What will we, as The Walking Dead fans, be thinking this time next year, when the Season 5 finale has aired? Will we love it? Hate it? Another cliffhanger? Another location change? The waiting is the worst part!
Season 5 won’t even premiere until October 2014, but production is just around the corner. After the Season 4 finale aired on March 30, Alanna Masterson told Entertainment Weekly she knew literally nothing about Season 5, since she still hadn’t seen a single script. That will soon change.
In an April 11 interview with MTV.com, comic book writer/TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman gave a status update on Season 5. “I think Season 4 is the strongest of the show so far, and I think 5 is going to continue that trend,” RK said. “I just turned in the second episode script for Season 5, and all the writers are hard at work on their individual episodes. We're pretty much halfway through the fifth season, script-wise. And we've already nailed down what our finale is, and what our overall arc of the season is. The back half of the season is taking shape very quickly, and we'll have all the scripts written by the summer.”
Good! It’s exciting but also comforting to know there’s a plan out there for the whole season. The Powers That Be know where they’re taking us each step of the way. Spontaneity is good and all, but this isn’t really the place to wing it.
RK said it’s interesting the way the production and TV schedules overlap. “By the time people have seen the entirety of the season, we're already pretty much done with the writing on the first half of the next season,” he told MTV. “We're always quite a bit ahead. We'll be rolling cameras in May, so I'm very excited about that. We'll have another season of Walking Dead down.”
That’s in line with what they did last year — the cast started showing up in Georgia in late April and they started filming in early May, with filming continuing until late November.
Do you have any theories about what will happen in the first and second halves of Season 5? Showrunner Scott Gimple said he considers each half to be like its own mini season, so maybe Episodes 1-8 will be at Terminus or Terminus and one other location, and maybe the second half takes us on the road to D.C., or ends us at the Alexandria Safe-Zone of the comic books?
Are you already curious about the Season 5 finale or do you just want to take this one episode at a time?
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.