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:

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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!

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“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!

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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 6: “I Haven’t Given Up”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 6, Michonne reminded us that “the path ahead has only grown darker.”  That may be more accurate than she realizes, as we are now faced with a world in the future without our beloved Rick Grimes.  But even though there is darkness, there is still hope present or “flashes of light.”  While these flashes are enough to keep Michonne going, are they enough to continue to capture our undivided attention?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Who Are You Now?” Judith rescues several strangers and wants to bring them back to Alexandria.  Meanwhile, Michonne tries to cope with life without Rick, Carol sports a new hairdo, and Gabriel has somehow become the new Rico Suave of the community.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 6 are:

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“We owe our lives to Miss Grimes here.”

In the beginning of the episode, Judith rescues several strangers from a group of walkers, but she wants to help them even further because it is the right thing to do.  Even though some of the others feel hesitant about bringing the strangers back to Alexandria, Judith is quite convincing and has become worthy of wearing Carl’s hat for sure.  That being said, she is still just a child so I’m wondering why she has so much influence over the others, but her heart does seem to be in the right place.  Let’s just hope these people don’t take advantage of her good nature.

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“Give me a question from right here right now.”

Even though Judith is growing up in a very different world, Michonne still tries to provide her with structure.  After she trains her to fight, Judith is expected to do homework.  She goes to Negan for help with her math assignment, which is beyond strange.  Negan is still held in the cell, but he definitely has a soft spot for her.  We know that Negan was very fond of Carl as well and it seems like Judith may be his last chance at possible redemption, as he sort of takes on that weird Uncle vibe.  Judith does not seem afraid of him and even tries to put him in his place.  I guess he does need to brush up on his math skills.  What’s next for Negan?  I’m not sure, but I’m looking for some further development of his character especially since Rick is gone now.

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“Don’t make this weird.”

Gabriel gets some more screen time and we learn that he is now romantically involved with Rosita.  As much as I like Rosita, I am not really feeling these two together.  What’s with Gabriel having the most awkward relationships possible?  First, Anne/Jadis and now Rosita.  There is still plenty of time for me to try and like these two together, but I am not seeing the chemistry just yet.  Later on, Rosita goes out with Eugene and they wind up in trouble.  Rosita hilariously tells Eugene, “Don’t make this weird” and I was pretty much thinking the same thing when I saw her kissing Gabriel.  I guess I still need to get used to that.  Rosita and Eugene have a close call with a horde of walkers and camouflage themselves with mud to remain unseen.  They manage to stay undetected, but we hear the walkers talking?  One of them says, “Don’t let them get away” so I guess this is the start of some kind of evolution for the walkers, but we’ll have to stay tuned to find out more about that.

2

“I remember.”

In the beginning of the episode, we witness Michonne narrating and she finds a small action figure that reminds her of Rick.  This moment is touching and it seems like Michonne is trying to keep going for Judith and for her son.  Wait…what?  Well this doesn’t come as a surprise because we know that Rick and Michonne talked about having a baby, but now we know that the legacy of Rick Grimes will continue on.  Michonne has clearly been through a lot after Rick and is even sporting some kind of “X” scar on her back.  What does this mark mean and how did she get it?  I will say that this is somewhat holding my attention more than Michonne putting the new strangers on a sort of trial to determine if they can stay in Alexandria.  Michonne clearly has trust issues, but I’d like to find out more about that.

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“Hey there boss lady.”

During the episode, we also learn that Carol and Ezekiel are married and Henry is their adopted son.  While I want Carol to be happy, I have to admit that I was slightly disappointed because I still ultimately want her to be with Daryl.  That being said, Carol does look great with her flowing long hair, but that does not mean that she has lost her edge.  Carol and Henry take the horses out and run into trouble when they come across a group of former Saviors.  Carol gives up their supplies and even parts with her wedding ring, but Henry is upset by this.  Carol tries to explain to him that he’ll understand someday, as Carol’s priorities have changed now that she has a son to take care of.  That being said, Carol decides to show the Saviors who the real “boss lady” is when she later returns to them and sets them on fire.  I have to say that this was definitely the best part of the episode for me.  While there is still a lot of focus on change and bringing communities together, Carol reminded us that she is a force to be reckoned with.  More of this please!  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 1 season premiere: “The Famous Rick Grimes”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 1 season premiere, I learned that a new beginning doesn’t necessarily mean that the past is left behind entirely.  Even though change is possible, there is always something or someone threatening to bring the old ways back.  So what do we do when that happens?  Do we erase the warning signs and pretend like it doesn’t exist or do we stand up and make a point to show that we mean business?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “A New Beginning,” the group heads out on a field trip to the state capital.  Meanwhile, Maggie quickly begins to realize that being the leader is not easy, Daryl wants a change in scenery, and Rick finally feels happy and lucky to have Michonne by his side.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 1 season premiere are:

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“Put that thing away.”

Well Carol definitely deserves a king of sorts, especially since her former husband, Ed, was one of the worst people on the planet.  During the episode, we learn that Carol and Ezekiel are together romantically, but this was almost put on hold when Ezekiel was skating on thin ice at the capital museum.  Luckily he made it out OK and will live to see another day.  Ezekiel asks Carol to marry him and she is beyond shocked.  She hilariously tells him to put the ring away and further explains that “this is not happening on a horse.”  Ezekiel is fully supportive of Carol and tells her that he will keep it until she is ready.  While I’m not necessarily on board for these two just yet, I do think that Carol absolutely deserves a chance at happiness, but there is someone else I am rooting for instead.  Team “Caryl” anyone?

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“We are still Negan.”

During the episode, we learn that Daryl is in charge of leading The Sanctuary and that Rick has made quite an impression on everyone there.  Rick has been showing up with food and supplies and is trying to keep everyone happy, which is a difficult job to do.  Even though everyone seems happy and one man even says, “Bless you Rick Grimes,” a resistance may still be brewing within the factory walls.  Rick notices that someone wrote, “We are still Negan” on the wall and they want it painted over.  While I understand that they want to keep this type of messaging out of here, I’m not sure that painting over it like it doesn’t exist will make the threat go away.  Daryl further tells Rick that he doesn’t want to be the one leading these people anymore and feels that he is better out in the open.  Rick reminds Daryl of his importance there, but Daryl is not buying it any longer.  Daryl tells Rick that “everyone’s everywhere” and that there is “no us anymore” and maybe he’s right.  Daryl much prefers the idea of a small group and says it’s what he knows, but that’s also what Daryl understands as his family and purpose.  While this disagreement between Rick and Daryl definitely foreshadows a possible divide, one cannot ignore the threat that “The Saviors” might be waiting in the wings to take advantage of any sign of weakness from Rick’s group.

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“If anyone deserves to be happy, it’s you.”

Swoon!  I have been missing these absolutely beautiful moments between Daryl and Carol and this was a great one for sure.  Daryl truly cares for Carol and just wants her to be happy, but he does say that he doesn’t like not seeing her.  Carol agrees to take over for Daryl for a little while even though that means leaving Ezekiel behind, but she recognizes that it is something she needs to do for her great friend and to support the group.  Carol opens up to Daryl and explains that even though Ezekiel is corny, “Corny is nice after Ed.”  Daryl is someone that Carol can always trust and count on, but I have to admit that I am still shipping these two together and hope that they can make it work somehow.  No offense your majesty.

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“How’d I get so lucky finding you?”

“The famous Rick Grimes” is back, but we know that it is only a matter of time before we say goodbye to him forever.  I’m not ready to cry just yet; however, and I love the fact that Rick is finally embracing the people around him even after losing Carl.  There is a beautiful moment when Rick is watching his daughter, Judith, painting a picture of her and Carl while Michonne helps.  Rick, Michonne, and Judith have really become a watercolor painting of a beautiful family and it seems like everything is almost too perfect to be true.  Rick recognizes how lucky he is and Michonne tells him that it’s time they both won a little and I couldn’t agree more.  However, we know that happiness is often short-lived on TWD and I am not looking forward to seeing this happy family separated forever.  I guess ignorance is bliss for now.

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“I made this decision but this is not the beginning of something.”

During the episode, we learn that Maggie was voted the leader of Hilltop over Gregory and we meet her beautiful son, Hershel.  It seems like everything is going well, but Maggie quickly realizes that being a leader is no easy task and she has to deal with the consequences that come her way.  During their run, Maggie loses Ken and his parents are absolutely devastated.  Maggie clearly feels awful, but understands that this is probably not the last time that something like this will happen.  Gregory takes this opportunity to plant a seed and tries to manipulate Ken’s father by bribing this sober man with alcohol.  If that wasn’t bad enough, Gregory tells Maggie that he saw someone defacing Glenn’s grave to catch her off guard.  Maggie is attacked by a man in a hood and I was horrified when the baby carriage turned over and her son was on the ground screaming.  Seriously this was absolutely horrible to watch.  With the help of some of her people, Maggie is able to get away OK and we learn that the hooded man was Ken’s father, but Maggie quickly realizes that the man behind the curtain is Gregory.  Maggie confronts Gregory and tells him “you tried to have me killed because you’re too chicken shit to do it yourself.”  Gregory tries to attack Maggie, but when she turns the tables on him, there is fear written all over his face.  Rick later goes to see Maggie and clearly feels bad about what happened, but asks if she will consider giving more food to The Sanctuary.  Maggie wants something in return and reminds Rick, “I survived worse but it has to stop.”  Maggie makes the decision to have Gregory hung for his betrayal in front of the group.  She takes complete ownership of her decision, but also tells her people that she doesn’t want this to continue.  Maggie has given Gregory so many chances and he continued to try and betray her and I think that some sort of punishment is fitting, although I’m not sure that we want to resort back to the days of public hangings.  Especially when some of the children witness what is going on, it really puts things into perspective.

While the group needs to start over, that doesn’t mean that they get to decide who lives and who dies and even Michonne recognizes that they all need to have some rules and agreements put in place before all hell breaks loose and she is absolutely right.  That being said, Maggie is a pillar of strength and is one to watch for sure.  She could have been broken and defeated after being attacked, but she chose to stay strong and make a point to her people.  Whether it was the right call or not, I’m not sad to see Gregory go.  It will be interesting to see how these three groups work together and how long it will take before they are divided again when they don’t agree on something.  Either way, I’m looking forward to see how it all unfolds.  Stay tuned!

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