Terminus Cannibals? 'Walking Dead' Finale Raises Questions (Spoilers)

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 03:51 PM

By Angela Deines

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Is Terminus actually inhabited by cannibals? "The Walking Dead" Season 4 finale on Sunday gave some hints about the so-called safe haven.

(Spoilers ahead.)

Russ Burlingame, a blogger on Comicbook.com, has written that the television show’s Terminus cannibal theme came from either the “Fear the Hunters” storyline in “The Walking Dead” comics or the “Starved for Help” episode in the Telltale Games series.

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“The Hunters were a roving band of cannibals, were headquartered out of an isolated, rural house in the comics,” Burlingame wrote. “They would stalk, trap and kill other survivors for their meat, eating them slowly and putting tourniquets on their wounds so that their victims would last longer in a world without refrigeration. Keeping their victims alive as long as possible also had the added benefit of preventing them from reanimating before the meat was off the bone. Remember that for later.”

Burlingame also pointed out that the Terminians would “lure people into their web” instead of going after people outside of their compound, something that bore out in the season finale Sunday. In addition, once Rick, Carl, Daryl, and Michonne reached Terminus, the four were eventually “herded” into train cars by rooftop snipers who didn’t shoot them but shot at their feet, forcing them into the cars where Glenn, Maggie, and the others were being held captive.

Although brief, another piece of evidence that pointed toward cannibalism at Terminus during Sunday night’s episode was a shot of a pile of strewn skulls and bones.

Variety said Sunday night’s season finale garnered “The Walking Dead” 15.7 million total viewers according to the Nielson ratings, 26 percent more viewers than last year’s season finale. Only season 4’s premier and the show’s mid-season return in February had more viewers. “Talking Dead”, the show’s post-episode discussion show with cast members and other “The Walking Dead” celebrity fans saw a series record 7.3 million viewers.

Sunday night’s finale also led in television-related Twitter activity, Variety reported, trending as the No. 1 non-sports related program of the night across all cable and broadcast networks. Nielson reported the show generated more than 63 million Twitter television impressions.

The fifth season of “The Walking Dead” is scheduled to begin in October.

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