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Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E16

11 Apr

Why do I feel that TWD universe is on a parallel path as the war between Ukraine and Putin? It sure feels that way in this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.

Acts of God

The season finale did not disappoint. I knew where this was headed. Maggie saw the demon in Lance Hornsby, and she didn’t bite the damn apple. Maggie knowing that Lance would return with the sole purpose of destroying Hilltop, Maggie, Elijah, and Marco take Hershel to a safe place. Negan and his tribe are hiding in an abandoned Whisperer hole in the ground.

Negan and Maggie have finally come to terms. There is a guarded respect between these two enemies. Maggie has trusted her child to Negan, and we all know that Negan is very protective of children. Maggie and her group along with Lydia plan to track down Lance….what she doesn’t know is that Lance has an extra ace up his sleeve.

While Maggie sets on her journey, Daryl, Aaron and Gabe are pretending to help the Commonwealth troopers search for apartment dwellers but they know it’s a trap. Lance wants them dead.

Back at the Commonwealth, the revolution is growing, and Max must risk her life to get information from Pamela’s files. Connie has a newspaper to put out, and they must find out what has happened to missing citizens.

Conclusion

Maggie lost another good friend, Marco, after Leah made her appearance on the scene. Was Leah’s hate so strong that she would trust Lance to allow her to live if she succeeded in killing Maggie?  Leah does capture Maggie with the intent of torturing her, killing her, then killing everyone Maggie loved…but at the last moment, after a well fought battle, it was left to Daryl to put an end to Leah.

Poor Daryl didn’t have much time to grieve for his ex-lover because Lance and his men had arrived at the scene. Daryl does get a good wounding shot in at Lance before he and Maggie escape and return to Negan’s hideout…but things will never be the same.

Lance is a corrupt, little man. He wants to conquer everyone who stands in his way. I almost thought that his boss, Pamela was different, but when it comes to greed or using extra money towards a scholarship for the poorer children at the Commonwealth…Pamela’s greed won out.

Lance had conquered Oceanside, Hilltop, and Alexandria. Maggie’s explosion at Hilltop did not kill the invader. It just made him angrier. The Commonwealth banners now drape the walls of the three compounds. The lives of the citizens of Oceanside all hinge on the flip of a coin.

Like I said in the beginning, The Walking Dead final season has been mirroring what is happening in real life between Ukraine and Putin. Lance wants to conquer and control his world, while Putin intends on taking over all of Europe and then some. I have a bad feeling that Lance won’t hesitate to commit genocide with that flip of a coin…and we have all witnessed the atrocities committed by Putin on the Ukrainian people. When a world leader resorts to the rape and assassination of infants…it’s time for that person to be put down. PERIOD!

Fortunately, in TWD universe, Eugene, Max, Connie, Kelly, Magna and Ezekiel are planning on taking down Pamela and Lance with their first headline. Let’s pray that NATO grows a pair of balls as big as Maggie’s and hits Putin with everything necessary to save Ukraine.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E14

28 Mar

Oops I didn’t get to write my review for E13 because my 14-year-old Chihuahua needed extensive dental surgery…but after watching the Warlords…all I can say is Maggie was right. This week on The Walking Dead, Maggie, Lydia and Elijah help Aaron and Gabe while Daryl and Rosita are sent to rob a bank.

The Rotten Core

How cool is it that Negan saved Aaron and Gabe, right? Negan’s team are not the ones attacking the Commonwealth troopers…so who is? Negan has a new wife, Annie (Medina Senghore). I don’t know about you, but Negan is my new favorite TWD character. Maggie and Annie team up while Negan remains behind to protect his little community.

Toby (Jason Butler Harner) is a crazy bastard who although wasn’t looking forward to putting on his former CIA persona, has none the less, gone back to his dirty deeds with a hunger. After throwing a few people off the roof, he walkies Hornsby for an update.

While Team Maggie and Team Negan fight Toby, Rosita and Daryl are sent on assignment with Sebastian. He wants them to raid a farmhouse that has lots of cash and guns. Sebastian needs the cash, so he sends in Daryl and Rosita, but first they need to walk through a swarm of walkers. Sebastian did the wrong thing threatening Daryl and Rosita about their kids. I think Daryl should have used the knife, but he didn’t…no telling what Sebastian will do next. Daryl and Rosita make it through the swarm thanks to the zombie guts, but when they get inside, they are unable to get into the Panic Room because the generator is down. They learn that there is a woman locked inside.

April, who has two children, was forced to go on an earlier raid because she owed the Commonwealth money. In the process of getting the money for Sebastian, April got trapped in the Panic Room. There are some real scary scenes with Daryl and the generator walkers. The security alarm draws the walkers and there is no escape.

Conclusion with Spoilers

Okay, lets talk about the most important parts of tonight’s episode: the conversation between Annie and Maggie about Negan, and Negan babysitting little Hershel, and who was responsible for the dead troopers! Oh my God!

Negan is not only married, but Annie is expecting a baby. After Negan rescues Hershel from Toby’s men, Annie has to convince Maggie that Negan is not only a changed man, but that he will protect Hershel. Now it did get hairy there for a moment when Hershel pulled a gun on Negan, but Negan was able to convince him to wait until he is grown before taking care of unfinished business. I am hoping that day never comes around.

Toby is convinced that Team Negan was responsible for the ambushed troopers, so he goes postal of the Ian’s people. Working as a team, Maggie, Elijah, Aaron and Gabe make sure that Toby never bothers another person.

Mayor Miller is clueless to what Hornsby and her son, Sebastian, are doing to the poor residents of the Commonwealth. Daryl, April, and Rosita are rescued by Mercer and Carol, but April does not make it back to her children. Mercer is pissed about the people that Sebastian sacrificed for that damn money…angry enough to kill the troopers who accompanied Daryl and Rosita. Mercer has a plan and tells Daryl and Rosita not to fight the system…not yet.

The most unexpected part of tonight’s episode is the identity of the ambusher. It seems that Leah (Lynn Collins) has been a very busy bee.

Two more episodes to go before another mid-season break. How many of you are waiting for Carol to bake some cookies for Hornsby? She is playing that fool, and he took the bait, but we know our Carol.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E9

21 Feb

They’re back! The Walking Dead has returned picking up where we left off so many months ago with Maggie, Gabe, Elijah, and Negan trying to escape the Reapers, but will Eugene be bringing unexpected company to Alexandria? Will Carol be baking up some of her apocalyptic cookies for S11 E9?

No Other Way

What we need to remember is that a show about the apocalypse was filmed during an ongoing apocalypse. Scary right? Maggie has been dealing with loads of internal struggles that have caused people to die, not intentionally, but shit happens when you can’t let go of revenge. Negan knows that it won’t be long before Maggie turns on him, but he has proven himself in my eyes. In a world where a virus has caused civilization to circle the drain, even good guys do bad things.

So many people died helping Team Maggie get the needed food for Alexandria, but while Team Maggie and Team Leah try to off each other, Alexandria is under siege by walkers. Judith and Gracie are trapped in a flooded basement and although Judith lives up to her nickname, “Little Shit Kicker” she is outnumbered until Aaron shows up for the rescue.

Maggie is out to protect her people, and will do anything to accomplish this, and I think that is what Negan was trying to tell her when he said that he should have killed them all. Negan was protecting his people, too. In a world of death, you will do unthinkable things to protect the living…your people.

Daryl wants to believe that people can change, Negan did, so why not Leah, but again, even though they love each other Daryl’s and Leah’s first duty is to their tribe. Even GOD has taken a back seat to the apocalypse when Gabriel and the Reaper Preacher chat about forgiveness…that is until Gabriel kills the preacher. I think Gabriel has decided that GOD should stay in the back seat from now on.

The fight scenes in this episode are amazing, but especially the ones between Carver and Team Maggie. Daryl decides to use Carver as ransom with Leah, but Leah has a sniper in her deck.

Conclusion and Spoilers

Maggie doesn’t believe in taking hostages, but after Gabriel scores with the sniper and changing Leah’s game plan, Maggie allows them to leave without Carver…but Maggie…gives new meaning to “holding a grudge.” She kills everyone and injures Leah who gets away.

Maggie can’t forgive, and Negan knows this, so he leaves, and that sucks because he saved Maggie and Elijah from Carver. It was a literal “Saved by the bell” moment. Maggie was too late to save Alden…but we knew this would happen. Daryl decides to let Leah live after finding her. They were lovers, after all. Sometimes you have to just let go and let live. I hope that Leah returns that favor in the future.

The happy ending with Team Maggie returning with the much-needed supplies, was turned upside down with the arrival of unexpected dinner guests…Eugene brought Lance Hornsby and a platoon of Commonwealth troopers to the gate. Hornsby offers sanctuary at the Commonwealth…will there be any takers?

Why is God’s name would Daryl join the Commonwealth? Why Daryl? Why?

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E07

4 Oct

On last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Daryl covered up his friends’ hiding spot from the Reapers, but he may be in big trouble with Pope.

Promises Broken

In the world of TWD as it is in real life…it’s not what you know, but who you know. Unfortunately for Team Eugene, they have made one too many mistakes. Eugene and his team are clearing the surrounding area of the Commonwealth of walkers. The Commonwealth needs to expand. It’s hard work and a bit too much for Ezekiel. Luckily for the King, he is given IV fluids and antibiotics and bounces right back.

While Stephanie and Eugene continue the cleanup of refugee walkers who have the nerve to stumble on Commonwealth property, Yumiko makes an appointment to meet with Pamela Milton. Yumiko can’t wrap her head around her brother’s refusal to let people know that he is a successful doctor. Even though Tomi (Ian Anthony Dale) keeps assuring Yumiko that the Commonwealth is as much fun as a day at Disneyworld…that assurance goes up in smoke when Tomi is arrested.

Maggie and Negan finally shake hands and decide to work together to find food for Alexandria with the condition that Maggie doesn’t try to kill Negan. Gabe is called in as a witness to this deal. I don’t know if Maggie can keep her word, but for now, Negan is teaching her how to be a walker whisperer. With a huge horde following them, Negan and Maggie might be bringing the battle to the Reapers. I was curious about the holy man that Gabe spotted. Did the man know that Gabe was hiding in the woods? Does he belong to the Reapers?

We can’t forget Daryl and Leah (Lynn Collins) who are sent by Pope to hunt down Team Maggie. Instead, they find a man with a seriously wounded wife and a young son. Pope told Leah to kill any survivors, but Leah decides to let the man and child go free, while Daryl puts the wounded woman out of her misery. They now share a secret from Pope.

Conclusion

Spoiled brats! Oh yes, even TWD has their share of spoiled brats, and in this episode, we meet Sebastian (Teo Rapp-Olsson) the son of Pamela Milton (Laila Robins). Sebastian is the type of person that will put himself in danger, and when he is rescued from walkers by Eugene and Stephanie …insults Stephanie causing Eugene to react. That punch in the nose gets Eugene thrown in prison. I wonder if we will learn why Tomi was taken by the Storm Troopers.

This is the final season for TWD, and I have been writing reviews on this show for all 11 seasons, but I have to say that I am honestly enjoying this season. There will most likely be lots of death scenes involving some of our beloved characters, and who knows what will happen between Negan and Maggie, but over the eleven seasons…these characters have become family, and I am highly invested in their survival.  I don’t handle loss that well, so I am hoping that there are some happy thoughts at the end to not leave me bitter.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E05

20 Sep

Josh Hamilton as Lance Hornsby – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

When all you’re doing is fighting to survive each and every day…you are bound to have nightmares, and on this episode of The Walking Dead, Aaron has one hell of a freaky nightmare where he and Gracie are surrounded by all their former enemies: the Wolves, Saviors, and the Whisperers. Life is a struggle, but team Eugene, team Maggie, and team Aaron sure have their work cut out for them.

Out of the Ashes

I am going to talk about Judith (Cailey Fleming) before I go any further with the review of S11E05. This little peanut has been surviving the apocalypse since her birth. She is smart, resilient, mature, and lonely. Carl is dead, her father assumed dead, and Michonne is on some stupid mission that has made Judith and her little brother orphans. Judith helps the Alexandria community by teaching the other children how to fight, but the older boys tease her when she confronts them about playing with the dead. Their cruel words bring tears to her eyes.

Look, I was a teenager when my mother took off, I am in my seventies and it still bothers me, so when Judith cries because one of the boys had also broken the wooden plank that held her and Carl’s handprints…I feel for her. Thank goodness, Rosita (Christian Serratos) was there to calm our little Kick-ass warrior.

Alexandria

Don’t you hate when uninvited guests drop in unexpectantly? Jerry (Cooper Andrews) is taking care of business when he realizes that the walls have been breached again. How do these bags of bones still have the strength to push in the walls? I haven’t figured that one out yet, and apparently, neither have the showrunners. They walls go back up, but it is only a band-aid. Aaron and the others decide to head out to Hilltop to see if there is anything to scavenge from the ashes. While Carol, Lydia, Aaron, and Jerry head over to Hilltop, our little band of misfits are getting inducted into the Commonwealth.

Rocky Road Ice cream

The Commonwealth may be nothing more than a very bad Homeowners Association. A good friend of mine lives in a 55+ community where the bylaws are so strict that they would not permit her to have a ramp built for her husband who became totally wheelchaired bound. Her poor husband was trapped in the house. Criminal!

Team Eugene sit through a nifty commercial video that featured all the wonderful things about being a citizen of Commonwealth. They have law enforcement, schools, ice cream shops, bakeries, malls, and everything else needed to live the Utopian dream. Lance Hornsby (Josh Hamilton) may have been a used car salesperson in a former life because his video is definitely inviting. There is mention of a president: Pamela Milton. At the end of the video, Princess gets her two-dollar bill back, along with a job. Everyone gets a job except Yumiko who is invited to visit the state department for her job. They also get their assigned living quarters. Mercer (Michael James Shaw) may or may not be as bad ass as he pretends because Princess easily wraps him around her little finger.

While Yumiko heads to the state department, Eugene, Princess, Ezekiel and Stephanie tour the town and get themselves some ice cream. Eugene convinces Stephanie to allow him to contact Alexandria. Princess is put on watch duty as Eugene talks to Rosita, but only briefly (bad connection).

Yumiko located her brother, Tomi (Ian Anthony Dale) in a bakery. Even though he was surgeon before the apocalypse, Tomi is now absolutely happy baking cakes. He is enjoying his life as a baker, and the rows and rows of cookies, pies, and cakes attest to this joy.

Aaron

Ross Marquand’s Aaron has gone through a major transformation, and I feel that he is becoming “Rick” worthy. A true leader. After they arrive at Hilltop, Lydia (Cassady McClincy) realizes that the remaining walkers (former Hilltop citizens) are being herded. The group captures a Whisperer, who begs for his life and that of his family. But Aaron blocks out the pleas for mercy and uses a walker to get information from the man. This leads to the man being bitten.

Conclusion and Spoilers

I didn’t forget Team Maggie. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) rest at an abandoned home where there is very little food to take back home. Negan wants to return to Alexandria, but Maggie wants to stay. They agree to wait until sundown. These two characters are both very powerful…and stubborn, but I think that Negan has a better sense of survival right now. Maggie was right about waiting because Gabe (Seth Gilliam) and Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari) do show up and now the decision is made to wait for Daryl.

Unless you’ve ever been in a situation where you didn’t know where or when your next meal would be…you won’t understand how desperate the citizens of Alexandria are in. Hunger, and the constant threat of walkers and bad guys is enough to do real damage to one’s hope for survival. I think all these years of watching and reviewing TWD has made me more compassionate to the refugees who flock to our borders. They are hungry, desperate, and trying to protect their children. Instead of zombies, refugees are fleeing evil men doing evil deeds. Remember this the next time you push yourself away from the table, belly filled.

Alexandria is in danger. Hunger makes people do crazy things. Aaron allowed that walker to bite the Whisperer even though the man begged for his life. He would have done much worse to the man if Carol didn’t step in and tell him why it is important to keep your humanity in the worst of times. It was a good thing she did. They now know that Connie is alive.

Team Eugene was saved by the bell when Lance Hornsby steps in. Will they finally get to meet Pamela Milton? Will the children of Alexandria die from hunger before someone comes to the rescue? Where the hell is Michonne? Her kids need her.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E03

6 Sep

I don’t know…maybe it’s because we are battling our own apocalypse in real time, what with Covid and the rise of Nazi sympathizers within our own country…but I am waiting for one bright spot in the final season of The Walking Dead. In this episode, we get a closer look of the Reapers.

Hunted

In this episode, while we know that Team Ezekiel is safe from harm at the moment, Team Maggie is not doing well at all. After escaping the subway tunnels, they are ambushed by the Reapers. This new enemy is very organized, methodical in their attacks, and almost Ninja like in their sudden appearances and disappearances. This episode was directed by Frederick Toye of Snowpiercer, The Boys, Watchmen, and Westworld fame.

With the latest Reaper attack we lose a few of Maggie’s team (Cole, Duncan, and Agatha). Many are injured, the rest scattered to the four winds. Maggie is adamant about finding food for the colony and even though Alden is badly wounded, she insists that they continue on their quest. Negan disagrees, but with a big sigh, he allows Maggie to lead the way.

Gabriel

One of the most important character developments in TWD is that of Seth Gilliam’s Gabriel Stokes. We have watched this man of God go from cowardly to brave, to almost fanatical in protecting his friends. Gabriel is not only in charge of dividing the meager supplies to the starving people of Alexandria and Hilltop, but he must also muster up the townsfolks’ faith in a benevolent Creator, while at the same time losing his. After being injured during the ambush, Gabriel escapes and on his journey to find his team, happens upon a wounded Reaper who taunts him into praying for his sorry ass. But…Gabriel is fresh out of mercy and tells the Reaper, “God isn’t here anymore” before killing the man.

I don’t think that Gabriel has completely given up on God, but he sure as hell is questioning God’s whereabouts. Haven’t we all these last two years of Covid? I hope that Gabriel survives the series finale because he is the gauge, the weathervane for the mental health of Alexandria. He is the glue that holds the town together in the absence of Rick and Michonne.

Carol

Carol played deliciously by Melissa McBride is another study in a character’s growth. Carol is sometimes more dangerous than the many enemies Team Rick has ever had to fight. She too went from meek and weak to Wonder Woman status within the eleven years that TWD has been on air.  Carol, recently, has been played as a troublemaker by the writers and directors. I don’t know why they decided to play her as psychotic when that isn’t who she is. Big mistake. In this episode Carol in adamant about finding horses. They will need the horses to travel long distances to find supplies, but secretly she is hoping to also find Connie. Magna (Nadia Hilker) is afraid that Carol is giving Kelley (Angel Theory) false hope, but they and Rosita (Christian Serratos) go with Carol to find horses.

Conclusion

While Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and the injured Alden find shelter in a church, after barely escaping the warehouse full of Reapers…we get to check in on the children of Alexandria. As the wee ones play a game of Slap Jack, Judith (Cailey Fleming), Hershel (Kien Michael Spiller), RJ (Anthony Azor) and Gracie (Anabelle Holloway) talk about parents and life in general. These are pretty smart kids. They have to be in a world where you can instantly become a walker snack. It is Hershel, who has been on some very dangerous adventures with his mother, that teaches the children how to eat horse meat.

Horse meat? Yes, it seems that Team Carol, after finding a few half-eaten horses, finally locate some live horses. After bringing the horses back to Alexandria, Carol is tasked with the job of slaughtering one of the horses to feed the people of Alexandria. This is not something she wanted to do, but it is always our Carol who is assigned the dirty work that no one else wants to do.

Negan and Maggie are forced to leave Alden in the church, with the promise that they will take care of his child. I don’t know what happened to Daryl and we don’t know if Gabriel will catch up to Maggie, but I will tell you this…the Reapers are as dangerous as the Whisperers, but what they haven’t counted on is the teaming up of Maggie and Negan. The Reapers may have opened a Pandora’s box of big trouble. Let’s hope that Maggie and Negan don’t wind up killing each other before they destroy the Reapers.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E02

30 Aug

The war between Maggie and Negan! Who will be the last one standing? I have my economy size bottle of Tums ready for tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead.

Acheron Part 2

Acheron is separated into three separate stories in this episode. Maggie, abandoned by an angry Negan, is outnumbered by railroad walkers, while her comrades search a train. Negan lies when they ask, “Where’s Maggie?” Why the others didn’t go looking for her, I don’t know, but they sure don’t have the loyalty that Daryl has for Dog. Apparently, Daryl and Dog have found an underground tunnel with lots of telling graffiti. Daryl finds a ton of money with messages written on the bills. Dog finds a hobo walker before taking off, with Daryl hot on his trail.

The Commonwealth

Back at the Commonwealth, Eugene is worried about Ezekiel. He is missing. Yumiko is worried about her brother and wants to speak to the manager. The manager is surprised how much Yumiko knows about the Commonwealth just from observation. Yumiko was a lawyer, and she knows what questions to ask her interrogators. It worked. They offered her a cup of coffee. Princess asks to use the bathroom and is thrilled to learn that they have toilet paper. When Princess and Yumiko don’t return, Eugene begins to panic.

Negan

While Maggie’s team moves through the train, they hear morse code. It’s an SOS. Maggie is alive, and she is really pissed off. Maggie has to decide if Negan lives or dies, but they are interrupted by Gage who is trapped outside of the train. Maggie leaves the kid to die. Gage commits suicide rather than become a walker snack. I know we’re supposed to believe that Maggie is a great leader, but I haven’t been impressed with her leadership skills, yet. Maggie does tell us a story of when she and Hershel found an old man. It turns out this man was a serial killer before the apocalypse. There are much worse things than walkers out in the world, and Maggie admits to the others that she lost some of her humanity when she discovered what the man had in his house.

Conclusion and Spoilers

After walker Gage (Jackson Pace) and his band of railway walkers break into the car, Maggie and the others are outnumbered until Daryl comes to the rescue in his famous kick ass fashion. Love the hand grenade!

Poor Eugene is all alone, and he is a mess. He doesn’t know where his friends are. They could be dead. He faces the interrogators again and is told that they are being processed. Eugene talks about his radio chats with Stephanie. Josh McDermitt did an amazing job tonight with his character, Eugene. I think this is the first time we have ever witnessed Eugene under the bright and unblinking light of a true confession. Eugene admits to his captors what a loser he is, and that he doesn’t want to lose his friends

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Look, no one is ever going to forget how Glenn died. That said, I think Negan has proven to us that there is a good side to him. He is trying to do the right thing and I still say it is all because of Judith. Maggie is a survivor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a good leader. When civilization circles the drain, it will take team work to survive, and that means trusting your enemy. Will Maggie ever trust Negan? Let’s wait and see…but for now…Team Eugene has been welcomed into the Commonwealth as citizens with Eugene meeting Stephanie for the first time. I like this guy Mercer (Michael James Shaw). Let’s home he doesn’t turn out to be a dick.

Team Maggie doesn’t fare too well. They head over to a supply depot and run into the Reapers.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E01

23 Aug

Oh no! Nothing like a battle of will between Maggie and Negan to push my blood pressure into the dangerous zone. This is the last season of The Walking Dead, let’s hope that the showrunners don’t ruin it by having our beloved characters change their story arc in this…the final season.

Acheron

The river of woe. That’s what Acheron is according to Greek Mythology. Acheron is the river of Hades, one of five. God knows that our friends in Alexandria are feeling this woe. Alexandria is devasted from the Whisperer attack. Their walls are weak, and their food supply will only last a few days. Gabe has to mediate arguments about the food shortage.

Maggie (Lauren Cohen) knows a place that they can get supplies, so she enlists Gabe (Seth Gilliam), Magna (Nadia Hilker), Kelly (Angel Theory), Jerry (Cooper Andrews), Alden (Callan McAuliffe) Daryl (Norman Reedus) Carol (Melissa McBride), Lydia (Cassady McClincy) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to go to an old military base. Now all this time, Negan is trying to give some good advice, but Maggie is constantly shooting him down…which leaves Negan to wonder if this isn’t a suicide mission for him. Does Maggie want him dead? Yes, she does, but will she put a bullet in his head when no one is looking? Negan thinks so and says it aloud.

Princess

I don’t know about you but Princess, played by the talented Paola Lazaro, has definitely grown on me. Eugene (Josh McDermott), Ezekiel (Khary Payton), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) and Princess are prisoners of the Commonwealth. They are routinely interrogated for information on who they are, and where they are from, along with other nasty mind games. The soldiers of the Commonwealth dress like Storm Troopers from Star Wars, which would be funny if we didn’t know how evil the Commonwealth is.

Princess has been very observant and learns which two guards are having a secret tryst without their superiors’ knowledge. This whole scene with her explaining what she has learned to her friends, is an absolute hoot. Going on what Princess knows, Yumiko and Eugene steal the body armor, but as they attempt an escape, Yumiko sees a snapshot on a wall with a message from her brother. She refuses to leave. Her brother might be one of the prisoners.

Conclusion

We have the Commonwealth, and we have the Reapers. But these two enemies are a piece of cake compared to the battle between Maggie and Negan. The military base that Maggie took the group to was stocked with bags of MREs which if you are not a prepper, is “Ready-to-Eat. These meals are self-contained, individual field rations for the military. Carol almost becomes walker lunch when she lags behind the group in order to fill her backpack with more food. It is very tense episode between the walkers and the fear that the Reapers are just waiting to attack.

Negan tries to point out warning signals to the group, but Maggie keeps shooting him down…which leads to the ending of this episode that blew my mind. Look, I almost stopped watching TWD when the writers and the showrunners started to portray Carol as a loose cannon. I did not like what they did with Carol…and to make matters worse, they even have Carol and Daryl fighting. This has really pissed me off.

Now, they are messing with Negan, who has been trying to walk the path of the enlightened. When the walkers become very active after a drop of blood hit one of the sleeping walkers, everyone has to scatter. Negan climbs up a ladder with Maggie close behind him. When her foot is grabbed tight by a walker, she looks to Negan for help…He walks away, and she loses her grip and falls backwards. If there was ever going to be peace between Maggie and Negan, episode 01 just blew it.

I need to get my economy sized bottle of Tums out of storage if I am to survive this final season.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10 E22

6 Apr

In this week’s season finale episode, Negan is banished from Alexandria and we get to learn about his past, and the saintly Lucille.

Here’s Negan

That smile can melt the hardest heart, or send shivers of fear down your spine depending on what mood Negan is in. Jeffery Dean Morgan was, and is the best choice to play Negan. Over the course of a few seasons, we have gone from hating this character to including him into the very selective membership of Team Rick.

After Carol tricks Negan onto a hunting excursion, she breaks the news to him. Stay at the cabin and don’t return to Alexandria because Maggie will kill him. We really can’t blame Maggie. She hasn’t been around to see the new and approved version of Negan…but has Negan really changed? What was he like before the apocalypse?

Lucille

What did Negan’s baseball bat have to do with his past? After Negan digs up Lucille, we get a trip down memory lane. Negan truly loved his wife, Lucille (Hilarie Burton Morgan), but he was a bastard even back then. In the flashbacks, we learn that Negan was cheating on his wife. He also was a gym teacher who lost his job because he almost beat a man to death after the man’s loud talking prevented Lucille from listening to her favorite song on the jukebox. Negan was full of himself even before the apocalypse, and after losing his job, he was content to spend all day playing video games and purchasing an expensive leather jacket even though they had no money. Negan was the type of man that after he won your heart…he broke it like a spoiled child breaks their toys when they are bored. We see this in the flashbacks, and we say, “Yep, this is the Negan we know.” But we are soon shown the other side of Negan.

 Negan may have strutted around like a rooster, but his Lucille was the force that kept him grounded. Negan may have been the king of the roost, but Lucille was the queen of the chessboard. The flashbacks take place twelve years before the walkers began their search for brains, and they show how Negan lovingly takes care of Lucille who is fighting an aggressive cancer. Negan taught himself to give Lucille chemo treatments. Lucille on her part tried to hide her pain by wearing all these colorful wigs. Even attached to the IV bottle, Lucille comes to Negan’s rescue when a walker attacks Negan. It was funny to see Negan dressed covid pandemic style. After Lucille shoots the walker, they are left with one bullet. That bullet belongs to Lucille for when the cancer gets too hard to handle.

Consequences

When the three remaining chemo treatments go bad because of the generator being turned off, Negan goes on the search for a traveling medical team that resemble a land bound Doctors without Borders. Lucille begs Negan to stay with her, and I think Lucille knows that the chemo is not working and that she will be dying soon, but Negan loves her and thinks that he can cure her. A severely dehydrated and starving Negan tries to rob the doctor, but Laura knocks him cold with a baseball bat, Yes, that bat and that Laura (Lindsley Register), who later becomes Negan’s trusted Lieutenants in the Saviors. Laura and the doctor get Negan back on his feet and send him home with bags of chemo solutions along with the bat for protection, but no good deed ever goes unpunished.

Conclusion

When Negan is captured by nasty bikers who are looking for drugs, he gives the location of the Med camper. Knowing that he has betrayed the very people who helped him, Negan goes home to find out that Lucille is now a walker. He should have stayed with her. She died alone. Lucille was the only person who saw the better side of Negan, and without her to keep him grounded…he becomes the Negan we all know. After burning down his house with walker Lucille inside, Negan dressed in his leather jacket takes his barbed wired bat to save the doctor and Laura.

**EMBARGOED FOR DALTON** Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Lindsley Register as Laura-The Walking Dead_Season 10, Episode 22-Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Present day finds Negan giving Lucille the bat the proper funeral that he was unable to give his wife. Wrapped in a shroud of sorts, Lucille the bat is burned as Negan finds the closure he needed. Negan returns to Alexandria, but which Negan is it? He comes walking back with that old swagger, and even though Carol tells him that she will not be able to protect him from Maggie…Negan just smiles…

Which Negan has returned? Should Maggie be worried? Will Negan live up to Lucille’s expectations?  The Walking Dead just got a hell more interesting…AND IT’S ABOUT TIME!

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10E17

3 Mar

I am sorry that I’m late with the post, but I am fighting a bad case of pneumonia. I am so happy that my favorite show about death, zombies, heroes and the apocalypse if back. I truly believe The Walking Dead mirrors real life and especially 2020 and 2021. Maggie is back in town and there is a new threat.

Home Sweet Home

Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and her small tribe, including her and Glenn’s son Hershel, have returned to find that Hilltop is a smoldering disaster…all thanks to the Whisperers. Judith is in her glory to have Auntie Maggie back, and oh by the way, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is now one of us. The Stink Eye that Maggie gives Negan was worth watching this episode. The look of surprise or disbelief is palpable when Carol (Melissa McBride) reveals that she allowed Negan to escape. He was their best chance at destroying the Whisperers. Seven years have passed since Maggie left with Georgie and the twins, and now that she is back, Team Rick is barely a skeleton of its former self. Maggie has had her own battles to fight with a group called the Reapers. This nasty group has killed most of the new people Maggie has befriended on her travels.

Maggie has two new bodyguards: Cole (James Devoti) and Hoodie Ninja. If you are any kind of a horror show aficionado, then you will immediately equate masks with Michael Myers from Halloween. But with the help of Kelly, we find out that Hoodie Ninja aka Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari) is really a nice guy who has been traumatized by the loss of his sister.

Reapers with a spoiler

We don’t know much about the Reapers, but it seems that they have followed Maggie and her team. The other half of Maggie’s team, which includes her son, have been attacked. All that’s left are two charred bodies. Where is Hershel? Did the Reapers take him? Daryl (Norman Reedus), who has a special bond with Kelly, tells Kelly to go with Cole and Elijah while he and Maggie track the survivors of this latest attack.

All I am going to say is if this lone Reaper dressed in a ghillie suit is an indication of what S11 will bring us…then we are in for a treat. The Reapers must be military because lone Reaper is an excellent sniper and kills off more of Maggie’s group. He eventually overcomes Daryl and Maggie…and when he is injured and captured…gives Maggie a message from Pope. Who the hell is Pope? We never find out because lone Reaper is not in any mood to chat….KABOOM!

Conclusion

Luckily, we get to meet little Hershel (Kien Michael Spiller). My granny spider senses are telling me this little tyke is a miniature Glenn. He even wears a baseball cap like his dad. He was smart enough to hide from the Reaper, and I am pretty sure that Maggie has taught Hershel everything from her bag of Mommy tricks for surviving the freaking apocalypse.

I like how Kelly is growing in her role and how she and Maggie get to bond over the loss of family. Maggie encourages Kelly (Angel Theory) to keep looking for her sister. Once they safely return to Alexandria, Maggie ignores Negan as her team walk past him. I don’t think Maggie will ever forgive Negan, but Negan has a way with kids, and maybe he will make things right for Hershel.

I don’t know what to expect in The Walking Dead world, because in our world we are fighting our own zombie apocalypse (Covid) and we have our own monsters…Nazi sympathizers within our own ranks who tried to overthrow our government. It would be interesting to see who survives this year. Any bets?