Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 16: “The Storm”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 16, Ezekiel reminded us that “things fall apart.”  However, “it’s knowing when to keep fighting and knowing when it’s over.”  But is it ever really over?  The threats continue to pour in and our characters are tested again and again, but somehow they continue to survive even when it feels like the entire world is against them.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Storm,” winter is the real enemy, but the walkers are not really up for a snow ball fight either.  Meanwhile, Lydia gets up close and personal with a walker, Dog goes missing, Carol tries to cope with her loss, and Negan is finally let out of the cage.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 16 season finale are:

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“You don’t have to protect me.”

In the beginning of the episode, the characters start to flee or prepare for the brutal winter storm that is headed their way.  We get to listen in on some chatter on the way and find out that apparently we need to send a raven in order to get a response from Maggie, but I appreciate that they are trying to keep that story-line open.  Lydia is not really a welcomed guest, but Daryl refuses to let anyone talk to her with disrespect.  Lydia feels extremely guilty and tells Daryl that he doesn’t have to protect her, but Daryl reminds her that “it’s their problem, not yours.”  I love that Daryl is looking after Lydia here because he obviously wants to do something nice for Henry, but I think Daryl also sees a lot of himself in Lydia as well.  Daryl believes that she is a good kid and is willing to help her, but Carol is having a tough time, as she explains, “Every time I look at her, all I see is him.”

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“It’s like Christmas to me.”

Back in Alexandria, the characters realize that they need to find a suitable place to get warm, but Gabriel recognizes that they have to let Negan out or he will freeze to death.  Finally!  Negan does not disappoint, as he hilariously comments on the “hot little quadrangle” we have to entertain us, which doesn’t really amuse Rosita and her suitors.  Negan takes it one step further and tells Gabriel, “Your girl’s doc is also your girl’s baby daddy,” but refuses to have his comments be called predictable.  He later says, “Father…not the Father” to keep the laughs coming for us, which reminded me why I love Negan’s character so much.  He may not have too many fans in Alexandria, but he absolutely kept me entertained.

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“You’re not weak.”

Lydia’s guilt is overwhelming her and she ends up getting up close and personal with a walker stuck in the snow.  Lydia closes her eyes and starts bringing her arm toward its mouth, but Carol interrupts this before anything can happen.  Later on, Lydia tells Carol that her son is dead because of her.  In a heartbreaking moment, she says, “Henry said I was a good person, but he was wrong.”  She asks Carol to kill her, hoping to fix everything.  Carol’s grief has been consuming her and it was beyond heartbreaking to watch her go through Henry’s box of things.  However, Carol knows that Henry truly cared about Lydia and is still a good person.  Carol doesn’t grant Lydia her request and simply tells her, “You’re not weak,” which I thought was a really important moment between these two.  Carol and Lydia may never really form a close bond, but they both have a shared love for Henry, which is a link that will never be severed.

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“I feel like I’m losing myself again.”

Carol continues to lean on Daryl’s shoulder, but Ezekiel is not exactly pleased.  He later approaches Daryl and asks him not to continue on to Hilltop with them once they are out of the storm.  Ezekiel explains that he is not trying to be the bad guy, but that he wants to give Carol and him a fresh start after everything they have been through.  Daryl doesn’t give him an answer, but he does later ask Carol what she wants him to do.  The bond and friendship between Daryl and Carol is so strong, but Daryl is willing to walk away if that’s what Carol needs.  Daryl and Carol have been through a lot together so it’s understandable why Carol is leaning on him so much, but it doesn’t make it any easier for Ezekiel.  At the end of the episode, Carol decides to go to Alexandria and gives Ezekiel back his ring.  Ezekiel tells Carol that he’ll never stop loving her and Carol says, “I’ll never regret the fairy-tale,” which broke my heart.  Carol has been through unimaginable horrors and I just want her to have something good, but I think it will take a very long time before she is able to open up her heart again.  Carol needs to heal, but she has to do this on her own so that she doesn’t lose herself again.

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“Thank you for saving her.”

We get some action during the episode, as the walkers begin popping out of the snow while Daryl and the others cross into Alpha’s territory to get to safety.  Daryl even cleverly uses an icicle as an interesting choice of weapon.  Meanwhile, Judith also gets herself into trouble when she runs after Dog in the middle of the storm.  Negan rushes after her and tells her, “You’re just trying to get a little extra Negan time.”  I mean, we’ll take all the Negan screen time we can get.  Negan saves Judith and Dog, but has injured his leg severely.  Luckily, they make it out OK and Michonne later approaches Negan to thank him for saving his daughter.  This is a very big moment, revealing that perhaps Negan can make a difference after all, even though Michonne has had a hard time accepting this.  Does this mean that Negan will be out in the open from now on?  I really hope so because I think that he can truly prove his worth in Alexandria.  Negan also leaves us with a very important observation.  Michonne risked a lot by cutting into Alpha’s territory, but will there be consequences?  Negan explains that “no one ever thinks that they’re the evil one” and he’s spot on.  We cut to Alpha briefly who says, “I’ll need to be stronger for what comes next,” as Beta begins whipping her arm.  No wonder Lydia has so many issues.

So what exactly is coming next?  It certainly gives us some setup for season 10, but we’ll have to wait to find out.  We are also left with a mysterious voice coming over the radio at the very end.  So who is on the other end?  Is it an old friend or a new potential ally?  It sounded like a female.  Is it possible that this is a crossover from Fear the Walking Dead? Maggie? Someone connected to Rick?  I’m not sure, but it definitely keeps my interest invested, as I am looking forward to finding out more.  Overall, the episode provided us with a nice balance of setup and action.  Nothing was going to compare to the shock of episode 15, but I still thought that the season finale had a lot of important moments and it really gave us a chance to connect with some of our favorite characters even more.  Stay tuned for season 10 and don’t forget that Fear the Walking Dead begins June 2nd!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 14: “We Have To Protect The People We Love”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 14, I remembered that scars are not always on the outside.  Sometimes the scars we can’t forget run past our flesh, screaming on the inside, refusing to be tamed.  They are a constant reminder of something, but they can also be a badge of courage, pushing us forward and giving us strength.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Scars,” we get an important glimpse into Michonne’s past and finally learn the truth about the “X” marks.  Meanwhile, Lydia continues to make a great impression wherever she goes and Negan sheds some light on his unconventional friendship with Judith.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 14 are:

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“What about her?”

Daryl arrives at Alexandria’s gates, looking for some help from Michonne, as Henry is badly injured.  However, Lydia’s presence does not make things easy, as Michonne and the others do not trust outsiders.  Daryl vouches for Lydia and says that she is with them, but can they really trust her?  Michonne explains that she does trust Daryl and allows them to pass through, but she’s definitely keeping her guard up.

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“Think about that.”

The gross ship between Henry and Lydia continues, as Lydia tells Henry that she will never forget what he did and starts touching his scar, explaining that she likes it.  Michonne interrupts this stomach-turning love connection to have a talk with Lydia.  She sits next to her on the stairs and says, “To save my people, I’ve had to risk others…it’s what I had to do.”  Lydia listens intently, as Michonne further says, “If I could just walk away and take all the risk with me…think about that.”  Michonne walks away without letting Lydia respond to this, but her message is pretty clear and to the point.  Is Lydia strong enough to do the right thing here and walk away?  Lydia cares about Henry, but she is constantly putting her new friends in danger by being with them.

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“So now you’re curious.”

I love how Negan is now the constant voice of reason, as Michonne confronts him when Judith goes missing.  Michonne wants to know more about their friendship and thinks that Negan is feeding Judith bullshit to earn her trust.  However, Negan gently reminds Michonne that Judith can “smoke out the bullshit.”  He tells Michonne that Judith likes hearing stories about her father and brother, as Negan tells her about some bad-ass moments featuring them, which brings her closer to her family.  Negan says that he shoots it straight with Judith and Michonne asks him if he told her about what he did to Glenn and Abraham.  Negan surprises her by saying that she has heard those stories too, but Michonne has heard enough and tells him, “You don’t get to talk to me about Carl…she is my daughter!” 

Judith is Michonne’s daughter and Negan reminds her that she acts a lot like her mother sometimes, which is actually really great advice and ultimately points Michonne in the right direction so that she can find Judith before anything happens to her.  Michonne has been trying to protect Judith’s innocence for so long, but perhaps it is time for her to start treating her like the strong young woman she is becoming.

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“Children are capable of anything.”

During the episode, we flash back to Michonne’s past when she was pregnant with R.J.  Michonne gets a blast from her past, as she crosses paths with her old friend, Jocelyn, played by True Blood’s Rutina Wesley.  Michonne is so happy to see her and welcomes her, agreeing to help her save her group of children.  Jocelyn explains that none of the adults in her group made it, but that children can be capable of anything, as she has become a den mother of sorts to them.  However, everything is not as it seems, as Michonne discovers that they have raided their supplies and left Alexandria, taking Judith and some of the other kids with them. 

Michonne and Daryl rush off after them and are caught, as we watch the horrifying act of the children branding both Michonne and Daryl with the “X” marks under Jocelyn’s instruction.  Michonne manages to break free and refuses to leave her daughter behind, as she shows just how far a mother will go to protect her child.  Michonne kills Jocelyn and tries to get through to the children, but they are too far gone to know what is right and wrong at this point.  Michonne’s stomach is slashed by one of the children, which was horrifying to watch.  I seriously could not believe that Jocelyn and the children could be this cruel and merciless, but we are living in different times now.  Judith’s life is threatened and Michonne does what she must do to protect her daughter.  She kills the children in her way and saves her daughter and she’s had to live with this choice for all this time.  No wonder she does not trust anyone at this point.

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“We have to protect the people we love and we will.”

Negan is not the only one to give Michonne some advice, as Daryl suggests that Michonne tells Judith about that day as well.  After tracking Judith down and stopping the walkers in her way, Michonne tells Judith that she has to tell her something.  Judith actually remembers that day and explains that she initially did not recognize her mother because she was covered in blood.  She didn’t talk after it happened because she thought it made her mother sad, which furthers this loving bond between Michonne and Judith.  Michonne chose to be Judith’s mother, but it has not been easy, especially since Rick is gone.  However, Michonne does the best she can to protect her family, but she recognizes that it is time to finally confide in her daughter and tell her the truth.  Michonne takes Judith to the spot she buried, which is where Michonne made the promise to never bury another child again.  Judith understands where her mother is coming from and this is a really important moment for these two.  Michonne agrees to help Judith track down Daryl and the others, as they approach the Kingdom together, but we learn that the Whisperers are lurking in the bushes, ready to inform Alpha about this place.

Overall, this episode provided us with some really important information and shocked us with horrible truths and realities.  The dead have not been the main threat on this show for quite some time, as we witness how dangerous humanity can be.  We don’t always see betrayal coming, but sometimes we have to take a risk and trust someone to protect the ones we love.  I was impressed with the performances and even though it was more of a transition episode, I thought that it was necessary and important, revealing so much about Michonne’s character and reminding us that each decision can have a consequence, which makes leading extremely difficult.  Is Michonne ready to take on Alpha?  We’ll have to see, but it looks the Whisperers are done waiting in the shadows.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 12: “Crying Is Weak”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 12, I realized that it is possible for people to change, but it’s difficult to let our guard down and trust them again.  Do we take the chance or do we continue to play it safe because of the potential consequences?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Guardians,” we meet Beta and get a glimpse into life as a Whisperer.  Meanwhile, Daryl and Connie show off some synchronized slaying, Eugene gives Gabriel some advice, and Michonne makes a big decision.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 12 are:

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“You be a damn fool to let her go.”

So, I almost felt like Gabriel was auditioning for a role on Maury, as he reminded Eugene that he is not the father of Rosita’s baby, which makes things more than complicated.  Rosita is upfront with Gabriel and leaves the choice up to him, but he is clearly very conflicted over what to do next.  Eugene has strong feelings for Rosita as well and just wants her to be happy.  He provides Gabriel with some advice and looks on, as Gabriel approaches Rosita and Siddiq toward the end, implying that they are all embracing this complicated situation together. 

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“You can’t keep a big dog locked up forever.”

Michonne approaches Negan and asks him why he came back to Alexandria.  Michonne demands answers and Negan tells her that he has truly changed and that he can help her.  Negan hears everything from his cell and he can be very useful, but Michonne is not buying it whatsoever at this point.  However, Negan makes some very valid points that should be considered.  He had the chance to run and he came back, but Michonne is very guarded, refusing to believe that Negan can become a productive member of society.  Just let him out already!

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“Crying is weak.”

Lydia was not joking when she said that you do not want to cross her mother, Alpha.  In this episode, heads literally roll, as Alpha makes an example out of a couple who try to undermine her authority.  Alpha shows no mercy and decapitates the woman right in front of everyone.  Her husband, or boyfriend, begins crying and Alpha whispers, “Crying is weak,” right before she stabs him.  Remember there’s no crying in the zombie apocalypse!

No crying

Alpha is proving to be a very formidable villain, but she clearly still has a weak spot for her daughter, Lydia.  However, I think that the true beast within her will be unleashed if Lydia betrays her, which may make her almost unstoppable.  She seems to focus a lot on being like an animal, which can be extremely dangerous, but it’s all about survival of the fittest now.   

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“People don’t really change.  You did.”

Michonne confronts Judith about talking to Negan and tries to tell her, “He is not your friend.”  Judith explains that Negan truly listens to her, but Michonne doesn’t want her anywhere near him.  Judith proves to be wise beyond her years, as she reminds Michonne that he is still a human being.  Michonne has a lot of feelings bottled up inside her and she begins to finally reflect on some of her decisions.  She decides that she will ultimately help The Kingdom and recognizes that everyone has the right to “weigh the risks and choose.”  It’s always a gamble to take a chance when there are so many threats, but Michonne’s talks with Negan and Judith clearly had an impact on her.

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“Kill him…”

So, my own personal favorite moment was when Lydia punched Henry in the face.  I almost fell out of my chair laughing.  Henry winds up in a dangerous situation now, as he tells Alpha, “I came for her.”  Alpha recognizes that she can use Henry to her advantage, but Beta also reminds her that her daughter may have feelings for him.  Alpha puts this to the test and commands Lydia to kill Henry or Beta will kill them both.  Lydia is shocked by this and is clearly very conflicted, but some hungry walkers break the tension and begin attacking the camp.  Daryl uses this distraction to get Henry out of there, but Henry refuses to go without Lydia, as they all head off together.  What will Alpha do now that her daughter has willingly left?  Has Lydia truly switched sides?  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 9: “Home, Sweet Home”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 9 Mid-Season Premiere, I realized that sometimes being a good judge of character is not as easy as one might suspect.  Do you go with your gut or do you believe that there is still goodness within others, even though you have been burned before?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Adaptation,” Negan finally gets some well deserved screen time and leaves Alexandria, but starts to have second thoughts about where he truly belongs.  Meanwhile, Michonne and Daryl capture a Whisperer, Luke tries to keep things light, and Rosita reveals a secret.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 9 are:

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“I’m pregnant.”

During the episode, Rosita gets sick after Eugene returns and reveals that she is pregnant.  I guess congratulations are in order, only we find out that Dr. Siddiq is the potential father since apparently Rosita was “having fun” with him before she started seeing Gabriel.  I honestly can’t keep track of all of these romances, but it’s interesting that another pregnancy has now been revealed on the show.  But what does that mean for Eugene?  I’ve been secretly shipping Rosita and Eugene for a while, but I’m not sure if that is in the cards now.

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“Two man band.”

Luke, played by Dan Fogler, is still bringing us some laughs, which is important on a show like TWD, which can be very heavy and draining sometimes.  Luke offers to help out and goes on a sweep with Alden.  He talks about forming a two man band and says it can be a “symphony of awesome.”  While I love these two bonding right now, it doesn’t look too good for them when they end up surrounded by the Whisperers at the end of the episode.

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“You try anything, you won’t have to pretend.”

During the episode, Michonne and Daryl capture a Whisperer.  Michonne reminds us that she is a bad-ass and threatens the Whisperer.  We know that Michonne will be leaving the series during season 10, but it looks like she is going to continue to stay guarded in the meantime.  After all, we still don’t know the back story of these “X” marks, but Michonne is not taking any chances with this Whisperer chick.  I can’t say that I really blame her, however.

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“These people need you.”

During the episode, Michonne reminds Daryl that everyone needs him and that he is the “best judge of character” she knows.  While you may not think this skill is worth mentioning, it absolutely is, as so many of the characters on the show fail to see what is right in front of them.  Daryl has the ability to see who someone truly is, but he has been on his own for quite some time now.  Daryl confronts the Whisperer chick and screams, “don’t like to me,” proving that he means business, but Henry intervenes when Daryl decides to do what is necessary.  Henry is naive and almost pointless here, except that the Whisperer chick takes advantage and tells him that her name is Lydia and thanks him.  I literally said, “dumb ass Henry,” to my television during this scene, but I guess we have to have someone to yell at.

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“Home, sweet home.”

Negan finally gets the quality screen time he deserves in this episode and I have to say that it’s about time!  Negan tries to escape Alexandria, but Judith catches him.  Judith is not about to let Negan go, but he reasons with her.  Negan and Judith have formed a strong bond and Judith makes a real decision for herself by letting him go.  Negan has quite the adventure, as he ends up returning to his old “home” and tries to embrace a form of nostalgia.  However, Negan comes to the realization that his former home is pretty much gone and there is nothing left there for him.  Negan comes back and Judith shoots at him like she promised, but Negan thoughtfully returns her compass and decides to stay in Alexandria after all.  What’s next for Negan?  I’m not sure, but it looks like his character will be developing further, which is something that I am looking forward to.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 8 Mid-Season Finale: “There’s A Storm Coming”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 8 Mid-Season Finale, we were presented with some legitimately creepy scenes that had me on the edge of my seat.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Evolution,” Daryl, Jesus, Aaron, and Dog go out looking for Eugene, but find a walker herd that is nowhere near normal.  Meanwhile, the new characters try to earn their keep and Negan’s world is about to change.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 8 Mid-Season Finale are:

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“We’re a solid looking group.”

In the beginning of the episode, Michonne continues to escort the new characters to Hilltop, but we know that trust is not so easily earned.  Tara seems willing to give the new characters a shot, but reminds them that they will need to earn their keep.  I have to admit that I am actually looking forward to getting to know the new characters now.  A lot of them seem to have potential and perhaps they can liven things up just a little bit.  I mean anything is more interesting than Henry being peer pressured by the “cool kids” at Hilltop.

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“It’s good we’re here.”

After Michonne learns that Carol is at Hilltop too and Daryl is not far away, Tara points out that “it’s like the gang’s back together.”  A lot has clearly changed; however, as Carol initially doesn’t seem that thrilled to see Michonne.  Carol still seems to believe in a better world and building a community, but Michonne reminds her that they are living in a broken world and that they have to take care of their own.  I am still wondering what happened to Michonne to make her so jaded and untrusting of everyone?

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“They have no idea what they’re dealing with.”

With almost perfect timing, Rosita wakes up and freaks out when she finds out that Daryl and the others went after Eugene.  Rosita explains that they don’t know what they are dealing with and she’s absolutely right.  After finding Eugene in the barn, he tries to explain his own theories on the potential evolution of the walkers and says that he heard them whispering.  Daryl doesn’t really know what to make of this until he witnesses this behavior on his own, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are all in serious danger right now.

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“I loved the shit out of TV when that was a thing.”

I hear you on that Negan!  It initially seemed like we were just going to get some more banter between Negan and another character.  Negan gives Gabriel a hard time about Rosita and even tries to plant some doubt in his head to provide himself with some entertainment that doesn’t involve him throwing a ball at a wall.  After all, “all work and no play makes Negan a dull villain.”  After Gabriel gets upset about Rosita, Negan’s jail cell is carelessly left slightly open and Negan takes his first steps out into the open.  Freedom looks good on you Negan.

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“Let’s get em…”

Daryl stands alone to give the others a chance to get Eugene out of there, but he does have Dog by his side, who is starting to be my favorite character.  Seriously do not let anything happen to this dog.  Daryl tries to create a distraction, but the herd of walkers continues to go after Eugene and the others.  It’s almost like they could sense that Daryl’s distraction was a trap and the storm has now arrived, providing us with the perfect ominous soundtrack.  Eugene and the others wind up in a beyond creepy cemetery, which I have to say was kind of brilliant.  I have not been scared on TWD for quite some time and I actually felt a bit nervous during this scene, especially when the characters were surrounded by whispers.  Michonne and some of the new characters show up to help get them out of the cemetery and Jesus tries to hold off the walkers with his impressive ninja skills.  Everything is happening so fast, but we do cut to a scene in slow motion, as one of the walkers stabs Jesus with his knife and whispers, “You are where you do not belong.”  Poor Jesus has drawn the short stick in this shocking moment.  Daryl discovers that the killer was actually a human with a walker mask to make things even more complicated.  “The Whisperers” have arrived and are a new and dangerous threat.  Overall, I thought that the episode delivered in the last fifteen minutes.  However, there was so much fluff surrounding it.  I seriously don’t care about Henry and his teen adventures.  We have several new setups for the second half of the season, which I am looking forward to explore.  So what can we expect from the second half of season 9?  I’m hoping that we abandon the unnecessary fluff and focus on “The Whisperers,” Negan, the “X” marks, and the past of the new characters.  New episodes return in February.  Stay tuned!

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I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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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:

5

“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.

4

“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.

3

“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.

1

“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!

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!

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

My Whizbuzz Book Page

Stay up to date on upcoming premieres of horror TV series @ 12nightsofhorror.com/horror-series-coming-soon

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 4: “I’d Die For You”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 4, I realized that everyone handles their loneliness in different ways.  While some of us keep busy with a routine, others try and make a connection, desperately reaching out for someone to listen to us.  But what happens when there is no one left to listen?  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Obliged,” the communities begin to divide even further, disrupting Rick’s vision for them to all live together in peace and harmony.  Meanwhile, Jesus is concerned about Maggie’s actions, Negan requests an audience with Michonne, and Rick and Daryl clash even further after Rick’s “merry band of bridge builders” falls apart.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 4 are:

5

“I’m gonna make things right.”

Maggie tells Jesus that she is going to make things right like they talked about and is ready to head off to Alexandria to see Negan.  Jesus is very concerned about Maggie, as he wants to make sure that she is thinking clearly and doing things for the right reasons.  While Maggie clearly has her mind made up, Jesus tries to intervene and contacts Rick, warning him about what she is about to potentially do.  Is Maggie ready to finally face Negan?  We’ll have to wait to find out, but it looks like she is not turning back now.

4

“But if anything gives me hope…it’s you.”

Rick is disappointed to see the communities falling apart despite his best effort to keep them all united.  Rick has a touching moment with Carol, which we can now think of as a goodbye.  Rick reveals that he’s not sure that they are doing the right thing, but that he has hope in Carol, who is ready to lead her people back to “The Kingdom.”  Carol explains that she is just trying to figure things out like everybody else, but Carol is someone extraordinary.  On the way back, Carol proves to be a leader and someone you do not want to mess with, reminding everyone around her that she is strong and fully capable of taking care of herself and her people.

3

“You’re the price of admission.”

We get some more screen time for Gabriel and Anne, as Anne explains that Gabriel is the “price of admission” into this mysterious new place she is headed to.  Gabriel doesn’t give up here, even though Anne is about to sick a walker on him while he is tied up.  Gabriel says, “You’re afraid but you don’t have to be.”  He reminds Anne that she has changed and that he is a better person because of her.  Gabriel further tells Anne that he thinks he failed her and that he forgives her.  Just as the walker is about to devour Gabriel, Anne pulls it away, saving Gabriel’s life.  Anne cannot go through with this and ends up knocking Gabriel out and leaving him behind.  Gabriel is only left with a note and Anne explains, “If you want to go fast…go alone.  I need to go fast.”  Gabriel is completely heartbroken in this moment.  It’s actually surprising that he is so upset, considering the fact that Anne almost turned him into an afternoon snack for the garbage walker.  Gabriel clearly cares about Anne tremendously and has made an impact on her, as she was not able to hurt him.  Perhaps she is better off alone, but will her time with Gabriel make her second question everything?

2

“We are not the same.”

Michonne’s daily routine is interrupted when she finds out that Negan has been refusing to eat.  After paying him a visit, Negan requests to have a conversation with Michonne.  Michonne reluctantly agrees and tells Negan that while they are rebuilding, he is continuing to rot in there.  While Michonne handles things with action, Negan is a master of words, manipulating and impacting Michonne more than she could have ever anticipated.  Negan opens up to Michonne about his wife dying from cancer and they even both speak about Carl.  Michonne further opens up about her son, Andre, which is clearly difficult for her to talk about.  Negan is desperately looking for any kind of connection, as anything is better than nothing and tries to tell Michonne that they are the same.  Michonne refuses to admit this, but does Negan have a point?  Negan escalates things further when he demands to see his beloved bat, “Lucille,” but Michonne says it isn’t there.  But perhaps Negan has been getting in Michonne’s head for quite some time, as she continues to see his “bat” everywhere, even in Judith’s children’s book.

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“Brother…take my hand.”

After Rick finds out about Maggie’s intentions, Daryl conveniently offers to give him a ride.  Only Daryl has no intention of stopping Maggie.  Rick quickly realizes what is going on and demands that Daryl pull over.  The tension that has been building between these two finally erupts, as they begin fighting each other, ending up trapped in a ditch.  Now that they are away from everyone, Rick and Daryl finally take a moment to talk about their feelings.  Daryl tells him about what the Oceanside people did and asks Rick if he forgot that Glenn was the one who initially saved him.  Rick explains that if Negan dies, he will become a martyr and then Carl died for nothing.  Daryl says that he’d die for Rick and that he would have died for Carl too, but that Rick is chasing something for him that isn’t meant to be.  Daryl begs Rick to let go of Carl, but is Rick really able to do so?  When they hear cries from the camp, Rick and Daryl finally put their differences aside and work together to get out of the pit.  Rick takes Daryl’s hand and calls him his brother, saving him.  After seeing the horde of walkers quickly approaching, Rick gets on the horse to lead them away, bringing us full circle, as Rick was initially on a horse in the series premiere.  Daryl tells him to “be safe,” but we all know what is coming next.  The horse gets spooked and throws Rick off of him, as Rick hits his head and is injured severely, completely surrounded by oncoming walkers.  There’s no way Rick is getting out of this one, but we’ll have to wait for next week to find out how it ends.  Stay tuned for Rick’s last episode!

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!

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

My Whizbuzz Book Page

Stay up to date on upcoming premieres of horror TV series @ 12nightsofhorror.com/horror-series-coming-soon

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

Want to read more?  You can click the link directly below for a free preview.  Thanks for your support!

Free Instant Preview of The Search for Alice is available here!

The Search for Alice is available here!

The Search for Alice Cover