Okay, I’m officially excited about The Walking Dead season 5. I’ve had a very troubled, up and down relationship with AMC’s hit zombie drama over the years, and I’ve been a very vocal critic at times (I’ve also been staunch in my belief that the last eight episodes of season 4 are far and away the best of the series), but holy crap. AMC just released the first four-minutes of tomorrow’s debut episode, “No Sanctuary,” and it is an intense time to say the least. Here it is if you want to check it out, and as cautiously optimistic as I’ve been about tomorrow night’s season premiere, after watching this, I freely admit that I’m stoked. It should go without saying that if you haven’t finished season 4, you shouldn’t watch this, or keep reading for that matter.
Season 4 of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is easily the best in the show’s history, especially the eight episodes that comprise the second half (okay, the first seven of those, I wasn’t super impressed by season finale, at least not until the very end). I give a lot of this credit, rightly or wrongly, to new showrunner Scott Gimple—these episodes in particular, and their narrative approach, bear the trademarks of those he wrote before landing this gig—and I’m more excited and interested in seeing what happens to these characters than I’ve ever been.
Moving into season 5, which debuts this Sunday, October 12, the producers are saying all of the right things, so it doesn’t appear that these strides forward are a fluke, or that the show will fall back into the mundane and tedious digressions and needlessly elongated story arcs that have plagued it since the beginning. That said, we have some idea of what the show needs to do moving forward in order to continue to be successful in the future. It’s been said they have loose plans out to a 12th season, but we’re not looking that far ahead. We’re just thinking about what the The Walking Dead needs to do in season 5 to continue to make this a show we want to watch, not just begrudgingly tune into because we love the comics and have a swarm of zombies tattooed up our arms.
The world of Syfy reality TV is usually invested in the paranormal and movie make-up, but their newest docu-series Town of the Living Dead is a fun and intriguing entry in the network’s recent attempt to recapitalize on its science fiction roots. Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Jasper, Alabama residents Tina Teeter, John M. Ware, and many others are working towards their dream of making the zombie movie Thr33 Days Dead, working with low funds and relying solely on the dedication of its cast and crew. How long have they been doing it? Oh, about six years.
One part behind-the-scenes production diary and one part Southern slice-of-life comedy, Town of the Living Dead is all on its own in the TV world, mixing the frustrations of sub-microbudget filmmaking in with the actual process itself. The series premiered with two episodes last night, “Jasper Needs Zombies” and “Premature Explosion,” and it looks like each of this initial season’s installments will be focused on particular Thr33 Days Dead scenes being shot, and the problems that ensue.
Are you ready for the least surprising news of the day? AMC has renewed the massively popular zombie drama The Walking Dead for a sixth season. Shocking, right, that the network would re-up on the biggest show on television. I’m only surprised that they didn’t order more seasons, or more episodes, though they did recently give the much discussed spinoff a pilot order, also not much of a surprise.
To be honest, the biggest surprise in this whole situation, for me anyway, is just how ridiculously popular The Walking Dead actually is. As the series approaches season 5, which debuts this coming Sunday, October 12, AMC has what is the number one scripted series in the 18-49 demographic, which translates into advertising gold. In addition to that, this is also the highest rated show in cable history, which is one hell of a feat, averaging 18.4 million total viewers.
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.
AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead is the biggest show on TV, a massive popularity that has always been a bit of a surprise considering how bloody and violent it is. Over the previous seasons, it’s been uneven, to put it mildly, but over the last eight episodes—the second half of season 4—it’s been better and more consistent than ever before. And with season 5 dropping in just over a week, on Sunday, October 12, the upcoming episodes are looking more and more promising. A new featurette with lots of cast and crew interviews has now appeared online, and my anticipation has never been higher for The Walking Dead, except for maybe right before the series premiere in 2010.
If you’ve read much of what we’ve written here about The Walking Dead, you probably know that I have something of a rocky relationship with the series. This video, however, feels like they’re talking directly to me. No joke, the cast and producers hit on just about every major issue that I have with the show, and it feels like they’re patting me on the head, saying, “It’s okay, little buddy, we got you on this one.” It’s actually quite reassuring, and while I’m trying to temper my expectations, I find myself getting legitimately excited as season 5 of The Walking Dead approaches.