With the second half of The Walking Dead season 5 only 3 weeks away, AMC is finally starting to release new promos for fans to devour. In one of the latest video clips, the tag line repeats “Surviving together is all that matters,” and it has this fan a little concerned.
One of the great things about The Walking Dead has always been the optimism. Even in the midst of an undead apocalypse, the characters have banded together, formed new families and friendships, and tried to survive while still holding onto what the world once was. If this video is any indication, all of that could be changing… and maybe not for the better.
Since the beginning of the show, Rick Grimes has been the moral center of the group. He kept them together and, in a lot of ways, kept them from becoming the worst versions of themselves. Through everything, he struggled to make humane and ethical decisions, and he refused to believe that he could no longer expect the best from people.
Anyone who watches the show knows that Rick’s ideals have taken a beating, especially in the past 2 seasons, and that he is starting to lose his grip on who he wants to be. If you have any real doubts about that, go back and watch “Four Walls and a Roof” before you come talk to me. So now the question is, where will part 2 of season 5 take us?
It’s Going to Get Darker
As much as I hate to admit it, I think the second half of the season is actually going to be even darker than the first half. The writers have systematically destroyed every ray of hope and killed off every optimist within the first half: Bob and his best-case scenarios didn’t survive, Beth’s rescue didn’t go as planned, and Eugene’s promises turned out to be as fake as his southern accent. Since they haven’t been replaced with anything but a scared priest and Morgan, who could be a friend or a threat, it doesn’t seem like Rick’s group will be trusting strangers any time soon.
Dissension in the Ranks
The first half of the season gave us more opinions than we’ve seen in the past: Maggie and Glen dared to leave the group and head out with other survivors, Carol is back but poised to leave at the first chance, and Tyrese and Daryl went against Rick in the planning stages of the rescue operation. The longer the end of the world takes, the stronger some of the survivors are getting, and they aren’t content letting Rick give all of the orders anymore. Considering Rick’s deteriorating outlook on the world, I’m not sure that he’s going to take it lying down.
Lots of Crying
The sneak peek shown at the end of the mid-season finale had a lot of crying, and that was only about 30 seconds of what we can expect. There were some significant losses in the first half of season 5, and there hasn’t been any time for people to process them. At the very least, viewers should expect to see a lot of tears from Maggie.
The group has lost some of its members and they’re on the move. Heading into a new area will likely bring new survivors for them to accept or fight with, and, whether Rick wants to trust anyone or not, some of these newcomers are bound to stick around. After all, there have been rumors of Daryl getting a girlfriend (some say boyfriend), and for that to happen they are going to have to find someone along the way. OK, I hear the mutterings from the Carol/Daryl shippers, but I really don’t think the writers will give that to you anytime soon. Ross Marquand has been confirmed to be joining the cast, and the speculation is that he will be playing one of the survivors from Alexandria, even though there has been no confirmation. At the very least, I think we can expect Morgan to catch up to the group, but whether he will join them or fight them is still unclear.
First there was the CDC, then they wanted to stay at the farmhouse, next was the prison, and then Terminus. While everything ended horribly with everywhere they’ve tried to put down roots, the group is going to have to find somewhere to settle. With that in mind, didn’t Noah mention living in a walled community that was safe? Seems like as good a place as any to settle down. Of course, the graphic novel readers want to know if that means Rick and the gang are going to be heading to Alexandria since the show is said to be intent on following the novel more closely in the future.
Whatever surprises The Walking Dead has in store for viewers, as long as it’s as good as the first half, season 5 part 2 is sure to be great. As a reader and a watcher, I’m both excited and horrified by what could be coming our way!
So, those are my predictions for the next half of season 5 of The Walking Dead. What are yours? Leave them in the comments below!