The Season 5 premiere includes a few flashbacks from Terminus before things turned creepy, as well as all of the present day insanity!
THEN: In a dark train car, we hear women screaming in the distance, as a young man is speaking and on the verge of tears. He’s speaking to someone in the shadows about their signs to Terminus leading “them” here, and he asks what they were thinking. The person in the shadows is revealed to be Gareth.
NOW: With short voiceovers recapping certain events from last season, we see our group in their train car preparing to fight back against Gareth and the rest of Terminus. We hear someone from outside tell the group to put their backs against the walls, but they brace themselves to fight instead. The group is surprised when the top of the train car opens and a can drops inside and explodes, knocking everyone to the ground.
Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Bob, and four other men are hog-tied, gagged and lined up in front of a metal trough. Two men, who look like butchers, stand behind them and one at a time they hit the other (unknown) men in the head with a baseball bat and slice their throats open to drain inside the trough. As they approach Glenn, we can see that Rick has a small knife in his hand. Gareth walks in asks for the shot counts for the two men. Bob demands to speak with Gareth, so he removes the gag. Bob tells him that they have someone with them who knows what the cure is, and all they have to do is get him to Washington. He replaces Bob’s gag and removes Rick’s. He asks what was inside the bag that Rick hid in the woods and places a knife in front of Bob’s eye to motivate Rick into revealing the contents. Rick lists each weapon that’s inside the bag and specifically says that there’s a machete with a red handle, which he intends to kill Gareth with. As the man goes to hit Glenn with the baseball bat, they hear gunshots outside and an explosion knocks everyone to the ground.
Elsewhere, Tyreese and Carol are walking along the train tracks with Judith in Carol’s arms. She tells him that she’s going to make sure they’re safe at Terminus, but that she won’t stay (Rick banished her last season). They see a walker, but Tyreese is still having trouble killing them after what happened with Lizzie and Mika last season. Carol kills it and then notices a large group of them approaching. They hide in the side bank as the group of walkers begin walking towards Terminus. A man is on a handheld radio talking about “the chick with the sword” (Michonne) and “the kid in the hat” (Carl) as he’s setting up fireworks. Carol walks up behind him and points a gun at his head. She ties him up and sets out with a blanket in her hands, leaving Tyreese and Judith with him in a shed. She saturates the blanket, which she’s now wearing, with walker guts and blood, and smears the blood on her face.
In the shed, the man tells Tyreese about his life before the walkers. He tells him that Tyreese is a good guy because he’s the kind of guy who doesn’t get his hands dirty and saves babies. He claims that this is why him and Judith are going to die today. He suggests that him and Carol take the baby and take the car that’s outside and just leave.
With the walker-gut smeared blanket, Carol walks among the walkers and finds Terminus. A huge horde of walkers are threatening to invade it, so Carol shoots a hole in a tank and then shoots one of the fireworks into the tank, creating the explosion that knocked Rick and the group over in the butcher’s room. Many of the walkers are blown up, but some get right back up and keep walking. Gareth runs outside to see what’s happening and tells the two men to keep an eye on the group. Rick uses his knife to cut off the tie on his hands, stabs the two men and then frees the others.
Outside, walkers are everywhere (complete with eating people’s faces). Carol continues to walk among them as she approaches the heart of Terminus. She shoots one of the residents and then ducks into a dark room when walkers follow her gunfire.
Rick tells the group to kill all of them because they won’t hesitate to try and kill them first. They look outside and see another train car with walkers trying to get inside. Glenn tells Rick that they have to try and save them because that’s still who they are. Rick agrees without a word and they head outside, killing everything in their way.
Carol stumbles upon a room with weapons, watches, children’s toys and other personal belongings. She takes a watch and Daryl’s crossbow and keeps moving. In a room full of lit candles, the creepy Terminus woman walks in behind her and tells her to drop her weapons. The two struggle, but Carol manages to take her gun. The woman tells her that the signs for Terminus were real at first, but that people came and took over. They raped the women and killed people, enforcing the idea that you’re either the butcher or the cattle. Carol asks where the men from the train car are, but the woman refuses to answer, prompting Carol to shoot her in the leg. She tells the woman that they lead people there to steal their belongings and then kill them, but that she’s not there anymore. She opens the door and lets walkers in to kill her.
In the shed, Tyreese is momentarily distracted by approaching walkers, and the man jumps up and puts his hands near Judith’s neck. He tells Tyreese to go outside or he’ll twist Judith’s neck. To save Judith, he does as instructed. The man is trying to reach the woman he was speaking to on the radio when the noise outside ceases. Tyreese busts through the door and kills him.
The rest of the group is in the train car and they begin to ask Eugene what the cure is because they seem to be risking their lives to protect him, but no one knows the truth. He insists that it’s classified. As things are calm and quiet inside the car, the doors open and all hell breaks loose. Rick tells them to fight to the fence and everyone does as he says. They make it to the fence and begin to climb over when Rick spots Gareth. He shoots and it seems to hit Gareth in the shoulder, knocking him backwards.
In the woods, Rick and Daryl dig up the bag of weapons that they buried in the ground. Rick tells them that they’re going to go back and kill everyone who’s left because they don’t get to live. The rest of the group disagrees and think they should just keep moving. Behind Rick, we see Carol approaching as she steps through the crunchy leaves. When Daryl turns around and sees her, he runs and gives her a huge bear hug. Rick smiles and realizes that she was the one who saved them. He hugs her and she tells them that they have to come with her.
She brings them to the shed, where Rick and Carl are reunited with Judith, who they didn’t know was still alive. Sasha and Tyreese are also reunited. They decide to keep moving far from Terminus, but Abraham and Rosita look at each other suspiciously behind the rest of the group. He tells her that he’ll talk to him, but not yet. Rick picks something up off of the ground and writes “No Sanctuary” on the Terminus sign and they all keep walking.
THEN: The creepy Terminus woman is thrown back inside of the train car by a man who immediately snatches another girl. Gareth tries to calm her and tells her that they’re going to take Terminus back. He’s the one who says you’re either the butcher or the cattle.
NOW: Some time later, a man approaches the sign that reads “No Sanctuary.” He stops, turns around and removes a facemask, revealing his identity…it’s Morgan! He sees symbols etched into the trees and begins to follow them.
Questions for the season:
Will Morgan catch up to Rick and the group?
Will the group find and save Beth from whoever took her?
What was it that Abraham and Rosita were secretly discussing?
Tune in Sunday, October 19 at 9/8c on AMC for more of The Walking Dead.
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