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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Dancing With The Stars Week Ten Recap: Semi-Finals

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It’s the semi-finals on Dancing With The Stars and boy is there a lot going on!

There’s four dancers left as Tamar unfortunately was forced to pull out of the competition after finding out that she had blood clots in both her lungs. I wish her all the best and hope she recovers soon.

As for the four remaining couples, they had their regular dances to do, as well as a dance-off to add some points to their scores AND a trio dance to do tonight. So they had a lot of dances to learn.

Here are the scores for the couples dances:

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Salsa
Song: “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” – Sia
Score: 27
*In Jeopardy*
*Safe*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Waltz
Song: “America the Beautiful” – Ray Chew
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Safe*

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Drag You Down” – One Direction
Score: 28
*Safe*

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance:
Song: “Scars” – Alessa feat. Ryan Tedder
Score: 24
*Lowest Score*
*In Jeopardy*
*Safe*

Next up came the dance-off in which two couples competed against each other for an additional three points.

Scores for the Dance-Off:

Carlos & Witney .vs. Alek & Lindsay
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Fun” – Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
Judges Votes: Alek & Lindsay (Carrie Ann), Carlos & Witney (Julianne), Carlos & Witney (Bruno)
Winner: Carlos & Witney (+3 Points for a total of 31)

Bindi & Derek .vs. Nick & Sharna
Dance: Samba
Song: “Lean On” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MO
Judges Votes: Bindi & Derek (Carrie Ann), Bindi & Derek (Julianne), Bindi & Derek (Bruno)
Winner: Bindi & Derek (+3 points for a total of 30)

Two dances down, but they aren’t done yet! Each of the couples had to choose another pro to dance with for the trios dances and boy was this an adventure!

Scores For Trios Dances:

Bindi, Derek, & Mark Ballas
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Resolve” – Nathan Lanier
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*

Alek, Lindsay, & Emma Slater
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King
Score: 27

Carlos, Witney, & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Charleston
Song: “Booty Swing” – Parov Stelar
Score: 29

 Nick, Sharna, & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Salsa
Song: “No Doubt About It” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Pitbull
Score: 30

After those three dances the scores for the couples are as follows:

Bindi & Derek: 60
Alek & Lindsay: 57
Carlos & Witney: 60
Nick & Sharna: 54

Unfortunately, this is the semi-finals and there needs (usually) to be an elimination.

There were two couples in jeopardy this week: Nick & Sharna and Bindi & Derek (are you kidding me?!).

However, because Tamar & Val were forced to drop out of the competition both couples were safe and all four moved forward to the finals.

What did you think of the semi-finals?

Who are you rooting for 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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Dancing With The Stars Week Nine Recap: “Showstopper Night”

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We’re almost at the end of the competition! Next week is the semi-finals! What? How did that happen?!

Showstoppers night was full of amazing dances and some incredibly heartbreaking moments. Here are the scores for last night:

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Back it Up” – Prince Royce feat. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull
Score: 24

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Make it Rain” – Ed Sheeran
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*
*Eliminated*

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “What Do You Mean” – Justin Bieber
Score: 27
*In Jeopardy*

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Roses and Violets” – Alexander Jean
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovkiy
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Wicked Game” – James Vincent McMorrow
Score: 22
*Lowest Score of the Night*
*It should be noted that Tamar and Val’s score is actually based on a video of their dress rehearsal as Tamar wasn’t there for the actual dance. She was taken to the hospital during dress rehearsal to be treated for pneumonia. She returned later for the Showstopper number and if she hadn’t they would have been eliminated for the same reason as Kim & Tony.*

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “A Cool Cat in Town” – Tape Five
Score: 28

But it wasn’t just the one dance the couples had to do.

They also had their Showstopper numbers to perform in which two of the couples teamed up to recreate a number from a well known show or musical.

Not only that, but the celebs in each team had to dance with each other for thirty seconds without their pro dance partners.

Here are those scores:

Alek & Lindsay and Carlos & Witney
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “We Will Rock You” – Queen
Show: We Will Rock You
Score: 24
*Lowest Showstopper Score*

Alexa & Mark and Bindi & Derek
Dance: Charleston
Song: “All That Jazz” & “Hot Honey Rag” – Kander and Ebb
Show: Chicago
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*

Nick & Sharna and Tamar & Val
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Hey Jude” – The Beatles
Show: Love by Cirque du Soleil
Score: 27

This was such an emotional show. Alexa and Mark’s dance had me tears, it was so beautiful and Alexa sharing her story was absolutely magnificent.

Many of the couples were feeling the pressure, Alek and Lindsay were trying to prove that they deserved to go the semi-finals while Bindi and Derek were trying to deal with all the extra pressure added from being on top of the leader board so often.

Next week is the semi-finals which means a couple had to leave tonight. After a lot of waitoing to see who would be called safe it came down to two couples: Carlos & Witney and Alexa & Mark.

alexa and mark

It was husband against wife and it was heartbreaking. In the end, Alexa & Mark were eliminated and Carlos’s reaction broke my heart. Alexa said she was glad to go out on such a great night, but that didn’t make it any easier for her husband.

What did you think of this elimination? Who do you think will be making it to the finals?

Let me know below!

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Dancing With The Stars Week Eight Recap: “Icons Night”

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It’s Week Eight on Dancing With The Stars and the competition is more intense than ever. This week the couples had their normal routine to learn and three more dances to learn for the Dance Off.

Not only that, but the couples were also dancing for immunity. A lot of pressure.

Week Eight Scores:

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Valio la Pena” – Marc Anthony
Score: 27
Icon: Marc Anthony
*In Jeopardy*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Holding Out for a Hero” – Ella Mae Bowen
Score: 25
Icon: Chris Kyle
*Safe*

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder
Score: 22
Icon: Stevie Wonder
*In Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
Score: 25
Icon: David
*Safe*

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Can’t help Falling in Love” – Haley Reinhart
Score: 30
Icon: His Wife, Lauren Carter
*Won Immunity*

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Grace Kelly” – MIKA
Score: 28
Icon: Grace Kelly
*Safe*

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovkiy
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga
Score: 28
Icon: Toni Braxton
*Safe*

This week may have just been the hardest week yet for the dancers as they not only had to learn their idol’s dance, but also three other dances for the Dance Off!

Since Nick and Sharna won immunity they didn’t have to participate in the Dance Off, but the other six couples did. They would go head to head with one couple challenging another couple to a dance off and the second couple chooses the style of dance: a cha-cha-cha, jive, or samba.

The winner of each Dance Off will get an additional two points added to their score.

Dance-Off Scores:

Bindi & Derek .vs. Carlos & Witney
Dance: Jive
Song: “Travelin’ Band” – Credence Clearwater Revival
Judges Votes: Carlos & Witney (Carrie Ann), Carlos & Witney (Julianne), Carlos & Witney (Bruno)
Public Vote: 64% for Bindi and Derek
Winner: Carlos & Witney (+2 to their score, giving them 29)

Alexa & Mark .vs. Tamar & Val
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Fun” – Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
Judges Votes: Alexa & Mark (Carrie Ann), Tamar & Val (Julianne), Tamar & Val (Bruno)
Public Vote: 76% for Alexa & Mark
Winner: Alexa & Mark (+2 to their score, giving them 27)

Andy & Allison .vs. Alek & Lindsay
Dance: Samba
Song: “Lean On” – Major Lazer and DJ Snake fear. MO
Judges Votes: Andy & Allison (Carrie Ann), Andy & Allison (Julianne), Andy & Allison (Bruno)
Public Vote: 54% for Andy & Allison
Winner: Andy & Allison (+2 to their score, giving them 24)

Tonight was intense! I can’t believe each couple had to learn four dances this week, they all did such an amazing job!

I would like to say congratulations to Nick and Lauren Carter who are expecting their first baby! Nick did a beautiful dance tonight honouring his wife and it had me in tears it was so beautiful.

There were two couples in jeopardy this week, Carlos & Witney and Andy & Allison. Unforunately, the couple eliminated was Andy & Allison.

Andy and Allison

I was so sad about this! Andy performed what I think was his best dance of the competition and I really wish he hadn’t been eliminated, but I’m so proud of far he made it and so excited to see what he does next.

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “Here’s Not Here”

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This was actually a really good episode. When the episode started I wasn’t all that excited because it was obvious it was going to be a Morgan-centric episode and anyone who reads my reviews knows I’m still iffy on his character.

And while he still isn’t my favourite, I definitely feel like I like and understand him a lot better now. This episode was much anticipated as it’s a flashback that shows us exactly how Morgan went from being the crazy guy Rick, Michonne, and Carl met back in season three to being the zen master we saw at the end of season five.

Zen

We finally got to see that transformation last night in the 90-minute episode, “Here’s Not Here”.

It starts off with Morgan in crazy mode. He’s running through the forest basically with tunnel vision (and is later described as PTSD, I’d say that’s pretty accurate). He just has to kill walkers (and people) to clear. Clear the area, clear the world, clear everything of all the threats Morgan is now fighting against. No one is his friend, everyone is his enemy.

eastman

Until he meets Eastman. Now I’ll admit that I when I first heard Eastman’s name the first thing that popped into my head was a Kanye West joke, but that was gone pretty quickly because Eastman was a badass.

He was described multiple times during Talking Dead as basically being Morgan’s Yoda because he teaches Morgan to relax and chill out and how basically guides him away from being a complete psychopath.

We all knew the tranquility of it wouldn’t last though because if it did presumably Eastman and Morgan would’ve been travelling around together. But no, sadly, Eastman got bit. Not really a surprise, but still quite disappointing because he was actually really awesome.

RIP Eastman

He’d lost his family, but he still survived and he taught Morgan to survive. He was in one episode in six seasons and I was so attached that I almost cried as he told Morgan the story of his family. Seriously writers, this is not okay.

Now I said above that I wasn’t all that excited for this episode. I’m not a huge fan of Morgan (I’m sorry! Don’t sharpen the pitchforks!) and I also desperately want to know what happened to everyone after the end of last week’s episode. But this one actually turned out really well.

Even though I’m not a huge fan of the character I was still interested and intrigued and I wanted to know more about how Morgan went from one extreme to the other.

Not only that, but despite wanting to know the fate of all the other characters, it was kind of nice to just sit and relax and take a breather for a bit before we get back into the insanity next week.

Now, one of the things I found most interesting about this episode, is that this flashback is actually Morgan telling a story. It’s him explaining how he got to that point to one of the Wolves, the same one who tried to kill him in the season five finale, but who he let go and the same one who attacked him in the house in episode two (and who I thought he had killed already).

At the end of the episode Morgan leaves him alive and tied up in a locked house before going outside when he presumably sees Michonne and the two Alexandrians returning and runs off.

Deep Sigh

See, I was actually starting to really like Morgan and understand everything he was doing, but then he let the Wolf live. Really? Like, I get it, you want to honour your new code and Eastman’s code and not kill anyone, but the guy literally said that he’s going to kill Morgan either way, but no, sure, let him live. I’m sure nothing could possibly go wrong by leaving him loosely tied up in a house.

I just see this going so horribly wrong next week. We’re back to the craziness next Sunday and it looks like Jessie is definitely understanding what they need to do now while it looks like Maggie may be going out looking for Glenn. I don’t know if I’m prepared for what she’ll find.

“Here’s Not Here” gave us all a chance to breathe and become sort of zen ourselves, but now it’s time to return to the guts and the gore and the reality of the apocalypse.

Check out the preview for next week below!

Also, I recently got a job (Yay!) and the place I’m working has tons of Walking Dead merchandise and it’s both amazing and torturous because I can’t afford to buy anything.

But anyway, let me know what you guys thought of the episode! Should Morgan kill The Wolf?

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