The Walking Dead: Who's Friend - And Foe - In Season 6?

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09 October 2015

AMC, Sunday, Oct. 11, 9:00 PM ET                                         Season 6 premiere

By Lori Acken

The long wait for a fresh season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” ends Sunday night, and when we left Alexandria in March, upheaval was the order of the day. As Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) continued to circle each other for control — and the moral mindset of the community — Dr.  Pete slit Deanna’s hubby’s throat and Rick shot him dead on the spot, right in front of the newly arrived (and newly zen) Morgan (Lennie James), who showed up with Daryl and Aaron, all three having made chilling discoveries outside the gate.

Executive producer Greg Nicotero promises an opener that is “very bold” — and very zombiefilled. “The camera guys said that last season in all 16 episodes there were 967 zombies,” grins Lincoln. “This season, we’re not even through seven episodes and it’s over 2,000 already.” But with walkers and Wolves at the gate and mutiny simmering inside it, what’s the Season 6 headspace for some of your favorite characters?

“This is a man who’s not about to start a rebellion, but I think he’s not willing to back down on security and safety and educating these people — if they’re willing to come along — on how to survive,” Lincoln says of Sheriff Rick. “It’s fun this season. It’s very, very different. Also, it’s great to have Lennie’s character be a mirror for him, to have [Morgan] remind him of a man he is no longer.”

But while Morgan comes to Alexandria asserting that all life is precious, James says the former loner will struggle to keep that mindset. “Rick wakes up every morning thinking, ‘What can I do for the group?’” James says. “Morgan has woken up every morning since he lost his son thinking, ‘What have I got to do for myself?’ We are going to see him battle with himself, as much as he battles with other people, to be the person that he wants to be.”

Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon? Well, not so much. “When we ended last season, Carol and Rick and I had that conversation on the porch — ‘If they’re not willing to bend a little bit and understand some things, then we’re just going to take the place,’” Reedus says. “Then I went back out on my mission and I’m like, ‘Screw it. I’ll do it.’ People said, ‘Why were you sacrificing yourself?’ I don’t think Daryl thought of that. When Morgan and I come back with Aaron and see Rick [shooting Pete], I think the first thing going through Daryl’s head is, ‘It’s on! This is when we’re going to take the place!’”
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