After a rock-solid start to the fifth season, The Walking
What’s the difference? Well, for starters, the cast was
together for the early episodes and separated for the later ones.
After a breathtaking season premiere which saw Carol almost
single-handedly taking out the whole of Terminus, and which culminated with
Rick and Carl reuniting with Judith, things sped along in the next two episodes
as the remaining Terminus inhabitants hunted Rick and Co.
After taking them down in bloody (and justified) fashion,
things tumbled when the cast was split again.
Listen, I get why they’re doing it. It’s to save money. The
show runners figured they got away with it for the second half of last season –
but the difference is, that they could get away with it as a plot device last
It’s a lot harder to explain now.
For example, am I really supposed to believe that Maggie
would willingly wander off with Glen without looking for Beth even though she
knows her sister isn’t dead? Really? Beth is Maggie’s only living blood
relative left. There is no way she wouldn’t at least spend a few days looking
for her sister.
And, while Carol and Daryl sped off into the night to search
for Beth, Abraham’s insistence on fleeing right when the group was grappling
with stuff seems so … lame.
Now, I’m glad the truth about Eugene is out and – God help
me, I still like the guy – but it’s time for Abraham’s group to back track and
join with their friends. Is the group too big? Yes. It’s going to have to be
cut, but Rosita and Tara have had fodder written all over them since they were
introduced, and try as I might, I’ve never really warmed up to Sasha (or
Tyrese, for that matter).
There’s been a lot of talk about a big death happening on
Sunday’s episode. And, whenever The Talking Dead
(the companion chat show for
The Walking Dead
) touts a surprise guest, that usually means someone is going
to die. They did it the week before Gareth died – and lo-and-behold, the actor
who played Gareth showed up on the couch the next week.
That’s not always the case, though.
They did it before last year’s spring finale and Andrew
Lincoln was the surprise guest – and we all know Rick didn’t die.
We’ll have to see. However, since we haven’t had a big, core
death since Hershel, I’m guessing one of our beloved heroes is going to go – and
the odds seem to point directly in Carol or Beth’s direction.
Personally, I have grown to love Carol and will be sad if
she’s killed off – but she “fits” the signs that have been showing up, for some
reason. The episode that followed her and Daryl before she got hit by the car
seemed to be a love letter to her – and whenever an episode like that runs, the
person featured in it often dies (just ask Hershel).
I am hard-pressed to believe they’re going to kill Beth off
before reuniting her with Maggie. The Walking Dead
is cruel – but I don’t know
if they’re that cruel. They seemed to have gone through a lot of effort to
build Beth up over the second half of last season and the beginning half of
I am not ruling Beth out. I’m just leaning toward Carol –
which very well could crush me. I would sacrifice the bulk of our group to keep
Carol (Daryl and Rick notwithstanding) – but there’s just “something” in the
I don’t think that anyone can argue that we’re going to get
a death Sunday. It’s not the “if” but the “who” in question. It would be much
too easy for viewers to watch Rosita, Tara or Sasha die – which means it’s
probably going to be someone we care about – which means a member of the core
Either way, I’ll have the marathon on all day Sunday to
revisit the season in anticipation of the big finale – and then I’m sure I’ll
be glued to the television for The Walking Dead
and The Talking Dead
night (so no one dare call me!).
All I hope is that separating the cast so early in the
season means they won’t have to in the second half of the season – because the
show tends to lag for me when that happens.
So, what do you think? Who is going to die Sunday night?