Written by John Edward Betancourt
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It was a unique episode of The Walking Dead this week, one that certainly got my mental juices flowing. So much in fact that this week's breakdown will be a little different than the rest simply because this week featured many of the themes we have been breaking down all year. The need to find and save lives at the end of the world. The general breakdown of civilization and how some take advantage of it. It was all there and there's really no need to go over that once again.
No instead, there was something else that has been haunting me since last week. The little clues that now permeate this show. Lizzie's story is a great example of that. We had hints that she was behind some sinister stuff, but we all forgot that Lizzie was told to look at the flowers once before, when Carol ended the life of her father. This has been a season filled to the brim with symbolism and clues that we all missed and last night was no exception.
First and foremost, I love the fact that the show brought back the roving band of thieves that Rick encountered in the house and the fact that they are now hunting him for revenge. It's a chilling little twist of fate that Daryl is now moving along with them but it goes to show that little things we think are for drama will come back to haunt us. Which brings us to the big concerns and questions I have leading into the season finale...who not only will arrive at Terminus, but who will survive.
In fact, there was one moment that had me worried about who may not make it to Season Five, and it took place in the tunnel. The moment I am referring to was when Maggie burned the picture of herself in front of Glenn telling him that he would never need another picture of her and quite frankly, I shuddered. So many clues in this show and my first thought was, will Maggie make it out of Terminus alive?
Speaking of clues that may lead to something creepier, Terminus was perhaps the weirdest and most uncomfortable place I've ever seen on the show and we just came off of a season where a man kept floating heads in fish tanks. Everything about the appearance of this place screams clues that those who arrive...need to run. The gorgeous sunflowers. The nicely painted facade that reads TERMINUS. The creature comforts of home scattered about before the grill cooking up something delicious...are all ominous images that left me uncomfortable.
All of it felt so fake and forced. I understand the world around these walls is walking death, but this all seems so extremely perfect and well, Sasha probably said it best, if it looks too good to be true it probably is. Not to mention, I didn't see any cattle around, so where the hell did our mystery guest get all that meat? Either way, I'm certain there were a lot of little clues we missed this week that will come back to haunt us in the Season Finale next Sunday and I cannot wait to see all the little bread crumbs left about this season finally come to light at the end of the line.