The fifth season of The Walking Dead continued down the path to darkness with its second episode “Strangers.” In this episode, Rick and the rest of the group left Terminus behind them and ran into a new character: the cowardly Father Gabriel. Upon saving Gabriel and going back to his church, Rick suspected that something was clearly amiss. After some searching, Rick couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong with Father Gabriel’s setup. Regardless of what was wrong with the church, the group needed supplies so the group split up and went into town.
The show focuses primarily around newcomer Father Gabriel who is unlike any character that the show has had before. Father Gabriel is as spiritual as Hershel was, but he acts like he’s never had any form of contact with the undead. Anytime he was attacked there was absolutely no sense of self defense, he is the most fearful of the walkers of anyone on the show right now. That being said, the ending suggests that Father Gabriel has done some messed up things in the past. I’m sure we’ll find out the details soon enough.
There was also some great character interaction again though. Tyrese has officially become Judith’s bodyguard, Rick had a creepy discussion with his son about people, and Tara and Maggie’s moment together tugged at one’s heartstrings. It also looked like Rick and Ford were going to butt heads this week, but it seems like (for now anyways) that the two will be friends as they agreed that heading to Washington DC is the best option.
I’m a little fearful for the group though after this week. Daryl and Carol found the car that Beth was taken away in last episode, and the duo chased after it. Also, at the end of the episode, Bob was kidnapped by Gareth and his Terminus posse. It’s so great to see that the Terminus citizens aren’t completely gone because they take the show to a whole new deliciously dark level (see what I did there?) Gareth doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, and it looks like the body count between the two groups is going to rise.
With a lead on Beth’s whereabouts, Gareth and the rest of Terminus back in action, and the ominous Father Gabriel, there’s a lot to look forward to (and fear) this season! 8.75/10