You may already know it’s meant to be the biggest, most ambitious premiere yet, with enough scope and story for an entire movie. TWD doesn’t usually end seasons on a cliffhanger, so this one is anticipated to the umpteenth degree, because so many questions were left hanging in the second half of Season 4.
During AMC’s “Dead, White and Blue” marathon, Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick asked Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) how the Season 5 premiere stacks up to previous seasons. "We always come back with a bang, and we say where everyone has been,” Lauren said, in her amazing accent. “I think what's awesome about this one is we left the group in such turmoil at the end of Season 4, so you really are on tenterhooks to see what happens — and what happens is so flippin' cool."
So flippin cool! She also said members of the group who didn't even know they were badass get to be badass. (Eugene? Bob? Tara?)
Lauren previously warned that some freaky stuff would be coming in the premiere.
During AMC’s "Greeting From the Set" video, she said, "This episode is so disturbing. I mean some of the stuff they shot yesterday, I don't know if it'll make it to TV." Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) also 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."
That’s not all. Also, during the “Dead, White & Blue” marathon, Chris 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.” He joked about needing therapy. Hey, if we can live through seeing Hershel’s zombie head, Lizzie’s kills, and Joe’s neck, we can make it through anything … right?
We are expecting some gruesome stuff in the premiere, possibly to answer the question of how Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company get out of that train car. It may also be tied to the history of Terminus, the backstory of how they get to be the way they are, since we’re meant to get “a ton” of answers about the Terminus people right in the premiere.
There may or may not be cannibals involved. But if the new sneak peek AMC showed is from the premiere, there also may or may not be walkers involved too. Maybe Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Judith lead walkers to Terminus and that’s part of the great escape?
Are you ready to see what’s so flippin’ cool about what happens in the premiere? Worried at all about not being able to unsee whatever is so disturbing that it has the cast joking about therapy?
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.