Robert Kirkman tried to say that Gareth was dead, was unconvincing, and reiterated that there’s every chance that the group will encounter worse people:
"There have been some dream sequences that reveal the past, and a couple of snippets here and there that show things, but I use them as sparingly as possible in the comics. I think there’s only been like three in the 132 issues that are now out. We do it a little bit more in the show. It’s a lot of fun. I mean, again, it adds so much depth. You know so much more about Gareth and all of those people because of those two very minor scenes.
But because we did not see Gareth die, we see him clearly shot in the shoulder region…
He looked dead to me.
Didn’t look dead to me!
I certainly would not expect to see that guy ever again.
Yeah, especially considering we saw scenes of him in the trailer you guys put out that we did not see in that episode. [Laughs]
Why are you spoiling the fun, Dalton? That’s not how you do things. You’re supposed to forget that trailer the minute you start watching the show!
Well, I think a lot of people do want to see more from that character.
It just goes to illustrate the kind of people that you encounter now. This world has been around for a while, and we’ve seen Rick and how he’s survived, and what he’s had to do to survive. And now every single person you meet on the road and in your journey, you have to think, “How are they here? What did they do to get here?” And Gareth is a great example of somebody who has done some terrible things that have changed him, that have brought him to a place that has made him very dangerous. And we see those things. But as they’re now out of the boxcar and on the road again, it’s entirely possible that they might encounter more people that could be just as threatening. Or way worse.”
Kirkman wrote episode two of this season, and he says that there will be an “iconic” location from the comics in it. He also hinted that there “may” be more new characters. Morgan is also going to be a major part of the season with “a question as to whether he’ll meet up with them, or when he’ll meet up with them, but we’ve got a lot of big plans for the character of Morgan, so stay tuned.”
“This is easily the top “live plus same-day” demo rating for an entertainment telecast this season — well above the 5.4 earned by the season premiere of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” And among all primetime programs, it ties at No. 1 with the Sept. 28 “Sunday Night Football” game on NBC between the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys.”—Walking Dead Ratings [Variety]
“I think he’s definitely falling into his own. He has less of a chip than he used to have on his shoulder, for sure. He definitely feels that he belongs with these people and he looks at himself differently. He has more confidence. He doesn’t question himself in regards to who he is and where he came from. I think he’s blended in nicely with this group as somebody who can lead a mission, who can protect himself, protect others, and he thinks that other people think the same thing about him — that he’s someone to follow now, so he’s a lot more comfortable with who he is as a person. There’s a side to him that, when you go through a loss and a sense of security and you survive it and you lead other people to a certain direction, it brings out a certain element in you that is an air of confidence that maybe you didn’t have before. I mean, he’s still exactly the same guy, he’ll flip out on you [laughs], but he no longer thinks of himself as somebody that’s an outsider. He went back to get Michonne and Rick. He’s somebody who has proven himself to himself so he’s sort of a different person right now.”—
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Here’s Norman Reedus on where Daryl is this season:
This has been by far the most fun season for me to play. It’s the most difficult as well, because it’s a man who’s very single-minded, very determined, very much in control of whom he is, every aspect of his life. He’s gone through the soul searching and he’s come out on the other side. He’s in this new place, which is incredibly dynamic and dangerous. I think this is very much the season that he’s back. You stand alongside your family. You stand in front of me, you’re a problem. And that goes for people within the group, and also the world, the people you come across.
It feels like we’re moving to a new area now. It feels like we’ve got this incredible journey, and this incredible family of people with us. And we’ve gone into this room, and it’s a very dark room and it’s a very scary room, and we’ve locked the door and you’re not allowed out. We’re going to the other side now. And I do think it’s worth stressing— we’re really earning our rating this season. There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on record, guys: It’s a grown-up show this season. And some of the violence is moving into a territory where it’s human violence, the most scary aspect of this show. In fact, some of the most lifelike moments are the zombies now. And I think that that’s a huge change. It feels real after these people have been inhabiting this world for two years, you know? The people left are going to be just as equally pragmatic and brutal, and tough, and resilient. So the clash in this season, and the conflict and the fear and the terror comes directly from the humans.
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Andrew Lincoln explained how Rick will spend this season: