Negan, Morgan and the Alexandria Safe-Zone … oh my! “The Walking Dead” may be on hiatus, but fans of the AMC series are dying (if you will) for the second half of Season 5 to play out. Although a few weeks remain until viewers can feast on more drama from Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang, we’ve compiled a wish list of four storylines we'd like to see unfold in 2015:
Rick’s group failed in their retrieval of Beth (Emily Kinney) and lost their haven at Father Gabriel’s (Seth Gilliam) church to walkers. So, where do they go now? The initial plan was to follow Abraham’s (Michael Cudlitz) crew to Washington, D.C., but now that Eugene (Josh McDemitt) admitted that he doesn’t know the cure, that plan too has changed. With nowhere left to go, everyone might decide to head to Washington, D.C., to search for a giant camp … and that might lead them to the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Located in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, the safe-zone is described as a handful of streets that have been cleared of walkers.
Where is he?! Negan is a terrifying villain in Robert Kirkman’s “Walking Dead” comic books. The character is described as the “polar opposite of Rick” and has killed countless humans as a way to display his power and evoke fear in others. Negan has yet to be introduced on the show, but if the AMC series follows the graphic novels then Negan’s storyline could be coming up very soon. In fact, it was rumored in late September that “The Strain” actor, Kevin Durand, was in talks to play the comic book character in Season 5.
Mysterious Morgan (Lennie James) is a character that was first introduced in Season 1 of “The Walking Dead,” and reappeared in Season 3. The AMC series surprised viewers in the Season 5 premiere when the episode concluded with a shot of Morgan walking along the same path that Rick’s group took to escape Terminus. However, Morgan didn’t appear on screen again until the final moments of the midseason finale.
The episode concluded with Morgan entering Father Gabriel’s church long after the group abandoned it – but Abraham’s map for Rick was left behind. Morgan spotted that map and was happy to see the name of his old friend scrawled across it.
It’s unclear how far apart in time Morgan is from Rick’s group, but our hope for the second half of Season 5 is that the two will be able to reunite. If that’s not possible, it would be interesting to get an episode dedicated to Morgan’s journey post-“Clear” – similar to the Season 4 episode that focused on the Governor (David Morrissey) after the fall of Woodbury.
Daryl’s Backstory and Carol Romance
One interesting scene from the Season 5 midseason finale involved Daryl (Norman Reedus) stealing a book about how to treat survivors of child abuse. “Walking Dead” viewers know very little about Daryl’s past, but the stolen book could be a clue that it will be explored more in future episodes.
Another potential storyline that could be explored is the Daryl and Carol (Melissa McBride) romance – something that fans have been rooting for. Reedus revealed to the Hollywood Reporter that his character will sink into a “depression” following Beth’s (Emily Kinney) death. Comparing Beth’s death to that of Sophia (Madison Lintz) in Season 2, Carol could be Daryl’s rock as the series continues.
“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC in 2015 on Sunday, Feb. 8. What do you want to see happen in the second half of Season 5? Tweet your thoughts to @AmandaTVScoop.