Is it awful that when The Walking Dead stars talk about footage possibly being too gruesome for TV we’re even more excited to see it?
AMC just shared two on-set videos during Season 5 production, and during the "Greeting From the Set" video, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) warned of some freaky stuff coming in the premiere. "This episode is so disturbing," she said. "I mean some of the stuff they shot yesterday, I don't know if it'll make it to TV."
Nice! That fits with what Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) recently told Gold Derby, “We were doing Episode 1 and Andrew [Lincoln] and I were sitting next to each other and I was saying, ‘Man they’re never going to air any of this on television, this is too crazy.' And then we were thinking about it and we we’re like, ‘We've said that every year and it makes it to television.’ This season is going to be pretty nuts."
Also, during the “Dead, White & Blue” marathon, Chris Hardwick asked Steven Yeun (Glenn), on a scale of 1 to 10, how intense or exhilarating will Season 5 be for viewers? Steven answered, "After seeing what I have seen and not being able to unsee what I have seen, it is going to be a solid 10.”
Yasss. Last season, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) was the one teasing the most controversial episode they’d ever done, and that turned out to be a pretty fair tease when Lizzie killed Mika, then Carol killed Lizzie in Episode 14, “The Grove.” Now we have serious stuff happening right in the season 5 premiere. What stuff?
Comic book writer/TV exec producer Robert Kirkman recently told Entertainment Weekly we’ll get a ton of answers about Terminus in the very first episode. “They definitely get out of that train car,” he said. “They do not spend the entirety of Season 5 in that train car. It is through ingenuity and creativity and somewhat savageness that they are able to make their way out of that train car."
Savageness. Terminus. Disturbing. What could that mean?
*Season 5 filming spoilers and comic book spoilers ahead*
Season 5 started filming on May 5, and on May 8 The Spoiling Dead Fans updated with some action happening at the Terminus location in Atlanta. They said screams and gunfire were heard and some walkers were seen. They added that, when filming moved inside, “Loud screams were heard. Not shouting/arguing/pleading tones. These were described by multiple people as ‘torture’ or something that sounded extremely bad.” The Spoiling Dead Fans later shared intel about explosions being heard at the Terminus location, and they shared photos of charred bodies, following the tanks exploding.
At the time, since they were still only shooting Episode 1, we thought the charred bodies might be connected to the Terminus origin story, shown in a flashback. But maybe Rick and company do make their great escape right in the premiere, via torture and burning bodies (with the help of walkers?). Is that what’s too disturbing? In the comic books, Rick and company brutally murder The Hunters, and the Terminus people seem to be a TV version of The Hunters.
Then again, on that same note, maybe what’s too disturbing for TV is the idea of showing the actual cannibalism the Termites are meant to engage in. What if we see people’s limbs being cut off, then hitting Mary’s BBQ? That could legitimately be feared as too disturbing — even if fans have been expecting the cannibal storyline to show up.
Maybe both happen right in the premiere — cannibal limb cuts/torture/eating and the savage revenge of Rick & Co.
What do you think Lauren and Norman were referencing when wondering if some Ep1 footage would be too much for AMC?
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.