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The Walking Dead S7E14 The Other Side

walking-dead-5 photoThe Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone, with plans of taking more than supplies.

The Walking Dead‘ continues to build the tension as the episode focuses on Sasha and Rosita going after Negan and Negan’s crew heading to Hilltop to get a new doctor now that theirs is dead.

The episode falls into the slow and plodding but full of tension type of show with things building throughout and everything presented being rather subtle. You never know what will set off an explosion and lead to greater escalation. This is an episode full of subtle things.

An example is early on with Jesus talking the Maggie where he officially comes out on the show. It’s something fans have wondered since his comic counterpart is gay and its been confirmed that he is, but this is the first official nod to it. The interaction with Maggie is excellent and his movement and look to see Maggie’s reaction says more than words could. The same goes with Maggie’s reaction. It’s a touching moment.

There’s the Hilltop issue with Daryl and Maggie having to hide. The tension there isn’t the will they be found question. The tension is if Gregory will turn them over. The dude is a snake and it’s a question of when he’ll turn them in, not if. That’s the build up here. But, it gives Maggie and Daryl a moment to talk where Daryl has an emotional moment that you can tell he feels guilty over Glenn’s death. It’s great acting and as a viewer I felt the pain being presented on screen.

The bigger part of the episode is Sasha and Rosita’s plan to assassinate Negan. But, that goes sideways as they come across Eugene. Now, it’s left to the viewers to decide. Has Eugene really been brainwashed and going along with Negan? Does he have a plan? The show plays it really well so viewers are unsure of where things are going with him. Sasha and Rosita’s plan is busted though which leads to Sasha to take matters into her own hand. We know things are probably not going to go well for her since the actress who plays her is going to another show, but you never know!

The episode is good in the subtle things it does, but is another episode setting up the war to come. Not the best, but there’s a lot of small things to keep viewers engaged and looking to dissect. The episode is full of tension, but never quite delivers in that department.

Overall rating: 7.65

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The Walking Dead S7E13 Bury Me Here

walking-dead-5 photoThings do not go as planned when a group of Kingdommers delivers goods to the Saviors during a routine supply drop-off.

The Walking Dead‘ focuses primarily on the Kingdom in this episode that ramps things up through tragedy and sees one character slip towards bloodlust. The episode is very Morgan-centric as it tests his pacifism as things become tense with the Saviors.

The episode focuses on the Kingdom’s payment to the Saviors which is sabotaged by a member of the Kingdom in hopes it’ll spark the war between the Kingdom and the Saviors. It’s a twist that was easy to see coming and of course if goes horrifically wrong.

Those events orbit Morgan who is forced to make a decision and teeters on the brink of going back to his blood fueled days or if he remains the pseudo-pacifist that he has become. He’s presented with the truth as to why things went wrong with tragic results and

But, at its heart is Morgan and all of the tragedy he’s experienced over the seasons. There’s lots to his backstory that we don’t know and you see some of it come out here. This is a man who is traumatized from his actions and like someone experiencing PTSD it comes out here in his actions and what he says after. It’s a flip in many ways with the killer released, the Morgan we knew seems to be gone, but at the same time it’s not the warrior leading an uprising. This unleashed Morgan seems more to have accepted the world as is and that it’s kill or be killed.

But also important in this is Morgan’s interaction with Carol who he reveals exactly what has happened in Alexandria. As much as Morgan’s shift is important, Carol’s reaction is more so becoming the catalyst for what seems like the Kingdom’s shift. We’re not 100% sure that’s the case, we have to wait until next week to be sure.

The episode is one that mixes slow with shock twists. There’s multiple deaths, interesting reactions, and character development and depth added. It’ll be a pivotal episode in some ways and the ramifications will reverberate for a long time to come. The Walking Dead is its strongest when it mixes character development and shocking moments and this episode gives us that and then some.

Overall rating: 7.95

The Walking Dead S7E12 Say Yes Review

walking-dead-5 photoThe group scavengers for supplies; back in Alexandria, someone must make a morally challenging decision.

The Walking Dead‘ gives us an interesting episode as various members head out to go scavenging in hopes of finding guns so they can pay off their end of the bargain with the garbage people. It’s an interesting episode because while there’s some solid action sequences a lot of the episode is focused on Rick and Michonne as they spend time alone. Rick keeps mentioning how he’d like a few more days to scavenge with her and it feels like it’s almost a vacation for the two of them.

It’s cute to see the two as they find supplies including weapons and food in a destroyed carnival that feels like the thing of nightmares at times. It’s all rather interesting because it feels like the series is foreshadowing death. It’s a topic the two discuss, so makes you think something is being set up that might shock the viewers. It also could just be moments to set up the relationship more and we the viewers will feel a bit more tension if either of the two is put into danger.

But, other than that, there’s not a whole lot that happens in this episode. Rosita and Sasha scheme to take out Negan, but it’s an episode focused almost completely on Rick and Michonne. This is one of the “character” moments that some fans seem to flip out due to lack of action. But, the episode is a solid one focused on relationships and how they exist in this new world.

The setting of a building and a carnival is amazing in that there’s so much detail and every little bit gives the viewers a story. The walkers, the weapons, where things are placed, there’s just an amazing attention to detail that tells a story itself and the viewers are left to figure all of that out themselves.

The moments are subtle, the acting is key, and you almost forget how messed up the world is. Almost. It’s a good episode focused on characters and relationships.

Overall rating: 7.85

Why Wasn’t The Walking Dead #163 February’s Best Selling Comic?

On Friday we reported Diamond Comic Distributor‘s initial release about February’s top selling comics. The stats saw Image Comics see a massive bump in unit share during the month built off of the back of The Walking Dead #163 which was sold for just 25 cents. The issue sold over 750,000 copies but wasn’t the top selling comic of the month. That honor went to Star Wars: Darth Maul #1. But, why was that the case? I asked Diamond for clarification as to the reason for this.

There’s nothing nefarious about this anomaly. According to Diamond:

The way the charts are formatted with comics that are promotionally priced below $1.00 is that they do not count on our top charts, but their retail dollar and unit sales do count toward the publisher’s overall market share numbers.

The more you know!the-walking-dead-163

New York Toy Fair 2017: McFarlane Toys, a Tour of the Booth

At New York Toy Fair 2017, McFarlane Toys walked us through their booth with products ranging from The Walking Dead, Rick and Morty, Destiny, NFL, One Punch Man, South Park, Steven Universe, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Labyrinth, and more!

The Walking Dead S7E10 New Best Friends Review

walking-dead-5 photoWhile searching for a missing Alexandrian, Rick and his group encounter a mysterious collective, its inhabitants unlike any they have crome across.

The Walking Dead‘ Is building up and this episode really gets the ball rolling as we find out about the mysterious group that we were introduced to at the end of last episode. Much of the episode is the politicking and maneuvering for what will be the eventual conflict to come.

The new group is interesting in that it puts together a couple of different plot threads from earlier in the season and it’s a new type of group we haven’t seen before. They’re more of a collective and not very vocal which is unsettling for a few so many reasons. To me, this new group reminded me of something we’d see in a Mad Max film, and while different, it works. They are clearly the numbers that are needed for Rick to go unilateral, but adds some realism as to how Negan will eventually be defeated.

There’s also some movement in the Kingdom as Daryl bounces around talking to folks and finds there’s some allies, though they might not see eye to eye as to exactly how to go about things. But, the biggest thing of the episode is an eventual reunion between Daryl and Carol. The two are some of the cutest things on the show and there’s a bond there that puts a smile on my face every time we see them together.

The episode is a good on in that it sets things up for what’s to come and gives us something new, but it’s not the most exciting episode. The new group is interesting, we get a new walker, we get some plot lines answered, and Daryl and Carol are brought back together. There’s a lot, but it’s not all that great.

This episode is the set up episode building what’s to come. As a bridge, it does a solid job, but on its own, it doesn’t quite stand.

Overall rating: 7.85

The Walking Dead S7E9 Rock in the Road Review

walking-dead-5 photoRick and the others are led to a new community, where they meet the residents and their ruler; a familiar face resurfaces.

The Walking Dead‘ returns after its winter break with kind of a new direction for the second half of the season. We left off with Rick and crew being reunited on Hilltop with a renewed vigor in a way.

Rick has a vision and that’s to unite the three communities to take on Negan and the Saviors, but will they go along?

The politics of the world is now in full display as each community leader is asked if they are willing to put their people at risk to take on Negan. The answers vary and the reactions differ showing off how different leaders view the threat in front of them. It’s nice to see things not go smoothly, but I think more importantly it’s nice that each answer has its own logic to it.

But, this is the beginning. For those who have read the comics, you know war is up next and the question is, will that war happen here or will we have to wait until next season? This episode gives some hints that it might be sooner than later with a pacing that’s much faster than much of the season.

Many have complained this season has plodded along and it would see the writers are addressing that somewhat. There’s some great action sequences with one in particular getting me to take notice and cheer along. But, what’s great is the series is really moving along as it sets up the showdown we all know is coming. The series is building up to an explosion and it’s one that feels like it can’t be missed.

The end of the episode really gets interesting as things can’t go smooth and a mystery builds involving Gabrielle. What’s he up to? I have no idea, but I’m intrigued as to where the story goes. Hopefully it’s not a distraction, but feeds into the greater story in an organic way.

If all of that wasn’t enough, that ending is an interesting one, one I didn’t even see coming. Who are the mysterious people? We’ll find out, but even when I thought I knew where things were going, the series zags.

The Walking Dead is back and it’s showing off it still has it.

Overall rating: 8.45

Preview: The Walking Dead: Companion to the Comic Series

THE WALKING DEAD: COMPANION TO THE COMIC SERIES

SC – FC – 176pp – $19.99
On sale: February 7, 2017
ISBN: 9781785860102

This essential guide to the Walking Dead comics presents the best features, interviews and guides to the award-winning comic as featured in the Official Walking Dead Magazine.

Fans of the show can celebrate all things The Walking Dead with this special collection of features, interviews and more pulled from the magazine, which has been keeping fans up to date with the show for five years. Includes interviews with Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and other members of the comics creative team, features on Rick, Carl & Lori Grimes, Negan, Michonne, Maggie and Glenn, as well as articles about the various Walking Dead locations, from Alexandria to the Prison, features on the various bad guys our heroes meet up with on their journey and much, much more.

The Walking Dead: ‘Roadblock’ Official Mid-Season Premiere Sneak Peek

Rick is ready, but the Saviors do not want to be easily found. The Walking Dead returns this Sunday at 9/8c

Two New Promos for The Walking Dead Before it Returns Next Week

The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, February 12 at 8PM CST / 9PM EST on AMC.

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