The main cast and producers of The Walking Dead took the stage for their Comic-Con panel this afternoon and showed a crowd of 6,500 the official Season 5 trailer with over three minutes of brand new footage. Thankfully, AMC knows that The Walking Dead fans at home can barely stand the wait and they've released the Season 5 trailer for all to watch.
Taking place right where we left Rick's group during the Season 4 finale, the trailer shows that their stay at Terminus takes quite a different direction than fans may have been expecting, while still sticking to the overall comic book series path. We see plenty of new footage of Andrew J. West as Garth, the leader of Terminus, and there's a quick shot of Seth Gilliam's new role in the show. Those wondering what happened to Beth also get a good tease that leaves many more questions than answers.
Scott M. Gimple, the Season 4 showrunner, has returned for The Walking Dead Season 5. Sixteen episodes are planned, an October premiere has been officially announced below, and we’ll keep Daily Dead readers posted on any further developments. I'll be conducting interviews with the cast and producers later this afternoon and will be sharing all new details on The Walking Dead Season 5 throughout the rest of the month.
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Below we have the official announcement from AMC, announcing the return of The Walking Dead on October 12th:
"San Diego, CA – July 25, 2014 – AMC announced today from Comic Con International in San Diego, CA the premiere of “The Walking Dead” season five on Sunday, October 12 at 9pm ET/PT. As in previous seasons, the series’ fifth season of 16 episodes will air in two-parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 12 and the final eight episodes returning February 2015. Following “The Walking Dead” will be the season premieres of AMC’s unscripted series “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist), at 10pm ET/PT and “Comic Book Men” at midnight ET/PT. Internationally, “The Walking Dead’ will return to audiences in 125+ FOX International Channels (FIC) markets within 24 hours of the U.S. broadcast, as part of FIC continued commitment to broadcast the series near date-and-date globally.
“From the opening tease in the premiere onward, season 5 is without question the most ambitious and satisfying season this amazing team has ever crafted” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “In the zombie apocalypse, event television is alive and well, and I am proud to acknowledge that this uniquely talented writing staff, production team and cast have once again raised the bar (and the crossbow).”
The season premieres of “The Walking Dead,” “Talking Dead” and “Comic Book Men” will coincide with AMC’s Zombie Apocalypse Week, from Monday, October 6 through Sunday, October 12, as well as the network’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films, AMC Fearfest. Celebrating its 18th year, AMC Fearfest will feature themed programming and more than 70 films, running from Friday, October 17 through Friday, October 31.
Today at 12:20pm is AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Comic Con panel event, moderated by Hardwick, and season five trailer premiere in Hall H. Following the event, the trailer can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4GAs9TJVjM&list=PLP63B9XPsQt0KiUz3ffyiS1tpDywWraPF&index=6.
At AMC’s “The Walking Dead” booth (#4237), fans can stop by to take photos of themselves within a recreation of Terminus, the infamous setting from the season four finale, in which Rick and his group are currently being held captive. Also at AMC’s booth, from 1:50 - 2:50pm, there will be an autograph signing with the cast and executive producers.
Also on Friday, July 25 from 6:35 - 8:10pm in Hall H Kevin Smith will reveal a new video and discuss the fourth season of his unscripted series “Comic Book Men,” during his annual Comic Con panel."
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