Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead will be giving greater detail in season six, according to showrunner Scott M. Gimple, but what does that mean exactly? Gimple says that events that are only referenced in the comic books will be explored in greater detail in The Walking Dead‘s sixth season.
“I think there’s a really cool aspect to the first half of the season that serves almost as a prequel to some direct comic stuff in the second half of the season. I think there’s a way that Robert did some of the story that we’re reaching that had a real past to it, where people are referring to some things in the past in the comic. And we’re able to portray some of that backstory in some ways that you didn’t get to see in the comic.”
Adding to The Walking Dead showrunner’s assessment of the coming season, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, confirmed that The Walking Dead would go into greater detail than fans have seen in past seasons.
“There’s lots of action and lots of drama and lots of sadness like we always bring, but this season’s particularly complicated,” The Walking Dead actor said of the new season. “The storylines are really interwoven with future and past. Certain things happen, and you’re kind of like, ‘Wow, that just happened.’ Then you’ll find out episodes later why that happened and what that meant. [Executive producer] Scott [Gimple]’s so good at planning for the future and taking little things and making them mean big things later. And you go, ‘Oh, that’s what that means…’ A real mature sort of storytelling has really taken us over right now. It’s super interesting and super thrilling.”
Gimple added that, while some aspects of The Walking Dead finale may carry over, Rick’s authority may not go unchallenged for long when The Walking Dead resumes.
“Last season was this very strange quote-unquote ‘happy ending.’ As I was working on the finale, it was just very interesting to me that the stakes weren’t that Rick was going to be kicked out, but oh, is Rick going to have to kill a lot of people? The onus was completely on him, but in the end he found a way, and providence found a way, that he could demonstrate to these people what they need to do and who he really is. And now that he’s done that, he seems to be in a terrific position to bring these people around to his way of thinking, and have it not be based in antagonism. But I will say, the world often gets in the way of Rick’s plans.”
The Walking Dead showrunner also revealed that there will be some new faces in The Walking Dead‘s sixth year, including Heath from the comics. Corey Hawkins has been brought on board to play Heath, which Gimple only revealed because he said internet gossip had already revealed as much. As far as other new cast additions, The Walking Dead showrunner was especially tight-lipped.
“There are other people that we’re going to see throughout the season from the comics, and I’m excited for people to see it, but I don’t want to tell them now. I think a few minor remixes, but some direct stuff from the comic as well, as far as these characters go.”
The Walking Dead will premiere in October on AMC.
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