Tonight marked the epic season finale of the hit AMC series The Walking Dead and there was plenty of intensity to last us a while. We won’t be getting over this finale episode any time soon, which is probably why it’s a good thing there won’t be any new episodes until the fall.
One of the questions we all had before we started the night was who would die and who would survive? If you haven’t yet seen the episode, stop here and watch it first as major spoilers lie ahead.
If you were expecting bloodshed right off the bat, that’s not what we got as things started out being very character driven in terms of the pacing the action. But after we saw a random guy get his eyeballs eaten out by walkers, things started to pick up.
Rick, Carl and Michonne were all confronted by Joe’s gang, who were seeking revenge for the guy Rick killed earlier in the season at the house. But before Joe could kill Rick, Daryl vouched for Rick and got beaten down. This caused Rick to snap back into things and become the leader he was in the past — and he redeemed his psyche by killing Joe’s entire gang.
But the drama was just starting, as Rick’s return to reality was followed by a trip to Termiuns, which managed to confuse everyone involved. At Terminus, Rick notices that everyone is wearing an item of clothing that used to belong to the group Maggie, Glenn and Abraham were in. This prompts a gun battle that was less gun fight and more Rick’s grip getting directed where to go via gun fire.
It was strange that the group wasn’t being killed, but their scramble through the Terminus complex revealed more questions than we had before.
And none of those questions will be answered until next season, as things ended with Rick, Carl, Daryl and Michonne getting hoarded into a train car that contained Glenn, Maggie, Abraham and everyone else. While there wasn’t much that was answered, at the very least everyone was alive and well.
Tonight’s finale wasn’t a non-stop, white knuckle ride but things are very much set up for an intense season five that will no doubt be full of redemption.