UPDATE: Yes, that was Sam. Poor Sam. Read our full Season 5, Episode 1 recap here.
Sam ... is that you? We've been looking for you, buddy! We last saw Sam (Robin Lord Taylor) right around when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) last saw Carol (Melissa McBride) — in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 4, "Indifference." Sam was with his ill-fated girlfriend, Ana, and if the fan theory out there is correct, Sam isn't really doing much better.
The TWD Season 5 trailer was just released yesterday (July 25) at Comic-Con, and there's a split second at the :22 mark where a bunch of guys are bound and gagged, presumably at Terminus.
It looks like Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) and Rick at the far end, but the rest of the guys may be new to us. One of them looks a bit like Sam, and several fans think it may just be him.
We wouldn't read too much into that idea, since it's just a split second, except previous spoiler photos on the Season 5 set suggest Rick gets his watch back. Rick is the one who gave Sam his watch in that suburban development, telling Sam to be back by a certain time. Sam did not return in time, so Carol gave Rick her watch. But if Rick's original watch is back in Season 5, it implies that Sam re-enters the story somehow, either by meeting up again with Carol, during her "banishment" phase, or perhaps here. At Terminus.
What do you think? Will poor, sweet Sam reappear in unfortunate circumstances?
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres Sunday, October 12 on AMC.