On Sunday, Oct. 12, The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere aired on AMC at 9p.m. The premiere was an hour long and was full of blood, walkers, and tear-filled reunions.
As the viewers know from last season, the group arrived at Terminus and did not receive the welcome they thought they would. Although it is still unclear to the viewers what Terminus actually is, they do know that they kill people and take the items they brought with them.
The group was thrown into a box car where they were to await their fate.
Flash forward to the season premiere and we see the fate of the group.
“No Sanctuary” did not lack on violence despite the reunions of friends at the end of the episode. The first scene of the premiere before the opening credits lasted eight and a half minutes and did not lack on blood or fear. Rick, Glenn, Daryl, and Bob were on their knees in front of a trough and the people on their knees next to them had their throats slit.
The four individuals’ lives are spared, but their captors were not. Rick killed those who were about to kill them, and then they made their escape plan, but not before seeing the freaky torture tools that were stored in the warehouse. Rick, Glenn, Bob, and Daryl free the rest of the group who are still in the boxcar and they all run to the woods to find their buried weapons.
While all of this is going on, Carol, Tyreese, and baby Judith are having their own struggles. The three come into contact with a group of walkers on their way to Terminus, which they still believe to be a safe place. They find shelter in a cabin not far from Terminus, but it’s not safe either.
The man in the cabin is a part of Terminus, so Carol and Tyreese tie him up, and Carol runs off to Terminus to help the group. While Carol is gone, the man plays mind games with Tyreese, telling him that he’s too good to kill, but in the end that backfires on him.
Carol, on the other hand, made it to the fence of Terminus and decided to blow up a gas tank, which is what got the group out of there and into the woods. The fences were down and the walkers invaded and killed anyone in their sights.
Those who watched the season premiere saw a walker that wasn’t really a walker, and that was Carol. Carol disguised herself as a walker and made her way into Terminus to see what was going on inside the fences.
This episode was full of walkers and blood, but something that doesn’t usually occur in this show is happiness, and it was scattered throughout the episode.
Carol and Daryl were brought back together in a tearful reunion in the woods outside the overrun Terminus, and Rick made up with Carol because of what she did for them.
The most emotional part of the episode was when Rick and Carl were reunited with Judith after thinking she was dead when the jail was overrun.
On schedule, though, the happiness ended when Eugene told everyone about biological warfare and how he was part of a team that was weaponizing diseases. One thing still remains a mystery: Beth. What happened to Beth? Where is she? Is she still alive? The only way to find out is to watch The Walking Dead Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Keeley Gould is a third-year student majoring in English and minoring in journalism. She can be reached at KG787739@wcupa.edu.