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The Walking Dead – The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be. “Welcome to a brand new beginning you sorry shits.”

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Season 7, Episode 1.

After more than six months of waiting, speculating and just downright agony from fans around the world, The Walking Dead finally made its return to TV. What we got was possibly one of the most shocking, goriest and most upsetting episode’s I have ever seen…and it was fantastic. I have seen a number of reviews which have been negative or moaned about it being “too gory” or “too bloody”, I will just ask them “What The F**k Do You Expect From The Show”?

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The episode begins following the aftermath of that horrific death (deaths, we will get to that). The sequence and many moments of the show play out just like it did in the comics, which really added to my delight. When you see the episode flashback to that moment, we finally learn the person who was to take the beating from Negan and “Lucille”. Poor Abraham was to be the casualty of the survivors battle with Negan. “Suck My Nuts” was the final legendary words of Michael Cudlitz, who finally bows out of the show after nearly three years as the former soldier. It was a shock death, but one I think many people had been expecting. But…did anyone expect THAT second death?! We saw probably the biggest moment from the comics, Glenn took a sudden beating from Negan’s bat in a rather unexpected move (though highly predicted, including myself who saw Glenn as the most viable candidate). It was horribly upsetting to see the beaten Glenn, head caved in and eye popping out, as he tries to say one last thing to his wife Maggie before his head is smashed to pieces. Then Lauren Cohan’s Maggie breaking down over the body of Glenn (my god, how much could you be upset at this show?)

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Yes, the deaths are the biggest talking point of the episode, but there was a lot more going on in this episode, though still based around Negan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan portrays Negan perfectly, he is chilling and intimidating throughout. You know this is someone you don’t want to mess with. Negan is the greatest threat the group has ever faced. He has countless people at his disposal to deal with any problems, truly making Rick’s group powerless for the first time ever. Negan is serious, he wanted to make Rick look and feel weak, and succeeds in making the former lawman crumble. Also, the shots of Rick in his daydreams are captivating throughout. There is that scene of the group having dinner in an ideal future and also seeing each of the line-up taking a whack from Lucille too. Then there is the time Negan has Rick under his mercy with the fate of Carl! That scene alone was just shocking enough for one episode, and after all the deaths too!

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I loved this episode throughout, and ok this does not sound right for what happened. This episode though, had everything that I wanted to see there. Andrew Lincoln clearly does his strongest portrayal of Rick to date in this episode, and it was a great ending for Abraham and Glenn. Steven Yeun gives one last portrayal of Glenn his all and gives the most heartbreaking moment from the comics the life we wished it wouldn’t have…but somehow wanted it to come true. Overall, it is Jeffrey Dean Morgan who steals the show in this massive game-changer. Headwriter Scott M. Gimple gives his best script for a long time for this episode and I can’t wait to see more from the new equilibrium…and next week we get to meet Ezekiel and a freaking Tiger!! Also Daryl survived, but did kinda cause the death of Glenn. So, how do we rate this?

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Ten Best Character Portrayals On The Walking Dead

If like me, you are a huge fan of The Walking Dead, then you have been really itching for Season Seven to come back. Robert Kirkman’s comic had a massive following, and a TV show was very much inevitable. Since 2010, The Walking Dead has been one of the most watched TV shows around the world. With six seasons passed, we have had many portrayals which have stood out amongst some of the greatest acting in the 21st century. Though we may have had some characters not given the life we would have liked (I know a lot of people didn’t like Laurie Holden’s Andrea, but I did…and Laurie is a lovely lady too), many characters have also just had such a great run and surpassed their comic book original. Also I will just say that these are my own picks and opinions, and I would like to know who you really liked to see. I know the title states ten, and I was so close to adding Abraham and Hershel to this list, but there had to be an honourable mention for someone who will most likely rise up this list soon!

  1. Negan – Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Can I really get away with this one? Despite only being on screen for around 10 minutes so far, Jeffrey Dean Morgan made an immediate impact as the leader of The Saviors. Though maybe not as strict to his look as in the comic, to see that leather jacket and the “Lucille” baseball bat was indeed chilling. His delivery to the survivors stands as one of the best moments in the show…and then there is THAT death scene!

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10. The Governor – David Morrissey

Starting off as a fairly understanding man looking after the town of Woodbury, we soon learn about the dark side to this character. He is willing to kill anyone who is a threat to him, he hides his own daughter who is a zombie and is able to get two separate armies against the gang in the prison. The Governor was then shown just as a force for vengeance and wanted to destroy Rick and the gang at all costs, which resulted in him finally being killed by one of his own.

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9. Andrea – Laurie Holden

When the character was first introduced in the show, it was evident that Laurie Holden would be playing a more mature version of the character. Andrea say her fair share of conflict and always tried to be the peacekeeper. Initially she is suicidal after the death of her sister Amy, but does become a strong character and a bridge between Rick’s prison and Woodbury. Her relationship with Shane was always to end badly, then her time with The Governor just spelt the end for the former attorney.

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8. Morgan Jones – Lennie James

Morgan appeared in the first episode and is still in the show. The character begins as the link for Rick to learn about what the world has become and to make his first true friend in the zombie apocalypse. After making small appearances in Season Three and Five, we finally get Morgan back full time in season six and we see how much his journey has changed him. Initially surviving with his son Duane, he ends up alone and has experiences which alter him to a more peaceful person who believes all life is sacred, so only kills the walkers…and we know Negan hasn’t killed him!

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7. Shane Walsh – Jon Bernthal

Shane was indeed a bad guy. He wanted to kill his best friend, he wanted his best friend’s wife and could have caused the downfall to the survivors. In the beginning, Rick and Shane are the best of friends. Shane does all he can to save Rick after the apocalypse begins and doesn’t purposely fall for Lori, but we all know how it went. Shane survived longer in the show than he did in the comics, and also gave us the moment we all needed to see: Everyone is infected with the zombie virus, whether or not you are bitten!

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6. Maggie Greene – Lauren Cohan

A character who surely has become a heart of the show. Maggie and Glenn surely have become one of the most popular couples in TV history. They help each other a lot and are not in your face about their relationship at all. Maggie begins her journey at her home farm when the Atlanta survivors first come to there. She has since fought for her friend’s numerous times and becomes a powerful figure in Alexandria. Maggie also helps in the fight against the Saviors and is also shown to be stronger than Carol at this time.

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5. Glenn Rhee – Steven Yeun

Where would the show be without Glenn? First, he helps to rescue Rick Grimes when he is stuck in a tank. Second, he is the best person to obtain supplies for the group as he is quick and resourceful. Since that BIG moment in issue 100 of the comics, the fate of Glenn has been a big question leading up to this moment. Not that we know if he is to be pulverised or not, but he would certainly be missed. He became one half of a very popular couple and is the most human character in the show.

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4. Carol Peletier – Melissa McBride

Given how the character was in the first two seasons, you could forgive Carol for her whiny faced outlook of life before she became the badass we now know her to be. Carol was always in the shadows, seemingly weak and timid. Then, she took matters into her own hands by trying to stop the flu-like bug in the prison, surviving the shoot-out with Negan’s men and who can forget single-handedly freeing the survivors from the cannibals Rambo style! Carol is probably your best bet at surviving the apocalypse, even if she does have a few morality shocks now and again.

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3. Rick Grimes – Andrew Lincoln

A leader has to be someone who isn’t afraid to do the unspeakable. Rick Grimes is that man. In the first few minutes, we see just how willing he is to keep himself and his friends alive. He has also survived the hordes of walkers, the betrayal of his best friend Shane, the sinister Governor and even the attack on Alexandria. But, can Rick survive Negan? And will he keep his hand (my comic book friends will know what I mean!)? Above all, he does everything he can to save his children. He won’t flinch when he puts a gun to a man’s head and pulls the trigger, especially if he thinks it is for the right reasons.

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2. Michonne – Darai Gurira

Where do we start with Michonne? Her first appearance is very much ripped straight from the pages of the comics. She has two walker “protectors” with their jaws sliced off, she dispatches of zombies with ease and she wields a flipping Kitana! Instantly a strong character, she makes herself a very vital part of the survivors, including being very close to both Rick (yep, we know!) and Carl. She starts very cold in season three, but has become more relaxed as the show has gone on and is definitely not to be messed with. Michonne embodies strength and coolness at the same time.

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1. Daryl Dixon – Norman Reedus

Was there anyone else? The only character on this list who was not in the comics, Daryl ended up being one of the most popular characters on TV today. Introduced originally as the brother to the terrifying and short-tempered Merle, Daryl eventually established himself as a true ally to the survivors and becomes Rick’s second-in-command as they fought for the prison and then for Alexandria. Daryl may still enjoy his own time, but that doesn’t mean he has no friends. He develops a bond with Carol when he gives all his effort to find her daughter Sophia and you could see there was real love there when he carried the lifeless body of Beth Greene out of that hospital. He is ace on his motorbike, wields a mean crossbow and is there any better way to say how f***ing awesome he looked with that rocket launcher?!?! Truly an iconic character and someone we really hope will be in the show till the very end!

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What did you think? Do you agree with the list? Who would you have put in the top 10? Let me know and maybe contribute your own favourite or top 10! Thanks for reading, watch out for my review of Season Seven Episode One this Monday!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The Walking Dead – Season Seven. What We Know!

So, there was a little clip unveiled a few hours ago which gives us I assume our first moments of the opening episode of the new series! In this, we see Rick has survived Negan (was rather obvious, wasn’t it?) and he is truly pissed with the baseball bat wielding madman! But, what do we know heading into this new series? Here are some points from the clip and a bit about the trailers we have seen.

 

  1. Rick is alive

As mentioned, it was no surprise to see Rick was still among the living. He is seen visibly shaken and angry with Negan. THe show, like the comic, needs its leading man. To see Rick front and centre in this clip is indeed a delight and gives us more insight into who died…

2. Negan is serious

After the actions of Negan and his friend “Lucille”, he then drags Rick away for a chat (or something along them lines). Negan has lost a lot of men who tried to kill Rick’s group, and the death that has been inflicted on their side has made a massive impact on the gang already.

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3. Hilltop to the rescue?

Even though we have only seen them in clips, the hilltop group will become a major force in the new season. Being a group of survivors who fear Negan, they shall soon join with Rick’s group to help take down the man who has caused all this trouble. But will the Hilltop help save the gang from their current sticky situation?

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4. Who else is safe?

Apart from Rick, nearly everyone else is in line for the bat! Carol and Morgan however miss the action this time, but will begin their connection with the hilltop where they meet their leader Ezekiel! But is it safe to say Carl is still alive? How about Daryl?!?! (Will people really riot if Daryl is given the chop?)

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5. Where are the answers?

The Walking Dead season seven begins on Sunday 23rd October on AMC in the US and Monday 24th October on FOX in the UK.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The Walking Dead – Conquer. “Something’s gonna happen. Just don’t *make* something happen.”

The season finale which none of us wanted to see, as we now have to wait till October all over again…

Michonne’s words are felt throughout this extended finale, though this may not be as riveting as the Season Four ending ‘A’, it is safe to say ‘Conquer’ keeps to its title and in the end once again have us gripped. With Lennie James finally getting a full return as Morgan, we get to really see him become part of the cast now. At the start of the episode, Morgan is seen about to eat when he ambushed by a man with a W on his head, same as the walkers. It turns out he is part of a group known as the “Wolves” and two of them attempt to kill Morgan, but he fights them off and escapes. Later, we see Morgan as he comes to the rescue of Daryl and Aaron while they are on a scouting mission. When Daryl looks at a map that Morgan holds, he realises that this man is looking for his friend/leader. But, Rick has got plenty more to contend with before he is reunited with Morgan Jones, the man who helped Rick Grimes back in the pilot episode.

Back in Alexandria, Rick Grimes is recovering after his fight with Pete. Pete was publicly outed for beating his family; Rick is chastised for both having a gun and pointing it at the citizens of the safe zone. A meeting is announced, to decide on what will happen with Rick in their community. Deanna addresses what was said by Father Gabriel about how dangerous Rick’s group is. After all the members of his group state how important Rick is, Deanna continues to make mention to Rick’s absence from said meeting. This is because, as he went to the meeting, Rick finds that the front gate is left open after Father Gabriel had gone out and walkers have since swept in and Rick single-handedly takes them out. While this happens, Glenn goes to see what Nicholas is doing as he sneaks out of Alexandria. Nicholas shoots Glenn and leaves him for walkers, and is assumed dead till Glenn catches up to him and holds a gun to his head. Nicholas pleads for his life, and Glenn lets him live. But, death isn’t too far away.

Back in Alexandria, Rick brings to the meeting one of the walkers he has killed and proclaims how this will keep happening unless they change. The walkers came in from Father Gabriel, who is almost killed by Sasha as Gabriel blames her for the death of Bob and Tyrese because of her “sins”. What will happen to Gabriel when the rest of Alexandria face him? Rick is confronted by Pete at the meeting, he is brandishing Michonne’s sword and looks to kill Rick. Deanna’s husband Reg goes to calm him down, but ends up with his throat slashed. A distraught Deanna then gets Rick to execute him, and this happens as Morgan bears witness to the death of Pete. What will Morgan think of Rick’s actions? Finally we see the “wolves” are not too far away, and look like they will be causing more trouble in the near future. But what is their plan? Does this lead to the possible introduction of Negan and the saviors? We have so many questions. Also, who else enjoyed the scenes where Carol shows her strengths and influence over both friend and enemy alike? Also, Abraham and Eugene forgiving each other for what happened when Eugene’s ruse was exposed and Abraham almost killed him.

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The finale is the time we get to see where everyone is. Though many characters are given little time, we do see a lot to praise in this for the acting. Tovah Feldshuh is finally getting a chance to let Deanna evolve and the character is given a lot to play with as her husband is killed and her perception on life in Alexandria is destroyed. Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes is definitely not the same man we met five years ago and it looks like his evolution may not be over yet. Melissa McBride gets to really flex herself in this episode and we see Carol is not a pushover at all, in fact she may later rival Rick. Also, how much praise can I give to Lennie James? He came in and made a damn good impression. Morgan has been a favourite for a long time and the opportunity to see him become a full time member is exciting and opens many new areas. With so many characters still alive at the finale, a new equilibrium being established and so many questions still to be answered, who knows where Season Six will take us. I think the finale started off rather slow and a tad sloppy, but after the 15 minute mark the action ramps up and we get a great conclusion to the sixty-seventh episode of the hit show. Scott M. Gimple may not have won fans over at first when he took the showrunner role, but since the show left the prison, it has just kept getting better. We have Rick and Morgan who need to get reacquainted which will certainly be TV gold and remember “WOLVES NOT FAR”!

Final Rating: 8.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove