Best news of the day is that AMC has renewed the very human saga of the undead: The Waking Dead. The series is an examination of how people rebuild and connect with each other when all forms of society and law have been obliterated after an apocalyptic event.
#1 Show on Television Among Adults 18-49, and Highest-Rated Show in Cable History, Returns for Its Fifth Season at 9 PM ET/PT on October 12, Followed by Live “Talking Dead” Aftershow
We are days away from the season five premiere of “The Walking Dead,” the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years and most highly-rated show in cable television history, for a sixth season. The season five premiere is this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the live season premiere of “Talking Dead” at 10 p.m. ET/PT with host Chris Hardwick and this week’s guests Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Conan O’Brien.
“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”
Social media activity and interest around “The Walking Dead” is up significantly from the same period a year ago. For several weeks leading up to the season five premiere, the show has been #1 in digital engagement of all returning fall cable series, as measured by the ListenFirst Digital Audience Rating. The show’s social media following and fan engagement are at an all-time high with more than 30 million Facebook fans and 2.7 million Twitter followers, while video views of scenes and trailers for the upcoming season are well outpacing last year’s results.
What to expect for season 5?
Rumor has it that this will be the show’s most action-filled run to date. New characters will join residents at Terminus will appear, like Father Gabriel Stokes, who will be played by Seth Gilliam. Stokes is a conflicted preacher who encounters Rick and the group. Beth is alive, but not well…as the big cliffhanger at the end of Season 4 was what happened to her. Actress Emily Kinney plays Beth, who is being held at a hospital whose location is unknown.
Show runner Scott Gimple recently told Entertainment Weekly that Season 5 will “play with time.” That means what happens at the end of an episode could take place before what happened at the opening. Expect a huge mid-season cliffhanger.
The first episode is wild. The Daily News gave the episode four (out of five) stars, while Variety called the episode “spectacular.”
Gareth may not be he real villain, expect another this season, according to rumors. Also Negan will make an appearance. This vicious leader of “The Saviors” from the comic books.
For season six, Scott M. Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner and executive producer along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. AMC also recently announced that it has ordered a pilot for a potential companion series to “The Walking Dead,” based on a new story and new characters from Robert Kirkman.
Around the world, “The Walking Dead” will again be “First on FOX,” with FOX International Channels (FIC) bringing the show to audiences globally within 24 hours after the U.S. launch. Season 5 premieres on October 13 in all of its 125+ markets as part of FIC’s continued commitment to broadcast the series day-and-date internationally. Following the U.S. trend, “The Walking Dead” continues to break records overseas and has more than tripled its numbers on FOX since its launch.