It’s a “Walking Dead” weekend. AMC is celebrating the Fourth of July with a “Dead White and Blue” full-series marathon; giving fans a chance to relive the heart-stopping drama or catch up before the Season 5 premiere in the fall. The zombie apocalypse overload will all lead up to a special episode of “The Talking Dead” at 9 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 6, which will give viewers a special preview of the highly anticipated fifth season.
Fans of the hit series don’t have to wait until Sunday evening to take a bite out of the new season. The AMC site posted a brief interview that “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick conducted with “Walking Dead” costume designer Eulyn Womble.
With the show since its premiere in 2010, Womble explained the break down of Rick’s wardrobe over the past four seasons … and the big change coming for Season 5.
Fans of the AMC series will remember Rick Grimes donned his sheriff’s uniform for the first season. The uniform was a sign of leadership and security for the survivors in a time that was full of chaos and uncertainty. However by Season 2, Rick had dropped his police uniform.
“Season 2 Rick introduced the western shirt on the farm with Hershel,” Womble dished to Hardwick. “We also introduced the ‘Ricktatorship’ jacket.”
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Since the second season concluded with everyone fleeing the overrun farm, Rick ended up wearing the same outfit in Season 3 -- but a little bit more “tattered” and bloody from being out on the road. The following season was “Farmer Rick,” which introduced the Henley shirt in which he worked around the prison garden.
As for Season 5? Rick gets a cool new jacket, which will definitely excite fans of Robert Kirkman’s comic book series.
“It’s a very different Rick,” Womble said of the new outfit, “a Rick who stole the jacket from somebody that he killed.”
The jacket made its first debut in the second half of Season 4 when the marauders entered the house that Rick, Michonne and Carl were staying in. Viewers will remember that Michonne and Carl were out of the house at the time that the marauders arrived. Rick resorted to hiding under a bed in order to escape them, but ultimately ended up strangling a man and stealing his jacket and gun.
The events triggered a change in Rick from the start of the fourth season. Fans saw how ruthless he had become by the finale when he bit the neck of Joe, the leader of the marauders, and brutally sliced open a man who had tried to rape Carl. After getting captured at Terminus, Rick’s final words were: “They’re screwing with the wrong people.”
You can learn more about the fifth season of “The Walking Dead” by tuning into the special “Talking Dead” episode on AMC on Sunday, July 6, at 9 p.m. EDT.