The Walking Dead Season 5 will premiere in October, but the scripts for all 16 episodes will be finished by summer. The cast and crew will start shooting the first episode next week. So who wrote the premiere and who is directing it?
Producer/special effects guru Greg Nicotero recently told Zap2it he already knows which Season 5 episodes he'll be directing, but he wasn't ready to share that intel.
Greg did direct the Season 4 premiere — as well as Episode 9, "After," Episode 15, "Us," and several episodes of past seasons — so it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him direct the Season 5 premiere.
There’s an unconfirmed rumor floating around that Greg is directing the Season 5 premiere, whose title has yet to be revealed. Spoil the Dead posted a note from a TWD Wikia site saying (in Spanish) that the first episode will be written by Angela Kang and Matt Negrete, and directed by Greg Nicotero. It's certainly not something to be taken for fact, but it's also far from inconceivable. Angela wrote three episodes of Season 4 — Ep 2, "Infected," Episode 12, "Still," and the finale, "A," which she co-wrote with showrunner Scott Gimple. Matthew wrote Episode 4, "Indifference" and co-wrote Episode 10, "Inmates" with Channing Powell.
Since Angela was half of the Season 4 finale writing team, it might make sense for her to continue that Terminus story into Season 5. But it's a little more traditional on TWD for the showrunner to write the premiere. Frank Darabont wrote Season 1, Episode 1; Glen Mazzara wrote Season 3, Episode 1; and Scott Gimple wrote Season 4, Episode 1. (Season 2's premiere was a tag-team by Ardeth Bey and Robert Kirkman, but that was during the whole Darabont firing situation so it doesn’t really count.)
It’s possible this early report is just speculation (although it’s strangely specific) and maybe Scott (or someone else) will end up writing the premiere and maybe Greg won’t be directing it. But it’s just a tiny potential spoiler for die-hard TWD fans to tuck in the back of their minds for now, and congratulate themselves on hearing first if it turns out to be true. Only the real TWD nerds will care, but care we do!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.
Source: Spoil the Dead