The Walking Dead will return this Sunday, February 8th on AMC, and viewers will be clamoring like the walkers of the series to see what happens next. If you are interested in any The Walking Dead Season 5 mid-season premier spoilers and how to watch live stream - free for subscribers - online, continue reading here.
Michonne (Danai Guirira), the iconic sword-wielding character on The Walking Dead effectively summarizes the Season 5 second half when she says: "We have to find some place, we've got to pick a place, and we've got to pick it soon, because we can't survive very much longer out here." The survivors are all back together again, but with the recent loss of Beth and the absence of any "safe house", it will be very difficult for them.
The Walking Dead's Season 5 mid-season premiere is called "What Happened and what's Going On", and Yahoo News states that that viewers should "Be Prepared. Any ideas about the pace of the storyline slowing down for a bit after Beth's death should be pushed aside; the Season 5B premiere goes there."
We have previously reported how Beth's death is going to affect the characters such as Daryl (Norman Reedus), and how the tragedy will take its toll even though they walk through the shadow of the valley of death.
What is interesting is how this will affect the entirety of the series. Andrew Lincoln, who plays the show's main character of Rick Grimes, said in a recent AMC video preview that "it feels like we're moving into a new show". He also stated that "there is a sense in Rick that he's going to pull people through".
If The Walking Dead series means to follow the graphic novel source material of The Walking Dead comic, then the survivors are probably going to need to head to Washington D.C. There they will find that "safe city" where a wall has been erected to keep the zombies out, and civilization in. This is clearly the direction that the show is going, if it wants to follow some semblance of its source material. Or, it could just reject the source material and go in an entirely different direction altogether.
Then there is the Morgan Jones factor. We have already talked about how Morgan has briefly shown up in the previous article, and it is possible that this character from Rick's hometown could make an appearance once again. Perhaps a bigger role from Lennie James could be some way that the TV series will distinguish itself from the comic book series even more.
Those who know the comic book know that Negan is a nasty man who robs any settlement that he can find just to feed his face and his followers. He has showed up in the past few years in the comics, so it might be too early to say that he will show up in season 5, as the group has not gone through the whole "Alexandria safe-zone" storyline yet. With the way things are going, it would probably take an entire season to go through that Alexandria story, and then start with the whole Negan plotline.
Some things that we have also heard are some new characters appearing on the show, such as actress Alexandra Breckenridge from American Horror Story and True Blood. Also joining will be Ross Marquand, who played Paul Newman on Mad Men, but we don't know what part either of them are playing as yet.
There are other rumors about the cast, as Venture Capital Post says that a new teaser video does not show characters like Carl, Judith, Father Gabrial, and Noah. It is possible that some of these characters could be killed (or in the show's case, made a zombie) before this season's end. Considering that Judith died in the comic book series during the plotline involving the Governor, it will be interesting to see what develops on the television show's version.
If you are interested in becoming a follower of The Walking Dead, catch it Sunday 9/8c p.m. and 9 p.m. PT on February 8th from AMC. Viewers with cable providers that serve the full episode and AMC Live service, and whose package includes the AMC channel, may access AMC Live on amc.com.