With the introduction of the first of six new series this season, the series has seen a renewed focus on survival.
The episode “The Man who Knew too Much” finds Rick and his group trapped in the woods, where they must battle a group of walkers to find a way back home.
“The walkers have changed and the group is being hunted by the walkers themselves,” said executive producer Gale Anne Hurd.
“We’ve gotten to explore that more in this episode.”
The episode opens with Rick and a group trying to save Glenn, a young man who is trying to get his own group of survivors.
As Glenn gets closer to the group, Rick warns him that the group’s only chance of survival is to keep going and fight the walker horde, which has overrun the group.
“You can’t just walk away from that,” Rick says.
“I can’t walk away.
If I don’t go in there and fight, I might not be able to stay alive.
So I need to stay in there, even if it means dying.”
Rick is also faced with a choice between taking Glenn with him and going to a safer spot.
“If he goes, he’ll probably be shot,” Rick tells Glenn.
“But if I go, I’ll be able get away.”
Glenn tells Rick that he doesn’t want to die, but he also says that he wants to go back to Alexandria.
“Glenn, we’re on a walk,” Rick responds.
“It’s time to go.”
After being rescued by Glenn and Rick, the group finds themselves trapped in a large group of zombies.
Glenn, Glenn, Rick, Maggie, Daryl and Abraham all fight to find their way back to the safe house.
While the group struggles to keep themselves alive, Rick and the others decide to give up on the group and go their separate ways.
“This is the first time we’ve ever gone this far into a series,” Hurd said.
“And I don [w]hile there’s an ending to this, we’ve only gotten to see one side of that.”
“The Walking Dead” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on AMC.