My performance of the week ending 3/21/20 on TV goes to…

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan on AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10.

Season 10 has been quite the ride, but I may have just watched one of the most epic episodes I have ever seen (Season 10 episode 12) and part of that is because of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s beyond brilliant performance as our antihero, Negan.

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

Jeffrey Dean Morgan knows how to play a villain well. He’s ruthless at times, but he also has so much charisma and humor, really making him someone you love to hate and eventually transforming into more of an antihero rather than a villain. While I can’t forgive some of Negan’s actions that shattered TWD, I have been a fan of his for a while and I have enjoyed witnessing his character growth. Negan played the villain well, but he absolutely flourishes as an antihero.

Negan has many layers and he is no stranger to performing some unspeakable acts, but sometimes you need a villain to take down another villain and so our long con was created. Alpha is another villain who has been beyond ruthless, but Negan recognizes a lot of himself in her. Alpha talks about her decisions in terms of survival and destiny, but Negan also recognizes a vulnerability within her that Carol is determined to use to bring her down once and for all.

While many of the other characters on the show keep their moral compass steady, Carol has really lost her way after what happened to Henry and is completely driven by revenge. Carol recognizes that doing things the right way doesn’t always pay off and does what she has to do in order to bring down her enemy.

In season 10 episode 12, everything is revealed, as Negan approaches Alpha and explains that he has Lydia held up in a shack nearby. It has been obvious for quite a while now that Lydia would be Alpha’s ultimate downfall, even though she has been so obsessed with getting rid of her daughter in order to stifle this weakness within her.

Alpha clearly became somewhat intrigued by Negan and their tryst in the woods still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I think in a lot of ways, Negan truly did sympathize with Alpha and probably did connect with her on some level. However, Negan has always had a strict code about not harming children and we have witnessed his interactions with Lydia and Judith, suggesting that he would never let anything actually happen to them.

Negan’s long con works to perfection as he leads Alpha to an empty shack, immediately slicing her throat to put her down quickly before bringing her reanimated head back to Carol. Even though Negan did what was necessary, he tries to do so with compassion, holding Alpha gently while her life pours out of her, proving that Negan is not the same man anymore.

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I thought that Negan’s discussion with Alpha about his own wife and how he shut down after her death was so important for his character growth. We have been witnessing the changes in Negan, but I think this may be the first time he actually sees it for himself and expresses it out loud. Negan certainly still has a long way to go until redemption, but I think taking down Alpha was a huge step in the right direction.

What’s next for Negan? It will be interesting to see how the rest of the group receives him now that he has taken down the other big bad wolf. Will they accept that Carol released him from his cell or will they still be cautious around him? I’m not sure, but I think it’s safe to say that we are done putting Negan behind bars.

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I also thoroughly enjoyed the team-up between him and Carol and hope to see this dynamic duo get some more screen time together to take down the rest of their enemies. You have to admit, they make a pretty unstoppable team!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

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Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” Season 10 Episode 12: “Walk With Us”

Happy Sunday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 12, we were reminded that “things don’t always work out the way you want” and sometimes what you desire most of all can lead to your downfall.

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

In tonight’s episode, “Walk With Us,” the war is here, as we get a few unexpected casualties. Meanwhile, Negan finally gives Alpha what she wants, leading to the epic ending you have been waiting for.

My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 12 are:

5

“I’ll never walk with her.”

The opening of the episode is beyond intense. There are still flames everywhere as our group defends Hilltop. Lydia refuses to walk with her mother and runs off, but ends up bumping straight into Negan. She is initially relieved to see him, but it looks like he has another agenda up his sleeve. Where does Negan’s loyalty lie? We’re about to find out…

4

“Her hand just slipped out of mine.”

In the midst of all the chaos, Yumiko actually spots an injured Magna in the crowd.

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Magna was able to survive the cave-in, but says that she lost track of Connie and couldn’t find her. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Connie is dead and I am remaining positive about one of my favorite characters on the show, but I was glad to see that Magna is all right.

Magna and Yumiko take a break from the war to break up, earning some screen time during the episode.

3

“Never!”

After Mary finally gets a chance to hold baby Adam, we witness a sweet moment. It’s good to see family back with family except they are being followed by a hungry horde of walkers. Mary sacrifices everything to protect her nephew and leads the walkers away, taking them out one by one.

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Only Beta is waiting for her and stabs her, waiting for her to turn so that she can walk with Alpha. Mary’s actions were so brave and I was honestly so upset to see her die after showing so much promise and potential.

After being turned, Alden shoots her with an arrow to prevent her from falling victim to such a cruel fate. Beta runs off again and even takes out one of his own followers to protect his identity.

2

“I can stay here with you.”

Judith has always been so strong and mature, but she certainly grows up a lot after this episode and my heart goes out to her. The plans goes slightly off when Ezekiel is separated from the kids, but Earl gets them to the safe house.

Judith discovers that Earl has been bitten and offers to stay with him so that he does not have to be alone. Earl tells her that he is not alone and tells her not to come out again so that he can stop himself as a threat.

It’s not that easy to stab your own brain as we find out and poor Judith is left to take out undead Earl. Daryl and the others find the kids and they are all safe, but this has clearly taken a toll on Judith and I’m pretty sure that she has gone through more things than any other kid on the planet…ever.

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Even though this was heartbreaking to watch, I finally felt like Judith got a true moment to shine, channeling Carl quite a bit here.

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“Took you long enough.”

Negan informs Alpha that he has found the thing she is looking for, leading her off to where he has Lydia held captive. After an interesting Lion King debate, Negan actually reveals quite a bit about his own feelings after his wife died.

Alpha explains that it is Lydia’s destiny to die because she loves her. Lydia has always been Alpha’s weakness and as Lydia breaks free, we discover that she is in a different shack.

Alpha finds her own shack empty and Negan swiftly slashes her throat. He rolls her undead animated head toward Carol, revealing that these two make quite the team.

This was probably one of the best episodes I have seen on the series and I was very satisfied with this outcome. Welcome back to the team, Negan!

So, now that Alpha is dead, what does this mean for the fate of The Whisperers? Is the threat really over or will they take revenge?

Stay tuned! Next week we finally catch up with Michonne!

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!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” Season 10 Episode 10: Stalker

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 10, we were reminded that fear can be a powerful motivator. Should we simply let the fear in or do we channel it into something far greater?

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

In last night’s episode, “Stalker,” Beta shows off just how terrifying he can be, but there are a few characters waiting to take a stab at him. Meanwhile, Daryl and Alpha face off, Gamma and Judith bond, and Rosita confides in Gabriel.

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

5

“I’m trying to help…”

After the incident at the cave, Gamma shows up to speak with Gabriel and Rosita, claiming that she is there to help them.

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She tells them about her sister’s baby and tries to earn their trust, but Rosita is not buying it for one second, as she decides to punch her in the face and throw her into a cell.

I can’t say I really blame her…

4

“I can feel that Coco is wondering where he is.”

Our girl Rosita gets some well deserved screen time in this episode and takes a minute to confide in Gabriel. While I’m not the biggest fan of Rosita and Gabriel together, it is important for her to talk to someone about her grief.

Rosita realizes that she is not the only one missing Siddiq, wondering how it will impact her child, which just goes to show you how much she has transformed as a character. Rosita has always been such a fierce warrior, but she is now a selfless mother and her fears are becoming all too real, especially when she has a nightmare about Beta trying to hurt Coco.

3

“You don’t look like a monster to me.”

After Gamma is tossed into a cell, Judith takes some time to get to know her. Gamma or Mary begins to fill her in on her past, but starts to realize that Alpha made her forget quite a lot. Clearly, she forgot to mention her amazing role in Hocus Pocus!

Judith thinks that Mary met the wrong person first, explaining that her mother and father would have helped her. She always has a way of seeing the good in everyone, which really shows you how mature she is. Rick would be proud!

2

“Step towards me!”

After Gabriel and the others leave, Beta takes this opportunity to begin slaughtering those left behind. He comes for Gamma and tells her that her death will be painless and quick if she simply steps towards him.

Gamma has a real moment of empowerment and reflection here, as she refuses to do so, explaining that Alpha is always lying. She makes a run for it and Judith helps her out.

In one of the most chilling scenes I have witnessed in a while, Beta walks through the house looking for Gamma and Judith. The music stops and all we hear are crickets chirping, really bringing this “stalker” vibe to life.

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Judith shoots Beta through the door, but he is wearing bullet proof gear and we also get to witness this incredible fight scene between him and Rosita. The girls were on fire in this episode, refusing to back down for one second and Gamma/Mary has now proven herself worthy.

She tells Beta to step towards her, dismissing all of her past fears in the process. Beta manages to get away unharmed, but I thought that this was the most exciting part of the episode.

More of this please!

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“Your way is not the only way.”

We also get a fight between Daryl and Alpha during this episode and both of them end up stuck in quite the jam. They are both severely injured, but Daryl takes this time to remind Alpha that she drove Lydia away.

Lydia is still Alpha’s weakness, as she begins to let her true emotions show. Lydia appears and it initially seems like she is hallucinating, but Lydia has truly come back to save Daryl. Yay Lydia!

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She is unable to kill her mother and somehow Alpha is getting patched up, as we gear up for an epic war between The Whisperers and our group.

Stay tuned!

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!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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