It's finally almost here: the finale of The Walking Dead. Mysteriously titled "A," this Sunday's episode has the following synopsis: "Rick and the others begin to reunite at Terminus, soon realizing that the marauders are closing in, and that the so-called sanctuary is not exactly what it seems to be."
Terminus isn't the happy feel-good "community for all" it promised to be? NO WAY SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. That part of the story may not exactly be a holy-crapper, but I'm sure there are plenty of surprises yet to come in the final hour. Here's a roundup of teaser clips, hints, and promos for the last episode of season four.
Let's start with a sneak peek:
Haa, what's up with that rabbit? It looks like the FX team sewed half a stuffed animal to a wooden board. Anyway, their whole trap discussion seems like a metaphor for what's apparently about to happen to them, doesn't it?
Here's the finale promo (I'm sorry for the crappy quality, I can never find these clips via AMC's official channel):
Nice creepy disembodied robotic-sounding voice underscoring our bad feelings about Terminus. And hmmm, what's up with that eerie candle room?
I'm sure we can expect to see some major action scenes in the finale, but what else? Let's review some of the hints shared by the cast and crew:
Factions begin to near an inevitable collision, which brings Rick face to face with a shocking form of brutality that threatens the lives of everyone he has become responsible for, so the group must find a way to survive the oncoming storm. -- another show synopsis
A "shocking form of brutality"? Like maybe Terminus is filled with CANNIBALS? Or maybe this is referring to Rick's inevitable confrontation with Joe's marauders?
This last half of season 4 has been a character defining group of stories for everyone, but really, Rick Grimes — really finding what this guy is going to be able to do and how he is going to carry on, and is he going to get these people back together, and where is he going to go from here? And I think there are some big questions that are asked that are going to be answered in this final episode. This is Rick Grimes being pushed to his absolute limit. And if you think you’ve seen that before, you haven’t. And the Rick Grimes that comes out of this is really going to shock people. -- show creator Robert Kirkman
Because Rick's forced to get unbelievably violent, as he did in the comics?
The finale will be SAVAGE. Honestly... people are going to be talking about this one. The cliffhanger at the end of season 4 will make the wait between seasons 4 and 5 the hardest wait we've ever had. ENJOY! -- Kirkman
I'm back to cannibalism.
Actor Andrew West has been added for a part that will appear in the second half of season 4. It's being reported that he'll be a "remix" of an "unidentified character from the comics," and that he is a "big presence" and plays an "important character" in the show. -- Zap2It
West is set to play a character named Gareth, and he'll be showing up at some point during the finale. Executive producer Greg Nicotero says, "We're at Terminus and we've seen some of our group arrive there, and it's safe to say that that's where we will find him," so perhaps he's one of the leaders at Terminus? (A version of the Hunters' leader, maybe?)
There are some insane things that happen. There are some tragic things that happen, There are some things that happen that are hopeful. And there is just some remarkably dark stuff. And stories crashing together. -- showrunner Scott Gimple
Hopeful things? I wonder if that has to do with Eugene's mission, and heading to D.C.?
The anticipation for the next season after this finale is unfortunately going to be a lot more heightened than it has been between any other season. So it’s going to be a rough summer for Walking Dead fans waiting for us to come back in the fall. -- Kirkman.
Cliffhanger. DAMN YOU, WALKING DEAD.
Last but not least, check out this fascinating image comparison posted by a Walking Dead fan:
Coincidence? Or something more? I never did understand the meaning of that disturbing painting.
Artwork intrigue aside, Mary's definitely not the only person waiting at Terminus. According to Greg Nicotero,
No, she’s not the only one who’s there. She’s the one that we see first but we’ll quite quickly meet others. In this particular situation, it’s easy for them to get in. It’s not like they had to go through checkpoints or anything. As they’re walking in to Terminus, the gate is open and there’s a note that says to close it behind you. We see flowers and we hear a bit of noise from some people milling about. Mary just happens to be the first one; she’s the welcoming committee.
"Let me fix you a plate." Yeah, but a plate of WHAT, Mary? WHAT'S ON THAT BIG-ASS BARBECUE? (Is it a Beth blue-plate special?)
What do you think is going to happen in the Walking Dead finale?
Image via AMC