The critically-acclaimed TV series The Walking Dead premiered its fifth season last night and went out with a bang… literally. Prior to the airing, sources referred to this season premiere as the show’s bloodiest and most violent episode yet. Viewers were undoubtedly entertained with the horde of walkers, deadly encounters, family reunions, and the return of some familiar faces.
At the end of Season 4, the group was herded into a train car at Terminus but found their allies Glen, Maggie, and Sasha. In the Season 5 premiere, Rick motivates the group to attack the people at Terminus but their failed attempt proves to be deadly, as we see Rick, Glen, and Daryl almost slaughtered in the first few minutes of the episode. Before they’re killed, a huge explosion shakes the compound and forces the inhabitants of Terminus to respond to the oncoming horde of walkers. What ensues is complete chaos, caused by Carol and her trusty bottle rocket.
Rick and friends proceed to take out as many walkers and Terminians as possible, securing Carl, Sasha, Tara, and the others before escaping. Once reunited with Carol, she leads the others to Tyreese, who has safely cared for Judith. The reunion is between Rick, Carl, and Judith was definitely heart-warming, but the gang wastes no time heading out to somewhere far from Terminus. Also, a post-credits scene reveals a face viewers haven’t seen since Season 3… Morgan. What is his role in this season? We can’t be sure, but this interview with Scott Gimple in Entertainment Weekly can shed some more light on the subject.
The episode “No Sanctuary” was a non-stop thrill ride, and perhaps one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead in a while. There are still some questions left to be answered. What becomes of the survivors of Terminus? Where is Beth? Will Carol’s presence bring new conflicts to the group? We’re only at the beginning, and there is surely more story left to be told.
Catch The Walking Dead on AMC, Sundays at 8pm CST.