Walking Dead Season 5 Spoilers: Huge Deaths Teased; And No Romance for Daryl? A New Time Jump Also Unveiled

August 4, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Walking Dead season 5 got clearer with the release of the first trailer during Comic-Con, but there’s still a lot that hasn’t been revealed.

The biggest spoiler people are looking for is regarding who stays alive and who dies in the forthcoming season.

Season 4 had Herschel die as well as some lesser characters such as Karen and the girls. There will be more big deaths in season 5, executive producer Gale Ann Hurd told Zap2It.

“”It wouldn’t be ‘The Walking Dead’ without some tears,” she told the website.

Hurd also said that there won’t be romance for Daryl–at least early in the next season.

“Daryl’s interesting because there are the people who want him to hook up with Carol, there are the people who want him to hook up with Beth, there are the people who never wanted him to hook up because he’s got to save himself for them,” Hurd said. “Regardless of what we do, I don’t think we’re ever going to make anyone happy.”

And the time jump was also revealed by executive producer and special effects guy Greg Nicotero.

“We never really started [a season] with a direct cut [from the previous season]. Season 2 to Season 3, there was an eight-month jump, and Season 3 to Season 4, there was an eight-month jump. But since we ended the Season 4 finale on Rick’s line — ‘They’re screwing with the wrong people’— we left on a cliffhanger, and we’re going to pick up directly where we left off,” he told Yahoo.

Nicotero said that the premiere, which will air on October 12, is like a “huge, gigantic movie.”

As for the theme of season 5, Nicotero said: 

“The theme to Season 4 was, ‘Can we come back from the things that we’ve done?’ And that’s where Rick starts at the beginning of Season 4, and he has that conversation with Clara, and he goes all the way through, and you find him embracing that brutality in order for him and Carl and Daryl and Michonne to survive.

“So definitely in Season 5, Rick will be questioning what it is that you have to do to protect the people that you love, what you’re willing to do. And it’s really about survival. I think that the one word that would describe Season 5 is ‘survival.’ What’s exciting about moving into Season 5 is we continue the exploration into who these people are, and it’s thrilling.”

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