'The Walking Dead' Producer Greg Nicotero: Season 5 Is All About 'Survival'
(Warning: Minor Season 5 spoilers and major TWD comic-book spoilers ahead.)
How many times have you watched the Walking Dead Season 5 trailer, the one released at Comic-Con last week? We're betting you’ve watched it, studied it, slowed it down, and hit rewind and fast-forward on it, all multiple times, in a quest to suss out every little single storyline and character reveal that the sneak peek at Season 5 offered.
Especially that blink-and-you-missed-it scene with fan favorite Glenn (Steven Yeun), tied to a chair, with the back of his noggin about to be struck by a guy we’ve never seen before, brandishing some stick-like weapon. TWD comic-book fans immediately wondered: Could that be the show's way of introducing one of the Walking Dead universe's baddest of all baddies? Is TV Glenn about to get clobbered by Negan, the barbed-wire-covered, baseball-bat-wielding villain who kills Glenn in the comic book?
What can you say about that trailer scene, TWD executive producer/director/special-effects makeup whiz Greg Nicotero?
"I can say I'm glad you caught that," Nicotero told Yahoo TV during a discussion about the upcoming TWD Season 4 DVD release. "And that your intuition... I can't say. I can't say. I can say that it's in the trailer for a reason."
Nicotero, who, along with the cast and crew, is currently in Georgia working on the eighth episode of Season 5 (i.e. the annual midseason finale), also shared a few other tidbits about the new season.
That Season 5 trailer you introduced at Comic-Con was very revealing. It hinted at a lot of storylines and a lot of new characters, and a big cliffhanger was answered: Beth's alive! Was there any concern about giving away too much?
Well, there is always that concern, because something that is tremendously important to us is allowing the audience to make those discoveries on their own. So we were very conscious that we didn't want to give too much away.
The Beth bit was something that came up later in the process of doing the trailer, because we wanted to open up the world. The world of The Walking Dead is really important to us in terms of always keeping it fresh. And we see a bit of Terminus and we see a bit of the church, and as we were editing the trailer, we were like, "Wait, we have some great moments that we can tease: being in an urban environment and getting into opening up our world."