Walking Dead confirms new character, promises S5 will 'define' survivors

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

We’ve already gotten a peek at the white-knuckle trailer for next season of The Walking Dead, and now the cast and crew have opened up about what else we can expect.

Star Andrew Lincoln teased the wild-eyed version of Rick Grimes we’ll see when season five picks up, and it sounds like he’s enjoying pushing the character to his grisly extremes. He told the crowd at Comic-Con it has “been fun” going dark(er) this season, adding: “There's something about getting my gun back ..." Even when chatting with the crowd he can sound ominous. Respect.

Producer Dave Alpert also confirmed speculation that new casting addition Seth Gilliam (The Wire) is playing Father Gabriel, a mid-size role that originated in Robert Kirkman’s original comic. Some scenes in the season-five trailer also hinted to that conclusion.

Though Rick and his revolving cast of survivors have gone through a lot the past four seasons, show runner Scott Gimple said it was the events in Terminus and the rest of year six that will truly dig into their transformations into … well, whoever they’re becoming:

"I think they did find out that you can't come back from the things that you've done, you have to live with them. But also the things that you've done make you formidable. This season is going to define these characters. We’re going to see the story of Terminus. We're going to see how it happens.”

The new trailer also finally gave us an update on Beth’s (Emily Kinney) whereabouts, and it looks like the young lady has found herself a prisoner in the freakiest hospital ever. Seriously, it looks like something straight out of Silent Hill. Kinney said the arc will force Beth to rise up: “She's taking all those things she's learned and taking a different kind of strength into season five, and she's going to have to use everything she's got.” After seeing the trailer, we’d believe it.

Fan favorite Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, had some interesting things to say about how the apocalypse has changed his character. Heck, for the nobody delivery guy he was before, the end of civilization was arguably the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Also, it sounds like Glenn is almost a bit too happy, which has us a little worried:

“I think everyone in this apocalypse has gotten their potential completely unlocked. Now, he has love, he has friendship, he has family. He has things to protect. He held out hope and it got him to that place.”

Other tidbits of note: They’re cooking up a scene where the group faces a flooded room with a massive, bloated walker; Andrew Lincoln freaks out and hits stuff like a maniac to get into character; Michael Cuditz’s red hair apparently looks less ridiculous; Chandler Riggs ate a tub of pudding at the panel; and Lincoln sometimes listens to Prince to get into character. Fair enough.

The new season of Walking Dead debuts Oct. 12.

(Via HitFix, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline)

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