The Walking Dead Season 5 Is “About Hierarchy,” Fitting Into the Group
There’s already a ton of story happening on The Walking DeadSeason 5, and they’ve probably only shot about five of the 16 episodes at this point. We know the premiere is going to be the biggest, most ambitious episode they’ve attempted so far, but what about the big picture of the season?
AMC just shared two behind-the-scenes videos from the S5 set, and at one point Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) discussed character relationships. "I think a lot of people are trying to figure out where they belong in the group this season,” he said. “It's very much a season about hierarchy."
That does make sense, especially when you consider 1) how many people are stuck together in that train car, and 2) how many people are outside the train car and need to reunite or be added to the group. It’s a huge ensemble, much bigger than the one in the comic books. This could turn into Survivor: The Walking Dead, with different alliances formed at the merge.
We’ve been wondering if Rick and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) might clash, at least at first, since they both have strong take-charge personalities. Abraham will expect to head straight from Terminus to Washington, D.C. to continue the mission, but what will Rick want to do? What will Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) want to do? Ostensibly, it’s his mission, but he tried to derail it to help Glenn reunite with Maggie in Season 4, so what will he do now?
Where do all the others fit in? They aren’t all on the same page in terms of what’s next. Team Prison was just trying to survive after the prison got destroyed; Terminus was their big hope. We have to assume they hit the road for D.C., as in the comics, but who is the leader? Will Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) follow Rick, or the others? And how will Seth Gilliam’s character fit in, since Robert Kirkman said he (probably Father Gabriel) would bring a lot of conflict?
There are plenty of character relationship questions to be answered when S5 returns — on top of all the action, blood, and mayhem we’re already expecting. They’re going to have to make every episode two hours…
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.