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Robert Kirkman on Season 5

Dalton Ross of EW interviews Robert about season 5!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Before we get macro, let’s start big picture. I know sometimes you guys look at these as 8-episode chunks or arcs of what you’re going to do. I guess if that’s the case, why don’t you start by telling me the overall story or theme of how you see this next batch of episodes.

ROBERT KIRKMAN: The show is about characters evolving and growing and changing over time, so for our first batch of eight episodes, if you’ve seen the trailer you very much see that these characters are in this new state of mind — the state of mind that they’ve formed after living through this crucible in the last half of season 4. What you have on the surface could appear to be another Governor conflict with Gareth, who’s the guy who is in charge of Terminus and is definitely in conflict with Rick. But the thing that excites me most about this show is that because these characters are growing and evolving and changing, Gareth is coming against a very different Rick Grimes than the Governor did. So the outcome is going to be quite different. The only hint that I’ll really give you is that there’s a lot of ground covered in our first 8 episodes, so I would say without a doubt that Gareth is far from the only threat, quite possibly far from the biggest threat, and there’s quite a bit on the horizon. I would just say more than any other season, we hit the ground running, and there’s quite a bit going on with all of these characters. I think people are going to be pretty happy to be along for the ride.

Let’s talk about the Terminus folks. There seem to be more clues that they could indeed be cannibals with some of the footage we saw in the preview and obviously some of the other clues and parallels to the comic book. What do you want to say about that?

I’ll answer that with two statements: One, wouldn’t it be crazy if they didn’t turn out to be cannibals, since everything seems to be going that way? And two, all I’ll say is this season is following the comic book storyline pretty closely, possibly closer than we ever have before, and there’s a very popular, familiar storyline in the comic books that happened immediately following the exodus of the prison and it is entirely possible that we will be touching in some way on that very popular storyline.

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING way more, including Terminus, Gareth, the mission to get to DC, and more! Good stuff!

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  1. JesusClark October 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    “The only hint that I’ll really give you is that there’s a lot of ground
    covered in our first 8 episodes, so I would say without a doubt that
    Gareth is far from the only threat, quite possibly far from the biggest
    threat, and there’s quite a bit on the horizon.”
    NEGAN!

    • Katie Mcbrine October 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      I think he confirmed the Negan will be coming … just a matter of when. Either mid-season finale or season finale.

      • JesusClark October 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm - Reply

        I think Negan might show up at the beginning of season 6 and play a big role in it. Or he could show up at the living end of this next season. I would think on there way to Washington or during their time at Washington they would get pulled over and out of their cars then you hear, “Which one of you pricks is the leader?” Of course they gotta killed some of his guys to piss him off.

    • Ronny Haze October 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      No. Lol. Has a humongous Negan fan, I share your enthusiasm for his arrival but once Negan comes, there is no going back and “adding” any storyline from the 40 some comic issues they would pass up if they went eight from Alexandria to Negan. I am thinking more season 7 is Negan.

      • Cassi October 8, 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

        Agreed. I’m crossing my fingers for mid-season 6 but you’re probably right.

        • One Eye Carl October 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

          Negan won’t appear until season 8&up at earliest

          • Cassi October 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

            They would really be stretching the Alwxandria Safe Zone story out way to long if we didn’t see Negan until the 8th season. That would get boring.

          • One Eye Carl October 9, 2014 at 1:29 am

            I think season season 6 they’ll get to Alexandria and we’ll have them have their small peace then No Way Out will end the season. Season 7 will be We Find Ourselves and A larger World. Last but not least Season 8 Something To Fear and What comes After.

          • Cassi October 9, 2014 at 4:38 am

            I think they make the safe zone about episode 10-12 of this season. Andrew Lincoln had shaved his beard when he was at the premiere last week and wouldn’t say why. In the comics he shaved it when they got to Alexandria.

          • Ronny Haze October 9, 2014 at 11:54 am

            Yeah, they are getting to the Safe Zone this season, very possible we see Savior hints in s6 but nothing major and more in 7 and maybe finish out 7 with the introduction… I want All Out War to rage through out 1 or 2 complete seasons!!! Drag that shit out and make it epic, tense and shed a lot of blood!!!!

    • Ronan Barrett October 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      NEGAN! NEGAN! NEGAN! But seriously, I don’t think Negan will be introduced this season. Maybe at the end of S6 or beginning of S7. Maybe the other threat is what has been hunting them for the entire show. The zombies themselves!

  2. Cassi October 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    So after reading this interview I have a prediction. We will see The Hunters in Season 5 but they are not the Termites / Terminus. In fact I think possibly Terminus is keeping The Hunters at bay by providing them fresh meat as part of their deal. Just a guess. I like trying to guess what they’ll do but I’m usually wrong.

  3. Ronan Barrett October 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard from other reports that after season 5 the show will be completely different to the comic. What could this bring? Maybe Eugene is actually telling the truth? Maybe Negan could come in before Alexandria? Who knows?!

  4. Bastet October 9, 2014 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I love how I simply cannot predict any damn thing, based on anything Kirkman says, except that I’m in for another thrill ride!

  5. joeward October 9, 2014 at 8:29 am - Reply

    season 5 terminus, Beth and white crosses that’s the name for the new group ,estates, asz
    season 6 no way out, we find our self’s, a larger world negan as finale
    season 7 something to fear,what comes after, march to war
    season 8 all out war
    season 9 a new beginning

  6. kayleen October 10, 2014 at 8:02 am - Reply
  7. tori October 10, 2014 at 8:03 am - Reply
  8. kayleen October 10, 2014 at 8:04 am - Reply
  9. tori October 10, 2014 at 8:05 am - Reply

    also carl is baeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  10. kayleen October 10, 2014 at 8:05 am - Reply

    carl is mine and victorias bae isabelle

  11. kayleen October 10, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply
  12. tori October 10, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    coral grimes is myyyyyyyyyy baaaaeeee


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