We are now exactly one week away from the premiere of The Walking Dead season 5. Fans have been waiting on the edge of their seat to see the fate of the zombie apocalypse survivors after the cliffhanger ending of season 4, and we’ve been told the opening is so shocking that it even took the cast by surprise the first time they saw it edited together for the first time. And if you thought AMC was going to slow down the hype machine building up to the biggest show on TV, you would be wrong, and we’ve got three short new videos to tease the tense mood and atmosphere of the new season.
These aren’t really going to tell you much, each one just shows a key character, linking up with the “Hunt or Be Hunted” motif that the series has been pumping this offseason. While they don’t have much to offer content wise, they do certainly set the mood for the upcoming new episodes of the hit zombie drama.
First up is Michonne (Danai Gurira), looking grim and flying solo. Over the last eight episodes, the second half of season 4, she grew and developed more as a character than she had over the previous season and a half, finally becoming something more than a walking scowl with a sword. We hope to see this continue and to see her become the awesome, fully realized character we know she can be.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is another character who made great strides in the most recent episodes, and from what we’ve heard from the producers, this is going to continue. He’s coming into his own as a leader, realizing that he is the one who is going to have to make hard decisions in split second timeframe, and the he will no longer be able to endlessly debate every last option. Recently he’s become more action oriented, which is what his character needs. Here you get to see him looking grim as hell, not to mention heavily armed, so you just know some shit is going to go down, and soon.
Glen (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) are up next, and while you understand the impulse to show them off—after all, they are the only romantic angle the series has—while everyone else seems to be growing and developing, they’re becoming increasingly bland and one dimensional, which is really too bad. Hopefully season 5 will start to do something more interesting with their situation. They can and maybe should be a beacon of hope and normalcy in this chaotic world, not just “oh, look at them, they’re young and in love and like to hump a lot.” You can get so much more out of them than just cuteness.
The Walking Dead season 5 debuts next Sunday, October 12.