Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 8: “Are You Leading or Am I?”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 8, I learned that “we all have monsters inside of us. It’s just that most people manage to keep theirs hidden.”

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s season finale episode, “Are You Leading or Am I?” Villaneve takes center stage to bring us some passionate and real moments. Truths are revealed as Carolyn and Konstantin also face off.

My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 3 episode 8 are:

5

“If Villanelle has retired, what’s left?”

In the beginning of the episode, Villanelle approaches Carolyn to accept her past job offer. She says that she is looking for a new challenge and wants to try something besides killing. You know, like spy stuff!

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I have to say that Villanelle would make a great spy, but Carolyn is not so convinced that she needs her on the team anymore. Villanelle is trying to prove that she can change, but perhaps she needs to first believe it herself before she tackles a new path in life.

4

“I want to feel like that.”

We got plenty of Villaneve moments during the season finale and I have to say that the dance between them was truly amazing. Even though dancing is not really their thing, both Villanelle and Eve have been dancing their own version of a tango (or maybe really a Paso Doble) for quite some time now, so it was brilliant to see them actually dance together.

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The tension and passion between them is beyond intense, but their moment in the spotlight is interrupted when another assassin shows up to bring Villanelle in for questioning.

3

“You don’t know what’s good for you.”

That may be true, as Villanelle tells Eve to collect Konstantin’s money while she deals with the other assassin. Eve needs to brush up on her undercover skills, but let’s not forget that she’s “not a very nice lady.”

Meanwhile, Villanelle deals with her competition and allows an oncoming train to do her dirty work.

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Konstantin decides to check himself out of the hospital after eliminating Dasha for good and wants Eve to hand over the collection. Eve is not really buying it and Villanelle gets involved as well to make things even more complicated.

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“This was inevitable.”

Meanwhile, Carolyn tells her daughter to leave while also coming across some new footage of Kenny. After learning that Konstantin was there on the day he died, Carolyn decides to take matters into her own hands.

We get an awkward meet up between Carolyn, Konstantin, Villanelle, Eve, and Paul, as Carolyn confronts Konstantin.

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Konstantin fills in the blanks and explains that Kenny was getting too close to The Twelve, which is what we suspected. He told Kenny that he needed to come and work for The Twelve to try and protect him, but Kenny got upset and fell off the building in front of Konstantin.

Carolyn holds a gun up toward Konstantin as he begs for Villanelle to help him, but everyone seems to be frozen in place while this plays out. Carolyn decides to ultimately shoot Paul rather than Konstantin and tells him to leave before she changes her mind. It’s clear that Carolyn still has unresolved feelings for Konstantin, which spared his life, but she needed some kind of justice for her son’s murder.

Carolyn confesses that she is the one responsible, but Eve also reminds her that she just shot another connection to The Twelve. Eve is told by both Carolyn and Villanelle that “one cannot destroy The Twelve,” which seems to fuel Eve even more.

Will she be able to truly let things go? I’m not so sure, but we certainly get a lot of reveals during this finale.

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“I just see your face over and over again…”

Toward the very end of the episode, Villanelle and Eve take a moment to have a real and honest conversation. Villanelle reminds Eve that she was never like everyone else and asks her about her future. Eve finally lets her guard down completely and explains that she just sees Villanelle’s face.

Villanelle asks her if she ruined her life and also asks her if she thinks that she is a monster. Villanelle doesn’t want to kill anymore, but she also seems just as lost as Eve. In the end, she tells Eve that they both need to turn around and walk away, leaving a space between them.

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However, at the very end, they both turn around and look at each other, suggesting that even if they walk down a new path, their lives will be intertwined somewhat. In each season finale, we get some kind of space between them. In season one, Eve stabbed Villanelle and in season two, Villanelle evened the score and shot Eve.

In the season 3 finale, we still get this space between them, but it now seems like their is this understanding between them. They both recognize that they need to discover what to do next in their lives, but will they truly be able to move forward without looking back?

I’m not so sure. Either way, I thought this was a well done season finale and I can’t wait for season 4, which has already been confirmed!

Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 6: “End of Game”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 6, I learned that even when you get everything you think you want, sometimes it’s not enough.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “End of Game,” Villanelle gets promoted, but she starts to realize that she may be destined for a new path. Meanwhile, Eve attempts to get justice for Niko, which leads to an intense game of bowling.

My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 3 episode 6 are:

5

“Piss off forever.”

Surprise! Niko is actually alive after being brutally stabbed by a pitchfork. In the beginning of the episode, Eve visits him in the hospital. Niko is on a ventilator and can’t speak yet, but he still gets his message across to Eve.

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Eve is still determined to find out who is behind this and doesn’t think that Villanelle did it, even though the evidence is pointing in her direction.

I have to hand it to Eve. She sees through it all, but has she met her match with Dasha?

4

“To Villanelle, the Keeper!”

Villanelle meets Elena, who informs her that she has been promoted to Keeper, which is exactly what Villanelle wanted. Only she quickly discovers that the new job title is pretty much the same thing with better perks.

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Villanelle is disappointed and starts to truly wonder about what more she wants. It’s clear that Villanelle’s family visit had a major impact on her, but maybe she’s finally ready to start over fresh.

3

“I love hockey!”

There’s always one fan in the stands who is just overly loud and obnoxious and Villanelle decides to embrace her new love for sports by crashing Konstantin’s daughter’s hockey game. Villanelle hilariously explains that you can’t watch sports without a hot dog, but Konstantin gets the conversation back on track and tells Villanelle that she was not supposed to kill her mother.

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Konstantin wanted Villanelle to put her past behind her, but it looks like he’s ready to run away far from The Twelve…to Cuba?

Irina and Villanelle have a nice little chat about it, but can Villanelle really leave Eve behind?

2

“You can’t beat us.”

After getting some intel on Dasha from Carolyn, Eve is determined to track her down to get some answers. Carolyn warns Eve that Dasha is extremely dangerous, but there’s no stopping Eve when her mind is made up.

After taking out some of her frustration on a vending machine, Eve decides to crash Dasha’s bowling game and actually shows off some impressive skills. Go Eve!

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Dasha reminds Eve that she cannot win at this game, suggesting that The Twelve will always come out on top, but we’ll have to see how this plays out.

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“I don’t want to do this anymore.”

Villanelle heads off to execute her latest kill and poses as a hair stylist with lots of flair. I’m not sure that I would want Villanelle behind me with a pair of scissors, but things get a bit sloppy when her target manages to stab her before she can kill him.

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Villanelle is always so precise and mechanical with her kills. It’s really more of an art form for her, which shows that she is clearly shaken up by everything. At the end of the episode, Villanelle reveals that she doesn’t want to do this anymore, but I’m not sure that The Twelve will accept no as an answer.

Meanwhile, we may have a new female assassin in town. Konstantin’s daughter, Irina, may have learned a thing or two from Villanelle after all and decides to run over her mother’s new overly nice boyfriend in front of him. Irina has been trying to get her father’s attention for a while and she recognizes that he cares for Villanelle, so is this a cry for attention or does she really have the killer instinct?

We also get a conversation between Carolyn and Konstantin where Kenny supposedly asked him if he was his father. We don’t get a concrete answer on this, but is this the reason he was killed or is there more to the story?

We have only two episodes left this season! Will we get another meet up between Villaneve or are they destined to go their separate ways? 

Stay tuned!

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My performance of the week ending 5/2/20 on TV goes to…

The cast of Dispatches From Elsewhere on AMC:

Jason Segel, Eve Lindley, Sally Field, and André Benjamin.

I’ve witnessed many shows with brilliant casts, but there was just something truly special and unique about this particular one. We fell in love with their characters in such a short amount of time. They made us laugh. They made us cry. They broke our hearts into a million pieces and then put them back together.

Please note major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.

There have been characters over the years that I have really connected with, but Dispatches From Elsewhere took things one step further. We were asked to imagine each of these characters as “you” or “us,” but when it comes down to it, there’s really only one “you.”

These characters couldn’t be more different and yet they were all brought together by a mysterious game. However, once the game played out, we were left with connections, memories, and moments that reminded us what life is really all about. It’s about the people we choose to share them with, proving that every moment counts…even the small ones.

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When the show began, the narrator asked us to think of each character as us. We were presented with a snapshot of each character’s life and routine. Some stories hit pretty close to home while others were inspiring on another level. While you may have been initially skeptical about how you could relate to each character, those walls and barriers quickly broke down as you found yourself along for the ride.

The show is really more of a journey than anything else, but it’s a journey that we went on as well as the audience. It had moments of pure brilliance and magic, translating past the page and screen. While the show may seem weird and complex, it’s so much more than that. Sometimes we need to look at the simplest version of things in order to get the most out of them.

As the show goes on, Peter, Simone, Janice, and Fredwynn find themselves questioning more than just the game. However, through it all, they also discover this important connection in their group. Their friendships and relationships are beautiful and touching. In a world filled with pain and loneliness, they are able to take a leap of faith in order to find one another, which is no easy task.

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What’s next for our group? Well, the show is over for now, but the season finale was probably one of the most thought-provoking episodes I have ever witnessed on television. It was bold, different, and slightly all over the map, but by the time it was done, I had tears in my eyes and a new respect for the entire cast and crew of this show.

The show is meant to be a limited anthology series. If it is picked up for any additional episodes, we will most likely follow a new group of characters and plot, but I think that the journey and performances we witnessed will forever stay with us. 

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I highly recommend this show to anyone who is looking for something slightly outside of the box. I can confirm that this show is like nothing else I have ever watched. I am truly grateful that I took a chance on it and these actors took my breath away with their incredible portrayals and performances.

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

Have a performance on TV that you think is simply outstanding? Feel free to contact me with your nomination for the week by Friday at midnight! 

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Dispatches From Elsewhere” on AMC: Just the Right Amount of Strange

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“Pay attention. Clues are all around you…”

Dispatches From Elsewhere premiered on AMC on March 1st 2020. The anthology series features 10 episodes that air weekly (approximately 56 minutes in length). It stars Jason Segel, Eve Lindley, André Benjamin, and Sally Field.

Based on the 2013 documentary film, The Institute, the series centers around four main characters who have lost a sense of meaning in their lives. They each stumble upon a game with many challenges and mysteries, as they unlock the secrets behind it and form unexpected connections with one another.

The show is definitely something different and unique, luring you in from the first opening minutes, which feature the narrator staring at you without saying anything. The show throws you right into the mysterious game, as you find yourself playing along, but it’s really more about the characters and their journey toward self-discovery.

While the show may hit you over the head with some of its underlying themes, it does provide us with a lot of reflective moments as well, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A mystery that grabs your full attention.

I may not know what’s going on for a lot of these tests and challenges, but they keep me coming back for more. The opening episode is from Peter’s (Segel) perspective, as he finds himself invited to some kind of elaborate test or game, but there are warnings as well about the mysterious Jejune Institute.

Are they friends or foes? I’m not sure, but the clues are fun and interesting, leading to more pieces of the main puzzle.

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Electric character dynamics.

The cast is absolutely fantastic. Standout performance goes to Eve Lindley as Simone, who really elevates the rest of the characters that much more, while throwing in some humor as well.

The characters couldn’t be more different and yet the narrator asks us to think of them as us, connecting us to their stories. While each character deals with different obstacles, they somehow find true friendship and understanding in their group, suggesting that the strangers we pass by in the world every day have the potential to become so much more.

The Cons:

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A lot going on…

While the show captures our attention, it does go off the rails several times. The show is supposed to be about more than the mysterious game, which we understand immediately, but the plot of the show branches out all over the place.

When you reach the later episodes, things that seemed important fade away and there is some unnecessary fluff that I could have done without. I think that the opening episodes really set the tone for the show and it started to lose steam once some of the reveals were presented.

That being said, it’s also part of the show’s charm, suggesting that our own journeys zigzag rather than travel down a straight path toward understanding.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in! At first glance, I put this show on the back burner. However, once I gave the show a true chance, I quickly lost myself within it. It’s honestly the perfect show to binge-watch during your stay at home quarantine, as it really helps you reflect about what’s important in life and it also allows you to transport yourself somewhere else.

While you may see the reveals coming from a mile away, the show has a deeper meaning and as long as you embrace and understand that and expect to be confused a lot of the time, you’ll enjoy yourself.

This show was an unexpected surprise for me and I’m truly glad that I gave it the chance it deserves. While it may not be perfect, it is extremely unique and touching, blending mystery, sci-fi, and heartwarming moments with some glimpses of pure brilliance along the way.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Dispatches From Elsewhere in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 2: “Management Sucks”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 2, I learned that “being hard on someone is sometimes what they need,” but it doesn’t always help you let go of all of the worry, grief, and regret.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Management Sucks,” Villanelle moves into her new place and attempts to mentor a new assassin, but she quickly learns that management is not that easy. Meanwhile, Eve and Carolyn attempt to cope in different ways.

My top 5 moments from Killing Eve season 3 episode 2 are:

5

“I have no queries.”

We’re not used to a statement like this from Eve, who is always filled with endless questions. Eve is not coping with Kenny’s death well and refuses to admit that he took his own life. She drowns herself with alcohol and has a fit at the funeral, but it looks like she is not out of the game just yet when she swipes Kenny’s phone to get some answers.

Carolyn also seems to be having some trouble dealing with Kenny’s death as she wonders if they can play some better music. We also meet Carolyn’s daughter, Geraldine, who seems to have a lot of potential.

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Plus, I’m always happy to see a Game of Thrones alum.

4

“You like what you see?”

Meanwhile in Barcelona, Villanelle shows off some fantastic outfits in episode 2 and explores her new home. Seriously, I would love to raid her closet.

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It is quite magnificent and checks off all of her boxes…even the water pressure. Villanelle loves to live in style, but we’ll have to see if she is truly ready for her new position.

3

“I need to know what happened.”

After her outburst, Eve reminds Carolyn that she doesn’t work for her anymore. However, Carolyn reveals that Villanelle is back and working again. Eve tells her that she can’t help, but has this sparked her curiosity? I’m thinking so.

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It looks like Eve and Carolyn will team up once again in order to truly get to the bottom of Kenny’s death, but Konstantin is always watching…seriously don’t ever accept a gift from him.

2

“Anybody can fight. It takes a special person to kill.”

Villanelle is tasked with guiding a young potential assassin named Felix, but quickly discovers that management is far from easy. Villanelle hilariously asks him if he is ten years old and mocks his answers, which really gave me that Villanelle dark humor I have been craving.

Villanelle reminds Felix that she’s “kind of a big deal in this industry” and tries to show him the ropes as they show up for their first assignment…dressed as clowns.

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Villanelle keeps the laughs coming and perhaps she has a fallback career after all in her future. After Felix gets a little bit messy with the job, Villanelle takes him out of the picture for good. I guess killing isn’t for everyone…

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“That’s not possible…”

At the end of the episode, Konstantin shows up and reveals that he is still working for The Twelve. He tells Villanelle that Eve is still alive, which has clearly unleashed something within her.

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We know that both Eve and Villanelle have been saying that they have dealt with what happened, but I’m not sure that either of them are in control right now and I can’t wait to see what happens when they finally come face to face with one another again.

Overall, I thought that episode 2 bounced back with flair and provided us with the dark humor we know and love. Villanelle was beyond fantastic and I hope that we can continue the episodes at this pace.

Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Killing Eve” season 3 episode 1: “You’re Destined for Greatness”

Happy Monday TV fans! The wait is over and our favorite assassin is back! After watching BBC America’s Killing Eve season 3 episode 1 season premiere on AMC, I learned that “power is there for the taking. You just have to be smart about how.”

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Slowly Slowly Catchy Monkey,” we catch up with Villanelle after that major cliffhanger in season 2. Meanwhile, Eve tries to pick up the pieces of her own life before a shocking death snaps her out of her temporary trance.

My top 5 moments from the Killing Eve season 3 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“I am so much happier now that she’s dead.”

Are you though, Villanelle? We catch up with Villanelle at her wedding. Villanelle is marrying a wealthy woman and makes it a point to discuss her many assets during her wedding speech.

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She also brings up her ex, but the celebration is cut short when Villanelle’s old mentor, Dasha shows up to invite her back to work.

I’m not sure our girl Villanelle is the settling type, but I’m glad to see that she is having some fun.

4

“I want to be a keeper.”

It’s good to have goals as an assassin and we learn that Villanelle apparently wants to be a “keeper.” A keeper is a rank within “The Twelve” secret organization and we know that it is higher than Konstantin’s rank, but Dasha thinks that perhaps Villanelle will work her way up to this.

So, what do we know about Villanelle’s mentor? Well, we get a flashback of her in the very beginning of the episode in Moscow 1974 and learn why gymnastics can be deadly.

It’s clear that she has a past with Villanelle and I’m hoping that her presence on the show will finally give us a chance to explore Villanelle’s own past and childhood, which I’m very interested to learn more about.

Can Dasha’s intentions be trusted now? Probably not, but it also looks like we will be jumping into “The Twelve” plot more and it’s about time.

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“You can hide from it but it won’t hide from you.”

Meanwhile, Eve is alive and well, but she has quite the scar after being shot by Villanelle. Eve is now working in a Korean restaurant kitchen and she has definitely lost her spark.

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I’m very much used to the neurotic Eve who likes to talk things out, but this quiet and forlorn Eve is quite jarring.

It looks like she needs a wake-up call and she’s about to get one…

2

“I’m totally done with her.”

I’m not sure that Eve and Villanelle can every truly be done with each other, but it will be interesting to see how Villanelle reacts when she finds out that Eve is actually alive. Eve confides in Kenny that she’s over her, but she also takes some time to chat with Niko.

It looks like their marriage is over, but I guess we will still get some screen time for him.

1

“Where are you?”

The ending of the season premiere presented us with quite a shock as one of our recurring characters bites the dust. Poor Kenny is pushed out a window and Eve discovers his body. I always liked Kenny and it’s a shame about his death, but it looks like this will be what snaps Eve back to reality.

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Why was Kenny killed? Does it have to do with Carolyn? 

We’ll have to wait to get some answers, but it looks like Eve is back in action.

So, I had some issues with the season premiere. I am a huge fan of the series and I absolutely loved season 1 and thought that season 2 was quite entertaining as well. However, the opening of season 3 felt different.

I know that we have some different writers now, but the show almost seemed fizzled out. It felt like we were catching up with some of our favorite characters as they tried to insert themselves back into a new plot. The pacing was slow and I found myself tuning out, which I have never done previously.

I don’t want this show to lose its charm and humor because that’s what makes it unique. We need the dynamic between Eve and Villanelle, but we also need all of the tiny details in between that make this show so magnetic.

I’m remaining hopeful but I really need this show to breathe some much needed life back into it so I can enjoy it again. Our Villanelle deserves it!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” Season 10 Episode 15 “The Tower”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 15, we were reminded that “it’s so hard to take a chance on people in this world,” but every now and then, it pays off to open up to a new potential friend.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “The Tower,” we meet the new wild card character, Princess, who certainly makes things interesting. Meanwhile, Aaron and Alden wind up in trouble and Judith and Lydia try to come to terms with their own losses.

My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 15 are:

5

“I’m great! You’ll see!”

Meet Princess! She is certainly a breath of fresh air, but Yumiko, Ezekiel, and Eugene quickly learn that she is unpredictable, but can they trust her?

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Yumiko reminds the group that when you are alone for that long, you become selfish and crazy and perhaps Princess is a little bit of both, but at least she livens things up for our group. After scaring off their horses by mistake, Princess promises to make it up to the group and wants to help them with their mission.

Everything seems to be going just fine until she leads them right into a minefield. Watch your step, guys! Princess is running out of water canteens. Ultimately, everyone is all right and Princess comes through at the end. Yumiko apologizes to her and it looks like her intentions are pure after all. I personally really enjoyed her introduction onto the show and hope that she continues to make things interesting for us. I have a feeling that she will.

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“Where are they?”

Meanwhile, Beta continues to channel his inner Alpha to find his enemies, but perhaps he should learn to look around a little harder…

Aaron and Alden are up in the tower, but they may have a difficult time getting out of there undetected. After Beta talks to the wind or to dead Alpha on his face, he seems to know where he is going and Aaron and Alden end up surrounded.

Now might be the perfect time for Maggie to show up…just saying.

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“That’s your superpower.”

Carol and Kelly get some screen time during this transitional episode, as Carol breaks down and apologizes to Kelly about Connie. Kelly reveals that she doesn’t think Connie is dead and also explains that she does understand Carol and her actions.

Kelly tells Carol that when she first started losing her hearing, Connie reminded her that it was not a weakness…it was her superpower. She talks about how Carol is the “lone wolf” of the group and that’s OK because that is her own superpower.

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I thought this moment was heartwarming and so well done. Kelly doesn’t often get enough screen time and this was a really important moment for both her and Carol.

Now let’s hope that Connie is still alive! I need her back!

2

“It’s not OK!”

Lydia is dealing with her own demons as well, shutting down to those around her. After snapping at Judith, Negan tries to approach her, explaining that he just wanted to tell Lydia that he did like her mom.

Lydia initially turns off all of her emotions here and is clearly afraid to process what has happened. She is mad to feel grief because she knows that her mother was a monster, but she still was her mother and that brings up some complicated feelings.

Later in the episode, Lydia finally breaks down to Negan and releases all of her emotions. It’s important for Lydia to grieve so that she can use it and move on, channeling that strength within her.

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“I want to learn what you do.”

Judith also finds herself conflicted over her own feelings. After Lydia snaps at her, telling her that “not everyone gets to have a mom like yours,” Judith goes after Daryl and tells him that she wants to tag along and truly learn about what he does.

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Daryl is hesitant at first, but agrees, reminding Judith that she needs to listen to everything he says. Daryl and Judith come across a Whisperer spy, or deserter, who has been badly injured. She isn’t really able to shed much light on anything and Daryl ends her life.

Judith does not react to this well and explains to Daryl that she could have had a family. Even though Judith told her mother to go and see if she could find Rick, she is clearly feeling abandoned and lost now.

Daryl reveals that he tried to radio over to Michonne, but didn’t hear back from her. Judith tells him that she is helping some people, but failed to mention anything about the possibility of Rick being alive. So, why did she keep this from him? 

I think Judith is afraid of anyone else leaving her at this point and realizes that Daryl might go running off after Rick as well. We get a touching scene between Daryl and Judith, as Daryl tells her that he is her family. Let’s just hope that everyone can be reunited at some point because Judith’s reaction was honestly breaking my heart.

Overall, the episode functioned well as a transitional one prior to a season finale. While we did get a preview of the season finale, we still don’t know when it will air. I can’t wait to see it later in the year and hope that we can finally get some answers about both Maggie and Connie. I also want to see Eugene meet Stephanie as well, which should set up season 11 nicely.

Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” Season 10 Episode 14 “Look at the Flowers”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 14, we were reminded that you should “look forward, not back.” After all, “you don’t know what lies ahead for us…no one does,” which makes the journey that much more important for each and every one of us.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Look at the Flowers,” Carol is haunted by Alpha, causing her to look deeper in her own soul to discover what she truly wants. Meanwhile, Eugene heads off to meet up with Stephanie, a new Alpha is crowned, and Beta looks for signs from the old one.

My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 14 are:

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“You’re free now.”

In the beginning of the episode, Carol asks Negan again what took him so long. We flash back to the day she let him out of his cell, offering him a chance to help everyone forget what he has done in the past. Negan recognizes Carol as a “certified bad-ass” and so do we, but the task wasn’t that simple and Negan admits to Daryl later on that maybe he did like being undercover for a while.

Negan reminds Carol during present day that she needs to hold up her end of the bargain and escort him back to Alexandria so that everyone believes that he “silenced the Alpha” to save them, but Carol has other things on her mind and reminds Negan that he’s free and it’s up to him whether he wants to wait around for her or not…

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“A fool willing to believe in future friends.”

Meanwhile, Eugene finally tells the group about his conversations with Stephanie, which puts everyone on edge. We don’t know if Stephanie is an ally or a foe, but Yumiko and Ezekiel are willing to escort Eugene on this journey, determined to stay positive.

Only Ezekiel starts to have several meltdowns along the way. We know that he is very ill and unsure of how much time he has left, but perhaps he can still shed some laughter after all.

We haven’t met Stephanie yet, but the group does stumble upon a city staged with walkers. We get to see some of them sitting down for coffee and even a police officer walker handcuffed, suggesting that someone may be having a little too much fun here.

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A new character pops up at the end of the episode and seems more than thrilled to see the group, but can she be trusted?

I’m intrigued to find out more! Let’s spice up TWD with a pop of color and insanity!

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“Just listen…”

After Beta discovers Alpha’s head on a spike, he is less than pleased. Two of the other Whisperers suggest that he is the new Alpha now, but Beta decides to teach them a lesson, pushing one of them close enough to hear what undead Alpha has to say about this while she rips the flesh from his ear…

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Beta decides to carry Alpha’s head along with him. He cradles her head like a baby, which was beyond disturbing, searching for some kind of a sign. Eventually Beta has apparently found what he is looking for, finally stabbing his former leader’s head.

So, what is Beta planning next? It looks like we may have a split between The Whisperers now that Alpha is gone, but Beta should not be underestimated and I am still looking forward to a rematch between him and Daryl.

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“We kneel to the new Alpha.”

After Daryl stumbles upon Negan, he is not entirely convinced about his story, especially when Alpha’s head is missing. Before they can hash this out further, some Whisperers show up and decide to bow down to Negan, which really entertains him.

Daryl is forced to kneel as well, but perhaps Negan has an in to truly save everyone now that they are looking at him as the leader. Let’s just hope the power doesn’t go to his head…

I’m also wondering where Lydia ran off to. Hopefully they can get her back before Beta finds her.

Since we know that Beta is seen as a leader as well, the war is far from over, but this should be interesting…

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“They don’t know what you truly want.”

Even though Alpha is dead, Carol is not completely satisfied yet, as Alpha begins to haunt her. Carol goes on a journey of self-discovery, attempting to discover what she really wants, but it’s far from easy.

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Alpha drags her back down into the darkest parts of her consciousness, reminding her of Henry, Sophia, Ed, Lizzie and Mika. Alpha represents the voice in Carol’s head that tells her that she isn’t good enough as a mother or as a person.

This journey was so important for Carol to snap her back to reality so that she can move on with her life. The threat may be over, but the real enemies are the inner demons swarming around in Carol’s mind, refusing to release their grip on her.

When Alpha tells Carol to “look at the flowers,” it reminds us of season 4 episode 14, “The Grove.” Carol had told Lizzie to simply look at the flowers before she killed her, which is still one of the most emotionally chaotic episodes I have ever seen on the show.

In this moment, Carol refuses to do the same. She doesn’t just accept her fate. She decides to change it and now finally understands what she wants.

She wants to survive. She wants to live. She wants to finally release all of the demons so that she can move forward.

Welcome back, Carol!

Overall, I thought this was another powerful episode. After Michonne’s own spiritual journey, Carol’s was necessary as well. We certainly moved a lot of other pieces of the plot as well and I’m looking forward to next week’s episode.

Stay tuned!

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My performance of the week ending 3/28/20 on TV goes to…

Danai Gurira as Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10.

After that epic and revealing episode (season 10 episode 12), we switched gears to catch up with Michonne in episode 13. Her episode was extremely moving and I thought that Danai Gurira was beyond fantastic. She was heart-wrenching perfection.

**Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on the series.**

I talked a lot about Michonne’s character growth and transformation across the seasons in my post on The Walking Dead (season 10 episode 13), but Michonne deserves a post of her very own, celebrating her as an extraordinary character on the series. Even though this episode is considered a farewell for her, her story will continue in a lot of ways and I thought it was the perfect tribute to her.

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I thought that season 10 episode 13 was so well done. The alternate path/reality portion really gave us a chance to remember Michonne’s decisions and interactions with characters, reminding us just how important she really is. The decision to save someone in a selfless act is not easy in a post-apocalyptic world, but Michonne learns that she did ultimately make the right decision and was introduced to her family and the love of her life by doing so.

We glimpsed into a world where Michonne made one very different decision, choosing not to save Andrea, which could have led her down a dark and dangerous path.

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Becoming a hero is not always clear cut. There are so many different factors that are at play and we often see villains who think that they are doing what is necessary to survive.

Michonne has gone through so much in her life and we could have easily witnessed her stumble along the way and yet she has become even stronger because of her decisions. I think that her connections with other characters helped her tremendously. When we first met Michonne, she was pretty much on her own, but once she started connecting with those around her, she opened the guard around her heart and became a true leader and warrior.

What’s next for Michonne? Well, we know that this was Danai Gurira’s last episode, but her story will certainly not end. After discovering some clues that Rick may be alive, Michonne decides to try and find him with the blessing and encouragement from Judith.

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Michonne is a mother and we know that this was not an easy decision for her, but she is going to do everything in her power to find Rick and I’m hoping that we get to see a happy ending for them at some point within TWD universe.

I thought the last scene with Michonne was so fitting and perfect for her character. Michonne finds a man and woman who are in need of assistance and remembers when Rick and Carl took a chance on her, which ultimately changed her life forever. Michonne is on a mission to find Rick, but takes the time to offer her hand to those in need, truly embracing her role as a hero.

I will really miss Michonne’s presence on the show, but I thought this was the perfect tribute and farewell episode for her. The story is never really over and I feel honored to have witnessed so many incredible performances by Danai Gurira over the seasons.

We’ll miss you, Michonne!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” Season 10 Episode 13: “What We Become”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 13, we were reminded that “what happens next, it’s your fault.” Every choice we make is important. It can lead us down the path we are meant to pursue, but what happens if we take one false step? Will we still end up in the same place or will our lives change drastically?

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “What We Become,” we catch up with Michonne and Virgil, as they finally reach Bloodsworth Island. Things are not as quiet as they seem, as Michonne ends up on a spiritual journey of her own that leads her to an incredible discovery.

My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 13 are:

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“I’m not staying here long…”

As Michonne arrives at Bloodsworth Island, she tells Virgil to “stop the bullshit,” explaining that she wants to find the weapons there as soon as possible so she can return home.

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Only Virgil has some other ideas, as he ends up locking Michonne up in a cell after she hears voices behind a wall.

It’s clear that Virgil has snapped and possesses some inner demons of his own, but Michonne doesn’t plan on sticking around much longer.

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“You were supposed to protect us.”

The opening of the episode flashes back to Michonne’s first episode right before she saves Andrea. Only in the flashback, we see that Michonne decides to walk away, choosing not to save Andrea. This twist makes sense later on when we discover that Virgil has drugged Michonne to make things even more complicated.

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Virgil tells Michonne not to fight it and she begins to hallucinate. She has a chat with Siddiq and she flashes back to several key moments in the show we all remember so well, showing us what life could have been like for Michonne if she had decided not to save someone.

In this alternate flashback world, Michonne ends up joining Negan and is killed later on by Rick, revealing that every choice we make in our lives does matter. It makes us who we are and even though Michonne is hallucinating, I thought this was extremely powerful and revealing.

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“Your mercy gives you something.”

After Michonne breaks free, she takes Virgil’s prisoners along with her, who seem to be trustworthy. They knew Virgil before all this happened and fill in some blanks about how he snapped after his family died. Michonne tracks Virgil down and really thinks about killing him, but reminds everyone that if they take his life, they will lose more of themselves.

Michonne’s decision to show Virgil mercy shows us just how far she has come as a character. Michonne could have taken the selfish or easy way out so many times in her life, but every single time she decided to risk it all to save someone, it made her who she is today.

Michonne is still determined to find what she is looking for on the island and Virgil finally agrees to help her.

Seriously, was that so hard, Virgil?

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“Where the hell did you get these?”

Virgil takes Michonne to a ship that washed up on the island and she begins to go through everything left on board. Michonne is beyond shocked when she finds Rick’s cowboy boots and demands to know where Virgil got them from.

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She frantically looks through the other items and finds an old cell phone with a chalk drawing of Michonne and Judith on it. Michonne’s reaction was so incredibly moving, now realizing that there is a chance that Rick may still be alive.

Of course this leads to even more questions. How did Rick end up here? Did he mean to leave these as clues or is someone else trying to get Michonne’s attention? Where is Rick? The questions are endless…

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Michonne decides to head off the island on the ship with the others to try and find Rick, but Virgil stays there. He reminds her that he promised to leave his wife flowers everyday and he can’t leave her behind.

Michonne understands this all too well, realizing that she also has to follow her path and try and find Rick.

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“I found something that belonged to the brave man.”

As if this wasn’t already an emotional roller coaster of an episode, Michonne radios over to Judith and explains that she found something that belonged to Rick. Judith asks her if he is alive and Michonne explains that she doesn’t know, but Judith wants her to find out, assuring her that Alpha cannot hurt them anymore. Judith wants her mother with her, but she also realizes the importance of Michonne trying to help her dad.

Michonne will be heading north and promises to still check in with Judith and RJ.

At the end of the episode, Michonne comes across people in need of assistance and ultimately decides to help them, remembering how Rick and Carl stopped to help her when she needed it. This will most likely stall Michonne’s discovery of Rick, but I thought it was the perfect scene to truly remind us that Michonne is a selfless hero and has come so far as a character.

Overall, I thought this episode was brilliantly done and the perfect exit and farewell to Danai Gurira. Michonne’s exit from the show gives me hope that she will one day be reunited with Rick and the rest of her family. It’s so often that we say goodbye to some of our favorite characters by watching them die, but this gave us another way, allowing us to truly be at peace with Michonne’s decision.

The flashbacks were so thought-provoking and emotional, giving us a chance to see former characters while providing us with an interesting perspective on Michonne’s own character development.

Farewell, Michonne! We will miss you and hope to see you and Rick soon in TWD future!

Stay tuned!

What were some of YOUR favorite moments with Michonne across the series? Feel free to drop them in the comments!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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