Let’s over-analyze! (Spoilers from season 4 ahead obviously)
It looks like Rick is wearing the same clothes from when we last left him and the rest of the Unbitten (my nickname for the core cast). In the last few moments of the finale, Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, and the new B season characters were captured by the sinister humans running Terminus. They were stashed in a boxcar moments before the season faded to black.
From the look of things, they won’t be in that boxcar for long, as we can see Rick apparently hanging out either underground or in a seriously poor-lit building. The Unbitten seriously have their work cut out for them this season against the villains behind Terminus, who appear to be cannibals (if this is untrue and you know because of the comics, please let us find out for ourselves on our own please thanks!).
If you recall, there were empty boxes of powdered milk sitting in front of the prison boxcar, hinting that they are the source of nutrition for Terminus’ prisoners. My guess is that they want to kill each person quickly, before they turn, and when they are fit and healthy enough to be sufficient meals. In other words, they have to fatten ’em up.
Additionally, we saw glimpses of cages filled with bones and entrails while the Unbitten were trying to escape the facility. In the words of Cleveland Brown, that’s nasty.
Disgusting and demented, I know, but we are dealing with the desperation of humanity here. With not enough food and shelter to go around, we had to come across this kind of apocalyptic utilitarianism eventually.
Personally, I’m ready to continue seeing Rick unleashed. He’s broken away from his role as the “farmer” and has been ruthless lately, which culminated in his drastic biting off of Joe’s neck in the season finale. Who even saw that coming?
The theme is survive, which has always been at the center of this show, but this season, it will ring truer than ever before. The first season was mostly about Rick finding his family, the second season was about finding a place to survive, the third season was about fighting for the place they found, and season 4 was about building (and ultimately losing) that place into something reminiscent of the life the Unbitten had before.
But season 5? At this point, survival will truly be everything.
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