‘Walking Dead’ Season 5 Teasers Hint at Something Even Creepier Than Cannibalism (VIDEO)
I don’t know if you’ve been obsessively keeping track of AMC’s teaser clips for season 5 of The Walking Dead, but there are a couple of interesting ones that have come out lately. One gives us the briefest of glimpses at what appears to be Terminus citizens entering Rick’s boxcar in an extremely disturbing manner, and the other shows Rick delivering a threat to Gareth.
Did I say threat? I’d say given the fact that this is the new and improved Rick who’s here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and he’s all out of bubblegum (on account of supplies being a problem in the apocalypse and all), it’s more of a promise. “These people are my family,” he says. “And if you hurt them in any way … I will kill you.” Rick’s got balls, but the background sounds and visuals in these clips make it look like this Walking Dead season is going to be a straight-up horrorshow. Plus, a brand new theory is emerging about what Terminus is really all about.
(Season 4 spoilers ahead!)
The first teaser shows people entering the boxcar while wearing gas masks:
Wow, that’s creepy. I mean, Daryl is clearly worried by whatever’s going on there, and Sasha’s line — “We don’t know what’s coming next” — seems to speak to that barely visible scene of someone hacking into what looks like a body on a table. And that scream at the end! Gahhhhh.
Here’s another equally short-and-spooky clip AMC released recently:
Boy, things aren’t looking too good for our survivors, what with them being bound and gagged and that knife-sharpening sound going on the whole time and all. It looks like they aren’t going to waste much time getting everyone out of the boxcar, as creator Robert Kirkman has repeatedly promised. He’s also said the premiere will address why they were put there in the first place, along with answers about Terminus’s backstory.
I’ve been convinced all along that Terminus was full of cannibals, but lately I’m starting to wonder if there isn’t going to be a big twist the comics fans didn’t see coming. In the season 5 trailer, we got a peek at Beth being held in some sort of medical facility, right? Do you think it’s possible that place is related to Terminus — like maybe Terminus does the slicing and dicing for whatever’s going on at the hospital? What if they’re looking for a cure? Showrunner Scott Gimple hinted at some big changes on this front last month:
Our show diverges from the comic book quite a bit. There is an aspect to these people’s lives that — they’re the ones that have to deal with the consequences. They’re the ones that are out there after a disaster, surviving, not necessarily the people — at least Rick’s group — who were like ‘OK we have to cure this thing.’ Abraham’s group [is] totally different. Now that they are coming together, we are going to see the story twist in ways that we hadn’t seen before. And roles are going to become very, very different than they’ve been before. There’s going to be a lot of shifts this season.
Comics readers know how Eugene’s arc played out in the “get to D.C., find a cure” storyline, but maybe something entirely different is coming in the show. Maybe Terminus and their torture-porn-looking setup is actually for doing icky medical experiments (and maybe they’re eating the leftovers).
So many questions! I’m sorry to see summer coming to an end, but the blood-spattered silver lining is that October 12, premiere night, can’t come soon enough.
Do you think there’s more to the Terminus story than cannibalism?