Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 10 episode 8: “I Cannot Die”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 8 mid-season finale, I thought about how Dante said, “We are selfish, we are brutal,” but can you really say that all kindness is gone from humanity?  Our characters are proof that a glimmer of goodness still exists, but let’s hope that glimmer is enough to get them through what comes next.  Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.

In last night’s episode, “The World Before,” Alpha’s plan involving Dante is revealed, as Rosita makes a shocking discovering of her own.  Meanwhile, Carol continues to hunt down leads on Alpha’s horde and Michonne and Judith meet a new stranger.

My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 8 mid-season finale are:

5

“You have a special place among us.”

After the shocking reveal in last week’s episode, we now learn more about Alpha’s plan involving Dante.  Dante was the one who painted “Silence the Whispers,” he tampered with the drinking water, and even smothered poor Cheryl with a pillow.

Alpha wanted to use paranoia to push the group into bad decisions and Dante apparently wants a public reckoning to be heard now, but I’m not sure that our group is willing to listen to anything he has to say…

4

“I cannot die!”

Rosita is the one who discovers what Dante has done, as he tries to attack her as well, but our girl Rosita kicks some serious ass and stabs him.  I felt so bad for her when she had to put down undead Siddiq before he began snacking on poor baby Coco and this event clearly traumatized her.  I can’t say that I blame her.

Rosita finally gets some well deserved screen time during this episode.  For a while now, she has appeared in transitional and filler scenes, but she now steps into the spotlight, going beyond the gates to take out some walkers to channel some of this rage brewing inside of her.

Eugene shows up and saves her, as reality strikes her with the possibility that she can die, which now scares her more than anything because she doesn’t want to leave baby Coco behind.  This moment of vulnerability was truly moving, as it developed Rosita’s character even more.

I thought Rosita showed so much strength and emotion in this episode and I would like to see her channel this in future episodes to really embrace the warrior within.  Perhaps this is the wake-up call she needed and romance may not be off the table for her and Eugene after all…

3

“Do we deserve a second chance?”

Well, apparently Gabriel doesn’t think so.  Gabriel really takes Dante’s betrayal hard and starts studying old video tapes of him, clearing blaming himself for thinking that he was a good person.  This is not the first time we have seen Gabriel face an internal dilemma, but he almost shuts down completely here and even keeps his distance from Rosita, holding on to his guilt.

Gabriel speaks with Dante and decides to go crazy on him, killing him in his cell.  While I understand Gabriel’s actions and motive, I started to wonder if perhaps Alpha’s plan is working, as paranoia and guilt are now conquering the goodness that they have all been working so hard to achieve.

How will this impact Gabriel’s relationship with Rosita?  Will he have doubts about his decision?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like a darkness has emerged within him and I don’t think this is going to be the last time we see him tap into it.

2

“My mercy prevails over my wrath.”

After a fun library adventure with Michonne, Judith, and Luke, they stumble across a stranger who saves Luke and then runs away.  To quote Luke, “Who does that?!”

When they reach Oceanside, they stumble across the stranger again, as Michonne and Judith make an incredible tag team.  We learn that the stranger’s name is Virgil and he claims he is just trying to go home to his family.

He talks about mercy and this clearly strikes a chord with Michonne, remembering that both Siddiq and Rick used to say something similar.  This sparks something within Michonne and she agrees to help Virgil by taking him on a boat back to the island where he lives, Bloodsworth Island.  Apparently, this is some kind of fortified island and he agrees to give Michonne weapons, which would definitely help them create an advantage against The Whisperers.

Michonne tells Judith that she will see her soon and says she can reach out to her on the Walkie whenever she wants, but you have to wonder if this is the set-up for Michonne’s departure on the show?

Perhaps she will find evidence here that Rick is still alive?  Either way, I’m anxious to find out more about this island.  Let’s hope that we can trust Virgil.

1

“You want her dead so bad, you don’t even care what happens to you.”

Carol continues to act first and think later, but Daryl tries to talk some sense into her.  He tells her that he feels like he is talking to a ghost and reminds her that he is the one she should confide in.  Daryl tells her that she has to try and that Alpha isn’t worth it and that they have a future, which was a heartwarming moment to witness.

It seems like Daryl gets through to Carol, but she immediately shifts gears when she spots Alpha across the tree line, running straight for her without thinking once again.

Carol’s need for revenge now endangers the rest of her group, as they all end up trapped in some kind of cave surrounded by Alpha’s walker horde.

In a previous episode, Lydia reminded Carol that her mother thrives on manipulation and that’s exactly what she did here.

Will our characters be able to make it out of here alive?

They are certainly in a dangerous situation, but it looks like Gamma (formerly known as Mary) might be switching sides to help our group.

Overall, I thought this was a solid mid-season finale, but I would have liked to see some screen time for both Negan and Lydia, but it looks like we will be catching up with them more when new episodes return in February!  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 10 episode 7: “Open Your Eyes”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 7, Siddiq may have had “miles to go before he sleeps,” but he does still have promises to keep.  The truth can be a dangerous thing, but once all of the pieces are put together, what else will be revealed?  Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.

In last night’s episode, “Open Your Eyes,” Siddiq’s flashes finally come together, as we learn the truth behind them.  Meanwhile, Carol attempts to get some answers out of her prisoner and Lydia makes a choice.

My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 7 are:

5

“Alpha drew a line and you need to choose what side you’re on.”

That may be so, but Carol also needs to remember that Lydia is more than a potential weapon against Alpha.  She’s also a person and Daryl reminds her that she’s been through enough.  That being said, Lydia does share some information with Carol about her mother using manipulation as a strategy.

She explains that if The Whisperers see a place like Alexandria, another way to survive will be revealed and it could destroy everything Alpha has worked so hard to put in place for them.

Lydia reminds Carol that “an idea like that is dangerous” and that it could spread.  The idea of hope can spread quicker than any threat or sickness, but will Carol and the others be able to execute this plan effectively?

We’ll have to see how this turns out, but it’s clear that Lydia may be the key to all of this.

4

“He is one of them.”

Our forbidden Romeo and Juliet story continues, as Aaron and Gamma continue to meet together and bond.  Aaron tells Gamma about his daughter and family, but Gamma has trouble opening up about her own sister.

It’s clear that Gamma is having second thoughts, recognizing the potential for goodness through Aaron, but Alpha whips her back into reality.

Although all bets might be off now that Gamma knows that Lydia is alive…

Will Gamma be the one to truly turn the tables on Alpha?  Will Aaron get caught in the crossfire?  I can’t wait to find out, but I think that Gamma’s character has a lot of potential and I’m waiting for her to do something truly significant.

3

“He bleeds until he answers.”

Carol means business, but she decides to first start off with some bread and jam.  After the prisoner spits it back in her face, Carol is not playing nice anymore and shows off her potential skills as a torturer.

Daryl gets in on the action as well, but it looks like the prisoner is going to remain loyal to Alpha until the end, but Carol realizes that exposing that Lydia is alive might get him to talk.

Of course the prisoner dies before this can happen, as Dante tells Siddiq that he packed the wrong bag, which led to his untimely demise.

So much for that…

2

“I choose mine!”

After Carol brings Lydia to the line, revealing her to Gamma, Lydia realizes that Carol has been using her and tells her that she is just like her mother.

She may have a point here, as Carol is just acting without really thinking things through.  Lydia decides to choose her own side and runs off, but where can she really go now?

It’s not like she can go back to her mother, but she’s not exactly safe out in the woods either…

Is she going to look for Negan?  Will he be able to help her now that he is with The Whisperers?

Let’s hope that Daryl and Dog can help find her because Lydia is one of my favorite characters on the show and I would be devastated if we lost her.

1

“Open your eyes…”

This episode was jam-packed with a lot, but the scenes with Siddiq stole the show.  We have been getting bits and pieces of Siddiq’s flashes sprinkled across each episode and they all led to this moment.

The guilt is clearly getting to Siddiq, as he even jumps in the water to find some kind of escape, but Rosita jumps in after him and he finally takes a moment to confide in her.

Siddiq explains that he blames himself for what happened because he simply did nothing and watched his friends die.  Rosita tries to remind him that he has people who truly love him and that he is not alone, which was a touching moment between them.

Toward the end of the episode, Dante goes to see Siddiq to see how he is doing and Siddiq hears a clicking sound Dante is making, which triggers back the missing pieces.

It is revealed that Dante is a Whisperer and he is the one who held Siddiq back and made him watch his friends die.  Siddiq tries to keep his cool with this revelation, but it’s too late, as Dante kills him in a shocking and heartbreaking scene.

Dante seems like he did truly care about Siddiq in some kind of sick and twisted way, but he does what he has to, realizing that Siddiq will expose him.  Siddiq is also the only one who has realized that the water may be making people sick, which is another reason why Dante needs to eliminate him.

RIP Siddiq.

You will be missed!

Now that we know that Dante is an undercover Whisperer, who will be the one to unmask him…or I guess put the mask back on?

Will Rosita be able to get justice for Siddiq’s death?

Overall, this was a shocking and revealing episode.  All of the pieces are coming together now, but let’s hope that Siddiq’s death was not in vain.  Stay tuned for the mid-season finale next week!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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“American Horror Story” ranking the seasons from best to worst: Nine Circles of Hell

So after finishing up FX’s American Horror Story:  Cult last night, I started thinking about how it held up against the other seasons.  Before the premiere of AHS : Cult, Ryan Murphy, co-creater of the series, had posted the nine circles of hell from Dante’s Inferno:

Limbo (Murder House)

Lust

Gluttony (Hotel)

Greed (Freak Show)

Anger (Roanoke)

Heresy (Cult)

Violence

Fraud (Asylum)

Treachery (Coven)

Murphy had previous explained that each season is connected, but the link to the nine circles of hell invests the viewer into new theories and also suggests that the series will have an end after season 9.  Perhaps it is all meant to keep fans on the edge of their seats, but it does make one really think about the similarities to each circle of hell and how they are all intertwined.  After watching all of the seasons so far, I have ranked them in the following order (best-worst):

  • Coven
  • Hotel
  • Murder House
  • Cult
  • Asylum
  • Freak Show
  • Roanoke

While you may agree or disagree with my rankings, it really got me thinking about how this matches up with Inferno’s nine circles of hell.  The last (ninth) circle of hell is “treachery” which matches up with my overall pick for best season, AHS:  Coven.  For me, the betrayal in “Coven” really scratches beneath the surface and tugs at your soul.  On the surface, the witch-craft element is very entertaining and reminiscent of the movie, The Craft.  However, there are a lot more elements going on in the show and treachery is at its core.

My second favorite season is AHS:  Hotel which pairs up with “gluttony.”  According to Inferno, “Gluttony” is the third circle of hell.  Those who are guilty of “gluttony” are forced to lie in a slush created by an icy rain which is meant to represent those who have overindulged in “food, drink, and other worldly pleasures.”  The icy rain that brings an eternal bitter cold to the sinner connects me to the Countess portrayed by Lady Gaga in AHS:  Hotel.  She is a vampire already representing eternity and feeds on the blood of others.  What’s really interesting to me is that in this circle of hell, the beings punished are not able to see the other victims lying near them because of their own selfishness.  Not being able to feel remorse or love for others is dangerous enough, but its combination with gluttony is even more so.

My third favorite season is the first season AHS:  Murder House.  Interestingly enough, this aligns with “Limbo,” which is the first circle of hell.  This could be just a coincidence, but those who are trapped here are unable to move on to heaven and are forced to reside in an inferior version, much like ghosts who are unable to move on, which appear throughout Murder House.

If the theory is true, that would leave AHS with 2 more seasons representing “Lust” and “Violence.”  While I am not sure if we will see any burning rain or violent winds, it really gives the viewer a lot to think about in terms of what type of premise we will see next.

As of August 2018, we now also know that the series has been picked up for a tenth season and will continue through 2020.  I still think that the “nine circles of hell” idea is important and relevant to the show, but I am curious to explore more and see where we are headed.  I am counting the days until the premiere on September 12th.  How about you?

Feel free to post your thoughts and theories on AHS below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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