Nothing is ever easy in the zombie apocalypse. Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” has introduced a whole new set of problems for our survivors – from cannibalism and kidnapping to different goals and end games. Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group has lost members and gained members … and once again they’ve ended up splitting up. Unfortunately it won’t get any easier next week.
According to the synopsis for episode 5, “Self Help,” the group will be confronted with “a new set of issues” while on a mission – but what group is the synopsis referring to?
Episode 4 focused on Beth’s (Emily Kinney) kidnapping from Season 4 and tied it all together with Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) rescue attempt after they chased after the car with the cross. The episode concluded with an unconscious Carol being wheeled into the Atlanta hospital, but Daryl nowhere to be seen. Since episode 3 showed Daryl returning to Rick’s camp at Father Gabriel’s church, it’s possible that episode 5 will focus on the survivors trying to rescue Beth and Carol. However, based on the trailer, it seems more likely that “The Walking Dead” will take a break from that storyline to follow Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and his mission to get Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) to Washington, D.C.
Fans of the AMC series will remember that Abraham managed to get the church bus working and left for D.C. after aiding Rick’s group. The survivors as a whole were supposed to go on the journey, but the group split up when Rick refused to leave with Daryl and Carol still missing. Abraham wanted more people than just him, Eugene and Rosita (Christian Serratos), and got Glenn (Steven Yeun), Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Tara (Alanna Masterson) to agree to accompany them on the road. But their departure from the church doesn’t mean that the groups won’t ever meet up again. Before leaving, Abraham handed Rick a map with their route to D.C. planned out. The only problem is that Rick doesn’t have to just wait for Daryl and Carol to return in order to head out – it appears they now have to go into Atlanta to rescue their friends.
The trailer for episode 5 reveals that the journey won’t be an easy one for Abraham’s crew. While they did have a bus to start off with, the video shows the group on foot and entering a building. Could they simply be taking a break to search for supplies and find shelter? Or did something happen to the vehicle? Whatever the case may be, it looks like the situation will take a toll on Abraham’s mental well-being.
“The Walking Dead” Season 5 episode 5 will air on AMC on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m. EST.