The Walking Dead Episode Review: “East”

The Walking Dead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Not like this, Lord, not like this.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “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: “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: “Thank You”

I would like to start by saying that I am very much not okay.

I must also say that this review is going to contain some MAJOR spoilers and if you haven’t watched the episode yet do not scroll past this picture.

The Walking Dead

Season 6 | Episode 3 | Aired: October 25, 2015

In this episode we saw the group who had been leading the walker herd away are attempting to make it back to Alexandria. While Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl are still leading the first half of the herd away, Rick, Michonne, Glenn, and a bunch of the Alexandrians are trying to beat the other half back to Alexandria to try and find a way to head them off.

This episode was so insanely intense!

At first it seemed like they were just going to be killing off all the useless Alexandrians. Seriously, it’s not that I want to see people die on this show, but when it comes down to it being between Team Family and the Alexandrians, yeah the Alexandrians can go.

But the writers were seriously ruthless this episode! One Alexandrian after the next was just slaughtered this episode by walkers. But really though, it is kind of their own doing.

I mean, two episodes ago Rick heard walkers coming when he was standing on the road and the walkers were like five feet in the forest. The Alexandrians don’t notice the walkers are there until they’ve already been bit! Come on guys, get it together.

I’m going to be totally honest and say that there were a few times (like when Michonne and the others were trying to escape the pet store) where I was like, “Okay, one guy’s already been bit and two of these people can barely walk. Let’s throw them to the herd so the walkers are distracted and then Michonne and Heath could make a break for it.”

There was also a moment where one guy, Sturgess, (probably not how you spell his name, but he was the one in the funny hat) runs off after they were attacked by walkers. Well alright then, who needs him? I just have no patience for people who run on this show anymore.

Someone who did a lot of running this episode was Rick. I felt so bad for Andrew Lincoln! It must have been torture to run in the Georgia heat for take after take so I hope he knows that we, the fans, appreciated it because the whole sequence looked amazing.

Rick Running

There are two Rick moments in this episode that really stand out. The first is when Rick cuts his hand. This could mean nothing. Everyone’s already infected with the virus so getting walker blood in a cut might not mean anything. Or it might mean everything!

I haven’t finished all the comics yet, but I have read quite a few and for anyone who may not know this Rick actually loses his hand at one point. I read somewhere that they had plans to do this right at the start in season one/season two, but they didn’t have enough money for it because obviously they would need a green screen glove and special effects which is why it ended up being Merle who lost his hand.

Now The Walking Dead is obviously much bigger and they would have the funding to cut off Rick’s hand. I am definitely interested to see if this ends up being what happens and where the writers decide to take this.

The other Rick moment is right at the end when the RV won’t start. He’s just had an encounter with some of The Wolves (the same ones Morgan let go!) and he sees that one of them had a jar of baby food in their pocket. Rick realizes The Wolves were in Alexandria.

Rick Defeated

These people were in Alexandria, he’s got the herd coming down on his from side, and the freakin’ RV won’t start! And Rick just looks… done. There’s no look of, he’s got to get back and stop the herd, it’s more of, “There were already people there, I couldn’t stop it, what happened to Carl and Judith and the rest of his family?”

I have no idea how Rick is going to get out of that RV, but he’s Rick so I’m sure he’ll come up with a way. This moment was sort of reminiscent to the very first episode when Rick was trapped in the tank and I loved this little throwback. It made me more sad than anything though because another throwback moment they had was when Glenn called Rick dumbass over the walkie talkie. Also something that happened back in episode one.

But I’m not going to talk about that yet! I’m not ready and there was so much other stuff that happened! Well, two other things.

Daryl left Sasha and Abraham to lead the herd on their own so he could try and get back to Alexandria to help the others. While he does return to them eventually, I spent a good portion of this episode terrified that this would be the one where Daryl gets kidnapped. Remember in the preview for this season? We see him tied up and I thought for sure, “Well, he’s gone off on his now and everything else is going wrong so why not?”

Daryl

But that didn’t happen! I’m so glad, but I just know that we won’t be able to settle down anytime soon. It’s coming and I’m not ready for it.

There was a moment this episode where I thought for sure we were going to lose Michonne. Thankfully, she survived and made it back to Alexandria, but oh my gosh the amount of stress I felt in that moment! I was not prepared!

They are NOT allowed to kill Michonne. She’s so badass all the time, but this episode especially she brought it and she set the record straight with the Alexandrians all while kicking walker ass. She’s not allowed to die because we still have so much more we need to see from her.

Alright. I guess this is it. The moment none of us were waiting for and the moment none of us are certain of what actually happened.

Thank You

Glenn and Nicholas were trapped by the herd and rather than let the walkers get him he decided to ‘opt out’ (ah, another throwback to season one). He shoots himself in the head after thanking Glenn, but when he falls he knocks Glenn down too, right into the herd of walkers.

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I AM NOT OKAY!

My dog actually came up to me and was pawing at me and whining because she didn’t know why I was crying and yelling at the TV.

First of all, really Nicholas?! Really? Glenn gave him so many chances and I think we all knew that was a mistake, but that’s just the kind of guy Glenn was. While on one hand, that’s super admirable and great, it ended up being what got him killed.

Glenn Falls

Or was it?

It seems physically impossible for Glenn to not have died. The camera zoomed in on his face and we saw guts and innards being ripped out. But Nicholas did fall on top of him so maybe…

Hear me out for a second.

Glenn was not directly mentioned in the Talking Dead memoriam and Greg Nicotero said that Glenn’s storyline still needed to be finished and would be in ‘some way’. Yes, it seems likely that Glenn didn’t make it out of that. But! But, now think about this.

There were a lot of throwbacks to the first season, particularly those first couple episodes with Rick and Glenn. And what’s something that Rick and Glenn did in episode two? Covered themselves in walker guts to blend in with the walkers.

I know it doesn’t see possible, but I’m holding out hope until the writers and producers confirm otherwise! As far as I’m concerned, Glenn couldn’t covered himself in blood and guts and crawled under the dumpster to hide until something drew the walkers away. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

This whole episode was a rollercoaster and I am a complete emotional mess after watching it. The episode was titled “Thank You” obviously to tie in to Nicholas’s line, but I really don’t feel like thanking anybody on this show right now.

Mushu Understands

Stop tearing Team Family apart! Stop killing off the originals! There’s only four (five) now: Rick, Daryl, Carol, and Carl (and Glenn). They have to survive. They’re on the NO KILL list.

If Glenn did die I’m at least glad that it wasn’t Nicholas directly who killed him. Glenn went down fighting cause he’s a badass and he stayed true to his character all the way in which he didn’t just ditch Nicholas and save himself (though I wish he would have).

And I would just like to give Steven Yeun a huge round of applause. Like, seriously, he has played Glenn (and hopefully will continue to play him) for six years now. We love him, he’s amazing and wonderful and has really made Glenn one of the best and most interesting characters in the whole show.

I just… I can’t. I can’t. I don’t know what to say anymore. I’m glad I’m not Chris Hardwick and that you guys don’t come on here to find comfort after the episode is on.

You go to him right after the episode airs and then you can come here to read my rage and share your own rage. Which is exactly what you should do!

Let me know what you thought of the episode down below! Share your rage and tears and your own theories on how Glenn survived!

Make sure you check out the preview for next week’s 90-minute episode!

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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.

Herd

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.

Gun to Head

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.

carter

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.

glenn

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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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #1!

Conquer

Here we are! We’ve finally reached #1 on the countdown and you know what that means? The Walking Dead returns tomorrow!

Yes, it is finally here and I am so freaking excited! However, before it gets here, I need to talk about my favourite Walking Dead episode. And that episode is the season five finale, “Conquer”.

This episode was an hour and a half and was completely action-packed and phenomenal! I did have a hard time decided whether this should be number one or two on the list and I switched it around quite a bit with “Consumed”. I ultimately listed this as number one though because this episode features all the characters.

There were so many things that happened this episode, but I’m only going to mention three to keep this from being too long.

First, I loved Carol in this episode! At one point she takes some food over to Pete and then threatens to kill him with her knife, saying no one would believe she had done it on purpose, but just out of self defence.

As if we didn’t already know Carol was badass, this moment definitely proved it and it also showed just how much she’s changed between her first appearance in season one episode three. Pete is exactly like Ed, but unlike season one where she cowered away from confrontation (can’t blame her at all), she knows she has power now. She knows how strong she is and she uses that and it’s so wonderful.

Another moment I loved when Daryl and Aaron’s recruiting trip. They ended up setting off a trap set by the wolves, but thankfully they both make it out alive.

This moment was huge for several reasons. Like Carol, we saw just how much Daryl has progressed since his first appearance on the show throughout his conversation in the car with Aaron in which both of them offered to sacrifice themselves.

This was also huge because it revealed just what the wolves are capable of and it served as the introduction of Morgan to a member of Rick’s group.

And that leads me to the third thing I want to mention about this amazing episode and that is the moment at the end.

While everyone is debating what to do about Rick, Pete shows up with Michonne’s sword. He’s clearly drunk and the end result of this is that he ends up killing Deanna’s husband Reg. I have to admit that this is actually one of the few moments on the show when I had to look away.

Noah’s death and Reg’s death are two that I can’t watch no matter how many times I watch the episodes because of how gruesome they are.

This catastrophe led to a merging of Alexandria and Rick’s group, at least between Rick and Deanna. Deanna finally realized that sometimes you can’t talk your way out of a situation and that in this new world sometimes you have no choice but to kill which is exactly what Rick did to Pete. And he did this right as Daryl and Aaron arrived with Morgan.

This was insane! Oh my gosh, the screen went black and now we’ve been waiting months and months for the show to return.

I was shouting and crying and feeling so many things! From the looks of it, season six picks up basically right after this point and I am so incredibly excited to see what happens.

Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck with me in this countdown. I’ve had a lot of fun and I would love to hear what you think! Which episodes are your favourite?

What are you excited to see in the new season?

I’ll be reviewing the new episode tomorrow night so look forward to that!

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