The Walking Dead Episode Review: “East”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 15 | Aired: March 27th, 2016

Okay, so my original plan was to post the reviews for the past three weeks first and then post this one. Those reviews are still coming, but this episode was sooooo intense I couldn’t not talk about it right away. Plus, I’m not working first thing tomorrow morning which means I can actually get this review out now (more on that in an upcoming review).

So much happened! And so much happened with so many characters I love!

Carol left Alexandria. It seems she just couldn’t take it anymore, she didn’t want to have to kill anymore so she left. Of course, as she was driving down the road she encountered some more Saviours who seemed to be on their way to Alexandria and ended up having to kill them.

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My heart breaks for Carol every time she has to kill someone now. Like, on one hand I get not wanting to kill people, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s really something you can avoid in the world they live in anymore.

But Carol wasn’t the only one to leave Alexandria last night. Morgan and Rick also left in search of Carol and Daryl, hell bent on revenge, left to go after Dwight and the others who killed Denise. In turn, Rosita, Glenn, and Michonne left to go after him.

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While no one died yet, the only one to return to Alexandria last night was Rick. Carol is still missing, Morgan is still searching for her, and Daryl, Glenn, Rosita, and Michonne are now hostages of Dwight and the others.

The episode ended with Dwight shooting Daryl and I think Yvette Nicole Brown said it best:

“Not like this, Lord, not like this.”

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She was also right in saying that Dwight is not a worthy enough character to take out Daryl Dixon. Daryl has survived everything that’s been thrown at him and while I’m sure Dwight is a real badass, he’s not the guy who would take out Daryl Dixon.

I loved this episode. I mean, I love every episode, but this one delved into the characters and their relationships and really showed how much things have changed since the show started.

The whole conversation between Glenn and Daryl in the forest really showed not only how much they’ve changed as individual characters, but how they really are all a family. I know we all know this already, but seeing these interactions is still a welcome thing and I think it really showed just how much Daryl and Glenn have both grown over the seasons.

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Rick and Morgan’s whole dynamic is so different now than back in season one and it’s really interesting to watch. It was also interesting to hear Rick admit that he now believed Carol was right in killing Karen and David back at the Prison.

It’s kind of ironic that now Carol doesn’t want to kill anymore is when Rick admits that she was right to start killing in the first place.

And while I must admit that I was glad to hear him admit this it also made me really nervous for Carol’s future. Seriously, no one is safe on this show, but as soon as someone becomes the moral compass or people realize a certain character was right all along that character dies.

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We don’t know where Carol is, we don’t know if we’ll ever see Morgan again (not gonna lie, he’s still driving me crazy so if he wants to return Carol to the group and then leave again that’s fine with me), Glenn, Michonne, and Rosita are all in danger, and Daryl’s been shot!

We also don’t know what’s going on with Maggie. She had Enid cut off her hair and then suddenly she was on the ground in pain. I’m with Yvette on this one too, it was the pickles cause I don’t want to think about the other thing.

Next week is the season six finale (so soon!) and there are so many questions that need answering and so many fates that need determining. Someone’s going to die. We know that. We’re meeting Negan so there’s no way the group is making it out unscathed.

I have many theories about who might be going with each theory hurting more than the last so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens and cry when it does.

But in the meantime I want to know what all of your theories are! Tell me down below what you think is going to happen next week on the hour and a half finale!

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “Knots Untie”

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Sorry this review is so late! My computer crashed and me (being the genius that I am) didn’t save my review at any point while writing it. Go me!

So, here is a very quick review about last week’s episode!

Jesus led Rick and the group to Hilltop, the community he comes from. While there, the group learns Hilltop has a ‘deal’ with Negan, the same man whose men attacked Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha. This deal being that they give Negan a portion of everything they have and he won’t kill them.

Rick and the group make a deal that they’ll kill Negan in exchange for supplies from Hilltop.

This episode was up and down and all over the place. I don’t know what to make of Gregory, the man leading Hilltop. He’s such an asshat, but I just feel like there’s more he’s not telling anyone yet.

One of the best parts of the episode was when the guy from Hilltop stabbed Gregory and then got into a fight with Rick. Rick just stabbed him in the neck, killing him, and then stood up and said ‘What?’

No Rick, not what, killing something isn’t a ‘what’ situation to most people. Most of us watching though? Yeah, not really surprised.

I also wasn’t surprised at how Carl took the news of Rick and Michonne. He was so happy and it was so adorable and then Rick and Michonne were holding hands in the car. Seriously, The Walking Dead is getting mushy, it’s great.

I think the other best part of the episode was when Glenn and Maggie got to see their baby. Hilltop had an ultrasound machine so while they were there the resident doctor did an ultrasound for them. Their reactions were wonderful and I was almost in tears at how cute and amazing the scene was.

This was honestly such a great episode and I’m really sour that I didn’t save my first review because this one really didn’t do it justice.

Tonight’s episode looks even more intense and I’m hoping we’ll get our first look at Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Tell me what you thought of last week’s episode!

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “The Next World”

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You know, every week I think, “The Walking Dead can’t get any better”. Then Sunday roles around, they air the next episode, and, oh what do you know? It got better!

“The Next World” is set two months after the mid-season premier and we see right away that things in Alexandria are changing. Everyone has settled down and is making lives for themselves.

In this episode we see Rick and Daryl going on what they’re hoping will be a successful run for supplies. However, in typical Walking Dead fashion things don’t go as planned. At first the run seems to be going great, better than great in fact.

Rick and Daryl find a giant truck full of food and other resources, but as they continue scouting out the area they run (quite literally) into a man named Jesus. Well, Paul, but his friends call him Jesus.

Long story short,: Jesus steals the truck, Rick and Daryl get the truck back, Jesus ends up on the roof of the truck, Rick flings him off, Daryl chases him around a field, the truck ends up at the bottom of a lake, Rick and Daryl bring Jesus back to Alexandria to find out more about where he’s from.

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This entire episode was gold. Right from the start there was so much humour and so much bromance. Rick and Daryl are going on their un and as they’re driving down the road Rick decides to put on some music. Evidently he’s done this before cause Daryl literally begs him not to put on the CD and I can’t say I blame him as the music Rick puts on is so typically Rick it’s ridiculous (and hilarious).

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Something else I found hilarious in the first several minutes of the episode are Daryl’s interaction with Denise and Rick and Daryl’s interaction with Eugene. First of all, the whole thing between Daryl and Denise is adorable as she’s asking him to get pop for Tara (as a surprise) and Daryl’s response? “The hell’s pop?” Despite this, he makes it a mission to get the ‘pop’ for her, but unfortunately that doesn’t go as planned either.

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Both these conversations were fantastic and Rick and Daryl’s faces both times were hilarious! I couldn’t stop laughing.

However, it wasn’t long before that laughing turned into swearing at my TV when Jesus came along. Now, I would like to say that I haven’t read enough of the comics yet to have met this character, but I knew he was coming cause everyone was talking about it. However, up until Sunday night I’d been pronouncing it ‘Hey-Zeus” and now I’m really curious how he got the name Jesus.

I’m also really curious as to why he’s such an ass and how he got so good and kicking ass. Rick doesn’t trust him at first (he’s too clean) and Daryl instantly doesn’t like him, but Rick wants to give him a chance.

I really liked the parallels here to Season 5B when the group first met Aaron. They didn’t trust him because he was too clean and that time it was Rick who wanted nothing to do with him and the others who thought they should give him a chance.

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They ended up bringing Jesus back to Alexandria in order to find out more about him, but that also doesn’t go as planned and he escapes his ‘cell’ I guess you’d call it and breaks into Rick’s house (I’ll get to what he interrupted in a few minutes).

Can I just ask though, where the eff is Daryl when he breaks into the house? Rick said Daryl was guarding him so obviously Jesus didn’t just slip past Daryl and escape, so where is he?

Alright, before I get to what was probably the biggest event of the night, I want to talk about Carl, Spencer, and Deanna. Michonne sees Spencer leaving Alexandria and heading into the woods by himself. She follows him, despite his protests, and is there when he is forced to put down his mother. She is also there to see Carl (who had been out in the woods with Enid) lead Deanna right to Spencer.

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At first I thought, “Oh great, Carl lost his eye and now he’s back to being a lil’ shit like in season two”, but no, that wasn’t the case at all. After she confronts him, Carl reveals to Michonne that he did what he did because Spencer needed the closure. Just like Carl killed Lori, Spencer needed to be the one to put down Deanna.

He also says that he would do it for her. He says that if Michonne were to turn he would put her down because that’s what family does. In a weird and slightly creepy way that was really sweet. Families used to do things for each other like shovel the driveway or pick up the dry-cleaning, now they shoot each other in the head.

Alright, are you ready? Are you sure? Cause I’m not. I’m not ready. Oh wait a minute, yes I am. I’ve been ready for several seasons now.

RICHONNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It happened guys! It happened! Rick and Michonne did the do!

Shippers (and non-shippers) everywhere were squealing both literally and technologically from the moment Rick handed Michonne those mints. No this was not a hint that she has bad breath, but was rather a substitute for the toothpaste he wasn’t able to save from the lake truck.

Now, I ship a lot of the characters on this show. I’m a fanfiction writer, it’s what I do. However, I normally know that my ships will never be canon, they will only exist in the fanfiction and fandom world. But not anymore (at least not with this ship)!

Richonne is canon!

I can’t even tell you how happy I am. It was so sweet and so wonderful and they kissed and next thing we knew they were naked in bed. Granted, Jesus then broke in and scared them both, but still. The moment had already happened which means Jesus ruined nothing and Richonne was happy!

I’m so glad this finally happened (can you tell?). Rick, Michonne, Carl, and Judith have been like their own mini family within Team Family for ages now anyway and now they just made it official.

So much happened on Sunday night! Walker Deanna, Rickyl Bromance, Richonne, and more! Next week looks intense with Jesus possibly leading the group to his camp and I am so excited.

What did you guys think of “The Next World”? What was your favourite part?

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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier Review: “No Way Out”

****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for last night’s episode of The Walking Dead****

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 9 | Aired: February 14, 2016

The Walking Dead is back! It’s back and boy did it return with a bang!

Yes, last night was the mid-season premier of season six and I honestly think this is the best episode of the entire series. I’ve been saying that a lot lately so that’ll tell you just how amazing season six has been so far.

We pick up directly where the mid-season finale left off with Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham being confronted by members of Negan’s group. Just when it seems like a member of Team Family is going to get killed in the first thirty seconds of the episode, something unexpected happens.

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Daryl hits Negan’s gang with a bazooka or rocket launcher or something similar and literally blows them away. Daryl Dixon, ladies and gentlemen, the biggest badass to ever exist.

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Seriously, what a freaking amazing way to start the show. They kept showing that scene in the previews up until the point the explosion happens and I was not expecting that at all! Then Daryl just walks out from behind the truck all badass with his rocket launcher and it was AMAZING!

Back in Alexandria, things are less amazing. Walkers are everywhere and Rick, Michonne, Carl (carry Judith), Ron, Sam, Jessie, and Father Gabriel are attempting to make their way through the herd. However, things very quickly go wrong.

Father Gabriel takes Judith to his church where they’ll be safe (why would you trust this man with your baby? After everything he did!), but the others keep moving forward. That is, until Sam sees a young boy walker and freaks out, remembering what Carol had said to him about the monsters coming to get him.

Now this whole scene really tripped me out because I wasn’t sure if maybe Sam was imagining it or what was happening. I thought maybe after everything that had happened he had finally cracked, but no, unfortunately that’s not what happened. It was not imagined or a hallucination, the monsters really did get him.

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The walkers got Sam which, of course, set Jessie off (understandable, she’s seeing her son being torn apart in front of her). She then starts screaming which brings the walkers down on her (nice Walking Dead guys, kill Rick’s sort of love interest on Valentine’s Day!). To make matters worse, Rick is forced to cut off Jessie’s arm to save Carl as Jessie is still holding onto him even as the walkers devour her.

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Now, before I move onto one of the biggest, if not the biggest, thing to happen in the episode can I just say that I was actually kind of sad to see the rest of the Anderson family (because yes, we also lose Ron).

Like, yeah Ron was a lil’ shit and Jessie annoyed me to no end at points (it was getting better though! I was starting to like Jessie more), but I was really sad they killed Sam! I knew the Andersons died in the comics so I figured it was going to happen, but I was hoping maybe if they killed Ron and Jessie they’d let Sam live and give him to Carol or something.

Either way, I’m sad to see the actors go. Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie), Austin Abrams (Ron), and Major Dodson (Sam) all did a fantastic job. Their characters were memorable and they went out with a bang. Congrats to all three of them on their phenomenal job on the show, on any future projects, and on being the first characters we actually cared about to be killed in this half of the season!

Alright, now let’s move on to something major that happened last night. Like I said before, Ron was lil’ shit and he lived up to this right to the very end when Michonne stuck her sword through his back. Why did she do this? Ron was going to kill Rick. Obviously, Ron’s rage was aimed at the right person, but at the same time can you really blame him for being pissed at Rick?

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Rick killed his dad and as far as Ron’s concerned, Rick’s the one who led them out into the herd which just killed his mom and brother in front of him. Thankfully, Michonne steps in before Ron can kill Rick. However, the gun still goes off and instead of Rick being shot, it’s Carl who gets hit. Right in the eye.

That’s right, it happened! Carl lost his eye! I’ve been saying for how many reviews now that this was coming and it finally happened and it was gross and gruesome and so amazing! I am really excited to see how this progresses the characters as it’s safe to say this will have a major impact on all of them, but what will that impact be? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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I do have to say though that Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs did a great job in this scene. They both do phenomenal in all their scenes, but this one in particular, their reactions were spectacular and the whole thing was so well done.

Now, the episode ends on kind of a happy note. Sasha, Daryl, and Abraham make it back to Alexandria and they, along with Rick, the rest of Team Family, and the Alexandrians all pull together to take back their home. This resulted in one of the most badass montages I’ve ever seen with everyone taking down walkers left, right, and center.

And can I just say, before I move on, I was terrified they were going to kill Aaron or Eric. In the comics Eric dies when the walkers invade Alexandria and I was literally yelling at my TV screen because I was terrified either he or Aaron were going to die. Thankfully they didn’t which means Ross Marquand and Jordan Woods-Robinson will be back on my screens again! Thank you Walking Dead creators for giving us that.

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Also, please take a look at this photo and tell me that Eric isn’t totally badass. He ran out of the house to kill some walkers and then they show at the end of the episode that he did all that in a freakin’ boot cast for his ankle. Badass level is off the charts.

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This episode was intense and insane, but oh so amazing and I can’t even imagine how they’re going to top this. So much more happened that just what I talked about here so if you haven’t already seen the episode you need to.

We’ve seen so many of the characters do a complete flip in this episode and everything that happened is only going to inspire more evolution for all of them and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

What did you think of the mid-season premier?

Did you cry more at the loss of the Andersons or Carl’s eye?

Next week’s episode looks beyond amazing! It looks like it’s very Daryl and Rick focused so I can’t wait!

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The Walking Dead Episode Review:”Head’s Up”

WARNING: This reviews contains MAJOR spoilers for tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead! If you have not yet watched the episode don’t scroll past the picture!

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 7 | Aired: November 22, 2015

GLENN’S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There aren’t enough exclamations in the world to let you know how excited I am so I’m just going to have to try and convey it with words. I’m a writer, it should be easy. You can’t tell, but I’m laughing so hard I’m crying at that thought.

So. Many. Things. Happened! I realize I’ve basically said this every week, but wholly molly this season has been absolutely insane! And we’re already almost half way through! I’m both incredibly excited and sad cause I want to see it, but I don’t want it to end. However, we’re not there yet, so let’s focus on everything that happened in “Head’s Up”.

Last week we started with the Anderson family so how about starting with the Monroe family this time. Well, we didn’t actually see Deanna much, but when we did it actually seemed pretty significant. Maybe not at first, given everything else that was happening at the time, but thinking about it now, her moments were pretty important.

The first was when she gave Rick the plans she had drawn up for Alexandria. The second time we saw was when she thanked Rick for saving Spencer and made a point about how Rick chose to save him. Why are these important? Because it shows that Deanna can still lead Alexandria.

She has the ability and the humanity to keep the place running, but she needs Rick to help keep the place standing. We all know it, now if only they would realize it.

I mentioned she thanked Rick for saving Spencer. Why did Rick save Spencer? Why did Spencer need saving? Because he’s an idiot, that’s why! (I’m kidding, sort of, I love Austin Nichols).

Spencer decided to try and climb across to another building so he could reach a car and try to distract the walkers and get them away from the walls. This, of course, didn’t work and instead he turned himself into swinging walker bait and needed Rick, Morgan, and Tobin to help pull him to safety while Tara went all badass Lara Croft on the walkers.

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This was probably one of the funniest moments just because Rick yells at Tara, but, because she’s incredibly sassy and amazing, Tara flips him off and just has the absolute best expression when she does it.

Alright, speaking of stupid decisions because that seemed to be a bit of theme tonight. Morgan. Oh Morgan. He just makes so many bad choices. He may be all zen like Yoda, but that’s basically where the resemblance stops cause the wisdom doesn’t really seem to be there a lot of the time.

Rick, Michonne, and the others know Morgan let some of the Wolves escape (round of applause for Carol who just DGAF) and they know it was the same Wolves who tried to kill Rick. Slow clap for Morgan for bad decision number one.

What nobody knows (Yet. Again, applause for Carol) is that Morgan is still holding one of the Wolves in one of the empty houses. He enlists Denise’s help because the Wolf is injured and Carol follows them sneakily to the house like she’s in Mission Impossible and ends up confronting Morgan.

Well, I definitely don’t see this ending well and I will be so angry and so upset if anything happens to the Queen of the Zombie Apocalypse. Leave Carol alone!

Carol also had a moment with Sam (who is still staying upstairs) tonight when she dropped Judith off with Jessie. Sam asked her if they were like the people who had attacked them. If killing someone is what turned you into a monster. Carol’s answer? Killing is what stops you from becoming a monster.

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This seemed so significant to me! Maybe I just read too much into things and I think Carol and Sam are adorable together, but who knows! Sam’s a kid and has been sheltered inside Alexandria so he doesn’t see monsters the same way Carol does.

Carol’s been outside the walls, she knows walkers are the monsters and people are just people. Were the Wolves monsters? Yes. But they were still just people. Carol kills to survive and so those around her can survive and so they don’t become monsters. I have a feeling this isn’t the end of this conversation as Sam still needs to come downstairs eventually.

Alright, should we keep going with the Anderson family here? Didn’t see much of Jessie, saw a little bit of Sam, spent quite a bit of time with Ron tonight. I had hoped this kid was turning over a new leaf, even if he did still seem a little shady and oh what do you know? He’s more than just a little shady, Ron has more shade than Horatio Cane at the start of a CSI: Miami episode.

Rick and Carl were starting to teach Ron to shoot. Just the basic stuff at first. How to aim, get the feel of a gun, beginner stuff. Well, beginner for someone they don’t trust. Carl was ten, stole a gun, and they still gave him real bullets to learn with, but Ron? Personally, I wouldn’t give that kid a picture of a gun. But hey, like I said, bad decisions all around tonight.

Ron ends up stealing bullets for his gun and by the end of the episode we see him pulling out his gun while following Carl. This all happens right before The Herd breaks down the wall (hang on, I’m getting to it). Now, I’m thinking this is going to lead to something huge that happens in the comics.

Spoiler alert now if you haven’t read them and don’t want to know.

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Carl loses his eye. After The Herd overruns Alexandria, Douglas (now Deanna) is shooting walkers and accidentally hits Carl in the face, causing him to lose one of his eyes. Obviously, there are many differences between the comics and the show, but I’m wondering if they’ll keep the eye-loss storyline, but change who shoots him.

It would make sense why there’s been so much animosity between Ron and Carl so far and now with Ron stealing the bullets it seems like this is going to be the case, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I hate to say it, but Carl can lose his eye, that’s fine. So long as they don’t kill him! Carl needs to live, who else is going to carry Judith around?

What should we talk about now? Hmmmm. I know what you’re all waiting for and I’m getting to it, I promise! Save the best for last, right?

Probably one of the biggest things to happen last night happened in the last ten seconds of the episode. One of the towers just outside the walls collapsed, bringing a large section of the wall down with it and allowing the walkers to get inside.

I have been waiting for this moment. I know it happens in the comics and I know lots of people die and lots of horrible things happen and of course they would leave it to the mid-season finale and I can’t take it! There are some people who, if they were to get eaten by walkers, I wouldn’t be too bothered, but there are others who just aren’t allowed to die!

And like, the Wolves already killed most of the Alexandrians who we didn’t really care about so now who’s left? Team Family and Alexandrians who, even if we don’t care about them, have names and faces we’re familiar with! Some of them are even starting to feel like a part of Team Family and I don’t want them to die.

This show tortures me and yet I keep coming back.

And we’ve all been tortured for several weeks now haven’t we? Yes, this is it, the moment we were all waiting and hoping for. GLENN LIVES!

This is Glenn right now:

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And this is all of us:

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Seriously, these past several weeks have been torture waiting and wondering and hoping beyond hope that he’s alive. And he is! When him and Nicholas fell off the dumpster I cried harder than I thought was possible and then he lived and I cried again, but this time it was cause I was happy.

There were many theories going on about how he could live and many people were right! The blood and guts we saw the walkers chowing down on belonged to Nicholas. Glenn managed to slip under the dumpster and hide there until they left in search of new food at which point Glenn left his hiding spot only to be found by Enid.

They make their way back to Alexandria together even though Enid is reluctant to go. I can’t really blame her, she did see her parents eaten by walkers right in front of her, it’s not all that surprising that she doesn’t want to stay in one place too long and get attached to people anymore.

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Nonetheless, they go back to Alexandria, Glenn uses his best parental voice on Enid to get her to listen, and they discover the herd outside the walls. While Enid is all prepared to pack it in and leave again, Glenn refuses and they use the green balloons that had been blown up as part of the walker relocation plan to send a signal to Alexandria.

Turns out the green balloons were being used to mark the safe zone where everyone was going to meet after the plan was done. I didn’t know this until Talking Dead came on and thought that was pretty cool.

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What I didn’t think was cool was that they once again made me an emotional wreck during this episode when Maggie sees the balloons and immediately goes running. I was crying cause I was happy and I was excited and she looked so happy and excited and that made me cry more cause she thought he was dead and she’s pregnant and there are too many emotions that come with watching this show!

It still doesn’t explain one thing though. Whose voice was that on the walkie at the end of last week’s episode? It seems more likely now that it was someone back in Alexandria calling for help now The Herd is inside.

Next week looks intense! It’s the mid-season finale (already?!), The Herd is inside the walls, and hopefully Team Family will all be reunited (alive!). I have so many questions and so many thoughts, but they’re just going to have to wait until next week.

What did you think of “Head’s Up”? What’s going to happen next week?

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “Always Accountable”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 6 | Aired: November 15, 2015

Oh. My. Goodness. This episode from the get go was heart attack inducing.

I love Daryl-centric episodes for the same reason that it’s Daryl. But I also hate them because they stress me out so much cause I’m so worried they’re going to kill him. I definitely yell at my TV a lot more during these episodes than any other and tonight was no exception.

In “Always Accountable” we see what’s been happening with Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha as they continue to lead the herd away from Alexandria while the others all deal with things back home. Needless to say, because this is The Walking Dead, things don’t go as plan.

The three of them are reaching the tail end of their job and getting ready to head back home when they’re ambushed by men with guns. They end up separated with Sasha and Abraham holing up in a small town while Daryl has ended up in the woods, alone, injured, and on foot.

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After Abraham and Sasha leave a marker for Daryl to be able to find them, the pair seem to come to some sort of understanding on why it is they both went off the deep end.

Meanwhile, Daryl has been taken hostage by three people who clearly think he’s with a group they desperately want to get away from and seem to be planning to trade him for something. We obviously know he’s not who they think, but they don’t realize that until Daryl helps them out. Twice.

And even with that, even when he’s about to bring them back to Alexandria and give them safety, what do they do? Take his motorcycle and his crossbow. They took his crossbow!

I feel like I may be in too deep with this show since I’m genuinely offended they took his crossbow.

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The episode ends with the three of them being reunited and heading back to Alexandria in a van Daryl found when a voice comes over the walkie talkie asking for help!

I have so much to say about this episode and I think I’m going to start with Sasha and Abraham. Anyone who knows me or reads these reviews probably knows I’m not a huge fan of Sasha. I don’t know why, just ever since season three I’ve always just been kind of ‘meh’ with her character.

I’ve always liked Abraham, though these past few episodes he’s been in I just kind of want to hit him over the head and knock some sense in to him. Yeah, that feeling only increased with tonight’s episode.

They’ve all been through a lot so going a little crazy now and then is to be expected. It actually might be a good thing, it shows they still have their humanity when they show that they aren’t unaffected by everything.

But oh my god Abraham. What were you thinking?! It’s like they’ve switched places, him and Sasha. He’s flown off the handle and she’s now the voice of reason. And he needed someone to be the voice of reason.

At one point he leaves the building he and Sasha are taking shelter in and goes out onto a bridge where a walker is hanging over the side. At first he seems fine. He’s found some badass military weapons and a box of cigars. Abraham’s happy, we’re all happy.

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Then he climbs out onto this rickety fence thing that’s holding this walker up and starts grappling with it to try and get something strapped to his back. Really, Abraham, really?! I thought for sure the thing was going to fall. He didn’t, thankfully, but the walker did only mere seconds after Abraham seemed to finally lose his mind before climbing back off the fence and onto the safety of the bridge.

He got his weapons, his cigars, and we got to breathe again. I think that might have been the moment Abraham needed because afterwards he found a nice jacket and was looking very clean and spiffy and proud and I think he might be okay.

There are two moments in particular though I want to mention. One is right before he climbs out onto the fence to battle the walker and he just stands there for a moment and all you can see is his face and the bright, glowing white sky behind him. I don’t know if this was done deliberately, but he looked very angelic in that moment and I couldn’t help but laugh because all I could think was, “Mother Dick”.

The other was after he gets back and is talking to Sasha and I think he was… hitting on her…? Was he? Am I crazy? Was I imagining it? Because I thought him and Rosita were a thing so I was very confused.

Also, while Abraham and Sasha are total badasses when they aren’t falling down the rabbit hole, I just can’t see them together. At all. Someone please tell me what you think about this because I desperately need to know I’m not alone in this.

Alright, moving on! Daryl Freakin’ Dixon. FYI, if they kill him, you all need to be prepared for a long and probably not very rational-sounding rant. I’m not (NOT) one of those people who will stop watching if he dies. It’s my absolute favourite show, but oh my gosh Daryl. I will 100% cry and rant if he dies so I’m warning you well in advance of this ever happening.

Daryl Dixon

However, thankfully, that didn’t happen tonight so let’s talk about that instead!

Tonight we saw Daryl in a situation we knew was coming from the preview they released of the season which was Daryl tied to a tree with a gun pointed at his head. There was a lot of speculation as to who was holding him hostage and I think it’s probably a safe assumption to say no one got it right.

He was kidnapped by three people, a man and two women whose names we only learn one of and that’s Tina. They take Daryl hostage because they think he’s part of a group that they’re trying to get away from. Daryl doesn’t fight them, he goes along with it, and waits for the perfect moment to escape.

That moment comes when Tina passes out and Daryl manages to grab the bag and take off into the forest. However, he ends up returning to the people because he seeing a cooler of insulin in the bag and knows the girl will die without it. He ends up helping them escape when members of the group they’re running from find them and it seems like things might actually be looking up.

Side Note: I laughed so hard when one of the guys after them was bit and his friend cut his arm off and all he said was: “walk it off”. All I could think was 1) Pietro Maximoff and 2) Did anyone tell Hershel to walk it off?

Walk it off

Then Tina gets bit. Yup, pretty sure we all saw that one coming. She’s completely dependant on insulin and almost died earlier, she was the only one whose name we learned, there was no way she was going to live.

There comes a moment shortly after this when Daryl and the man are digging graves and I think we could sort of see what was going to happen as Daryl’s looking at the guy. Daryl goes into recruiter mode and asks him the three questions. How many walkers have you killed? How many people? Why?

This moment was so significant for so many reasons. Firstly, it shows that Daryl still has his humanity. Despite everything that’s happened, he still has that piece of himself that’s holding onto that.

Secondly, when he asks those three questions he’s going against what Rick said to do. Rick said they wouldn’t be recruiting anymore people and Daryl didn’t like that and he shows that he isn’t going to listen to that when he asks the man the three questions.

Unfortunately, it comes back and bites him in the ass and the two people steal Daryl’s bike and crossbow (not the crossbow!). I’m really interested to see what happens next with this. I don’t think this is the last we’ve seen of this couple.

Right before they drive off they tell Daryl they’re sorry to which he replies, “You’re gonna be”. Damn right they are. You don’t survive in the world that way anymore. Yeah, sure, you do what you have to to make it through. But if you steal from someone trying to help you and do something for you, they’re either going to kill you themselves or karma’s going to bite you back.

You're Gonna Be

I was so mad when they drove off and I just wanted to give Daryl a hug. He was just trying to help them and they took his stuff and left him there.

I’m really interested to see what Rick will have to say about the whole thing. And what will happen when Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha return to Alexandria and see the chaos that happened there? Between that and these people taking off with his stuff, will this be what sort of pushes Daryl over that edge of being completely unable to trust people?

I have so many questions, as I do every week, but they won’t be answered yet. We just have to wait possibly until next week, possibly even longer with how much this season jumps around (amazing).

Who was that on the walkie talkie? Norman Reedus said in an interview it isn’t Glenn so who could it be? I know a lot of people (myself included) are holding out hope that it might be Glenn (please let it be Glenn), but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Help

I absolutely loved this episode! We saw some great character development with Sasha and Rosita and we saw a ton of Daryl being a badass good guy which is always wonderful.

Can I also just say that the actors (and crew) did a truly fantastic job with this episode. They’ve gone back and forth a lot this season and some episodes have a ton of cast members, some only have a few. This episode had a few, but it was very focused on Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham with the other characters helping those three move forward.

Michael Cudlitz is always spectacular to watch, he really brings Abraham to life. His one-liners are one of the best parts of this show and I always know that if Abraham is a central character in the episode something badass and hilarious is going to go down.

So Eloquent

Even though I’m not a huge fan of Sasha, Sonequa Martin-Green is so amazing and even I can say that she has made Sasha such a multi-dimensional character who I know many people love and are rooting for.

And I know that I might be a little biased since Daryl is my favourite male character, but Norman Reedus is such a phenomenal actor. After seeing him in Walking Dead I watched a bunch of his other stuff and he brings such life to a wide range of characters. There’s a reason Daryl is so popular on the show and it’s because Norman Reedus is a fantastic actor.

I really liked the little Easter Egg (which Norman Reedus said a while ago was coming) and that was when he shoots the walker in the forest after escaping the three people and there’s a Cherokee Rose growing on the back of the walker. That was a nice little throwback to Daryl and Carol way back when, but I’m curious if this is going to mean something more.

Cherokee Rose

Everything is done for a reason on this show and I’m curious as to whether this was just meant as a little throwback or if it means something more. I think maybe it might have been what kind of gave Daryl the push to take the insulin back to them. Like, here’s something from a time where things weren’t as bad as they are now and it sort of reminds him that there are still good people. I don’t know, who does know? The writers, but I’m not one of them. I’m a writer, but in regards to The Walking Dead I’m just a fan who likes to rant about what they saw.

Next week looks fantastic. We’re back in Alexandria and it looks like something big is going down. Michonne and Rick talk to Morgan about how he does things (will they exile him?) and we find out why the wall was bleeding!

I can’t wait for next Sunday to get here already and I can’t wait for the whole group to eventually be reunited. Wondering if it’s going to happen in the first half of this season since there’s only TWO episodes left!

Yup, we’re already almost on the midseason finale and I’m so ready for the chaos that’s going to happen then. They’re midseason finales are always insane and this season has already been crazy so far so I can’t even imagine what they’re going to do next.

What did you think of this episode?

Also, I saw ourglennrhee on Tumblr post this gif:

Chris Harsiwck is back

in response to Talking Dead finally coming on. Yes, a million times yes. Waiting an hour after this episode to go through therapy with Chris Hardwick was basically impossible and I didn’t like it.

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “Now”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 5 | Aired: November 8, 2015

I loved this episode! We were back in Alexandria, it was gross, and we saw a lot of development for a lot of the characters. I don’t even know where to start!

Alright, we have to start somewhere so lets start with Jessie! Everyone knows I’ve never been Jessie’s biggest fan, but these past few episodes… She’s becoming a serious badass and I love it so much.

Alexandra Breckenridge was amazing this episode and portrayed every emotion perfectly from Jessie’s attempt to get Sam to come upstairs to killing Walker Betsy, every emotion was clear and heartbreaking and she just did such a wonderful job.

I’m going to continue with the Anderson family for a moment because Ron and Sam and really on opposite ends of how they’re dealing with things.

Ron is still pretty angry about everything, but we saw him offering to help Rick out and ‘looking out for’ Carl. I still only trust Ron as far as I can throw him and really don’t know what to think about his sudden helpfulness, but I think we can assume for now that he has an ulterior motive.

Ron and Rick

As for Sam, poor Sam. I just felt so bad for him! While Ron is dealing with everything that happened by getting angry, Sam’s too terrified to even go downstairs in his own house. Why? Because he knows what happened down there, but if he stays upstairs he’s safe because nothing changed upstairs.

I just wanted to give him a hug and tell him everything would be okay. He looked so sad!

You know who else looked sad? Aaron. Oh my gosh I wanted to give him a hug too. He feels so much guilt over the Wolves finding them and he desperately tries to make up for it by helping Maggie when she wants to go and look for Glenn.

Seeing Maggie and Aaron individually makes me incredibly sad right now so seeing them together basically just had me wanting to cry for every one of their scenes. But oh man, Lauren Cohen.

This cast does an amazing job every week, but there are always a couple members of the cast who seem to stand out the most in each episode and Lauren Cohen did a phenomenal job in “Now”.

At the moment we know about as much as she does in regards to Glenn. Some think he’s dead, some think he’s alive, we just don’t know and neither does she which is really what’s killing her. All she wants is to know if he’s alive or dead because then she can deal with it and move forward, but she can’t handle not knowing. Especially because (MAJOR SPOILERS) she’s pregnant.

Maggie

I haven’t gotten that far in the comics yet, but I think many people, even those who haven’t read the comics were thinking that’s what would happen. And it did. Maggie is pregnant, we don’t know what’s going on with Glenn, but on the plus side, Aaron got Maggie to laugh a little when he suggested she name the baby Aaron/Erin.

Seriously, his friendship with Team Family is adorable and I love it.

Aaron or Erin

Alright, what else should we talk about? Deanna! She was pretty badass last week when she killed that walker. I mean sure, after that she seemed to be losing her mind and I’m a little worried she’s going to get more people killed, but hey, she’s trying.

Someone who I thought was trying, but maybe not so much was Spencer. He seemed to be trying to hold Alexandria together and do what his mother couldn’t right then because she was still processing everything. Then he stole some food and alcohol from Alexandria’s storage and got drunk.

*Slow clap for Spencer*

Seriously dude? You didn’t remember to close the gate last season while you were sober, should you really be drinking?

He’s also a mean drunk (everyone in Alexandria is a mean drunk, why do they still have alcohol there?) and he had it out with Deanna, blaming her for everything that had happened to them.

Spencer and Deanna

At the end of the episode he’s up in the watch tower and as Deanna (who is slowly losing her mind) walks past it we see blood on the wall. Now, a lot of people thought it might be oozing through from the walkers on the other side, but I’m more wondering if Spencer did something stupid while he was up in that tower.

He was looking down on the walkers like he wanted to throw himself over the wall so I’m really curious to see what happened there.

Something quite pivotal happened last week which was Deanna handing over the figurative keys of Alexandria to Rick. Rick says they still need Deanna to lead, but she disagrees and says the people need him. If they would work together to lead the town then it would be perfect. Alone I’m not sure either of them are stable enough to lead anything.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens now the Ricktatorship has officially begun.

Something else major and adorable happened last week! Tara and Denise kissed! Yes, I was so excited hence the exclamation marks!

Tara and Eugene

When we first met Denise I was kind of like, ‘meh’ and I was just desperately hoping they didn’t hook her up with Eugene (sorry Eugene), but having her with Tara is adorable and wonderful and their moments in this episode were so cute. I can’t wait to see where these two go next and what the writers have in store for them (please don’t kill them).

There was another kiss last week, but before I get to that I want to talk about the domestic between the two kids of those people who kissed.

Carl and Ron finally got into an actual physical fight last week. I say finally because with everything that’s happened so far it was kind of building to that, but I’m not going to lie, it was kind of a pathetic fight.

I didn’t expect much from Ron since he’s been living inside the walls and I doubt gotten into too many fistfights with the other teens in Alexandria. But Carl’s supposed to be a tough guy, taking down walkers and people since he was ten.

Ron and Carl fight

They literally just slapped each other a couple times. Like, they shoved each other and waved their arms at each other and that was it. Come on boys! Your dads went through a window when they fought, at least mess up each other’s hair or something.

Ah well, maybe we’ll see that next when the boys find out their parents kissed. Yes, it happened. The Rick/Jessie kiss that some people were excitedly waiting for and others were dreading.

I am warming up to Jessie. She’s starting to become more badass and we’re sort of seeing a similar character progression like what we saw in Carol once Ed was out of the picture. But I’m still not a fan of her and Rick together. I’m sorry, don’t attack me, but I just can’t see it. I don’t ship it guys, not yet. Maybe I’ll be convinced as the series goes on, but not right now.

Rick and Jessie

However, I do have to applaud Alexandra Breckridge who said on Talking Dead she was a little worried about the kiss because she knows how the fans of the show are when it comes to Rick being with basically any female.

She really doesn’t need to worry though. I’d say majority of the fandom may not like the character, but we usually love the actor/actress who plays them. Lori for example. Couldn’t stand Lori, think Sarah Wayne Callies is awesome and seen a bunch of her other stuff just cause she’s in it.

This really was such a great episode. So much stuff happened, so much character progression and insanity and oh my gosh I can’t wait to see what happens tonight!

We’re going to find out what happens to Abraham and Sasha and it looks like there will be a lot of Daryl in this episode so I’m very excited.

Let me know what you thought of “Now” and give me your predictions for tonight!

Did you like the Jessie/Rick kiss? How about Tara/Denise?

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