Written by Shae
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Tonight kicks off the second episode of season 5, and so far, I’m terrified. Last week on The Walking Dead, the season started off with more than just a bang. Picking up immediately after where we left off on season 4, there was little wait to see what would happen at Terminus. In fact, Rick and everyone were more than ready to fight their way out…only, the Terminus crew was a little more prepared. Rick, Daryl, Bob, and Glenn were taken, while the others were left to suffer in the train car.
As it turns out…our suspicions from last season about Terminus were correct. Terminus is more than just a camp of people wanting to provide sanctuary. They’re a group of people eating people to survive. Cannibals? Oh yes. In a world with the reanimated corpses where the dead are eating the living, hardly anything seems impossible. As it so happens, in this world, there is nothing that people won’t do to survive. A harsh lesson Rick and the gang learn when they face the slaughter line. While things seem at their darkest (and let me tell you, this was a hard episode to watch….but I did…while eating ice cream…because I’m tough like that) a slight sliver of light shines through. An explosion rocks the camp and sends everyone on alert, saving Glenn from near death and giving Rick time to escape his bonds. The resulting bloodbath is worth every second. Not only does the team get free, but the Walkers get in, and the Terminus people get their just desserts.
What caused the explosion? Our beloved Carol! She and Tyreese happen upon one of the Terminus guys, setting charges around he perimeter of the camp. They capture him and demand a few answers. They don’t get what they’re looking for, exactly, but they do get enough for Carol to go off and explore the camp herself. She hits a fuel tank and causes a large enough explosion to char and kill some Walkers, while blowing a hole in the fence. It’s her distraction that gets Rick the chance he needs to free the others and kill those cannibal jerks that nearly killed them. The resulting slaughter of the camp is so satisfying I might have been yelling at my television….in front of my whole family.
Finally, finally, we get the justice we’ve been craving. Carol doles out no mercy, letting Walkers pick off injured Terminus members, just as Rick and the gang make a break for it. While Walkers tear the place and the the people of Terminus to pieces, everyone flees. Shortly after their freedom, Carol meets up with them. It’s a reunion we’ve been waiting an entire season for. If things couldn’t get more heart warming, Judith is also united with Rick and Carl. And Tyreese? Well, he’s a bit more of a badass than I thought. Wish a strong first episode, what’s going to happen next? Well, Terminus wrapped up far faster than I think any of us were expecting. That doesn’t mean this season won’t be filled with surprises. I hope you’re ready for tonight’s episode…I know I am.