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Spoilers, speculation and serious fandom are leading to the premiere Oct. 12 of “The Walking Dead” Season 5 on AMC. It’s been a long wait for fans who last saw their favorite characters trapped inside a train car in Terminus by what many assume are non-Walker cannibals. Yikes!

In the weeks leading to Episode 1, two of the main characters revealed how they prepared for the next season.

Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, grew an impressive beard, a decision he explained to “Entertainment Weekly.”

“When I realized the nature of this season, that it was going to be so brutal, I realized we’re going to need a bigger beard,” Lincoln said.

Andrew Lincoln, far left, said his character needed a bigger beard for Season 5. Photo: AMC Network

Andrew Lincoln, far left, said his character needed a bigger beard for Season 5. Photo: AMC Network

While Lincoln was busy growing a beard so he’d look like he hadn’t had a bath or access to a razor in years, Norman Reedus – who plays crossbow-toting fan favorite Daryl Dixon – told Comic Book Resources he honed his archery skills by practicing regularly at home.

“I’d wake up every morning and I’d make a coffee and I’d walk downstairs to the woods where I live, with a compound bow and in my tighty-whitey underwear,” Reedus said. “I had targets set up on my trees. I’d have a coffee and I’d shoot the targets. Sometimes I’d miss and they’d stick in the trees. But they would stick so far in the trees, I can’t pull them out. All the trees around the back of my house have arrows sticking out of them.”

Norman Reedus, right, prepared for Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" by practicing archery at home. Photo: Photo: Frank Ockenfels, AMC

Norman Reedus, right, prepared for Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” by practicing archery at home. Photo: Photo: Frank Ockenfels, AMC

With the show’s stars prepping all summer to reprise their roles, it only makes sense for fans to prepare, too, by binge-watching previous seasons, catching up on comic books and, of course, planning a “Walking Dead” viewing party.

Here are five festive – and appropriately gross – recipes for your “Walking Dead” viewing party:

Oozy Brain Cupcakes from SheKnows

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Unsuspecting Pigs in a Blanket from People.com

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Bleeding Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls from Chris-Rachel Oseland

5 Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Zombie Fingers from Wedding and Party Network

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Toxic Waste Drink from SusieQTPieCafe

7 toxic zombie drink

Bonus:

Every party is better with archery! Before “The Walking Dead” Season 5 premiere (or during those torturous commercial breaks), keep everyone entertained by shooting targets with a toy crossbow like the Nerf Zombie Strike or a double-barrel crossbow marshmallow shooter. We think Daryl would approve!

Interested in archery with or without a zombie apocalypse? Check out Learn Archery and 5 Fun Ways to Get Started in Archery Right Now.

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