Let me begin by answering my own question - HECK NO!!! Terminus is actually hell on earth, and I think the group that just arrived there during last Sunday's episode, titled "Us," will learn that the hard way. I really am hoping to be wrong on this, but if there is anything we have learned about this show, it is that most things that look and feel good at first ultimately become a nightmare.
Besides, "Us" was generally a joyful episode, one that featured the emotional and awe-inspiring reunion of wife and husband - Maggie and Glenn. What do Robert Kirkman and the rest of the show's makers usually do after warming our hearts with one episode? They unabashedly crush our hearts with the next one. The ' [The Walking Dead](series:201193)' creator (Kirkman) himself has already stated that the season finale, titled "A," is going to be "savage."  As a result, we can certainly expect fights to be fought, and blood to be shed. In fact, judging by the promo for "A," it seems that will definitely be the case.  And, there may be a character or two that will meet his/her/their demise. A few seem more expendable than others.  But ultimately, it is very difficult to predict which character(s) will be killed off next. So, expect anything!
For those of you that watched "Us," did you all get the same feeling I had that the group managed to enter Terminus way too easily? The gates were not locked, and there was no one even near them to keep watch. However, what the group did encounter was a quiet, ostensibly peaceful community decorated with nice-looking flowers and a blooming vegetable garden. They also met a lady who introduced herself as Mary (Bloody Mary?), and she was "kind" enough to offer them food she was cooking on a barbecue. She was all smiles, but to me, she seemed a bit too calm and collected. It's almost as if she knew that the group would get to Terminus when they did, and because of that knowledge, she began making some food in preparation for their arrival.
If I did not know any better, I would say that Terminus is just a rip-off of Woodbury. To be honest, I have never read the comics, so I am less capable of making educated guesses than some of you who have read the comics are. But, my best guess is that Terminus is most probably worse than Woodbury, and that all that peace and quiet displayed in "Us" is just a veil that hides the real horrors of Terminus. Remember when Sasha opined to Maggie and Bob Stookey that Terminus seemed way too good to be true? Well, they should have listened. If anything, Terminus could end up resembling Woodbury, in terms of appearing to be quiet, peaceful and thriving at first, only then to reveal the monsters lurking inside. In Woodbury, it was Philip (a.k.a. the Governor). In Terminus, I am not sure whom yet. Again, maybe those of you who have already read the comics can make better predictions.
Furthermore, there are still a few mini-groups out there who have yet to arrive at Terminus. Rick, Carl and Michonne seem to be the closest, but they may have to do some serious fighting before getting there, as teased by the promo for "A." Daryl, Joe and Joe's group are apparently not going to Terminus any time soon, judging by Joe's insistence that they stay away from that place. This leads me to believe that Daryl and Rick will confront one another during the season finale, which could further lead to a battle - Rick, Carl and Michonne vs. Joe and his group of cohorts. Joe wants vengeance because Rick killed one of his buddies a few episodes back, when Rick barely escaped the house in which Joe's group had marauded. Daryl will surely be on Rick's side, though he may not be too content with him. Lastly, Carol, Tyreese and Judith are also making their way to Terminus, but they may still be haunted emotionally by what happened with Lizzie and Mika during "The Grove." My question is: will all of the aforementioned characters make it to Terminus? One of the posters for the season finale subtly suggests that not all of them will.  For those that will, how long will it take for them to reach the group that is already inside Terminus? Will everyone reunite this Sunday, or will it happen at some point in season five?
Moreover, I am guessing that Terminus may become the official setting for season five, much like the prison was for season three and the first half of this season. Consequently, we will not be exposed to it completely, nor will we learn what actually goes on in it just yet. If indeed those that make it to Terminus decide to stay there, the struggle for survival may increase quite a bit, probably more so than when they were all out on the road. We will all learn that Terminus was never meant to be a sanctuary, and that all those signs that the survivors kept on finding suggesting so were merely designed to lure them into a trap.
Season five could turn out to be the bloodiest, most vicious one yet. But before the excruciatingly long wait starts, the makers of this show have to induce us to look forward to it. So, we can expect this Sunday's season four finale to be sadistic, suspenseful, and a great segue to next season.
"Terminus ... those who arrive survive" Yeah, cool story, bro. It is probably more like, "Terminus ... those who arrive be damned."
Quick reminder: MoviePilot's last The Walking Dead live blog for season four is going to take place this Sunday night during the finale, "A." The blog will go live 30 minutes before the episode commences. There is absolutely NO better way to enjoy an episode of 'TWD' than by getting involved with the blog. You will be amongst other passionate viewers who love to talk 'TWD' just as much as walkers like devouring people. Seriously, can it get any better? I think not! Here's the link to the blog: thewalkingdead.moviepilot.com
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