AMC recently talked to executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, who said "Everything is fantastic" on set so far, including the Georgia weather, which hasn't been that humid yet. (They shoot from May to November, and from June to September it'll be pretty sweltering.)
"It feels like being in elementary school the first day you’re back after summer break," Gale said. "Everyone is so excited and they’re hugging… we really do have one big family. We’ve already, not surprisingly, worked with a few walkers. We’ve really hit our stride now. All of our crew members are completely prepared, our cast is top-notch and confident, the scripts are coming in and we have such fantastic directors."
She said they had a little extra time to shoot the premiere, since one thing they learned is "when we come back with a new season and we want to launch it right, we have enough time to do so."
AMC has yet to release an official premiere date for Season 5, but we know it will be in October, so they may as well take their time to perfect the big entry. Season 4 had a quieter premiere, with Farmer Rick and his iPod, but Season 5 is going to "hit the ground running," as Robert Kirkman just put it.
AMC asked Gale what she's most looking forward to people seeing in Season 5. "I’m really looking forward to the premiere, and the reactions that the fans have once we’re back on the air. That’s why we do all this — the cast, the crew — we’re part of a big worldwide family with our fans. The connection, the feedback, the love — and a little bit of hate sometimes — is why we’re sitting here sweating in Georgia. We do it for the fans."
That's family for you — a lot of love, and a little bit of hate sometimes. AMC already shared a first look photo from what was presumably the premiere, and here’s some other potentially spoilery filming stuff you might find interesting. We can't wait to see the results!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.