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Cast and Crew: Evolution of Men – The Walking Dead Season 5

Season 5 of the walking dead premieres October 12, 2014 at 0900 on AMC followed by the talking dead with Chris Hardwick at 1000. What are we expected to know about the characters going into the first episode. The cast and crew sit down prior to the start of the season to explain the new world the group find themselves in. As our readers have come to find out, the obstacle is not so much the walkers (which are a nuisance), rather the other lost people that Rick and the group run into.
 
Things to really pay attention to should really be the psychology and behavior of Rick and the others. Rick is left with no doubt and the clips we have come to watch show a very resilient and confident Rick who has no reserve about making the tough answers. We come to see how the other people they come to interact with shape and model who they become. Furthermore, for quite sometime now, we have seen this ray of morality, this glimpse of civilization. Now, the dynamic has shifted. What the group has been trying to hold onto for such a long time, is starting to disintegrate. The world they yearn for is a facade as of now. There are too many variables that keep them from trying to rebuild sanity.
 
Their performance, anxiety, and normality has shifted. The expectations and hopeful realities are merely dreams which have almost led them to death. The realization of who they want to be verses who they HAVE to be is finally taking over. In order to survive to create that utopic future lifestyle, sacrifices must be made and tough calls must be answered.
 
Below the cast and crew delve deeper.
 




 

Robert Kirkman Starts Hinting About Season 5 of The Walking Dead

As the season gets closer to the opening bell, Robert Kirkman’s mouth becomes increasingly unstable. And although he says quite a bit of information, it’s all cloudy and murky. We must look at the past to understand the future. He explains in a recent interview that a lot of what people have been hinting towards will finally be revealed in the upcoming season.

Also, he sheds some light on the momentum of the first episodes. As I paraphrase, he states that unlike last seasons, these first episodes will be much more involved and pact with reveals that will be done in really interesting ways. We left people at terminus and there are big surprises coming he says to Entertainment. The first episode really deals with Terminus and opens really quickly. We start to understand a little about the group there and how everything will unfold. We know that Carl has found giant pills as well and we will figure out how they might be of significance.

But there is something missing. For the longest time we have waited for Andrew Lincoln character, Rick Grimes, to unravel out of his cocoon. In the comic book series, this more gritty, grimy,  and more beast like Rick emerges. This has been something promised. We await this western Rick. Kirkman breaks that revelation. Comic Book Rick is back!

With that being said, Kirkman has been asked all sorts of questions, especially ones including the inclusion of more characters. He has been seriously looking at bringing on several cast members from “the wire.” With a cast ever changing and with a viewership that can’t live without certain characters, it seems that the comic book won’t really be followed as closely as hoped and as you already know. Kirkman plans to bring more characters in that are both from the comic as others not.
 


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Kirkman speaks about Rick and his evolution over what we saw in season 4 verses what we will see in season 5. In the middle of season 3, we saw a cocky Rick. We saw a Rick who saw himself doing what he should have been doing. I don’t mean the bad cocky, but someone who had everything he needed and did things with confidence without being really tested. By the end of season 4, we see a Rick that is defeated and broken. He is very unsure of himself because he was juggling too many things at once. He was trying to be a father; trying to protect a group of people; he was trying to fend off a lunatic attacker; and he was fighting off the loss of his wife.

We see this catalyst effect in which a man can either be broken (curl up and die) or snap out of his condition and look towards the things that are important at that time (such that his son). It was never his place to “have to be a leader.” But after seeing pretty much the worst case scenario occur, he is much stronger and understands (in essence, much more prepared). He is much more psychologically and mentally tough. Robert Kirkman alludes to the fact that he is going to be much more decisive in his actions. This “I don’t want to fight,” this “doesn’t need to happen” mentality jumps off the bridge. Some people have become the way they are to survive and Rick plays this very fine line between “no more shit” and “being a father.”

The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9 – The Midseason Return

The mid-season return was last night. People were charged to find out what happened to the group as they were all forced to split up. The season has become a little more grimier and emotional. When one expected the emotion to dust off, everyone got flipped upside down. Although it wasn’t shocking to me what happened with Carl, it evoked a lot of anger out of me in how someone who thinks he is so old, could say the things that he did.
 
But that was the defining moment in the episode, it emphasized Carl’s inability, his lack of maturity to understand that he is still too young to take care of himself. Every teen goes through those years where they think they are invincible, they lack respect and understanding of the rigors of life and the consequences that follow. Time and time again we see Carl trying to handle himself only coming up short. He finds that every time he gets in a very bad scenario, he must remind himself that he is in control and is strong, when we all know that the more one tries to convince himself of that, the more they are in need of help and aren’t ready for the harshness of life (to walk alone through).
 



 
I think for all the teens out there that watched the show and are reading this blog, even for me, it reminds me of the childhood and the empowering feeling I once had. Yet, I lacked the maturity and understanding of what the world really was about and my place sort of in it. Even though we all continually try to understand our part in this world. Chandler Riggs has solidified himself as a mature actor to me. His acting was unlike anything I had seen from a young actor, actor, or leading actor. I think this was an immense growing experience for him as an actor and spoke to him on several different levels.
 
This episode was very important to teens that watched. Take away the fact that although you are strong, and you need independence, you aren’t strong enough yet. Don’t rush to be an adult… trust me, you will regret it years later. I know I do.
 
Michonne is a deeply complex character. She literally and symbolically is on a double edged sword. The Katana to me represents to paths she is walking and we heard in the talking dead afterwards. She is fighting this urge to feel. This was seen at the very first episode we meet her. It emphasized this pain she didn’t want to feel nor the weakness she wanted others to see. Last nights episode teeter tottered on this path that she didn’t to go down and led her to decide once and for all who she wanted to be.
 
I think the key to this entire episode for Michonne, the defining moment in the story last night was the Katana to her double. She had been lost for sometime now and this action told all watching that there are things in this life that you won’t agree with, that will tear at your being in the worst of ways, but hiding those emotions and bottling up who you really are is a recipe for disaster. A debilitating crash will occur sometime down the road. Humans are social creatures by nature. We can’t go this alone. Don’t go at it alone. If there is one thing you come away with from this article, that is number one.
 
Lastly, the writers of this show amaze me every day. They take psychology and emotion and physicality to a whole new level and I am amazed to see how these roles have developed.