Are you ready for this? ‘The Walking Dead’ season 5 premiere is here, and it’s more bloody, intense, and, yes, filled with some crazy cannibals.
On the season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is ready to take back his life and escape the “sanctuary” known as Terminus. The Oct. 12 episode hits the ground running by starting off just moments after Rick’s group was locked in an empty train car during the season 4 finale. Now, the only question remaining is: who will survive the season 5 premiere?
‘The Walking Dead’: Secrets Of Terminus Finally Revealed
It’s finally here! The Walking Dead has returned for season 5, and boy did it come back with a bang. (Literally. There was a “bang” in the first 5 minutes.)
First things first: we learned something very interesting about the history of Terminus and the troublesome Gareth (Andrew J. West). In a flashback only titled “THEN” we see Gareth and others locked in what appears to be the same train car Rick and the gang are now in. Gareth is trying to comfort his brother, Alex, who is upset about their decision to put up the signs and maps leading others to Terminus. In the background we hear the blood-curdling screams of what we can only assume is someone’s next dinner.
Fast forward to now: Rick, Daryl (Norman Reedus), the gang — they’ve spent a few minutes in the train car making weapons out of every and anything they can find. This includes belt buckles, a wooden stake, and hoop earrings. Seriously, anything.
Daryl spots 4 “Termites” (that’s how The Walking Dead‘s diehard fans refer to the people of Terminus) coming towards the train car and the entire group, including newbies Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), and Rosita (Christian Serratos), prepare for battle. This could be their chance to escape. Unfortunately, the “Termites” are not stupid. Instead of opening the train car door and engaging in a hand-to-hand combat, they roll back the top of the train car and drop in a smoke bomb. We get to see what happens next from Rick’s perspective, after he’s been slammed on the ground and kicked in the face, of course, and all we can make out after that is a body being sawed apart on a table. CANNIBALS!
What comes next is horrifying. Rick, Daryl, Glenn (Steven Yeun), and Bob are hog tied and gagged while leaning over a metal tub. Next to them are 4 others, but only one of them seems familiar. It’s the young guy all the way on the end who shares a long moment of eye contact with Rick, and then it hits you: that’s the kid he gave his watch to during season 4. It was the same episode where Rick banished Carol after finding out that she had killed some of the sick people inside the prison.
Even Daryl looks terrified, and that’s definitely a first. Have they lost all hope?
The guys from Terminus are wearing blood-covered plastic aprons, and eventually start killing the four other people one-by-one. First, they hit them in the back of the skull with a metal baseball bat and then they slice open their necks to drain them. It’s not for the faint of heart, and even I had to look away. A lot.
By the grace of zombie Gods, Gareth walks in and asks his guys for their round count — meaning how many bullets they shot off during the round up of Rick and his group. This leads Bob, silly, stupid little Bob, to try and get Gareth’s attention. Gareth succumbs, but quickly decides to use Bob and his sad babbling to get answers out of Rick. Mainly, he wants to know what Rick buried in the woods. It takes Gareth holding a knife against Bob’s eyeball for Rick to finally spill.
This is where my favorite line of the night comes into play: “A machete with a red handle. That’s what I’m going to use to kill you.”
Gareth finds Rick’s threat funny, and re-gags him so that his thugs can continue their murder spree. Just before Glenn is about to get a metal bat to the skull there’s gunfire in the background. Gareth calls for someone on a walkie, and then there is an explosion that rocks Terminus.
Carol Uses Zombie Blood & Gore To Invade Terminus
Carol, Tyreese, and Judtih are still wandering through the woods towards Terminus when they come upon a herd of walkers. They attempt to hide, but it’s gunfire and explosions in the distance that eventually turns the herd and saves their lives.
Moments later, the three of them stumble upon an abandoned cabin where a man is talking to someone else on a walkie-talkie about Michonne and Carl. He only refers to them by physical description, but it doesn’t take long for Carol to put a gun to his head and introduce herself as their friend.
Eventually, the cabin guy, clearly part of Terminus’ off-campus security, is tied up inside the cabin as Carol packs up his explosives and ammo and heads out, leaving Tyreese and Judith behind.
While they are left alone in the cabin, the Terminus guy delivers an amazing line: “I don’t have any friends. I mean, I know people, but they’re just a**holes I stay alive with.”
This is a tell-tale sign of those who have completely lost their humanity. To Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, Carl, and the rest — they are each other’s family. But for others? Humanity and emotional bonds are lost.
Meanwhile, Carol has killed a walker in the woods and is now covering herself in his blood and guts so that she can get close to Terminus as part of a herd. It works, and she arrives just in time to witness Rick, Daryl, Glenn, and Bob getting taken inside.
It is a mere moment later before we find out that Carol is the one that caused the explosion outside of Terminus. Being the smart survivor that she is, she shoots a hole in a gas tank and then points either a flare or a firework in it’s direction. BOOM. Lots of walkers get killed, but the ones that don’t take advantage of the gaping hole in the fence surrounding Terminus. A bit of prison deja vu, no?
Mary Tells Carol The Truth About Terminus
As Carol slowly makes her way into Terminus, Rick uses the wooden stake he carved open to break the tie keeping his wrists bound and breaks free. That same stake is used to kill the two remaining Terminus tools, and soon enough he is able to free the others.
As they pick up a few weapons on their way out, Glenn decides that they need to free the other victims who have been trapped. Rick and Daryl look at him like he’s crazy, but he reminds them that that is who they are. See? Humanity.
They open up a storage container to let the trapped people out, but it’s only one guy. And he’s a psycho. (Un)fortunately, his mental state gets him eaten by a zombie pretty quickly. Oops.
It turns out there are a lot more people at Terminus than anyone realized. As they desperately try to reclaim their compound, Rick manages to grab one of them, kill him, and use his machine gun to kill a large group of Terminus people.
While Rick is trying to get to Carl, Michonne, and the others, Carol is still making her way — slowly, but surely — through Terminus. First, she discovers a room full of material items: weapons, teddy bears, jewelry, personal effects. That’s where she picks up Rick’s watch (the one he gave the redheaded boyfriend), and Daryl’s bow before moving along.
In the next room, the “sacrifice” room with the candles and the chants on the wall, she encounters Mary. The ladies go at it, and that’s when Mary makes the big Terminus reveal: they were taken over by inhumane monsters, and then they become the inhumane monsters. Taking a page from the Governor (RIP), Carol leaves Mary to be eaten by walkers.
Two Emotional Reunions Turn Things Around
The Terminus tool that Tyreese is watching over takes advantage of him looking away for just a moment, and suddenly little Judith’s life is in his hands. Tyreese is forced to drop his weapons and retreat outside, but Judith’s cries have attracted the attention of multiple walkers — which means Tyreese is in some serious danger.
Thankfully, the Terminus tool doesn’t kill Judith immediately, and instead it’s Tyreese who completely loses his cool. Once he’s outside, he kills not one, not two, but multiple walkers, and then finally barges back into the abandoned cabin to beat the tool into a bloody pulp. Judith and her baby Uggs are totally fine.
The good news is, Rick finally gets the train car open — and everyone escapes safely over the fence. This is when Rick’s humanity starts to waiver, because he decides it’s time to take their weapons and go back in to kill “every last one of them.” But as Glenn (and Rosita, and Abraham) try to talk him down, Carol appears.
It’s Daryl who sees her first, and I don’t think we’ve ever seen him so happy — AND EMOTIONAL. Watching him embrace Carol and swing her around as he cries — yes, Daryl cries — is incredible. But it’s only the beginning.
Once Rick embraces Carol, erasing the past and her banishment instantaneously, she brings him to Judith. Rick and Carl running towards Tyreese and Judith is almost better than watching Daryl and Carol’s reunion. Almost. And just like that, Rick’s humanity returns.
But, now what? Where do they go? What’s next? Where is Beth? This is only the beginning, Walking Dead fans!
The very last scene of the episode is the real shocker, though. A masked man comes upon a Terminus sign that has been defaced by Rick, and when he removes his mask with a big reveal, you should be shocked to see the epic return of Morgan Jones (Lennie James).
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What did YOU think about The Walking Dead‘s season 5 premiere? Are you happy to see they escaped Terminus? What do you think is next for Rick & Co.? Let us know ALL of your thoughts in the comments below!
— Lauren Cox