Well it’s almost here, The season four finale of The Walking Dead is just around the corner and it’s all about the mysterious Terminus.
Over the course of the second half of season 4, our band of survivors have seen scattered about the Georgia countryside, massive signs saying “TERMINUS: All who arrive survive” and of course, with shelter and protection at an all time low, Terminus sounds like the hope they all have been searching for.
Last weeks episode saw Glenn, Maggie, Tara, Abraham, Rosita and Eugene all make safe entrance into Terminus, though the fact the entrance was unlocked and the refuge eerily empty leaves us to wonder just how safe Terminus is?
Fans were also quick to piece some possible puzzle pieces together involving Terminus and Mary (the first person they encountered within Terminus) and the house full of dead bodies Rick, Michonne and Carl stumbled across.
Is Mary the woman in the blood splattered painting?
In a series of clips aired on New Zealand TV, it’s been shown that Rick’s group (Michonne and Carl) also make it to Terminus, but it doesn’t take long for things take a turn for the worse..
So along with the possible Mary and that painting connection, there have been a few other and wildly popular theories that have been sprouting up as to what to expect for the finale.
Terminus is full of cannibals!: In the comic series, Rick’s group come across a pack of cannibals called The Hunters and fans have been waiting for them to possibly appear and with Glenn’s group meeting Mary while she was cooking something on the BBQ, many are believing this is the Hunters compound.
Terminus is safe but attacked: Another theory is that Terminus is safe, Mary is harmless and all is good….until Joe and his group (along with Darryl) arrive leaving some to think Darryl will have to make a choice between the two groups he has formed alliances with.
The Governor is still alive!: This one is a bit far fetched, considering we saw the guy obliterated with a bullet to the head, but some fans are saying that the Governor is alive and Terminus is his new Woodbury.
Either way, Danai Gurira (Michonne) says that all the theories she’s seen are wrong. “I’ve read all predictions and none of them are right,” she told Digital Spy. “No one’s going to be able to figure out this ending – so it’s going to be a really exciting thing to watch people respond to!”
And, in typical Walking Dead finales, can we expect a character to be killed off? Usually, side or bit characters have been given the exit but lately, more prominent characters have been killed off – Andrea and Hershel.
My oh my, did every Walking Dead fan not just explode after the incredibly long build-up over the hostility between Rick and The Governor finally came to a front in the midseason finale? After what I’m pretty sure has been a years worth of fake outs and build ups, the Governor finally declared all out war (including a tank) on Rick and the gang.
Over at the camper-van camp, Brian aka The Governor is rallying his ‘troops’ as to why it’s a good idea to overtake the prison. Of course his ideas are all lies as he spits one out after the other telling them it was Rick’s gang that tore apart the camp that he and Martinez stumbled across. It’s then we’re given a flashback to events that occurred after last weeks finale where single handedly, he manages to take both Michonne and Hershel captive.
Brian tells the group he’s captured two of them….Tara seems to be the only one actually surprised by this news. He explains his actions by saying they will be used as collateral in ensuring they take the prison without bloodshed…yeah right. It’s here more of the lies come out where he says it was Rick’s gang who burnt down Woodbury, that killed his people, took his eye (well that’s not a lie) and killed his daughter.
Everyone is now on board, including Tara – well except for Lilly (or Andrea 2.0). She’s not too keen on having to fight for another place to keep them safe and he responds with a deadpan ‘It’ll keep you and Meaghan alive’. The look she gives him after her “I don’t know who you are” reply is uncannily like that of Andrea back in season 2, after she discovered just who exactly the Governor really was.
Back in one of the mobile homes we see Michonne and Hershel being attended to by Brian. He’s applying some first aid 101 on Michonne while informing them of his evil genius plan. Of course old man Hershel tries to reason with Brian. “We can all live together” he states. Even I am with the Governor here when he shoots the idea down noting both Rick and Michonne still want to see him dead. He walks out to Meaghan who’s making turd burgers in some red mud, gives her a hug and moves on his merry way.
FINALLY, we’re back at the prison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I see Daryl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s still in that sleeveless moto jacket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But he’s angry. Rick’s just informed him that FOUR episodes ago he sent Carol packing because she killed Karen and that other random guy. Daryl states that he could have handled Tyreese but then finds out Rick hasn’t told him yet. Not one to waste any time (I loves ya Daryl!) he heads off in search of Tyreese.
Then there’s some weird scene in which Tyreese shows Rick and Daryl a rat splayed wide open and attached to a door that he discovered. It’s the same person who’s been feeding rats to the walkers (this has to come into play later in the season for sure). Tyreese is convinced it’s the same person that killed his beloved Karen but before Rick and Daryl can let him in on the big secret a massive explosion rips through the prison…..
The entire prison gang run outside to be greeted by the Governor, a small pack of gun wielding followers and a tank. Yes, a tank. Answering the Governors demands to talk, Rick states he no longer solely makes decisions (hello Carol?) and that there is a council. Here the Governor brings out Michonne and Hershel asking if they are part of this council. Knowing he has no other choice, Rick moves down to talk while Daryl arranges everyone to stick to their escape plan that has been arranged.
The Governor informs Rick that he and his people have until sundown to move from the prison grounds or Michonne and Hershel will die. Rick pleads back saying there are sick children inside who won’t make it on the outside (really though I’m convinced he’s more concerned about his farming plot) and that they can’t move.
Back at the camper-van camp, it seems Lilly has been left alone with Meaghan, who’s still playing in the mud like a pig in shit. She’s sitting atop one of the vans when across the water, a walker appears out of the brush. She goes into danger mode, gun ready at the aim, but before she can take action, it’s swept away down stream. While this is happening, Meaghan digs up an old sign “Warning Flash Flooding”. Apparently the walker across stream or this warning sign about flooding aren’t the most impending danger, it’s the walker buried under that sign that is. There’s screaming and grabbing and a dash for life from Lilly who doesn’t arrive in time. Meaghan has been bitten…a nice chunk out of her neck. (was I the only one a little happy this happened? Meaghan never really did anything to annoy me, but it was sort of like a ‘Eff You!’ to the Governor.
Back at the prison, everyone is ready with guns aimed. Nearby Mika, Lizzie and some other kids – including Judith are heading for the escape bus but Lizzie stops and reminds them that Carol was teaching them to be strong – and to have guns – I miss Carol. It’s good to know her teaching was actually getting through to these kids when Lizzie states “We should all have guns”.
Back at the stand-off between Rick and The Governor, Rick is still trying to plead his way out. Apparently he believes they can all live together in the prison – in separate cells. They’d never have to see each other. The Governor is having none of it and grabs Michonne’s katana and holds it to Hershel’s neck. In a desperate bid, Rick tells the Governors followers that the two have fought before and that in fact, Rick has taken in survivors from Woodbury. He tries again with the ‘We can all live together’ plea, that they’ve all done horrible things, but by putting down their weapons and walking through the gate, they can all start afresh.
Some of The Governors people, including Tara, seem to want to take Rick’s argument. There’s hesitation –
You can just feel that something is going to happen….something bad. The Governor utters the word “liar” and takes the katana to Hershel’s throat!
THEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE.
Both groups are firing on each other (with some really bad aiming) and in the onset, Rick takes a bullet to the leg, the Governor one to the shoulder and Michonne manages to slip away unnoticed. Noticing Hershel is still alive, the Governor picks up the katana and completely decapitates Hershel. Magically, Lilly appears holding Meaghan’s dead body. She walks over to Brian who immediately puts a bullet into her head to stop her from turning and then yells “Kill them all!”
Back with the prison gang, Tyreese, Bob and Sasha are providing cover fire while Beth and Maggie start getting people on the escape bus. Bob takes a bullet in the shoulder and he and Sasha run off to find better cover. By now the tank has destroyed the fencing around the prison and the Governors fighters have entered. Tyreese finds himself cornered by Tara’s girlfriend Alicia and another guy – he’s dead for sure. That is until Mika and Lizzie put a bullet in each of them. Was this Lizzie’s end game? Was this build-up we’ve had of her this season so far leading up-to this?
There’s now an all out fist fight between Rick and the Governor. They’re going at it like two women fighting over a flat screen TV at a Black Friday sale. Rick’s winning! No, the Governor is winning. Now Rick’s winning again! It’s very topsy-turvy (like all good on screen fights) until the Governor gains the upper hand over Rick. He’s got his hands tight around Rick’s throat and he’s turning blue. It’s here I actually asked myself “Where the heck is Michonne?” ahhhh, there she is! She put that katana blade of hers right through the Governors chest!
I was hoping Michonne would go and take the Governors other eye, but she runs off and Rick stumbles away and finds Carl. Sadly Carl is still alive. He doesn’t have Judith. It seems there’s been some confusion in the mayhem and they stumble across Judith’s carrier. It’s empty and covered in blood…..They join the others in running from the prison as quick as possible.
Back in the field, the governor is still alive – well just. He’s gasping for air. Lilly appears holding a gun. She’s realized his bloodthirsty desire to kill Rick has caused the death of her child. He quickly puts a bullet into his head and walks off. A hoard of walkers appear including Clara, the Irish tourist Rick stumbled across in the season four premiere. They make their way into the prison grounds to feast on the dead while Rick can be heard saying to Carl “Don’t look back”.
So we finally got to see the aftermath of Patrick’s mystery death is the shower on Monday night and I for one am confused. Surely, someone would have heard a walker eating like he was at the last supper on a poor unsuspecting and peacefully sleeping fella. Well apparently not, and this starts off a domino effect of the walker infestation in the prison.
Apparently hours fly by and no one has heard a thing. Outside, life is as normal, Maggie is noticing the walkers are gathering in one section of the fencing, pushing and clawing at it like they were waiting for Myer’s doors to open on Boxing Day sales. Rick and Carl are farming, talking about guns and stuff…it’s a normal day. Then the gunshots start piercing the air. It’s always calm when gunshots fire out isn’t it?
A mass fight takes place and thankfully no one we actually care about is injured (well except Michonne, but it was her own fault tripping over that rope). Back inside, the crew discover that a deadly flu like illness is sweeping the prison. Seeing that Hershel really hasn’t had much to do so far, it’s put upon him to decide that yes, those with symptoms must be separated from the group (he IS a doctor or is it a vet? It all becomes so intertwined after a few limb amputations). Now hysteria begins to spread as quickly as the virus and those suffering even a mild cough are segregated off – including Karen.
By now, the walkers gathering at Myer’s doors are beginning to break in, they must have seen the 50% off all white-goods sign. Cut to a mass stabbing involving Rick, Glenn, Maggie and Darryl and a moment where Rick is so worried about his farming plot he actually stops and stares at his work before deciding to use the possibly infected piglets as bait to lure the walkers away – hence my title ‘Babe Bait’. Man did those pigs squeal! They squealed, but didn’t run when Rick placed them on the ground (how convenient) After all the killing, death, murder that has taken place over three seasons – apparently it’s only now that Rick decides that violence is the only way to survive and happily hands Carl back his gun and holster.
I’m really liking Carol so far this season. Her private ‘weapons for kids’ class is going well and puts one of her students to a test to see if she can use what she’s learnt to kill her father who has just been bitten. One would possibly think a small animal would be the first test…but then again, i’m not teaching the class. Carol also finds herself pleading with Carl not to tell Rick about her class. Personally, Carol should have laid the smack down and told Carl not to rat on her, but then again, i’m not Carol. Of course, the little twat scuttles off and tells Rick, but thankfully, both are on Carol’s side and decide to keep mum on the topic.
Finally, Tyreece (who is using the prison as a dating service) is seen heading off into the quarantined zone to give his lady love Karen some wild flowers he picked all himself. It seems there’s a lot of blood smeared all over the floors of her room and a trail leading somewhere else. Has she turned? Nope, Tyreece follows the blood trail (which is going to be a bugger to clean up) outside where after what feels like 3 hours looking at a close up shot of his shocked facial expression, we find Karen’s and another segregated persons burnt to a crisp bodies. Guess someone is terrified enough of this virus to burn some people alive or we’ve begun an American Horror Story: Coven cross-over.
Side note: Am I the only who thinks the girl who couldn’t stab her dad in the head is the one feeding the rats to the walkers? She has a habit of naming them, cried when her walker Nick was killed off, even her own little sister told Carol that “She’s messed up”. Girl aint’ right is all i’m saying, but then again, this is a zombie apocalypse.
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