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Exec. Producer David Alpert talks Season 5!

The Walking Dead Executive Producer David Alpert took a moment while on the set of Season 5 to share a few of his favorite moments from the show, and who he can’t wait to see introduced from the comics…

Q: You’ve known Robert Kirkman for over 12 years now. What still surprises you about the stuff he comes up with in the show and comic?

A: The thing that surprises me most is that he still has the same shirts from 12 years ago. [Laughs] In all honesty, the thing that gets me about what Robert does is really finding the humanity in these insane situations. So many creators and writers get wrapped up in the pyrotechnics and the setting. Robert always finds the character and the spark.

Q: Last year, you mentioned Season 4’s theme related to the possibility of civilization. What would you say the theme for Season 5 is?

A: I think with Season 4, Scott Gimple really focused on whether you can get away from the things that you’ve done. Can you turn your back on your past? I think Season 5 is a response to that, in that you are what you’ve done, where you’ve been and where you’re from.

Q: You’re working on a new sci-fi movie, Air, starring Norman Reedus. Is this going to be Daryl Dixon in space?

A: It’s a post-apocalyptic thriller in a world that’s been overrun. The key people in this world, like scientists and biologists, are being held at a biogenic facility. Norman Reedus plays a maintenance man that is woken up every six months to clean the air filter. He’s been doing it for years and years, but this time, something goes horribly wrong. It’s a really interesting character study with this giant post-apocalyptic backdrop. Daryl is very strong, but can be child-like at times. In Air, Norman’s character is very independent-minded and he’s very much a leader, whereas Daryl, I think, is the perfect #2. Norman’s character in Air would never be working with Rick.

Q: What one element from the show do you wish was in the comic?

A: It’s more like things in the comic that I can’t wait to get to. I cannot wait until we introduce Negan. He is just like the coolest f—ing character on the planet. You thought the Governor was bad news?

Q: Negan’s worse?

A: [Laughs] Man, wait until you meet Negan! He’s one of the greatest villains ever created. It’s so exciting.

Click here to read the full interview on AMC’s blog!

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  1. Bastet September 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply
  2. Metallic Winter September 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Well Negan is one to make a fucking big first impression.

  3. William Brink September 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    REALLY hoping he doesn’t enter the way he does in the comics

  4. blsanchez1962 September 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm - Reply
  5. Caleb Haywood September 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Negan doesn’t rape so the governors worst

  6. Carly Hudson September 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Love the joke that Robert’s still wearing the same shirts 12 years later. Me too dude!

  7. Julian Bugliarisi September 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait for Negan! He’s one of my fav characters for sure

  8. Carly Hudson September 8, 2014 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Speaking of Negan, I just came across this glorious cross stitch on Pinterest. I’m pretty sure Negan has it hanging in his cell.

  9. Ronan Barrett September 9, 2014 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Even though Negan is an awesome character I don’t think the show will be able to do him justice. One of the best personality quirks that Negan has is that he constantly drops the F bomb. We’ve already been shown that the show doesn’t even allow one (Rick’s deleted season 4 ending quote). Another reason why we love to hate Negan is because he killed (Spoiler Alert in 3…2….1…! Are all the casual fans gone. Good) Glenn. Glenn’s death in the walking dead was one of the most brutal with getting his head smashed in and so forth. It’s okay when Zombies die like this but for it to happen to a living breathing human being is a whole different level. The only way that I can see Negan being as bad ass as the comic version is that he is a smart-ass, relentless, black humored, and has outbursts of anger which might result to him randomly killing or burning half of one of his men’s face off.

  10. Jason Thomas September 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Wow ! I need to read the interview.


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