A couple of weeks ago Walking Dead fans rejoiced with the news that Season 6 of the show had headed into production with filming beginning on location in Senoia, Georgia. With the countdown officially on for Season 6, executive producer Greg Nicotero was interviewed by Melty, and boy did he reveal something very interesting involving the Big Bad villains that were teased all throughout the second-half of Season 5: the Wolves.
The five-minute interview covered a whole range of topics including what excited him the most about the characters on the show, and whether or not there would ever be such a thing as a cure to the virus, but it was his discussion over the upcoming threat of the Wolves that really piqued my interest, saying:
We set up the Wolves in Episode 16. I love those characters. The fact that you have people that are basically utilizing the people that they kill as ammunition to build a zombie army? We see them in Episode Nine when they get to Noah's neighborhood and we see the 'Wolves not far' in the background, and when the W-man at the beginning says to Morgan, 'Well, we're going to take you, too, but you're not exactly going to be alive,' we realize through the course of the episode that they are setting booby traps everywhere so that they can take people's possessions and then use them as a means to build the Walkers in the traps, so it's kind of a diabolical plan.
Whoa, whoa, back it up a second - did he just say zombie army?! Things just got a lot more interesting!
As Nicotero talked about, we first ran into the Wolves back in Season 5, Episode 9 when it was clear that a group had ransacked Noah's community, Shirewilt. We saw evidence of their stay by the spray painted signs 'Wolves not far' as well as the carload of Walker heads and torsos that spilled out onto Rick's van as the group sped away with an injured Tyreese. Most intriguing about all of this was that the Walkers were branded with W's, a sure sign that something sinister was about to unfold.
While we saw tell-tale signs of the Wolves through quite a few more episodes in the season, it wasn't until Episode 16 that we got our first look at the Wolves, or at least two members of the group. Firstly they didn't really seem all that scary when Morgan kicked their asses:
But soon enough we realized that Rick, Daryl and the group may have more of a challenge on their hands when Daryl and Aaron ran into a very well organized booby trap, and shortly after when they brutally killed a lone survivor in order to add to their Walker masses:
And if we thought those grouped and hanging Walker torsos were bad enough, according to Nicotero it sounds like the Wolves have plenty more where they came from.
Another thing that I found intriguing about the Melty interview with Greg Nicotero, is that it goes very nicely with something producer Scott Gimple revealed via letter on the season finale of The Talking Dead in regards to Season 6 of the show, he wrote:
For a good while now, humans have been the bigger threat. At the start of our next season, that will change.
If that doesn't sound like a warning that Walkers will soon wreak havoc again, I don't know what does! Though I am intrigued to find out if the Wolves will use the Walkers as some sort of mobile protection when they inevitably launch an attack on Alexandria, or if they simply use the Walkers to aid them with their elaborate booby traps, what do you think?
Watch the whole 5-minute interview with Greg Nicotero below:
The Walking Dead returns to AMC in October, however Fear the Walking Dead will premier sometime before that over Summer.