WARNING: Possible spoilers for The Walking Dead TV show and comics ahead. Proceed with caution.
After a totally intense and riveting season, [The Walking Dead](series:201193) has proven that, five seasons on, it's only going from strength to strength, and according to the series' showrunner, Scott Gimple, Season 6 will be even more ambitious!
After opting to let only cast members sit on the couch for the season finale of chat show [The Talking Dead](movie:570401), Gimple, in his absence, sent along a statement for host Chris Hardwick to read on the show about the direction the show will head for Season 6, it said:
For a good while now, humans have been the bigger threat. At the start of our next season, that will change. I've said before the show reinvents itself every eight episodes and we're doing it again, friendos. Now that these characters know that they have what it takes to survive, what are they going to do with that power? How will they choose to live? Beyond answering those questions, we're currently putting into motion some of our most ambitious stuff yet and things are going to get very big, loud and scary
Holy crap, how awesome does that sound!
What could it mean for Season 6?
Fans of the show will recognize that after approximately 546 days post-apocalypse, the threat from walkers has severely diminished. This has been shown increasingly since the introduction of The Governor in Season 3, but it was in the Season 5 episode "Them," when a famished group walked a highway in close range to a group of walkers, that it was obvious walkers had become more of a nuisance than threat.
Given Scott Gimple's comments, coupled with a bigger return to the comic as source material, I can't help but think that this hints that we'll be seeing bigger and more dangerous herds of walkers in the near future. Fans of the comic series will be eager to see if events in Season 6 bring on a mega-herd scene from the comic series.
The comments surrounding the question of what the survivors will do with this newfound power and how they'll choose to survive also hint to me that we might see a focus on then emotional turmoil the group will feeling as they continue adapting to life in Alexandria. How will they find the balance between living a more comfortable life, while also keeping those sharp survival skills that have served them so well in their time outside the walls.
Whatever it means, unfortunately we'll have to wait until October to find out, but luckily we'll have the brand new companion series [Fear the Walking Dead](series:1117438) to look forward to over the summer.