Warning: Spoiler alert!
Season 4 of AMC’s wildly popular zombie apocalypse series The Walking Dead ended last Sunday with most of Rick’s group of survivors being captured after arriving at Terminus. Seeking sanctuary, the survivors were instead duped into captivity in a railroad boxcar, their fate hanging in the balance.
So what can we expect to see when The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season in October? Here are five scenarios that are likely to play out when the world’s favorite zombie show resumes this fall.
Cannibalism: If you had a funny feeling something was rotten in Terminus, you weren’t alone. There were very strong hints of cannibalism among the survivors there, and all those vegetable gardens weren’t fooling anyone. There was a glimpse of a courtyard strewn with skeletal remains, not to mention that creepy looking woman grilling at the “welcome wagon.”
There was also a reason why the folks in Terminus, although expending much ammunition by firing at Rick’s group, don’t want to kill the visitors. In the comic book series, there is no Terminus. But there is a group of cannibalistic survivors called the Hunters who trap, kill and eat unwary wanderers. They’re an appallingly barbaric bunch, having murdered and eaten their own children. Could the Hunters be roughly paralleled by Terminus?
Deadly Confrontation at Terminus: The last words of Season 4, uttered by Rick, were powerfully ominous: “They screwed with the wrong people.” How the group, locked in a boxcar and surrounded by overwhelming odds and lots of heavily armed bad guys, will make it out of this one alive is a mystery. But you know the show’s writers aren’t going to kill them all of right then and there.
No, expect an escape and bloody confrontation. Remember that duffle bag full of guns Rick stashed in the woods just outside Terminus? Expect to see it dug up soon.
Beth will return: Upon reuniting with Daryl, Rick inquires about Beth’s whereabouts. Daryl’s nebulous reply, “she’s just gone,” leaves us with more questions than answers. We can be fairly sure she’s not dead, or at least that we haven’t seen her die yet. Characters who disappear in The Walking Dead never stay disappeared. Think Merle, Carol and the Governor. Has Beth gone insane? Will she save the day? Is she that piece of meat roasting on the grill as the group arrives at Terminus?
Carl’s inner demons will rage: In the Season 4 finale, Carl confides to Michonne that there is a monster inside of him. We’ve already seen Carl’s ruthless side- remember when he executed one of the Governor’s surrendering young soldiers last season? Expect Carl to figure prominently in whatever vengeance the group exacts upon their Terminus captors.
On the road to Washington: Most of the group will likely survive whatever horrors await at Terminus. But then what? Well, Abraham still needs to get Eugene, who claims to know what caused the zombie apocalypse, to Washington, DC. That journey figures prominently in the comic book series and will probably be replicated in some form during the course of Season 5.