Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Walking Dead season 4 finale

About 15,000,000 million people each week watch AMC's The Walking Dead. That number, coincidentally, is dangerously close to the number of theories swirling around various corners of the internet related to the Season 4 finale of the post-apocalyptic zombie series centered on the lives of a dozen or so Georgians as they struggle to survive and build a steady life with death, the undead and danger around every turn.

The latest twist, "Terminus", hinted at throughout the second half of season 4 of The Walking Dead and unveiled at the end of Sunday's episode, seems to have brought the likes of Glenn, Maggie, Bob and Sasha to the self-proclaimed safe haven only to be welcomed by Mary (pictured at right) who happens to bear an eerie resemblance to a painting uncovered by katana-wielding Michonne earlier in the second half of The Walking Dead's fourth season. The painting, coupled with the lack of other survivors, unlocked gates, inward-facing barbed wire, a huge grill with no signs of animals nearby, a complete lack of walkers and the uber-creepy name of "Terminus" seems to be screaming out to us that Daryl, Rick, Carl, Michonne, Carol, Tyreese and the rest of the gang will be fighting for their own survival once again during Sunday's finale.

Whether Mary and the rest of the unseen residents of Terminus are part of some sort of religious cult (often speculated after someone kidnapped Beth Greene in a previous episode) or a group of cannibalistic survivors (a plot point brought up in The Walking Dead comic books), this Sunday's season finale promises to be action-packed and it's a given that a "major" character or two will be killed off in some fashion.

The truth is that the characters most likely to be killed are Michonne, Carol, Maggie or Glenn. Also likely to die once they meet Rick Grimes' reunited group are most of the members of the group of marauders which Daryl has found himself part of for the past couple episodes. While I doubt that Beth Greene, Maggie's younger blond sister, will be killed in The Walking Dead season finale, I am fairly certain that she will be in great peril at what will be one of the greatest cliffhangers shown during the entirety of the zombie apocalypse series.

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