Andrew Lincoln has a warning for you: All that gore and action and heartbreak and intensity we’ve seen before on The Walking Dead? Kid stuff. At least when compared to the upcoming fifth season, which is definitely not for kids. “We’re really earning our rating this season,” says Lincoln. “There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys—it’s a grown-up show this season.”
Entertainment Weekly has your first exclusive look at that grown-up season. We went on set and spoke with the cast and the producers to give you an in depth look at what to expect in season five. And while things may have ended last spring on a cliffhanger with Rick and Co. trapped inside of train car, exec producer Robert Kirkman promises that the action is going to come fast and furious when things pick back up Oct. 12 on AMC. “By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered,” says Kirkman, “and five or six more have been presented, so you’re very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on.”
We kick that ride off right now with four new collectible Walking Dead covers. As for picking your favorite, well, it’s kind of like singling out your favorite zombie—there are just so many gosh-darn options to choose from. Do you want a bloody-knuckled Rick Grimes throwing his best punch? An airborne Daryl Dixon jumping into action? A sword-swinging Michonne slicing and dicing? Or perhaps the combined forces of dynamic duo Glenn and Maggie? The good news: You don’t have to choose. You can pick up any one you please—or an entire bundle pack—by clicking on the link below. But first, check out the rest of the covers in all of their glory.
For more on The Walking Dead—and all four special issue covers—check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday, Aug. 29.