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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 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 E11

7 Mar

On last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, we learned that there is a revolution brewing…David against Goliath? In a week where the reality of the real world has crushed our global spirits because there is a real David fighting a dangerous Goliath aka Zelensky vs Putin…my heart was not on reviewing tonight’s episode, but maybe it is best to have the two worlds collide.

Rogue Element

Not everything is peachy fine at the Commonwealth even though Governor Pamela Milton wants everyone to think so. Eugene is in love with Stephanie, but when he tells her that he loves her…she vanishes. Eugene is in a panic and his only clue is a plumber who is anything but a plumber. Who is Roman Calhoun and why was he seen at the complex where Stephanie lived? Eugene would put Law and Order to shame the way he gathers evidence to find his true love.

Connie is also playing detective after the Tyler Davis incident. What did the ex-soldier mean that he was punished after Princess beat him up? Where is he? Connie finally gets Mercer to talk. The woman that Davis held hostage was Mercer’s sister, but she had nothing to do with his disappearance. If Connie is going to get Mercer to talk…she’ll have to get him alone.

Carol is doing her own investigation as she gets closer to Lance, who we realize isn’t all that happy with the Commonwealth and might be dealing opium on the side…but is also making sure to stock the local pond with fish. Carol lets Lance know that one of his lieutenants is robbing his staff…pocketing the raises that Lance designated for the workers.

Conclusion

I am really liking Mercer (Michael James Shaw). Connie (Lauren Ridloff) asked the right questions about Davis. Mercer knew that the man was in the hospital under guard, but when Mercer goes to check on Davis…he is gone. Davis was moved without Mercer’s knowledge or permission…who gave the order? Was it Mercer who slipped the paper of names under Connie’s door?

Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Princess (Paola Lazara) get caught at Roman’s apartment building and things could have gone downhill for both of them, but Lance steps in to save the day. Lance (Josh Hamilton) not only listened to Carol, but he also gave Eugene and Princess a free ticket out of jail. Eugene, who was writing his first science fiction novel, has a new hobby…finding Stephanie…and boy does he! Oh my God! Stephanie (Margo Bingham) is really Shira and yes, she was using Eugene to get them to the Commonwealth, but hey! She loved reading the first few chapters of Eugene’s book. So, whose side is Shira really on? And is Lance the dark underbelly of the Commonwealth? What does this mean for Alexandria and Hilltop?

Okay, I am done talking about TWD, let’s talk about Ukraine. Right now, we need to send all our support to this country. Yes, the gas prices are going up, but take a bus! Walk! Carpool! Do what we need to do to pull away from reliance on Russian oil. I truly believe that we are already in World War 3, and like the walkers that just keep coming…Putin will not stop at Ukraine. To me, Zelensky is Rick Grimes, and he is fighting the Governor (Putin)…let’s be Team Daryl and stand by Ukraine.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11 E10

28 Feb
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 10 – Photo Credit: Josh Stringer/AMC

This week’s episode of The Walking Dead proves once again that there are no perfect societies. Every government is flawed. In fact, after reviewing TWD universe over the past eleven seasons, I have come to the dire realization that the only ones consistently working as a team are the walkers. The animated bags of flesh work as a hive to quell their thirst for human flesh.

New Haunts

Welcome to the Commonwealth where a normal life has somewhat returned. We get to see what Team Daryl has been up to after last weeks’ time jump. Daryl and Rosita are training to become soldiers while the other people from Alexandria adjust to their new roles. We have Carol baking cookies for the huge Halloween party. But we all know that our little Ninja Warrior is only playing the chameleon. Carol is worried about Ezekiel’s health…and rightfully so. Ezekiel’s thyroid cancer is taking his toll, but he is at the bottom of the waiting list for surgery. The only person who might be able to move Ezekiel up the list is Lance Hornsby.

Daryl, our apocalyptic loner, goes through all of Mercer’s (Michael James Shaw) team building exercises. We are learning more about Mercer, and it is refreshing to see that Mercer is a good commander. Rosita is more flexible with the training. Mercer is protective of Sebastian Milton (Teo Rapp Olsson) even though Sebastian the spoiled, entitled son of Pamela Milton (Laila Robins). This boy is clueless and would have been dead a long time ago if he wasn’t the son of the Governor.

This episode reveals that a lot of the Commonwealth people are not happy with the status quo. There is a huge separation between the haves and the have nots. Judith and her brother live with Daryl, and it is during the Halloween celebration that Judith realizes that they are poor. She makes friends with another girl who treats her to a heavy metal album, nice but useless because Judith doesn’t own a record player.  Later at the Halloween masquerade ball, we see that Yumiko has higher standing in the Commonwealth than her Alexandria friends.

Conclusion

The clues are there. There is a resistance group within the Commonwealth. They are angry with their situation, and they are silently preparing for a revolution. We are learning early in this season that not everyone is happy in the land of Oz, especially when Tyler (who was demoted after Princess kidnapped him in S10’s Splinter) attempts to force Pamela to hear his story. His demotion has affected his sister and her children who depended on Tyler’s paycheck. Even though it was Daryl who captured Tyler after Tyler released his hostage, Daryl allows Sebastian to claim the capture. Either Daryl is following Mercer’s advice about teamwork or, like Carol, is playing the chameleon.

Now for the good news. Carol has worked her charm on Lance by finding some great wine for the Ball. Hopefully this new alliance will help with Ezekiel’s place on the surgical list. And!!!! Mercer and Princess (Paola Lazaro) might have a thing going on. The way he looked at her before entering the Ball and the fact that he invited her to be his “plus one” for the party…most likely had social media blowing up. I know for the moment that Daryl and Connie (Lauren Ridloff) have a thing going, but I am a die hard for Team Daryl/Carol. We shall see what the future brings.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S11

12 Oct

Ten years! Ten years that I have been watching and reviewing The Walking Dead for Biff Bam Pop and my blog. I have seen it all, and one of my biggest beefs…the way the Showrunners keep messing with the character arch of our favorite characters. It was the same with the S11 E08 episode. Join me as I rant.

For Blood

Let’s start with Daryl’s choices on this latest episode. Daryl has a soft spot for Leah, but he knows that her loyalty is with Pope. I would say that Pope is a worthy enemy. Not as crazy as the Governor, but he could definitely hold his footing with the Whisperers: Alpha and Beta. Pope’s weakness is Leah, and God. He trusts Leah, but I’ve always felt that Leah was just waiting patiently to take control of the group. Plus, whenever anyone fights a war because of religious reasons…you are guaranteed crazy as in the “Inquisition” style of crazy.

Pope played fabulously by Ritchie Coster is shocked when the horde of walkers appears to be walking in a fashionably order. When questioned, Daryl admits he’s seen this behavior before, and Daryl offers to go down and investigate because, in reality, Daryl knows that his friends are among the walkers. Instead, Pope sends one of his people, who of course, dies with the help of Team Maggie. This pisses off Leah who feels that Pope has too much heaven on his mind and is failing to protect his family.

Team Maggie

Maggie, Negan, Gabe, and the others actually bring down one of the compound walls protecting Pope’s people, while that distraction is going on, Maggie and Gabe are able to sneak into the compound with Daryl’s help. They need to get the food that Pope stole from her people…but Pope has a weapon that might bring all plans to save Alexandria to a halt.

Judith

Judith needs her sword, and she needs to go hunting with Carol. This little girl is a proven warrior. She has killed her share of walkers, and she tamed Negan. I truly believe that Negan thinks of Judith as his daughter. So why has the showrunners written Judith as afraid and unsure? I don’t get it, the same way that I don’t get why they have shackled Carol…playing her as some crazed, hysterical woman instead of the Super Ninja that she is.

With the walls of Alexandria falling because of a bad storm, why would you pick a house with a weak, thin cardboard door? Why would you keep the children and babies on the first floor? Why wasn’t the children barricaded upstairs? None of this makes sense. Yes, the Whisperers destroyed the walls, but there are enough abandoned buildings to pull up floorboards, doors, and whatever it takes to seal the perimeter. I do love Judith and the way she tries to protect the other children and bless Virgil for reminding Judith that she reminds him of Michonne.

Conclusion with Spoilers

I never expected Leah to kill Pope, but if Daryl thought that she did it for him, boy was he mistaken. She is loyal to her family, but she was surprised to learn that Pope was aware of Maggie’s involvement with the walkers. I don’t trust Leah because even though she killed Pope, she blames the murder on Daryl. I think Leah will be more vicious that Pope because she is willing to use that nasty hwacha on Daryl’s friends.

I am so happy that Carol and Connie are working together. The women on this show are strong, and if Alexandria is going to be saved, it will be because of the ladies. After seeing Rosita go Terminator on the walkers, I know that Alexandria will be saved by a protective mother bear.

I don’t know why the Reapers have never crossed paths with the Commonwealth but it is bound to happen and I have my popcorn ready for that showdown.

See you all in February 2022 when S11 E09 returns

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 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 S10E21

30 Mar

When will the writers on TWD get it into their heads that Carol and Daryl are the Captain America and Wonder Woman of the apocalyptic world? Picking up from last week’s episode, we watch Carol and Daryl deal with rats, soup, and a broken motorcycle.

Diverged

The dictionary description for diverged is this: separate from another route. To go in a different direction…I don’t understand why the writers are causing friction between Daryl and Carol. These two warriors have lost many people and many homes before, but they have always had each other’s backs. There is no going back to who they were when the series first began. In the beginning of episode 21, our two road weary warriors come to a literal fork in the road, and Daryl takes one side, while Carol and dog take another. Daryl wants to look for food, and Carol wants to return to Alexandria to help rebuild from the damage caused by the Whisperers.

Dog, who has been loyal to Daryl, decides to go with Carol, which kind of pisses off Daryl. On a side note, Daryl lends Carol his trusty pocketknife, but she forgets to return it. Once back in Alexandria, Carol tries to find ways to be useful, but our favorite sidekick, Jerry (Cooper Andrews) tells Carol, there isn’t much to do. Carol decides to make soup, and after fighting off some walkers while gathering wildflowers and mushrooms, she realizes that she has no power for the crockpot. She now has to fix the solar panels.

Daryl

When his bike brakes down, Daryl has to find replacement parts, which he does after fighting off some walker soldiers. But…he doesn’t have his trusty pocketknife to cut the tubing which he has salvaged from different abandoned vehicles. Luckily for Daryl, our walker soldiers have food packets and weapons, and it isn’t long before Daryl is back on the road.

Conclusion

Carol had the bigger part of this week’s episode. She is angry with Daryl. She is angry with herself. She is angry with the rat that has made itself a home behind the walls of her kitchen. I had to laugh out loud when she tore the wall down looking for that rat. Jerry, God bless his soul, comes to check on Carol, and the huge hole in the wall says it all.  When Carol asks him for his advice, he at first quotes from Ezekiel. But when Carol asks for his opinion, Jerry gives her a big hug. It is just what Carol needed.

Daryl does come back to Alexandria, and after some small talk, Daryl goes into his house, and Carol goes back into her house……Like I said before, the writers need to stop messing with Carol and Daryl. They belong together. They are a team that was forged from blood and tears. I want to see them the way they are meant to be…a force to be feared.

Next week, we learn about Negan’s past.

Gilbert Speaks on The Walking Dead S10 E18

8 Mar

On this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Carol and Daryl go on a road trip to the past that gives us a peek into Dog’s origin and Daryl’s quest to find Rick.

Find Me

 For TWD fans as myself, who was hoping to see Carol and Daryl together as a couple in a version of a “Happy Everly After” apocalyptic fairy tale…this was not the episode. I was almost tricked into believing this was the moment when Carol hitched a ride on Daryl’s bike to go find food for Alexandria.

Alexandria, if you remember from last week, was attacked by the Whisperers, who not only knocked down a few barrier walls, but also destroyed the town’s veggie patch. While on this trip, we learn through flashbacks about a woman Daryl encountered while searching for his friend/brother, Rick.

Leah

Carol and Daryl talk about their survival prospects and, while Carol feels that the odds are against them, Daryl is more positive. I felt this was a time for Carol and Daryl to bond over past hurts and especially their widely different methods of handling danger, but it was not meant to be. Old memories come back to haunt Daryl.

While hunting, Dog leads Carol and Daryl to this old cabin. And this is where we get the first flashback. While living along the riverbank in a makeshift shanty that was definitely not waterproof…Daryl is startled to see a puppy run up to him. This puppy is Dog. Through Dog, Daryl meets the inhabitant of the cabin. Leah (Lynn Collins) is a survivor just like Daryl, and she is tough. She makes Daryl a prisoner even though he helped put down a house walker.

Daryl is such a loner, that his clumsiness to friend another human is pure comic relief. For example, Daryl’s dating technique is to throw a dead fish at Leah’s cabin door as a hello. Leah who is just as stubborn, walks over to Daryl’s came and throws the fish back. After several attempts at friendship, Leah invites Daryl to stay with her.

Leah has lost people in her squad, and she has also lost her son, Matthew. Although she did not give birth to this boy, she took him as her own when her friend died in childbirth. When the squad was attacked, the boy had been bitten. He looked to be around five years old. The very day that the boy had died, Dog was born. We don’t know what happened to Dog’s mom. Over the following months, Daryl and Leah became very close, but Daryl still needed to find Rick.

Conclusion

Daryl is afraid to make commitments when it comes to the heart. Leah told Daryl that he had to choose between Rick, Alexandria, and her. Why didn’t she go with Daryl back to Alexandria? We will never know, but Daryl returned to his search for Rick. Another thing that has bugged me since watching the show last night was this. If Carol had not decided to go live with Ezekiel and Henry, would Daryl have gone back to his friends? I keep feeling that Carol and Daryl are never on the same page at the same time.

When Daryl realized that he had walked out on a good thing, Leah was not at the cabin. Where did she go? Did someone take her? We only know that Dog was there to greet Daryl. Hoping that Leah would one day return, Daryl leaves a note for her, “Find Me.”

Now, Daryl has a chance to forgive Carol, but all he can do is to blame her for Connie’s death. When Daryl tells Carol that he should have never stopped her from running away, and that she doesn’t know when to stop…my heart broke. All these years it has always been these two solitary soldiers that TWD fans cheered on. They are the apocalyptic version of Captain America and Wonder Woman.

This was a very emotional episode. I don’t know when we will see Leah again, but I am really hoping that Carol wasn’t right when she told Daryl, “Our luck’s run out, you and me.” We can’t end this series without a Daryl/Carol team.

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?