Tag Archives: Khary Payton

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E15

5 Apr

I think I am reaching a point in my many years of watching and reviewing The Walking Dead, that I am totally exhausted and just want to see my favorite cast members make it out alive. I want to see Daryl and Carol together. I want to see Negan forgiven. I want to find out what happened to Rick and Michonne. In this week’s episode, Lance wants to hunt down the people who killed his troopers and stole his supplies…and this leads to him knocking on Maggie’s door.

Trust

Before I go into my review of S11 E15, I want to talk about Ukraine. Putin is the monster, the invader, the zombie that craves flesh and power. This week, Putin committed the worst crime a person can commit in a war: genocide of men, women, and children. The world morns for the people of Bucha, Ukraine.

While Ezekiel (Khary Payton) tries to lift the darkness away by organizing a secret hospital for the Commonwealth citizens who don’t make enough money to rate medical care, Daryl, Aaron and Gabriel try to bullshit their way through Lance’s questions on how they survived at Riverbend. Tricky Dick Lance is suspicious, and rightfully so. He knew how efficient Carlson was, but he begrudgingly accepts the story given by Team Daryl.

Josh Hamilton is an amazing actor, but he plays a despicable character, and he plays this character so well…that he sends chills down your spine whenever he smiles. Lance wants to go to Hilltop to see if the bad guys went there…so off they march to talk to Maggie.

Mercer (Michael James Shaw) is having his own melt down over the last atrocity that Sebastian got involved in. Mercer was forced to kill two of his own men. He wants to share his secret with Princess (Paola Lazaro) but he has to trust her first. A visit from his sister, Max (Margot Bingham) further stresses out Mercer. His sister wants him to do the right thing for the citizens of the Commonwealth. He needs to rat out Sebastian.

Maggie

Maggie was right about Lance and about the Commonwealth…she wants nothing to do with them even though Hilltop is suffering. When Lance and his Star War troopers show up at the gate. Maggie trusts Daryll and that is the only reason that she opens the gates.

Conclusion with Spoilers

Ezekiel, with support from Carol, convinces Tomi (Ian Anthony Dale) to do an appendectomy on a poor patient. Things get really hairy with Carol jumping in to be a scrub nurse, and Ezekiel taking the place of anesthesiologist by pumping oxygen into the patient. Things have to change, Tomi knows this, but his hands are tied because the poor can’t get proper medical treatment…just like America. You know I’m right. Ezekiel trusted Tomi to do the right thing, and Tomi did not disappoint. There is a special love between Ezekiel and Carol, although she jokingly reminds him that they are not getting together again. They still love each other, just in a different way.

Mercer finally breaks down and puts his trust in Princess. I love that Mercer and Princess are together. If anyone can help Mercer heal, Princess can…and if anyone can help Mercer deal with Sebastian…Princess can. Mercer’s sister Max is also placing her trust in a worthy person. Eugene will not let her down.

Lance made the mistake of questioning Herschel (Kien Michael Spiller). This boy has been born and raised during the apocalypse. He doesn’t fear Lance, and he doesn’t answer his questions…but Lance has his dad’s cap. Luckily Elijah (Okea Eme-Akwari) steps in, and this leads to a nasty situation with everybody pointing weapons at each other. Daryl drops the F word, and Lance knowing that he might lose…stands down.

The good news: Lance leaves without finding the biggest treasure at Hilltop…Negan and his team.

The bad news: Lance finds Leah and he wants her to work for him….

Like I said in the beginning…I am exhausted from the many years of war and losing beloved characters, but this is nothing compared to what is happening in the real world. Bucha is a real place with real people. They might not be fighting zombies, but they are fighting monsters…monsters much worse that any character from TWD.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10E20

22 Mar

 

In case you are wondering if you missed my recap of E19 of The Walking Dead, One More…you did not. I just didn’t like the episode enough to write about it. I did not like last night’s episode either, and I am wondering if TWD universe is just throwing episodes out there until they premier the eleventh and final season. Let’s hope that I am wrong.

Splinter

This week, we get to concentrate on one of my favorite characters, Princess (Paola Lazaro). Princess, Ezekiel, Eugene, and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura) have been captured by the apocalyptic stormtroopers and are now separated and locked inside train boxcars.

What we do learn in this episode is that Princess hates small, dark places. She was abused as a child and has many a battle scar from her childhood. She has also grown close to her new friends even though she just met Team Ezekiel. She was hit pretty hard during the scuffle with the stormtroopers and may be suffering from a concussion because the rest of the episode has her talking to Yumiko through a crack in the boxcar. Princess is able to rip off a piece of rotted wood, but it earns her a splinter which we learn has something to do with the maltreatment and neglect she suffered as a child.

Stormtroopers

We are given no hint on who these Stormtroopers are, or what they want from Team Ezekiel. When they drag Princess out of her boxcar, the questions they ask make her suspicious. She only wants to know if Yumiko is okay, and if they are taking care of her injuries. She also pleads for them to take the splinter from her finger, but if we thought that they were decent people, that brutal slap to Princess shows us differently.

Princess

Paola Lazaro really made this episode worth watching. Her Princess was both brave and frightened. Princess had survived severe childhood abuse and neglect, but she had learned to deal with the abuse and fear by using tools such as repeating the names all the states to keep calm.

All through the episode, Princess displays her survivor abilities when she sneaks in and out of her boxcar via a broken plank to chat with Eugene (Josh McDermitt), who was locked up in the next boxcar. Princess may have been afraid of the Stormtroopers, and she may have wanted to run away…but she was loyal to her new friends. Princess refused to leave her friends, even when Ezekiel climbed down into her boxcar… not even when Ezekiel knocks out the Stormtrooper who delivered her lunch.

Conclusion and Spoiler

Nothing is as it seems. Princess is suffering from a mental breakdown, and the Stormtrooper that brought lunch was attacked by Princess. Ezekiel (Khary Payton) was a figment of her fear and imagination as was the broken plank. Our little Princess was hallucinating her conversation with Eugene, and Ezekiel.

***Embargoed for Dalton*** Paola Lázaro as Juanita ‘Princess’ Sanchez, Soldier Cameron Scott Roberts – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 20 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

Who are these people who hold Princess and the others captive? Why the ridiculous outfits? Are they connected to the woman that spoke to Eugene? I don’t know, but Princess does get to see her friends alive before a cloth bag is pulled over her head. I definitely liked this episode better than last week’s.

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S10 E05

5 Nov

the_walking_dead_10-5

On last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Negan escaped. We don’t know for sure who is responsible, or if they will later regret the good deed, because in my travels I have learned that no good deed goes unpunished. There is trouble brewing between our protagonists, and that is bad news. A divided team is easily conquered Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S10 E04

28 Oct

the-walking-dead-s10e04-imagem-oficial-24-lydia-negan-696x464

The good folks of Alexandria are scared. They have every right to be, but poor Negan gets the worst of it. Did we ever think we would feel sorry for Negan? On this episode of The Walking Dead, Hilltop deals with safety issues, while Judith imparts some wise wisdom on Michonne. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” Season Finale

1 Apr

the-walking-dead-episode-916-daryl-reedus-aaron-marquand-2560x1440-1280x720

On this week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” winter is coming, and the communities are dealing with the recent slaughter of their loved ones. Will Carol ever accept Lydia? Will the people of the Kingdom make it safely across Alpha’s borders? Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks On “The Walking Dead” S09 E11

25 Feb

twd911-1

Holy Silence of the Lambs! You have to be desperate or just plain crazy to wear the skin of the dead…but on this week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” Alpha wants her daughter returned to her. Did Daryl just give Alpha the wrong answer? Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S08 E09

26 Feb

the-walking-dead-episode-809-carol-mcbride-morgan-james-935-2

This season of “The Walking Dead” left us mentally and emotionally drained. The scripts and cast members were both top notch, but the losses were hard to take. We now know that Chandler Riggs’ character, Carl, was bitten and in the Walking Dead universe, there’s no antidote for a zombie bite. Team Rick is hiding in the sewers, and King Ezekiel has been captured, but how will we say goodbye to Carl Grimes? Find out after the jump Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S08 E04

13 Nov

the-walking-dead-episode-804-jerry-andrews-935

Holy Hell in a hand basket! It’s never a good idea to do a victory dance before the battle is done. On this week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” Carol is trapped behind enemy lines, King Ezekiel and his soldiers are under attack, and Morgan is AWOL! We need a miracle, and Carol might need to bake a shitload of cookies to get out of this mess. Meet me after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S08 E04

6 Nov

the-walking-dead-episode-803-morgan-james-935

Every war is fought because of agendas: more territory, more food and water, natural resources, greed. It really doesn’t matter what side you are on. War sucks for the innocents…like baby Gracie, Judith, and Shiva. Walkers may be the disease, but they’re not responsible for the load of crap raining down on both Team Rick and Team Negan. On this week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” the people of Hilltop, Kingdom and Alexandria deal with consequences. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S08 E02

30 Oct

the-walking-dead-episode-802-sneak-morgan-james-1200x707

A face from the past shows up just as Team Rick, the Kingdom, and the Hilltop are preparing for a second battle on this episode of “The Walking Dead” Will this bode well for Rick? Why didn’t Rick kill that rascally Negan when he had the chance? Meet me after the jump. Continue reading