The Walking Dead season 5 is still months away but the first trailer was recently released by AMC, renewing widespread interest in the show even though it’s in the midst of filming.
The top three characters of interest may be Beth, Daryl, and Glenn. The residents of Terminus are also high on the list. Lots of mystery.
Beth has been confirmed alive per the Comic-Con trailer, but the circumstances that she’s in are still relatively unclear. She’s seen being threatened by a woman dressed as a cop in a hospital. Another scene shows her running away, while others show her seeming to prepare her escape and trying to help patch up someone who is bleeding profusely.
The trailer revealed that Carol and Tyreese do somehow stumble into Rick and the bigger group, whether in Terminus or along the way to Washington D.C. There’s no connection revealed between Beth and anyone from the larger group. People continue to speculate over whether Daryl will get together with Carol or Beth, with few clues available.
One recent spoiler from the set came from The Spoiling Dead Fans, which gathers information from people watching the filming. The page said that it appeared Carol and Daryl end up in a van at some point, and the van ends up toppling off a bridge. It’s unclear if both or either of them get killed in the situation.
The biggest possible spoiler regarding Glenn, the scrappy character hard to hate, is that what happened to him in the comics could happen in the show. In the comics, Glenn gets killed by the villain Negan in a violent moment. Negan kills Glenn by bashing his face in with a baseball bat that has barbed wire strung all over it.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that at the 2:20 mark in the new trailer, it appears that an unknown character is about to swing a baseball bat at Glenn’s head.
Producers previously confirmed that Negan will almost certainly be introduced in the television show at some point, though they weren’t sure when.
“I think you have to go back and see if there was barbed wire around the bat,” showrunner Scott M. Gimple said when asked if Negan was on tap for season five. Creator Robert Kirkman added: “We can see anything this season. Anything is possible—and good eye.”
They did say that season 5 will stick “pretty close” to season 5.
“There is at least one big moment this season that takes something from the comic that we blew past a year and a half ago,” Gimple said. “There are some pieces that are from a long time ago that we never got to that integrate themselves in a story that’s very different. There is some stuff that’s completely and utterly different from the comic — though inspired [by it] — and it circles back to the comic.”
Not everything is from the comics, though. For instance, Daryl doesn’t even exist in the comics. Neither does Beth.
In the comics, Rick and his group arrive at the Alexandria Safe-Zone–the hospital that Beth is seen at in the trailer is speculated by some to be part of the safe zone–and quickly integrate themselves into the community. Rick becomes the leader. But disaster strikes when they try to throw off Negan and his large group of violent troublemakers. Negan kills Glenn to send Rick a message, but instead the killing sets off a huge war between the two groups that ends with Negan defeated and thrown into jail in the safe zone while Rick builds a strong community that trades with neighboring communities such as a group up on a hill that’s not too far away.
“I love the different places we’ve been able to go with Negan and his [F-bomb-laden] vocabulary,” Kirkma said, referring to the comics.
“It’s been a lot of fun and I’m as excited about bringing that character into the show as the fans are. … But we don’t want to rush it and we have to do it the right way,” he said of adding Negan to the AMC series. “If we introduced Negan 20 issues earlier in the comic, it wouldn’t have been as cool. We’re going to make sure we take our time and do it the right way.”
Season 5 premieres on Sunday, October 12.