It’s not easy producing one of the most popular shows on television (especially when you have to follow up the intense Season 5). But The Walking Dead Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd is up for the challenge. She recently sat down with AMC to discuss exciting new details about the much-anticipated Season 6.

One of the most talked-about characters joining Season 6 is Heath. Hurd said, “Heath is someone who, in the comics, is part of the group that scavenges and leads missions outside Alexandria to find supplies. He’s a character that continues in the comic book to this day and he’s being brought to life by Corey Hawkins, a terrific actor who fit in from his very first day on set.”

Hurd, a Los Angeles-native, also served as Executive Producer for the new show, Fear the Walking Dead. She described it as “the very, very beginning of the zombie apocalypse. It starts with the first indications that something’s gone wrong. So, we aren’t in the full throws of it yet. You don’t see the hordes of walkers yet, but you see people – which is just as upsetting and shocking – who look very human and have turned. The zombies are fresher.”

She even discussed the possibility of a Walking Dead Musical. “The Evil Dead stage show is one of my favorite things. I’ve been to see it twice and they have a splash zone where you wear a plastic raincoat if you’re close to the stage because of the amount of blood that gets sprayed on you.”

In June of this year, Gale Anne Hurd became a “Women Making History” honoree by the Women’s National History Museum for her outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry.

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