The fifth season of The Walking Dead is set to be more intense than ever, and now fans have been treated to yet another promo, which reveals even more of the action from the new series.
The latest trailer includes footage that shows Gareth saying, “I just hope you understand we didn’t want to hurt you,” before Rick Grimes gets dark, threatening to kill someone and whispering, “No matter what anyone says, no matter what you think, you are not safe.”
Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick, spoke to TVLine about what fans can expect from the upcoming series. “The band is back together,” he said, explaining that Season 5 finds the survivors reunited at Terminus.
The band is back together, but for how long? (The Walking Dead/Facebook)
“All of these people have had really different journeys to Terminus, and, as a result, they’re different people than they were,” added showrunner, Scott M. Gimple.
“It’s decidedly more intense than coming back to high school after summer vacation.”
And with the season four finale leaving the gang locked inside a train car by a bunch of cannibals, Scott promises that the beginning of the premiere will feature “the most intense six minutes” in Walking Dead history.“’It gets very intense very quick, very terrifying very quick,” he revealed.
The bond between Carol and Daryl has turned out to be one of the most unexpected joys of “The Walking Dead,” at least given that we never anticipated the two characters having this great dynamic, and they’ve turned out to be one of the best parts of the entire series.
Unfortunately, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the two characters together now, given that Carol’s banishment by Rick happened in the first handful of weeks into season 4, and the two did not run into each other while on the road. Carol is still out there with Tyreese, trying to work her way back to Terminus.
When the two characters do run into each other once again, the one thing that you should expect is for their history together, and what happened with the banishment. Per showrunner Scott M. Gimple’s interview with TVLine, both Rick’s move and Daryl’s reaction to it “does have weight” on the story still, and “will be felt throughout the season … It’s part of their history. And they haven’t seen each other since it’s happened. So there will be a catching up to that fact.”
Hopefully, whatever happens between the two will not upset the apple cart that is their relationship too much, since their rapport cannot really be replicated at all. Unfortunately, those wanting a romance may still be waiting for a little while. Based on Gimple’s response to the whole “is Daryl gay?” speculation, it doesn’t sound like the show is looking to explore a physical relationship for the character in the near future.
Still, are you looking forward to actually seeing Daryl and Carol on the screen together at the same time again?
On Tuesday, TV Line mentioned that someone on the show will be coming out of the closet and it will be a male. There’s no word yet on which male or when it will happen, but it can give fans something to think about for a while especially since Daryl is likely out of the picture.
“We know all sorts of things about the characters that we haven’t revealed,” showrunner Scott M. Gimple said. “[But] we’re not holding back information on Daryl’s sexuality as any sort of big reveal. The fact that there’s still a question as to what Daryl’s orientation is in Season 5 absolutely speaks to Daryl’s character.”
Gimple went on about the type of person Daryl is, and whether or not he ends up leaning towards a specific gender, he’ll likely be opening himself up more either way.
“He is a very guided, very closed-off individual in a lot of ways,” the showrunner said. “We have been able to see him ever so slowly open up and show the other characters aspect by aspect as to what makes him tick. That’s been a very satisfying journey for all of us on the creative side to portray. [And] he’s still on that journey.”
The Walking Dead Season 5 is expected to premiere on Sunday, October 12 on AMC.
Quite frankly it has been severely played out. We get it Daryl or someone may (or may not) be gay. The truth is we are over it. I cannot tell you how many emails and replies I get here at The Walking Dead Update complaining that every other article has to do with who may be gay.
You should have played the Beth and Daryl story out a little more. At least then you may have kept people’s interest a little longer, and who doesn’t love a romance? If that were for some unknown reason not feasible (this is after all fiction), then playing off the chance of his death will have worked just as well.
It’s like a dog with a bone…it just would not let it go. You received a ton of exposure (positive at first), but that ship has sailed. People are sick of hearing about it. So it’s time to put up or really just shut the hell up about it. Let me let you in on a little secret, ‘ sometimes people are gay’. WOW, what a revelation that must have been.
If it was a just a publicity blitz, good on you. Yet I’m not sure the response will be positive anymore. If it’s just a stunt, you played it out way too long! The novelty has worn off!
So you AMC execs it’s time to let the cat out of the bag, or just admit there was no cat to start with. We are your fans, WE make the show, not you. We are not your pawns to move as you see fit just to see what happens. It’s time to come clean, the show is almost on and we have waited long enough. Hell, it’s not like it would be a world ending spoiler. Think of it as a gift to all your loyal fans…plain and simple!
I hope this was not too harsh, but I have readers to answer to as well. AND let’s be honest, it really is time for the truth!
A few weeks ago, ‘The Walking Dead‘ fans found themselves faced with the question of Daryl Dixon’s sexuality, after vague quotes from series creator Robert Kirkman addressed potential for the crossbow-wielding warrior to be revealed as gay. We had a fairly hammy response to the idea, but now showrunner Scott Gimple stepped up to deliver his own thoughts on Daryl’s ambiguous sexuality, promising a separate gay character to come in season 5.
While many outlets failed to even properly source the origin of Kirkman’s quotes on the the matter, TVLine followed up with showrunner Scott Gimple for a bit of clarity on Daryl’s potential love life, and whether or not we’d see the possibility addressed in season 5. Gimple wouldn’t explicitly confirm either way, but seemed reasonably adamant that the character’s sexual orientation wouldn’t be used as any kind of surprise twist:
We know all sorts of things about the characters that we haven’t revealed, [but] we’re not holding back information on Daryl’s sexuality as any sort of big reveal. The fact that there’s still a question as to what Daryl’s orientation is in season 5 absolutely speaks to Daryl’s character; he is a very guarded, very closed-off individual in a lot of ways.
We have been able to see him ever so slowly open up and show the other characters aspect by aspect as to what makes him tick. That’s been a very satisfying journey for all of us on the creative side to portray. [And] he’s still on that journey. This is a character who is going to continue to grow closer to the other characters, [and] let his guard down, and let them see just who he is, in every way.
Gimple at least confirmed that the issue of Daryl’s sexuality wouldn’t be addressed this season, in the process revealing that a new gay male character would appear on the AMC horror series before long. And while we’re speculating based on Robert Kirkman’s comics and the AMC drama’s timeline, it seems plausible that said character could be Alexandria scout Aaron (or some remixed derivation thereof), who tailed Rick’s group after their encounter with “The Hunters,” before offering potential inclusion in the walled “Safe-Zone.” Just a theory, mind you, but one with at least some set support (spoilers).
Hopefully Gimple’s words will put the current crop of speculation on Daryl’s sexuality to rest, considering the vague, click-baiting nature of the initial articles, but what do you think? Do Gimple’s words put anything about the character in perspective? Check out all you really need to know about ‘The Walking Dead’ in our recap below, and tell us what you want to see when season 5 premieres on October 12!
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