So far, so good? The Walking Dead Season 5 started filming yesterday — Monday, May 5 — and showrunner Scott Gimple tweeted an update later that night: “Day #1, Season #5, complete. Nicotero, crew, & cast crushed. Unless I’m still on that plane and this is all a hallucination.”
The plane he’s referencing is his nightmare trip to Atlanta to arrive in time for filming, which he documented in his timeline. After that Day 1 update, he added, “Also: I haven’t slept since Saturday night, via @delta’s creative flying approaches…”
So when we watch the premiere back, if it’s a little loopy in parts, that may be because Scott wasn’t quite with it on that day.
David Morrissey (The Governor) previously mentioned that it takes about eight days to shoot each episode, so the premiere is still far from complete. There was a rumor that Greg Nicotero was directing the first episode of Season 5, and maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not, but he did get a shout-out in the tweet. Greg wears many hats, in addition to directing, but he also directed the Season 4 premiere, and if it ain’t broke…
As you know, we left Season 4 with a bunch of people stuck in a Terminus train car. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) is one of those characters, and Michael Cudlitz, tweeted at the end of Day 1: “That'll do pig...... That'll do !!! #awesomeday.”
We’ll take “awesome.” That’s a good start. Keep it up, guys!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.
Sources: Scott on Twitter, Michael on Twitter