It’s been 6 months 2 weeks and 3 days and finally, we return to rural Georgia to find out what has happened to our gritty band of zombie apocalypse survivors. Now normally 6 months is too long to wait for anything, but The Walking Dead arrived on Sunday evening with such a rush of adrenaline, such an awesome Season 5 beginning, such an epic opening, I didn’t mind the wait.
Before I delve into the episode, I need to get this out of the way…I was frigging right! I said Carol would save Rick and the gang from the horrors of Terminus and sure as hair growing out of my ears, Carol saved Rick and the gang from Terminus. Jeff Baskin was right!!!
But she saved them blowing up propane tanks and blowing apart heads that it blew my mind! The opening of Season 5 was a “Call to Arms” for so many of our survivors.
Rick is back and may be more tenacious than ever. “No one gets to live…” he growled at Glenn and Daryl.
Tyrese is so back. Our gentle, babysitting nanny didn’t just kill that annoying Tigers’ fan (that was a Tigers’ hat?), he beat the jerk to death. And I did let out a whoop whoop!
So, Terminus is in ruin. BBQ Mary died poetically. Carol graciously opened the door for 4 zombies to feast on her Lieutenant Yar flesh. But her hipster son, Garreth (looks like a dude who works at bike shop in Williamsburg), took a shot, but didn’t look like he died. Spoiler alert: I predict he will be back. He was too important a character to not have a gruesome TV death.
So as the zombies deteriorate further, their skin flagging, we enter a new season. Abraham will continue on his crusade to save humanity clashing with Rick’s determination to save his people. It will be fun to see how this plays out and who makes it to Season 6 alive.
Welcome back Walking Dead! I missed my Sundays with you. And oh yeah, one more thing… I’ve done my research, and if you mess with Baby Judith, you frigging die!
Jeff Baskin is currently writing a vampire novel. Don’t miss his column every Dead Wednesday all season long. Follow him on Twitter: @1Brooklynwriter Photo courtesy of AMC.