Here's What We Think 'The Walking Dead's' Terminus Is...
SPOILER ALERT: This discussion of "The Walking Dead" Season 4 contains storyline and character spoilers, as well as spoilers from "The Walking Dead" comic book series.
Why was everyone forced into a railroad car? Who were the people screaming in the shipping containers Rick and his friends ran by? What was that room with all the lit candles, and names of people written on the floor? Are those the names of people at Terminus, currently? Or are they people who were at Terminus, alive at some point, but not — alive, that is — any longer? And what about the phrases painted on the walls in the creepy room: "Never Again. Never Trust. We First, Always"?
So many questions were posed, and later answered, throughout the just-completed fourth season of "The Walking Dead." And though we now know that all is not as friendly as it might have originally seemed at Terminus, the so-called "sanctuary for all," we still don't know exactly what Terminus leader Gareth ("Greek" and "Nip/Tuck" alum Andrew J. West) and his cohorts have in mind for the hostages they've locked inside that railroad car and the shipping containers.
But we have theories. Or rather, a theory...
Gareth, as readers of the "Walking Dead" comic know, is not a character taken directly from the comics. He may be inspired, at least partially, by a comics villain named Chris, from the "Volume 11: Fear the Hunters" storyline.
Again, major comic spoilers, and potential TV series spoilers, ahead.
Chris, in the storyline that spanned Issues 61-66 of the "TWD" comics, was the leader of a group that became cannibals to survive, going as far as to eat their own children because they were so bad at hunting animals.
Evidence that Gareth and company might just be cannibals:
* It would explain why they didn't kill Rick and the others yet... maybe they want to fatten them up first.
* The Terminus folk were very quick to offer the newbies plates of food, and the area right outside the railroad car was littered with empty paper bowls and powdered milk containers. Why would they use valuable food resources on people they don't know, people they're imprisoning, unless they have a bigger purpose?