The Walking Dead is not afraid to kill off some its major characters - Season 4 alone saw the brutal deaths of Hershel and the Governor - but surely the likes of Rick, Daryl and Michonne are safe from the chop?
Not so, according to showrunner Scott M. Gimple. In a recent interview he was asked whether the show would ever reach the point where the remaining core characters felt too important to kill off, responding:
Well, that isn't this show. I mean, it's a bummer, but nobody's too important to kill off. I'm not thrilled to say that, but it's just the nature of this show. Anybody can die, anybody will die, and my goal is that it not just be for shock value and that it serve the story. People might last a good long time, or they might be taken tomorrow. And the speculation of all of it -- I try not to pay too much attention to that, because it's really important that we just serve our story. People are thinking that we're killing too many people, that we're not killing enough people. I'm just trying to tell the story.
"Anybody can die, anybody will die".
I wonder if we'll see some of this in Season 5?
These next eight (episodes) are going to be something very different again. Things are just going to have a much different tone and a much different practical reality moving forward. The season has a number of shifts of location, and even of the tone. But the tone for most of the season is very, very, very intense. [It's] going to be very different from the last half-season, and I loved the last half season, but it was always planned out in my head that there would be these big shifts, and we're about to have one of those big shifts.
Gimple has previously revealed that Season 5 will also see more action and humor than recent seasons. Add in the fact that Rick and the group still have to somehow escape Terminus and then make their way north to Washington DC, and Season 5 could well be the best one yet.
Whether we also see a major character get killed off, remains to be seen.
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