The Walking Dead season 4 trailer. Bring it on.

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I was bummed that I was missing San Diego Comic Con 2013.

After watching the trailer for Season 4 of The Walking Dead…

Let me be the first to say …

Bring it on AMC.

Bring It On.

The new season brings chaos to the small moment of peace that our heroes were able to enjoy.

Up until this season, the zombies have been a manageable threat.

The prison was the fortress for the prison group but, unfortunately the cracks are starting to show.

I can sit and chat about this all day but, it better that you watch the trailer for yourself.

Did I mention that Daryl has teamed up with Tyreese and Michonne.

Next season is going to be amazing.

Until next time folks.

I am counting the days until New York Comic Con 2013 in October.

Another Wire alum joins Season 4 of The Walking Dead.

I am happy to report that Season 4 of AMC’s The Walking Dead is currently in production.

My question is…..what direction will they go for season 4?

Who will be the new leader of the group?

Are the rumors true will Rick die next season?

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I read somewhere recently that actor Laurence Gilliard Jr is joining the cast next season.
For those who are not familiar with Laurence,

he portrayed drug dealer D’Angelo Barksdale on HBO’s groundbreaking series The Wire.

( If you have not watched the show, please do. It is truly fantastic.)

Gilliard is the second alum from the series to join The Walking Dead.

Actor Chad Coleman aka Cutty joined earlier in season 3.

His character Tyreese is now a season regular.

As for Laurence Giliard, he will be portraying a character named Bob Stookey.

According to  The Walking Dead wiki, this character is a former Army medic and an alcoholic.

He is said to be in his mid fifties/ early sixties.

There are some blogs who predict that some TWD fans will have a problem with the way that this character is translated on-screen.

I strongly disagree considering that at first Tyreese’s character was morphed into Daryl Dixon.

Merle Dixon was a hodgepodge of various characters from the comics.

Jacqui did not exist in the comic book

and Shane did not survive very long in the comic as well.

Many fans have issues with a few changes and additions to the television show in the past few years.

I am excited for the new season to start in October.

Next season is going to be fantastic in my opinion.

I will be attending NYCC this year so I am going to blog a few tidbits about the new season.

My eyes will be open for more info.

Until then readers..

 

 

” Welcome to the tombs” The Walking Dead: Season 3, episode 16

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Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes…a boy without a childhood.

Warning: There are spoilers in this post.

If you have not watched the season finale of  AMC’s The Walking Dead,

now is the time to stop reading.

The last thing I want to do is spoil the episode for you.

On Easter Sunday, I watched The Walking Dead episode 16 of season 3 and DVR’ed Game of Thrones.

Welcome to the Tombs….

I was just beginning to come to terms with the fact that another one of my favorite characters from The Walking Dead is dead. First it was Dale, then it was TDog , last week it was Merle Dixon and on Sunday it was Andrea.

The decision to kill off her character was a major surprise. I thought that Herschel and Judith were next on the zombie buffet but, nope…..Andrea became a snack for a zombified Milton Mamet. Yes, Milton Mamet who resembles a real life version of Smithers from The Simpsons died as well.

How in the heck did that happen?

Well, the episode opened with a close shot of The Governor’s eye.

He was beating up another character which I assumed was Andrea.

 I was wrong…..it was Milton.

Poor, poor Milton.

He was paying the price for barbecuing all of those zombies in the episode before last.

While, Rick was making his decision about Michonne in last episode….Milton became a human punching bag.

If the beating was not enough, the Governor decided to make him go into his torture room. There he would pick up all of the instruments used to on Andrea. While on his knees behind the chair Milton noticed a pair of plies but, he “failed” to pick them up.

All of a sudden, the Governor decided that in order for Milton to redeem himself, he must kill Andrea with a scalpel.

Milton who could not hurt a fly, tried to use that same tool on the Governor.

It was a bad idea but, noble one nonetheless.

However, he did not notice the  knife that the Governor held.

Let’s just say that he paid the ultimate price for his effort.

The prison group ( Rick, Glenn, Michonne, Daryl, Beth, Carol , Herschel and Maggie) are packing up prepared to leave the prison.

Rick does one last walk through to make sure that they did not leave anything behind. Michonne walks beside them.

There is something new between them.

I can see some sort of friendship that is forming.

I am delighted because now Michonne will no longer be though of as a bargaining chip.

That story line did not sit well with me.

Carl is very upset with his father, Rick.

I agree with him regarding his feelings.

Rick decided not to kill the four prisoners in episode three. Due to that decision, Lori and Tdog lost their lives because of Andrew’s warpath.

He persuaded Merle to return Michonne to Woodbury so that this conflict would be resolved.

Thank goodness that Merle had a change of heart and let her go.

Unfortunately, he died attempting to complete a plan that he had from the get to go.

Carl was upset that Merle died because his father was unable to man up in that situation.

Though it is unspoken, I am sure that he did not like idea of sending Michonne to her death.

However, Michonne forgave him for the decision which surprised me.

Then again, she tried to convince Merle Dixon to return to the prison last episode even after all that he had done to her.

Meanwhile, Tyreese and Sasha are very skeptical of the Governor and his motives.

As the Governor’s army prepares to leave for battle, Tyreese tells them that they would rather stay behind with the women and children

Smart move.

When the Governor walks away to grab a rifle, I am a little freaked out. I feel like this it for Ty and Sasha.

They feel the same way as per the look of shock in their eyes.

However, he hands it to Tyreese and the Woodbury army depart.

They arrive at the prison with guns blazing.

One person even fires a grenade launcher.

For those who are thinking wtf….remember that group of national guards men from the first episode of season three.

The ones who were gunned down by The Governor and his men (plus Merle), yeah that is where they acquired the firepower.

Or should I say that is where they stole it.

Anyways, the Governor’s ground troops rush towards the entrance.

They manage to break in and low and behold…..

no one is there.

The Governor can not believe his eyes.

To make matters, worse someone ( Herschel) left a bible in one of the prison cells.

It was open to a passage that is highlighted in yellow. I am not sure which verse but, my guess is that is from the book of Revelation.

Rather than retreat the Governor decides push his troops to survey the rest of the prison.

They end up walking into a trap which sends them running.

During the retreat, the troops realize that they are a bit out of ammunition and they hightail it out of the gate.

The Governor who is beyond pissed decides to mow down his troops with a spray of bullets.

Martinez and the silent henchman are in complete shock.

They leave in a truck with the Governor to spend time “sleeping with one eye open” to quote Chris Hardwick of The Talking Dead.

However, one person is still alive.

This is a character who annoyed me this whole season.

She was the biggest complainer in Woodbury and the same one who tried to keep her asthmatic son from fighting.

Maybe I am wrong but, that boy’s name was Jody. I believe he is child that Carl killed.

Did I mention that?

Carl hid in the woods during the battle with Herschel.

A teenage boy came running towards them with a gun.

He was scared out of his mind and was about to hand over his gun when……BAM.

Carl shot him.

It was a hard decision to make but, at that moment it was kill or be killed.

And….. Beth killed a walker this episode.

Go, Beth.

Meanwhile, Rick and his crew decide to go to Woodbury and continue the fight.

However, they stumble upon a horde of Woodbury zombies and the last survivor who locked herself in a truck.

He is nearly shot by Tyreese who informs them that Andrea is somewhere in Woodbury.

However, when she is found it is too late.

Milton took a bite out of her neck.

(During the scuffle I assumed that Tyreese rushed in to save her, boy was I way off.)

If only, she had stabbed the Governor in his sleep like Carol instructed her to.

She tried her hardest to keep the peace but, in the end, it was too late.

Michonne remained with her while she shot herself in the head.

It was nice to see them iron out their issues together before she died.

Tyreese shows Rick, the people who are left in Woodbury which include, women, children and the elderly.

Rick decides to add them to the prison bunch.

I thought that this was a good idea because Woodbury had a heck of  a lot of food so why not?

However, Carl did not agree with that idea.

Plus Herschel bought up the situation that happened in the woods.

This was bound to happen sooner or later.

It is sad that Rick has found a small bit of peace only to have it torn from him.

His wife’s vision is gone but, now he must contend with The Governor’s return, the new people and the fact that his little boy will never be the same.

Oh, and one more thing, there will be a change is Daryl, the problem with the episode is that there was no time to crack the surface but, for those who are wondering…..the sweet, gentle Daryl Dixon is slowly fading away.

Well, folks thanks for reading my reviews.

October 13, 2013 Season Four of The Walking Dead will begin.

New York Comic Con 2013, here I come.

Until October everyone.

Peace

“This Sorrowful Life” review :The Walking Dead season 3, episode 15

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Warning: There are spoilers in this blog post.

Glenn and Maggie are getting married.

Herschel is full of positivity which makes me fearful of his fate on the show.

Carol foreshadowed what was to happen on this episode.

She asked “Merle are you with us?”

Rest In Peace : Merle Dixon

I made a mistake reading a spoiler after watching last weeks episode.

I knew that Merle was going to die.

AMC posted pictures of Merle on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. That was when I knew it was a done deal.

However, I did not realize how sad the episode ” This Sorrowful Life” was going to be.

I have learned that when a main character starts to make sense then it is time for them to die.

Dale tried to convince the group that it was wrong to kill Randall and he died.

T-DOG wanted to allow Oscar and Axel to join the group and he died.

Lori Grimes tried to reason with Rick when it was obvious that he was going off the deep end and she died.

This episode the enlightened character was Merle Dixon (RIP).

Rick threw around the idea of possibly surrendering Michonne believing that would end the war.

Keep in mind that Rick was not one hundred percent sure about this idea.

He told Herschel and Daryl about his plans but, they seemed a bit uneasy about the idea.

The biggest mistake that Rick made was telling Merle.

I guess he forgot that Merle tried to kill Michonne a few days prior.

Anyway, Merle decided to take matters into his own hands.

He gathered up supplies in what looked like a boiler room (including Rick’s telephone from episode 6).

Daryl almost caught him but, was sidetracked by his concern for his brother’s well-being.

Merle lured her into a cell block to clear out walkers and clocked her over the head.

He put a bag over her head and tied her up.

Meanwhile, Rick searched for some thing to tie Michonne up with.

Ghost Lori appeared but, this time she was helpful rather than a hinderance.

Rick decided that it was not a good idea to surrender Michonne but, he was too late.

She was already walking with Merle up the road.

If you have read my previous reviews of this season, then you know that I have a theory about  these two characters.

I am not trying to ship them but, I will say this…

The only person who Merle had a connection with was Michonne.

Both characters were outsiders to the group.

Rick wanted to kick both characters out of the prison.

The Governor wanted both of them dead.

I believe that these characters together were unstoppable together.

There was no hope for anything positive between these two because of the Governor’s vendetta against Michonne.

I believe that he let her go because of this reason coupled with the fact that he knew the truth.

There is no middle ground with The Governor.

If he wants someone dead then it is done.

With or without Michonne, the war will not end.

Michonne tried her best to convince him to go back to the prison even after he kidnapped her.

She appealed to him the best way that she could.

When he stopped the car, I knew that he had a change of heart.

I held out hope that maybe Merle would turn around and go back.

Suddenly, he decided to let her go.

They exchanged one last look which tugged at my heart-strings.

It was another scene in which Michonne showed emotion.

That moment seemed to affect Merle because he looked away trying not to shed a tear.

This is third time it seemed like Merle was about to cry.

It is true that actor Michael Rooker’s portrayal was brilliant.

Merle Dixon’s character began as a stereotype but, ended up being more than meets the eye.

His last moment went out with a bang.

He used the car alarm which nearly made him and Michonne into a zombie feast to lure out a couple dozen zombies.

I loved the scene where Merle sat in the car drinking Jack Daniels while the zombies tried their best to breach the car windows.

He led the zombies to the area where was Rick, Daryl, Martinez ,Andrea , The Governor and Milton met up.

It seemed too good to be true when the Woodbury brigade showed up and the battle began.

Merle died in a blaze of glory but, not before being beaten up by Woodbury thugs and having his fingers bitten off by The Governor.

I was glad that Merle did not beg for his life.

In my opinion, he was too much a rebel for that.

The saddest part of the episode was the scene when Daryl went out to find Merle.

He came upon Michonne who was all alone.

She explained that Merle let her go free. That was when Daryl knew that Merle was on a suicide mission.

The moment that he found his brother zombified and dining on the insides of Ben ( Allen’s son from Tyreese’s group).

Walker Merle approached Daryl who was inconsolable.

The moment that he had to put down Merle was so sad.

I felt so bad for him.

When Daryl Dixon cried it broke my heart.

It was a lot easier to assume that Merle was dead in season one and two after being left on the roof of the mall in Atlanta.

However, the Dixon brothers were reunited in a sticky situation at Woodbury.

Daryl chose to separated from the group because they refused to allow Merle to return to the prison at first.

Now Merle is dead after trying to complete a mission that Rick basically sent him on.

Poor Daryl.

Well, the sweet Daryl that everyone (including me) has grown to love is now gone.

Unfortunately, the Daryl Dixon from season one, the person who everyone feared is back.

Only this time, he will be darker and vengeful.

Rick Grimes, take note.

The Ricktatorship is now over.

This newfound Rick-ocracy is something that is too little, too late.

Daryl will now reflect upon what his brother said about being his own man and take it to heart.

The season finale is going to be interesting.

 Until, next episode……

Sunday is Walking Dead Day and Game Of Thrones Sunday.

The Walking Dead Season 3 episode 14 ” Prey”

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Note to those who missed last nights broadcast, there will be spoilers.

Google Lori Holden ( Andrea)’s interviewers on various talk shows.

Apparently, she is trying to redeem her character’s image in the media and on social networks.

Last night on The Talking Dead, she made it known that  Andrea was not a bad woman. She just makes bad decisions.

Episode 14 of Season Three opened with a flashback.

Andrea and Michonne sitting by the fire eating food out of cans.

It was nice being able to see another piece of the real Michonne.

Apparently, her pets are two men who did something horrible to her.

She described them as animals.

It is obvious that they assaulted her in some way in the past.

This was one moment when I was able to truly understand Michonne.

I am sure there are more to come in future episodes and seasons.

That was the past.

The governor is laying everything out on the table literally. He places all sort of sharp tools on a table.

I immediately recognize a speculum which leads me to believe that Phil dabbles in a little gynecological exploration from time to time.

There is a rather retro looking dentists chair with yellow leather.

He even set up some chains in a door way with hoops to hold Michonne’s wrists.

Boy, is he sick!!!

( For those who read the comic book I am sure you felt uneasy when he was on his knees.)

Milton is as uncomfortable as the viewer is and tries to inquire about what Phil is doing.

The Governor seems fixated on making Michonne pay for killing Penny ( who was technically dead already) and taking his eye.

Milton leaves to find Andrea.

He takes her to an open vent and shows her what he is planning.

Andrea is so upset that she points her gun down at the Governor with the intent to shoot him.

However, Milton stops her explaining that even if he is dead ,Martinez will kill her and take his place.

In other words, his death will not stop the war that is about to begin.

I am unsure about Milton and his loyalties. Yes, he showed her the torture room but, after he bailed on her in the woods last episode.

I agree with Todd McFarland, there is something fishy about Milton ( or Waylon Smithers as some viewers are calling him).

I do not blame Andrea for ” high tailing it out” of Woodbury.

Nor did I blame Tyreese and Sasha for stepping out of her way.

Never come between a woman on a mission.

I believe that they are starting to see Woodbury for what it is especially Tyreese.

She wanted to warn the prison group of what they are up against.

One character who I will not miss if he becomes zombie food is Allen.

I was upset that he told the secrets of the prison to the Governor in episode 10.

No one asked you, Allen.

It was not the time to bring up mistakes of the past particularly the fact that Donna, his wife slept with Tyreese.

They are in a new place with people they do not know. Now is not the time to fracture your group regardless of the hospitality of Woodbury.

During a visit to a zombie trap complete with a bus full of hungry zombies and a zombie pit,

Tyreese nearly fed Allen to the zombies as a snack.

He literally dangled him above the zombies who nearly snatched him.

Sasha was able to talk him out of it.

Meanwhile, Martinez is on the side line watching with a smile.

Andrea watched one white truck drive past the field where she is running.

It seems like everything is okay.

That split second that she takes to catch her breath is enough time for the Governor to catch up to her.

 How he was able to see her across that field with one eye is beyond me.

Anyway, he chases her into the nearby woods.

Rather than chase her on foot, he decides to take a short cut.

Andrea hides near a tree with a split trunk.

All is well until a zombie decides to reach through and hold her in a death grip.

Kudos to her , use of the knife Rick gave her.

She kills not one but, three zombies saving the death grip one for last.

Andrea continues running until she comes upon a warehouse.

The Governor arrives a minute or so later.

Andrea is home free hiding until in Walking Dead fashion out pops a zombie.

She kills him only to end up alerting the Governor of where she is.

To make a long story short, she runs toward a stairwell full of zombies.

This situation comes in handy when Philip nearly catches her. She unleashes said zombies onto him and escapes.

He screams and I think finally the Governor is done.

At this point, I am very happy.

Andrea got away.

Now she can warn the others of what is to come.

Remember that zombie trap and the zombie bus, well someone decided to drive up and set it all on fire.

Some say it was Milton but, I beg to differ.

The cameras never showed the person’s face and all that the viewers saw were black heavy-duty gloves.

Later, Andrea is still running. She makes it nearly a hundred or so feet away from the front gate.

Unfortunately, someone decided that Rick should be on watch tower duty.

Andrea waves her hands a few times and then tries to catch her breath.

All of suddenly, the Governor comes behind her and pulls her to the ground.

Now Rick who believes that he is seeing things again sees a bit of the commotion and points a gun in that direction.

He gets himself together and continues staring down at the zombies at the gate.

The Governor returns to Woodbury in his truck. He is greeted by some who inquire about Andrea’s whereabouts.

He explains that he was unable to find her.

The Governor assumes that Tyreese set the fire to the zombie pit.

Where did you get the gasoline?,” he asks.

” Come again,” replies Tyreese.

The Governor comes upon Milton they exchange a few words .

Milton offers his condolences and inquires as to whether or not there is a suspect.

The camera pulls away towards a red door. It opens and the viewer is led up a hallway to a door that is cracked.

The door flies open to reveal Andrea tied up with tape over her mouth. She is seated on the torture chair in the torture room.

Andrea, Andrea, Andrea….everyone tried their best to warn her.

However, the Governor had her at hello.

Michonne noticed something sinister in episode 5.

She tried to convince Andrea to leave with her but, she refused.

Unfortunately, it is too late.

Now we have to “prey” for her because her fate is not looking good.

One more episode until the season finale…

until Sunday readers.

The Walking Dead Season 3,Episode 13:Arrow in the door post

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The Walking Dead season 3,episode 13 ” Arrow In the Doorpost” consisted of a meeting between Rick Grimes and Governor Philip. Many viewers were disappointed in the storyline. I have a theory on this so bear with me. I believe that this show is climbing up a mountain towards a climax that will blow the rest of season out of the water. According to Dallas Roberts ( Milton Mamet) the finale will leave the viewers with the mouths open in shock. The Governor went to that meeting in the barn( or warehouse) to call a false truce. He wanted to come across as the peaceful, diplomatic Governor that Andrea knows and loves. I was not naive especially when I saw the gun that was taped to the table.

Rick could have killed The Governor and none would the wiser. However, he chose to sit down and listen to him. The meeting turned out the exact way that I assumed it would. The battle is still on. I enjoyed the scenes where Herchel and Daryl bonded with Milton and Martinez. I realized that if the leaders were not at each others throats everyone would live together somewhat peacefully. Andrea was left out in the cold after being dismissed from the initial meeting. The fact that she was unaware that The Governor arrived first to the scene spoke volumes.

Merle wants to rally the team at the prison to go out and make the first move.

In other words, let’s go kill the Governor.

No one wants to do this behind Rick’s back.

I am not 100% convinced that the group can trust Merle. The escape from the prison was just too easy.

The Governor is the type of person who is a step ahead of everyone around him. There is not one situation that he is not aware of.

But, that is just my opinion.

Now, I want to discuss the elephant in the room…

I am unsure as to what is Merle trying to accomplish by buttering up Michonne.

Where does he stand with her?

I know that she is not buying his crap. Every time, he tries to be nice, Michonne shuts him down.

In this particular episode, I did not buy his sarcasm. I hope that the viewers learn what is his current modus operandi regarding her.

There are countless shippers of Merle and Michonne online.

I can see where they are coming from but, Michonne will not go with it.

Yes, in the comic books she was sexually liberated but, with Merle that is a bit farfetched.

But, this is The Walking Dead….anything can happened.

Two things confused me about this episode….

Why did The Governor and Rick Grimes lie to their comrades when they returned home?

and

Why did I want a zombie to get in between the sexy scene with Glenn and Maggie?

No, I am not a hater. lol

I just recall the last time they had a moment….Merle interrupted that one so….

Oh yeah and one more thing…..

that last scene made it clear that Andrea is on a mission.

I hope that mission ends with The Governor no longer in existence.

Judging by the scenes from next week,  it’s on…..

Until next episode, everyone.

The Walking Dead Season 3,episode 12 ” Clear”

Poor Morgan. He lost his wife, his son and his mind.

 I believe that he suffered a severe form of Post Traumatic Stress coupled with grief , shock and solitude.

When Morgan did not remember Rick, my heart sank with his.

Though, it was not Rick’s fault , I wonder what if:

What if Rick had followed Duane and Morgan?

What if Morgan decided to follow Rick with Duane in tow?

What if in season one :Rick left the hospital and a zombie bit him?

Unfortunately, Rick and Morgan’s journey ended as they drove in separate directions away from the police station.

Morgan blamed Rick for his misfortune but, Duane’s death was imminent.

It was so hard for him to put down his zombified wife.

All of the memories, experiences and love that he had for her overshadowed the reality of her new form.

Michonne proved herself as a valuable addition to the prison group.

Carl decided that after she saved him from an ankle grabbing zombie that she was okay.

That was after, he tried to ditch her, put them in danger to find a picture of Lori and attempted to hurt her feelings.

Rick wanted desperately to save Morgan but, he realized that it was too late.

When Morgan told Carl that he did not need to say that he was sorry.

I felt that Morgan realized that morality in the world was fading fast and that there was no point in trying to save it.

He rationalized that once the good and bad people die then the weak will be left.

Morgan believes that weak have inherited the world already.

In my opinion, I have read the comic books and believe that his statement is true.

The Governor is one example of this statement which is another theory I have but, that is for another blog.

I liked this episode but, it was the calm before the storm.

Batten down the hatches because it is coming.

I will make a prediction that

Herschel will die before the season ends.

Possibly, Judith because of all the rumors.

Until next Sunday.