Sunday, 12 October 2014

Movies-The premiere of The Walking Dead Season 5

Scary Mary and her Terminus friends may be "screwing with the wrong people" but they sure can scare the living bejeezus out of Rick Grimes' crew...even the seemingly fearless Daryl Dixon.

AMC has released the first four minutes of the anticipated season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead and if the rest of the episode is anything like them, viewers are in for one terrifying ride.

AND a familiar face returns. Briefly. Very briefly.

Spoiler alert!

When we last saw Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), his son Carl (Chandler Biggs) Dixon (Norman Reedus) and most of their friends, they had arrived at an abandoned train station called Terminus, which they believed to be a sanctuary in what has become a post-apocalyptic, walker-infested world. There, they were welcomed by a creepy lady (Denise Crosby, aka Star Trek's Tasha Yar) who would probably be a big fan of The Simpsons' Rigellians' dusty cookbook. And then it just gets worse.

They are herded under gunfire to a cattle car marked "A," which was also the name of the season 4 finale (read our recap). In a show of leadership, Grimes makes a bold statement (that was censored for TV), probably to boost everyone's spirit.

So what happens in season 5?

First, a flashback showing Terminus leader Gareth (Andrew J. West) and other men in captivity.

"We should never have put up the signs," a man tells him. "What the hell did we think was gonna happen? We brought 'em here."

"We were trying to do something good," he replies. "We were being human beings."

Flash-forward to present day, with exposition. Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Dixon are heard referencing the unknown whereabouts of Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) as they and the rest of Grimes' imprisoned group try to create makeshift weapons and prepare for an anticipated attack by the Terminus creepers. Unfortunately, they didn't bother to think outside of the box...and several of the men are removed from it.

For what, you ask? OK, here's where it gets super gross.

Yes, the show all but spell out what fans have speculated for months--they're cannibals, or they at least chop people's bodies up for some purpose, because various aspects of their grotesque, bloody operation are displayed. Grimes, Dixon, Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Rhee) are bound and gagged and forced to stand in front of a trough as an executioner stands behind them.

Joining the seemingly-doomed and terrified group (Dixon looks like he's going to pass out) is none other than Sam, the pleasant peach-gathering dude last seen in one early episode of season 4 in 2013. His girlfriend Ana, who suffered from a limp due to a badly-healed broken leg, had died, while he went AWOL. The actor, Robin Lord Taylor, currently stars as Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, on FOX's Gotham.

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