The crew behind AMC’s Walking Dead is knee-deep into season five, and they’re making some major (and familiar) changes to a rural Georgia town. So, what does it mean?
Potential spoilers ahead!
Set reports have noted, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution has confirmed, that a massive 15-foot wall is being constructed around approximately 10 homes and four brownstones in the town of Senoia, Ga. The town council has approved the build, and the wall will actually go around houses currently occupied by residents, where they’ll continue to live.
If this is starting to sound like a familiar visual, you’re not alone in that assessment, and the city’s mayor, Larry Owens, confirmed that the wall will serve as a “safe haven” from the zombie hordes that plague the survivors of the hit series. The wall is expected to stay up until November, meaning it’ll likely be a major set going into the back half of season five.
So, is it the Alexandria Safe Zone? Unless series creator Robert Kirkman and company are trying to pull off one of the biggest fakeouts of the show’s run, all signs point to yes. As comic fans know, the survivors eventually find a major community, dubbed Alexandria, which is protected by a massive wall and has remained a key location in the book's plot ever since.
Looking at the arc, and assuming the Terminus folks match up with the comic’s cannibal story, it makes sense timeline-wise that they might find Alexandria by the end of this season. Of course, that wouldn’t mean they’re getting too close to the comic’s present day, because they still have the extended massive zombie herd to deal with and the Negan-focused “All Out War” arc to fight through once they arrive.
Though he wasn’t giving up many details, Kirkman chatted with Entertainment Weekly and promised they’ll be cranking up the pace to 11 this season with a “lot of new stuff coming,” and diving into the Alexandria story lines would be a fairly obvious way to take the series to the next level:
“…I think the coolest thing about coming back to season 5 is that we really hit the ground running. What I mean by that is that we very quickly deal with the situation that we left them in — this trapped, victim situation where they’re kind of at the mercy of the people of Terminus. We really kind of expand the story from there very rapidly, so I think this is going to be a pretty fast-paced season with quite a bit going on. News is already out that Seth Gilliam has been added, and we’re bringing in new characters like we always do, and I think season 5 is going to be our best season yet. I think when people finally see the premiere, they’ll see what I’m talking about.”
Oh, and for those who have been wondering when we’ll finally see the uber-badass version of Rick from the comics? Kirkman said the Terminus arc will definitely push Andrew Lincoln’s rendition of the character to that level: “I can say with confidence that he’s here, and Andrew Lincoln is having, I think, a great time with it.”
The fifth season of Walking Dead is set to return in October. Do you think this is the beginning of Alexandria?