As the countdown clock continues slowly ticking until the October 12th return of Robert Kirkman and AMC‘s The Walking Dead for a fifth season Fox International Channels, the company that brings the show to the rest of the world has released a season plot synopsis. What mysteries does this synopsis reveal and, even more importantly, what mysteries does it spark for Walking Dead fans around the world?
Let’s jump right in with both feet, here’s the synopsis Fox posted to their The Walking Dead page:
The Walking Dead
Season Four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive. Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them… After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held onto no matter what the cost… Who do they become?
Yeah, not a lot of specifics there really, but then what did you expect? They’re not going to lay it all out for you so you don’t even have to tune in to know what’s going on. For those of you that also read the comics here’s a little reminder why that final tag line sounds so familiar.
Volume 10: What We Become is the tenth volume of Image Comics’ The Walking Dead that includes issues 55-60.
This volume takes place as the group is on the road making its way to Washington, D.C. with a scientist, Eugene Porter, who can apparently end the outbreak. Rick is immediately at odds with Abraham over their methods on how to lead. With Carl in tow, the three travel to Rick’s hometown for any supplies left at Rick’s police station and come across an old friend in the process. Along the way, Rick finally sees just how far he is willing to go to protect the family he has left.
The comic and the television series have their story line differences, some of them major, like the loss of Rick’s right hand when captured by the Governor, while some are more subtle like when Rick stabbed Shane to death on the show with Carl shooting zombie Shane to save his dad. In the comic Carl shoots Shane in the neck when he sees Shane point his gun at Rick and threaten to kill him during a heated argument. Wait, that’s not really subtle at all is it?
Well, we all know there are going to be changes to the story between the transition between the two mediums. What at first seemed like sacrilege to some long time comic book readers now seems more like a draw and reason to watch the show, just to see what those changes are and how they affect the characters we love.
What are the burning Walking Dead questions you want answered this season? Will Daryl find true love? Will Rick find a safe house that Carl can manage not to be in when you want him in there? Will Machonne help Carl kick his newly acquired pudding addiction? Will Abraham ever wear a shirt with sleeves?