Walking Dead Season 6 Premiere Is a “Bold” Puzzle
With less than three months to go before the highly-anticipated premiere of The Walking Dead Season 6, we’re gradually getting more info about the season opener, which we now know will clock in at 90 minutes and debut on October 11 at 9 p.m. ET.
The folks over at Collider caught up with TWD showrunner Scott Gimple and special effects guru Greg Nicotero (who also directed Season 6, Episode 1) at the Saturn Awards late last month and both gentlemen were extremely proud of the upcoming season and gave us more intel than usual. Maybe those Saturn Award wins had them in especially good moods!
Greg kicked things off by saying that the show (and the special effects that go along with it) are “constantly pushing the envelope.”
“In Season 1, Night of the Living Dead was sort of our holy grail,” he said. “We were striving to make something as meaningful as that material, and I think that six years in, not only do we continue to do it but we do it better. It gets harder every year, but we don't back down. I feel like our skeletons are just stripped of every emotion because we try so hard to keep the show fresh and keep the show original.”
Scott added, “This year we’re pushing harder than ever, we’re doing some really different things. We’re attacking story different ways, playing with structure.”
This idea of tackling things differently seems to support remarks Scott made at Comic Con last week as well as Norman Reedus’ (Daryl Dixon) assertion that this season is “particularly complicated.”
“What I love what we're doing about the season premiere of this one is, it's bold,” Greg continued. “We want our audience to think and they get to put together the puzzle that we are presenting to them, knowing that by the end of the episode that they will have arrived at the conclusion that we want them to arrive at.”
Thankfully we like puzzles and love The Walking Dead!
The Walking Dead Season 6 premieres with a 90-minute episode on October 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.