AMC have finally revealed the full show synopsis for the sixth season of The Walking Dead, ahead of its return in a few weeks.
Tom Payne has also been added to the cast in a major role that could be quite SPOILERY so we’ll get to that role after the shows synopsis:
Season 5 of ‘The Walking Dead’ saw our group being formed into consummate survivors by the world around them… nearly making some of them into villains. To make it as far as they have – to have persevered through all of their heartbreaking challenges – they have evolved into incredibly powerful people. But who have they become?
The last five episodes of Season 5 answered that question with Rick accepting an approach of unapologetic brutality in murdering Pete, a fellow Alexandrian.
Season 6 starts with Alexandria’s safety shattered by multiple threats. To make it, the people of Alexandria will need to catch up with our survivors’ hardness, while many of Rick’s people will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they’ve needed to embrace. These reversals won’t happen easily, or without conflict.
But now, Rick’s group is fighting for something more than survival…
They’re fighting for their home, and they will defend that at any cost, against any threat, even if that threat comes from within.
Tom Payne has been cast in The Walking Dead in a role that should span to series seven. Payne will be playing Paul Monroe, AKA Jesus. Rick and his crew come across Jesus shortly after the events in Alexandria at the end of Season Five, and Jesus is a pivotal character in events that lead up to the inclusion of the shows biggest villain yet, Negan, the nasty leader of The Saviors.
THR described Jesus as “a rare logical man and skilled adviser with a strong sense of morals and values who is well-adapted to the new world.”
Negan has yet to be cast, but some believe that the recently cast Xander Berkeley might be playing him.
Berkeley will debut during the second half of Walking Dead‘s sixth season (the first half premieres Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c). And in a clear sign that producers have big plans for the actor, his deal carries with it a series-regular option for Season 7.
With regards to bringing Negan into the series, The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple revealed:
“There’s a particular story in that arc that I’m very excited for. But because we know where we’re going, we have some opportunities to play around with it and put some things in that will lead up to [Negan and Alexandria] in different ways yet fulfill the story Robert [Kirkman] told to the Nth degree by utilizing some slightly different approaches. Lineups and timelines and the whole 9 yards.”
The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, and Lennie James. Season 6 hits AMC on Sunday, October 11, 2015.