The Walking Dead debuted its fifth season premiere on AMC on Sunday, October 12 with an episode entitled “No Sanctuary,” which picked up right where the Season 4 cliffhanger ended. While experiencing terror in the train car, several members of Rick’s crew were reunited and joined by a number of the interlopers seen throughout the fourth season when the gang was scattered.
One of the highlights of the Season 5 premiere episode was the Daryl-Carol reunion. He saw her, ran to her, and embraced her with wild abandon. The audience could feel the relief, not only from the characters of Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride), but also from the actors themselves. They truly missed working together and The Walking Dead audience sorely missed seeing them interacting together. The Daryl-Carol dynamic is very unique, immensely enjoyable, and a pairing with tremendous potential. It will be interesting to see how the reunion plays out not only between Carol and Daryl, but also with the rest of the community.
Speaking of which, will all be forgiven between Carol and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) now that she saved the day and rescued the entire crew from the Terminus threat? How A-M-A-Z-I-N-G was it to see Carol kicking cannibal butt and taking names? Who else cheered when Carol took on Mary (Denise Crosby) in the “Cannibal Chapel?” This episode delivered the goods on so many levels.
Another highpoint of The Walking Dead premiere episode was the reunion at the end with Rick’s crew reassembled and Carol leading them to Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) and Baby Judith, who were both safe and well, despite the earlier threats from walkers and disgruntled Terminus henchmen. Turns out, when push comes to shove, Tyreese can do what needs to be done.
Beyond the terror in the train car sequences, one of the more disturbing segments from the premiere had to be the trough scene. It was, without a doubt, gritty and graphic even by The Walking Dead standards. Luckily, Commando Carol was on the horizon in The Great Escape mode.
The style of The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere episode was somewhat unique with its flash-forward and flashback sequences intermingled. The sequences added several important plot points to the story, but they were a bit befuddled and distracting if the viewers were not paying proper attention.
The audience finally received some backstory about Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and his purpose on the show. Turns out, Dr. Porter was a highly regarded and highly placed scientific genius at a think tank, who also worked for the government with biohazardous agents. Eugene claims to have a cure for the zombie virus that has infected the population, but insisted he must make it to Washington, D.C. to unveil and set the plan in motion. However, he still has not disclosed why he must unveil the cure in Washington D.C. Moreover, how will that location serve to propagate the cure or plan Eugene has in mind? While the viewers did receive some answers in The Walking Dead fifth season premiere, there were also a number of questions raised.
As witnessed at the very end of the episode, there was far more terror in the train car than The Walking Dead viewers would have expected. The final segments of the premiere and preview of next week’s episode gave Walking Dead fans much food for thought. Given the true nature of Terminus, that is a rather unsettling image. Not to mention, it appears the Terminus gang may not be removed from the canvas after all. Will Terminus rise again? Who will challenge Rick’s crew this season? Who were those bandits holding the Terminus gang hostage? Of course, there is also the question on the minds of many Walking Dead fans–where is Beth and who kidnapped her? Tune in and find out as The Walking Dead broadcast new episodes on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.
Opinion and Review By Leigh Haugh