The Walking Dead season four finale offered fans a real treat, but season five is already announced as the darkest yet. Although the seven-month pause leaves the plot unfinished as Rick and his group are captured by the people from Terminus, the show’s creator Robert Kirkman made it clear that the next season will answer all questions regarding the disappearance of characters like Beth, Carol and Tyreese. He warns that Terminus represents a major part of the plot and Rick will still remain an important character, minus his humanity, which he loses in order to survive the new nemesis.
The audience numbers for The Walking Dead’s last episode of season four were stellar, but season five could be the darkest yet, according to creator Robert Kirkman. The main focus point remains Rick and the manner in which he is forced to lose his humanity, although he specifically told his son, Carl that they should not allow the world they are now living in to alter or steal away the one thing that makes them people, namely humanity. Kirkman told TVLine that The Walking Dead’s Terminus is “a completely alien environment with very strange people” far more dangerous than any other nemesis sketched in the series. Fans’ expectations could come true, since the show’s creator does not deny when asked if the new group is made of cannibals, but he also promises that it won’t take long before everything comes to light in season five, which is rumored to be the darkest season yet.
The fourth season of The Walking Dead introduces a new character named Gareth, but Kirkman does not want fans to see him as a new Governor; on the contrary, the villain of the fifth season has yet to be revealed.
However, if the story of the group living at Terminus resembles the comics, it is made of cannibals called The Hunters, who even ate their own children before deciding to feast on survivors. The final episode of season four ends with a scene full of bones and organs and what appears to be spinal cords and human skulls, so season five of The Walking Dead could be the darkest yet.
Kirkman reveals the fact that the story of how Rick loses his humanity continues, but the perspective changes; from a character who refused to do something that might change his nature to a newly obtained confidence which helps him to survive, Rick becomes the main point of attraction, thanks to a darker version of himself. The Walking Dead creator also states that scenes like Carl’s almost rape are not meant to scare the audience away, but to portray a possible world in which civilization falls and people resort to abominable actions. Season five zooms in on the undeniable reality that, in order to survive, characters must change their nature, especially since rumor has it that Terminus is populated by cannibals and the group led by Rick could have been fed with sloppy joes made from Tyresse and Carol, who should have reached “the safe haven” sooner than Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Carl and Rick. Irrespective of whether the rumors are true, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman promises that season five is the darkest yet.
By Gabriela Motroc