At this point, a spoiler alert for The Walking Dead season finale should barely be necessary, but if you wandered in here without having seen the final episode of Season 4, consider yourself warned regardless!
The video below has the cast and writers of The Walking Dead offering some teases about what's ahead for the series in Season 5. The words "explosive," "messy," "brutal," and "thrilling" are among the conversation...
"We don't know who anybody's gonna be by the beginning of Season 5," Danai Gurira says in the above video, speaking of the evolution of the characters in The Walking Dead. Character evolution was sort of a theme for the series. Granted, any good drama should include character evolution, but the emphasis on the mindsets of the characters was particularly noticeable in the second half of Season 4, as we saw the characters separated and trying to find each other and make their way to Terminus. But what does this tell us about Season 5?
The most exciting bit of speculation likely centers on Rick. "I would pretty much guarantee that we're going to see a completely different Rick Grimes in Season 5," Greg Nicotero says. "One who just is willing to do anything and would never question any motive or any decision. He just goes into it head first."
Andrew Lincoln talks about how his character was trying to repress a part of him that's in himself. It seems like he gave up that fight in the Season 4 finale. When it came down to it, watching his son attacked and likely knowing he had nothing to lose by fighting back, Rick let go and he fought back. And after head-butting Joe and then using his teeth to rip the man's throat out, there really was no turning back. The question is, how will that affect who Rick is going forward as a man, a father and a leader? If we look at where Season 4 left off, it's not like Rick Grimes has the opportunity to shuffle off somewhere and sulk. His people are locked in a train car in what is obviously a very hostile situation. They don't know exactly what they're up against yet, but they know they're outnumbered and out-armed.
As The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd points out, this new situation is different from situations Rick's group has dealt with in the past. These new people aren't putting up a facade of being peaceful, as the Governor did. These people showed their cards right away. Whether or not they turn out to be cannibals -- signs point toward that being the case but it wasn't actually confirmed in the finale -- we know these people have sinister motives. Because you don't welcome a bunch of people and then stuff them into an abandoned railroad car unless you're bad.
So now we're left to wait and see how Rick and his people will fight back. Executive producer David Alpert says this group is battle-hardened and ready for anything. And it's true, it's not just Rick who's been through some stuff, particularly this season. So it should be very interesting to see how these characters get out of this situation. "We know that there is no way it's not going to be an explosive beginning to Season 5," Lauren Cohan says. And Andrew Lincoln adds to that with, "It's gonna be messy. It's gonna be brutal. It's gonna be thrilling, how these guys get out of this scrape."
How many more months until next October?
Find out what Andrew Lincoln had to say about choosing raw chicken over beef for the Joe scene in the Walking Dead Season 4 finale here, and read our breakdown of "A" here!