Credit: Walking Dead on Twitter Photo: Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon in AMC Season 5 Poster

We’ve got a little over a month to go before Season 5 of The Walking Dead bows on October 12, but the TV gods have answered our mid-August humpday prayers by releasing some truly terrifying footage from the highly-anticipated season opener. Read on for all of the horrifying details!

Though the new clip from AMC is a mere ten seconds long, there’s plenty of terror packed into that sixth of a minute. For starters, the clip begins with several figures in gas masks and protective suits who seem to be entering Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Co.’s Terminus train car. It looks like some sort of gas is swirling around them (which would explain the funny outfits) but we can’t be sure.


Interspersed with all of that is a shot of Rick and later a shot of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) looking pretty bewildered. The cut to Rick looks a lot like the first image of Season 5, which was released several weeks ago, and we’re happy to report that Daryl is not bound and gagged in his quick shot, though we know that’s coming.

Next we see what appears to be a rogue operation of sorts as someone (possibly Sasha) says, “We don’t know what’s coming next.” Yeah, you’re telling us! Though we can’t tell who is doing the cutting and who is under the knife, we do see one figure standing over another on a table, and whoever is on the table (in an empty, dark room, no less) is clearly getting sliced open. Yeesh, we hope that’s not Beth Greene (Emily Kinney)...

If that wasn’t creepy enough for you, consider this: The brief clip ends with a shot of a door. We can see the shadows of people moving on the other side as a man’s screams are clearly audible. On the door there’s a sign that reads, “Safety glasses, hard hats for protection required beyond this point.” We don’t know what it means (other than that they could be on a construction site of some kind) but it’s intriguing!

Have we piqued your interest with this footage from the Season 5 premiere? Check out the complete clip below and feel free to share your thoughts and theories in the comments!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.