The Walking Dead Season 5: What We Know So Far
The Walking Dead Season 5 is still a ways off, but it's not too soon to start gathering information about the zombie drama. We actually already know quite a bit about what to expect from Season 5, including details about the cast, where the story will pick up and more.
When will Walking Dead Season 5 air?Last Fall, AMC confirmed that The Walking Dead would return for Season 5 this fall, and that Scott Gimple -- the series' current showrunner -- would return as well. The 16-episode season is expected to debut this October and will presumably be split in half, with the first eight episodes airing in the Fall and the second eight airing Midseason 2015.
How did Season 4 leave off?The second half of Season 4 of The Walking Dead had Rick and his people separated, following the prisoner exodus, but all making their way toward Terminus, the advertised sanctuary at the end of the train tracks where, "those who arrive, survive." The running theory is that Terminus is home to the cannibals from the comics, however this was not officially confirmed when Season 4 ended, though we did see a pile of what appeared to be human bones in the compound, and the season left off with Rick and some of his group corralled and imprisoned inside an old railroad care by the gun-toting Terminus folk. So things aren't looking so good. Find a more thorough recap of what went down during the finale of The Walking Dead here.
Where are all of the characters?The first half of Season 4 left off with the prison being destroyed by the Governor's people and Rick's group being separated as they headed away from the mess. By the end of Season 4, Rick, Michonne, Carl, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Bob, Tara, Eugene, Abraham and Rosita were all in the railroad car at Terminus.
Carol and Tyreese are presumably on their way to Terminus. The last we saw of them, they were on their way, likely dragging their feet after Carol had to kill Lizzie, who killed her little sister. Yeah, let's not forget that happened. Carol also revealed to Tyreese that she was the one to kill Karen, so their relationship's probably pretty strained, to put it mildly.
Carol wasn't the only one who did what had to be done last season on The Walking Dead. Remember that mean guy Joe and his band of "claiming" merry men? The group adopted Daryl as one of thier own and eventually made the mistake of crossing Rick and threatening Carl. In an effort to protect Carl, Michonne and himself, Rick tore out Joe's throat and -- with the help of Daryl and Michonne -- took down the rest of Joe's guys. It seems necessary to include a reminder of that bit of brutality as we consider how Rick might lead his group out of this Terminus situation, assuming he can and will.
Beth was last seen running out of the house where she and Daryl had been staying. She's presumably been kidnapped.
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