AMC just released a new trailer for Season 5B of The Walking Dead and, in a mere 60 seconds, managed to make the few weeks until the show returns impossibly long.
Essentially, they did what Lincoln’s cryptic car commercials with Matthew McConaughey did, but they did it far cooler — told you absolutely nothing in a weirdly hypnotic way that makes you want to go out and consume said product posthaste.
After all, what do we really learn about Season 5B from the “Surviving Together” trailer? Essentially, nothing. It’s Rick and the gang fighting their way through a densely fogged forest against some invisible enemy we can only assume are denizens of the undead.
Still, somehow, it still leaves us begging for Feb. 8, when the second half of season five resumes.
Aside from the amazingly funky track playing in the background, there are a few other fantastic things going on in this minute-long teaser. Let’s deconstruct, shall we?
The gang’s all here!
Naturally, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is there, front and center. Daryl (Norman Reedus) is by his side, as is Glenn (Steven Yeun). Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) seem to be flanking Eugene (Josh McDermitt), protecting him out of habit, perhaps, because his paltry switchblade and signature mullet don’t seem nearly defensive enough. Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) are there, too — although Sasha seems oddly disconnected. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) comes tearing through the woods in what appears to be a sorrow-fueled rage, Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) remains vigilant, and Carol (Melissa McBride) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) look every bit the badasses they are.
Or are they?
But, wait, what about Carl (Chandler Riggs)? We’ve never known that kid to shy away from a weapon. Maybe he’s just holed up somewhere safe with baby Judith, though, who also isn’t shown. We’re feeling optimistic, so we’re assuming Noah (Tyler James Williams) and Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) are standing guard for them. Also not pictured? Morgan (Lennie James), which seems understandable since he is still technically an outsider to the core group.
Rick remains the fearless leader… or does he?
Although Rick walks out front throughout the trailer, something intriguing happens around the 52-second mark. Everyone stops and looks not, it would appear, to Rick, but Daryl? Or maybe Glenn? Both characters grew tremendously in voice and leadership last season, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume one of them shifts into even more of an upfront role in the group. Especially since Yeun, who plays Glenn, has already remarked in interviews that Glenn will take on a bigger role this season.
They’re on the move
While the gang has done their fair bit of traveling throughout the course of the show, they’ve generally always had a home base to return to: the prison, the church, the farm. This foggy sequence seems to show that now, in the wake of the downfall of Terminus and learning Eugene was lying, they must resort to living their life in the open — traversing the perilous wild that the unsheltered world has become.
Can they possibly survive in these conditions without being picked off? Will they find another shelter to call home base? My God, Feb. 8 cannot get here fast enough.