The Walking Dead Season 5 Gets New Magazine Covers & Characters

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The Walking Dead prepares to make its return to TV as season 5 promises to be one of the most intense and goriest yet.

Daryl The Walking Dead Season 5 Gets New Magazine Covers & CharactersTo celebrate the return of the zombie thriller, Entertainment Weekly released 4 character variant covers and an inside scoop on what’s to come.

It comes as no surprise that AMC’s The Walking Dead has created a pop culture tidal wave of zombie fandom. Or perhaps sword wielding, cross-bow slinging fandom. Either way the monolithic series is slashing its way to TV this fall and we’ll be the first to admit – we’re ready for it. Heck, we’re counting down the days ’til the Atlanta gang do what they do best: survive.

Executive producer Robert Kirkman promises that the action will be fast and plentiful when things pick back up on October 12th:

“By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered,” says Kirkman, “and five or six more have been presented, so you’re very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on.”

If memory serves, things weren’t looking too good for Rick and the gang in the season 4 finale, as they were trapped inside a train car, under the thumb of some rather questionable characters. So there’s no surprise that things hit the ground running in the first episode. Fans aren’t lacking for questions, that’s for sure.

Seth Gilliam Father Gabe scaled 600 The Walking Dead Season 5 Gets New Magazine Covers & Characters

One of our questions may be answered in the form of a new character. I’m sure you’re still wondering how Beth’s holding up after her abduction in the cross-embellished shady-mobile. There may not be a direct link as of yet, but EW has released an image of Father Gabriel Stokes (played by The Wire’s Seth Gilliam) as the first new character reveal. Teen Wolf fans may recognize Gilliam from his stint as Dr. Deaton, Beacon Hill’s resident vet and lycanthrope expert.

On to more Daryl-related news, showrunner Robert Kirkman may or may not have insinuated the world’s most loveable anti-hero could possibly be gay. Though plenty of fans shipped Carol and Daryl pretty hard in prior seasons, Daryl’s sex life is rarely addressed on screen. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple added:

“ The show isn’t holding back information on Daryl’s sexuality as any sort of big reveal. The fact that there’s still a question as to what Daryl’s orientation is in Season 5 absolutely speaks to Daryl’s character; he is a very guarded, very closed-off individual in a lot of ways….We have been able to see him ever so slowly open up and show the other characters aspect by aspect as to what makes him tick.”

Coincidentally we’ll see a gay character introduced later in the season. It doesn’t seem like we’ll have a direct answer yet on Mr. Dixon, but at least we know he’s still alive. That’s gotta count for something, right?

Lastly, check out the Entertainment Weekly covers below. And you know we’re obligated to ask; which one’s your favorite? We’re feeling the Daryl cover…obviously. Be sure to let us know on the Geek Facebook page and stay tuned as we keep you abreast of all the latest Walking Dead news. And remember kids, “fear the living, kill the dead.”

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