Walking Dead Showrunner Claims Season Six Will Serve as a Prequel to the Comics

Monday, 06 July 2015 - 11:18AM
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Monday, 06 July 2015 - 11:18AM
Walking Dead Showrunner Claims Season Six Will Serve as a Prequel to the Comics
The Walking Dead both adheres to and diverges from the comics, in an effort to stay true to the source material without allowing all the major plot points to be spoiled. According to a recent EW interview with showrunner Scott M. Gimple, season six will once again walk that tightrope, as it will cover storylines from the comics, but it also expand into events that were only alluded to in the comics as backstory:

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There's a really cool aspect to the first half of the season that serves almost as a prequel to some direct comic stuff in the second half of the season. I think there's a way that Robert did some of the story that we're reaching that had a real past to it, where people are referring to some things in the past in the comic. And we're able to portray some of that backstory in some ways that you didn't get to see in the comic.
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Gimple doesn't mention which comic book storyline will get some kind of prequel in season six, but our best guess is the backstory of the Scavengers, as the next season's main antagonist, the Wolves, is reportedly a "rough remix" of the comic book villains. The Scavengers don't get too much backstory in the comics, so it's possible that the small allusions to a backstory will lead to a major plotline in the show.

Gimple also addressed the explosive events of the fifth season finale, particularly the final confrontation between Rick and Pete:

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Last season was this very strange quote-unquote "happy ending." As I was working on the finale, it was just very interesting to me that the stakes weren't that Rick was going to be kicked out, but oh, is Rick going to have to kill a lot of people? The onus was completely on him, but in the end he found a way, and providence found a way, that he could demonstrate to these people what they need to do and who he really is. And now that he's done that, he seems to be in a terrific position to bring these people around to his way of thinking, and have it not be based in antagonism. But I will say, the world often gets in the way of Rick's plans.
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It surprises me that Gimple thought the finale was a "happy ending," even a complex one. Especially considering Morgan's shocked response to Pete's execution, and the apparent role reversal between the two characters, it didn't exactly seem like the show was positioning Rick to become an uncontroversial leader of Alexandria. It would be interesting to see the Alexandrians become a little more ruthless, but hopefully the ethics of the show doesn't devolve into "everyone who agrees with Rick is right."

The Walking Dead returns in October on AMC.
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