CLEVELAND, Ohio – We are more than five months away from "The Walking Dead's" return. But anticipation is already building for what could be one the show's biggest seasons yet.
In an exclusive interview with Melty, co-executive producer Greg Nicotero addressed a few things that could pop up during Season 6.
[Some SPOILERS ahead]
One the biggest takeaways was Nicotero's suggestion that the Wolves, the hostile group that tried to kill Morgan during Season 5, are creating a zombie army.
"You have people that are basically utilizing the people that they kill as ammunition to build a zombie army," Nicotero said. "They are setting booby traps everywhere so they can take people's possessions and then use them to build the walkers in the traps. So it's kind of a diabolical plan."
This should come as no surprise to fans of the comic book. The Wolves are a version of The Scavengers from Robert Kirkman's comic series.
The Scavengers don't create a "zombie army."
However, their presence draws a herd of walkers to the Safe-Zone, which leads to the destruction of the Safe-Zone's walls and numerous deaths. Expect the show to follow this storyline closely during Season 6.
Romance was another major topic discussed during Nicotero's interview. Yet, fans hoping Rick Grimes will have a love interest in Season 6 may be disappointed.
As you may recall, sparks flew between Rick and Alexandria Safe-Zone resident Jessie last season (He even kissed her on the cheek!). Yet, things ended with Rick putting a bullet the head of Jessie's abusive husband, Pete.
"I don't think it would be out of the question for something to spark between Rick and Jessie, because it already did," said Nicotero. "I do believe that Jessie was torn between her marriage to Pete and her attraction to Rick."
"But there are also a lot of other things you have to think about. Now, Rick basically murdered the father of her children. I can't imagine that's going to be something [she's] going to be able to get over easily."
I suppose murdering someone's husband can be a deal breaker. In the comic book, Rick and Jessie's relationship doesn't go much further than a simple kiss. Whether or not she does hook up with Rick on the TV show may depend on how long she lasts in general.
Still, "The Walking Dead" seems to be on the verge of at least one new relationship, as Carl and Enid show potential for a teenage love affair. Comic book fans also know there's the potential for Morgan and Michonne to connect. The two have yet to exchange words on the show, but do fall in love in the comics.
If nothing else, there are plenty of directions for Season 6 to go in.