New Promo For The Walking Dead Season 5 May Confirm that Terminus is Full of Cannibals
"It's not over until they're all dead."
The new promo for the upcoming season of The Walking Dead shows our favorite survivors locked in battle, not with zombies, but with the mysteriously sinister inhabitants of Terminus. After almost an entire season of searching for the supposed sanctuary at which "all who arrive survive," the survivors' hopes are dashed when they realize (spoiler!) that their "saviors" have taken their friends hostage (or worse), and are locked in a train car to await some kind of terrible fate. There were several indicators that Terminus might be a community of cannibals, including the unnerving statement: "The more people become part of us, we get stronger."
This led to wild fan speculation that Terminus houses the Hunters, cannibalistic villains who appear in the comics while the survivors are on their way to Washington D.C. One of their most famous quotations, from leader Chris, reads, "I promise you...none of this is personal...but at the end of the day, no matter how much we may detest this ugly business...a man's gotta eat." This promo doesn't explicitly confirm this theory, but the taglines "Hunt" and "Be Hunted" could easily be a wink and a nudge to fans of the comics.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Andrew J. West, the actor who plays the show's version of the Terminus leader, Gareth, claimed that he didn't necessarily view his character as evil, but as fundamentally "practical": "I think he's a guy who is concerned with surviving. He's very much concerned with figuring out a way to live in the new world... He's a guy who's searching and struggling for a new way to exist, because he has acknowledged and accepted that the old way just doesn't work anymore. Society is different now. The world is different now. And the old rules just need to be reexamined. And he's willing to do that. And I think that's where the leader qualities come in. He is willing to sort of abandon certain ideas about the way the world used to be and find what the world needs to be now."
West praised the complexity of the show's writing, calling his character "multidimensional," "layered," and realistic: "No one's just trying to be evil, or walking around saying, "I'm just trying to do good." Everybody, of course, wants to believe that they're doing good, but you're thinking about what it is that you're trying to accomplish."
He claimed that, although his character is clearly the "Big Bad" of the season, Gareth is much more similar to Rick than he is to the Governor: "[He's] a leader, but ... not a natural born leader but maybe somebody who kind of grew into this role, and someone who sort of has to take the reins... I think he probably sees Rick in a lot of ways as a kindred spirit. Obviously, right off the bat he identifies him as the ringleader. It's kind of the nickname that he gives Rick in the finale. And right away he can tell that this guy's tough, that he's survived and that he knows how to survive. And that he is a really strong-willed guy. And I believe that Gareth respects that kind of person."
The Walking Dead returns on October 12 on AMC.