Written by John Edward Betancourt
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The end of the line has finally arrived. After weeks of building up the tension and serving up what was undoubtedly the most disturbing episode of The Walking Dead to date, our destination is finally in sight. Which reminds us of the all important question, who will arrive at Terminus? Well let's get right down to discussing the first arrivals at this mystery sanctuary with our recap of "Us".
The Good: This episode was clearly not as intense as last week's waking nightmare but the scares were still present and there were some genuinely terrifying moments. But most importantly, we finally got a glimpse of Terminus and well...let's get to that in a moment. In the meantime, this episode was chock full of awesome moments. First off, Eugene is one weird son of a gun, but I'll be damned if he doesn't deliver some incredible one liners. I love what Abraham and Eugene are bringing to the show so far and I'm curious to see how close they hold to the comics storyilne when it comes to these two. Of course, in-between their awesome banter we were treated to some awesome zombieness in the tunnel scene. In fact, my first response in seeing the tunnel was George Romero's Day of the Dead and well...there was a surprise easter egg for zombie fans in there, but more on that in a moment as well. Because, this was the squirm moment of the night. The low light, the horrible creatures moving about in the dark and well, it was well done and of course it led to the reunion of Maggie and Glenn. I loved this segment, but of course the show stopper of the night was...Terminus. At long last this so called sanctuary was bestowed upon us and well...this was the scariest part of the night. Everything about this place is creepy. It was awesome to see Denise Crosby from Star Trek: The Next Generation pop up as a guest star, but man...the pastels and Norman Rockwell Americana showing up at the end of world is just plain creepy. I don't like this place and also...where did our friendly hostess find the meat to grill and what kind of meat is it exactly?
The George Romero Easter Egg: Now I mentioned briefly that this episode featured an easter egg and man it was a good one. For those who may not know. Greg Nicotero, the director of this episode has a long history with the Godfather of the Living Dead, George Romero. He of course worked on Day of the Dead and did the special effects makeup for Land of the Dead and twice before last night, Nicotero has thrown in two modern updates to zombies from Dawn of the Dead. You can find Flyboy in "Say the Word" from Season Three and you can find the iconic Airport/Poster Zombie in "This Sorrowful Life" from the same season. So what was the awesome easter egg this time around? Well it was two, technically. The tunnel very much resembled the underground cavern in Day of the Dead but most importantly he threw in the most iconic zombie from Day, Bub. So without further ado, here is the proof.
The Bad: The group that Daryl is traveling with needs to be eaten by a herd as quickly as possible please. These are all horrible, horrible people. The twist that these are the guys that Rick encountered in the house is awesome, but wow...they are seriously human trash and karma needs to say hello these guys.
The Verdict: This was a pretty solid episode since we finally arrived at Terminus and it really is the creepiest place on earth. I'm looking forward to seeing how this season wraps up next week and judging from the trailer, it should be an intense season finale.