In the trailer released on Friday for the mid-season premiere of the final eight episodes of season five of The Walking Dead, a voiceover by Sheriff Rick Grimes states that “Surviving together is all that matters.” It is a slow-motion preview of Rick and his band of fellow survivors, minus a few series regulars, armed and dispatching walkers in a forest near Atlanta.
Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, has his trusty rifle with him in the fifth season trailer, while Daryl Dixon, ably played by actor Norman Reedus, uses not only his crossbow, which is his usual weapon of choice, but also a shotgun.
Melissa McBride’s character, Carol Peltier, who has really come into her own the past couple of seasons, wields a knuckle-grip knife in her efforts at fending off zombies. Michonne, played by the amazing actress Danai Gurira, hacks her way through her enemies with her katana, and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yuen) utilizes a dagger as his weapon. He is seen with his fiancée Maggie (Lauren Cohen) as they are apparently hunting.
Tyreese, who is played by another of the great actors in the cast of The Walking Dead, Chad Coleman, has his rifle on his back in the trailer as he runs down a hillside. Sasha, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, is shown listening for any unusual noises.
Meanwhile, we see Michael Cudlitz’s character, Sergeant Abraham Ford, looking through the scope of his weapon. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) has just a tiny knife to combat the walkers with, though he is in the company of two capable gun-toting women, Rosita, played by Christian Serratos, and Tara, played by actress Alanna Masterson.
Notable by their absence in the trailer for The Walking Dead were Rick’s son, played by Chandler Riggs, and baby daughter Judith, played by both Clara and Charlotte Ward. Also unseen in the trailer were Noah and Father Gabriel.
There has been speculation by some fans that the trailer might not depict anything at all that actually happens the final eight episodes of this season of The Walking Dead. The beard that Rick is seen sporting is reportedly a fake one, as he had shaved off the one he had the first eight episodes.
If the trailer was a promo, the absence of Father Gabriel and Noah could be explained because usually promo videos only feature main cast members. Possibly, if the trailer depicts an actual preview of the first episode, one or the other (or both) Noah and Father Gabriel might be looking after Carl and Judith while the rest of the cast does battle with the walkers.
The Walking Dead will return on AMC on Sunday, February 8. Both critics and fans love the show, and it has won two Emmy Awards and has been nominated for one Golden Globe. The series about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies was created by Frank Darabont. It was adapted from a 2003 comic book of the same title by Robert Kirkman, the frontrunner of The Walking Dead. The teaser trailer that AMC released on Friday has definitely caused a buzz among fans of the popular series, whether or not it depicts actual scenes from the mid-season premier.
Written By: Douglas Cobb