San Diego Comic-con wouldn’t be complete with a little zombie action, so it’s no surprise that the AMC hit show, The Walking Dead, premiered the trailer for Season 5 at the convention (If you haven’t seen it, check it out here). After the crowd and MC, Nerdist and Talking Dead host, Chris Hardwick viewed the trailer everyone was stoked to talk with the cast. In attendance for the panel were Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Norman Reedus (Daryl), Emily Kinney (Beth), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Melissa McBride (Carol), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) and Chad Coleman (Tyreese). Here are a few highlights:
- Hardwick applauded the return of angry badass Rick (aka, the Ricktatorship) then asked Andrew Lincoln how he prepared for his role. In typical polite British style, Lincoln explained that he prepared quietly in a Zen fashion with music. The rest of the cast chuckled as he explained, then Hardwick claimed further knowledge and showed a mysterious clip of his process (omitted from YouTube viewers). If anyone gets his or her hands on this clip – comment below!
- After a couple of questions for Cudlitz and Gurira, Hardwick moved on to McBride and gave her a large bouquet of flowers which she then passed off to Reedus. Hardwick asked about her character, Carol’s, arc from an abused and subservient woman to a dominant renegade. McBride explained that her character has accepted her world for what it is and has come to a place of courage to do what she has to in order to survive, but that it comes from a place of caring and empathy. Of course, Hardwick had to joke, “maybe not for Lizzy.”
- Hardwick then touched on the mystery of Beth at the end of Season 4, but Kinney was unable to shed light on her whereabouts. Instead, she added that her character has gathered strength heading into the new season. Does this mean she’ll survive for Season 5? Let’s hope so!
- When the questions reached Norman Reedus, the auditorium exploded with female screams, and Hardwick joked that simply the name Norman incites unleashed excitement all over Comic-con this year. When asked about Daryl’s emotional journey, Reedus humbly quiped that he was sure he’d be killed off by episode two so he was thankful for such a rich and unpredictable character life.
- Hardwick asked Lincoln who he thinks has had the most drastic change from Season 1 to the current season and he waxed on like a proud papa about Chandler Riggs (Carl) as a photo of the two of them was projected. Lincoln declared in his Georgian accent, “Look at my boy!” at which point, Riggs came out from behind the scenes with a giant can of pudding to address the crowd.
The new season of The Walking Dead premieres on AMC, October 12, 2014 at 9:00pm. This walker-stalker deadhead will definitely be tuning in!
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