Will the so-called Terminus lead to an extra-grisly end for anyone left on The Walking Dead? That's the latest paranoid suspicion for viewers of the AMC smash after the Sunday, March 9 installment, which saw at least three separate groups headed toward that destination via railroad tracks, thanks to a helpful sign promising "Sanctuary for all, community for all. Those who arrive survive" at said Terminus.
According to the comics/graphic novels upon which The Walking Dead is based, the groups -- including Maggie, Sasha and Bob -- encounter cannibals at this point in the plot. Is that what awaits all at the Terminus? Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie on the series, isn't so sure. "We should proceed with caution, but we don't have another plan right now, so we have to follow those train tracks," Cohan, 32, told the Hollywood Reporter.
By the end of Sunday's episode, Maggie had voluntarily reunited back with Sasha and Bob after momentarily striking out on her own in search of boyfriend Glenn (Steven Yeun). "This group has been so blinded, and now we have this rope to hang on to with the train tracks. [The Terminus] might be a bad idea, but we have no other option."
Added the American-British actress: "We should always be concerned that anything that sounds too good to be true probably is. This is way too big for any of us to ignore that train tracks leading to something that could be a sanctuary."
Two folks who haven't yet discovered those Terminus railway signs and who are arguably in greater immediate danger than Maggie et al: Beth (Emily Kinney) and Daryl (Norman Reedus). Both had been unlikely traveling companions over the past several episodes, with the duo finding temporary respite (and a cupboard stocked with peanut butter, pigs' feet and generic cola) in a funeral home.
Their chill-out bonding session ended abruptly, naturally, when a fleet of zombies broke into the house, separating Daryl from Beth. After fighting through a swathe of walkers, Daryl rushes outside -- to see a car, presumably carrying Beth against her will, peel away.
Daryl then meets with -- and reluctantly joins -- a brand-new band of weapons-yielding tough guys who nearly killed Rick (Andrew Lincoln) on last week's episode. "That's going to be a really good point of suspicion for a while; there's not going to be a quick resolve to that situation. It gets very scary. This whole situation that Daryl has found himself in gets really scary. We should be pretty worried about everyone," Cohan teased.
Did that same group kidnap Beth? "I don't actually know yet -- that's how scary it is!" Cohan said. "I don't like the sound of this group at all or what's happened to Beth. It's very creepy."