The Walking Dead is a milestone amongst comic book TV shows, cable TV shows, and TV shows in general, continuing to pull in huge ratings despite several creative shakeups behind-the-scenes, and a fanbase that seems to have as much fun picking apart the show and characters as they do actually watching them.
Season 4 was something of a departure, though; after a more traditional (albeit dark and somber) first half, the second half of the season broke things down into more isolated episodes, focusing on individual odd pair units of survivors from the prison camp. As we saw in the season 4 finale, however, the reunion of Rick Grimes and his crew came at a most unhappy time, as the lot of them were captured by the inhabitants of Terminus for some yet-to-be-revealed purpose that is most likely pretty horrific (given the world of The Walking Dead).
As this latest season 5 teaser reminds us, however, Rick and the gang aren’t the only ones in a bad place right now. After one of the most disturbing and controversial episodes in the show’s run, odd pair Carol (Melissa McBride) and Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) are still out in the wilderness trying to avoid roving bands of zombies, all while caring for Rick’s young daughter Judith (as we see above) and shouldering the weight of the terrible events they’ve recently endured.
Babysitting has been an especially precarious job in both The Walking Dead comic books and TV show. The only thing more disturbing than imagining the “What If’s?” of childcare gone wrong in a zompocalypse world is the reaction you see from an increasing amount of viewers who are vocal about the belief that ditching a baby is the only logical way to survive (all heart, those types).
Poor Carol and Tyreese; even if they do make it out of the woods, in Terminus they’ll find that they cared for that baby only to deliver it into the clutches of humans who (judging by the stack of bones we saw during the Season 4 finale) may make a meal out of her, same as the zombies. Talk about irony.
The Walking Dead season 5 premieres this fall on AMC.