From the farm to the prison to the road, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has spent most of its first four seasons wandering around the greener pastures of America. That approach is about to change though with the upcoming fifth season returning to a more urban environment which we haven’t really seen since the pilot.
Producer Gale Anne Hurd confirms to EW that the group of characters are going to have to head back towards more metropolitan areas as efforts to find a cure take a more prominent role after being brought up in the second half of last season:
“The show has spent a lot of time in primarily rural settings. But you’re never going to find the cure to the zombie apocalypse in the sticks. Now with them embarking on a mission, they have to reenter what we call the City of the Dead.
There are many cities of the dead that they’ll have to encounter to complete their mission. So not only does it make it more difficult because of the number of walkers, but also there are more hiding places in which human antagonists can lurk. So, however stiff and difficult the stakes have been up until this season, now they’ve been raised even further.”
Hurd also calls the new season the most ambitious episodes they’ve done both in terms of set pieces and emotional turmoil for the characters