You probably already know this, but LEGO makes everything better. Take, for example, the season 5 trailer for AMC’s mega hit The Walking Dead. The preview for the zombie drama is already all kinds of intense, full of intrigue and hints about the direction of the popular series, but when you watch Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and the rest in tiny plastic form, that’s hard to beat.
The level of detail in this video, which comes from YouTuber Kristo499, is pretty intense, and the stop-motion animation used to animate the figures is fantastic. Can we start a petition and send it to AMC so that they only produce episodes of The Walking Dead in this form from now on? I could really get behind that idea, what do you think? We can keep all of same actors, just use their voices, that way we won’t have to get rid of Daryl, everyone else is expendable.
More impressive than anything, perhaps, is that this video still manages to capture the tension and emotion of the trailer, not to mention the action it contains. Part of this is due to using the sound from the trailer, but still, the blocky movement doesn’t do much to derail it.
It’s going to be interesting to finally set eyes on season 5 of The Walking Dead when it returns in October. Overall, season four was the strongest in the show’s history, especially the final eight episodes, when they returned from their annual mid-season hiatus. Not only did the show take a narrative approach that was different than anything they’ve ever done—entire episodes focused in on a small group of survivors instead of checking in on everyone—but ending on a cliffhanger as they did, directly impacts what comes next.
Standard operating procedure for The Walking Dead has been to leave a gap in the action between seasons, usually a few months. With Rick and company trapped in Terminus, that’s not really going to be an option this time around. We’ve already been promised that season 5 will hit the ground running, and hearing the cast and crew talk at San Diego Comic-Con last month, the opening scene is apparently shocking even to them, the people who filmed it. That’s heartening to hear.
Still, I wouldn’t say no to an episode all in LEGO. The network was showing all of the episodes in black and white for a while, so why not try this? Why not hire Kristo499 and let him or her try this with every episode, try to cash in on that lucrative LEGO Movie crossover? If there is such a thing.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday, October 12.