The return of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead may still be a ways off—season 5 doesn’t start until Sunday, October 12—but, as always, they’re making sure that we have a lot to talk about over the off season. It looks like Rick (Andrew Lincoln), the grizzled protagonist, is making strides towards becoming the character fans of the comics know and love, which you can see in this short new teaser. In a second clip, we also get to catch up with some characters out wandering in the wilderness. Another hot topic of conversation lately has been the sexuality of another character, namely everyone’s favorite redneck biker, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), and we’re learning why it is that we know very little about it.
The main difference between comic Rick and TV Rick is decisiveness. TV Rick has been prone to pussyfooting around, weighing pros and cons of various scenarios, while comic Rick is all about action. Not necessarily by choice, but in a world where the dead have risen and are trying to eat you, and where most of the people you encounter also want to kill you somehow, the situation often dictates that you make a decision and you make it now.