- The episode was bookended with flashbacks to the Terminus crew. It basically showed the evolution into what they became and the comparison to our crew we've been following. It shows that they're not too much different. It's survival of the fittest and the smartest out there. It's not personal. Basically, we learned that Terminus did start as everything it promised to be, but then some people came in and took advantage of that trust. Gareth, his mother Mary and the rest of their crew were able to plot a coup and take their sanctuary back. But, when they did they adopted some of their captors' rules and started herding in their own cattle for survival.
- I never would've picked up on this, but the tattoo guy that Glenn wanted freed during their own escape was the same guy that they showed in that final flashback. He was one of the Terminus Crew's captors. Of course, I was making a mental note that Glenn might be their new resident sponsor of living a normal life and helping people out (a la Dale, Herschel, etc...), but with that idea backfiring on them almost immediately I think it was just an additional sign of the brutal future coming for our crew.
- The other sign was the whole conversation between Tyreese and the Terminus guy they had in the shack with Judith. He mentioned that Tyreese is still a good person and that's why he wasn't going to survive the day. Terminus guy had no qualms of threatening baby Judith's life to survive another day. I don't remember when Tyreese went on this "I don't want to kill anymore" pledge. Maybe it was just introduced and effectively ended all in this premiere. But, I loved the whole concept of him being thrown out of the shack, taking out a group of walkers with his bare hands then coming in and beating Terminus guy to a bloody fatal pulp.
- So, we did confirm very early in the episode that the Terminus crew had become cannibals out of necessity. The whole scene at the trough was rough to watch. Of course, we knew the 4 people lined up from the D trailer were all going to be offed. I did not make the connections that they did on Talking Dead, that the first guy in the lineup has been in a previous episode and that it's also the actor playing the penguin on Gotham. I don't even remember when they ran into him. So, I'll have to look that up later unless someone else remembers!
- Carol's rescue effort was nothing short of awesome. She knew that a herd of walkers was heading towards Terminus due to the gunshots. And she knew that also meant her friends might be in trouble. So, she borrowed a tip from Rick from Season 1 Episode 2 - Guts, and smothered herself in walker goo and headed towards Terminus with the herd, and her sniper rifle of of course. She blew up a gas tank and a whole mess of walkers with it. And the distraction was plenty to give Rick and co the upper hand. It through Gareth and go off their game. Rick had a created a wooden shiv and used it to free himself and take out their would be slaughterers. Then we saw the whole crew go into survival mode, taking anything that could be used as a weapon to fight walkers and Termites (Walking Dead coined term) alike. My personal favorite was Michonne's double edged wooden blades. Hopefully she gets her sword back though!
- It was easy to see that Rick is a non-nonsense leader of men in a zombie apocalypse now. He ordered the death of all Termites that they see. His reasoning? None of us were going to get to live? None of them should either. He took out 4 or 5 of them in the back with a machine gun without even considering the emotional consequences of taking a life. This is not your farmer Rick anymore! Carol took out Mary after learning what had happened to Terminus. Well, I guess she didn't really take her out more than let her be taken by some hungry dead people. And eventually, everyone escaped Terminus and the place was set ablaze.
- Rick wanted to go back and take out the rest of them, including Gareth but the rest of the crew had to convince him it wasn't worth it. But the only thing that really convinced him was at the sight of Carol whose return started the tearjerking reunion! It reminded me of every episode of LOST where the cast came back together again after a long arc apart and the music swirled and the tears fell. Daryl and Carol were reunited. But then Rick, letting bygones be bygones, was so grateful to see her and embraced her. And of course, this wasn't even the best part. Rick and Carl had just assumed Judith was no longer alive, but they found out Carol and Tyreese had her this whole time. Yikes, Niagara Falls in this house! The whole gang is back together. Well, most of them. Rick's goal now is to get as far away from Terminus as possible.
- Surely, Daryl is going to catch them all up on Beth's situation and they're going to either intentionally or accidentally stumble upon her soon.
- It was clear that Abraham and Rosita were not content with just hanging around with the group and are eager to get back to their mission. But, Abraham insisted they would talk to Rick soon. Eugene did spend some time revealing his plan for the walker cure. He said he worked with a team of scientists on viruses that could take out the whole planet of the living in rapid fashion. He has a plan to use this knowledge against the walkers. In my mind I thought, yeah like THAT's really going to work. But, the crew in that trailer thought it sounded pretty solid. Granted, when you're just trying to survive day in and day out, having some kind of goal might be more incentive to do that surviving, even if it's potentially a fool's errand.
- So how funny is it that the Terminus plot ended in the first episode? I think we all assumed this would be a season-long plot, at least the first half of the season. The show will keep the gang on the run for now. Granted, the fact that Gareth is still out there means we probably haven't seen the last of the people from Terminus. And the fact that Rick wanted to go back and kill them all and didn't get the chance to has to have repercussions.
- So, the episode ended with Rick painting over a Sanctuary sign on the railroad tracks and indicating that there is NO SANCTUARY at Terminus. If you stuck around after the scenes for next week you would've seen that someone walked up to that sign hooded and masked, only to reveal that it's Morgan from the Series Premiere episode (and the awesome season 3 episode CLEAR)! As Scott Gimple pointed out, he looks like he's more put together than the last time we saw him, and he started following different signs in the woods. We didn't see Rick and crew making those signs, so who knows where he's going? It's nice to know that he's still out there and the show has a plan for him. I wonder if these post-credit scenes will be a new thing for TWD. Must be tough for people who don't watch previews for next week! Granted, they showed it again on Talking Dead, so maybe most people caught it.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Well, I think I squeezed all the info I could out of this episode. Looking forward to discussing further with everyone in the comments. This was a great episode of The Walking Dead. I might even suggest it was one of the best. I'm very optimistic about the season ahead, and I'll look forward to writing about as much of it as I can! Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I'll see you next week.