we said, ‘Listen… the threat of the walkers needs to remain relevant.’ In Season 3, by the end, it seemed like people moved very easily between Woodbury and the prison and the zombies really felt like less of a threat, so Scott and I had a conversation about that and then I got the script for the first episode and it literally had this elaborate sequence where we put our heroes instantaneously in the middle of a zombie herd, and that was really challenging.

We had three days to shoot that scene, and I storyboarded every single shot and went with visual effects and practical effects and we were dropping dummies through the ceiling and it was quite an elaborate sequence and I was really proud of that. But you couple that with the quiet moments of Rick meeting Clara in the woods, and then talking about the things that we’re able to come back from, the things that we do, so you go from a great, fantastic [walker] scene to this really intimate moment where she can’t go on and she kills herself and Rick is kneeling next to her, listening to her whisper how her life ended, so I just love [that] our show gives you those moments. So that was a tremendously challenging episode.

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And then, Episode 9, which I directed, was probably the closest adaptations to one of the comic books that we’d ever done, you know, when they leave the prison and Carl is with Rick who is on death’s doorstep, after having been beaten by The Governor, [and it] brings Carl into a whole different light, where he has to discuss with his unconscious father that he doesn’t need him alive anymore. … And then of course, Episode 15, it was really about setting up the finale, the reuniting of Glenn and Maggie, the Darryl seduction by the group of claimers, so each one of those episodes was vastly different and challenged me in different ways.

Access: Fun question: who got to keep Hershels head?
That would be me. Matter of fact, when we did the episode, we had done a life cast of Scott and I made a second head, which I gave him. I didn’t give him the chopped up gory version. We had it with the shoulders on and it’s made out of silicone and it has glass eyes, and all the hair is touched in, individually, one and at a time, so I gave one of them to him, because I thought he would want one.

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When we lose characters on the show, it’s really a horrific moment. I’ve been on the phone when [Scott Gimple’s] been pitching episodes and he’ll get to the point where he’ll say, ‘And this is when Michonne kills The Governor.’ I’m like, ‘Yes! Finally. He’s such a despicable character. I want to see him get his due.’ [And Scott goes], ‘And right before that, he kills Hershel.’ And you sit there going, ‘How can I talk him out of it? How can I talk him out of killing off this great character?’ And sadly, you step back after five minutes of digesting it and you go, ‘Well, it serves the story.’ None of our character deaths are done really for shock value. They’re done because they serve the story. In Season 4, the entire season is really about Hershel bringing Rick back from the brink and teaching him that what’s most important is the future of his children. So Hershel teaches Rick to put down his gun, and to learn how to be a provider for his kids and Hershel’s death propels Rick into this much darker place where he almost dies and then in the interim becomes this savage personality. But, you asked me a very light question and I just went to that dark place again.

Access: I interviewed Scott [Wilson] the morning after that episode aired – he’s so nice and genuine and I know how much people on the cast not just love him, but really respect him and admire him.
Scott’s the kind of actor, who, you shoot a scene – he would show up on set, even when he wasn’t shooting, just to watch and when I directed him, there was a scene in the first episode of Season 4, where he gives the watch back to Rick — I can’t remember the exact moment, but it was something where later, he pulled me aside and said, ‘You directed the scene where Glenn gave me the watch, so it’s come full circle.’ And he’s so smart about that stuff and you know, he would walk up to you and go, ‘I was watching you direct that scene last week and damn, if you didn’t get a great performance out of that person,’ or, ‘Wow, you just brought it to a different place.’ So Scott is… his global view of the people around him is really fascinating to me because he really loves what he does and I had dinner with him about two weeks ago, and we sat down at the table and we were drinking some wine and kind of bullsh**ing and it’s like, what shows do you, where a year after that character has been killed off, that you still miss them that much. I saw Jon Bernthal and Sarah [Wayne] Callies at Comic-Con and we all got together and had a glass of wine and drank it. [Actors], when they leave our show, they leave a hole and it’s hard to fill those spaces with new and different characters because you feel that loss, and with Scott, it wasn’t just the loss of Hershel, it really was the loss of Scott Wilson too.

Access: Does that make you want to think more about flashbacks or visions as you’re looking at Season 5?
Well, listen, it’s a device. I love that device, because I like being able to go back and play with those characters again. So, it’s certainly something that our show can do and it can do it well and this season finale last year, we [got] to see Rick and Hershel on the farm again and you [got] to see the beginning of Hershel’s efforts to transform Rick and it’s great and I love those moments and I love having a chance to see Hershel again. A really funny story… when that episode where Hershel aired last year, the weekend after Thanksgiving, Scott and his wife had come to my house for Thanksgiving dinner and there were 20 or 25 people there. Scott was sitting next to me and at one point, somebody had said something about the ‘Talking Dead,’ and I said, ‘Oh, I think Scott’s gonna be on Sunday night’s episode,’ and he kind of just slowly looked at me, and then slowly looked away and I knew that what I said didn’t give anything away, but it sort of reminded me, like, ‘Oh, that’s the episode where he dies.’ So, of course, on that Sunday night, when he got killed, my two kids and my wife looked at me and they’re like, ‘He was just at our table on Thursday! How could you not have told us?’ They were originally upset at me that I hadn’t told them that he was dying.’