AMC’s mega-hit The Walking Dead returns to your TVs for season 5 on Sunday, October 12, and while that’s still a long way off, that’s not going to stop the network from pimping the popular zombie drama. We got a ton of news and information coming out of San Diego Comic-Con last month, with a slow trickle ever since. Now they’ve released a short new teaser just to make sure you keep paying attention.
Clocking in at just over 11 seconds, this brief video doesn’t reveal much in the way of details, but it certainly does set the mood. Full of ominous imagery, shadowy characters, and tense sounding music, it teases “what comes next,” and from all appearances, what’s on the way is going to be dark and bleak. This seems to jive with what we’ve heard from the cast and crew, who all said that the opening scene of season 5 is shocking, even to them.
Season 4 of The Walking Dead wrapped up on a cliffhanger, with most of the primary characters trapped inside of an old shipping container in a place called Terminus that they hoped was going to be a safe haven. Given their predicament, and the fact that a bunch of people shot at them, you understand that is definitely not the case.
This teaser only hints at what lies in the future for our intrepid band of zombie apocalypse survivors, but it looks like it’s going to be rough. You get a glimpses of characters like Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) cloaked in shadows, looking grim and determined.
People walking around in gasmasks are always a eerie sight, and seeing them emerge out of a foggy haze only heightens that.
This bleary image is intentionally unfocused and unclear, but you can’t help but think this looks like a butcher’s table. And when you combine that with the hints of cannibalism that you see in the final episode of season 4, the situation may be much more dire than you initially suspected.
And when you take this image of shadows moving behind a closed door, not to mention the screams of pain dubbed in over the top, you have a truly portentous scenario indeed.
The whole point of all of this is to drive home the fact that the survivors are going to have a tough go of it for the foreseeable future. Having seen the season 5 trailer that debuted at Comic-Con, we have a better idea of how things work out—it shows most of the key characters farther down the road in the future, after they’ve left Terminus—but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to go through hell for at least a little while. If they stick with the aesthetic established by Robert Kirkman in his comics that serve as the source material for the series, we know that he’s not afraid to put his characters through the wringer time and time again.