There are several alpha male types stuck in The Walking Dead’s Terminus train car, including two natural leaders — Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz). How will they get along in Season 5?
Rick got the last line of Episode 16, saying the Termites are going to feel pretty stupid when they find out. Abraham says, “Find out what?” Rick: “They’re screwing with the wrong people.” It put Rick in a position of leader/savior, but we know Abraham has a mission to get Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to Washington, D.C., and he’s also a character who joins forces with Rick in the comics. But everything on TV is very different, and we have several characters on TV that weren’t around or in this position in the books.
Showrunner Scott Gimple told TV Guide Rick has the utmost confidence that they can get out of the Terminus train car, and he has a lot of power at his disposal now, which will be recognized by the group. TV Guide asked how Abraham might feel about that. Robert Kirkman answered for that one: “Rick's leadership role is dependent on keeping his son and those around him safe. It's not a role he necessarily desires in the way The Governor did. That could [create] some kind of working relationship with Abraham and Rick. The thing to note is that Abraham is an alpha male and clearly has a mission that he's trying to accomplish and will stop at nothing to do so. So, as long as their goals align, I could see them working together. But I could also see them being at odds in a big way.”
Rick doesn’t want to be the leader, right up until he does. He didn’t have to banish Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) but he took that upon himself, so you never know when Rick is going to step in and decide what’s best for everyone. Abraham doesn’t quite have the same personality — or love for Lori — as Shane, but they have similar traits, which could be good and bad for Rick. Rick and Shane were best friends for a long time, so maybe Rick and Abe will bond on TV. Then again, Rick already has a best friend/brother/life partner in Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), and sometimes Rick clashes with guys with quick tempers and trigger-fingers, like Shane.
Robert talked more about the potential Rick/Abraham dynamic in a Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter. “Abraham has proven himself to be the alpha male that has a clear mission and directive, who will stop at nothing to accomplish that,” he said. “If in Season 5 we find that Rick is at odds with that mission, we could certainly see a clash between those two. If their goals align, we could see them working together. It's going to be a pretty interesting one and will give us a lot of story material. I'd be on the look out for what it is that's going to be going on between those two guys.”
What do you think? Love triangle with Rick/Abraham/Daryl? Kidding! Unless they do it. Which would be awesome. Rick and Abraham had a rocky start in the comics, but they bonded on the road, including when they were ambushed by The Marauders. Daryl and Michonne (Danai Gurira) replaced Abraham in that storyline on TV, so who knows where Abraham will fit into Rick’s Season 5 story. Presumably we all hit the road for D.C. after getting out of Terminus, but will Abe be leading that “mission” or will Rick?
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The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.
Sources: TV Guide, The Hollywood Reporter