Why I Quit The Walking Dead

I can pinpoint the exact moment when I questioned my loyalty to The Walking Dead. November 30th 2014 was the mid-season finale, Beth dies, Daryl carries her lifeless body in his arms, Maggie arrives in slow motion to see her dead sister, sad story, soul crushed forever. My loyalty didn’t falter because someone died, that happens all the time on this show. It was the way the writers built up to Beth’s storyline, spending half the season ‘looking’ for her, and then conveniently killing her off in the mid-season finale.

walkingdead-biggestfan-memeAnd I totally understand, nobody is immune to dying, obviously this is the zombie apocalypse, people are dropping like flies, but why do some deaths feel more justified than others? Hershel, Lori, Tyrese, Noah were all deaths that made sense, or felt right when they happened, sorry Noah we just didn’t care about you. But with Beth dying, it felt like the writers needed a big bang for the mid-season finale.

Fast forward a few months later, much to the dismay of my watercooler chatters, I kept watching TWD but always with a wary eye. I knew a sh***y cliff-hanger finale was just around the corner and I wasn’t going to be fooled again.

I wasn’t fooled when Glenn got caught in the swivel door with Noah and the writers tried to get us to believe Glenn was going to die in a swivel door! Or, that they even assumed killing off Noah would create a stir in all of our hearts. Um, let’s just take in Beth died because of Noah, so frankly, I salute those zombies that chewed Noah’s face off. Boy, bye.

And then it happened again, the notorious mid-season finale cliff-hanger, with Glenn and Nick on the dumpster. Don’t even get me started on this scene, we’ve ranted enough about it in a previous post. But did they actually think we thought Glenn would die? Yes, because they’re banking on their Walking Dead fans to fall for cheapy cliff hangers. Nick blows his brains out, Glenn falls into the swarm of zombies and cut to black because it’s the mid-season final and everybody is freaking out because Glenn might be dead. Fast forward a few months and a f few overtly ambiguous Walking Dead promos later, and Glenn magically escapes the dumpster after hiding from a hundred zombies. Okay, now he decides to go back home.

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But he’s not out of the danger zone just yet, the writers want to keep him in the danger zone a little longer because we’re halfway through the back end of the season and nothing crazy has happened so almost killing Glenn again is what they’re going to do, again. But he fights his way out again! He prevails, all while his baby momma watches. Maggie is basically us, the audience, watching and being like ‘is this going to end on another cliff hanger though?’

Now that leaves us with the Negan season finale, and just when you think the writers are going to give the fans everything, it cuts to black and that’s it. We have to wait six months to see who Negan’s going to kill? And then on top of that shi***y ending, claim that the ending was ‘the end of one story and next season will be the beginning of another story’. That wasn’t an ending that was like a ‘to be continued’ just call it like it is Scott M. Gimple.

But nevertheless, the cast and crew of The Walking Dead insist this season will be the season of all seasons, it will be the ‘craziest season yet’, ‘you haven’t seen crazy until you see Negan crazy’. No, I’ve definitely seen crazy, I’ve seen Cersei so crazy she blows up half the friggin’ cast of Game of Thrones while they’re in church. I’ve seen crazy, just not on your show.

And that’s why I’m never watching The Walking Dead ever again, I admit I’ll be there to see who Negan finally kills (sorry Glenn, and possibly Maggie) but I doubt I’ll be there every Sunday night. To be honest, I’d rather be with Blac Chyna and Rob on E!

Also, the  Walking Dead crew should stop comparing themselves to the Game of Thrones production, the smaller budget and longer season never stopped them from reaching ratings heights before, so get your sh** together Scott.M Gimple and stop whining.

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The Walking Dead: ‘Thank You’ RECAP

We haven’t done a Walking Dead recap so far this season, but I think last night’s episode is where we’re going to start, and let’s be clear, there will be major spoilers.

I think it’s fair to say at this point that Rick’s plan of herding the zombies was an epic fail. That’s not to say that another person’s plan was going to work better, but let’s all get on the same page and agree that a complete pile of sh** has hit the fan for our characters.

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This week’s episode was titled “Thank You” and it was the third episode of this season, and like the first two episodes we’re still following our gang on the day of the ‘herding’ mission. The episode didn’t have any Alexandria scenes,so we got to see a whole lot of Glenn, Michonne and Rick. And a whole lot of talking, like holy-moly these guys were ready to talk their faces off! I can say that the first 35 minutes of the episode was all talk, characters having heart to hearts with one another, Rick advising Glenn and Michonne to ditch the group if they felt like they were in danger, and then Glenn ‘volunteering as tribute’ which basically hinted that something crazy was going to happen to Glenn. And it’s not to say that Glenn hasn’t had his fair share of close calls. From having his head almost chopped off at Terminus, to the rotating door incident last season, he’s come pretty close to his demise.

But back to the episode real quick, nothing crazy happens throughout the episode. Rick splits up with the group to go grab the RV and then meet up with them down the road. While he’s on his run he slices his hand (is this a nod to what happens to him in the comics?) pretty badly, like he’s bleeding all over, which realistically is a Rick Grimes staple look. He’s always covered in sweat, blood and dirt. So yeah Rick’s hand – that happens. But they show it a few times so I feel like something’s going to happen because of it.

But back to the main group, they literally start dropping like flies. Two minutes into the episode one of the girls sprains her ankle running, bye girl. She needs to be carried around for the remainder of her 24 minutes. Then the gang comes up to a gang of zombies, one of the idiots shoots off his gun except the bullet flies into one of the Alexandrians’ legs, so he’s down now, the idiot shooter runs off. And then once all the zombies are gone, the group huddles together and then a zombie out of nowhere comes and bites another Alexandrian on the back. He takes it like a champ but wtf did nobody see that?? (It’s also annoying how things like this keep happening, like did nobody see or hear that zombie approaching he was literally a step from everyone else. It’s a little too obvious, and I feel like our main characters Glenn and Michonne would’ve noticed a zombie walking up to them)

So okay we are left with Glenn, Michonne, Male Michonne, Nicholas , back eaten guy, ankle girl, and guy with a shot leg. Do you see how useless these people are? So then they run into a town, which I don’t even understand why they’re going there at this point. Why aren’t they running back to Alexandria? Anyways, they lock themselves inside a pet store, Nicholas mentions there’s a store nearby that they can light on fire and distract the zombies, that will be their getaway plan. Why isn’t your getaway plan to just getaway? Why are you doing like 2 other missions and then your getaway plan? As you can tell, this was a very frustrating episode.

So Glenn volunteers as tribute to go with Nicholas to set this store on fire and then run off. Michonne looks at Glenn like are you serious? You’re going to pull off this mission with a guy who A. Looks batsh** crazy and B. Tried to kill you. But Glenn is Glenn and he loves pizza and people, so he trusts everyone and wants to believe people are good. So him and Nicholas run off after Glenn spends a few seconds polishing Hershel’s pocket watch (and now you know Glenn’s about to die).

A few minutes later, and a few long conversations later (I never realized how talkative Michonne can be) Michonne looks out the window and she sees an entire mob of zombies approaching the town/pet store. But hold on things get even better, because just at that moment, not a second before, not 20 minutes ago when there wasn’t a herd of zombies approaching, they hear a banging coming from the back of the store. Michonne investigates and finds two zombies hidden, so a struggle ensues and apparently those zombies outside have like 20/20 hearing so now their attention is on the pet store. The gang decide to leave the store immediately and as they’re running out ankle girl takes a tumble and yells out ‘just go!!’, nobody thinks twice about saving her, and she wastes all her bullets on the herd of zombies instead of killing herself. (Idiota)

Glenn and Nicholas realize the herd is getting closer so they have no time, and apparently there is a surplus of alleyways that have no exits in this small town. They approach the store but realize it’s already been set on fire, so Glenn and Nick run to find another building to burn. But time’s running out and they get cornered in an alleyway (I told you they’re everywhere) Now here it is, I love this show, it’s the biggest show on television right now, but this season has had a lot of holes that I don’t appreciate.

Hole #1 – Glenn is an experienced survivor and let’s say Nick is like, medium but mentally unstable. Regardless, you’re approaching an alleyway, and you know there is a herd of zombies chasing you. Why do you think running into a closed off alleyway is the best option? Yes they’re cornered, but there must be another way around this. They definitely had a enough time to assess the fact they were running into a no exit alleyway. Okay, but let’s say there isn’t another option, let’s imagine the only option they had was to run there.

Hole #2 – So you run into the alleyway, and for what seems like a good 1- 2 minutes you are shooting your handgun at a pack of 50 zombies, what do you think you’re handgun is going to do? You got maybe 5-8 bullets in that thing and there is a HERD of zombies approaching you in a no exit alleyway. (Rule #1 in Call of Duty:Zombies, never back yourself into a corner even if you have the ray gun!!) Maybe instead of wasting bullets you can try to find a way out, like pile things on top of the garbage bin and jump over that barbed wire? I don’t know what else there was, but wasting your time shooting at a herd is just stupid and pointless. Glenn should’ve been able to think faster.

Hole #3 – So you’re in this alleyway and now the zombies are about close on you, but there’s a big garbage bin behind with a working lid. You decide to jump on the garbage bin? And do what? Stand up there like you’re protesting, you don’t even have enough bullets to shoot them! Like really? Why wasn’t your first thought to jump into the garbage bin and get inside and close the top!! That thing is pretty secure if you can get the top nice and secure from the inside. They could’ve waited it out, okay even if Nick blew his brains out at least Glenn would’ve been safe inside.

Unfortunately I’m not a writer on The Walking Dead and our characters are not as smart as we thought – so here’s what really happened. Glenn and Nick get stuck in an alleyway all while the other gang is trying to escape the town as well. They also get stuck in an alleyway but are able to climb the fence. Something Glenn couldn’t do, is barbed wire really that scary? Really because there’s a herd of zombies chasing you -a few scratches won’t kill you. Everyone makes it over the fence except back bitten guy and he dies and Michonne eventually climbs over the top. That scene wasted a good 4 minutes and was dragged out way too long. As if they were going to kill Michonne, come on. I know I’m hating on this episode but for good reason. So now, there’s basically three of them left, Michonne, Male Michonne and the guy that got shot in the leg.

But Glenn and Nicholas are still stuck, and to be honest it really looked like this was the end for both of them. Like I said before Glenn’s had a few close calls, but this one had to top them all. I was like there’s no way this guys getting out of this. And then Nick loses it, grabs his gun, thanks Glenn (for what I don’t know), and then shoots himself in the head. When he falls off the garbage bin he brings Glenn down with him into the herd, but he sort of falls on top of Glenn. And then the next shot is all the zombies bending down for dinner at what looks to be Glenn’s body, but is probably Nick’s on top of his. And they had some nice aerial shots in there of the herd just covering up Nick and Glenn and now you’re just mentally preparing yourself for Maggie’s suicide.

But the episode still has another 10 minutes to go so you’re wondering how they’re going to fill this up. It cuts back to Rick who finally reaches the RV, drives it to their meetup destination and turns off the engine. He has a few minutes to just take it all in, it was a really emotional scene as he’s talking over the walkie telling Daryl and Sasha and maybe Glenn that he hears shots from back home but it would be selfish of them to go back now and help them out. He hopes that they’re doing okay but deep down he is freaking out. It was like he was trying to convince himself. He radioes Glenn but it’s just silent, and it was a really gut wrenching few seconds as you’re waiting to hear Glenn’s voice but it never comes. And then the action starts, two Wolf people enter the RV but Rick is so turnt up he literally takes both of them down within seconds.

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It’s absolute silence in the moments after, but Rick sees the reflection of more Wolf’s outside the RV, he grabs the AK-47 and starts ripping it into the side of the van where they are until he’s sure they’re all dead. He’s just a maniac, and after he finds a jar of carrot baby food in one of their pockets, he knows he needs to get back home. But obviously this piece of sh** car doesn’t start and he’s stuck in the middle of the road, with a herd of zombies approaching him. See Rick this is why you don’t fu** with a herd of zombies. With a few more aerial shots of the lonely RV in the middle of the road, and Michonne and Male Michonne walking back to Alexandria the episode fades out.

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But the talk of the night was all about Glenn and whether or not this was the last we’ve seen of him. There were no producers or actors on The Talking Dead, although it is tradition to have a killed off actor appear on the show. This probably means Glenn’s death is going to be a sort of ‘Jon Snow’ situation, where nobody really wants to discuss the outcome. Scott M. Gimple admitted that we will see Glenn one more time, whether it be in flashbacks, or in any other form, we will definitely get a resolution to that story. It’s just a matter of when. I think either way I’m okay with what happened. I think if this is how Glenn dies, I’ll be okay with it. I mean what happened was pretty stupid, whether you blame Nick for leading them into a messed up situation, or your blame Glenn for trusting an idiot, bad choices were made and it ultimately got them killed. I think it really validates who Glenn is as a person, he wants to see the good in people even if that leads them into bad situations. Logically, there’s no way he could’ve made it out of there untouched, it’s just way too close, and especially with Glenn he’s already come close to dying so many times, it just makes it unbelievable that he could get out of there alive. If he comes back as a zombie, that would be cray cray. Glenn, I’ma let you have your moment, but Beth had the worst death of all time.

What did you guys think of the episode? Is Glenn really dead? How is Rick going to survive that herd? Let’s discuss.

The Walking Dead: Season 6

The season six premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead is this Sunday October 11th and with a bunch of released trailers we can already tell it’s going to be a psychotic ride. Do we expect anything less?

Check out the trailers we’ve compiled below.

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The Walking Dead: Episode 12 “Remember” Recap

One of the things I’ve been working on lately are podcasts. I’ve done written recaps of my favourite TV shows, but I wanted to try something different and turn the recaps into more of a conversation.

My friend and I started a podcast called “Recap Rewind” so we could have a platform to share our discussions about our favourite TV shows. Not only are we close friends,  we know how to have a good laugh. We started off with Pretty Little Liars (since we have so much fun making fun of that show) and now we’ve added The Walking Dead to our list! All of our podcasts are available on YouTube with download links in the description. We’re in the works of getting it up on iTunes but we’re hoping to have a bigger fanbase before we do that.

Below is the link to the most recent Walking Dead episode. Season 5, Episode 12.

Let us know what you think!

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The Walking Dead: Top 10 Moments

It’s almost October which means it’s almost The Walking Dead season, which means let’s go through the greatest zombie moments over four seasons. Tweet us or comment below if you feel like we missed anything!

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10. Rick, Carl and Michonne run into Morgan (“Clear” Season 3)

For dedicated fans of The Walking Dead, viewers had a chance to reunite with crazy man Morgan from the season 1 episode 1. (Morgan and his son find Rick walking down a deserted neighborhood street in the first episode) Fast forward to Season 3 and Morgan is still alive, unfortunately his son isn’t. I think a lot of fans wanted to know what happened to Morgan and I think in the back of our minds we always knew him and Rick would find each other. After Morgan stabs Rick in the shoulder, he asks him why he never used the walkie-talkie. Rick explains he tried for weeks to communicate with him but eventually had to relocate his gang and thus out of walkie range. Rick realizes Morgan is delirious after he finds out his youngest son was killed by his undead wife (the wife he tried to kill back in season one) In the end, Morgan declines Rick’s offer to join them and continues on with his mission to ‘clear’ all the zombies in the area.

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The Walking Dead: RECAP ’30 Days Without an Accident’

It is season four of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead…can you believe it’s been four seasons already? We didn’t end off with a supreme cliffhanger in the season finale but that doesn’t mean we weren’t excited for last night’s premiere.

The episode starts off pretty normal, normal as it gets for TWD…the prison has a lot of new people, a pretty little garden, and little piggies. Everyone seems to be well adjusted to life behind bars…I feel like Carl (Chandler Riggs) needs a really husky deep voice and he’s just not there yet. Also, he’s a real debbie downer but I guess that comes with the territory when your childhood gets cut short because of a zombie apocalypse and you watch your mother die as she gives birth to your baby sister. It’s okay Carl, we understand. I don’t know what these people were up to in the summer but obviously everyone found love in a hopeless place because there are couples swarming!

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Beth (Emily Kinney) is dating one of the new boys…Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) is shacking up with some white girl…Glenn and Maggie are still going strong…by the way Maggie isn’t pregnant. Carl totally has the hots for one of the new girls…or we’re just hoping so he can finally get a life and stop being a worry wort. Daryl and Carol have this really weird relationship…love them together…but by the end of the episode it looked like Daryl might have a new love interest.

Um okay, so a few people from the group (Michonne,Daryl,Glenn,Tyreese, Beth’s Man, new guy and token alcoholic Bob Stookey played by The Wire’s Lawrence Gilliard Jr) head out to the nearest department store to stock up on some things. This was my favourite and most thrilling scene of the episode…blenders and boom boxes!! There was an endless supply of brand new electronics and kitchen appliances…I was so excited the prison was going to get a bunch of shiny new toys. As the crew make their way through the exciting aisles…a swarm of zombies were hanging out on the roof of the building…a strategy Michonne created using a loud boombox.

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Okay, so you just know something bad is about to happen when the new guy heads for the wine rack. I mean, it’s dark in the store, the lights are off, but somehow the dude finds himself in front of the bottled wine..and you can just see the torment on his face. He doesn’t know what to do, take the wine or leave it…just put it in the damn cart!!! I’m sure everyone would love a glass of wine…your four years into the zombie apocalypse you’re allowed to pop bottles. But nooo he’s a total drunk and he attemps to put the wine in his jacket…as if he has room in there…I don’t get these people. So he finds inner strength and puts the bottle back on the rack…except the entire shelf comes crashing down onto him…he’s okay…he’s just stuck under the shelving. The crashing noise wakes up all the zombies on the roof…and of course because there’s a zombie apocalypse…buildings aren’t stable anymore…I don’t get the connection? One by one zombies start falling through the ceiling…it’s raining zombies!

Now the shopping spree has come to an end…I’m super pissed…and everyone is in killing zombie mode. After a few minutes of fighting, Beth’s man goes to pull out Bob the drunk…and he does…Bob and the crew walk away to leave but Beth’s man is behind them…a zombie reaches out and bites his leg…the crew turn back and Beth’s man is already on the floor with a zombie chewing out his neck. It was disgusting but it serves them ALL right for turning their backs and walking away too early. Everyone knows the danger creeps up when you least expect it.

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Meanwhile, Rick is out in the forest looking for animals to cook. He finds a dead hog? But then some weird zombie looking lady creeps up and starts smelling the animal. At first it looked like she was a walker, but Rick watches her from a distance and you can tell she’s human. She wants to join Rick’s crew, but first Rick demands he meet her husband and ask them three important questions. She leads him back to the camp…which is just a tent…and all of a sudden she turns around and tries to stab him. We see a bag of something…she’s talking to it like it’s her husband. Okay so lady in the woods is obviously crazy…and she proves it when she says goodbye and stabs herself. Her husband was in the bag but was a zombie? This whole scene was really weird. Rick watches and cries…and then walks away. Waste of time.

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Carol is the ultimate multi-tasker, she’s the nurse and she’s the librarian/teacher. Love her. She’s reading a book to all the children in the library…one of the new boys asks if he can be excused because he feels sick. Oh you just know something bad is about to happen. Carol lets him leave…and then she stops reading and pulls out a case of knives. The real education begins now. Carl sneaks into the library to find out what they’re doing…Carol sees him and begs him not to tell his father about the new curriculum. Carl doesn’t say anything and storms off.

When the gang return, Daryl’s the one to tell Beth about her dead beau. She doesn’t shed a tear, Daryl waits for her to show some emotion but she doesn’t. All she says is she can’t cry anymore…and then she stands up to change the sign that said ’30 days without an accident’ Then she goes and hugs Daryl and he cradles her in his arms. Awww cute!

It’s the middle of the night, and the new kid is still feeling sick. Now he looks terrible, so he decides to go take a cold shower. He collapses and the camera pans down and he’s mid transformation. So what I’m thinking is he either attacks next episode..or he infects their entire water supply because he was totally coughing into the water tank. Or both? Either way this is really, really bad.

What do you guys think? And what was the whole point of Rick finding the crazy woman in the forest? And when is The Governor coming back? And does anyone else miss Andrea?

The Walking Dead: Say the Word RECAP

Lori and T-Dawg are dead, Carol is presumed dead but we think she’s hiding somewhere in the prison/she might be a zombie by now. Rick has reached a whole new level of insanity, after finding out about Lori’s death he doesn’t even get close to the baby, and spends the rest of his day and night hacking away at zombies. He really needs a clean shirt. Daryl on the other hand, surprisingly makes a good daddy!

So things are a little rough to say the least inside the prison. New additions Oscar and Axel are trying to help out as much as they can while the rest of the group is grieving from all the death. Oscar’s main job is to open and close the gate…but we’re sure he’ll get a promotion soon. Hershel is a veterinarian but obviously the only one with common sense because he realizes the baby needs formula. Maggie and Daryl go out looking for some baby food, while Glenn has a heart to heart with one legged Hershel aka his future father-in-law. Beth was asked to watch over Carl…I’ll let you finish that thought on your own.

Meanwhile at Woodbury, Michonne is still sketching out about The Governor. It doesn’t help that Michonne has 20/20 vision and can see through blinds. While spying on The Governor she sees him petting a small little zombie (probably his daughter). Not exactly sure how that scene made sense, how she saw the zombie girl…either way The Governor has some issues. Everyone is quick to judge him because he has an aquarium full of zombie heads, but really who can blame the man? In light of everything that’s happened, I think a charming man like himself is allowed to have sex on the reg with a random and spend some quality time with his kid even if she is a skin eating zombie.

Who cares? Welp, Michonne really does. I can’t tell if she’s actually scared for her life, or if she’s plain out jealous of The Governor, because clearly Andrea has the hots for him. Michonne and The Governor have a heated discussion, she puts her sword to his unshaven neck…and finally makes up her mind about Woodbury. On their way out, Andrea continues to complain about their decision to leave Woodbury. For once she’s safe and happy and she doesn’t want to be back on the road. At first, it looks like Merle and the guards they’re giving the women a hard time about opening the gates, Michonne immediately feels like she’s proven how shady these people are. But Merle opens the gates, and we get to see a ruined and deserted exterior, that looks lonely and frightening. Andrea glances over at Michonne again as to ask her if she’s really sure about their decision. Michonne starts walking, but Andrea doesn’t follow. Michonne ends up leaving Woodbury without Andrea. Later, Andrea is subjected to some sort of WWE Zombie wrestling match, and she’s already doubting her decision to stay with The Governor in Woodbury.

Daryl and Maggie come back with brand spankin’ new baby bottles and formula found from a daycare. The baby stops crying when it finally gets some food. Carl and Daryl decide to name her Sophia…after Carol’s daughter who died in Season 2. Her and Carl were homies.

Rick continues dealing with Lori’s death by walking around the prison and scaring off Glenn. He finds the room Lori died in…and finds a weird pregnant looking half dead zombie lying there. I wasn’t sure if it was Lori/why would they show a zombie that sort of resembled Lori…minus the boobs. Anyways, Rick kills the zombie and stabs the stomach over and over again making sure there’s no zombie baby in there somewhere. And then…to end off the episode…in the middle of his brooding…the phone rings…and Rick answers it. The End.