Season five of The Walking Dead is back, and with a bang. The death toll was high, there were walkers-a-plenty and the group were reunited (yay, at last!). No Sanctuary, the on point name of this weeks pilot episode was all about humanity, or more accurately, lack of. Rick and the gang were pitted against the monstrous leaders of Terminus, the destination the group were headed in season four. All became clear pretty imminently that were was no sanctuary in this once train terminal, and that the group needed to get their thinking caps on quickly to escape the hell on earth they had arrived to. Que Rick and Darryl being as bad-ass as ever, Carol working her way back into the hearts of the audience and of course, as always in the best of The Walking Dead, a few tears.
The Terminus situation was quickly, and violently wrapped up making way for what looks to be an on-the-road story. The strength of WD lies with the characters, and the cast who play them. Rick, Darryl, Michonne, Maggie, Glenn, Carl..the list goes on, and five seasons in they are as perfect as they’ve always been. As mentioned, this episode was all about the humanity, and loss of humanity that the survivors of this apocalypse are coping with. You’ve got the group at Terminus; so wounded by their past experiences that they are even worse then the Walkers, killing the living to survive. Interestingly, this episode saw Carol regain some of her inner strength and soul, a poignant moment between her and Rick where she thanks him was enough to make you swiftly forgive her bad choices and welcome her back. Tears were shed in the final moments, when Rick and Carl discover Judith has been being looked after by Tyreese, and at that moment a glimmer of hop
e for the group was had. Oh, and the return of a character no one could forget puts this episode up there as the best pilot the show has had yet.
Stylish as ever, and pretty damn realistic considering the subject matter, No Sanctuary brought The Walking Dead back, and on staggeringly impressive form. A week feels way too long to wait for the next installment, but for now guesses can be made at whats in store over the next few episodes. The poster for this weeks episode read “Hunt or be hunted”; season five looks to be the grittiest yet. Welcome back.