The Walking Dead Review: “Hostiles and Calamities”

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For this episode we are back in The Sanctuary directly following Daryl’s escape. Dwight has just discovered Daryl got away and Negan has returned to The Sanctuary with his new prisoner: Eugene.

I’m not totally sure how I feel about this episode.

On one hand, it was great to see what was happening at The Sanctuary during the time we were seeing the group prepare to fight Negan. It was definitely vital for us to learn who had helped Daryl escape, what happened to that person, what Negan did to Dwight, and what happened to Eugene.

On the other hand, I’ve never been a huge fan of these types of episodes, at least not right off the bat. It took binging the seasons a few times before I could sit and watch the Governor-solo episodes and I feel like this is a similar situation.

These types of episodes work really well when watched consecutively back to back with the episodes before and after. On it’s own, when you have to wait a week between the last and the next, I always find these ones hard to sit through and find it difficult to concentrate.

That being said, there were several significant things that happened in tonight’s episode.

We learned that Dwight’s wife was the one who helped Daryl escape and has no ran from The Sanctuary herself.

We learned Dwight has some sort of memory issue. I’m guessing to people who have read the comics this might be something they already know, but to people who haven’t this is definitely interesting information.

We learned that everyone in The Sanctuary may or may not be there by choice and that it’s impossible to tell who can be trusted and who can’t. Seriously, what was with those girls Eugene was with? I couldn’t tell if they were really on his side or Negan’s and who they were playing.

And finally, we learned Eugene is either a bigger coward than we thought or a bigger genius than we thought.

At the very end of the episode, Eugene declares himself to be Negan. This could be an incredibly smart move on his part and might just be a means to survival.

However, like everyone else residing at The Sanctuary, I can’t tell if he can be trusted anymore. Eugene is a coward, that much is well known information by now.

While I would like to think he’s just covering himself until he can get back to the group, I also think it’s very possible Eugene has decided to give in to the pickles and video games and join the dark side.

Next week we’re back with Rick and the others and I honestly can’t wait. It looks like it’s going to be a great episode packed with action and walkers

Let me know what you thought of tonight’s episode!

Is Eugene really joining Negan or just trying to survive?

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”

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The wait is finally over!

After months of agonizing and wondering and betting on who was at the other end of Negan’s bat we finally have an answer.

And you know what?

I want to go back to not knowing. I’d rather continue wondering for years to come if only last night didn’t have to happen.

But it did happen and it is with great sadness that we lost…

SPOILER ALERT

Abraham and Glenn.

Yes, both of them. Both in what is probably the most gruesome and violent death we’ve seen on The Walking Dead. It was horrific to watch and I don’t think I’ve ever cried that much watching a show before.

And yet, as sad as both their deaths were I’m almost glad they went out the way they did and not just from getting bit.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d have liked to see them both live long lives, but if these two badass characters had to go out, I’d rather have it be in a way that was meaningful to the story, the other characters, and to everyone watching.

With Abraham’s parting words of “Suck my nuts” and Glenn telling Maggie he’ll find her, these are two characters who, despite being gone, are going to continue to play vital roles in this show.

This episode wasn’t just about finding out who was on the other end of the bat though. This episode was also about breaking Rick.

I’d say Negan was successful in doing exactly that.

It will be interesting to see the direction each character takes and the way they handle what has happened.

With Rick broken down, Maggie seemingly prepared to fight, and Daryl held hostage by Negan, there’s no clear path that they can take without more of their own getting killed.

Next week we get our first look at the Kingdom which is where Morgan and Carol are currently staying, completely oblivious to what has just happened to their group.

What do you think will happen next week?

How do you think Morgan and Carol will react when they hear what happened?

RIP Glenn Rhee & Sgt. Abraham Ford

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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: “JSS”

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 2 | Aired: October 18, 2015

So I did a countdown leading up the season premier of my top ten favorite episodes of The Walking Dead. After watching this episode I definitely need to reevaluate that list cause this episode was amazing! Seriously, definitely one of my favorites.

Kevin Smith described it on Talking Dead as “receiving oral that won’t stop.”

After last week’s episode that I thought was amazing (though apparently a lot of people didn’t?) I thought for sure this episode was going to feature the herd hitting Alexandria. Nope, not at all, we didn’t see the herd, we didn’t even see Rick and the others at all!

Instead we saw The Wolves attacking Alexandria and holy geez they were not holding back. I think I said that last week too, but I didn’t know the meaning of not holding back until there were people hacking each other up in the streets of Alexandria.

This episode starts off with us getting to see Enid’s journey to Alexandria which I thought was amazing and so mesmerizing.

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From there we return to the group in Alexandria and this episode follows what they were doing while the others were leading the herd away. They were kicking ass is what they were doing, Carol especially.

So many Alexandrians died and so many wolves died. It’s funny because they said it on Talking Dead and I didn’t realize it until they did, but no one that we really cared about died this episode. There was a massive slaughter, but it wasn’t any members of the group and it wasn’t any of the Alexandrians we’ve gotten to know which was strange and yet refreshing.

We also see what the horn was at the end of the last episode (it wasn’t Ron and while it was technically The Wolves, they didn’t do it on purpose). The episode ends with The Wolves either dead or run out of Alexandria and it seems like the worst is over, but I think we all know it’s not, right? That herd is going somewhere and somewhere is Alexandria.

I loved this episode! It was so well done and all the actors were amazing!

Melissa McBride! Oh my gosh where do I even start? I bow down to her! The character progression Carol has gone through in this series is phenomenal and she is absolutely one of, if not the most, badass characters on this show.

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She was just taking Wolves down left, right, and centre. It needed to be done, she knew that, she got it done. But I think one of the most significant moments was right at the end of the episode where she’s holding the cigarettes and sees Sam’s A stamp on the porch of the house and she starts to breakdown.

She does what she needs to in order to survive, but that doesn’t mean she likes it and it doesn’t mean she wants to do it. Melissa McBride has done an amazing job in every episode since the first season, this episode especially I want to give her a standing ovation. Or at the very least all the awards because she seriously deserves them.

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I also need to give huge applause to Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Major Dodson (Sam), and Austin Abrams (Ron). There are so many great kid/teen actors out there, but to get four who are this good in the same show, and especially a show like The Walking Dead is truly amazing. They all did a great job in their roles tonight and I can’t wait to see what happens.

Where did Enid go? Will Carl just survive somehow? Is Sam still locked in his closet? And what will Ron do now he’s seen his mom kill someone? So many questions and I desperately we hope we get these answers next week!

I love Enid’s character! We saw little bits of her last season and she was kind of weird, but she was such a pinnacle this episode. We saw how she got to Alexandria and we saw her bonding a bit with Carl as she helped him protect Judith, and then she basically had one of the best lines on the show and she never even said it out loud once.

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“Just Survive Somehow”. JSS. This is amazing and something that will definitely stick with the characters and the viewers I think for the rest of the season and maybe even outside the show.

One character I’m still really torn on is Morgan. I want to like him, sometimes I do like him, but when he let The Wolves leave asdfghjkl. YOU NEVER LET THEM LEAVE! I know he wasn’t there for Terminus, but we were! We all know this was a bad idea! He let The Wolves live once before and they returned! One of them tried to kill him! Come on Morgan, I’m desperately trying to like you dude.

A character who’s actually starting to grow on me (surprisingly) is Jessie. I’m still not a fan of the Jessie/Rick relationship that might happen, but Jessie as her own badass character is definitely something I can get on board with.

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She went absolutely nuts on the woman who came into her house and it was simultaneously terrifying and amazing. Terrifying because she killed her and was not holding back, but amazing because now we’re seeing what Jessie capable of when she needs to be and this opens up so many more doors for this character.

Also, like I mentioned above, Ron saw this all happen. Sam was locked in his closet, but Ron saw the whole thing so I’m really curious to see if this is what will finally make him realize that everything Rick is saying is true and that Rick isn’t the bad guy.

We’re also seeing this in Eugene! Eugene spent quite a lot of time helping Tara, Eric, and Alexandria’s new doctor, Denise, try and save one of the women The Wolves attacked. He actually played a pretty key part when he told Denise that she doesn’t want to be a coward. This was significant for him because he was owning that part of himself and I’m interested to see if we’ll see him slowly start to gather more courage like last season with Tara or what’s going to happen.

Something I don’t really want to see happen is a Eugene/Denise romance. They talked about it on Talking Dead and Paul Bettany said if they had kids their kids would be the most nervous children ever which is not good growing up in the zombie apocalypse. Yes. Just yes.

There were two characters this episode I felt really bad for and that’s Deanna and Aaron. Deanna finally saw what Rick was talking about. She understands now that if people or walkers want to get in they will find a way and unfortunately she realized that after a bunch of her people had been slaughtered.

I feel like we’re going to see a lot of Aaron blaming himself next episode, especially if what I think is coming actually does happen. I haven’t read all the comics yet, but I know what happens. I’m not going to say anything because I am firmly against spoilers, but oh my gosh it had better not happen!

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But yes, Aaron discovers his bag on one of the dead Wolves. The same bag he lost back in the season five finale when he and Daryl got trapped in the van. The same bag that had all his photos of Alexandria in it. Oh no, oh Aaron, I just want to give him a hug.

Technically… what happened is his fault because he’s the one who took the pictures and then lost them, but he’s so adorable and he looked so sad and I just can’t be mad at him for it. That is definitely going to have some major repercussions though.

This week was insane! Completely, absolutely insane! So much happened and we’re only on episode two! Oh my god I can’t wait for the rest of this season.

Next week looks crazy and of course we’ll get to see the rest of the group returning to Alexandria and we’ll get to see what happens with the herd. Will they get them back on track or will the herd hit and the now dilapidated Safe Zone? I think we all know the answer to that.

Let me know what you thought about tonight’s episode! What was your favorite part? What did you think of Carol taking on The Wolves?

Check out the preview for next week below!

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Also, I would like to say thank you to Major Dodson for tweeting me. Apparently he saw my post during my Walking Dead episode countdown and tweeted at me about it. As The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows and he plays such a great character I was pretty much jumping up and down because I was so excited and it completely made my day.

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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.

Michonne

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.

Judith

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.

Abe

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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