Will the mysterious Wolves be the Scavengers or the Saviors? Find out Sunday night at 8 p.m. on AMC.
There will be blood, right?
"There will be blood, and not just walker blood," producer Gale Anne Hurd said of the season finale on "The Talking Dead" last Sunday.
The Walking Dead season five culminates with the 90-minute finale titled "Conquer" this Sunday at 8 p.m. on AMC. What will happen to those that the Alexandria Safe Zone harbors is still a matter of conjecture, as the comic books have not always been faithfully represented on television.
However, if the T.V. program follows the comic's timeline, fans can get an idea of the happenings coming this weekend. And we can certainly project the arrival of a certain prolific baddie who makes the Governor look like a boy scout.
MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW!
Please, keep in mind that what follows is how the story being presented on television unfolded in the pages of "The Walking Dead" comic books. Now, during the storyline titled "Too Far Gone" (Issues 73-78) Michonne stops Rick's violent attack on Pete by hitting our hero over the head.
Rick almost immediately realizes that he was out of control, which is a conclusion the villainous Governor never came to despite multiple opportunities. Douglas talks with Rick.
*Douglas Monroe is now Deanna Monroe on television.
Douglas explains to Rick how he banished certain men from the Safe Zone, including Alexander Davidson. Douglas does not want to have to exile Rick, which leads to Grimes breaking down and telling Douglas everything that happened to him in the past, especially what transpired with Shane, Carl and Lori.
In the end, the two trust each other. Douglas releases Rick after the visit and tells Grimes to carry a weapon. He also makes it clear to Rick that he can break the rules to keep those in Alexandria safe, but Rick is never to challenge his authority again.
While on a run from the Safe Zone, a group known as the Scavengers hears Glenn's motorcycle engine. They pursue our heroes.
*Could this be Daryl in the television scenario?
Pete makes a monumental mistake, as he later argues with Douglas and others. The conversation becomes volatile, which causes Douglas' wife Regina to step in between them. Pete slashes Regina's throat during the ruckus and kills her.
*On the show, this would be Deanna's husband Reg.
This time when Rick pulls his gun he has Douglas' permission to take out Pete. Rick executes Jessie's husband with a gunshot that is heard outside the walls of the Safe Zone by a stranger named Derek -- the leader of the Scavengers.
*Now, in the comics, Morgan has already reunited with Rick and the group. I imagine he will rejoin them at the Safe Zone before Derek's arrival.
The Scavengers are a group of five men and one woman. They are extremely hostile, but not much of a threat as they only appear in four issues of the comic books series (75-78).
These Scavengers battle zombies and then plan to attack the Safe Zone; Rick discovers that Jessie is relieved that Pete is dead. Funerals are held for those killed and Rick gives a rousing speech, but a gunshot is heard in the distance.
The group finds Derek at the gates. He demands that the Scavengers be let in the Safe Zone, but Rick refuses. A very short battle ensues and the Scavengers are defeated. Afterward, Douglas proclaims that Rick is now the leader of the Safe Zone.
Now, this is how the storyline "Too Far Gone" ends in the comics. There's not a lot of bloodshed, at least by people we will miss, or drama for that matter, so fans are not buying into the fact that the T.V. show will follow this script exactly.
So, what could make it more exciting?
Well, the prevailing theory is that the Scavengers will be bypassed altogether or merged with the more threatening menace known as the Saviors. Again, the Wolves are being hyped on the show, with little teases here and there, but the thought is that this will be the T.V. version of the Saviors.
Unlike the Scavengers, the Saviors are a very real threat that hangs on for a long time in the comic books. And if they producers are thinking along these lines, our group is in for a world of hurt in the season finale.
Combining the stories leading up to the arrival of Negan and his evil Saviors will have dire consequences for Rick and the survivors. The hell that breaks loose following the Scavengers battle includes an attack by a large herd of walkers in which Carl is shot in the face! And though he survives, he loses his eye and some of his memories.
Many fan favorites bite the dust, too, including Morgan, Jessie, her son and Douglas (Deanna). But it's the Saviors who murder Abraham (arrow through the eye) and dispatch one of the comic's original characters --- Glenn.
Rick and others watch as Negan bashes Glenn's skull in with his infamous baseball bat wrapped in barbwire -- "Lucille." As Glenn succumbs to the beating, he calls out for Maggie. Helpless to stop Negan, Rick swears to Maggie that this monster will pay for Glenn's death.
Rick and Negan eventually have their battle. Rick cuts Negan's throat, but the Savior is still able to break Rick's leg. Later, Negan awakes and realizes Rick has spared him. The monster lives, but is imprisoned.
"We're going to undo all the damage you did," Rick barks at Negan. "And with you out of the way, we're going to thrive. I'm going to keep you alive. I'm going to make you watch what we become so you can see how wrong you were... how much you were holding us back. You're going to rot in jail until you die an old man, Negan. You're f$%ked."
All the answers will be revealed and rumors put to bed on Sunday night at 8 p.m. Don't miss the 90-minute season finale on AMC.