Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 16: “The Storm”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 16, Ezekiel reminded us that “things fall apart.”  However, “it’s knowing when to keep fighting and knowing when it’s over.”  But is it ever really over?  The threats continue to pour in and our characters are tested again and again, but somehow they continue to survive even when it feels like the entire world is against them.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Storm,” winter is the real enemy, but the walkers are not really up for a snow ball fight either.  Meanwhile, Lydia gets up close and personal with a walker, Dog goes missing, Carol tries to cope with her loss, and Negan is finally let out of the cage.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 16 season finale are:

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“You don’t have to protect me.”

In the beginning of the episode, the characters start to flee or prepare for the brutal winter storm that is headed their way.  We get to listen in on some chatter on the way and find out that apparently we need to send a raven in order to get a response from Maggie, but I appreciate that they are trying to keep that story-line open.  Lydia is not really a welcomed guest, but Daryl refuses to let anyone talk to her with disrespect.  Lydia feels extremely guilty and tells Daryl that he doesn’t have to protect her, but Daryl reminds her that “it’s their problem, not yours.”  I love that Daryl is looking after Lydia here because he obviously wants to do something nice for Henry, but I think Daryl also sees a lot of himself in Lydia as well.  Daryl believes that she is a good kid and is willing to help her, but Carol is having a tough time, as she explains, “Every time I look at her, all I see is him.”

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“It’s like Christmas to me.”

Back in Alexandria, the characters realize that they need to find a suitable place to get warm, but Gabriel recognizes that they have to let Negan out or he will freeze to death.  Finally!  Negan does not disappoint, as he hilariously comments on the “hot little quadrangle” we have to entertain us, which doesn’t really amuse Rosita and her suitors.  Negan takes it one step further and tells Gabriel, “Your girl’s doc is also your girl’s baby daddy,” but refuses to have his comments be called predictable.  He later says, “Father…not the Father” to keep the laughs coming for us, which reminded me why I love Negan’s character so much.  He may not have too many fans in Alexandria, but he absolutely kept me entertained.

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“You’re not weak.”

Lydia’s guilt is overwhelming her and she ends up getting up close and personal with a walker stuck in the snow.  Lydia closes her eyes and starts bringing her arm toward its mouth, but Carol interrupts this before anything can happen.  Later on, Lydia tells Carol that her son is dead because of her.  In a heartbreaking moment, she says, “Henry said I was a good person, but he was wrong.”  She asks Carol to kill her, hoping to fix everything.  Carol’s grief has been consuming her and it was beyond heartbreaking to watch her go through Henry’s box of things.  However, Carol knows that Henry truly cared about Lydia and is still a good person.  Carol doesn’t grant Lydia her request and simply tells her, “You’re not weak,” which I thought was a really important moment between these two.  Carol and Lydia may never really form a close bond, but they both have a shared love for Henry, which is a link that will never be severed.

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“I feel like I’m losing myself again.”

Carol continues to lean on Daryl’s shoulder, but Ezekiel is not exactly pleased.  He later approaches Daryl and asks him not to continue on to Hilltop with them once they are out of the storm.  Ezekiel explains that he is not trying to be the bad guy, but that he wants to give Carol and him a fresh start after everything they have been through.  Daryl doesn’t give him an answer, but he does later ask Carol what she wants him to do.  The bond and friendship between Daryl and Carol is so strong, but Daryl is willing to walk away if that’s what Carol needs.  Daryl and Carol have been through a lot together so it’s understandable why Carol is leaning on him so much, but it doesn’t make it any easier for Ezekiel.  At the end of the episode, Carol decides to go to Alexandria and gives Ezekiel back his ring.  Ezekiel tells Carol that he’ll never stop loving her and Carol says, “I’ll never regret the fairy-tale,” which broke my heart.  Carol has been through unimaginable horrors and I just want her to have something good, but I think it will take a very long time before she is able to open up her heart again.  Carol needs to heal, but she has to do this on her own so that she doesn’t lose herself again.

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“Thank you for saving her.”

We get some action during the episode, as the walkers begin popping out of the snow while Daryl and the others cross into Alpha’s territory to get to safety.  Daryl even cleverly uses an icicle as an interesting choice of weapon.  Meanwhile, Judith also gets herself into trouble when she runs after Dog in the middle of the storm.  Negan rushes after her and tells her, “You’re just trying to get a little extra Negan time.”  I mean, we’ll take all the Negan screen time we can get.  Negan saves Judith and Dog, but has injured his leg severely.  Luckily, they make it out OK and Michonne later approaches Negan to thank him for saving his daughter.  This is a very big moment, revealing that perhaps Negan can make a difference after all, even though Michonne has had a hard time accepting this.  Does this mean that Negan will be out in the open from now on?  I really hope so because I think that he can truly prove his worth in Alexandria.  Negan also leaves us with a very important observation.  Michonne risked a lot by cutting into Alpha’s territory, but will there be consequences?  Negan explains that “no one ever thinks that they’re the evil one” and he’s spot on.  We cut to Alpha briefly who says, “I’ll need to be stronger for what comes next,” as Beta begins whipping her arm.  No wonder Lydia has so many issues.

So what exactly is coming next?  It certainly gives us some setup for season 10, but we’ll have to wait to find out.  We are also left with a mysterious voice coming over the radio at the very end.  So who is on the other end?  Is it an old friend or a new potential ally?  It sounded like a female.  Is it possible that this is a crossover from Fear the Walking Dead? Maggie? Someone connected to Rick?  I’m not sure, but it definitely keeps my interest invested, as I am looking forward to finding out more.  Overall, the episode provided us with a nice balance of setup and action.  Nothing was going to compare to the shock of episode 15, but I still thought that the season finale had a lot of important moments and it really gave us a chance to connect with some of our favorite characters even more.  Stay tuned for season 10 and don’t forget that Fear the Walking Dead begins June 2nd!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 15: “The Calm Before”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 15, I remembered that if you witness a happily ever after moment on TWD, it’s probably too good to be true and it means that something is coming.  Something shocking, horrifying, and heartbreaking.  While you may think you’re ready, it’s amazing how much a certain reveal can impact you.  However, it’s important to keep going and to remember the good.  There is always still a glimmer of hope remaining and sometimes it appears in the most unexpected places.  Please note MAJOR SPOILERS are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Calm Before,” the fair is underway, as everyone tries to participate in the fun.  Meanwhile, Daryl takes a group out and is surrounded by threats and Alpha is ready to make a deal, but not before proving just how ruthless she can be.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 15 are:

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“Let the fair of new beginning begin!”

In the beginning of the episode, Ezekiel addresses the fair and tells everyone, “We’ve always been bound to each other…we always will be.”  Ezekiel mentions sacrifice and specifically brings up Rick, Carl, and Jesus, while also having a replica of his tiger next to him, which was truly touching to see.  Jerry’s title for the fair is shot down and we are welcomed into the fair of the new beginning.  It looks like everyone is ready to join in on the fun and come together to celebrate, but we know that the Whisperers are still lurking around, waiting to make their next move.  I’m not sure that anyone was truly ready for what was about to come next, however.

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“I have just the thing.”

Carol is ready to go off after Henry, but with perfect timing, Daryl and the others return to The Kingdom.  Carol tells Henry that he can never run away from her again and we also get to see Michonne reunited with her old friends.  Everyone is very receptive to Michonne even though she has been gone for quite some time.  Carol asks Judith if she remembers her and Judith explains that she has been drawing pictures of them since she was little.  Tara breaks up the party; however, when she spots Lydia, recognizing the danger here.  After some discussion, a pact is made between all four communities, as Ezekiel is more than eager to whip out the treaty he has been holding on to for all this time.  Although, I kind of liked Tara’s idea to “spit and shake” on it or to have a blood oath.  All of the communities have now come together, as Rick’s vision for the future is not completely lost, but can the communities still stay strong after tragedy?

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“You guys are adorable.”

The fair is underway and it seems like love is in the air on TWD.  Carol and Ezekiel get to meet Lydia and Ezekiel says, “Our son is taking a girl on a date to the movies tonight.”  I guess it would be a step up from dining on bugs together.  Henry’s annoying friends try to mess with Lydia and make her jealous, but Henry tells Lydia that he really likes her, which is genuine and somewhat sweet.  We also get to see Enid and Alden confirm their relationship status, Rosita and Eugene have a heart-to-heart talk and we witness a kiss between Magna and Yumiko.  However, perhaps the sweetest moment for me was when Daryl asks Connie to feed Dog while he is gone, which I thought was adorable.  But why are we taking all this time during the episode before the season finale to devote to us shipping these characters together?  While all of this was going on, I knew that it meant that something big was about to happen.  Someone is definitely going to die and seeing them happy and together will only make us that much more heartbroken later.  I almost wish I wasn’t right here, but we aren’t watching a Rom-Com.

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“I don’t know if there’s a happy ending here.”

You’re absolutely right, Carol, as Daryl takes out the A team to investigate things further.  Daryl is with Carol, Michonne, and Yumiko, but they are quickly surrounded by walkers and then come face to face with an overwhelmingly large group of the Whisperers.  They fight valiantly, but they are outnumbered here.  Daryl sees Beta again, who tells him, “You just had to give me the girl…now that deal is done.”  After watching a lot of setup and Rom-Com moments, I thought that this was the major plot point before the storm hits in the season finale, but nothing could prepare me for what came next.

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“I want to tell you a different story.”

So, we are now at my top moment and I want to remind you again that major spoilers are ahead.  While the fair is going on, Alpha uses her freshly made skin mask to fit in and walk around.  She ends up even conversing with Ezekiel and is quite convincing and later sits down next to Lydia at the movies, motioning for her to be quiet.  We then go back to Alpha approaching Daryl and the others, as she tells Daryl to come with her.  Alpha recognizes what it means to talk to someone leader-to-leader and she sees that within Daryl.  Alpha shows Daryl a huge horde of walkers beyond the cliff and tells him that she has let his people live all this time.  Daryl asks Alpha if she killed Lydia, but Alpha doesn’t directly answer this.  She tells Daryl that she wants his people to stay on his side of the border and that he will know it when he sees it.  Ominous, right?  Alpha also tells Daryl that she doesn’t think he can protect her daughter, but she hopes that she is wrong, which reveals the tiniest sliver of humanity within Alpha.  When we see Alpha crying after Lydia has told her to leave, Alpha kills the Whisperer who witnesses her displaying human emotion.  Even if humanity exists within Alpha, she is not about to compromise her position as the leader.

Daryl heads off with Michonne, Carol, and Yumiko, and they stumble across Siddiq, who has clearly been taken or attacked.  As they begin to approach the border, you can see stakes lined up from far away.  The stakes are decorated with the decapitated re-animated heads of ten victims, but of course, we need to get a little bit closer and zoom in on each and every one of them, to truly feel the impact here.  So who didn’t make it?  Here is the complete list for your reference:

The Highwaymen’s Ozzy and Alek:  I was just starting to like them too.

D.J. and Frankie:  Former saviors that I almost forgot about.  I’m still glad that you were able to at least try and protect members of the community.

Tammy Rose:  I found it interesting that Tammy Rose was up here, only because we watch Alpha take a moment to look at her and the former Whisperer baby, which had me thinking that perhaps this selection wasn’t random?  Either way, I feel really bad for her husband.

Rodney and Addy:   I almost forgot about these characters, but they were Henry’s annoying friends and they did converse with Lydia, so is that why they are up here?  I also think it’s important to note that Alpha is not above selecting children to die.  Did she determine who was weak or was this just the luck of the draw?

Enid:  So here come some of the bigger characters.  We get a glimpse of Alden looking for Enid while he is performing and my heart sank.  Enid has not really had too much screen time lately, but this was still awful to see.

Tara:  I was not prepared to see Tara up here and I immediately started crying.  I have a soft spot for Tara because she is goofy and just true to herself, reminding me a lot of myself sometimes.  Tara was also the first LGBTQ character on the show and she has grown so much as a leader and a friend.  In the comic series, it was Ezekiel up here, but a major leader from a community needs to go.  I’m just really sad that it was my girl, Tara, who deserved better.

Henry:  As much as I have complained that Henry is such a pointless and annoying character, he didn’t deserve this fate.  However, Lydia kind of sealed this outcome for him by defying her mother.  You really didn’t think that Alpha would let Lydia live and keep her new boo, right?  What really got me here was Daryl trying to protect Carol from seeing this, as he repeats, “No, just look at me.”  My heart truly went out to Carol in this moment.

Siddiq is left alive and explains that Alpha told him to talk about what happened, mostly to drive them apart and scare them, but Siddiq stands before everyone to tell them a different story to inspire them.  Siddiq tells them about their friends and family coming together one last time to fight for their lives with honor.  They became real heroes and Siddiq explains, “We have to keep going for them and for all of us…we need to honor them and remember these friends…our family, died as heroes.  That’s the story that I want to tell you and for us to remember.”  This moment was truly powerful and it proved that hope can still exist even in the worst of times.  In the beginning of the episode, the couple traveling to the fair are murdered, but are carrying H necklaces, which represent Hilltop or Home, but they also represent hope.  Daryl takes Lydia out to the spot where Henry died and she leaves one for him and I don’t think that she will ever forget what Henry did for her. 

Overall, this episode initially gave us a lot of setup for what’s to come, but it also provided us with one of the most shocking moments of the entire series here.  After the episode, I could not stop thinking about what happened and that image of all ten re-animated heads on the stakes, marking the border.  It was beyond disturbing and so heart wrenching, but we know that no one is every really safe on this show.  That doesn’t mean that it makes these moments any less tragic; however, as we connect so much with these characters and continue to root for them to prevail.  Winter is coming in true GOT fashion, but our favorite characters will need to keep fighting.  Will this tragedy inspire strength and community?  Let’s hope so, but I also think we need Negan at this point.  Maybe let him out of the cage already, Michonne?  Stay tuned for the season finale!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Walking Dead below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 14: “We Have To Protect The People We Love”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 14, I remembered that scars are not always on the outside.  Sometimes the scars we can’t forget run past our flesh, screaming on the inside, refusing to be tamed.  They are a constant reminder of something, but they can also be a badge of courage, pushing us forward and giving us strength.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Scars,” we get an important glimpse into Michonne’s past and finally learn the truth about the “X” marks.  Meanwhile, Lydia continues to make a great impression wherever she goes and Negan sheds some light on his unconventional friendship with Judith.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 14 are:

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“What about her?”

Daryl arrives at Alexandria’s gates, looking for some help from Michonne, as Henry is badly injured.  However, Lydia’s presence does not make things easy, as Michonne and the others do not trust outsiders.  Daryl vouches for Lydia and says that she is with them, but can they really trust her?  Michonne explains that she does trust Daryl and allows them to pass through, but she’s definitely keeping her guard up.

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“Think about that.”

The gross ship between Henry and Lydia continues, as Lydia tells Henry that she will never forget what he did and starts touching his scar, explaining that she likes it.  Michonne interrupts this stomach-turning love connection to have a talk with Lydia.  She sits next to her on the stairs and says, “To save my people, I’ve had to risk others…it’s what I had to do.”  Lydia listens intently, as Michonne further says, “If I could just walk away and take all the risk with me…think about that.”  Michonne walks away without letting Lydia respond to this, but her message is pretty clear and to the point.  Is Lydia strong enough to do the right thing here and walk away?  Lydia cares about Henry, but she is constantly putting her new friends in danger by being with them.

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“So now you’re curious.”

I love how Negan is now the constant voice of reason, as Michonne confronts him when Judith goes missing.  Michonne wants to know more about their friendship and thinks that Negan is feeding Judith bullshit to earn her trust.  However, Negan gently reminds Michonne that Judith can “smoke out the bullshit.”  He tells Michonne that Judith likes hearing stories about her father and brother, as Negan tells her about some bad-ass moments featuring them, which brings her closer to her family.  Negan says that he shoots it straight with Judith and Michonne asks him if he told her about what he did to Glenn and Abraham.  Negan surprises her by saying that she has heard those stories too, but Michonne has heard enough and tells him, “You don’t get to talk to me about Carl…she is my daughter!” 

Judith is Michonne’s daughter and Negan reminds her that she acts a lot like her mother sometimes, which is actually really great advice and ultimately points Michonne in the right direction so that she can find Judith before anything happens to her.  Michonne has been trying to protect Judith’s innocence for so long, but perhaps it is time for her to start treating her like the strong young woman she is becoming.

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“Children are capable of anything.”

During the episode, we flash back to Michonne’s past when she was pregnant with R.J.  Michonne gets a blast from her past, as she crosses paths with her old friend, Jocelyn, played by True Blood’s Rutina Wesley.  Michonne is so happy to see her and welcomes her, agreeing to help her save her group of children.  Jocelyn explains that none of the adults in her group made it, but that children can be capable of anything, as she has become a den mother of sorts to them.  However, everything is not as it seems, as Michonne discovers that they have raided their supplies and left Alexandria, taking Judith and some of the other kids with them. 

Michonne and Daryl rush off after them and are caught, as we watch the horrifying act of the children branding both Michonne and Daryl with the “X” marks under Jocelyn’s instruction.  Michonne manages to break free and refuses to leave her daughter behind, as she shows just how far a mother will go to protect her child.  Michonne kills Jocelyn and tries to get through to the children, but they are too far gone to know what is right and wrong at this point.  Michonne’s stomach is slashed by one of the children, which was horrifying to watch.  I seriously could not believe that Jocelyn and the children could be this cruel and merciless, but we are living in different times now.  Judith’s life is threatened and Michonne does what she must do to protect her daughter.  She kills the children in her way and saves her daughter and she’s had to live with this choice for all this time.  No wonder she does not trust anyone at this point.

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“We have to protect the people we love and we will.”

Negan is not the only one to give Michonne some advice, as Daryl suggests that Michonne tells Judith about that day as well.  After tracking Judith down and stopping the walkers in her way, Michonne tells Judith that she has to tell her something.  Judith actually remembers that day and explains that she initially did not recognize her mother because she was covered in blood.  She didn’t talk after it happened because she thought it made her mother sad, which furthers this loving bond between Michonne and Judith.  Michonne chose to be Judith’s mother, but it has not been easy, especially since Rick is gone.  However, Michonne does the best she can to protect her family, but she recognizes that it is time to finally confide in her daughter and tell her the truth.  Michonne takes Judith to the spot she buried, which is where Michonne made the promise to never bury another child again.  Judith understands where her mother is coming from and this is a really important moment for these two.  Michonne agrees to help Judith track down Daryl and the others, as they approach the Kingdom together, but we learn that the Whisperers are lurking in the bushes, ready to inform Alpha about this place.

Overall, this episode provided us with some really important information and shocked us with horrible truths and realities.  The dead have not been the main threat on this show for quite some time, as we witness how dangerous humanity can be.  We don’t always see betrayal coming, but sometimes we have to take a risk and trust someone to protect the ones we love.  I was impressed with the performances and even though it was more of a transition episode, I thought that it was necessary and important, revealing so much about Michonne’s character and reminding us that each decision can have a consequence, which makes leading extremely difficult.  Is Michonne ready to take on Alpha?  We’ll have to see, but it looks the Whisperers are done waiting in the shadows.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 13: “I’ll Kill Him First”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 13, I realized that negotiations during the zombie apocalypse are not always that difficult.  If at first you don’t succeed with offers of trade and safe passage, why not try again with a movie?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “Chokepoint,” Ezekiel and Carol receive a letter from the group with the mysterious symbol.  Meanwhile, Daryl and Connie continue to make an amazing tag team, as Beta shows off just how dangerous he can be.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 13 are:

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“There’s no way in hell I’m letting you run away with this one.”

After Daryl gets Henry and Lydia to temporary safety, Daryl tells Lydia to go back to the Whisperers, but Henry wants to keep running and thinks that he can fix everything.  Daryl is worried about Hilltop, recognizing that Alpha will go after them first.  Henry continues to think with his heart before his head and Daryl reminds him to think about his mother.  I’m still excited to see Carol’s reaction to all of this, as I don’t think Lydia will get embraced by her with open arms.

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“If they don’t listen, then kill them.”

Jerry and some of the others are robbed by the new group with the symbol and they give him a letter.  Ezekiel and Carol read the letter, as we are introduced to the Highwaymen.  Carol points out that they could have killed Jerry, but they sent a letter instead and it was grammatically correct, which suggests that these people are civilized.  Never underestimate the power of good grammar!  Ezekiel still wants to gather the troops just in case, but Carol continues to show off her impressive leadership skills, as she thinks that they should try talking to them first.  Either way, I was excited that the group behind the symbol has already been revealed, as TWD can sometimes drag out story-lines.

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“Because I care about you.”

Henry continues to be Henry in this episode, as Lydia tells him that coming after her was a stupid thing to do.  Go Lydia!  Lydia demands to know why Henry came after her and he tells her that he cares about her.  Just as we are about to get another nauseating kiss between these two, Daryl interrupts and cock blocks Henry, which had me laughing uncontrollably.  Sorry Henry, maybe next time.

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“And Jerry would like his sword back.”

So, as we got to meet the Highwaymen, I almost felt like the channel changed to an old Western movie, complete with the music soundtrack and everything.  The Highwaymen initially laugh at Ezekiel’s proposal to give them access to the Kingdom and the fair, but Carol sweetens the deal.  Carol offers the Highwaymen the chance to see movies and they jump at the opportunity.  But, let’s not forget that Jerry would like his sword back as well, which gave us some welcomed comic relief during the episode.  The Highwaymen show up to help Tara and the others and accept this new job opportunity to keep the roads safe, but what else do we know about them?  Are they friends or foes?  We’ll have to wait and see, but so far I am liking this new group.

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“I’ll kill him first.”

Daryl is sick of running, as Connie suggests that they get to higher ground and enter an abandoned building that she has used previously.  There are some supplies and several areas have already been blocked off, which could give Daryl and the others an advantage.  Lydia tells Daryl that Alpha will send Beta to take them out, but Daryl is not intimidated.  Daryl and Connie continue to make a great tag team, as they eliminate the threats that come after them and I have to give a special honorable mention to Dog, who was not afraid to jump in the fight either.  The fight between Daryl and Beta had me on the edge of my seat and it ended with Daryl pushing Beta down an elevator shaft.  However, things are not always that simple, as we learn that Beta is still alive at the end of the episode.  Something tells me that this guy is not that easy to kill, so Daryl Dixon better watch his back.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Walking Dead below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 12: “Crying Is Weak”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 12, I realized that it is possible for people to change, but it’s difficult to let our guard down and trust them again.  Do we take the chance or do we continue to play it safe because of the potential consequences?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Guardians,” we meet Beta and get a glimpse into life as a Whisperer.  Meanwhile, Daryl and Connie show off some synchronized slaying, Eugene gives Gabriel some advice, and Michonne makes a big decision.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 12 are:

5

“You be a damn fool to let her go.”

So, I almost felt like Gabriel was auditioning for a role on Maury, as he reminded Eugene that he is not the father of Rosita’s baby, which makes things more than complicated.  Rosita is upfront with Gabriel and leaves the choice up to him, but he is clearly very conflicted over what to do next.  Eugene has strong feelings for Rosita as well and just wants her to be happy.  He provides Gabriel with some advice and looks on, as Gabriel approaches Rosita and Siddiq toward the end, implying that they are all embracing this complicated situation together. 

4

“You can’t keep a big dog locked up forever.”

Michonne approaches Negan and asks him why he came back to Alexandria.  Michonne demands answers and Negan tells her that he has truly changed and that he can help her.  Negan hears everything from his cell and he can be very useful, but Michonne is not buying it whatsoever at this point.  However, Negan makes some very valid points that should be considered.  He had the chance to run and he came back, but Michonne is very guarded, refusing to believe that Negan can become a productive member of society.  Just let him out already!

3

“Crying is weak.”

Lydia was not joking when she said that you do not want to cross her mother, Alpha.  In this episode, heads literally roll, as Alpha makes an example out of a couple who try to undermine her authority.  Alpha shows no mercy and decapitates the woman right in front of everyone.  Her husband, or boyfriend, begins crying and Alpha whispers, “Crying is weak,” right before she stabs him.  Remember there’s no crying in the zombie apocalypse!

No crying

Alpha is proving to be a very formidable villain, but she clearly still has a weak spot for her daughter, Lydia.  However, I think that the true beast within her will be unleashed if Lydia betrays her, which may make her almost unstoppable.  She seems to focus a lot on being like an animal, which can be extremely dangerous, but it’s all about survival of the fittest now.   

2

“People don’t really change.  You did.”

Michonne confronts Judith about talking to Negan and tries to tell her, “He is not your friend.”  Judith explains that Negan truly listens to her, but Michonne doesn’t want her anywhere near him.  Judith proves to be wise beyond her years, as she reminds Michonne that he is still a human being.  Michonne has a lot of feelings bottled up inside her and she begins to finally reflect on some of her decisions.  She decides that she will ultimately help The Kingdom and recognizes that everyone has the right to “weigh the risks and choose.”  It’s always a gamble to take a chance when there are so many threats, but Michonne’s talks with Negan and Judith clearly had an impact on her.

1

“Kill him…”

So, my own personal favorite moment was when Lydia punched Henry in the face.  I almost fell out of my chair laughing.  Henry winds up in a dangerous situation now, as he tells Alpha, “I came for her.”  Alpha recognizes that she can use Henry to her advantage, but Beta also reminds her that her daughter may have feelings for him.  Alpha puts this to the test and commands Lydia to kill Henry or Beta will kill them both.  Lydia is shocked by this and is clearly very conflicted, but some hungry walkers break the tension and begin attacking the camp.  Daryl uses this distraction to get Henry out of there, but Henry refuses to go without Lydia, as they all head off together.  What will Alpha do now that her daughter has willingly left?  Has Lydia truly switched sides?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Walking Dead below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 11: “I Can’t Live With It Either”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 11, I realized that saying “it’s all gonna work out” doesn’t always mean that it will.  However, maintaining a positive outlook in the world of the dead is easier said than done.  You make decisions that you have to live with it, but what if you can’t?  Can you still make a difference and change it…or is it too late?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Bounty,” Alpha and the Whisperers have arrived and they are going to cause some conflict if they don’t get what they came for.  Meanwhile, Ezekiel and Carol tackle a side mission of their own and Connie winds up in a dangerous situation.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 11 are:

5

“You can’t have her.”

Alpha and the Whisperers are at the gates to retrieve Alpha’s daughter and she promises that there will not be conflict if they simply cooperate.  Daryl initially tells Alpha that she can’t have her, but everything changes when we learn that the Whisperers have Luke and Alden.  Alpha proposes a trade:  her daughter for the lives of Luke and Alden.  Before Daryl has much time to think this over, he notices that one of the Whisperers is holding a crying baby and he asks, “You brought a baby out here?”  Seriously, you read my mind, Daryl.  Alpha compares her group to animals, which is creepy on its own, but things begin to get more complicated when the dead arrive to break up the party.

4

“You live with it by staying who you are.”

While all the commotion is going on, Henry breaks Lydia out of her cell and tries to protect her.  We get some screen time for Enid, who says that she will go after Henry.  In a touching moment, Enid talks about losing people and mentions Carl’s letter to her.  Henry whines that it’s not fair, but Enid tries to remind him that he needs to stay true to himself and live with it as best he can.  She further explains that you “can’t let the bad things change you,” which is actually really great advice.  Henry tells Lydia that he is going to miss her and she actually tells him that she will miss him too.  I guess all of Henry’s whining paid off, as he shares a brief kiss with Lydia.

Buffy drinking

After watching the preview for next week’s episode, it looks like Lydia is going to be asked to eliminate Henry, but will she be able to do so now that they have the potential for teen romance?  We’ll have to wait and see.  When Lydia is reunited with her mother, she is greeted with a smack in the face and a reminder to refer to her as “Alpha.”  Alpha is definitely not up for mother of the year, but she did break her own rules to retrieve Lydia.

3

“It’s movie time.”

So, I absolutely loved that the show gave us some fun in this episode.  Sometimes the episodes can drag a little and feel heavy and we need some comic relief or moments of fluff to keep us connected to the characters and to be entertained.  Carol and Ezekiel get some screen time, as they head off with Jerry and friends for an important side mission.  As they approach a movie theater filled with the dead, Jerry hilariously comments, “It’s movie time!”  Ezekiel is all about creating and maintaining community and he wants the children to be able to experience watching a movie.  We even get a fun “mission mix” soundtrack to accompany them, as they lure the dead out of there.  It seems like everything is going according to plan until Jerry drops the bubble wrapped projection bulb, but all is not lost.  Carol makes the decision as the “queen” to retrieve it and they take out the walkers and successfully complete their mission.  Yay!

2

“Natural selection.”

During the episode, the dead break up Alpha’s talk with Daryl and the others, as Alpha signals for the Whisperer mother to put down her baby.  Alpha explains that it is “natural selection” and that if the mother cannot quiet the baby, the dead will.  I found myself shouting at the television at this point, as Alpha is proving to be extremely dangerous and ruthless.  I actually feel bad for Lydia now.  Luke and Alden are being held captive and Luke uses sign language to inform Connie what is going on, who has been hiding nearby.  Connie courageously rescues the baby and ends up in an extremely dangerous situation.  She heads into the corn fields and we see everything from her perspective, as the sound is cut, which was a brilliant decision.  Connie tries to take out the Whisperers one by one, but they keep coming and I was even startled several times, as they continued to pop up out of nowhere.  This moment was eerie and terrifying, but so well done.  Luckily, Daryl shows up to save the day and Connie makes it out of there with the baby.  Talk about suspense!

1

“I can’t live with it either.”

Toward the end of the episode, Henry confronts Daryl and asks him how he can live with what he did.  Daryl explains that “the world is just shit sometimes and you live with it.”  Daryl knows that he did what he had to, but he still has some guilt lingering.  Henry continues to be naive and impulsive, as he takes off after Lydia and leaves Daryl a note, saying that he can’t live with it.  Daryl decides to go after Henry and Connie wants to tag along.  When Daryl asks her why, she writes down, “I can’t live with it either.”  It looks like Daryl and “Dog” have a new companion, as they all head out together.  I am really liking Connie, played by Lauren Ridloff, and I think that she may be able to help Daryl turn a corner.  While I still ship Daryl and Carol together in the end, this may be a chance for Daryl to truly connect with someone.  Daryl is used to being on his own, but he can’t do everything by himself.

Overall, I thought this was a solid episode and the corn field scene was captivating and intense.  We are still left with some questions, however.  We see a mysterious symbol on the back of a sign after Carol and Ezekiel leave the movie theater and we still don’t know about the “X” marks.  Are these symbols connected or are they separate threats?  The symbol looks like an upside down “V,” which could relate to dominance or power, but there could be endless possibilities.  I would love to hear some of your theories on this.  Stay tuned!

Symbol 2

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Walking Dead below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 10: “I am Alpha”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 10, I realized that sometimes we desperately want to see the good in someone and ignore all the signs around us.  Perhaps that person has the potential to be good, but sometimes other forces get in the way.  And when that other force is your mother, you don’t really have a choice…or do you?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Omega,” Henry continues to grow closer to Lydia, while Daryl keeps a watchful eye on them.  Meanwhile, the new arrivals try to sneak out and find Luke and the Whisperers make their presence known.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 10 are:

5

“She’s a liar.”

During the episode, Tara and some of the newcomers come across horses that have been half skinned, which have caught the attention of a hungry walker horde.  Tara and the others recognize that they had been with Luke and Alden, realizing that their friends have gone missing.  Tara does not want to do anything rash that might get someone killed and suggests that they go back and plan what to do next, especially since they don’t know if they can trust Lydia.  The leadership role is new for Tara, even though she has been there through it all, but I appreciate that she is honest and to the point.  The newcomers decide to sneak out and try and find Luke, which is dangerous after dark.  Tara later explains that she would have preferred that they had simply come to her, proving that she has the potential to become a true leader of the people, but is she ready to make the hard choices when they come up?

4

“Can you stay with me tonight?”

So, the creepy budding romance between Henry and Lydia continues in this episode.  Henry believes that Lydia is a good person and it appears that Lydia may be warming up to him, although her idea of a romantic evening out includes eating dirt and worms.  I mean, “hunger is a gift,” after all.  Daryl has been listening in on the conversation, which upsets Henry.  He feels used, but Daryl tries to make him understand that Lydia could be dangerous and that they need to find out as much Intel as they can.  After contemplating taking a hammer to Henry on their journey outside the cell, Lydia freaks out when she hears a baby crying and has second thoughts, begging Henry to take her back to the cell.  Henry seems really eager to connect, but I wonder what Carol will think when she finds out what is going on.  Either way, my “dumb ass Henry” comments continued throughout this episode and I am not shipping these two whatsoever.

3

“You don’t know shit about me.”

Daryl recognizes the marks on Lydia’s arm and realizes that she has been abused, which is something that Daryl has dealt with in his own past.  Lydia recognizes that Daryl doesn’t really belong either, but Daryl does not want to reveal anything about himself to her.  Daryl insists that they are changing the world back, but does he truly believe that this is possible?  Daryl has shown glimmers of belonging and he can be extremely loyal, but he also does well on his own, which may make him doubt himself.  Has he really grown soft or is he prepared to do what is necessary to protect the people he cares about?

2

“I knew what she was…I knew what she did.”

During the episode, we get a glimpse into Lydia’s past, which starts out at Day 23.  Lydia is around five years old and she has to deal with a lot of trauma growing up.  Both Lydia’s mother and father begin showing signs of cabin fever, as they remain inside for days upon days.  Lydia initially remembers her father being killed by a walker, but later reveals that it was her mother who killed him.  Lydia’s mother starts off seeming strong, but she later shaves her head and reveals just how dangerous she could be, warning others to shut their mouths, explaining where the concept of “The Whisperers” comes from.  Lydia tells Daryl and Henry that when someone is left behind, the group simply moves forward, but is any of it true?  Can Lydia really be trusted at all here?  While I sympathize with her traumatic past, that’s really all she knows and intimidation and fear can motivate someone to do almost anything.

1

“We only want one thing from you…my daughter.”

Overall, there was not too much action going on in this episode.  However, the last few minutes were bone-chilling and had me on the edge of my seat.  The Whisperers approach the gates and Lydia’s mother steps forward without her mask.  She introduces herself as “Alpha” and tells them that they want her daughter back.  In the preview for next week’s episode, Alpha eerily states, “wrong answer” when Daryl says that they aren’t going to give her back.  What will the Whisperers do to get her back?  Are our survivors prepared for a war?  Where are Luke and Alden?  I think we need Carol to return as soon as possible and it looks like we will see her next week, as I would personally love to see a face-off between Carol and Alpha.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Walking Dead below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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