If you thought Robert Kirkman was going to break away from the talking points and throw everybody a curve ball with The Walking Dead, you were clearly fooling yourself. The writer and creator behind the zombie hit talked a bit about the upcoming sixth season while attending the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Show and it was more of the same for Rick and the gang.
I mean it was completely new and groundbreaking! Keep watching, America. Screw football.
Kirkman was joined by AMC President Charlie Collier and Stephen Yeun at the event and unleashed a few tidbits about the next season, particularly when it comes to Rick Grimes and the newly arrived Morgan (Lennie James). From The Wrap:
“Having Rick and Morgan together, finally, again is a huge deal, and it’s definitely going to be a big part of Season 6,” Kirkman said.
“Now it’s a very different Rick and a very different Morgan who are going to have a completely different relationship,” he added. “And it’s the questions of how they’re going to interact, how they’re going to work together — if they’re going to work together — and what comes from those interactions is going to be basically the spine of season six.”
Yeah, this version of Rick and Morgan have been through their crazy periods. They’ve built their town-wide zombie traps and talked into their disconnected telephones, so now it’s time for them to bond and get to getting with life. That or fully team-up and take over the entire Alexandria Safe Zone, despite the presence of the Wolves, the Irish, and whatever White Walkers are lurking deeper inside DC (Deathclaws control Olney, so don’t go there).
It does raise a good question. If it’s these two together being buddies again, what’s that mean for Daryl and Abraham. Are they just left out in the cold as secondary friends? What is the hierarchy of friendship within Rick Grimes world? Where is that infographic?
Elsewhere, Kirkman talked about his plans for Glenn in the upcoming season. This includes the rumored death for the character and how Yeun hopes he ends up going out:
Kirkman also teased “a lot of cool stuff” with Yeun’s character Glenn in the upcoming season, which may or may not involve killing off the fan favorite. Both men played coy when it came to the possibility of saying goodbye to yet another beloved “Walking Dead” character.
“We don’t kill the popular characters,” Kirkman joked, to a chorus of laughter in the room.
“If I go — that could happen,” Yeun said, adding that he’s felt lucky to be a part of the phenomenon.
If Glenn does die, it’s a pretty safe bet he won’t go down without a fight.
“The way that we make the show — the writers and everybody really want to focus on making things poignant and purposeful and meaningful,” Yeun said. “So if it were for Glenn to go, then it’s probably going to be awesome.”
The fact that we know for sure are this: someone is going to die on The Walking Dead. Nobody makes it out in one piece from season to season. Sometimes it is a major character getting their head chopped off in front of the prison gates and other times it is an annoying girl getting shot in the back of the head after she’s revealed to be a rat carving murderer. It happens.
Will Glenn die? Does it matter? I still hold out hope that Daryl is the one who bites the bullet (possibly distraught from Rick’s choice in running partners). Anybody can and will die in this show, much like in life. That’s just how it is. I just wouldn’t hold out much hope in Glenn getting any possible bad ass, fighting ending.
If Sam Jackson goes on record as saying he doesn’t want to die like a bitch in Star Wars, yet still ends up dying like a bitch, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for Steven Yeun.
(Via The Wrap)