Does Andrew Lincoln’s New Look Hint at Alexandria Safe-Zone Storyline?

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As if the set photos from this summer weren’t proof enough that the Alexandria Safe-Zone will be reached by the survivors at some point in Season 5 of The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln’s (aka Rick Grimes) new, cleaned up look most assuredly does.

The Walking Dead is still in the process of filming the remainder of Season 5 of AMC’s knock-out zombie drama. And as most comic book readers know, Rick Grimes and his band of survivors eventually reach the Alexandria-Safe Zone after the Hunters (the cannibals) story arc is complete.

For those of you that are unfamiliar, the Alexandria Safe-Zone is a few blocks of cleared streets in Alexandria, Virginia, about six miles from Washington, D.C. The area runs on an isolated power grid and was put together by the government in case of a major disaster. This is where our group meets a number of survivors and remains for a very long time.

But one of the main parts of this storyline fans may recognize – Rick shaves off his unruly, wild-man beard after reassuming his deputy sheriff position in the ASZ. Check out these images from the comic book (Issue 70) of a clean shaven Rick Grimes:

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Other websites are reporting a possible “flash-back” scene, but this is highly unlikely. There is no way production would delay filming just to shoot a flashback sequence featuring a cleaned-up Rick Grimes. But what are your thoughts? Flashback scene, Alexandria Safe-Zone, or did Andrew Lincoln simply get killed off the show – just kidding. Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!

Morgan Follows Mystery Symbols in Season 5 Premiere

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For the viewers who stayed after the credits rolled on the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead, you were all treated with a clip that showed the return of the man that must “CLEAR”. Now that Morgan has returned I am sure people are probably wondering when he’ll meet a new group, and which group he’ll ending up joining – better yet, what’s his mission!

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When it comes to Morgan and his mental state, the last time we saw him was in the episode Clear during Season 3. He was an entirely different person from when he and Rick first met during the first episode of the series. After the loss of his son Duane, Morgan started to mentally spiral downward to a point where couldn’t even recognize Rick; attacking him with a knife and stabbing him in the shoulder.

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Now that a number of months have passed, Morgan comes upon the sign that Rick altered to now say “No Sanctuary”. After revealing his identity, Morgan finds and follows mysterious markings on the trees that lead to an unknown location. After seeing the markings on the tree fans were left with only one question – Rick wouldn’t leave markers on a tree that could indicate his location, knowing that all the people of Terminus aren’t dead, so who did?

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Many viewers on Reddit pointed out that the symbol on the tree at the end of the episode was not that of the X-Men, rather one of many internationally used “hoboglyphs” (who knew that was even a thing). This symbol, in particular, translates to “Good Chance for a Handout”. Kind of interesting, although we’re having a hard time drawing the connection.

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Could the symbols possibly be related to Father Gabriel’s introduction? Could he be providing refuge to other survivors? Better yet, who is even familiar with hoboglyphs to begin with? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

Season 5 Premiere is Most Watched Walking Dead Episode EVER

the_walking_dead_baseball_batCould this be the best season of The Walking Dead yet? If viewer statistics has anything to say about it then fans may be in for a nice ride with Season 5 of The Walking Dead. A whopping 17.3 million viewers tuned in for the Sunday night premiere making The Walking Dead the most watched show of the evening – shattering its own personal records as well.

The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere saw a 7% increase in adult viewers aged 18-49 compared to Season 4. However, can we really be that surprised about the spike as the action is starting to kick in again? We’re no longer having to deal with episodes dragging on during the character’s journey to Terminus, not to mention that Beth and Daryl centric episode, Still.

With the season premiere being critically praised by so many, we’re wondering how will the rest of the season pan out. Mentioned on The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast, Sebastian, Ryan and Dennis are in agreement that this may be the best episode of the season – as long as they can keep the momentum going!

Strangers is the title name for the next episode of The Walking Dead which airs on October 19, 2014. We will of course keep you updated on the very latest Walking Dead news right here on The Walking Dead Enthusiasts!

Alexandra Breckenridge Cast in Recurring Role on The Walking Dead

Alexandra-Breckenridge-The-Walking-DeadAlexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story) has been cast in a recurring role on the fifth season of AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead. Breckenridge will have the option to become a series regular later on in the series, if she survives.

Although AMC and The Walking Dead typically keep their casting details under lock and key, an initial release of the casting news suggests Breckenridge will play a character by the name of Samantha, an attractive, strong, smart, charming and articulate woman who also has a vulnerable side. She’s a mother with a bohemian spirit, and a talented artist.

As we know, casting descriptions tend to be falsely represented, as AMC doesn’t want to spoil any new comic book characters or plotlines to come. However, with major speculations, as well as set photos from a few months ago, it’s safe to assume that Rick and the group will make it to the Alexandria Safe Zone at some point in Season 5 – our guess, the mid-season finale or shortly after. So we’re speculating Alexandra will play one of the more significant characters from that portion of the comics.

Here are our top picks for who we think Breckenridge could represent from the graphic novels based on the character description:

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Olivia – In the graphic novel, Olivia is in her mid-30s, has red hair, and is known to be cheerful and friendly to the people of the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Although she is generally friendly to Rick, she actually plots with two other members of the Safe Zone to assassinate Rick – which she feels she was manipulated into believing was the best decision for the larger group.

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Dr. Denise Cloyd – In the graphic novel, Denise also has red hair, is in her early 30s, and is one of the three doctors in the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Not much is known about her in terms of her personality; however, she always seems to find herself in the precarious position of saving the life of one of our survivors.

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Jessie Anderson – In the graphic novel, Jessie is a mother and abused housewife. After Rick defends her and confronts her husband, they begin to have a romantic relationship. Then…some bad things happen, and that’s all we’ll say.

Who do you think Alexandra Breckenridge will play in Season 5 of The Walking Dead? Do you think she will represent a character from the graphic novel, or will she play a completely original character? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

#57 – “Holy F*cking Censors – E1:S5 – “No Sanctuary”

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Censors, censors galore! In honor of a missed opportunity to say the “F” word in the Season 4 finale of The Walking Dead, we censor our entire show (or at least tried to) – which makes us realize how much we really curse during the show.

Either way, what an incredible season 5 opener! We’re back for the normal season recording starting off with the episode No Sanctuary. Sebastian and Dennis are joined by TWD Enthusiast original, Ryan! No Sanctuary kicks off right where Season 4 left off with shit hitting the fan for Rick and company. This episode is jam packed full of action along with the most gruesome scene in The Walking Dead’s history!

On this episode of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast we discuss:

Sebastian’s Pick: New SyFy Docuseries “Town of The Living Dead“, which follows independent film makers as they shoot their own zombie movie.

Dennis’ Pick: Animal Planet is developing a new scripted-original series “The Other Dead” based on the graphic novel.

Ryan’s Pick: McFarlane Toys Launches The Walking Dead Building Block Sets

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We’ll be back next week with a brand spanking new episode of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast reviewing Episode 2 of Season 5 “Strangers”.

Was That Negan in the Season 5 Premiere of The Walking Dead?

We don’t blame you for thinking so. When Negan – the latest bad-to-the-bone supervillian to hit The Walking Dead comic book series – comes to mind, you automatically associate him with exactly what was occurring in the episode; raping and pillaging while giving zero-F’s about it.

So at the end of the episode when we see the female Termites getting abused by some type of biker gang, fans only assumed this was Negan and The Saviors. With questions looming about the mystery man’s identity, Robert Kirkman took to Twitter to quell the rumors.




And thanks to the investigators over on Reddit, one user posted a side-by-side of the scene to show that the tattooed mystery man locked in the freight container was also the same guy in the flashback sequence at the end of the episode.

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Rumor squashed. Negan will come in due time, my friends. And when he does, you and the rest of the survivors will wish he didn’t.

Were you tricked by this Negan wannabe? When do you think Negan will actually make his first appearance? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

Was Zombie Andrea Featured in No Sanctuary – S5 EP1 of The Walking Dead?

For some of the more astute viewers out there, you may have noticed at one point during the 5th season premiere of The Walking Dead the camera pan to a zombie wearing a handcuff on one arm. While it was most definitely made a feature, many people didn’t really seem to understand the significance.

It hasn’t been confirmed whether this was actually “zombie Andrea” (which wouldn’t really make that much sense since, unless she was THAT bad of a shot, she shot herself in the head at the end of season three), it’s safe to assume that this was a little “Easter Egg” or a tribute to the character.

Check out the side-by-side comparison from Season 3 finale and last night’s episode:

zombie-andrea-season-5While very disappointing for fans of the comic book, Andrea’s character on the television show was killed off once the creators realized they buried the character in such a heaping amount of insurmountable garbage. For those of us who continue to mourn her death, we can still enjoy her badass character in the comic books, who is now actually dating Rick Grimes – suck on that, Glen Mazzara.

Does anyone else in this cruel, cold world miss Andrea as much as we do? This “Easter Egg” kind of opens up some fresh wounds for us. Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

NYCC Exclusive: First 4 Minutes of The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere

Just in case you weren’t able to make it to The Walking Dead panel at New York Comic Con this year, they released the first four minutes of The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere, set to air tonight at 9PM EST on AMC. Check out the cold open below – and look who makes an appearance:

Holy crap, Sam is back! But it doesn’t look like he will be around for too long. Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!

The Walking Dead Renewed for Season 6 – You Don’t Say?

thewalkingdeadseason6As if this comes as any surprise, AMC announced today that it has renewed its record-breaking hit The Walking Dead for a sixth season – which is kind of funny, since Season 5 hasn’t even started airing yet, let alone finished filming.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of The Walking Dead with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”

Scott Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner/executive producer for Season 6 along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

The AMC series has been the No. 1 show on TV in adults 18-49 for the past two years and continues to break its own viewership records. Season 4 wrapped in March drawing 15.7 million viewers, up from the 12.4 million who watched the then-record-breaking Season 3 finale. The Season 4 premiere broke cable viewership records with 16.1 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49, and for the season Walking Dead averaged 13.3 million total viewers and 8.6 million adults 18-49, up 24% and 22%, respectively, over Season 3.

With no end in sight, and viewership continuing to increase, how many seasons do you think The Walking Dead will last? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

Kevin Durand Being Considered For Negan Role On The Walking Dead

kevin-durand-negan-the-walking-deadAccording to Nuke The Fridge, on a recent conference call with actor Kevin Durand from FX Networks’ The Strain, the actor revealed that he’s been approached to play a character known as Negan in AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Durand is quoted as saying, “I’ve had a lot of people with The Walking Dead talk to me, mentioned that they see me for a character named ‘Negan,’ but I haven’t read the comic.”

As most of you know, Negan is the latest villain to be introduced in Issue 100 of the hit comic book series The Walking Dead. Negan is the…well, vocal, leader of a hardened group of men known as “The Saviors”.

The big question remains: how accurate is this information? One would think that if Durand was an actual candidate (no LOST pun intended) to play Negan, he wouldn’t go around telling everyone about it. Also, with this latest casting news, it’s safe to say that Negan would be showing up until at least the finale of Season 5, or early-on in Season 6.

Do you think Kevin Durand would make a good Negan? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!