Last season on The Walking Dead, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his people risked their lives searching for the mysterious sanctuary – only to be taken hostage. Rick cursed their captors, vowing, "They're going to feel pretty stupid when they find out … that they're screwing with the wrong people."
In a still from Season 5 shared exclusively with PEOPLE, Rick seems to be keeping his promise, armed and ready for the fight alongside Daryl (Norman Reedus).
The Walking Dead returns Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. For more on what's next for your favorite apocalypse survivors, watch the trailer below.