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Terminus 3
The front view of Terminus.
Type Train Station
State Rural Georgia
Seen in Series TV Series
Issue/Episode "Us" to Present
Real-world Counterpart/Filming Location [[Wikipedia:{{{IRL}}}|{{{IRL}}}]]
Gallery Terminus Gallery

Terminus is a location in Season 4 and Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

TV Series

Season 4

Pre-Prison Attack

While on a supply run, Daryl, Michonne, Bob, and Tyreese hear scrambled broadcast mentioning Terminus. It is soon interrupted by Daryl dodging a walker in the middle of the road, which eventually leads to them fighting off a large herd of walkers. 


"Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those who arrive survive."
—The phrase written on the sign that Tyreese, Carol, Lizzie, and Mika encounter while on the tracks.[src]

Michonne, Rick, Carl, Maggie, Bob, Sasha, Glenn and The Claimers discovered a similar sign attached to a railway freight carriage and a map.

The maps show railway lines that lead to Terminus. Each railroad route intermittently has signs along it leading the way to Terminus. It appears to be close to Macon, GA. (See Gallery)

Terminus appears physically for the first time in the episode "Us", as Abraham, Bob, Eugene, Glenn, Tara, Rosita, Maggie and Sasha finally reach it, where they are greeted by Mary, one of the residents who offers them a bite to eat and welcomes them to Terminus. 

It appears to be an abandoned railroad yard termination complex for maintenance of trains.

The leaders of Terminus appear to be Mary and Gareth. They indicate the sanctuary has been in existing since the beginning of the apocalypse. Members of this community are called "Terminants".[1]

Terminus is hinted to be the home of a cannibalistic cult. It is seen in the episode that Mary is always cooking an unknown meat product at all her appearances. As the group is running from gunfire, human remains could be spotted in a courtyard for a brief period, muffled cries for help can be heard from nearby railway containers, which raises even more questions, and finally the desire to keep humans captive may mean that they are keeping them as a food supply for basic survival. It is also referenced in the beginning of the episode "A" when Rick teaches Carl how to catch a rabbit by directing it into a trap to get food, his lesson is similar to the whole chase sequences when the group is being directed by gunfire to possibly trap them and obtain a proper food source.

During the gunfire chase, Rick, Daryl, Carl and Michonne run into a memorial room full of candles, with names ages and possibly where they were from written on the floor with personal effects.[2]

Once they reach an open courtyard, the group is surrounded, and Gareth instructs each of them individually to walk over to a train car and enter. Inside they meet Glenn, Maggie, Sasha, Bob, Tara, Eugene, Abraham, and Rosita already inside. Rick then states that they are "screwing with the wrong people".






TV Series

Season 4

Season 5


  • "Terminus", translates to "the end of the line", is the original name of Atlanta.[1] In the 1830's it was the name of a settlement at the end of the Western and Atlantic Railroad line.[3]
  • "Terminus" is the Roman God who protected boundary markings. "Terminus" is also Latin for "Border."
  • The Terminus scenes are not far from where the series pilot was filmed in Atlanta. The skyline and topography around the building have been digitally altered to remove recognizable landmarks and the city skyline behind it in some angles.[1]
  • The frequency from which Terminus' radio message was broadcasted in "Isolation" is 97.1 FM, in reality this station belongs to the station WSRV, based in Gainesville, Georgia.
  • There is a deleted scene from "A" in which Rick and Michonne see zombies attached to chains and remains on the floor.[4]
  • Rick, Daryl, Carl and Michonne enter Terminus through the "map room".[5]
  • The church with the candles is where the community honors fallen Terminants, with the names and belongings of members of their community who have died. The following is painted on the walls: "first always" "never again" "never trust" "we first always". The writing on the wall may show that the Terminants were betrayed by someone they trusted before.[1][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Walking Dead: Everything We Know About Terminus, Comicbook, Russ Burlingame, (April 3, 2014). "They have a “church” where they honor the fallen Terminants. It looks like a creepy altar, but they call it “The Church.” That’s where you can find the names and belongings of members of their community who have died. “And this right here is Church. It’s kind of a memorial to our departed Terminants,” said Andrew J. West, who plays Gareth."
  2. Referred to as the church. Walking Dead spoilers: Secrets of Terminus revealed, Movie Pilot, Matt Carteron, March 31st, 2014.
  3. Talking Dead, Inside the Dead, Season 4, Episode 15.
  4. File:The-Walking-Dead-Season-4-Deleted-Scene.jpg
  5. Matt Carteron, Walking Dead spoilers: Secrets of Terminus revealed, Movie Pilot, (March 31st, 2014)
  6. Referred to as the church. Walking Dead spoilers: Secrets of Terminus revealed, Movie Pilot, Matt Carteron, March 31st, 2014.

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Locations (TV Series)
Season 1 King County, GeorgiaHarrison Memorial HospitalKing County Sheriff's DepartmentInterstate 85Siggard's FarmAtlanta, GeorgiaAtlanta Department StoreAtlanta Nursing HomeAtlanta Survivor CampCenter for Disease Control
Season 2 Vehicle Jammed HighwaySouthern Baptist ChurchGreene Family FarmUnnamed High SchoolKing County Elementary SchoolWiltshire EstatesSteve's PharmacyPatton's BarMert County, GeorgiaFort Benning
Season 3

West Georgia Correctional FacilitySportman's Deer CoolerWoodbury, GeorgiaGovernor's ApartmentWoodbury Community ClinicNational Guard CampVerlin's Feed & Seed Co.Unnamed Daycare CenterWoodbury ArenaWoodbury Research FacilityYellow Jacket CreekRoadside StoresKing County, GeorgiaKing County Café

Season 4 Big SpotClara's CampFort Valley State UniversityApartment BuildingMartinez's CampTerminus

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