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Jonjo’s Best Of 2018!

2018 has come and gone! While we have massive events such as Avengers: Endgame, the return of Mr. Robot and the new core Pokemon RPG to make this year an awesome one, this is the perfect time to reflect on what I thought was the best of the past 12 months!

Which film did I most enjoy? What was the best book I read? Which show on Netflix was my go-to binge? What TV show made a massive impact to me away from the online giant? These questions and more are about to be answered in the First Annual Singing Whovian Awards For Excellence And Quality!

Best Film – Avengers: Infinity War

This was not easy! 2018 brought us such gems as Black Panther, Creed II, Mission Impossible: Fallout and Bohemian Rhapsody which I am sure will all do well when it comes to the award season in the US. But, for me, the culmination of ten years in the MCU being presented in this epic movie could not be ignored.

Beginning with Thanos taking down the Asgardian refuge ship and killing half of those on board, we see him begin his quest to wipe out half of all life as he sacrifices everything to achieve this goal. Iron Man, The Guardians Of The Galaxy and the other Avengers all come out to fight in this film which truly is bigger than any other that has come before it.

Could you get a more sympathetic yet terrifying antagonist than Thanos? Has there truly been a better film series which has managed to bring together such a huge list of characters that fans have loved over the past decade? Anthony and Joe Russo show that Marvel Studios can not only create a brilliant film, but have truly made the biggest shocker since Luke Skywalker found out his Dad was Darth Vader!

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Best TV show – Better Call Saul

Well, who thought this would happen? Could it be possible that the spin-off to one of the most successful TV shows of all time may actually be just as good or maybe even better than its predecessor? The tale of Jimmy McGill took possibly its most dramatic step this year as Jimmy has to deal with the loss of his brother and try to get his licence back to practice law.

With Season Four taking the biggest time jump so far, we see Jimmy and Kim slowly grow apart as the lives they live continue to divide them as the Saul Goodman persona begins to emerge as a force to be reckoned with. Kim tries to support Jimmy the best way she can, but can she possibly save him from the man he is destined to become?

While the couple may be on the rocks, we also get to see Gustavo Fring as he begins to grow his empire with the help of the fantastic Mike as he has to deal with the operations and tie up the lose ends. Also, as the series prepares for its fifth season, will we see the show eventually come up to Breaking Bad or even fully embrace a more sequel-based setting? I would like to see the show meet a satisfying conclusion with the chance to tie up all storylines for the man we have come to know as “Slippin’ Jimmy”.

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Best Netflix Film – Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

2019 may be the year we will get the new series of Black Mirror emerge on Netflix, but I can’t see many people would have expected this to emerge. A late Christmas present from the streaming giant was definitely welcome when Netflix announced that Bandersnatch was to premiere on the 28th December…but the biggest surprise was yet to come.

When the film premiered, it was later discovered that you could choose the path that the episode was to follow. Whether it was what cereal that central character Stefan would start his day with, what cassette would be blasting from his Walkman or even how you would finish a fight scene, Charlie Brooker has given us yet another classic.

While we may be waiting till later in 2019 for a full Season Five of the hit show, I can safely say that this special will keep many people entertained for hours while they attempt to get all the endings.

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Best Netflix TV Show – BoJack Horseman

Can you believe we have already had five seasons of this fantastic series? BoJack Horseman is the perfect show to blend comedy, drama, speak about everyday issues such as anxiety and depression and also involve anthropomorphic animals who inhabit the world that is so similar to our own. If you’ve never seen the show before, its main star is a Horse-Man who used to star in a sitcom which was a big hit and he now gets by each day as a semi-functioning alcoholic with more mummy issues than Norman Bates.

Will Arnett continues to shine as the troubled star who has to not only deal with his own personal demons, but he also has to get through the loss of his mother in what is possibly one of the finest episodes of TV that I have ever witnessed. The supporting cast all bring their best performances in this season, whether its Alison Brie as Diane begins to deal with her split from Mr. Peanutbutter or even Rami Malek or Stephanie Beatriz for their roles as the workforce behind BoJack’s new series called Philbert.

I honestly could not have thought anything would have beaten season four of this fine show, but Arnett and the rest of the stars are all on top form. BoJack Horseman continues to tackle themes that many other shows would never touch, yet we seem to take it in just as much with these animated creations as we would if the people were real. Bring on Season Six!

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Best Playstation 4 Game – Spider-Man

The PS4 has been possibly the greatest console to come out from Sony, with many games that push the boundaries of what we would consider the standard. In the last few years we have had Bloodborne terrify the masses, The Last Of Us bring people to tears and even the latest God Of War show that it just gets better and better.

Truly, the best of all these in my opinions is Spider-Man! The 2018 game which reinvents all we know about the wall-crawler and provides possibly one of the tightest and most enjoyable gaming experiences ever. The game looks visually amazing and it handles almost as well as a certain caped crusader and his series of games set around the famous prison based in his world.

While not the most original idea brought to the console, the execution of the title character and his world is just stunning. The story is indeed a unique one to any Spider-Man canon that has come before it and I am sure there will be millions of people eagerly awaiting the sequel when it his the Playstation 5 in the future!

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Best XBOX ONE Game – Dragonball FighterZ

This is not a console exclusive, its not the biggest title of the year and it may actually not have sold super well compared to others, but I really really really loved this game. Taking on a more hand-drawn style that reflects the anime has really gone in FighterZ favour to produce the most exciting figher of the year.

While it has come out on the PS4 and also amazed me on the Nintendo Switch too, it is the XBOX ONE which sees it really shine with the 4K visuals on the XBOX ONE X and just bringing back the greatest memories of watching the show. When you get such seemless gameplay and beautiful art design like this, how could you not love it?

Including some great multiplayer options and a story mode from original creator Akira Toriyama is indeed the greatest strength of this game. It takes what has come before from titles in the Budokai and Xenoverse series and really puts you into the action in a way that has never been possible before.

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Best Nintendo Switch Game – Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Was there any other choice? Octopath Traveler was a deep tale with some of the best music in video game history, the Bayonetta 2 port was so much fun to play through and Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu was a fun nostalgic trip to Kanto and I loved throwing all my Meltan into the park. While these games scored high for me, I got my biggest joy from bashing buttons as I took either Kirby or Richter Belmont to victory against the 70+ challengers over them 100+ stages.

When this game was first announced, my only experience in the Smash realm was with the Wii edition in the late 2000’s. But with each Nintendo Direct, the excitement just kept getting higher. The idea of throwing these characters from countless franchises to see them fight it out on these wacky stages shouldn’t be so appealing, but it does work well.

Whether you play alone, with friends or with that pro online who kicks your arse every single time, you can’t help but love this game. It’s simple and complex at the same time. It is visually beautiful and straightforward to play.

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Best Book – The Walking Dead Vol. 30: New World Order

I will admit, I haven’t read a lot of books that actually came out this year. The Walking Dead comic series has got a book edition every six months and never fails to succeed in terms of storytelling, intrigue and character development. For a comic that has been going for over 15 years, the concept is still as fresh as ever and the latest chapter has been indeed ambitious.

As Eugene leads the group to Ohio, the survivors are invited to a community that has many people within its walls, approximately 250,000. While the gang begin to learn about the people in Ohio, Michonne discovers that her daughter has come to this settlement and may still be alive.

Like any Walking Dead story, you find that it is the living characters that are dangerous and unpredictable. Where the story will surely only develop further in the next volume, it is good to see more characters enter the fray such as the unhinged ‘Princess’ and the Commonwealth’s governor Pamela Milton (not another Governor!!!!!). Bring on book 31!

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That was my list, did you agree with any of my picks? Are you upset that I didn’t include Red Dead Redemption 2 on my list of games or that I left Venom out of the running? Let me know.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The 12 Best TV Characters Of The Past Year

TV has once again gone all out to entertain us all. This year has shown more great revelations, some gripping edge-of-your-seat moments and the most baffling of all, the renewal of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a fifth season (WHY!!!!!!!!!!!). But, we know that after the writing for the shows, it all comes down to the actors and actresses who bring our favourite characters to life. I am happy to share with you the characters who have stuck out for me in the last year, and who I think make these shows so good!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – Negan on The Walking Dead

How could I not put this guy on the list? Jeffrey Dean Morgan managed to not only become a fan favourite within minutes, he took out two full time characters with thanks to Lucille in his first full episode. Negan has spent most of season seven being the one man you don’t f**k with. Morgan showcases a new kind of charisma and installs a fear which hasn’t been seen on the show previously. With season eight promising to be one very tense showdown, look forward to seeing Negan front and centre of this list next year!

Pearl Mackie – Bill on Doctor Who

It was going to be tough to get someone who could fit into the shoes of Jenna Coleman’s Clara, but then we didn’t know what Pearl Mackie was going to bring. With Bill, we got a great new companion who is clued up and ready to challenge everything. There was a lot of focus on Bill being a lesbian, but this is hardly scratching the surface. Even though the series hasn’t finished yet, Bill looks to be one of the best new companions of all time!

Tom Hardy – James Keziah Delaney on Taboo

Tom Hardy is indeed able to make almost any character he plays a fantastic one to watch, and James Delaney is no exception. Given Hardy co-created the show, he manages to make Delaney a great person that you would be happy to have on your side, and will never be able to turn your back if you ever cross him. He has survived years in a wild land, being shot and…long enough to make it to season two! I…CAN’T…WAIT!

Ian McShane – Mr Wednesday on American Gods

American Gods was a show I waited to see for years. Based on my favourite ever novel, the series focuses on an ex-convict Shadow who is caught up in a battle between the old gods and the new. While Ricky Whittle plays Shadow well, it’s Ian McShane who steals the show as the man who can out-con even the most experienced scam artist. Mr. Wednesday is one of the most unique characters in the show, he manages to shine in every scene and provides plenty of laughs amongst the gritty and bloody moments of this awesome show!

Bryce Dallas Howard – Lacie Pound on Black Mirror ‘Nosedive’

There are a lot of great characters in Season 3 of Black Mirror, it was hard to narrow it down to one. Where I really enjoyed Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in ‘Shut Up and Dance’ and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ‘San Junipero’, it was Bryce who really got under my skin and won me over. She is hungry for attention and the Instagram-like app that takes over the lives of so many in this episode is one that many can relate to. To see her flying so high to suddenly crashing into obscurity was a sight to behold. ‘Nosedive’ may not be the best episode, but it had the best character.

Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash on The Flash

OK, I am sure I have placed Grant Gustin on a list previously, but he does deserve a lot of recognition this year. Season Three may not have been an overall strong series, but there was plenty to applaud from Barry Allen. In this series, he had to fight the “god” Savitar, find a way to stop his fiancée Iris from being killed and then face off with himself in the future and in the present. We see someone who lives with the pain of creating Flashpoint and basically changing the Arrowverse forever in a way where it will never be the same again. Also, we need that cliffhanger solved!

Jessica Henwick – Colleen Wing on Iron Fist

Before anyone says anything, I do really like Iron Fist. It doesn’t compare to Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but it is enjoyable and a worthy addition to the line-up. While I am sure Finn Jones will shine more in The Defenders, it is Jessica Henwick who really stands out in this series. This girl can handle her own in a fight and shows she isn’t a damsel in distress. Also, we know her fight scenes in that cage were some of the best the show offered! Please keep Colleen in this universe!

Grace Gummer – Dominique DiPierro on Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot is one of them shows that I got hooked on, I remember binge-watching the show during the summer and I couldn’t get enough of it. While the first season got us to learn about Elliot, Darlene, Angela and Mr. Robot, the second season gave us someone who wants to take them down! Grace Gummer is an actress I have never really seen before, but she made Dominique DiPierro one of the most engaging characters the show has had so far. She is shown at her most vulnerable and we become so familiar with her that we hope she will succeed at the end of the day!

Justin Roiland – Rick Sanchez on Rick and Morty

Ok, only one episode has been shown of Season Three, but how bloody good was it? To see Rick and Morty back was a great delight and Justin Roiland has been missed very much. While Morty and Summer both do really well, it is Rick who gets the nod as we are believed to be seeing his life before he became the twisted genius that we now know. ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption’ has us laughing, gasping and lapping up every moment. It’s not everyday you can outshine Nathan Fillion, but you did it!

Dan Mintz – Tina Belcher on Bob’s Burgers

I love Bob’s Burgers. It is easily the best animated show from Fox at the moment (The Simpsons and Family Guy really need to pick their game up!). All the characters are so fun and give a lot to us in each episode, but my choice is Tina for one reason, you can’t help but love her. She lives like any teenager, but maybe is a bit more odd than what you may have been like. She’s eaten cat food (watch and you will understand), worked to get her own phone and even made some rather humorous fan-fiction. However you see her, Tina is truly the heart of the show and it would not be the same without her!

Sian Gibson – Kayleigh on Peter Kay’s Car Share

I have said before how much I love this show and I would say Kayleigh is probably the main reason. She is adorable, naïve, silly and fun. You fall in love with her just seeing her interactions in that car with her buddy John. In series two, we get to see the duo reunite and their “friendship” is getting a lot of people talking, you really want them to come closer. Then you have that last scene of the series, where you think John has finally sweeped Kayleigh off her feet and admitted his feelings…then it turns out to be a dream! PLEASE PLEASE PETER KAY, DON’T LET IT END THIS WAY!

Bob Odenkirk – Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman on Better Call Saul

When it first began, I honestly thought Better Call Saul was going to suffer as a show. Following Breaking Bad was never going to be easy, but luckily enough, the writing and the character portrayals have managed to almost make this its own entity even though you know how it must all end. While there are so many to choose from, the lead is definitely the strongest this time. He has done all he can to keep out of jail, prove his Brother is a deceptive scumbag and he continues his journey to becoming the criminal lawyer we know and somehow like to see!

OK, I said 12, but there is one more I want to mention!

Alanna Masterson – Tara Chambler on The Walking Dead

I find it sad that many wanted to bully or moan at this actress. Alanna is a lovely human being who truly shows her worth in this show! Tara begins this season away from the group with Heath on a supply run when Negan deals with the rest of the gang. During this time, we see Tara go on her own adventure when she ends up at Oceanside, a community that has only women after all their men were killed by the saviors. Tara not only has to deal with the group (who nearly kills her too) but she also becomes key to helping Alexandria prepare for a war with Negan. Also, she is a little bit of light in a show where many characters have shown or now live in their dark side. I don’t care what anyone says, Tara is a superb character and deserves more recognition and for those who bully Alanna online either for her portrayal or physical look (she looks fine, she just had a baby and that does not affect her acting, trolls need to get a life and f**k off!) you need to grow up! I look forward to see what Alanna does next on the show!

What do you think of this list? Is there anyone who you would put on here? Let me know!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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The TV shows to see in 2017

2017 looks set to bring a lot more to the TV front than I think we can even handle. Whether it’s the return of Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the continued fight against Negan and The Walkers or even the Scout Regiment taking on the man-eating Titans, there will be so much for you to get into your schedule in the next 12 months. Without further ado, here are the shows you need to watch out for…

The Walking Dead

Season Seven started with the death of two series regulars at the hands (or bat) of new bad guy in town Negan. The series did need a bit of a breather after the frantic opening episode, but now we are about to go straight to war. Rick has been brought to pieces, seen some horrific sights and powerless to stop this new enemy. With the group reunited, it looks like the atlanta survivors will bring all their resources together to take down the nasty Negan once and for all…but will they succeed?

Samurai Jack

It is always horrible when a show finishes without it having a proper ending, but we are finally close to getting a finale to this brilliant cartoon. After 13 years, we will finally get the conclusion to Jack’s story of revenge against Aku. From the information I have seen, it is believed that the story will follow a much older Jack as he looks to finally rid the world of his evil. I can’t wait to see the epic conclusion and await the episodes that shall be upon us soon.

Not Going Out

Sadly, there isn’t many UK sitcoms which really hit the mark. Not Going Out has been a good source of laughs over the year, and I am glad that it is coming back in a few days time. The comedy follows Lee (Lee Mack) and his wife Lucy as they continue through their life a number of years after the last series, now being the parents to three children. Look out for favourite characters such as Daisy and Toby in the new series and many more hilarious moments to come (plus we know there will be another two series after this).

Red Dwarf XII

Red Dwarf has proved to still be a very popular sitcom, and last year’s Series XI gave us some truly fantastic episodes. With situations such as Lister losing his kidneys and a Rimmer Quartet, the show really hit a stride which it hadn’t seen for over 20 years. Filmed at the same time as Series XI, there will be a lot more laughs to come when Dave airs the next six episodes of Britain’s longest-running sitcom. Also, if you want to know what the episodes will be called, check out the cock-up on the series XI Blu-Ray with the episode titles (99% sure they are Series XII titles).

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Iron Fist

Netflix and their partnership with Marvel has paid off incredibly well so far. Daredevil was indeed a revelation to TV, Jessica Jones gave one of the greatest hero/villain dynamics I had ever seen on screen and then we also had Luke Cage’s own series and the introduction of The Punisher! Coming in March, Iron Fist will be the last piece of The Defenders puzzle to be released. Focusing on Danny Rand, a man who calls upon an ancient power to help him fight his enemies. The early previews look just as promising as the previous Netflix series and I can’t wait to binge on this one.

Taboo

This show I probably know the least about, but it does look very interesting. Tom Hardy leads the cast in this drama about a man who returns to Britain from Africa with a handful of stolen diamonds and revenge in mind after the death of his father. The show was actually conceived by Hardy and his father, and the previews look mesmerising. The eight-part series begins in just a few days and I look forward to providing my views on the show when it finally airs.

The Punisher

Earlier I mentioned the last main character we had yet to see from the Netflix/Marvel agreement, but this is indeed a show that so many people begged and pleaded for since Jon Bernthal was cast in the role. The show will bring Bernthal’s Punisher front and centre and see him reunite with Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen and joined by another impressive cast. This show already looks to be a must watch for 2017, but there is yet another Netflix one that people will be flocking to.

The Defenders

Netflix and Marvel have been building towards this since the beginning, and we are now just a few months away from seeing Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones leading the cast as the titular Defenders. Plus, we have Sigourney Weaver taking the role of the main villain (how could you not love that?). With a huge number of returning cast members and the promise of a truly epic crossover, 2017 will indeed be a high point for Marvel TV shows.

Game Of Thrones

Is there a bigger show in the world than Game Of Thrones? This show has for the fifth year in a row been the most illegally downloaded TV show and still attracts millions of viewers on each episode. Following the latest shocks in Westeros, we are finally getting to the last few episodes and a shortened Season Seven (with a six episode Season Eight next year) will see The Starks rise once again and the big battle with the Targaryen army and the white walkers being huge obstacles to come to the land.

Attack On Titan

Why is it taking so long for this show to come back? This was the anime that hooked me from the very beginning and was only narrowly beaten by Death Note as my favourite anime of the 21st century. The show about the survival of the human race from the man-eating Titans has been a hit worldwide. If you read the manga, you know what is to come. If you follow on a TV level, season two will follow straight on from that last shot of the Titan face in the wall. Eren, Mikasa, Levi and all your favourites will be back from April…but any update on when the western audiences can see it?

Better Call Saul

Very rarely a spin-off show could hold as much interest as its original programme (Frasier being a great example of it done right), but the Breaking Bad prequel/sequel focusing on Saul Goodman has indeed made for captivating viewing. Following from the season two finale, Jimmy/Saul has just been caught on tape by his brother Chuck admitting to his actions of stealing custom from the rival firm. Bob Odenkirk keeps this show exciting and Rhea Seehorn also is a fantastic part of this winning cast.

Silicon Valley

This HBO sitcom took me a while to get into it, I admittedly had to push myself into it three times to get through the first season. But, I was glad I did. T.J. Miller is a brilliant actor and his character Erlich Bachman is truly one of the greatest characters on TV. The show saw the gang having control of their own company and they become a video chat company thanks to the application created by Dinesh. The show may have taken a few episodes to settle on me, but I will be eagerly ready for this.

Star Trek: Discovery

Set before the original Star Trek, this new show has attracted quite a lot of attention before it even shot a second of film. Bryan Fuller (American Gods, Heroes) begun as the mind behind the new show, but then left the project. Then we had the awesome casting of Sonequa Martin-Green taking the lead role as Rainsford. Doug Jones also takes a part in the show and this will be the first Star Trek show which will mostly be online-only broadcasted. Though the details are still minimal, I guarantee so many people will watch it when it is on.

BoJack Horseman

Possibly one of the biggest surprises to many Netflix subscribers, this show almost never had the legacy or fanbase it now has. The show following the actor who made a Full House style show is just engrossing, funny and at times rather heartbreaking. The show had a brilliant season 2 and 3 (Season 1 was hit and miss at best, but can be forgiven). Animation for adults may not be at its peak, but this show is truly above any competition it may have.

American Gods

The adaptation of possibly my favourite ever book will be making its television debut in a few months’ time, and it looks good. Ricky Whittle takes on the role of Shadow Moon, a man recently released from prison who finds himself in the middle of a war between the gods of old and the gods of new. Honestly, this show looks great so far. Bryan Fuller is behind this and I look forward to seeing how he will bring the character of Mr Wednesday to the screen (played by the legendary Ian McShane).

Inhumans

Originally conceived as an entry to Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Inhumans will definitely be event television later this year. Black Bolt and the Royal Family will finally be introduced to us in live-action and the series will actually see its first two episodes released in IMAX! Need more convincing to see this show? It will be part of the MCU (so give us some damn crossovers please) and Scott Buck (Dexter, Six Feet Under) will be the showrunner, and there must be faith from Marvel in him after he lead the upcoming Iron Fist.

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Twin Peaks

Kyle MacLachlan is back…is it actually coming back this year? We don’t know much, but I know people will be happy to see the show come back.

Doctor Who

I had already mentioned why I thought the extended absence of Doctor Who was a bad idea and I still agree with that. ‘The Return Of Doctor Mysterio’ was a fun Christmas special and the trailer for the upcoming series 10 was intriguing. Peter Capaldi is back as The Doctor, this time he will be joined by Matt Lucas continuing his role as Nardole (can we all agree he was brilliant in the newest special?) and Pearl Mackie as Bill. It has been a long wait, but luckily it isn’t too long now till we finally reach that easter (sure it will be easter) start date!

I know there are hundreds of shows coming back and new ones coming in the next 12 months, but is there anything in particular you are hoping to see? Hope you enjoyed this list and let me know what you are planning to watch this year.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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

Game Of Thrones: Winter is coming late…and ways to cope

*BE WARNED, SPOILERS AHEAD*

For a show which makes a lot of mentions about winter, it looks like it isn’t coming quick enough for production on the hit show. Usually, Game Of Thrones would begin filming this month to get it ready for its usual April start to air. This year may be an exception, as Daenerys has FINALLY left Meereen to take her place on the Iron Throne, we expect to see a lot more of winter as the seventh season sees it finally come. As you may notice, this is the summer. You can’t really make a winter setting when the temperature is reaching an average of 95 Fahrenheit. As much as it may be bad news for fans, you can’t help but laugh that it is the lack of the show’s most common motto which is keeping it from starting production.

How much longer will we need to wait to see Mad Queen Cersei making Kings Landing (should that be Queen’s?) her dumping ground and what will Jon Snow think about his true heritage? We need answers, and it may not be till the summer of next year when we get our next trip to Westeros. Until next year, and the possibly shortened runs for the last two seasons, Winter Is Coming! What can you watch to keep your mind entertained until 2017? Well, there is a lot of great shows which can satisfy your hunger for your epic drama cravings and I will tell you what they will help with.

THE WALKING DEAD

Why? The body count

Do you like your shows with a huge body count and multiple favourites being picked off on a regular basis? Well, you must have seen this show or at least heard of it. This is not the only similarity with GOT (I know there isn’t a lot) but it is truly an ensemble piece. The world goes bad and the dead are coming back to life as zombies (though are never called zombies, anyone else find that weird?). Arguably this is one of my favourite shows, even after six seasons. There is a lot to enjoy in this show. The human stories are indeed intriguing, the special effects on the zombies is just breath-taking and indeed they do deliver on the entertainment and shock value. Whether you just like the gore or just love Norman Reedus, you will love this show! You have 83 episodes to watch before Season 7 begins and that huge cliffhanger is finally resolved, get started!

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THE FLASH

Why? It looks awesome

Special effects in Game Of Thrones are stunning and give a real film quality to it, but it isn’t the only show that truly delivers on its looks. The Flash begun as a spin-off to hit show Arrow, but has since become front and centre of The CW programming and the best superhero show on TV now away from Netflix. The show probably has a fraction of a budget than that of the DC comics movies, but it looks great every single time. The attraction to the show is not just the special effects, but the characters are all truly engaging with tight storylines and the fan service on screen is nothing short of perfect. Two seasons in and I don’t see an end in sight for this show, especially after that finale…P.S. Arrow should be added to this too!

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BREAKING BAD

Why? Moral grey galore!

Breaking Bad really made good use of characters who you found it hard to decide if you like them or hate them, and this only is brought out in Game Of Thrones as well because of how perfected it was in this show. Walter White is definitely one of the most conflicted characters in TV history and the show was filled with many more that you could neither straightforward love or hate. A show about a man who finds he has cancer and wants to provide for his family by making Crystal Meth isn’t the best selling point is it? Well, turns out you only get the greatest show on TV ever according to many sources! The acting is well done and there is never a dull moment. Every episode in its 62 count is important and adds more detail to what is the most addictive shows I have ever experienced…and Better Call Saul is essential too!

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DOCTOR WHO

Why? Epic scope and long games

120 episodes since 2005 to sink your teeth into! That should help towards 2017? Well, this is also for anyone wanting to get into Doctor Who before series 10 (or 36 for the purists!). Arguably, the biggest show to come from my home country is still one of the best on TV. Even the 2015 series proved how fresh and shocking the show can be. Science Fiction has definitely seen a huge spike in popularity because of this time travelling show! Series 1-4 keeps things fairly simple, then Steven Moffat makes it more in-depth and involved, perfect for all of you who like complicated storylines and long pay-offs (The silence between series 5-7 I am talking about, and Gallifrey from 2005-2015).

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JOURNEYMAN

Why? Gripping

Only 13 episodes were made of this top drama, and I think this is truly one of the biggest mistakes ever made in TV. Just when the show was really making good traction and the main mythology was established, NBC cancelled it and left so many opportunities to be had. But, if you find yourself with a day free, then it would be worth watching this show about time travel and the effects it has on a man and his family. The show builds to a nice enough conclusion so you will be fulfilled by the time you reach the end, and the tension in this show can match that of GOT even though they are both very different.

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

12 Best TV Characters Of The Last 12 Months

Another year has gone by and some great TV characters have emerged and stood out. Going from an initial list of 22, I have narrowed down my list to 12 of the best characters in the last 12 months. A mix of comedy, drama, action and even animation. Find out which 12 have stood out for me above the rest. I will say now there is a few spoilers ahead, so please be careful…

T.J. Miller – Erlich Bachman – Silicon Valley

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This show is probably the funniest on TV at the moment. Filled with some superb characters and hilarious set pieces, it was hard to decide which actor really stood out most. While Richard has really grown in confidence and Gilfoyle continues to be blunt and side-splittingly funny, you can’t help but love T.J. Miller who continues to impress as Erlich. Whether he is stealing coconut water, trying to rip-off Big Head (in fact, puts Big Head in financial ruin) or even his interactions with the Pied Piper board, he is indeed the best character and does it with the least effort. Want more proof, just remember this from Season One “Richard wrote the code, yeah, but the inspiration was clear. Let me ask you something. How fast do you think you could jack off every guy in this room? Because I know how long it would take me, and I can prove it!”.

Jon Bernthal – The Punisher/Frank Castle – Daredevil

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Last year, the main antagonist of this show made the list. This year, the semi antagonist/anti-hero has and does it just as well. From episode one, he is a force to be reckoned with. Straight away we see him come into conflict with Matt Murdoch and the two engage in some of the most engaging action ever seen on TV. Sod Batman v Superman, this was really the big superhero clash that March was going to give us and it delivered in every respect. Jon Bernthal did so well, that Netflix is working on a Punisher series! That is awesome! We see Frank Castle is a tortured soul and one that you will cheer for as he kills all the enemies in his path now and into the future.

Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones – Jessica Jones

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This character is truly a unique superhero. Most people go for the “with great power comes great responsibility” philosophy. Krysten Ritter goes 180 on this as one of the most reluctant protagonists to ever appear. She lost her family, was brainwashed by a psycho in a purple suit and adopted by a horrible step-mother. But, where Jessica Jones shines is in the fact that she does care about some people (her step-sister Trish and love interest Luke Cage) and the strength that they give her. Also, she will always help those who are truly in need, though sometimes it may take a while to happen. She won’t go down easy, and I can’t wait to see where she will be in season two.

Melissa McBride – Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead

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There were many characters who could have been considered for this list again. The reason I chose Carol was because I feel she went through the most inner turmoil in this season. Her season long rival Morgan proved to her that she was maybe wrong in her actions, but also made her think more about what she wanted from her life. She begins a short romance with Tobin and saves Maggie from Negan’s soldiers, but she also loses her nerves and is unsure if she can protect anyone anymore. Her breakdowns are truly shocking for a character who has been very strong and this makes her more human.

David Harewood – J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter/Hank Henshaw – Supergirl

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This is an actor who has previously portrayed Tuck in Robin Hood, Nelson Mandela, a Doctor Who villain (ish) and even appeared on Selfie (oh god why was that show ever made?). Truly one of his best performances is of him becoming the last green martian who aids Supergirl and is close friends with her cousin. As Hank Henshaw, we see J’onn save countless lives and protect the earth many times over. As J’onn J’onzz, he has become a great ally and helped Supergirl and her sister Alex more than any other being ever could. Let’s just hope Season Two will show more Martian Manhunter and possibly see him form the Arrowverse equivalent of The Justice League. (Which just to really make a go of it, would include: Arrow, Flash, Atom, Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, Black/White Canary, Firestorm, Mr Terrific and maybe Hawkman and Hawkgirl)

Andre Braugher – Captain Raymond Holt –  Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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After three seasons, the straight faced leader of the Nine-Nine has remained a favourite for many. He has become more relaxed and involved in the activities of his colleagues and still manages to stay as funny as he did in the first episode. He still tries to make Jake a better detective and is a father-figure to him when needed. He is a committed husband to Kevin which is indeed still the provider of some great scenes. Also, he considers an oboist a celebrity (which is funnier than it should be) and is at the end of season three placed into witness protection with Jake. Captain Holt will surely be suffering with this arrangement, but all for our amusement.

Rami Malek – Elliot Alderson – Mr. Robot

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A hacker with people problems? Yeah you probably have seen that before. But not to this level! Elliot has to deal with social anxiety and clinical depression which clearly isn’t fun, and to see how he can possibly work with a group of hackers looking to clear all debt by taking down E Corp (or Evil Corp as it is referred to). He has few friends, Rami’s voice over fills in some of the gaps we don’t see on screen or find out in his interactions. Being part of fsociety is clearly important to him and seems to be feeding on his paranoia and delusion to get him to help the hacktivist group. Also, the biggest moments come from his interactions with Mr. Robot himself and that trip when Elliot goes cold turkey is striking and incredibly insightful.

Maisie Williams – Ashildr/Me – Doctor Who

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Wait a minute, why not mention Maisie Williams as arse kicker Arya Stark (To be honest, she is now making her mark this season)? Well, she has had 6 years now perfecting that role. In Doctor Who, she becomes a recurring character in the form of Ashildr. When she first meets The Doctor, Ashildr is living in the time of Vikings and sacrifices herself to save her people. The Doctor revives her, and she later becomes a conflicted character. She goes against The Doctor and very much nearly destroys the world and inadvertently kills Clara. Hate her? Can you really hate her? She didn’t ask for immortality, but is the only one who will wait for The Doctor till the end of time itself!

Justin Roiland – Rick Sanchez – Rick and Morty

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The only animated character to make this list, the foul-mouthed grandpa who is happy to bend the universe (and other dimensions) to his own will. Rick is fearless, a drunk and a loner. He has his grandson Morty by his side to help him feel more human and give some meaning to his existence. This is shown in full when he sacrifices his freedom at the end of season two to protect his family from any harm. Want more proof Rick is a good guy, his “only” friend Bird Person says about the good Rick has done and will do anything for Morty and Summer (including making a car that will murder anyone who poses a threat to his grandchildren).

Jaimie Alexander – “Jane Doe”/“Taylor Shaw” – Blindspot

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A woman is found in a bag and has no memory of who she is and how she got there. “Jane” is brought to the attention of FBI agent Weller after his name is placed amongst the tattoos that nearly covers her whole body. What makes Jane great is that she is not so much a victim, but a vital asset for investigations in relation to the tattoos on her skin. Throughout the series, we see that Jane is capable of many styles of combat and is fluent in multiple languages. Whoever Jane turns out to be, I am sure there will be something big in store for Jane in the future and let’s hope they can keep the tension and excitement high for another year.

Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom – The Flash

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From the beginning of Season Two of the show, we got to see Jay Garrick. The original Flash in the comics, he really was set to be a big force in the show. Well, the twist in this tale was that Jay was actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom! The character blends in so well initially and makes his mark as the hope/support for Barry Allen after he arrives from Earth 2. When he reveals himself as Zoom, everything changes. The man who seemed to want to help The Flash was actually wanting to defeat him all along. He loved Caitlin Snow and saved Barry, but was also happy to kill a time remnant of himself multiple times. Zoom truly made a huge impact in the show, and let’s see if he does come back as The Black Flash!

Kit Harrington – Jon Snow – Game Of Thrones

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He managed to do two episodes of the show as a body lying on a table (we knew he wouldn’t stay dead), and then came back to life and begun making his plans to help his family and save his home. Where he has been a huge force and an almost untouchable character in the early series, we see his vulnerable side in Season 5 and this year continues to struggle with his own limitations and still find worry/fear with what has happened to him and what could happen. Also, Jon Snow continues to be one of the purest characters in Game Of Thrones and will probably be until its final episode when be either wins the game, gets killed again or becomes a dragon himself and destroys all that is in his path (I think that last one isn’t likely to happen).

Honourable mentions go to Tom Cavanagh for portraying another version of Harrison Wells on The Flash, Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul, Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony and Idris Elba as Luther.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The Biggest Moments On TV In The Last Year

This could be filled with some major spoilers, so read at your own leisure.

An EYE Popping Display – Gotham

after a number of deaths and multiple story threads, we finally get to see Miss Mooney as she goes from being at the top of her game to becoming a prisoner. When she is held by The Dollmaker and his mercenaries, she knows that they are taking body parts. Knowing they require an eye, she goes to scoop it out with a spoon and stomps on it. Not as graphic as you may think, but seeing an eyeball squashed is not a pretty sight (not an attempt at a joke there).

Jimmy Vs. Tuco: Battle For The Twins – Better Call Saul

Before becoming Saul Goodman, Jimmy McGill was a struggling lawyer who tried his best to climb the ladder. One scam he tried to pull went wrong when he hired Cal and Lars to do a “hit and run” con. The con goes wrong when they try to trick the grandmother of Tuco Salamanca. Tuco then abducts Jimmy and the twins and threatens to kill them all for the scam. Jimmy gets out of it because of his Lawyer status, and then manages to leave the twins with a broken leg each instead of a bullet in the head.

The Black Canary Comes Crashing Out Of The Sky – Arrow

Season Three of Arrow has provided many big moments. We had the return of Slade Wilson, the rebirth of a character via the Lazarus Pit and the exposure of Oliver Queen’s secret identity to the one man who could destroy him. But, in the opening episode we saw Sara Lance as she was confronted by a mystery assailant (worth checking out who did it) who then went to shoot arrows into her chest and Sara then fell from a rooftop to the ground below, and was found by her sister Laurel. A shock death, which may be far from the end if the Legends Of Tomorrow trailer is anything to go by.

Danny Dies…And Dies Again! – Doctor Who

Series Eight of Doctor Who was a big curve. We got a new Doctor in the form of Peter Capaldi and we also got some great stories in the form of ‘Listen’ and ‘Flatline’. But, we had possibly one of the most shocking moments when Clara Oswald’s boyfriend Danny Pink died after getting hit by a car. Death is not final, as we see Danny’s mind (attempt to) and body changed to become a Cyberman. The tragic character then gets a chance to finally shine as he saves the world from destruction and sacrifices himself to free the world from the plan created by Missy.

A Massive Headache For One Series Regular – The Walking Dead

Beth Greene has unfortunately never had a huge presence in her time on the show. Actress Emily Kinney is such a sweet star and I think demanded more of a role, which is possibly why it wasn’t until the prison was destroyed that Beth really shined. After being kidnapped, she ends up in a hospital in Atlanta and finds it is led by a group of survivors (a number of them formally cops). The leader Dawn is seen to take interest in Beth, and manipulates her to help her plans. Eventually, the two come head to head and Beth stabs Dawn out of anger with a pair of scissors. Dawn instinctively shoots Beth in the head and is shocked herself at her actions, which results in Daryl putting a bullet through Dawn’s head.

Bunkie Takes A Dunkie – Empire

Probably one of the biggest surprises in this TV season, Empire came from nowhere and became one of the most talked about shows of the year. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson lead the fantastic cast about a former couple who own a record company and Howard’s character Lucious Lyon looks to name a successor between his three sons after he receives news that he has ALS. With all the clashes between brothers and the arrival of scene-stealer Cookie, it is when we see Lucious gun down Bunkie (Cookie’s cousin and his assistant) after Bunkie threatens him for three million dollars. Can you come back after committing murder?

Getting The Truth Without Saying A Word – Black Mirror

Black Mirror returned over Christmas with an extended special. We first see the two stars Matt (Jon Hamm) and Joe (Rafe Spall) as they are in a remote outpost. It is Christmas and they share stories about their pasts. It isn’t until the end we learn that the remote location is not real, and is in fact a digital creation which houses a copy of Joe’s consciousness. Matt is hired to learn the truth about the death of his former father-in-law and the child Joe believed to be his daughter. When the copy of Joe’s mind finally admits his part in the deaths, the real Joe is then arrested and Matt is then allowed to go after his own troubled past saw him arrested.

Foggy Can’t Turn A Blind Eye – Daredevil

Matt Murdock gets into a rather bad fight; he winds up nearly dead after facing off against Wilson Fisk. Struggling to get to safety after the attack, Matt escapes home before he succumbs to the injuries he has suffered. Matt then collapses in his apartment just as Foggy arrives there to go and see him. Foggy is shocked to see that the intruder in the apartment is actually his long-time friend. The shock is hard to take for Foggy, but the emotions really flare up when Matt is patched up and they finally begin to talk. It is at this time that Daredevil really hit a peak, and we get to see a friendship come to pieces.

The Snow Finally Falls – Game Of Thrones

Well, this is only a surprise if you hadn’t read the books beforehand (or saw the internet at any time between 2011 and now). Jon Snow met his end when the men of the nightwatch acted out mutiny against their Lord Commander and all got their opportunity to stab him “…For The Watch”. Whether or not this truly is the end for Jon Snow remains to be seen as the storylines in the books have very much been seen on screen up to date. 2016 should see what happens next in both Season Six of Game Of Thrones and the sixth book ‘The Winds Of Winter’. For now, let us remember that solemn oath…

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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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