Right after the Season 4 finale, Robert Kirkman told TheWalkingDead.com, “There’s a big story to Terminus. There’s a very long and involved way that Terminus came about, and that memorial [candle room] is a big part of it. It’s what these people have lived through and what’s happened to them and what’s built them into what they are, which will be revealed in Season 5.”
On that note, it’s now late June and RK talked to Entertainment Weekly about learning a lot of that Terminus history right in Episode 1. “There’s a lot going on with Terminus,” says Kirkman. “In our premiere episode of season 5 we’re going to give a ton of answers of who the people of Terminus are, what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, what’s going on with them. And by the end of that episode you’re going to have a much better understanding of what’s going on with them and why they’re so important to the show. Oh, and Daryl dies."
Don’t even give him the satisfaction of rolling your eyes at the Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) comment, but what do you think of the Terminus teases?
Filming spoilers suggest we won’t spend very long at Terminus, whether it’s because Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is just THAT good at getting them free or maybe some time passes or whatever. But RK said by the end of the premiere we’d have a better understanding not just of who the “Termites” are, but why they’re so important to the show. Andrew J. West (Gareth) was made a series regular, so … it would be weird to lose him after one episode. And even if we leave Terminus quickly, it’s possible the inhabitants don’t leave us quickly. (Cannibal stalkers, anyone?)
Don’t forget that Season 5, Episode 1 director Greg Nicotero said the premiere had enough scope and story for an entire movie. It’s the biggest premiere ever. So maybe they’ll be ambitious enough to show the history of Terminus, the present of Terminus, the destruction of Terminus, and what happens next with Rick and company, especially if Carol and Tyreese are involved by then. (Then we have to find Beth. There are no vacations in the zombie apocalypse.)
Are you sticking with the cannibal theory about Terminus? If so, did they get that way after being attacked and somehow decided to go from there to ... eating people? How do you think we’ll leave things after the premiere?
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.