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Dead Appears on EW Cover; Greg Nicotero Teases Season 5

This week, The Walking Dead shows up on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, while Greg Nicotero teases Season 5 to The Huffington Post, Access Hollywood and Cinefantastique. Plus, Uproxx says the new teaser trailer for Season 5 is “sufficiently frightening.”

Entertainment Weekly puts The Walking Dead on four collectible covers this week and learns from Robert Kirkman that “By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered, and five or six more have been presented…”

The Huffington Post interviews Greg Nicotero, who teases, “We hit certain milestones from the comic book that are tailored to our show and our characters, and certain storylines that we see in the comic book we will see in various places through Season 5.” Access Hollywood also talks to Greg Nicotero, who says that he kept one of Hershel’s heads and gave another one to Scott Wilson.

• Bloody Disgusting spotlights a new 10-second teaser for Season 5. thinks “it makes things look pretty threatening for Rick Grimes and company,” while Uproxx calls it “sufficiently frightening.”
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Filming of The Walking Dead Season 5: Back to an Urban Area! (VIDEO)

Carl Grimes, Michonne, and Rick Grimes Walk in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 15: “Us” When The Walking Dead first began several years ago the epicenter of the drama was in downtown Atlanta (remember when Merle was handcuffed to a pipe on the roof of that office building?) but slowly we moved away from the city to Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) farm, Woodbury, and for the first half of last season, the prison.

As we left things at the end of Season 4, much of our group was locked inside that Terminus train car, but we’ll know they’ll be getting out soon or later and it sounds like we might be headed back into ATL.

In a new video from AMC, TWD location manager Michael Reilly discusses recently shooting a Season 5 scene in Atlanta proper. “We have moved back into an urban area, during the week, on a business day. It’s a big logistical nightmare.” However, whether or not this means our survivors are headed back to Atlanta or Atlanta is going to be made to look like another locale remains to be seen. They have to begin the journey to Washington D.C. sometime…

xplaining what goes into shooting any scene, Michael says, “You gotta get the proper permits to shut the streets down, there are notifications that you have to do, you can’t just show up. You have to give people fair notice that you’re coming.”

It may be a pain in the ass, but it’s an important part of the TWD magic. “To us it’s about controlling where we are,” Michael points out, reminding us that the post-apocalyptic landscape has a very distinct look. “Everything has to be trashed and burned out. We have to dress everything.”

And when the TWD cast and crew need to shoot in a specific location, it’s common for them to shut down the area a block or two around where they are actually shooting, partly because of safety concerns and not wanting to spoil anything for the viewers. Production designer Grace Walker notes, “Some of the security factors that come into place are when we’re filming in towns, cities, or wherever crowds can gather. It becomes difficult for locations.”

In order to protect the cast, crew, and plot, production routinely puts up tents around the set. TWD may be a massive production that lasts from July to November each year, but Michael prides himself on the fact that he and his staff always take the community into consideration when filming. As he puts it, “There’s not a location that I haven’t been to in my entire career that I could not go back to and shoot again.”

Are you surprised that shooting TWD is such a hassle? Happy we’re headed back into an urban area? Watch the complete video and then weigh in below!

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

‘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.’


‘Walking Dead’ Goes Inside Hershel’s Death in DVD Bonus Clip (Exclusive)

On AMC’s The Walking Dead, Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) passing represented the death of civilization.

That’s how showrunner Scott M. Gimple views the pivotal scene in one of the many bonus features on the show’s upcoming season four DVD and Blu-ray.

In the exclusive bonus commentary, seen exclusively above, producers, including Gale Anne Hurd, and stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and David Morrissey (The Governor), break down one of The Walking Dead‘s most shocking deaths yet.

“Just as [Rick] thinks it’s all lost, he sees Hershel with a kind of serenity on his face,” Lincoln explains. “As soon as it happens, there is no way back.”

The scene, Hurd explains, provides the key moment in the season when Rick realizes there is no negotiating with The Governor anymore.

“He has to become that violent leader again,” she says in the clip.

The commentary is one of the scores of bonus features included on the season four DVD and Blu-ray sets, on sale Aug. 26. The Blu-ray features extended episodes of pivotal installments “After” and “The Grove.” Featurettes include going inside the making of the show, The Governor’s return, scores of deleted scenes and audio commentary with producers and stars including Norman Reedus, Wilson, Danai Gurira and Lincoln. Also included in the set is the not-safe-for-work alternate season finale ending, which Lincoln says he fought hard to air.

Check out the trailer for the limited-edition Tree Walker set below. And in case you missed it, check out The Walking Dead‘s season five trailer here and more analysis of what may be coming here.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Spoilers: Find Out Why Hershel Will Return In Midseason Finale!

Rick and Hershel

Rick and Hershel before the group lost the prison in the war against the Governor and Hershel ultimately lost his life in the Season 4 midseason finale. AMC

The Season 5 premiere of “The Walking Dead” is fast approaching, and with an October premiere date set, the first trailer revealed at San Diego Comic-Con, fans are more eager than ever for news and spoilers! That’s why when “The Spoiling Dead Fans” reported some news on recent cast sightings fans heads almost exploded, especially considering that cast member was Hershel, and he was “Walking Dead.” (See what I did there) But seriously, the website filled with spoilers and filming news revealed that multiple fans reported seeing actor Scott Wilson, who portrayed the heroic and stoic Hershel Greene on the series before his untimely death, leaving his daughter Maggie and Beth to fend for themselves amidst a zombie apocalypse.

The post stated, “Multiple confirmations of Scott Wilson aka Hershel being on set today! Now why would he be there……….death anyone?” The post is referring to the series’ tradition of hosting “death dinners,” normally when a major cast member is killed off of the series, the cast and crew reunites and enjoys a meal to send off their fallen actor or actress. The death dinner theory could be correct, obviously Scott Wilson’s arrival on set makes fans excited, but the timing is also right for a major character death. The day Scott Wilson was reported to be on set was the same day that “The Walking Dead” was filming Season 5 Episode 8, the highly anticipated midseason finale. The Season 4 midseason finale was the exact episode where Hershel ultimately lost his life, but not to zombies instead in a war against the Governor and his new army. However, TWD show runner Scott Gimple did make reference to changing up the formula for episode sequence this season. In an attempt to keep fans on their toes, he stated that he has resisted the urge to fall into a predictable pattern when producing new episodes. So does that mean no death in the Season 5 midseason finale? Possibly.

Another possible explanation for Scott Wilson’s arrival on set in Georgia could be a flashback. Fans have seen flashbacks before most notably with Lori’s return after her death giving birth to Judith. Lori’s ghost or flashback haunted Rick in the prison for multiple episodes. While Hershel isn’t necessarily the haunting type, it could be possible for him to return in dreams or visions to any number of current cast members most specifically Beth, Maggie, Glenn or even Rick.

What do you think of Scot Wilson’s return to the “Walking Dead” set? Do you think he is their for a death dinner of another major character, or could Hershel be returning to the zombie apocalypse in a flashback?