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 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: “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.

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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.

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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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The Walking Dead Season Six Premier: “First Time Again”

The Walking Dead
Run: October 31st, 2010-Present
Prod. Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Robert Kirkman, Charles H. Eglee, Glen Mazzara, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse
Genre: Serial Drama, Horror
Based on: The Walking Dead Comics, Robert Kirkman
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam, Alexandra Breakenridge, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Tovah Feldshuh

Season 6 | Episode 1 | Aired: October 11

The Walking Dead is back!!!! Oh my gosh that was a fantastic episode. Every time I think the cast and crew have done the best they possibly could with this show they go and outdo themselves.

This episode follows two storylines. The first, shown in black and white, takes place directly after the season five finale. It follows the characters as they struggle to accept what has happened and what needs to happen now. We see some conflict in these moments between Rick and Daryl and also between Rick and Morgan (though this does occur all throughout the episode in both timelines).

The second storyline takes place shortly after (maybe a few days, a week, I don’t think it’s really specified) and follows Rick’s group and the Alexandrians as they try to work together to stop the largest herd of walkers that’s ever existed on this show.

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Yes, this episode was insane! There was a lot of butting heads, a lot of sneaking around, and a lot of zombies.

Rick was butting heads with basically everybody. He had a disagreement with Daryl over whether or not they should still recruit people, him and Morgan weren’t seeing eye to eye on much, and Rick and Carter went to head to head, or rather, gun to head.

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I’m not too crazy about Morgan right now. It’s weird cause I wasn’t a huge fan of him, but then he started growing on me, now he’s going against Rick with everything and I’m not a huge fan again. He’s like the anti-Rick and I know Rick is basically psycho, but the guy knows how to survive so who cares? Follow Rick! If you want to survive, follow Rick!

Someone else I’m not crazy about is Jessie. Didn’t like her last season, even less of a fan this season and we’re only one episode in. Her and Ron are both still processing what happened, which I get, but come on! Jessie was all for getting rid of Pete before and then Rick actually did it and now she’s pissed at him?

She’s done a complete 180 with Rick and actually got angry with him for telling Ron how it was when the teen snuck out of Alexandria and got attacked by walkers. Like, I’m sorry Jessie, but you weren’t too concerned about where your kids were last season when you and Rick were having eye sex with each other.

So I mentioned Carter a minute ago who was played by the amazing Ethan Embry. On Talking Dead Carter was described as kind of being what Rick may have been like had he ended up in Alexandria which I can definitely see. He wanted to find another way for them to do things which, obviously, there wasn’t.

At one point he threatens to kill Rick, but is overheard by Eugene. He then threatens to kill Eugene, but is interrupted by Rick who then proceeds to threaten Carter. He doesn’t kill Carter, but from that moment on Carter’s fate is basically sealed. And yes, Carter does die.

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The plan seems to be going perfectly which is how we all knew it would end horribly. As Carter is running through the forest he is grabbed by a walker which then bites him directly on the face. There is obviously no coming back from that so Rick stabs him in the neck.

Whether this is to put Carter out of his misery or just to make him shut up, it’s not totally clear. Either way, I think we’ve all seen now exactly what happens when you go against Rick Grimes.

A character who I’m liking a lot more now is Deanna. She’s accepted that Rick knows what he’s doing and is willing to follow his lead even if she doesn’t always like it. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if this continues or if she finally puts her foot down.

“First Time Again” actually had quite a few funny moments. When Eugene overhears Carter he’s basically the least slick spy there is and drops a glass and then, in his attempt to get away, crashes into a shelf. Also, when Heath says they shouldn’t be doing this (in regards to the plan) Glenn says, “I’m supposed to be delivering pizzas!” This was hilarious and I totally forgot that that’s what Glenn used to do.

There was also a moment between Michonne and Morgan that was hilarious where Morgan asked Michonne if she’d eaten one of his peanut butter protein bars back in Atlanta when Morgan was going crazy. She tells him she didn’t, we of course know that is a lie and she did eat it. I laughed so hard at this and it was amazing.

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Finally, and this isn’t really an actual funny moment in the show, just something I found hilarious, and that is that Judith has changed. Obviously they have to keep changing the babies because of legal reasons and because they need the baby to be a certain size, but they don’t even try to hide it on this show.

Like, there is no attempt made to try and get a baby that looks remotely similar to the previous ones. Here are a couple Judith’s over the years, please take note of the growing and receding hair as well as her apparent aging and then de-aging.

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This episode definitely did a lot character exploring of both new and old characters.

We’re seeing an interesting dynamic between Glenn and Nicholas now. Personally, if Nicholas had his face eaten like Carter, I wouldn’t really care. He’s the reason Noah’s dead, he almost killed Glenn, he played a part in Aidan’s death and the deaths of the scouts who were going on runs before the group got there.

Basically, he’s got a lot of blood on his hands and at this point I wouldn’t care if it were his own. For some reason Glenn’s keeping him around though. They made a good point again on Talking Dead that Nicholas is really lucky it was Glenn and not someone else who he threatened. If he had pulled that with Rick then Nicholas would’ve been dead by now, no hesitation.

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It’ll be interesting to see what happens. There’s a lot of rumors (like always) that this may be Glenn’s last season and I’m interested to see if this is true and, if it is, if it ends up being Nicholas’s fault. Dun dun dun.

The last characters I really want to talk about are Sasha and Abraham. I’m not a fan of Sasha and last season we really saw her struggling to deal with the loss of Bob and Tyreese. However, in the season finale she, Maggie, and Father Gabriel seemed to be starting to move forward. That continued this episode.

Now it seems like Abraham is the one going off the deep end. I was a little confused as to where this was coming from at first, but it seems like seeing what happened to Reg might have pushed him over the ledge.

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We see him burying Reg and toasting him and then getting drunk next to the other man’s grave. I’m sure this will be explored in further episodes, but I’m really interested to hear what you guys think of this and why you think Abraham was so strongly affected by Reg’s death.

This episode was crazy and it looks like things are only going to get crazier.

At the end of the episode things were apparently going a little too well as someone decided to set off a horn that led the giant herd of walkers completely off track and heading straight for Alexandria. The Alexandria herd is pretty iconic in the comics and something I’ve been waiting, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it so soon so I can’t wait to see what happens!

I also can’t wait to see who was honking that horn! Was it Ron? We don’t see him hiding with Jessie and Sam. Was the it the Wolves? Was it someone unknown? We’ll just have to wait and see!

I’m so excited for next week, but I also have a feeling someone’s gonna die. Someone died already and we’re only on the season premier so clearly they aren’t holding back this season.

Let me know down below what you thought of the season premier and your predictions for next week!

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #4

After

“After” is such a great episode. Season four, episode nine is the mid-season premier and picks up right after the Governor attacked the prison, focusing on Rick and Carl’s journey as well as Michonne’s.

I love this episode because by the time I watched it I was a fan of Carl and this episode focuses a lot on him and his development. This episode really puts emphasis on how Carl is still a kid and still acts like one, but at the same time he’s really not a kid and is capable of making tough decisions.

Probably one of the most iconic moments from this episode is Carl sitting on a roof eating pudding. I always laugh at that because he literally got attacked and almost eaten by a walker not two minutes ago, losing his shoe in the process, and now he’s just hanging out eating some pudding.

I remember watching it going, “Carl! Carl, what are you doing? What are you doing Carl?!”

Of course Chandler Riggs rips our hearts out only a short while later because after a day of exploring on his own and being the tough guy he is, Carl comes face to face with the idea that he may actually be alone.

For a terrifying moment he thinks Rick has turned and that he’s going to have to put him down which leads to Carl crying and admitting that he can’t do it.

I’ve always felt that this was such a significant moment because living in the prison the viewers saw a huge change in Carl from annoying little kid to still a kid, but able to make tough decisions now.

A good part of the episode was literally focused on Carl trying to prove that he can take care of himself, but then when he realizes he may actually need to do just that he can’t do and he doesn’t want to do it.

One of the best moments in this episode is right at the end. Rick and Carl are talking when there’s a knock on the door and when Rick looks outside he tells Carl it’s for him.

Not only is this hilarious because it’s such a normal thing to say during the apocalypse, but it was also really emotional because we see what’s going on on both sides of the door. We see Rick’s reaction to seeing who’s outside and we see Michonne as she finds the house and then sees two members of her family inside.

This whole episode was a rollercoaster of emotions and it’s absolutely perfect.

Check back tomorrow for #3 on my countdown!

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #7

Remember

“Remember” is the twelfth episode in season five and this one sees the group entering the Alexandria Safe Zone (ASZ).

This is such a great episode because it is so different from all the other episodes previous.

Since season one there’s just been one bad thing after another with the group losing people and losing supposed safe havens. Then they find Alexandria.

The group (and I think all viewers) know the Safe Zone isn’t going to last, but at that moment it was such a nice change of pace from everything we’d seen before. It was calm and quiet and there was no worry of walkers getting them while they slept. Though, that wasn’t necessarily a good thing for the group.

What this episode does the best is show how each character deals with suddenly being in a safe environment.

Carl struggles to adapt to suddenly being able to be a kid again while Michonne is excited and wants to give the place a chance. Rick is still constantly looking over his shoulder and doesn’t believe the place is possible. Daryl probably struggles the most to fit in and refuses to shower, while Carol, being as brilliant as she is, immediately puts on an act of being totaly helpless and weak. Why? Because she doesn’t trust the place either and wants to be prepared for anything and knows the element of surprise will help that.

One of the things I find The Walking Dead always does is that it makes you wonder how you would act in that situation. I imagine none of us will ever find ourselves in a zombie apocalypse, but many people probably have been in a situation before where they deal with awful things every day and then suddenly things turn around and are great and they don’t know how to deal with it.

Would you adapt easily to the new situation? Would you struggle to fit in and figure things out? Would you pretend you’ve adapted, but really are ready to run or fight at any moment? Whether in a world of zombies or not, this episode makes you think and question what you would do.

This episode is also the first of five episodes to be named in reference to The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner which, as many fans realized, is the book Dale references and quotes back in season one.

What did you think of “Remember”?

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes: #8

A

The season four finale is called “A” and this is a phenomenal episode.

This episode follows Rick, Carl, and Michonne as they reunite with Daryl and the four head to Terminus, only to discover things aren’t quite what they seem.

One of things that probably makes this episode stand out the most is the fact that Rick literally tears someone’s throat out. This is so disgusting and yet I remember watching it for the first time and not even being all that surprised because it’s Rick and his Ricktatorship.

I was definitely freaking out when it happened, but after I was just kind of like, “I mean… yeah… it’s Rick.”

Rick, Michonne, Carl, and Daryl as a team is one of my favourite things in the show just because they’re all so badass and they’re like this weird family.

Rick and Daryl’s reunion in this episode after killing the Claimers is something I know many people (and I’m counting myself in that list) love about “A”. The “You’re my brother” line is so significant, especially after everything that happened earlier this season with everyone being divided. It also really helped set up for what would happen in season five.

My favourite part of this episode, however, wasn’t even in the episode at all. At least, not the version they aired on TV.

After the entire group has been reunited in the train car at Terminus, Rick says: “They’re screwing with the wrong people.”

However, on the DVDs Rick says: “They’re fucking with the wrong people.”

This is soooo much more badass. I know they couldn’t include that line on cable TV, but oh my gosh it sounds so much more amazing. Especially considering everything Rick had done up to that point like, you know, ripping out someone’s jugular with his teeth!

“A” is definitely one of the best episodes in the whole series which is why it’s included in my Top 10 Favourites!

What do you think of “A”?

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