Greg Nicotero has a thousand different jobs on The Walking Dead — he may even be doing the catering at this point — but he’ll always be the resident special effects guru.
Greg directed Season 5, Episode 1, which finished taping earlier in May and will premiere in October. He recently talked to AMC about some of the new walkers they’ve been working on for this season, since they always like to go back to basics and make sure each year has unique and iconic zombies. This is a zombie show after all, even if it’s also a lot more than that.
"Just like last season where we were able to introduce a new walker look by having the infected walkers with the bleeding eyes, we’ve taken the makeup one step further,” Greg teased. “While on set, even some of the actors were looking at the makeup and had noticed that we refined and modified our technique even further. For people who have been looking at our makeup for years now, when they still have that level of excitement, it means we’re keeping it fresh. That’s what’s most important to me.”
Since Season 5 represents an advanced timeframe in the zombie apocalypse, we can expect to see that represented in the decaying appearance. “These walkers have been around for what we estimate to be a year and a half,” Greg said, “so there’s a lot more exposed bone and skin falling off. We’ve got a whole new look on some of these featured walkers. It’s exciting.”
Exposed bone and shedding skin — top that!
Greg and the team always surprise us with their amazing creativity, and we can’t wait to see what iconic walker image will be used when it comes time to create the Season 5 box set special edition. They have a lot to live up to!
Are you excited to see the new zombies of Season 5?
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.