Oh, our poor zombie apocalypse fighters. When last we left them, they'd survived — well, most of them, RIP Bob — a battle with the cannibalistic Gareth and his fellow Terminus dwellers, only to learn Eugene's cure-in-D.C. claim was a ruse. And then there was finding out Beth was alive, only to witness her killing at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Hope, by the end of November's midseason finale, was in short supply.
So what kind of state will Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company be in when we rejoin them in the midseason premiere on Feb. 8? The new trailer for the second half of Season 5 suggests Rick will once again have to muster up his Ricktatorship skills to help convince his friends and family they can, and should, forge ahead.
With the phrases "BEYOND FEAR" and "FIND HOPE" imposed over the video, Rick tells his group, "We do what we need to do, and then we get to live," and later tries to assure them, "I know we'll be OK, because this is how we survive."
Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Tyreese (Chad Coleman) are also seen trying to put a good spin on the dire situation the group was left in at the end of "Coda," with Michonne pleading to an unseen friend, "Don't you want one more day with a chance?" while Tyreese tells Noah (Tyler James Williams) — who clearly sticks with Rick's group post-Grady — "It's not over… this isn't the end."
OK, that last one may not be about hope; when Tyreese says "It's not over," could he mean the group's war with the Grady-ites? Or maybe he's talking about the gang's plan to head to D.C.? Or, maybe he is simply encouraging a dejected Noah after the heartbreaking loss of Beth.
The trailer suggests, not surprisingly, that Rick and the others will get no break from the gory realities of walking among the walkers, including a scene where Michonne looks over a forest full of random body parts, and another in which Rick speeds along in a blood-covered car.
We also get brief glimpses of Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Daryl (Norman Reedus), the characters we're assuming will be most adrift as they try to cope with their excitement about a reunion with Beth getting so harshly dashed in "Coda."
Any predictions for Season 5B? Do you think the group will stick with its plan to travel toward D.C.? Will Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) go with them? And how long do you think we'll have to wait for the inevitable reunion between Rick and his old pal Morgan (Lennie James)?
The Walking Dead Season 5 continues on Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. on AMC.