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The Walking Dead seems to be taking its most direct approach ever with its key art this time around. The AMC drama's new poster for Season 5 shows off Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes holding a very big gun, looking armed, dangerous and ready for anything next to the words "Hunt or Be Hunted." "Hunt" seems like one way to put it. This is a kill or be killed world now, and Rick Grimes has not chosen the latter in seasons past.

Typically, The Walking Dead Season key art shows a full-bodied Rick standing or on the move in some way. Take Season 4's poster for example:

Season 4

That was Rick standing by the torn up gates of the prison. The Season 3 poster also had Rick standing outside the prison, and in that one he was guarding it. Meanwhile, Seasons 1 and 2 were of Rick heading into the city and heading into the country respectively.

So it's interesting to see such a close-up shot of Rick Grimes' face. But maybe that's the point. Because, well, look at his face...

Rick's face

That is a man you really don't want to screw with. And some people may be learning that lesson the hard way when Season 5 kicks off. We are anticipating a brutal first six minutes after all. When Season 4 left off, Rick and most of his people had been corralled in a railroad car by the inhospitable people of Terminus. All signs point toward more conflict there when Season 5 resumes.

Who will be hunting and who will be the hunted? We'll find out soon enough!

The Walking Dead returns for Season 5 on Sunday, October 12 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC.

Key art photo credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC.

If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check out the thrilling Walking Dead Season 5 trailer after the jump...

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