[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from The Walking Dead and the comics the AMC series is based on. Read at your own risk!]
The second half of The Walking Dead's fourth season is turning into a comic book fan's dream.
Following the midseason finale and premiere's near direct adaptation of the issues surrounding the fall of the prison, the (albeit brief) introduction of survivors Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Rosita (Christian Serratos) brought the characters to life in a way even comic book fans couldn't have imagined. The costumes down to their positioning in the final scene echoed the cover of the first issue in which they appear.
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For those who haven't read the comics, Abraham is a former army sergeant traveling with high school science teacher Eugene and Rosita to Washington D.C. To say any more would be a spoiler, but even fans who have not read the graphic novel should be excited over the infusion of new blood into the series, especially since the main group's numbers have dwindled.
Sunday's episode played with a new format, following different small groups of survivors in the immediate aftermath of losing the prison. First, we see a despondent Daryl (Norman Reedus) and a determined Beth (Emily Kinney) attempting to track the rest of their group, but ending up finding what they believed to be the remains of young girls Mika (Kyla Kenedy) and Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) being eaten by zombies.
It turns out, they were tracking the young girls as well as Tyreese (Chad Coleman), who is in possession of — wait for it — the still alive baby Judith! When Tyreese hears people being attacked by walkers nearby, he leaves the girls so he can go help. But when baby Judith starts crying, walkers close in the on the girls. Lizzie gets distracted while smothering Judith (creepy, right?), but they're thankfully saved by — wait for it again — Carol (Melissa McBride).
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When the women all reunite with Tyreese, one of the men he had attempted to save tells them to follow the train tracks to find a safe place. Fortunately, Tyreese doesn't know that Carol killed Karen (Melissa Ponzio), so she lies about being kicked out of the prison, saying she returned after a supply run to catch the end of the battle. Eventually, they come across a sign that promises sanctuary and a community for all that find their way to Terminus, which is the name that was overheard on the radio earlier this season.
It's interesting to note that, in the comics, The Sanctuary is actually the home base of The Saviors, an antagonistic group that is led by infamous villain Negan. Considering he's much more despicable than The Governor (David Morrissey), here's hoping that this sanctuary is much different. Although, it would be great if Terminus is actually a codename for safe zone Alexandria, where they reside when they come across Negan. But jumping ahead to Negan would mean skipping roughly 50 issues, so it's highly unlikely.
Elsewhere, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) is determined to find Glenn (Steven Yeun), venturing out with Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) to track him down. They're crestfallen to discover the broken-down bus' former occupants are now zombies, so they clear it out to make sure Glenn is not among them.
Good news! Glenn is still alive. Harkening back to the pilot when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) woke up all alone in the deserted hospital, Glenn wakes up atop one of the prison towers with hordes of zombies surrounding the place. He had gotten off the bus to help everyone, but instead ends up all by his lonesome. Just as determined to find Maggie, he dons the riot gear and loads up on supplies so he can flee the prison.
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Along the way, he discovers Tara (Alanna Masterson) sitting alone in a cage. Seeing that she never fired one shot, Glenn decides to bring her along since it will only help him to have a partner. Once they escape, Tara reveals that Hershel (Scott Wilson) is dead and they all made a mistake trusting The Governor. Glenn encourages her to keep hope alive and help him find Maggie. When they're suddenly attacked by walkers, Glenn passes out since he's still ill from the flu, thus leaving it up to Tara to save the day. Just then, a truck pulls up and out hops Abraham, Eugene and Rosita!
Even a hot second of the new characters is enough to satiate comic book fans for this week! What did you of their introduction? Are you excited (or scared) to find out what Terminus really is? Hit the comments!
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.