The Walking Dead Season 5: Rick’s Group Brutally Kills Gareth, The Hunters in Episode 3
UPDATE: You bet your sweet red machete they did. Rick brutally butchered Gareth, and Sasha took out her frustrations on Tyreese's buddy Martin. The Termites/Hunters were exterminated in Episode 3. Sorry to anyone who thought Gareth would last longer. IMDb lies.
Gareth (Andrew J. West) first showed up in the Season 4 finale; in the Season 5 premiere we saw some of his Terminus group’s backstory and also saw how he got thisclose to killing our group at the T-town trough. In Episode 2, Gareth gave Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) a speech about how his group evolved into cannibalism, further showing that Gareth is indeed the TV version of Chris, leader of The Hunters in the Walking Dead comic books.
Season 5 is meant to follow the comics closer than ever before, and in the comic books, after The Hunters used Dale as bait to draw Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) out from Father Gabriel Stokes’s (Seth Gilliam) church, Rick and company retaliated big time against The Hunters and brutally slaughtered them. It shocked poor easily shocked Father Gabriel, who has his own secrets but nothing related to brutal bloodshed.
The gruesome slaughter of The Hunters was a big milestone and serious turning point for Rick’s group in the books. Rick has already bitten a guy’s neck off at this point, but what slaughter have the others done? They don’t have quite this amount of blood on their hands, and you can’t imagine they want it there. No one should get used to killing, even in the zombie apocalypse. It should never be easy.
Andrew Lincoln recently told Details Episode 3 is “astonishingly brutal” and it’s uncharted territory for the show. Sometime he is prone to hyperbole, but more often than not he’s a good warning system for what’s to come.
Do you think The End is here for Gareth’s cannibals? Do they need to face a brutal slaughter (butcher or the cattle…) as justice for what they’ve done to give fans a satisfying end to that storyline, or could they be given something less openly brutal, like the Mary treatment?