"The First Episode Will Melt Your Brain" – SDCC The Walking Dead Panel

Jaselle Martino writes for Bleeding Cool: 

walking-dead-5It's no secret that Season 4 of the popular AMC show, The Walking Dead, was a tough pill to swallow. However, according to the producers and actors on the Panel today at Comic-Con, things get even more stressful and tougher for the gang who was last seen trapped in a box car at Terminus, a place they hoped would be a safe haven.

"The first episode will melt your brain," show-runner Scott Gimple teased about season 5. The new trailer shows the growing family of walker fighters heading to Washington, D.C. in the hope of finding a cure for the zombie infection. Both the Cast and crew were coy as usual about details for the next season. The panel included cast members Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Chandler Riggs and Norman Reedus.

The cast reminisced on the their journey so far on The Walking Dead. It's a long way from where Reedus, a fan favourite,  first saw himself on the show. "I thought they were going to kill me off in Episode 2," Reedus noted.

Last season, all of the characters were headed for the new safe space with the promise that those who arrive survive. But when they did arrive, their survival seemed very much in question. Despite being incredibly gory and highly bleak. Our gang struggle to find a sliver of hope that also manages to elude them.

"Why does this group of people survive?" asked Andrew Lincoln who plays group leader Rick Grimes. "We adapt," said Norman Reedus who plays Daryl Dixon. "We're like a virus. That's why we survive."

Season 5 will also welcome, veteran actor, Seth Gilliam who would play Father Gabriel.

The Walking Dead season five kicks off Sunday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. om AMC.

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