WARNING: Possible spoilers for The Walking Dead ahead!
I know the withdrawals are hard, but fans of [The Walking Dead](series:201193) need to stop crying and remove themselves from the fetal position! Creator of The Walking Dead comics, Robert Kirkman, has been talking about Season 6 of the show, and also what we can expect from the brand new companion series [Fear the Walking Dead](series:1117438)!
Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun were both on the panel at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas this week, and although they didn't share any spoilers (duh), according to Vulture, Kirkman gave us some nice cryptic tidbits! Here's what he had to say on several different topics:
Rick and Morgan's reunion
Season 5 ended on a very serious and intense moment as Rick executed Pete in front of most of the town and also his old friend Morgan. This act of violence came not long after Morgan declared that all life is precious, so it will almost certainly have a big focus in Season 6. Speaking about the relationship between Rick and Morgan in Season 6, Kirkman said:
Now it’s a very different Rick and a very different Morgan who are going to have a completely different relationship. And it’s the questions of how they’re going to interact, how they’re going to work together — if they’re going to work together — and what comes from those interactions is going to be basically the spine of season six.
Lennie James, who plays Morgan, has been closely guarding exactly how many episodes Morgan will appear in during Season 6, but has confirmed at least one. It will be very interesting to see if Morgan ends up reconciling with Rick and staying in Alexandria, or if he remains a character we reconnect with once every two seasons.
Glenn meeting his end in Season 6
Of course this has been the big rumor ever since Glenn started picking up baseball bats in Season 5, Episode 9. Naturally Kirkman and Yeun couldn't give any definite answers on whether or not Glenn dies, but Steven Yeun did reassure us that IF Glenn was to die (and that is in no way a confirmation that he will die) that it will be in a badass way:
If I go — that could happen. The way that we make the show — the writers and everybody really want to focus on making things poignant and purposeful and meaningful. ... So if it were for Glenn to go, then it’s probably going to be awesome.
Steven Yeun, I have absolute faith in the writers ability to make Glenn's death purposeful, but I do still hope like hell that it doesn't happen!
One tidbit that Kirkman and Yeun were able to give us about Glenn is that he will have some really cool stuff happen with him in Season 6, yay!
Finding out the details of the initial outbreak
Ever since it was announced that Fear the Walking Dead would begin at the very start of the outbreak, fans have hoped that we would finally learn what caused the zombie apocalypse, well unfortunately it doesn't look like we'll find out. According to Mashable, Kirkman said:
[Learning the origins] is not the priority in Walking Dead; that's not the priority in Fear The Walking Dead. Every other story deals with that stuff and we're concerned about the heart. It's not about fixing this world, and it's not about learning what the cause is.
While I'm kind of bummed about this one, I'm not totally gutted. As cool as it would be to find out what caused it, I personally think it'll be much cooler to see society as it tries (and fails) to cope with the outbreak.
The possibility of Fear and The Walking Dead crossing over
On the subject of Fear the Walking Dead, Kirkman has said that the show will take us "back to a timid time when the walking dead were more dangerous and more of an ever present threat." This sounds like it'll be awesome, I have a feeling Season 6 of The Walking Dead will also show a return to walkers being a big threat, but to see a whole new group of survivors learning to cope from day 1 - that'll be awesome!
Robert Kirkman also confirmed that Fear the Walking Dead will be a standalone series, and not a prequel, saying it's "not a prequel in that at the end of the series Rick will wake up from his coma," however he did add that there will be some timeline overlap - does that mean maybe we'll see a long-lost early season character make an appearance on Fear one day? Who knows, but I can't wait to find out!
Fear the Walking Dead will premier in summer 2015, and The Walking Dead returns with Season 6 in October.