As always, The Walking Dead's fifth season was huge.
However, it was also a different beast from past seasons: while the majority of seasons three and four were spent trying to deal with other groups of survivors, the fifth season seemed to turn its focus back on the survivors themselves.
Rick's journey alone was enough to carry most of the season, and yet, most of the other characters had their own stories that were just as gripping.
Now that the fifth season is over, AMC decided to share a behind-the-scenes look at The Walking Dead.
It's not every day that a network gives its fans a backstage pass, and considering how different season five was, it's definitely worth taking a look.
Warning: some spoilers for the fifth season of The Walking Dead follow.
First and foremost: hearing Rick without his American accent is bizarre. Not bad...just bizarre.
Secondly, it's pretty clear that AMC knew what it was doing when it refocused the show's stories back on the survivors. Not that the show had devolved into a war movie set during the zombie apocalypse (alright, maybe just a little), but it was clear that the team wanted to focus the show's fifth season on the characters that made the series so popular in the first place.
The idea of the survivors being permanently changed by the events of the first four seasons is a great one - and, sadly, few zombie stories ever even attempt to do something along those lines. The Walking Dead has always been popular because of the characters themselves - zombies are great, but they don't really matter if the people trying to survive aren't interesting or realistic. The fifth season clearly tried something different when it came to looking back at its characters, and thankfully, it succeeded.
Fans still have a long ways to wait until The Walking Dead returns to TV, but if the same team that produced the fifth season is returning to work on the sixth, they've got nothing to worry about.