My second thought was...what if everything that happened after they entered terminus was one big extreme initiation ceremony? In any case I find it hard to believe that a place as big and as advertised as Terminus could have survived this long with such lax security. So
I think either way they knew they were coming and chose to let them in. Everything after was still planned and rehearsed just like I said before but this time its to teach them a lesson rather than to eat them.
Heres the thing. If these people really are cannibals, and have no use for anyone other than get them into their cage alive... Why didnt they simply detain them when their weapons were on the ground after they had patted them down? They were completely defenseless. Why risk giving their weapons back and walking them through the facility? Why go through all the bullshit?
Also its a pretty huge coincidence that Rick sees Hershels watch/maggies poncho at all, much less that exact moment when he does, right after they've been led back to the beginning of the "course" (where they would have began if they'd come through the front entrance). They could have very easily coerced Glenn or someone else into telling them about the rest of their group and somehow gathered that they would recognize these personal items they took from them. After all, whats even the point of stealing maggies poncho? They have this big fortress but are lacking on clothing or fashion accessories?
Why were the bones in such an open visible area? Why not use them as toothpicks or to make stock? Lol.
In the big room with the names and the candles...yes, that could be the names of those they've sacrificed. But what if those are names of their comrades who have fallen since this whole thing started? More of a memorial or shrine than some kind of gruesome meal history. After all, why keep all these candles lit or create this area in the first place if these were not friends of theirs? Where were the signs of blood or of killing in general, if this is indeed an altar? I dont remember the words written on the wall exactly but it was something like, "trust no one, group first always".
Which leads back to the reason for this "extreme initiation" as I called it. These people at Terminus are very tactical and very hardened by their experiences since the outbreak. They've had countless losses much like ricks group but more due to their mission of bulding Terminus into what it is today and taking a much more prominent and visible role in the apocolypse. Those words written in the memorial area is their guiding rule or creed that they live by. New recruits must be tested immediately on arrival (because it wouldnt be believable otherwise) and taught do NOT trust. Group first ALWAYS. In other words, hey dumbasses, why did you walk into this place not having any idea what you were getting yourself into? Why in the fuck did you lay down your weapons in front of our feet and expose yourself like that? (To glenns group: why did you trust the signs out front? Why werent you suspicious of these open doors and this fake garden not to mention the radio transmissions? Why bring yourself and everyone you care about into what could very well be a death trap?)
If anyone involved actually felt threatened in any way by any of Ricks group, why not eliminate the threat and eat them now? Better yet if you are these hardcore cannibals why let Rick holding one hostage at gunpoint ruin your entire harvest? Shoot them both immediately and preserve the rest.
Finally, the conversation between the ring leader Garreth and the guy being held at gunpoint Alex... Wasnt it something like
Alex: Garreth! You can tell them!
Garreth: Shut the fuck up Alex!
What the flying fuck?
In the zombie apocolypse a training seminar does not cut it. Recruits must be tested and must learn the hard way if they want to be a part of Terminus.
"Flowers are cunts basically." - Guana