The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis: Spoilers and existential questions revealed

"Who do they become?"

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Fox has released a plot synopsis for The Walking Dead season 5, teasing the prospect of a cure and questioning the motives of the people of Terminus.

The AMC zombie drama will return in the US on Sunday 12 October and in the UK 24 hours later, for the first time not seeing a time jump but picking up right where it left off.

Aside from yet more bloodshed, the season will ask bigger questions about identity, survival and who the characters will "become".

Here's the official synopsis:

'Season Four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate.

Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them…

After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost...

Who do they become?'

Daryl Dixon's sexuality is something that could be explored in the season too, with comic creator Robert Kirkman confirming recently that the character being gay is something that "has been discussed" in the writer's room.