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!

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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…

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“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 11: “Morning Star”

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 11, The Whisperers reminded us that they are the end of the world, but our group has been training for this very moment…and it’s finally here. “This is gonna be the fight of our lives.”

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

In last night’s episode, “Morning Star,” Alpha decides to declare war on Hilltop, as our group prepares for battle. Meanwhile, Eugene secures a date, Carol and Ezekiel catch up, and Judith presents Daryl with the perfect gift.

My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 11 are:

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“My mother’s coming…”

Not exactly the words you want to hear when Lydia’s mom is coming to visit. Lydia knows what her mother is capable of and she tries to warn the group, but there is initially some disagreement on how to proceed. Some of the Hilltop members want to stay and fight, but others think that they should leave to protect the children.

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Well, it looks like our group doesn’t have much of a choice since Alpha decides to block all the roads. Hilltop is on their own, but that doesn’t mean that we should count them out just yet.

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“Loser with a forlorn heart.”

Eugene gets some screen time in this episode as he continues to talk to his mystery woman over the radio…Stephanie. It’s clear that Eugene has some pretty intense feelings, but things get complicated when Rosita walks in and hears her on the radio.

Eugene is more than upset because he feels that he broke his promise to Stephanie, but this leads to a nice chat between him and Rosita. After turning down a kiss from our girl, he realizes that perhaps he really cares for Stephanie even though he has never met her.

Luckily, Stephanie comes back on the line and agrees to meet up with Eugene for their very first date. Eugene tells her about Rosita and refers to her as his “proverbial bff,” which was adorable.

Let’s hope that Eugene makes it out of the battle alive because I have a lot of questions about who Stephanie is and what her intentions are. I am aware that she is a character in the comics, but I’m trying to leave her mysterious story open for now.

3

“Never bullshit a bullshitter.”

Fair point, Carol! Everyone begins to have these important and dramatic conversations during this episode, unsure if they will make it out of the war alive. Carol discovers that Ezekiel has cancer and these two finally have a talk…followed by some extracurricular activities.

While this seems like more of an actual goodbye to give them both closure, it’s clear that they will always care for one another.

I was actually really moved by the later conversation between Carol and Lydia. Lydia sits down next to the heart she carved into the wall with Henry, holding on to her own grief and regret as well (Loved that Ezekiel gave her something of Henry’s to wear for the battle).

Carol confides in her and tells her that she had a life, which was really important and moving. Carol has shut down for so long and it looks like she is finally taking the first step toward recognizing her pain and deciding how to deal with it.

As if we didn’t get enough touching Carol moments, Daryl also tells her that he could never hate her, which brought tears to my eyes.

We’re rooting for you Carol!

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“You know who you’re fighting for.”

The most heartwarming part of the episode was when Judith presented Daryl with his new angel wing. Judith wants to stay and fight, but Daryl reminds her that she needs to protect her brother and go with Ezekiel, even if she can’t find him.

Daryl is Judith’s family and I thought this moment was so important. We know that Daryl doesn’t always show his emotions, but it’s clear just how much he cares about Judith and he will die for her.

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The angel wing look perfect on Daryl as he wears it with pride during the battle. Talk about an immortal…

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“Formation!”

This is the moment we have been waiting for! Hilltop has been training and now they are about to put their skills to the test as they line up to protect their home and fight Alpha’s horde. The last few minutes of the episode were beyond intense as we witness the beginning of the war.

The Whisperers are more than prepared; however, as they begin to shower our group in gasoline, which was not expected. Hilltop is set on fire and our group is left standing out in the open.

We get several interesting interactions between Alpha and Negan (sans nudity, phew) and Negan suggests having the group surrender, which implies that he has something else up his sleeve. Negan seems surprised when Alpha notes that she will have them follow her as part of her horde, but what else does Negan have planned here?

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We know how much Negan adores Judith and he also has a fondness for Lydia, so I can’t imagine him standing by and letting anything happen to them.

It seems like this may have been one hell of a long con, but I’m anxious to discover the results in next week’s episode.

Overall, this episode was an emotional roller coaster. We got several motivational speeches and glimmers of closure, but the final minutes of the episode had the majority of the action.

I personally cannot wait for next week’s episode and I’m anxious to see who wins the battle once and for all!

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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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:

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“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.

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“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…

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“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.

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“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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 10 episode 4: “Silence the Whisperers”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 4, Michonne reminded us that sometimes there are bullies that you have to live with and other times you just gotta fight them.  Is it possible to kill them with kindness or do you need to stand your ground every now and again?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.

In last night’s episode, “Silence the Whisperers,” the waves of walkers continue to threaten the group, while Lydia is targeted.  Meanwhile, Negan finally makes an important move, but will he end up facing consequences because of it?  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 4 are:

5

“Never take your enemy by their word…”

Michonne and Judith have some nice mother-daughter bonding moments during this episode.  Judith reminds Michonne that she is always willing to listen and she actually has some pretty good theories about why the walkers are coming in waves.  Are the Whisperers changing the rules or is something else going on here?

I’m still not really sure, but Michonne has been studying her enemy for a while now and she seems ready to put a plan in motion.  Later on in the episode, I loved seeing the side-by-side fighting of Michonne and Judith, but now I’m starting to wonder more and more about how she will exit the show…

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“I’ve been here before.”

Michonne notices Ezekiel going off by himself and decides to follow him.  Ezekiel is standing at the edge of a cliff, feeling very defeated, and Michonne is there to support him, but we end up getting this extremely awkward kiss between them.  Michonne later jokes that they never would have worked out anyway and I breathed a sigh of relief, but I thought the actual conversation was an important moment for these two.

Michonne recognizes the pain and defeat within Ezekiel, especially since she has been there before and opens up to him about her own past and how she misses her “partner in crime,” which brought me to tears.  It really makes you think about how far Michonne has come since we first met her and how she is an inspiring leader that Rick would be so proud of.

3

“Don’t give them a reaction.”

Everyone is clearly on edge because of the waves of walkers and Lydia takes the brunt of it.  Lydia is called a freak and is constantly bullied.  Someone even paints, “Silence the Whispers” on her door, refusing to let her have a safe haven here.  Negan reminds her that they are just looking for a reaction, but Daryl wants Lydia to stay away from him, telling her that “he ain’t your friend.”

It’s clear that both Negan and Daryl care about Lydia and want to protect her.  They both see a lot of themselves in her and want to do what is right, but it doesn’t look like killing the bullies with kindness is going to do the trick here.

2

“He didn’t do anything wrong!”

After Lydia tries to stand up for herself, she ends up getting jumped later that night.  They claim that they just want to scare her, but they beat her up pretty badly.  Negan steps in to save her, but accidentally kills Margo when he throws her into a wall.

Everyone wants justice for this, but Lydia screams out that he didn’t do anything wrong and tries to tell Daryl that Negan saved her.  Later on, Daryl goes to visit Negan to have a little chat.  Rick isn’t around to save Negan anymore, but Negan reminds him that he doesn’t know what to do with him either.

Negan was not in the wrong here, but his actions have stirred up a lot of drama in Alexandria.

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“You don’t belong in a cage.”

Daryl takes some time to talk to Michonne over the radio and Michonne reminds him that they need to protect Lydia, recognizing that Alpha will not attack if she is alive with them.  Michonne and Daryl decide to keep this information to themselves right now, but Michonne is absolutely on to something here.

Michonne asks Daryl to be her proxy for the vote of the council, but it seems like they need some more time to deliberate.  Only someone has freed Negan and he’s gone.  Lydia says it was her, but Daryl kept an eye on her all night.  So who let Negan out?

Daryl has this important moment with Lydia, telling her that she doesn’t belong in a cage and it’s clear that Lydia has been trying so hard to fit in for him.  Lydia misses her father and I think that Daryl can absolutely step into that role for her.  I actually really like Lydia as a character and I love the dynamic between her and Daryl.

While time played an important part last week, the concept of masks comes up in episode 4.  It’s sometimes easier to wear a mask to pretend that everything is all right, but what happens when you reveal your true self?  Will you be accepted as you are or are you safer hiding behind lies and deception?

My main question after the episode is what will happen now that Negan is free?  This is not the first time we have seen Negan escape, but circumstances are different now.  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!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 10 episode 3: “Ghosts”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 3, I realized that sometimes our worst fears and nightmares exist within our own minds.  Can we ever truly shake them or will they continue to wreak havoc on our essence until we face our inner demons once and for all?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.

In last night’s episode, “Ghosts,” Alpha requests a meeting with Michonne and the others, reminding us that she is always watching.  Meanwhile, Carol’s lack of sleep begins to catch up with her, Eugene gets a reality check, and Siddiq’s trauma continues to overwhelm him.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 3 are:

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“We are going to listen.”

In the beginning of the episode, we are presented with several time stamps, throwing us into quite a bit of chaos, as our group begins to hold off constant waves of walkers.  The group thinks that Alpha is behind this, but Lydia explains that this doesn’t seem like her mother, explaining that her mother would send her entire horde to eliminate them at once if she truly wanted to eliminate them.

After some lack of consensus among the group, Michonne puts her leadership skills to the test and gives a motivational speech, reminding everyone that they need to act as one.  Michonne is ready to honor Alpha’s request for a meeting, but are they putting themselves in even more danger here?

4

“You think our friendship is just nothing?”

Eugene and Rosita get some screen time in this episode and it looks like the sleep deprivation is really allowing the truth to leak out, as Rosita tells Eugene that they are never going to happen.  Eugene is head-over-heels in love with Rosita and while I feel bad for him, I think perhaps he needed to hear this.  Is there someone else out there for Eugene or is it possible that Rosita has repressed some feelings for Eugene?

I’m not sure, but now I have this feeling that Eugene might sacrifice himself to protect Rosita or the baby.  I guess I’ll leave that for a mid-season finale discussion when a main character is typically killed off, but nothing happens by accident on TWD.

3

“I am trying to make things better.”

Negan recognizes that everyone is on edge and would much prefer to stay in Alexandria in his peaceful garden, but Gabriel doesn’t give him much of a choice, sending him out with Aaron to take out some walkers.  Negan tries to do his part, but Aaron is clearly not a fan, still blaming Negan for what happened to the love of his life.

After some funny moments from Negan, things get a little bit serious when Aaron reminds Negan that he is to blame for the death of his wife and I’m not sure he should be bringing this up, but Negan keeps his cool.  After Aaron is temporarily blinded, Negan actually helps him and you have to wonder why?  Negan claims he is trying to do better, but does he have another reason for keeping Aaron alive?  Either way, it was great to see some well deserved screen time for our favorite anti-hero.

2

“You need to sleep…”

Carol has not been sleeping and she is also taking some kind of pills, but the ghosts become all too real when Carol begins hallucinating.  She sees Henry and we even get an interesting breakfast table scenario with Daryl, which I kind of loved, bringing us this alternate reality to life.  It was difficult to figure out what was real and what was just a dream, but I thought that worked well, as we almost felt like we were right there with Carol, desperately trying to put the pieces together.

Carol is clearly not over what happened and I can’t say that I blame her, but will her quest for vengeance break her in the end?  We’ll have to see what happens next, but I’m hoping that Daryl can help her before it’s too late.

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“I look at you…and I feel nothing!”

The most exciting part of the episode for me was the meeting with Alpha.  Alpha reminds everyone that she is always watching and schools them all on how many times they have actually crossed the border.  Alpha initially seems like she is ready to follow through on some kind of punishment, but decides that there will be no bloodshed today.

Carol speaks her mind and calls Alpha out on her “bullshit,” bringing a gun to this showdown.  Alpha continues to test limits, telling Carol that Henry called out her name right before they took his head, which pushes Carol over the edge.

Michonne intervenes before Carol can shoot Alpha and Alpha is actually willing to forgive her “mother to mother,” but this is clearly not the end of this rivalry.  Alpha wants more land and reminds them all of their place, but something tells me that Carol is not going to back down at all.

There was a lot of chilling tension in this showdown and I thought it really complimented Carol’s own mental battle.  Alpha wants Carol to fear her, but Carol doesn’t feel anything when it comes to Alpha, but that doesn’t mean that her fears have vanished completely.  Rather, they exist within her own mind, threatening to suffocate her with painful memories and thoughts, which may be even more terrifying.

I thought that the majority of this episode was so well done.  I could have done without the drama between Rosita and Eugene, but I understand that we need to catch up with other characters, but it almost disrupted the chilling tone I was getting from the first half of the episode, which captivated my undivided attention.

Time played such an interesting component in the episode as well, as we got several time stamps in the beginning, a clock waking Carol up, and a watch with no second or minute hand, reminding us that ghosts exist outside of time and space.  They never rest, but perhaps our group needs to take a serious power nap before they face the next threat of walkers.

My main question after watching the episode is…where are these walkers coming from?  Gamma and Lydia say they are not coming from The Whisperers, so what’s actually causing the groups to head in their direction?  I can’t wait to find out.  Stay tuned!

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My performance of the week ending 10/19/19 on TV goes to…

Samantha Morton as Alpha on AMC’s The Walking Dead

What makes a truly formidable villain?  I ask myself that a lot whenever I watch a television series, film, or read a book.  There are so many villains emerging across the screen and page, but I find myself drawn to the villains with buried layers.

The ones that make you stop and think about how our choices can lead us down a dark path and how the difference between right and wrong is not always set in stone.

When it comes to TWD, Negan was always my go to villain, but can we really classify him as a villain now?  To me, Negan is more of a former foe and he seems to be growing as an anti-hero.  When The Whisperers were first introduced, we met Alpha and I immediately saw the potential for a villain who would not back down.  Please note some spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on the series.

Alpha has been making her mark and she really cut deep with that heartbreaking cliffhanger episode in season 9.  Just thinking about it still gives me chills!  There is this raw quality to Alpha.  She is a survivor through and through and she refuses to let weakness taint this instinct.  And yet, when it comes to Alpha herself, she clearly does have a weakness when it comes to her daughter, Lydia.

In season 10, episode 2, we are presented with Alpha’s backstory and it really put things into perspective for me.  I never thought that I would feel any type of sympathy or understanding toward Alpha and yet I now see her in a completely different light.  Alpha gives new meaning to the survival of the fittest concept and she understands that order must be followed to truly maintain power and unity.

However, the slivers of humanity presented make her a complex villain and I really started to think about if we can ever truly classify good guys and bad guys?  After all, the bad guys always think they are the good guys and vice versa, but Alpha’s unconditional love for her daughter does seep into her decisions as a leader.  She initially spares Gamma’s sister’s life because she understands what it feels like to be a mother without her child.

That being said, Alpha understands that she needs to keep this part of her hidden from the rest of the group.  Any sign of weakness on her part could weaken the whole and she knows that examples must be set.

Samantha Morton is absolutely haunting and captivating as Alpha.  There’s something about the way she looks at you, almost like she is looking right through to the very depths of your soul, bringing this necessary and chilling quality to her character.

What’s next for Alpha?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like she is ready to punish our group for crossing the line.  Alpha’s actions can be beyond ruthless, but can Lydia still get through to her somehow?  I have some knowledge of what happens in the comics and I’m wondering if the ultimate showdown will stay true to that or if we have just set up something even more interesting between Carol and Alpha?

I sort of like the idea of these two strong mothers going up against each other, but of course I’m always ready to throw Negan into the mix to shake things up!  Either way, I think that Alpha’s past really revealed so much about her character.  Samantha Morton is fantastic and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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