If someone didn’t say Terminus was a lie, they really should’ve.
The Walking Dead Season 5 is now filming, following the story from where we left Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company at Terminus, with Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and Tyreese (Chad Coleman) on the way.
We saw the first signs for Terminus in Season 4, Episode 10, when that fool by the train tracks told Ty and Carol it was a good place to take the kids. But we first heard a radio message for Terminus earlier in the season when Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) and Ty took their drive to the veterinary college. Then again, that’s not quite true either, since we first heard the "sanctuary" radio message in the extended trailer for Season 4 that was issued back at Comic Con.
Here’s where the conspiracy theories start, so put on your tinfoil hat.
A YouTube video was actually posted back in late March, right before the end of Season 4, revisiting that car trip radio message. They noted, and many fans noted at the time, that the radio message scene was changed from the Comic-Con trailer. In the trailer, a woman can be heard saying "Sanctuary, those who arrive, survive." However, in Episode 3 they played a different message.
As the YouTube poster put it, "In the actual 3rd episode though they didn't play the female voice, instead there are 2 overlapping channels Daryl flips between. On one a faint voice says 'Sanctuary' and 'Survive', on the other a louder male voice is saying 'Terminus...survive(?)...is a lie...Terminus'. There's a formal tone to the man's voice - it sounds like an official public service announcement."
So they feel like the male radio voice was trying to out Terminus as a lie, as opposed to saying "survive." It's still possible the most obvious answer is the truth — that the male voice is saying "survive" and "alive" as part of the Terminus radio message set-up we eventually saw in the Season 4 finale. Maybe The Powers That Be just decided to go for a more faint version for TV than the clear "sanctuary" voice of the Comic-Con trailer.
What if it was one Termites (probably this lady) in the Comic-Con trailer and someone else — maybe someone like Father Gabriel — in the counter-message that Daryl and company heard in the car. Too out there?
Even though the speculation video was posted a while ago, fans are now debating the idea at Spoil the Dead, so you can join the discussion or just give the matter some thought yourself. Some people dismiss it as reading too much into things, while others wonder if someone out there is actively trying to fight back against Terminus.
Watch the two different video clips below — the first from the trailer, the second from the actual episode.
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.