The cast and crew of “The Walking Dead” is hard at work filming Season 5, but they took a break in late July to head to San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and deliver a first-look trailer and premiere date for the new season.
Zap2it spoke with executive producer Gale Anne Hurd at the convention before she headed back to continue shooting Season 5, episode 7, and she shared some teases of what’s in store this year.
Season 5 picks up right where Season 4 left off. “It’s the first time we haven’t had ‘and months pass,'” Hurd says. “I think the fans would have gone crazy if we’d picked up and they’re cohabiting in peace with the Terminans.”
The residents of Terminus are so significant that they have their own nickname. “It’s certainly a very key component,” Hurd says, “especially as we call them alternately the Termites or the Terminants.”
Season 5 gets out of the woods. “We like the fact that we are going to be changing it up with urban settings, suburban settings,” teases Hurd.
There will be two story arcs again in Season 5. “We always have one sort of overarching arc, but there are distinct natural ends to particular arcs that fall during the midseason finale and pick up again in the midseason premiere,” she says.
Not everyone is cool with heading to Washington DC. “If you think about it, there are going to be optimists, there are going to be pessimists, there are going to be people that think going back into an urban setting is going to be very dangerous, because we’ve seen that many urban settings are essentially the City of the Dead,” Hurd teases. “I don’t think the debate is over yet over what’s a good idea and what isn’t.”
Don’t worry about Carol. She might not have had a big presence in the Season 5 trailer, but Hurd says that wasn’t an intentional omission. “If you are able to blow [the video] up, I think you’ll be able to see her, or at least part of her,” she says.
There won’t be much romance for Daryl, at least early on. “Daryl’s interesting because there are the people who want him to hook up with Carol, there are the people who want him to hook up with Beth, there are the people who never wanted him to hook up because he’s got to save himself for them,” Hurd says. “Regardless of what we do, I don’t think we’re ever going to make anyone happy.”
Season 5 will continue to play with the show’s structure. “There are still characters who are separated,” Hurd notes. “Sometimes what we do is we cut from one separated group to another within one episode, and sometimes we keep an episode entirely focused on a smaller group.”
Expect more big deaths in Season 5. “It wouldn’t be ‘The Walking Dead’ without some tears. And no, I’m not going to say,” Hurd teases.
Hurd is Team Daryl. “I do know if there is a zombie apocalypse, I want to be on the back of his bike. That’s what I know,” she says.
“The Walking Dead” Season 5 premieres on Oct. 12 on AMC.