“The Walking Dead” Season 5 premiere is set to be the “biggest episode” yet – according to producer Jolly Dale. The former production supervisor opened up to AMC’s “The Walking Dead” blog about the highly anticipated coming season, and what fans can look forward to in the premiere.
SPOILER ALERT: “It’s going to be amazing.”
Scoop about Season 5 has been scarce, and Dale isn’t breaking that streak. While she did speak to the show’s blog about the premiere, she chose her words very carefully to avoid giving much away.
“You will eventually see that the premiere episode is by far the biggest episode that we’ve ever done,” she told the blog. “So, getting it all together to come off as good as we want has been a huge task, but it’s going to be amazing.”
But what exactly can “Walking Dead” viewers expect from Season 5? Jolly Dale cautioned that she wasn’t allowed to talk about “a lot of stuff,” but she did tease that “readers of the comic book will have a pretty good idea of which direction we’re going in.”
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“The way I see it is, we’ve killed a lot of beloved characters on the show, but that just opens it up for new story lines to come along,” Dale explained. “So don’t be too sad about all the people who died in Season 4 because there will be way more characters to come.”
The producer didn’t name any names, but based on set photos, it seems to be a safe bet that fans can look forward to meeting comic book character Father Gabriel or “Michael Todd.”
In early May it was announced that “The Wire” alum Seth Gilliam had joined "The Walking Dead” for Season 5. Deadline reported that Gilliam would be playing a character that has “two sides” – a friendly man who is harboring a “dark secret.” And while the character was listed as “Michael Todd,” the site revealed that the real name of the character was being kept a secret.
Viewers speculated that Gilliam’s “Michael Todd” was actually Father Gabriel from Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels, and it was confirmed thanks to fan photos released in late May. The shots from the set show Gilliam dressed as a priest and filming scenes with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln).
Unfortunately Beth (Emily Kinney) has not been photographed on set. “Walking Dead” fans will remember that in Season 4 Hershel’s youngest daughter was potentially kidnapped by someone driving a vehicle with a giant cross in its back window.
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