“The cast and show runners of “The Walking Dead” made their highly anticipated appearance at the San Diego Comic Con. As part of the appearance, the Season 5 trailer was shown and then posted by AMC on YouTube. In it, we can see just how violent and brutal the season and especially the premiere are going to be.
It gets started with Rick uttering that great line at the end of Season 6, “They’re screwing with the wrong people.” From there, we get a glimpse of Abraham yelling for the others in the train car. The train car doors open, and the Termites come in wearing gas masks. A voice over by Gareth tells the prisoners, “I just hope you understand that we didn’t want to hurt you.”
The trailer moves so fast, firing images and clips so fast, it’s impossible to piece it all together in one viewing. It is clear from some of those images just who the people of Terminus are and what they want from Rick’s group. It is equally clear that Rick isn’t going to let them have it without a fight.
Bob begs for their lives, explaining that one member of the group has the cure. They just have to get him to Washington. Gareth listens intently but he seems doubtful.
If you watch closely, it looks as if Rick and Baby Judith are reunited. At about 43 seconds into the 3:28 minute trailer, Rick is holding a baby on his lap while Gareth explains, ‘You didn’t have a choice…all of you.” Later he is seen holding Judith and Tyreese is seen in the background.
In another scene, Gareth seems more intrigued about the talk of a cure. He is sitting in a room with most of the people from train car “A” discussing what might be if they pursue the plan. Rick refuses to be separated from his people again, not after finally being reunited.
This is followed by a number of scenes of the group out in the woods. Interspersed with scenes of Rick and Carl talking in what looks like a church. Rick is saying he doesn’t trust this guy and we assume he means Gareth. He later tells Carl in the same church, “No matter what he says, no matter what he tells you, you are not safe.” In a voiceover, Rick says - to whom is unclear – “These people are my family, and if you hurt them in any way, I will kill you.”
In another scene, Abraham cautions that they need to leave for D.C. right now but Ricks says they aren’t going anywhere without “our people.”
We also see separate clips at the end that seem unrelated to the goings on at Terminus. They involve Beth. She is tied up and perched on a high ledge in one scene and being punched and bullied in another. We also see her outside and trying to run away. At least she’s alive.
Season 5 of “the Walking Dead” will premiere on AMC on Sunday, Oct. 12. Keep checking back for more spoilers and news from SDCC.