With the Season 6 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead so close, let’s have a look at what is in store for Rick’s group not only in Episode 1, but moving forward through the upcoming season.
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information about Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead, as well as the comic book series the television series is based on. Please proceed with caution if you are not up to date on both platforms.
Episode 1 of the sixth season of The Walking Dead will be called “First Time Again.” The official synopsis is as follows.
“Rick and the others have a difficult time assimilating into Alexandria; a new threat arises that could bring the group closer together or drive them further apart.”
As was stated in an earlier Inquisitr article, there will be a time hop and a herd of walkers to rival anything else seen so far in The Walking Dead in the premiere episode of Season 6. According to those who have already viewed Episode 1, the time jump will not be a significant jump, though. The Guardian describes the walker herd as on a scale of “Game of Thrones level, like when the White Walkers attacked Jon Snow and the wildlings. As the horde starts to rush toward them and we hear the ominous percussion and strings of the opening theme, your adrenaline starts pumping uncontrollably.”
Episode 2 of The Walking Dead is called “JSS.” According to Undead Walking, the synopsis for this episode is as follows.
“When it appears that things are starting to normalize in the settlement, a new problem arises for the Alexandrians.”
Could this mean that the Wolves arrive? Possibly, since, once again, from early reviews of Episode 1, we know that the Wolves only get a cursory mention in the premiere episode of The Walking Dead.
Also, in relation to what the title may mean, after doing a Google search for these letters, Wikipedia offered a possible acronym for these letters that ties in with the episode synopsis. Joint Security Station was a term used in the Iraq war. It was a system put in place to try and create safe reconstruction programs between Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents. Another meaning that could fit is Joint Surveillance System, which was “a joint United States Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration system for the atmospheric air defense of North America.”
In Season 5 of The Walking Dead, the groundwork was laid for the emergence of the Wolves. Little is known about this group so far, other than it seems to be another threat Rick’s group will have to deal with. Moving forward into Season 6, the Wolves will only get a quick reference in Episode 1, but it is likely they will appear at some stage in Season 6. It is also possible that the Wolves are somehow linked to comic book bad guy Negan.
If you haven’t read the comic books yet, you are in for one amazing ride if Negan turns up in Season 6 of The Walking Dead. Negan is renowned for being the quintessential bad guy. And, if a casting call released earlier this year is correct, fans will have to wait until the Season 6 finale to catch a glimpse of Negan.
Moving forward into Season 6, Rick’s group will likely be facing the same challenges they always face: zombies and humans. Already, thanks to an interview SFX creative and The Walking Dead director, Greg Nicotero, did with AMC, we know there will be more walkers in Season 6 than ever seen before. Could this mean the biggest threat to Rick’s group in Season 6 will be walkers for a change? Possibly, but with the threat of Wolves looming from Season 5 and the possibility of Negan showing up, it is unlikely walkers — even in large numbers — will be the biggest threat to Rick’s group.
Also in Season 6, relationships will be explored. In particular, it seems, the one between Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) and Morgan Jones (Lennie James) will be large. Morgan and his son were the first people Rick met up with after he awoke from a coma in the pilot episode (entitled “Days Gone By”) of The Walking Dead. Throughout subsequent seasons, Morgan was touched upon briefly, keeping fans in the loop as to where this character was at. In the Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead, however, Morgan finally met up again with Rick, and moving forward into Season 6, their relationship will be explored.
As well as the relationship between Morgan and Rick, how Morgan changed from the emotional wreck Rick visited with in Episode 12 (entitled “Clear”) of Season 4 of The Walking Dead to the character we saw in Season 5. According to an interview with TVLine, showrunner Scott M. Gimple had the following to say about Morgan’s transformation.
“Something happened in the middle of all of that. And we really do need to show [it to] you.”
For the people of Alexandria, it is very obvious that their lives are about to change. In the Season 6 trailer video, Jessie Anderson (Alexandra Breckenridge) is hiding from what appears to be the massive herd of walkers Greg Nicotero hinted at. While the people of Alexandria are survivors, it’s very clear they are not survivors because they are warriors, they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. For them, they are lucky no one else discovered them before Rick’s group, as just like when the Governor found the prison Rick’s group was staying in, Alexandria is a very desirable location now that walkers have overtaken the earth. Season 6 of The Walking Dead will explore this topic in more detail.
For comic book fans of The Walking Dead, Season 6 just might be the season Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) loses an eye. Although, AMC could just as well follow the lead they did with Rick when he was supposed to lose a hand, i.e. ignore the event and move on. Only time will tell in relation to this event in Season 6 of The Walking Dead.
Finally, here’s the image gallery for Episode 1, Season 6 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Season 6 on Sunday, October 11, 2015.
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[Image credits: AMC / Gene Page]