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 Mid-Season Premier: “Rock in the Road”

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7B is here! The Walking Dead returned tonight in an adrenaline packed episode that reunited old friends and introduced new ones.

The episode picked up exactly where 7A left off: with the group at The Hilltop trying to convince Gregory he needed to join them in their fight against Negan.

While this didn’t work, hope was still there as Jesus introduced the group to King Ezekiel at The Kingdom. Unfortunately, this also didn’t work.

This whole interaction was a long time coming and as a viewer it was incredibly exciting to see these three communities come together (I mean, not really, but they all know the others exist now).

We made it almost all the way through the episode thinking that things might actually be starting to look up. Surely The Hilltop and The Kingdom will eventually be convinced to join Rick and the others and they’ll defeat Negan.

They finally had one up on the Saviours. Negan and his men don’t know the three groups know about each other.

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Not only that, but Team Family managed to get their hands on some explosives that were set up and meant to protect The Sanctuary from Walkers, but will now be used against them instead.

Then, in true Walking Dead style, in the last ten seconds the group once again seems to be in immediate danger (though it seems Rick disagrees).

While out looking for Gabriel the group is surrounded by an even larger group of people.

At first I thought they were Saviours, but then realized the weapons were all wrong. Then I thought it was that group Tara had met, but then saw there were men and knew it couldn’t be them either.

And, despite Rick smiling and seeming very happy, I was definitely yelling at my screen by the time the credits rolled.

The only thing this episode was missing was a reunion between Carol and the others. Though, with Daryl now staying The Kingdom, I suspect that will happen sooner rather than later.

Next weeks episode looks amazing and I can’t wait for next Sunday to get here.

Let me know what you thought of the episode!

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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…

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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 Episode Review: “East”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Not like this, Lord, not like this.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “Knots Untie”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Walking Dead Episode Review: “The Next World”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richonne is canon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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