Episode 1, “No Sanctuary,” kicked off with Gareth and the Termites taking Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Glenn (Steven Yeun), and Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) to get slaughtered. The survivors were lined up with four other men – from train car D – in a room seemingly set up to harvest meat. In the “human butcher shop,” Gareth’s (Andrew J. West) men began working their way down the line – knocking them on the head with a metal bat before cutting their throats.
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Question one: There is no electricity how are they going to keep all that meat from spoiling do they salt cure? Are they supplying food to another group outside Terminus like say the Saviors?
Fortunately they got a little distracted before they got to our four train car A survivors – which gave Carol (Melissa McBride) a chance to swoop in and save the day (with the help of some explosives). It turns out that Carol and Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) had watched Rick and the others get taken away by the Termites. Tyreese stood behind with baby Judith and a random Terminus resident they stumbled across while Carol went in to set their friends free. First Walker Kill Looked a whole lot like someone we knew before.
Question Two: Was the Walker Carol Killed On The Tracks Andrea? Wait we all Know Andrea Shot herself in the presence of Michonne and were lead to believe they took her body back to othe prison and buried her. But wait the clothes are the same minus the jacket, head wound ( gun shot? ) and handcuffs. How many people looked like Andrea wore the same clothing and were handcuffed in the same area? Laurie Holden has tweeted I am not a zombie!! Pretty cool homage tribute or is it something more sinster?
Carol’s explosion (and a hoard of walkers) allowed Rick, Daryl, Bob and Glenn to escape. However, making their way back to the others wasn’t Rick’s only priority after escaping – he wanted to kill every single Terminus resident.
“Cross any of these people, you kill them,” Rick warned Daryl, Bob and Glenn after finding the room where they dried the human meat. “Don’t hesitate. They wont.”
Question Three: Did she find a shower and clean clothes? or is this just a filming glitch she sure gut cleaned up for her Daryl moment which some Bethyl fans have explained in their version of the event
As Rick, Daryl, Bob and Glenn began to work their way back to the train car, Carol was snooping around the compound. She managed to steal back the watch she gifted Rick and Daryl’s crossbow before finding the memorial room that the Terminus people set up to mourn their loved ones. It was in there that Carol came face-to-face with Mary (Denise Crosby), the woman who was manning the barbeque pit when the group’s first arrived at Terminus. The two women immediately began to fight when Carol refused to drop her weapons, but Carol managed to best Mary.
In a crazy haze, Mary began telling Carol about what happened at Terminus. The signs for sanctuary were real, however people came and “took” it. According to Mary, they raped and killed the people who sought sanctuary. But eventually Mary’s group was able to get out, fight them and take it back. “You’re the butcher, or you’re the cattle,” she explained.
Carol didn’t care for her sob story, because she shot Mary in the leg when she refused to answer where Rick and the others were being kept. But that wasn’t the worst part – she opened up a door, allowing walkers to eat Mary alive.
The entire group of survivors was able to escape alive, despite Gareth’s best efforts to kill Rick. When they dug up the weapons that Rick buried before going into Terminus, Rick tried to get them to go back and kill every last one of them. However no one agreed with Rick’s plan. Fortunately Rick got side tracked when Carol appeared before them. The reunion between her and Daryl was a tender moment, and Rick even jumped in on the action – hugging her and thanking her for rescuing them.
After they all hugged it out, Carol told them to follow her. She reunited Rick and Carl (Chandler Riggs) with baby Judith, and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) with Tyreese. With a new sense of hope, they all decided to keep moving forward – but Rick made sure to cross out a nearby sanctuary sign, writing “no” above it.
The premiere episode then brought viewers to the moment that left everyone screaming at their TV. In a flashback to “Then,” it was revealed that Mary is the mother of Gareth and Alex (who was killed in the Season 4 finale by the Termites when Rick tried to take him as a hostage). Mary had been telling Carol the truth when she said that men took over Terminus, holding them in train cars and taking them out one-by-one to rape or kill them. After Mary had been thrown back in the train car, Gareth tried to console his mother – however a man told them that it wasn’t going to be okay. That man’s face was kept in the shadows, however even in the shadows he looked eerily similar to Negan – the infamous villain from Robert Kirkman’s “Walking Dead” graphic novels.
Question Four: Is the Guy in the Train car Negan — the answer is no Negan has not even been cast yet sorry Comic Fans
The speculation of Negan’s potential introduction comes on the heels of “The Strain” actor Kevin Durand allegedly telling reporters that he was “approached” to play the comic book character.
“Walking Dead” showrunner Scott Gimple and executive producer Greg Nicotero didn’t address the Negan speculation on “The Talking Dead,” however Gimple did tease that fans can look forward to “new threats” in the upcoming episodes.
Unfortunately Robert Kirkman shot the fan speculation down on Twitter. “That was NOT Negan at the end of the episode,” he tweeted. “Note the face tattoos.”
Kirkman’s “face tattoo” comment is a reference to one of the men that was held captive in a separate train car. Glenn wanted to set the people in the train car free – despite Rick just wanting to kill the Termites and let their group out. Glenn opened up a train car and a man with face tattoos came busting out. The tattooed man was screaming that they were “the same” … before a walker attacked him.
It was that tattooed man who had raped Mary and the other women at Terminus before Gareth’s people managed to take over again.
While Negan may not be part of Season 5 yet, Morgan definitely is. The character, who was last seen acting crazy in the “Clear” episode in Season 3, was shown after the credits aired. He looked at the Terminus sign that Rick had altered before following a different sign into the woods — a circle with an “X” carved into trees.
Question Five: What is that Marking on the Tree that Morgan is following? One of the Fans was quick t0 spot the guy in the train car that had raped Mary has a tato of that marking on his head. Quite a few Comic Fans believe this is a lead in to the Saviors.
Preview for Next Week ( Sneak Peek )
The Walking Dead 5×02 Promo – “Strangers”
As I sit here and try to catch my breath from The Walking Dead Premiere, I was able to grab the promo for the next episode. The premiere was so unbelievable, I need to watch it again to make sure I took in every blissful second!
Next week’s episode brings us our first introduction to Father Gabriel, and I suspect that Abraham and Rick will start the argument over heading to DC. My question is, how and when does Gareth end up back with the group and why don’t they kill him on sight?
From TV Guide:
“With supplies running low, Rick leads a mission where the risk might not be worth the reward.”