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The Walking Dead’s 100th episode was a nice start to season 8. Directed by Greg Nicotero, the season premiere focused on the beginning of Kirkman’s comic titled All Out War. Alexandria and the Hilltop are all ready for the battle against Negan and his Saviors. It seems like it was forever since I last saw the cast and crew grace the NYCC stage, and with the anticipation and after effects of that, I know the events of last night’s episode will set the tone for the entire season.

The story continues as Rick, Eziekial, and Maggie lead the fight for freedom. The episode was exciting but nothing out of this world. This season opener was a little low key compared to past season premieres. The best part was seeing a future Rick and the idea that age was creeping up on him. The scene came in the form of  a vision (this was how Rick saw his future.) Rick saw his family, Michone, Carl and maybe 8-year-old Judith; she looked around 8.) living a happy life. He also visualized the expansion of Alexandria. I know the festival they were referring to was in the comic books, so it was nice to see that reference in the vision.  I have a feeling that this season will take place over the course of hours and days when it comes to the war. I think that they already know where they want to take the show and how long it will last. I got a Better Call Saul feeling when I saw older Rick. I think the show will last until season 10. I hope it lasts longer, but I can’t imagine the actors playing these characters past 10 seasons. We will have to wait and see.

Now the end of the episode was very interesting because Gabriel left Rick to save Gregory and Gregory left Gabriel to die in the middle of the herd. Gregory is a piece of crap and should have died a long time ago. Gabriel was put in a bad situation and soon found himself in a trailer in the dark with Negan. This cliffhangs the episode, so we don’t know what is going happen, but I really hope that Gabriel opens fire on Negan and goes out the best way he can. In the scene Gabriel allows Negan to talk way too much, but at this point, it may be too late for him to react. I would be surprised if the two work together as a team to get out of there alive. What if Negan throws Gabriel out to get the Walkers attention and then makes a run for it? This could go so many ways, and I’m so excited to see what will happen next week.

Overall the episode was good, and it was great to see all the cast members interacting in one episode. I know it will be a great season!!

Happy 100th TWD

LaTaeya

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As the intensity and anticipation grew over the last few months, The season Premiere of The Walking Dead unraveled like a roll of gift wrapping paper. Directed by the talented Greg Nicotero, the story continued as the wrath of Negan brought down his bat upon two of TWD’S most beloved characters. I’m still in shock over the whole thing and must say that theTWD PR team did a great job at creating such buzz for this season. The Internet was fuming with kill theories and videos about the potential victims but I must say that my own theories were inconsistent at times. I had a feeling that Glenn was going to die but I figured that the writers had other plans for Abraham.  I’m surprised that the show let go of two major characters at the same time.

I would like to begin with the flow of the story and the story telling process,which was done in classic Nicotero style. It was done in a way that brings the audience even deeper into the story with the realization that these events are happening to the characters.

The events are unfolding through the eyes of Rick as he watches the deaths of members of his family. Glenn has been there since the very beginning so it makes it an even harder pill to swallow. Rick is more vulnerable that he has ever been before. The kill scene spews an unimaginable sence of emotion that deeply impacts us, especially the charcters in the show.

Rick and the group are heartbroken over the loss of Abraham and Glenn and it seems as though the group is torn in a way that will never allow them to heal. 

The evil within Negan is gut wrenching but there is something about him that makes me like him. Maybe it’s the writers or Jeffrey Dean Morgan but I’m excited to see what kind of future he will have on the show. 

Overall the episode was hard to watch. I can’t stand to see Rick go through this turmoil. This season is already intense. What else can I say…..

L.L.

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Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus, star of AMC’S hit zombie apocalypse show, The Walking Dead, graced fans this past weekend with a live Q and A session at the Montclair Film Festival. The event was hosted by Joel Stillerman, AMC’S president of Original Programming. Stillerman asked Norman a series of questions that allowed fans to get an  in-depth and personal look at the Boondock Saints actor. Norman’s down to earth attitude was infections as the crowd  listened to stories about Norman not being the “cool kid in school.” He talked about how his life has been impacted by fame, and how it hasn’t changed him as a person within. We all shared a sympathetic “awww” when he talked about having cameras in his face all the time and deciding to eat his lunch in the bathroom on a plane. Stillerman mentioned some of Norman ‘s earlier work and revealed that he loves photography. He showed two of Norman ‘s published photo books and openly discussed his passion for “capturing dark moments, but seeing a light within that darkness.” He discussed the close relationship he had with his mom and he talked about his new venture with his friends, expressing his love for motorcycles and the open road on his new show “Ride with Norman.” TWD was mentioned several times, along with his close and loving relationship with cast-mates Andy Lincoln and Steven Yeun, but he could not discuss the fate of his character Daryl Dixon. Norman made it known that he has not read the comics and when filming, he just asks some of the cast where the timeline rolls into the story. Toward the end, a few people got up and asked questions. Two became very emotional and Norman got up to give them some official TWD memorabilia.

Overall the event was very exciting and it was so nice to see Norman live, up close and personal. I hope that he and some of the other cast members make an appearance at a future Montclair Film Festival event.

L.L

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TWD Season 6

The Walking Dead season 6 finale excited, shocked, and made us crave for more. The episode answered lots of questions, but also left us asking more questions. The Roller coaster ride continues to go up. Things haven’t been quiet for sometime now. Rick has fully assumed position as leader of Alexandria since Deanna’s death during the mid-season. He has fallen in love and started a romantic relationship with Michone, met Jesus from the Hilltop and has come face to face with arch nemesis Negan. Rick is stronger now than ever, but I fear that his strength will soon weaken once he witnesses the full wrath of Negan.

The people of Alexandria are on the verge of loosing everything they have built and tried to maintain within the walls. Daryl started the war against Negan and his group, which was initiated when he blew up the bikers with the rocket launcher.

While at the Hilltop  Rick learns about Negan. He and the group take on the challenge to get rid of him and his group so that he and Alexandria can trade with the Hilltop. That decision leads the group to Negan’s compound where Glenn makes his first kill and Maggie and Carol are captured. The group does some damage but not enough. They come out victorious, but soon run into a new band of problems as they settle back home. Carol leaves, and Rick sends a group out to find her. Daryl sets out on his own to find Dwight, the sleaze that shot an arrow and killed Denise on a run. He is filled with loss and revenge, but then soon finds himself in hot water just as he stumbles on a captured Glenn and Michone.

Something goes terribly wrong with Maggie, as she experiences possible miscarriage pain. Rick and the group gather a few things and set off to take Maggie to the Hilltop where she can get medical attention. On the way, Rick encounters Negan’s group on the road. They are stopped several times and are eventually led into a major trap where a large number of Negan’s men have ambushed Rick and the group. Meanwhile Morgan finds Carol and she confesses that she is ready to die, but Morgan refuses to let her go. She slips away from him injured from her battle with the Saviors. On her travels alone one of the survivors catches up to her and shoots her twice. Morgan finds her again and finally kills the guy to save her. They are recruited by a two men dressed in armor, one of them is the man who lost his horse in episode 15. Those people are from another community called the Kingdom, as it is known in the comic books. Eventually the Hilltop, Alexandria, and The Kingdom join forces to battle Negan’s group.

After  plan to dodge Negan goes wrong, Rick and the group are all brought to their knees, and are reunited with Michone, Daryl, Glenn, Rosita, and Eugene. Negan finally makes himself known along with his precious bat Lucille. The fear in everyone’s eyes is practically haunting as they all take in the air of death upon their necks. He proposes an offer for Rick-for them to give half of all they have to him in order to stay alive. Negan is dead set on punishing Rick for killing so many of his men. One by one he tries to choose which person to kill. He makes a choice and bashes the head in of someone who we will have wait until October to find out who lost This episode was directed by Greg Nicotero , who by which is an awesome director, but this episode had to be one of the most disappointing episodes I’ve seen in a while. I had a problem with the 90  minutes, and half of a season of building up to such an epic point just to be let down by the end. Jeffrey Dean Morgan had to be on camera for about a whole five minutes, then it ended and we have no clue who was killed. At this point I don’t even think the writers know who they want to kill off. Most of the episode was spent on the group going in circles,  and Carol and Morgan’s to die or not die story-line.

The special effects were great and there is always something new to see visually. I will spend this time reading the books which will include the new book.

Happy Zombie Hunting, Just Survive Somehow

L.L.

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TWD is back and bigger than ever. The season six episode 9 opened on Valentine’s Day and I must say it did not disappoint. Directed by special effects genus Greg Nicotero, “No way out” picked up right where the last episode ended.

Alexandria was overrun with walkers, while Carol and Morgan fought over “the wolf.” Rick, Michone, Carl and Jessie, along with her family try to escape the house and head for the armory, while Daryl, Sasha and Abraham face Negan’s men and Glenn does his best to save Maggie who is trapped.

Everything panned out in this episode, but it didn’t pan out without casualties. While no major characters died in this episode, there were major shockers and explosive moments that kept us on the edge of our seats.

Let’s begin with Daryl and his group as they face Negan’s men. The main biker does his best to shake up things by threatening the group and taking their weapons. Soon Daryl is taken behind the truck by one of the men to give up more supplies, then suddenly without warning Negan’s men explode as their body parts scatter all over. The man of the hour- Daryl Dixon comes out holding a rocket launcher and that was before the official opening of the show. By this time I’m already jumping out of my seat.

Now we are brought back to Rick and the group’s attempt to escape the house. Covered in walker guts, they head out, then suddenly Rick changes his plan and decides to try and lead the walkers out. Gabriel takes Judith to safety while the others go. The group slowly moves about within the herd. “The wolf” takes Denise as a hostage out in the commotion while Rosita, Eugine, Carol, Morgan and Tara come together. Enid and Glenn try to make it to Maggie while Daryl and the group make their way back to Alexandria.

Now darkness has fallen as Rick and his group slither their way through the walkers. Sam is suddenly spooked by the walkers as he hears Carl’s voice in his head. He can’t go on and everyone tries to convince him to go on. He is bitten and so is Jessie. She refuses to let Carl’s hand go and Rick is forced to chop it off with the ax. Ron witnesses his mother and brother’s deaths and turns the gun in his hand on Carl. Carl is shot in the eye and Ron is killed. Rick scoops up Carl in his arms and heads over to Denise’s place. Carol eventually kills “the wolf” and Morgan is left to finish the job. Denise is left with trying to save Carl as Rick truly believes that this is it for Carl. Rick goes on a killing rampage, as he makes an attempt to save what is left of Alexandria. Everyone battles the walkers with the hope of reclaiming the town. Daryl, Sasha and Abraham show up as they lead the walkers into a lake of fire created by Daryl. Carl makes it through the night and the town is reclaimed as the corpses of the dead line the streets.

 

This episode was filled with excitement and thrilling scenes. The cinematography techniques were great and one of the best scenes was when the camera got a shot of everyone taking a swing at a walker, then ending it with Rick taking the final blow. What a great episode, I must say that this way one of the best TWD episodes ever. I just wish this was a 90 minutes.The special effects were awesome even though I knew Greg used a combination of CG and make up to create Carl’s eye. The show doesn’t feel like it’s in the same season, it feels so fresh and that why this show is the best show on television. Stay tuned because the war with Negan hasn’t even started yet. READ THE COMIC BOOKS, THEY ARE AWESOME!

L.L.

 

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The Walking Dead Season 6 Midseason Finale Review

 

Well last night’s MSF went out with a bang, but also raised more questions than answered. First of all the show should have been 90mins instead of the regular 60. They could have taken that 30 minutes away from Morgan’s episode so we could really get an idea of where the people of Alexandria are going.

Now we know that Deanna is officially dead and that Rick is officially the leader of Alexandria. Jessie’s house has been overrun with walkers and now everyone is on their way out to the armory. Covered in walker blood Rick, Carl, Judith, Michone, Jessie and her two boys slither their way out in hopes of getting past the walkers unnoticed. Only seconds go by until Jessie’s youngest son starts to call for his mom, which will probably alert the walkers in the midseason premiere. But in the meantime we all left wondering (those of us that have read the comic books, know that this is the moment where Jessie and her sons die, and Carl gets hit in the eye with a stray bullet.)

Glenn and Enid are on their way back to Alexandria, and Glenn sees the devastation of the heard. He spots Maggie and tries to think of a way to get to her. Unfortunately we only see Glenn for the last 5 minutes of the show, so we know that he and Maggie’s story-line is not over yet.

The intensity between Morgan and Carol has gotten very interesting as they battle each other for different reasons. Morgan is trying to protect the “Wolf” while trying to convince him and Carol that he can change for the better. On the other hand, Carol knows and understands the level that the “Wolf” is on and realizes that a person like him cannot and will not change. She makes a statement saying that she will Kill Morgan so she can kill the “Wolf.” Morgan and Carol go at it for a few minutes and eventually Morgan brings her down. The “Wolf” takes that opportunity to knock out Morgan. Rosita, Eugene, and Tara walk in on the whole thing and the “Wolf” takes Denise out of the house at gunpoint. The scene ends there. That is where I think Denise will escape and the “Wolf” will get devoured by the heard.

One of the most interesting parts of the show was what happened at the very end with Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham. As they are driving back in the direction toward Alexandria, they are stopped by a group of guys on motorcycles. They are prompted to get out and are told that everything they own doesn’t belong to them anymore. Sasha then asks, “who does our stuff belong to?” and the head guy replies “Negan.”

We know that Negan’s appearance on the show was forthcoming because of all the rumors that the role has been cast by Jeffery Dean Morgan, which has been officially confirmed. TWD comic book lovers know that the life that Rick once knew within Alexandria is going to change forever. We are going to see a side of Rick that we have never seen before, and we will see another part of him evolve. The episode was good, but I can say that some of it seemed to be a bit watered down considering all the action that is currently taken place. I think that Deanna got too much screen time and the writers could have went a little further in shooting the “walk” and the events after.

I don’t see this show lasting too much longer, I will give it to season 7, Maggie is pregnant with her son Hershel, and Negan is emerging which means that Glenn’s fate is looming. I don’t see Negan’s story-line really being a long one on the show because there are slow specks in the books, but things always pick up. But you never know the writers may have something else planned.

 

February is too long to wait!!

L.L.

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The Walking Dead season six premiere episode titled “First Time Again” was directed by Greg Nicotero. The highly exciting episode picks up right after the gruesome events that led to the death of Deanna’s husband, Pete’s demise, the return of Morgan, and Glen’s altercation with Nicolas.  As things get underway, the episode was shot in black and white as the past unraveled. As the present unfolds those shots are presented in color, while they both deliver a vivid presence in showing what the world really looks like as Rick and group face a whole array of challenges while trying to maintain what they view as a stable life within the walls of Alexandria.

The mood of Alexandria has altered in way where many question Rick’s ethics. Rick tries his best to make things right between him Jessie and her son Ron, but after what she witnessed Jessie really doesn’t want to have anything to do with Rick. Deanna tries to assume her position as leader of the group, but in all honesty everyone knows that Rick is the leader. Carol tells Rick that, but he knows what’s going on.

Morgan and Rick go beyond the walls to find a place to bury Pete, Ron follows them and it is there where Rick discovers a quarry filled with walkers, where he realizes that he and the people of Alexandria have an even bigger problem on their hands to deal with. Rick meets with the group to discuss their plan in how to deal with the walkers. He tells them that once the truck collapses on the hill, the walkers will have a way out of the quarry and will head straight to Alexandria. Rick proposes to draw out the walkers and lead them away from Alexandria. The people in the group know that this is dangerous so Carter suggests to build higher walls and reinforce the ones they have. Deanna goes with Rick’s plan and they all start the process of drawing out the walkers. Carter doesn’t trust rick at all, and soon starts to organize a plan to kill him and assume power of Alexandria. Eugene overhears the plan and Carter draws a gun on him. Rick and Morgan walk in on it and Rick takes the gun from Carter and makes an attempt to talk him into living together in peace.

Meanwhile Rick and Morgan’s relationship begins again as Rick invites Morgan to live with his family. Morgan tells Rick that he knows who he is, and that he is the same person he met when they were outside of Atlanta. Rick believes that he is a different person and to some degree he is, but there is a part of the man that we first fell in love with that still exists within him. It is that husband, that father, that survivor, that drive and determination that we all love about Rick that keeps us on the edge of our seats every week.

Heath— a comic book character has been introduced. He is now part of a Glen’s and Nicolas’ group. They are on the outskirts of Alexandria as they try to clear an area to help Rick execute his plan to draw out the bigger heard of walkers. A now humbled Nicolas is taken under the direction of Glen, sees his task as a serious and important duty that can impact others.

The plan is under way, as everyone takes their place, they proceed to draw out the walkers, led by motorcycle riding Daryl Dixon himself, along with Abraham and Sasha in a car, the walkers slowly follow them out of the quarry. Things go crazy fast, Carter is bitten in the face by a walker and his screams distract the walkers and draw them off track. Rick kills Carter and gets the walkers back on track until suddenly a loud sound that seems to be coming from Alexandria draws the walkers back in Alexandria’s direction. I think the Wolves are near and they are the ones that are responsible. I hope to see an appearance from the Hilltop, and the Saviors. If Negan makes an appearance this season we can say goodbye to Glen, unless the writers have different plans for him. I don’t know how Rick will handle Negan, but he will have to become more ruthless then he already is. Negan is by far worse than the Governor! I’m reading book 23, and I’m so excited to see how season six will transpire.

L.L

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