The Walking Dead Season 6 seems a bit more transparent than its predecessor, though the October 11 premiere may leave a few scratching their heads. Not only will the new season of AMC’s monster smash open on a “heightened” action sequence absent any context, but so too will episodes dip back to show both Morgan and others’ backstories.

Per Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Greg Nicotero opened up a bit on recent suggestions that The Walking Dead Season 6 would play with time moreso than its predecessors, the premiere in particular breaking the format:

We do play with time a little bit. And not in a traditional sense. We open right in the middle of this heightened action sequence, and we then jump around in that time frame to allow the audience to put together in their own minds what it is that we actually just saw.

In addition to an hour exploring Morgan’s transformation from crazed “Clear”-er to staff-wielding zen master, showrunner Scott Gimple also teased a bit of Alexandria backstory, likely the earlier-referenced story comics left unexplored (cough, Davidson), though potentially also an explanation of the so-called “Wolves”:

It’s earlier in Alexandria, but not the beginning of Alexandria. It’s more character-based rather than the background of the place. There are some stories filled in regards to the comic that we haven’t even gotten to yet—sort of prequeling some comic stories that are coming up, which I’m very excited about.

Thus far of The Walking Dead Season 6, we know that Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins has joined the series in the comic role of Alexandria runner Heath, alongside new additions Ethan Embry and Merrit Wever. AMC has also released a few photos, while we’ve broken down the Season 6 trailer, and previewed exactly how grotesque walkers will look by the October 11 premiere.

We’ll see more of The Walking Dead Season 6 on the long road to October, but check out the trailer again below, and stay tuned for the latest from cast and crew.

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