Talking Dead is back right along with The Walking Dead as both series returned for new seasons on Sunday, October 12. The AMC juggernaut series, Walking Dead, along with its companion series, Talking Dead, aired back-to-back as usual at 9 p.m. EST and 10 p.m. EST, respectively. Host Chris Hardwick welcomed guests including late-night host and comedian Conan O’Brien of TBS’ Conan, along with Walking Dead executive producers, Scott Gimple and Greg Nicotero.
Talking Dead‘s Hardwick and his guests gathered to provide a synopsis of The Walking Dead immediately following the fifth season premiere on AMC on Sunday, October 12. The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere episode was entitled “No Sanctuary,” and it picked up right where the Season 4 cliffhanger ended. While still trapped in the train car, several members of Rick’s crew were reunited and others from the Season 4 scattered groups joined them to fight for their survival.
There was much ado and discussion among the guests about Carol’s breakout premiere action, as she dominated The Walking Dead canvas in the “No Sanctuary” Season 5 debut. The character truly saved the day as well as proved her worth and allegiance to the crew. One of the most exciting and satisfying elements of the fifth season premiere episode was the Daryl-Carol reunion. The way Daryl ran to Carol and embraced her was so heartfelt and loving. The audience could feel the relief, not only from the characters of Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride), but also from the actors themselves. They truly missed working together and The Walking Dead audience sorely missed their interactions.
It will be interesting to see how The Walking Dead crew’s reunion plays out not only between Carol and Daryl, but also with the rest of the community. Additionally, there is also the Carol and Rick dynamic to be considered. Will all be forgiven now that Carol has morphed into the Terminus Terminator and saved the day? It would probably be hasty to assume all will be well, especially with the new group of bandits that was introduced at the end of the episode in the flashback holding the Terminus gang hostage. Could these savages also be responsible for Beth’s kidnapping and subsequent disappearance?
Talking Dead‘s Hardwick also drilled Walking Dead executive producers, Gimble and Nicotero, on Beth’s circumstances and whereabouts. They confirmed that the character is alive and there is a story to be told. The fact that Hardwick was prompted by his mother to wrangle details about the missing crooner was quite comical.
Another of the most discussed and disturbing segments from The Walking Dead premiere episode had to be the trough scene. It was very raw and extremely graphic even by The Walking Dead standards. Luckily, Carol the Terminus Terminator was on the horizon in full Rambo mode disguised in camouflage and zombie guts galore.
One of the most unique features of Talking Dead is its interactive component, in which Hardwick attempts to get answers for the viewers’ questions, conducts live polls, and holds Q&A sessions with the guests and live studio audience. This element truly helps set the companion series apart and seems to be enjoyed by all the parties involved.
On Sunday, October 12, Talking Dead returned with a vengeance right along with The Walking Dead as both series returned for their new seasons on AMC. Host Chris Hardwick welcomed guests including late-night host and comedian Conan O’Brien of TBS’ Conan, along with Walking Dead executive producers, Scott Gimple and Greg Nicotero. The AMC juggernaut series and critical darling, The Walking Dead, along with its companion series, Talking Dead, broadcast new episodes on Sundays back-to-back at 9 p.m. EST and 10 p.m. EST, respectively, on AMC.
Opinion and Review By Leigh Haugh
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