With “The Walking Dead” Season 5 already halfway written, showrunner Scott Gimple has a surprising amount to tease about the upcoming season. He visited “Larry King Now” to field fan questions about the show, and many centered on the direction Season 5 would head in.
But Gimple’s most interesting answer came after a fan asked how long he thought “The Walking Dead” would run on the air. Unlike shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones,” Gimple foresees “The Walking Dead” constantly reinventing itself and its cast, much like a soap opera.
“All TV shows end, but I do think it’s possible that it could go on and on and on,” he says. “I think if it went 10 years, if it went longer than that, it’s possible that the cast — considering the amount of deaths on this cast and everything else — after 10 or 12 years, it could shift into a whole new cast.”
That might be disheartening for fans who want “The Walking Dead” to have a clear course set before it, but exciting for people who enjoy being along for the ride. As for Season 5 teases, Gimple did imply that episode 1 will pick up right from Season 4’s cliffhanger ending.
“I’m not going to tell you definitively one way or another, but I would say it would be very difficult — because it was such a cliffhanger — to skip over what happens next; right next,” he says.
He also says Season 5 will feature another romance (don’t get too excited, Darol or Dareth fans, he probably means Sasha and Bob) and that the next season will be a “remix” of the comics. As for Morgan’s hoped-for return, Gimple says, “I am so determined to make that happen by hook and by crook, I can say definitively yes. There’s time and tide that can get in the way.”
“The Walking Dead” Season 5 is expected to premiere on AMC in October 2014.