So The Walking Dead sixth season will indeed premiere on October 11th, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. with a glorious 90-minute first episode, and of course this will be followed by The Talking Dead at 10:30 p.m.
Interestingly, this new 6th season of The Walking Dead will also feature some new characters joining Rick and his band of survivors in their Alexandia, Virgina walled community, including one played by Corey Hawkins. The Africa-American actor will be portraying a comic character named Heath, who much like Glenn, is one of the community scavengers whose job is to go out into the zombie waste lands and bring things needed from the old world, back to the ‘safe’ community.
Walking Dead Showrunner, Scott Gimple recently had this to say about the actor, “He’s terrific and I’m so excited to see him bring Heath to life. It’s been fun and he dove in with both feet. He’s tough and skeptical when the cameras are rolling, and then when they’re off he’s just like a goofy fan. He’s really, really excited to be there.”
The show will also be introducing Merritt Wever as yet another comic character being introduced into the television series named, Dr. Denise Cloyd, who does indeed play a significant role in the comics as Alexandria’s doctor. With the recent slaying of Pete, the community’s other doctor as played by Corey Brill, we can only hope that this character will be around as long as she has survived in the comics.
But not all new characters introduced into The Walking Dead series are based on existing comic characters as is the case with Carter as played by Ethan Embry, who may it seems become a fellow deputy or sheriff to officer Rick Grimes.
The show’s Showrunner, Scott Gimple also spoke about the actor saying, “Ethan plays a combo of a few characters that we actually haven’t hit yet or weren’t able to hit in other characters. He is an Alexandrian, and has been there the whole time, just quite busy.”
While there is no word as of yet about other new characters, including the one potential new cast members everyone is wondering about, the dangerous and crazy leader of the Wolves, Neggan, there are sure to be other new characters who can ultimately be sacrificed to the zombie gods during what is sure to be a crazy sixth season!