The sixth season of AMC's The Walking Dead is set to premiere later this year, but for those of you who can't wait for your next dose of undead action, take a look at our exclusive interview with co-executive producer Greg Nicotero. Warning: spoiler alert
The Walking Dead Season 5 wrapped up last month with "Conquer", its brilliant finale episode, putting Rick at the centre of law and order in the Alexandria Safe Zone. After Jessie's abusive husband Pete murdered Reg in a drunken rage during a community meeting, Deanna finally gave him permission to act as judge, jury and executioner, with Rick putting a bullet in Pete's head just as Morgan, Daryl and Aaron arrived. Writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman recently declared that Morgan and Rick will be the spine of The Walking Dead Season 6, but so far, clues about what to expect when the show returns in the fall have been thin on the ground. Accordingly, we sat down with co-exec producer Greg Nicotero in a bid to find out more. You can watch our exclusive interview below.
Nicotero reveals that after five incredibly successful seasons, what continues to impress him is the writers' dedication to the show's storylines, commenting that although the team takes inspiration from Kirkman's original series of graphic novels, viewers can continue to expect "detours" from the canon when Season 6 returns. This will certainly reassure fans of Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), who's been widely slated to be next on the chopping block when new episodes premiere. It's not all good news, however. It was recently confirmed that upcoming spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead will not explore the virus' origin, and it looks like viewers won't have anything to hope for in Season 6. Nicotero repeats that the show's emphasis isn't on how the epidemic started, but on how its characters deal with the crisis they find themselves in.
So, what's in store for the survivors when Season 6 returns? Will they continue to try and make a success of their stay in the Safe Zone? Nicotero remains tight-lipped on whether or not Rick and co. are headed for all-out war with the Alexandrians, saying only that next season will focus on their various attempts to make it work. Fans of Rick and Jessie may also be disappointed, with Nicotero adding that he doesn't think Jessie will be able to get over Rick's murder of her husband, however violent he may have been. However, we did get some more information about the Wolves and the threat they pose to Alexandria. Nicotero reveals that the group are using humans as bait in a bid to create a "zombie army". NCheck out the full interview for more spoilers, including the burning question you've all been dying to ask: just how long can a walker survive before decomposing completely? Let us know what you think about what Nicotero had to say!