Season four of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead hasn’t been in the books for very long, but the wheels are already turning on season five. The next chapter of undead action is currently filming outside of Atlanta, though it won’t return to our TV screens until this October. There hasn’t been a ton of news about the gang’s upcoming adventures, but they production has released a new photograph from the set.
This image gives you a glimpse at the show’s protagonist, former sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Season four was a bit of a rough patch for Rick, especially the second half. He got beat up pretty good and at one point wound up in a minor coma—when it comes to comas, is there really such a thing as a minor one? From the look of this picture, it doesn’t appear that things are going to get much better any time soon.
Rick is still grubby, dirty, covered in smudges, and doesn’t look like he’s in particularly good shape. Season four ended with most of the crew of survivors trapped in a train car at a place called Terminus, which they thought was supposed to be a safe haven where they could let down their guard. Boy were they wrong. Still, Carol (Melissa McBride) and Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) are still out there, and the prisoners are super pissed off, so you know there is going to be a violent collision coming in the not-so-distant future. The background of this picture isn’t very clear, but if I had to guess, it looks like Rick is still in the train yard at Terminus. He appears to be skulking around, so maybe he managed to get out of their makeshift prison cell and is on an intelligence-gathering mission.
Moving into season five, Walking Dead fans have a lot to be excited about. Though the first half of season four was an up and down affair, the final eight episodes took the quality of the show to highs that it has never seen before. Picking up after the mid-season break, after the survivors were forced out of their prison stronghold, the new regime, under the guidance of showrunner Scott M. Gimple, hit its stride. The writing staff started telling stories in a different manner than before. Instead of trying to fit each and every character into an episode, they gave the individual threads space to breathe and develop. “Still” only features two characters, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Beth (Emily Kinney), but may be the best episode of the season, if not the series. We hope they can keep this momentum going moving forward.
Season four of The Walking Dead saw a fair number of new characters, and season five will follow a similar pattern. After all, when you continually kill off cast members, you need to replenish the stock. We already know that one of the new faces belongs to Seth Gilliam, who joins his fellow alums from HBO’s The Wire Coleman and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.