After three long months without any zombie carnage to speak of, The Walking Dead makes its glorious return to finish out the back half of Season 5, with the midseason premiere "What Happened and What's Going On" airing Sunday, February 8 at 9 PM ET on AMC. To get fans ready for the hit series' return, Entertainment Weekly spoke with series star Andrew Lincoln, who revealed that "What Happened and What's Going On" and the 10th episode, "Them" are two of his favorite episodes, describing them as "brutal" and "emotional."
"Be prepared. I think episodes nine and 10 are two of my favorites. They're brutal. They're incredibly emotional, and I think there will be a lot of surprises along the way."
Ever since Season 2, each season has been split in half, with a two or three month break in between each halves of the season. Andrew Lincoln reveals that the next eight episodes is his favorite "back eight" of the whole series, teasing a series "reset."
"This back eight is my favorite back eight we've done since we started the show, for many reasons, mainly because it's almost like a reset. We get to reimagine and sort of dial back some of the characters. And we meet so many new people. It's sort of a wild rabbit hole that we all go down, and I think the storytelling is phenomenal."
While it isn't known what the actor means by a "reset," it's possible that he's referring to the fact that the group is all back in Atlanta, where they first started, before moving on to Herschel's farm, the prison, Woodbury and Terminus. Earlier this week, AMC released the first two minutes of "What Happened and What's Going On", which reveals that Rick is mulling over a trip to Richmond, Virginia, which is where Noah (Tyler James Williams) was planning to escape to with Beth (Emily Kinney), had she made it out of the hospital alive.