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The Walking Dead: AMC Orders Spinoff Pilot, Surprising Absolutely No One

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The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-PromoGiven the popularity of the flag-ship franchise, this should come as no surprise, but AMC has officially ordered a pilot for the long-gestating spinoff of their hit zombie drama The Walking Dead. The pilot is scheduled to begin production sometime later this year, but aside from that there’s no word on locations or casting or any of the usual stuff that might give us an idea about the plot.

Since its beginnings in 2010, The Walking Dead has been a huge hit, and has been the number one television show for the coveted 18-49-year-old bracket for the last two years, and it’s already stunning popularity is only increasing. It still maintain that this was as much of a surprise to the network as it was for the rest of us, otherwise why did they only order six episodes for the first season.

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The Walking Dead’s Newest Promo Proves No One Is Safe, Especially Not You

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Readers, you know better than anyone just how impressed we are with AMC’s The Walking Dead, which is to say, only sporadically impressed in between bouts with boredom. But we’ve got hopes stacked on top of cars stacked on top of hopes that Season 5 will be the no-holds-barred season that they’ve been touting since Season 4 came to a close. Everything in the new promo teaser above certainly makes it look like fans are in for an explosive, gun-filled treat.

Except, of course, for Carl showing up there at the end. I’d really, really love to read deeply into Rick specifically telling him, “You are not safe.” Unless I’ve been bamboozled and he’s not actually speaking to Carl at that point. I suppose he could be talking to anyone, but I want to believe he’s threatening his own son’s life. But enough subjectivity, guys. There are weird-ass cannibal types in play.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Poster Gives You Two Options: Hunt Or Be Hunted

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The Walking DeadAMC’s The Walking Dead has always been a grim affair. From the very first episode when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) wakes up to find that zombies have taken over the world and has to shoot a little girl zombie in the head, you know that this is not a happy-go-lucky, everybody-hug-and-laugh kind of situation. What we’ve seen thus far from the upcoming season 5 of the massive hit, including this new poster, they’re trying to even top themselves in that regard.

This new image is purportedly the main poster for the upcoming installment, and as you can extrapolate from what you see here, sailing is probably not going to get any smoother for our intrepid band of survivors. Evoking a predator/prey dynamic with the “Hunt or be Hunted” tagline, fans are likely in for a brutal, bloody time.

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The Walking Dead Cast Members Share How They Want Their Characters To Die

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“At some point everyone dies on The Walking Dead,” observes Michael “Abraham” Cudlitz in a recent Entertainment Weekly feature. For it, several stars from AMC’s hit zombie drama divulged how they would want to see their characters meet their end on the series, and it’s not as dark as you’d think. Conversely, I could write a depressingly graphic book listing ways I wish Carl would die, and I may get around to it one of these days. But Chandler Riggs isn’t a part of this, unfortunately.

Of anyone, it seems likely that The Walking Dead will follow the comics in keeping Rick Grimes alive for the duration of the show. But that’s no guarantee of his safety in the finale, and Andrew Lincoln’s choice was pretty simple. “Maybe a kid should take me out,” he told EW. Lincoln said he tried to get showrunner Scott Gimple to promise that Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” would play over the credits in the episode where Rick dies. And in the event that it doesn’t happen on the show, Lincoln asks for everyone at home to put the song on in respect.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Images Show The Characters In Action

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The Walking DeadSeason 5 of The Walking Dead doesn’t come shambling back to our TVs until the middle of October, but given the constant stream of promotion we’ve seen lately, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s right around the corner. A few days ago, we got our first look at a bunch of the various covers Entertainment Weekly put together in honor of AMC’s hit zombie drama, and now they’re back with a look at some of the photos from inside the actual magazine.

These images are similar to the ones on the covers, showing various characters in a weird blur of action that you can’t help but think of as somewhat Matrix-y. There’s been a great deal of talk lately regarding the sexuality of one Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), but none of that really matters. Gay, straight, something else entirely, he remains the best character on the show, and this photo captures his penchant for stabbing walkers in the cranium with arrows. Any old fool can shoot a zombie from a distance, but it takes a badass to get close enough to jab one with a pointy stick.

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The Walking Dead Reveals Seth Gilliam’s Character And Magazine Covers

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The Walking DeadIf you expect there to be a steady stream of news about AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead between now and the time the show returns for season 5 on October 12, you will most likely be right. We’ll probably get little pieces of minor reveals as we get closer that will give you a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming episodes, and then we’ll get random things that, while they may be cool, don’t tell you anything. And today we’ve got a little bit from both of these columns, including the confirmation of the identity of one highly anticipated new addition to the cast.

There are going to be a number of new additions to the series this season, and we’re talking about actual characters that contribute to the series in a meaningful way, not just the barely-named zombie fodder we had at the prison who get one line and then they die. One of the most interesting new faces is Seth Gilliam, who joins fellow alums of HBO’s The Wire, Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Bob Stookey) and Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese).