After the Season 4 finale of “Walking Dead” airs on Sunday, fans of the AMC series might start sleeping with one eye open. Or at least, that’s what Robert Kirkman hinted at in an interview with Wet Paint. The creator of the comic book-based series warned that episode 16, mysteriously titled “A,” would be the most savage yet.
“They went big with it,” Norman Reedus, who plays the fan favorite Daryl Dixon, chimed in, adding that the finale would be a “very ambitious” episode.
“There are some moments in the finale that I think are some of the coolest stuff we’ve done in the show,” the mastermind behind “The Walking Dead” continued. “That’s the stuff I’m really excited about. We’re wrapping this season up in pretty great form.”
Kirkman went on to explain that the hiatus between the Season 4 finale and Season 5 premiere would be one of the most nail-biting breaks for “Walking Dead” fanatics. But why? Well, according to the writer, the Season 4 finale will leave fans with a torturous cliffhanger … and we think we know what it is.
If you’ve been following along with the comics, you probably know what’s next for Rick and the group. According to Kirkman’s series, the remaining survivors of “The Walking Dead” are about to come face to face with a new type of horror after the prison is destroyed. What might that be? Well, in the graphic novels, it’s worse than an airborne plague or a one-eyed governor — we’re talking cannibals.
Will the TV series follow the storyline of the comics? We’re not positive, but it definitely looks that way. At the end of episode 15, Glenn, Maggie and their group finally make it to the supposed sanctuary called “Terminus,” which means end of the line. That alone sends chills up our spines. The group walks through the unlocked gates to find flowers and welcome signs, insisting that they lower their weapons. They then see a woman barbequing.
“Hi, I’m Mary,” a woman greets them. “Looks like you’ve been on the road a while. Let’s get you settled and a plate to eat.”
We have so many questions about Terminus already: Why are the gates unlocked? Aren’t they worried about walkers? Why has no one tried to “take” Terminus from these allegedly civil people? Why don’t we see anyone when the group first walks in? And why does Mary look so much like this disturbing portrait Michonne found?
"We should always be concerned that anything that sounds too good to be true probably is,” Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, told Us Weekly regarding her skepticism of any haven during the zombie apocalypse. “[But] this is way too big for any of us to ignore that train tracks leading to something that could be a sanctuary."
It could also be a place the separated groups could reunite.
"This group has been so blinded, and now we have this rope to hang on to with the train tracks," Steven Yeun teased. "[The Terminus] might be a bad idea, but we have no other option."
Yeun isn’t the only one who has a bad taste in their mouth from talk of Terminus. During the “Talking Dead,” a large majority of fans predicted that the rumored refuge would be worse than Woodbury. Yikes. That says a lot.
Now that we’ve given you theories, let us tell you some facts. Here’s why we believe cannibals are lurking in the near future of Rick and the gang:
In the comic book series, the survivors of the prison raid against the Governor begin a journey to Washington in hopes of seeking out a refugee camp. The sanctuary is said to be outside the Alexandria Safe-Zone and is used for supply runs. But on their way to “safety” the group gets stalked by the Hunters. The Hunters are a group of survivors turned cannibals and are the primary protagonists in Volume 11 of the “Walking Dead” series.
The Hunters are made up of sixmembers; Chris (the leader), Theresa, Albert, David, Greg and Charlie. We noticed the name Mary wasn't mentioned, but that hasn't dettered us from theorizing. Not much is known about this group until Chris opens up for his potential dinner one night. Chris tells Rick that they had survived on normal food supplies until they ran out. With food running scarce, the scavengers attempted to hunt. But due to their lacks of skills, the cannibals ended up eating their children. Chris showed remorse for eating his kids but explained it was the way of nature. He referred to bears eating their own young to prevent starving.
Although the AMC series hasn’t exactly followed the comics scene by scene, we think it’s pretty safe to say we’re headed in the direction of cannibalism. Besides, what else could leave fans tossing and turning after the Season 4 finale other than a flesh-eating living person? Seriously, as if Rick, Carl and the rest of the survivors didn’t have enough to worry about with dead walkers chasing after them, now they have to keep an eye out for hungry humans.
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