When "The Walking Dead" returns for its sixth season next year we'll definitely see some tension between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Morgan (Lennie James). We already had an idea that it would be a "Team Rick" or "Team Morgan" kind of season after seeing the first promo poster for season six but Lincoln has confirmed the tension in a recent interview with Collider at the 41st Annual Saturn Awards. Watch Lincoln’s full interview with Collider below.
“I think the writing and the story is getting stronger and stronger. I’m thrilled,” Lincoln told Collider. “I thought that last season Rick’s journey was some of the finest and most complex that I’ve had to attempt. Scott and the writers team are magnificent. As long as they keep pushing us in the direction they’re doing I think we’re going to open up the world in a way we’ve never ever [fans] haven’t experienced before.”
Lincoln also complimented the shows producer Scott Gimple and the writing team for keeping "The Walking Dead" plot complex and interesting for fans.
“[Rick] is one of these people who just keeps pushing himself forward and finding new resolve,” Lincoln said. “I think that with Scott and the writers at the helm they keep finding more intricate ways to play him. I’m so excited for episodes 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 that we’ve shot so far [for The Walking Dead season 6].”
1. Episode 1 & 2 details revealed - Details regarding the first two episodes of "The Walking Dead" have been revealed. Check them out below:
THE WALKING DEAD, Episode #601
Director: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Scott M. Gimple & Matthew Negrete
601 Outside Dates: 5/4-5/14
THE WALKING DEAD, Episode #602
Director: Jennifer Lynch
Writer: Seth Hoffman
602 Outside Dates: 5/15-5/27
It's not a surprise to see these writers and directors names on the first few episodes of season six of "The Walking Dead" as they all were heavily involved in season five. Gimple and Nicotero joined forces for the season five premiere, episode nine and the season five finale. Matthew Negrete has several "The Walking Dead" credits to his name, including "Spend," "Consumed" and "Slabtown" from season five. While Jennifer Lynch directed the very popular episode "Spend."
2. Will Glenn die? - Robert Kirkman recently spoke with AMC President Charlie Collier and Stephen Yeun (Glenn) at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Show, where he got a chance to tease what's next for Rick and the gang.
Kirkman and Yeun briefly discussed the possibility of Glenn's death saying,
“The way that we make the show — the writers and everybody really want to focus on making things poignant and purposeful and meaningful,” Yeun said. “So if it were time for Glenn to go, then it’s probably going to be awesome.”
3. Will Jon Hamm play Negan? - At this point Hamm playing Negan is just speculation. It is just Hamm talking about how he met Robert Kirkman and how it would be cool to play Negan, who is one of the biggest bad guys in "The Walking Dead" graphic novels.
4. Future seasons planned - Executive producer David Alpert said the original comics have given the production crew enough ideas for Rick Grimes and company over the next seven years.
"I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what Season 10 is gonna be." Alpert told Indiewire. "We know where seasons 11 and 12 [will be]... we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we're lucky enough to get there."
5. Cast and crew tease season six - After the shows season five finale the showrunner Scott Gimple revealed in a note that the next season will be the biggest. The note read:
"Season 6 for a good while now, humans have been the bigger threat. At the start of our next season, that will change. I said the show reinvents itself every 8 eps, and we’re doing it again, friendos. Now that these characters know 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."
Also in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter Reedus teased the wolves in season six saying,
"Terminus did horrible things behind the wall; they were a wimpy and in a cowardly way tricked people to going there and then they did their evil business once you got behind their walls. These guys are roamers and they seem like a whole bunch of Daryls gone south who have gone really bad and turned into wolves. They’re probably on the move; I don’t think they’re afraid to butcher people in front of people. They seem different than Terminus; Terminus was more cowardly. They would trick you into coming to Disneyland and then eat you."
6. Daryl's death - In the interview with the wrap Reedus was asked about his characters possible death, which he was not too excited about.
“I hope my character serves the story of the show. Nobody wants to go on the show, because it’s really fun,” Reedus said. “I think if they ever killed me on the show, I think I wouldn’t want to die. I’d just want to walk up a hill, and walk down a hill. And as I get to the top, a little puppy would come out of the woods and follow me up and over the hill.
It was confirmed through a leaked trailer from SDCC 2015 that (as we predicted months ago), The Walking Dead season 6 will premiere on Oct. 11 at 9 pm with a 90-minute premiere, with The Talking Dead to follow at 10:30. AMC will also host the premiere at Madison Square Garden. You can find more details here.
The Walking Dead Season 6 Trailer
During SDCC 2015, we received the first trailer for the sixth season of The Walking Dead, and it's pretty much what you'd expect: the impending showdown between Rick and Morgan. Here is the trailer:
The Walking Dead Season 6 Cast
Merrit Wever & Ethan Embry: We learned at SDCC 2015 that Emmy winner Merrit Wever (Nurse Jackie) and Ethan Embry (Brotherhood) will join the cast for season 6 in undisclosed roles. It was revealed that Wever will play a character from the comics, although we don't know who. You can get a good first look at Embry's character in the trailer above.
Corey Hawkins: If they survived season five, expect 'em back for season six. But there's a little more, too...
Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) has joined the cast as Heath. Heath runs supplies in the Alexandria Safe Zone, and first appeared in The Walking Dead #69. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. Hawkins is the first confirmed casting for season 6. That said, there's also a call out for "a female psychologist," which could prove to be Dr. Denise Cloyd. Denise and Heath form a relationship in the comics.
Here's your first look at Corey Hawkins as Heath: