Sneaky The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer Aims to Avoid Spoilers — Are We Being Misled?
The Walking Deadshowrunner Scott Gimple is apparently such a stress case that he'll have a heart attack if you eat your Oreos the wrong way. So editing the big Season 5 Comic-Con trailer was a huge deal — trying to add just enough info to make it great, without giving away too many plot spoilers. That’s an especially tough job when Season 4 ended on a major cliffhanger — with the cast stuck in a Terminus train car. Anything that shows them out of the train car could be considered a spoiler. And they were shown out of that train car a lot.
Scott spent hours on the trailer, and co-executive producer Denise Huth told Entertainment Weekly it's a miracle he's still alive after the stress. "The first episode, every single thing in the first episode is a spoiler," Denise said, "so we did use a lot of footage to try and get everybody excited without really telling you what we're doing." She wouldn’t say how many episodes worth of footage was used in the trailer, although they had shot seven episodes by Comic-Con.
The cast and producers love hearing the fan theories about the trailer, but they won't tell you what's wrong, since that would be a spoiler too. Entertainment Weekly said a big headline from the trailer is that Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) thinks he's escorting Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to Washington. It looks like they've told the people of Terminus we can end this thing and eventually the group heads to D.C.. Is that fair to say?
Scott Gimple: "An unpacking of the trailer might get you that analysis, yes."
Michael Cudlitz (Abraham): "And yes it certainly looks like we're heading to D.C."
Scott: "It could be a beer run."
It could be a pudding run! But, obviously, The Powers That Be aren’t going to give away Season 5’s plot and twists right there in the trailer, despite our best efforts to decode every moment.
So how much of the shown footage was edited to throw us off? It’s hard to say, but we’re certainly suspicious of the Gareth (Andrew J. West) footage. (Is he really talking with the group outside Terminus — or did they edit it to make it seem like he’s part of their church conversation? Is he planning to go with them to D.C. or is that a spliced talk?) When Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) says he doesn’t trust that guy, they cut to Gareth, but he could mean Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), or Abraham, or even Eugene with his cure talk. Any time you hear voice-over and they show other footage, not of the person talking, that’s probably intentional misdirection. The whole Glenn-head-chop thing also has to be taken as an attempt to get people to buy into the rumors that have been out there for a while (and later debunked).
We do have a couple of theories from the trailer — on Carol at Terminus, and the potential reappearance of Sam — but we’ll try not to put too much stock in the trailer as a reliable road map for the first half of Season 5.
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres Sunday, October 12 on AMC.