On Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead," we had a reunion, a rabbit fight and we finally got to see Terminus, the place everyone is traveling toward. It seems idyllic, with its flowers and the friendly woman cooking up a hot meal like some kind of post-apocalyptic house mother.
But is it me, or does it seem too good to be true? Like, as in a trap to lure in survivors?
After so many episodes with the prison gang split up into groups, we got the most important reunion of the season yet, with the show's lovebirds, Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan.) Not only did Maggie's group of three join up with Glenn and Tara (Alana Masterson,) but so did Abraham's trio (Michael Cudlitz) after a split earlier in the episode over a dispute whether to go through a tunnel with walkers.
While Glenn and Maggie were certainly glad to see each other, Tara must've been sweating it because of her history as part of a group headed by The Governor. You know, the guy who destroyed their prison home, ruining everything. And, oh yeah, cut off Maggie's dad's head.
That could've been a real awkward moment for Tara, but Glenn told Maggie that she was someone he met on the road, giving her final absolution for the guilt she's been carrying from being part of The Governor's attack pack. Tara can now move forward with a clean slate, as Glenn is the only one who knows what a dire mistake she made drinking The Gov's Kool-Aid.
That pretty much closes that chapter of their history for good. Which means there must be a new menace on the horizon. Like, at the end of the tracks, maybe?
Meanwhile, Daryl (Norman Reedus) found himself at odds with one of his band of not-so-merry fellows, when the jerk tried to poach a rabbit shot by Daryl. This argument caused the leader of the pack to break down the "rules" to Daryl and settle the feud, but to make a long story short, the idiot in the group couldn't let it go. Fortunately, the head honcho had enough sense to realize Daryl wasn't the problem. And it seemed someone in the group decided Daryl should replace the troublemaker, and dispatched him while they slept.
So Daryl is hanging tough as always, but still no sign of Beth, who disappeared into a car speeding off into the night two episodes ago.
But let's talk about Terminus. As the Glenn/Maggie/Abraham supergroup approached the large industrial building bearing its name, there was no one to be seen. The gates had chains, but they were unlocked, so the group was able to walk right in past boxes of flowers. There was a sign telling them to lower their weapons, as someone would meet them. And they came around a corner where they saw a lone woman with her back to them, stirring up some kind of stew it seemed with a big grill behind her. She turned and smiled at them, and told them to make themselves at home while she fixed them a plate.
Okay, am I the only one thinking a plate for them to eat, or a plate she's planning on putting them on?
I was expecting her to turn around the big slab of bloody human ribs she had cooked it up, because those who read the comic books know that one of the horrors humans face in the comic book version of the series is cannibals. And everything seems just a little too perfect and pretty, like a big Venus Flytrap.
This has got to be a trap. Especially with only one more episode to go in the season, which means all hell is gonna break loose next week. So you know -- you know -- this is a bad, bad place. I guarantee you next week, within the first two minutes of the season finale, you'll be screaming at the screen, "Oh, hell no!"
So what do you think? What do you think lies behind the seemingly all but deserted Terminus? Will the show writers introduce cannibals like the comic books, or surprise us with something totally different? Will the gang finally all reach their destination and be reunited, and if they are, will they sit down and dine together or be the main course?
These are the burning questions that will be answered next week, when "The Walking Dead" wraps up Season 4.