The Walking Dead companion series Talking Dead wrapped up its season with discussion of the story arc of Season 4 and what the audience can expect in Season 5. The companion series provided commentary and back story on the Season 4 finale immediately following the conclusion of AMC’s mega-hit phenomenon series on Sunday night. Host Chris Hardwick welcomed series star Andrew Lincoln, who portrays key player Rick Grimes, and one of The Walking Dead‘s executive producers, Scott M. Gimple, to the show for the season wrap up discussion. This appearance serves as Lincoln’s first since the companion series debuted in 2010.
There were many plot points revisited and resolved during series’ Season 4 finale and other questions raised by the events that unfolded over the course of season 4 that will carry the show into Season 5. As usual, Talking Dead did not shy away from the issues raised and answers provided. From Michonne (Danai Gurira) finally explaining the existence of her tag team walkers, her boyfriend-baby daddy, Mike, and friend, Tommy, whom she allowed to turn following the death of her son, Andre, because they were too stoned to protect him. The back story provided via flashback to the prison days and Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) hand in guiding Rick away from brutality and transforming him into Farmer Rick, as well as helping Rick bond with his children, Carl and Judith. In effect, Hershel was able to show both Rick and Carl that violence was not the only path forward. However, life in the post-apocalyptic zombie world is rarely unencumbered by violence as exhibited by Rick’s return to brutality when his group was descended upon by revenge-seeking psychopaths. Luckily, Daryl (Norman Reedus) had joined up with the pack of revenge-seekers two episodes ago and helped save the day for Rick and the gang, but not before all involved in the incident were affected.
The Walking Dead companion series Talking Dead wrapped up its season with discussions about the Season 4 story arc and finale, including some behind-the-screens interviews from series star Norman Reedus and producers on what the audience can expect from Season 5 and their new home base of Terminus. Reedus commented on the various struggles and separation anxiety the group has endured over the last half of Season 4, after the prison was attacked by The Governor (David Morrissey) and the group was forced to flee on their own. Both Reedus and the producers indicated that Terminus will play a pivotal role in Season 5 and there are many surprises in store for the viewers.
Terminus represents itself as a sanctuary for the wandering and weary survivors, yet there are so many unsettling details that have already arisen about the supposed safe haven. There are no walkers in sight, the gates are unlocked, and there are amenities that many have not seen in ages–vegetable gardens, washing facilities, and hot meals. As rudimentary as the facilities might be in the post-apocalyptic society, it has to be a relief for those who have not had a cot and some hots since the prison. Moreover, there is the ending sequence where the gang has become prisoners in a train car after finally reaching their destination.
The Walking Dead companion series Talking Dead wrapped up its season with discussions about the Season 4 story arc and finale, and provided the audience with clues into what to expect in Season 5. The producers and cast members indicated via commentary and back story that Season 4 was focused on establishing identities for the characters amid upheaval. Additionally, they stated that Terminus will play a pivotal role in Season 5 and there are many surprises in store for the viewers. For anyone who has watched the series that will come as no surprise whatsoever. However, there is that slogan keeps echoing since the concept of Terminus was introduced–“Those that arrive, survive.” How do they survive will be the key question when the show returns later this year.
Opinion By Leigh Haugh