The Walking Dead Awards: “They don’t get to live”

Season 5, Episode 1: Meet your meat
Photograph by Gene Page/AMC

(Spoilers ahead)

Each week, we comb through the guts of The Walking Dead, much like a horde of hungry walkers, to bring you the episode’s best moments, surprises, and other post-apocalyptic curiosities. This week: Baby Uggs, David Bowie costumes, and a cameo you might have missed.

Season 5, Episode 1: “No Sanctuary”

Most disgusting moment: The unnamed Terminus victims that were slaughtered like cattle during the killing floor scene. We grimaced at the waterfalls of blood erupting from their necks that then pooled into a squeaky-clean drain.

Best baby fashion: Judith’s stylish (and pristine) infant Uggs. Although we shudder to think where she acquired them.

Best subtle nod to the fans: In the new opener, Chandler Riggs’ (a.k.a Carl) name appeared across an image that said “away with you.” Considering how vocal certain fans are about their hatred of Carl, we don’t think this was an accident.

Best new term for walkers: “Cold bodies”

Best repurposed object: Who knew that a seatbelt could also make a great pair of handcuffs? But maybe next time grab another belt to also cover the prisoner’s mouth. walkingdeadcarolbowie_courtesy

Best David Bowie impersonation: Carol’s walker disguise immediately reminded us of the singer’s Aladdin Sane persona. An unfortunate coincidence or a fun joke from the creators? (Somebody should ask Chris Hardwick.)

Best kill: Carol’s bottle rocket igniting the propane tank. The only thing that would have made it better? A Schwarzenegger-esque catchphrase prior to the shot.

Most disturbing image: Terminus’ meat locker—because it’s made of people.

Best reunion: While Rick and baby Judith’s reunion was certainly heartwarming, nothing tugged on the heartstrings like seeing gruff and stoic Daryl running into Carol’s open arms. Whatever kind of relationship these two have, we love it.

Biggest question: How the heck did Carol get clean so quickly after disguising herself as a walker?

Episode MVP: Carol. After being exiled from the camp and killing Lizzie, our flawed heroine needed a way to redeem herself, and she certainly did by going incognito to save the group.

Best line: “You’re the butcher, or you’re the cattle”—perhaps the theme of this season?

Most obscure flashback: “Then” and “Now.” When? Later? We’re confused.

Biggest twist: If you didn’t stick around after the credits, you missed a great surprise. We certainly didn’t expect that masked man on the tracks to be Morgan, but it clearly was.

And finally, we’ve noticed that Rick can go from the calm leader of the group to raving madman throughout each season. So just where does Rick fall this week on the calm/crazy scale?

Illustration by Matt Walljasper, photographs courtesy AMC