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Now, I'm pretty sure you don't need anymore help to get excited for The Walking Dead Season 5. However, if you do need that extra jolt, I'm sure you'll get it from these latest comments made by The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.

She recently caught up with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the imminent fifth season, and she certainly doesn't mince her words when it comes to hyping up the return of the show.

When asked what viewers could look forward to in season 5, Hurd explained it would contain some of the most ambitious episodes yet:

Well, certainly what we’re seeing is that Rick Grimes is accepting the mantle of leadership in a way that is unlike he’s ever done in previous seasons. And that tends to have a ripple effect, with his relationships across the board in this show. We’re also embarking on the most ambitious episodes we’ve ever done in terms of not only the action set pieces, but also the level of emotional weight that’s brought to bear on the characters.

But The Walking Dead Season 5 will also differ from previous seasons in the direction the narrative will take. While most of The Walking Dead concerns simply surviving or dealing with an immediate problem, season 5 may also make some progress towards 'attempting' to cure the zombie plague - especially when it comes to Abraham and Eugene.

We’ve been on the move before, obviously. There’ve constantly been seeking out a safe haven. And then the first season, even though it wasn’t in the comic book, they did go to the CDC, they were in Atlanta anyway, so that made a great deal of sense. But now with Eugene potentially holding the key to what the crisis is all about and potentially solving it, now they have a goal that’s larger than themselves, and even more ambitious.

Ultimately, this change in priorities also leads to the change of setting. The Walking Dead Season 5 will once again see the gang move into the terrifying streets of the undead cities. Hurd continues:

The show has spent a lot of time in primarily rural settings. But you’re never going to find the cure to the zombie apocalypse in the sticks. Now with them embarking on a mission, they have to reenter what we call the City of the Dead. There are many cities of the dead that they’ll have to encounter to complete their mission. So not only does it make it more difficult because of the number of walkers, but also there are more hiding places in which their human antagonists can lurk. So however stiff and difficult the stakes have been up until this season, now they’ve been raised even further.

Given her previous comments, I think we can expect a lot of action to go down once the gang arrives in these urban areas.

The Walking Dead is currently undergoing a week-long marathon in the run up to season 5, which will premiere on October 12th.

Are you glad The Walking Dead will follow the attempt to cure the epidemic, or are you happier to see the gang simply try and survive?


What is your favorite zombie apocalypse setting?

Source: EntertainmentWeekly


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