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Brace yourselves, "Walking Dead" fans: Season five is going to be brutal.

That's the word from series creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, who chatted on Entertainment Weekly's SiriusXM station about what viewers can expect from Rick and co. now that they've arrived -- and been detained -- at the mysterious Terminus. But the settlement won't remain a mystery for long, promises Kirkman.

"In our premiere episode of season five, we're going to give a ton of answers of who the people of Terminus are, what they're doing, why they're doing it, what's going on with them," he said. "And by the end of that episode you're going to have a much better understanding of what's going on with them and why they're so important to the show."

After also joking that beloved character Daryl bites the dust (seriously, don't even kid about that, Kirkman), the executive producer also revealed that Rick's group won't remain in the train car where they were locked up at the end of season four forever, though it's "through ingenuity and creativity and somewhat savageness that they are able to make their way out." Savageness, say, in the form of cannibalism, the rumored feeding method of choice for the folks at Terminus?

Kirkman didn't go that far, but he did note that, like showrunner Scott M. Gimple, he's optimistic that the series could last for many more years, especially since the comics he helped create -- the source material for the show -- are still going strong.

"[T]he issues that we are doing as we speak is material that could be adapted into a season 10, 11, or 12 depending on how we adapt things. And we're not stopping," he said. "So five years from now we'll be doing comics that could be for season 15. Now, it's unrealistic to think it can go for that long, but if the show remains successful, the potential is there for that."

We just hope Rick (and mostly Daryl) survive long enough to see that happen.

[via: Entertainment Weekly, h/t Coming Soon]

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