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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74th Annual Golden Globes

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A night full of talented stars, awkward jokes, and too-long acceptance speeches. Yes, the Golden Globes are here again!

The event kicked off with an amazing opening number (seriously, how amazing were the kids from Stranger Things?!). This was followed by a monologue that was equal parts awkward and hilarious.

There were, of course, jokes made about Donald Trump and what an awful year 2016 was.

And then it was onto the awards!

Best Supporting Actor:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion

Best Actor in a TV Drama:
Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy:
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
Issa Rae – Insecure
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Best Musical or Comedy
Atlanta
Black-ish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film;$
Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
Kerry Washington – Confirmation

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Best Miniseries or TV Film:
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie:
Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
John Lithgow – The Crown
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Original Score:
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Johann Johannsson – Arrival
Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka – Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, & Benjamin Wallifisch – Hidden Figures

Best Original Song:
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop This Feeling!” – Trolls
“Faith” – Sing
“Gold” – Gold
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
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Naomie Harris – Moonlight
NicoleKidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film:
Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz – This is Us
Mandy Moore – This is Us
Thandie Newton – Westworld

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
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Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Animated Film:
Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zuccini
Sing

Between the awards there was a beautiful tribute to Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds, a pair whose deaths truly shook the world.

Best Foreign Language Film:
Elle (France)
Divines (France)
Neruda (Chile)
The Salesman (Iran/France)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film:
Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Bryan Cranston – All the Way
John Turturro – The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actress in a Drama Series:
Claire Foy – The Crown
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Drama Series:
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Meryl Streep was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement and delivered the most heartfelt and powerful speech I have ever heard. She urged people to hold those in positions of power accountable for their actions and it was crystal clear who she was talking about.

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Londergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
Nick Nolte – Gravest
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy:
Emma Stone – La La Land
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Musical or Comedy:
La La Land
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence
Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Actor in a Drama:
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress in a Drama:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Drama:
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester
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What a truly spectacular night it was! So many amazing actors and actresses won some very well deserved awards and gave some fantastic speeches. Meryl Streep’s in particular is one I believe people will be talking about all year.

Awards Season is officially upon us and I’m incredibly excited to see how the rest of it goes.

Were there any award winners you were surprised by?

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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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Walking Dead Episode Review – “Forget”

I’ve decided to try something new on this blog. The whole point of this blog was for me to explore things I’m interested in and talk about them. So far I’ve managed to post once a week for a few weeks in a row and I’m honestly just not enjoying it. I’m not having fun with.

On my other blog, even when sometimes I don’t want to sit down and write a blog post, it’s still fun. I still enjoy what I’m talking about. So, I don’t know what I’m going to talk about here. The posts may be about everything and nothing. They may be several paragraphs or only a few words. But I just want to have fun with it. I want to talk about things I like.

So today I’m going to be doing exactly that. Today I’m going to be reviewing last night’s episode of The Walking Dead.

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Season 5 | Episode 13 | Aired March 8, 2015

Run: October 31st, 2010-Present
Prod. Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Robert Kirkman, Charles H. Eglee, Glen Mazzara, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotrro, 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, Emily Kinney, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam, Andrew J. West, Tyler James Williams, Christine Woods, Ross Marquand, Tovah Feldshuh, Alexandra Breckenridge, Corey Brill

Now, I love The Walking Dead. I only actually started watching the show while Season 4B was on and I just recently started reading the comics. But it has easily become one of my favourite shows on TV right now and is the only show I actually watch when it’s on and will sit through commercials for.

Last name’s episode, titled “Forget”, was crazy and had so much foreshadowing and character development. There wasn’t a ton of violence or blood and guts. There was definitely some, thanks to Daryl and Aaron, but that wasn’t the focal point of the episode. The point of this episode was to explore the characters and how they are – or aren’t – adjusting to life in Alexandria.

There were so many pivotal moments in last night’s episode. Rick had an awkward moment with Jessie when he kissed her on the cheek (seriously, a kiss on the cheek should not be that awkward. I was sitting on my couch cringing from second-hand embarrassment). Carol threatened Jessie’s youngest son, Sam, after he found her stealing guns and said if he doesn’t say anything she’ll bake him cookies. This lead to this wonderful image:

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I really have to say that Melissa McBride is such an amazing actress. Her character has developed so much over the seasons and she’s gone from playing a woman who wants to protect every child she sees to threatening them with walkers and cookies.

We also saw Michonne hang up her katana, quite literally in fact, when she hung it on the wall. I feel like this was such a significant moment because on one hand, she’s hanging up her weapon. This object that has become like another limb since the world fell apart, she is putting it aside and saying “Okay, let’s try this new world.” But then on the other hand, it’s on the wall. They said it on Talking Dead, it’s not like she got rid of it. It’s still there, she’s still ready for if things at Alexandria go wrong.

We also saw some serious development in Sasha in “Forget”. She’s really had it rough lately. First Bob then Tyreese, she just can’t catch a break and it really shows in this episode. While it isn’t said out loud, Sasha seems to be suffering from PTSD or something along those lines. She just can’t get used to being safe and can’t deal with the fact that the Alexandrians worry about such menial things like making people’s favourite foods after she’s seen people become someone’s favourite food. We all know Sasha is strong and able to hold her own, so I really like that the writers have shown that even the strongest characters can fall apart when presented with situations like this.

Last but not least is Daryl. “Forget” was a huge episode for him. The creators of The Walking Dead have said several times that the back half of season five would be hard for Daryl after losing Beth in “Coda” and we’ve definitely seen him withdrawing and cutting himself off from the others. Well, in last night’s episode we saw a big change. He tried to help Aaron save a horse (RIP Buttons) and then after returning to Alexandria he actually joined Aaron and Eric for dinner at which point Aaron offers him a motorbike and the chance to work as recruiter, which Daryl accepts. I felt like this was so significant for his character because he’s actually taking chances and trying to give Alexandria and his people a chance. Furthermore, he refused to take one of the guns Carol had stolen, stating that he was trying, just like she’d asked him to.

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Near the end of the episode, Rick, Daryl, and Carol return from a meeting out in the woods and they walk off in different directions. On top of everything that happened in this episode, that moment for me was just so significant and stood out from everything else. These three characters who, at the end of last week’s episode, stood united and ready to take Alexandria if necessary. Now they’re going in different directions, they have different plans and thoughts. ‘m definitely interested to see what is going to become of their characters and the interactions between the three in the last three episodes.

Overall I actually think this episode may have been one of my favourites so far and I can’t wait for the rest of this season. I also don’t want this season to end because I don’t want to have to wait for season six. However, in that time I’m planning to finish the comics.

Thanks so much for reading my review of “Forget”! Another review will be up next week. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see. Should the review be shorter? Longer? More opinion or predictions?

I’ve never reviewed a episode of a television show before so this is whole new territory for me. If you have any pointers I’ll be eternally grateful.

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