The Walking Dead season 5 has been confirmed, and after the season 4 finale we know that no one died (other than Joe’s group).
The main characters such as Rick, Glenn, Daryl, and Michonne are expected to return.
The a rumor that at least one of the main characters would be killed turned out to be false.
A number of recurring roles have been added in season 3. Some of the characters were killed, such as Karen.
But five recurring characters stand out because the actors and actresses who play them have an option in their contracts to become a regular in season 5.
That would be Tara (Alanna Masterson), apparently the only surviving member of the Chambler family and new sidekick to Glenn, and the trio of Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), and Rosita (Christian Serratos), who are also with Glenn at the moment. In addition, Gareth (Andrew J. West), the apparent head of Terminus.
Tara in episode 10 of season 4. (Gene Page/AMC)
Dr. Eugene Porter in episode 11 of season 4. (Gene Page/AMC)
Abraham Ford in episode 11 of season 4. (Gene Page/AMC)
Rosita Espinosa in episode 11 of season 4. (Gene Page/AMC)
The promotions to series regulars would probably come with some of the main characters–Rick in particular could be interested–joining Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita on their mission to Washington, D.C.
In fact, one casting call says that season 5 begins with Rick and the group heading to Washington, D.C., “where they meet new danger and a new enemy.”
However, they seem to be stuck at Terminus for the moment after being forced into a boxcar on railroad tracks by Gareth and a bunch of Terminus residents with guns.
As far as filming goes for the next season, Lauren Cohan (Maggie) said recently that it will start in mid-April in Atlanta.
And the premiere date will be sometime in October.