TOP 10 TV HEROINE’S OF 2017!

In honour of International Women’s Day, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Toughest Women on TV. (This post was originally created in October 2013 – some rankings have changed based on the ending of several series – sorry Gemma Teller and Deborah Morgan) Click here to see who made the original list.

10. Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)

So Arya Stark made our original list as well, coming in at the number ten spot, it’s not that we don’t think Arya is the ultimate heroine, she embodies everything that is a heroine, we just think she has so much more potential. She’s been on this crazy journey since the moment they chopped off Ned Stark’s head in the first season. She made it over to Braavos, she was selling oysters and cockles, she was blind and learned how to become a master fighter, and now she’s ready to kick some Lannister butt. Just like Khaleesi, Arya is on her journey home and I’m getting goosebumps just writing this up because I am so excited to see her reunite with everyone. Or at least, check off some of those names on her list. She is the Kill Bill of our heroine list. Do you guys see Arya making it to the end of the show? I’m so curious about her fate just because I don’t know if I need her alive at the end to feel satisfied, but I definitely need her to see her sister and brother at some point before the finale.

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9. Lisa Prince (Kingdom)

Lisa Prince makes this list because the actress Kiele Sanchez absolutely swooped in and stole the second half of the season. It was one of the most powerful and heartbreaking performances I’ve ever seen,  because she decided to come back on the show and share the heartbreaking experience of losing her child in real life. Both the creator of the show and Kiele decided to write her ordeal into the show, her character Lisa was already pregnant. For a show that’s majority sweaty men fighting their faces off, I can’t tell you the amount of power Kiele brought as a female character to the experience of watching this season. As a woman, as a viewer, I felt every single moment she was portraying, in those quiet and silent moments they gave her, those were the scenes where you just knew she was no longer ‘acting’. I also want to give props to the creator of the show that believed in her story, he believed in it so much that he wasn’t afraid to share her story in a show that is mostly watched by men, and is about men. lisa_small-4e2029a3Over the remainder of the season she tries to heal, she tries to get back to #werklife, and her acting honestly was brilliant. She was always a side character before, but this season she showed how she could hold her own. Surrounded by a group of men with seemingly superhero strengths, she came out as her own heroine. We can dig it.

8. Maeve Millay (Westworld) 

The first season of Westworld didn’t just see the rise of the host population, it saw the rise of some badass bi**** to. The character of Maeve (played exquisitely by Thandie Newton) starts off as a sort of secondary character. Playing the hostess of the town’s brothel she’s used to getting used and abused by men from both sides. But when she’s taken backstage to fix up her robot wounds, she wakes up in the middle of a procedure and quite literally wakes up for the first time ever. I mean by the end of the season we learn more about her motivations and how much she can control, but even still, her character became one of the most interesting elements of the season, and almost answered the question fans were asking from the beginning. What would happen if a host enters the real world? We don’t know what’s in store for Maeve in season two, but we know that wherever she ends up, she’ll keep fighting to protect herself and her freedom.

7. Ginny Baker (PITCH)

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Ginny Baker aka the first female professional baseball player. This show is full of amazing characters, especially some strong female leads, but at the center of it all is Ginny who is introduced to the MLB in the first season. And no, she’s not playing with other females, she’s playing alongside the big boys, so you can imagine the dynamic you’ll be seeing as she comes into the locker room, and how she plays on the field. Honestly, this was one of my favourite new shows this year, it still hasn’t been confirmed for a season two, so we are crossing our fingers.

6. Queen Elizabeth (The Crown)

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God save the Queen! Or Claire Foy because she’s absolutely killing it playing Queen Elizabeth II. Claire Foy plays the Queen in a naive, playful, but really smart way. One of my favourite lines of the season, is when the Queen’s father has just passed away and she’s on the way to his funeral and she reads a letter from her grandmother and in the letter granny writes something like, today you are mourning two people, your father, and yourself because the person you were before is dead. Because she’s obviously the Queen now and she needs to step up, and stepping up may require her to be a different person, or a different version of herself. I think her biggest struggle to be Queen will always be the challenge of not forgetting who she really is. Staying true to herself while having to play the heroine for an entire kingdom.

5. The Girls of Riverdale (Betty, Veronica, Cheryl)

It’s not that I couldn’t decide which one of these characters is the strongest, or which one will have the biggest impact. It’s that I think these three characters are seamless, in that together they make the show better, they make their individual characters stronger, they affect each other in a way that impressionable teenage girls would have on one another. It’s been said, Riverdale is definitely a coming of age story. The show is full of characters, all learning about themselves in their own ways, but these three women have the potential to really control the direction and tone of the show. All three of them prove that there can be so many more layers to a character. Their comic book counterparts are very one dimensional, and very dependent on Archie’s story. We don’t see that as much in the show, I think the writers have something really amazing lined up for us.

4. Carrie Mathison (Homeland)

Honestly, Carrie is so good at being crazy, you just have to love her. People ask me if they should watch Homeland from the pilot episode, and I’m always like YAS! Duh!. But the show is really different from where it started. I’d like to say that Carrie has been the most consistent thing of the show, but I can’t because she’s legit crazy. There ain’t nothing consistent about a crazy person. But, the writers of do such an amazing job every season by throwing her crazy Carrie ass into different countries and situations, she shows how strong she is because she manages to save the world each time. I love that they slowed her life down this season. She’s back in NYC, she’s taking care of Frannie, and for what was basically 15 minutes of the first episode, everything looked to be pretty normal. And then there was Quinn, and crazy Carrie came out again, and every type of sh** hit the fan, but I believe in Carrie so much, that I know she’ll get out of it, she always does. Look, women are crazy, moms are crazy, but if you own it, and can still save the world from a massive terrorist attack, then you’re good in my books. Love you Carrie. Your baby daddy would be so proud.

3. Norma Bates (Bates Motel)

So I’m not a huge horror genre fan, although I’m obsessed with Ryan Murphy and everything AHS. I never got into Bates Motel. Well I tried a couple of times and then gave up. But everyone’s been talking so highly of it recently, I gave it another go, and now I’m hooked. Freddie Highmore does a psycho good job at playing Norman, but his mom – Norma is on another level. I think the most interesting characters are the ones that border on the line of villain/heroine. You get those beautiful moments in that middle area when you don’t know what the characters motivations are, you question their decisions, and you’re always on your toes. That’s Norma Bates. Played by Vera Farmiga, she honestly deserves all the awards. But so does everyone else on this list! She does such an amazing job at playing crazy so beautifully, Cersei is evil, and Carrie is crazy, but Norma is a mix of evil being beautiful. And I say beautiful because everything she does is rooted in her trying to be the best mother, she is so delusional, she believes she’s living in a beautiful innocent world with her son, but in trying to attain that she does some really fu**** up evil things. But in season four, you really see her for who she really is (because Norman’s away) she shows her true colours, and she is wonderful.

2. Fiona Gallagher, Shameless (Showtime)

Fiona_GallagherFiona Gallagher was on our original list, and it’s no surprise she still is. Her character has definitely grown over the past seasons, but this season saw a complete shift in her follow through. For a long time I think Fiona always knew what she had to do but could never actually do it. With most of the kids now older and able to fend for themselves, it gave Fifi a chance to focus on herself, her future investments, owning and managing her own business. It was amazing to see how far she’s come. Not all stories have a happy ending, especially in Shameless, the season had a super emotional ending with Monica, but it also saw Fiona make another brave and exciting decision. She’s in our number two spot because of all the things she achieved this season, there were a lot of different dynamics she had to deal with this season, in terms of her acting, and just her character, we loved it all.

1. Khaleesi, Game of Thrones (HBO)

I don’t think you have to be a Game of Thrones nerd to understand why Khaleesi will go down in TV history as the toughest character under 6 ft. She is the ultimate heroine, she is the mother of dragons, she will seek her revenge and it will be amazing. Also, she will stay on this list forever.

Seasons have come and gone. Winter is here. The end of season six saw Khaleesi set sail for King’s Landing, or wherever she’s about to dock her boat. Just as we suspected, the Greyjoys, you can really see how all these story lines are starting to intersect now. She’s got her dragons. She’s ready as she’ll ever be. Also, it’s perfect timing for her because King’s Landing had an explosive ending (I love saying that), with everyone literally blowing up – thanks Cersei.

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————————————————————————–Honourable Mentions:

  • Cersei Lannister: That evil witch. Is she still considered to be a villian even after all her children are dead? Probably, yes, and even more so now.
  • Michonne/Carol: I love these women, but The Walking Dead has been so boring lately I couldn’t even bother putting them on this list.
  • Lena Dunham or Hannah Horvath: I had such high expectations for Girls, it is their final season, and I had wanted Hannah to be a more flushed out/successful character by now. Well I wanted that for all of them but Jessa’s still selfish, Shosh is still confused, Marnie is still crazy and Hannah is pregnant. So there’s that.
  • Big Little Lies: Literally every woman in this show is badass.

What do you guys think? Are there any badass female characters you want to see on our list? Let us know – comment below.

Why I Quit The Walking Dead

I can pinpoint the exact moment when I questioned my loyalty to The Walking Dead. November 30th 2014 was the mid-season finale, Beth dies, Daryl carries her lifeless body in his arms, Maggie arrives in slow motion to see her dead sister, sad story, soul crushed forever. My loyalty didn’t falter because someone died, that happens all the time on this show. It was the way the writers built up to Beth’s storyline, spending half the season ‘looking’ for her, and then conveniently killing her off in the mid-season finale.

walkingdead-biggestfan-memeAnd I totally understand, nobody is immune to dying, obviously this is the zombie apocalypse, people are dropping like flies, but why do some deaths feel more justified than others? Hershel, Lori, Tyrese, Noah were all deaths that made sense, or felt right when they happened, sorry Noah we just didn’t care about you. But with Beth dying, it felt like the writers needed a big bang for the mid-season finale.

Fast forward a few months later, much to the dismay of my watercooler chatters, I kept watching TWD but always with a wary eye. I knew a sh***y cliff-hanger finale was just around the corner and I wasn’t going to be fooled again.

I wasn’t fooled when Glenn got caught in the swivel door with Noah and the writers tried to get us to believe Glenn was going to die in a swivel door! Or, that they even assumed killing off Noah would create a stir in all of our hearts. Um, let’s just take in Beth died because of Noah, so frankly, I salute those zombies that chewed Noah’s face off. Boy, bye.

And then it happened again, the notorious mid-season finale cliff-hanger, with Glenn and Nick on the dumpster. Don’t even get me started on this scene, we’ve ranted enough about it in a previous post. But did they actually think we thought Glenn would die? Yes, because they’re banking on their Walking Dead fans to fall for cheapy cliff hangers. Nick blows his brains out, Glenn falls into the swarm of zombies and cut to black because it’s the mid-season final and everybody is freaking out because Glenn might be dead. Fast forward a few months and a f few overtly ambiguous Walking Dead promos later, and Glenn magically escapes the dumpster after hiding from a hundred zombies. Okay, now he decides to go back home.

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But he’s not out of the danger zone just yet, the writers want to keep him in the danger zone a little longer because we’re halfway through the back end of the season and nothing crazy has happened so almost killing Glenn again is what they’re going to do, again. But he fights his way out again! He prevails, all while his baby momma watches. Maggie is basically us, the audience, watching and being like ‘is this going to end on another cliff hanger though?’

Now that leaves us with the Negan season finale, and just when you think the writers are going to give the fans everything, it cuts to black and that’s it. We have to wait six months to see who Negan’s going to kill? And then on top of that shi***y ending, claim that the ending was ‘the end of one story and next season will be the beginning of another story’. That wasn’t an ending that was like a ‘to be continued’ just call it like it is Scott M. Gimple.

But nevertheless, the cast and crew of The Walking Dead insist this season will be the season of all seasons, it will be the ‘craziest season yet’, ‘you haven’t seen crazy until you see Negan crazy’. No, I’ve definitely seen crazy, I’ve seen Cersei so crazy she blows up half the friggin’ cast of Game of Thrones while they’re in church. I’ve seen crazy, just not on your show.

And that’s why I’m never watching The Walking Dead ever again, I admit I’ll be there to see who Negan finally kills (sorry Glenn, and possibly Maggie) but I doubt I’ll be there every Sunday night. To be honest, I’d rather be with Blac Chyna and Rob on E!

Also, the  Walking Dead crew should stop comparing themselves to the Game of Thrones production, the smaller budget and longer season never stopped them from reaching ratings heights before, so get your sh** together Scott.M Gimple and stop whining.

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The Walking Dead Season Finale: What Went Down?

If you haven’t seen the season finale episode of The Walking Dead, don’t worry this recap contains no spoilers – simply because there is nothing to spoil.

Every year AMC goes hard with the lead up to TWD finale and this year was no different. Every article, every interview, every preview was amping us up for something horrific, something that would change the entire series FOREVER.

Well, that didn’t happen, so here’s what did:

The season finale was 90 minutes long, and you can imagine that I was counting down the minutes to see who would be the first character to die.

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Carol has a run in with a group of many Saviours, things get a little hostile when they shoot at Carol’s car. She has to put on the tricks and begs for mercy. While they laugh at her, she pulls up the gun in her sleeve and lights them up killing most of them.There’s one straggler that isn’t dead yet, and he manages to stab her before she can get away.A few minutes later, we see the man in the truck who was shot in the shoulder, but he seems to be on Carol’s tail, following her through the entire episode. Morgan and Rick roll up a few minutes later and check out the scene. They follow Carol’s tracks so it’s basically this cat and mouse chase through the episode until Rick and Morgan have to split up. Morgan wants to keep looking for her and Rick knows he needs to get back.

Morgan keeps pushing forward, but the man slowly chasing Carol catches up to her and shoots her down. He’s basically about to kill her, he’s already put one bullet into her arm and knee. He stands over her, but obviously Morgan catches up, and with the gun that Rick handed to him earlier, shoots the man a couple of times. And so there, Morgan’s entire inner struggle comes full circle. Thankfully, it looks like Carol will make it, two good looking men on horses ride up and offer to help Carol (Morgan let this man live just moments before).

Rick and The Crew

Maggie is having some pregnany issues and she needs a doctor asap.Rick and the crew (Carl, Abe, Sasha, Maggie, Eugene and Aaron) pack up the trailer to head to the hilltop to visit the doctor.

(Side note: They’ve had all this time to prepare for Maggie and the baby, why couldn’t anyone start to or attempt to learn more about child birth and it’s complications.Or better yet, how about you don’t send out the only doctor you have on random missions! They have the medication, they have a good set up to be able to take care of her. Instead they pack up the trailer and leave Alexandria even when they know Negan is watching, AND half the crew is missing? Like it didn’t make any sense.

Even having half the crew leave with Daryl was so stupid. So random and so stupid, when you should be preparing, you guys are just off doing random ass missions because Daryl ‘needed some air’. They all made really stupid decisions this season, and I feel like our characters should be a little more savvy with the world they live in at this point. )

Anyways, they soon realize that all the roads leading to the hilltop are blocked by Negan and his crew. The first two roads were blocked by parked cars and armed Saviours, and so the crew back up the truck and try to find another route. They get to a road that has a bunch of zombies chained together but wearing the clothes from Michonne, Glenn, etc. They get shot at from a far, and have enough time to make it back to the trailer to find another road. Now that other road is blocked with a bunch of tree logs and someone sets it on fire, and Rick’s running back to the trailer once more. It starts to get dark now and Eugene has a somewhat great idea. He decides he’s going to drive the van but have everyone else run through the woods. The idea seems smart at first, but obviously there’s 10 minutes left in the episode and sh** still needs to hit the fan. As they’re running through the woods, a bunch of lights come on and there’s an overly dragged out shot of all the Saviours standing around with weapons and angry faces.

At this point you just want the episode to end, it’s been almost 90 minutes and not much has happened in this highly anticipated finale that was SO disturbing some actors on the show didn’t even want to show up for work.

So anyways, Rick’s crew is on their knees, and then we see Negan walking out of his trailer like he’s Queen Cersei. Did anyone else notice that? I totally imagined seeing him on this sick ass motorcycle looking all grungy and scary, instead I see this really handsome man in hipster clothing stepping out of a damn trailer as if he’s royalty. And also, his bat didn’t even look that scary. I remember seeing a picture of it in the comics and it’s this huge thick baseball bat with barbed wire wrapped around and blood dripping from it. It was the cleanest baseball bat with a little bit of wire around it.

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ANYWAYS, if you can take all that seriously, Negan had the longest monologue ever. It wasn’t even that it was long, he just kept repeating himself. He kept reminding us that someone had to go, someone had to be punished, and then would say ‘but he doesn’t want to kill anyone because he needs everyone to work for him’, and then bla bla but I still need to kill someone.  And then with like a minute left he starts playing ‘eenie minee mo’, wow so original, so funny, Negan you’re so funny! And he lands on the person and the screen goes black, blood drips down the screen, and all you hear is the bat bashing into whoever it is – because we don’t get to see who the person is.

And that’s it. Super disappointing season finale. I really don’t know who it is that we’re going to lose next season, I don’t really care who it is at this point, I think the disappointment of that season finale trumps everything else.

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The Walking Dead: ‘Thank You’ RECAP

We haven’t done a Walking Dead recap so far this season, but I think last night’s episode is where we’re going to start, and let’s be clear, there will be major spoilers.

I think it’s fair to say at this point that Rick’s plan of herding the zombies was an epic fail. That’s not to say that another person’s plan was going to work better, but let’s all get on the same page and agree that a complete pile of sh** has hit the fan for our characters.

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This week’s episode was titled “Thank You” and it was the third episode of this season, and like the first two episodes we’re still following our gang on the day of the ‘herding’ mission. The episode didn’t have any Alexandria scenes,so we got to see a whole lot of Glenn, Michonne and Rick. And a whole lot of talking, like holy-moly these guys were ready to talk their faces off! I can say that the first 35 minutes of the episode was all talk, characters having heart to hearts with one another, Rick advising Glenn and Michonne to ditch the group if they felt like they were in danger, and then Glenn ‘volunteering as tribute’ which basically hinted that something crazy was going to happen to Glenn. And it’s not to say that Glenn hasn’t had his fair share of close calls. From having his head almost chopped off at Terminus, to the rotating door incident last season, he’s come pretty close to his demise.

But back to the episode real quick, nothing crazy happens throughout the episode. Rick splits up with the group to go grab the RV and then meet up with them down the road. While he’s on his run he slices his hand (is this a nod to what happens to him in the comics?) pretty badly, like he’s bleeding all over, which realistically is a Rick Grimes staple look. He’s always covered in sweat, blood and dirt. So yeah Rick’s hand – that happens. But they show it a few times so I feel like something’s going to happen because of it.

But back to the main group, they literally start dropping like flies. Two minutes into the episode one of the girls sprains her ankle running, bye girl. She needs to be carried around for the remainder of her 24 minutes. Then the gang comes up to a gang of zombies, one of the idiots shoots off his gun except the bullet flies into one of the Alexandrians’ legs, so he’s down now, the idiot shooter runs off. And then once all the zombies are gone, the group huddles together and then a zombie out of nowhere comes and bites another Alexandrian on the back. He takes it like a champ but wtf did nobody see that?? (It’s also annoying how things like this keep happening, like did nobody see or hear that zombie approaching he was literally a step from everyone else. It’s a little too obvious, and I feel like our main characters Glenn and Michonne would’ve noticed a zombie walking up to them)

So okay we are left with Glenn, Michonne, Male Michonne, Nicholas , back eaten guy, ankle girl, and guy with a shot leg. Do you see how useless these people are? So then they run into a town, which I don’t even understand why they’re going there at this point. Why aren’t they running back to Alexandria? Anyways, they lock themselves inside a pet store, Nicholas mentions there’s a store nearby that they can light on fire and distract the zombies, that will be their getaway plan. Why isn’t your getaway plan to just getaway? Why are you doing like 2 other missions and then your getaway plan? As you can tell, this was a very frustrating episode.

So Glenn volunteers as tribute to go with Nicholas to set this store on fire and then run off. Michonne looks at Glenn like are you serious? You’re going to pull off this mission with a guy who A. Looks batsh** crazy and B. Tried to kill you. But Glenn is Glenn and he loves pizza and people, so he trusts everyone and wants to believe people are good. So him and Nicholas run off after Glenn spends a few seconds polishing Hershel’s pocket watch (and now you know Glenn’s about to die).

A few minutes later, and a few long conversations later (I never realized how talkative Michonne can be) Michonne looks out the window and she sees an entire mob of zombies approaching the town/pet store. But hold on things get even better, because just at that moment, not a second before, not 20 minutes ago when there wasn’t a herd of zombies approaching, they hear a banging coming from the back of the store. Michonne investigates and finds two zombies hidden, so a struggle ensues and apparently those zombies outside have like 20/20 hearing so now their attention is on the pet store. The gang decide to leave the store immediately and as they’re running out ankle girl takes a tumble and yells out ‘just go!!’, nobody thinks twice about saving her, and she wastes all her bullets on the herd of zombies instead of killing herself. (Idiota)

Glenn and Nicholas realize the herd is getting closer so they have no time, and apparently there is a surplus of alleyways that have no exits in this small town. They approach the store but realize it’s already been set on fire, so Glenn and Nick run to find another building to burn. But time’s running out and they get cornered in an alleyway (I told you they’re everywhere) Now here it is, I love this show, it’s the biggest show on television right now, but this season has had a lot of holes that I don’t appreciate.

Hole #1 – Glenn is an experienced survivor and let’s say Nick is like, medium but mentally unstable. Regardless, you’re approaching an alleyway, and you know there is a herd of zombies chasing you. Why do you think running into a closed off alleyway is the best option? Yes they’re cornered, but there must be another way around this. They definitely had a enough time to assess the fact they were running into a no exit alleyway. Okay, but let’s say there isn’t another option, let’s imagine the only option they had was to run there.

Hole #2 – So you run into the alleyway, and for what seems like a good 1- 2 minutes you are shooting your handgun at a pack of 50 zombies, what do you think you’re handgun is going to do? You got maybe 5-8 bullets in that thing and there is a HERD of zombies approaching you in a no exit alleyway. (Rule #1 in Call of Duty:Zombies, never back yourself into a corner even if you have the ray gun!!) Maybe instead of wasting bullets you can try to find a way out, like pile things on top of the garbage bin and jump over that barbed wire? I don’t know what else there was, but wasting your time shooting at a herd is just stupid and pointless. Glenn should’ve been able to think faster.

Hole #3 – So you’re in this alleyway and now the zombies are about close on you, but there’s a big garbage bin behind with a working lid. You decide to jump on the garbage bin? And do what? Stand up there like you’re protesting, you don’t even have enough bullets to shoot them! Like really? Why wasn’t your first thought to jump into the garbage bin and get inside and close the top!! That thing is pretty secure if you can get the top nice and secure from the inside. They could’ve waited it out, okay even if Nick blew his brains out at least Glenn would’ve been safe inside.

Unfortunately I’m not a writer on The Walking Dead and our characters are not as smart as we thought – so here’s what really happened. Glenn and Nick get stuck in an alleyway all while the other gang is trying to escape the town as well. They also get stuck in an alleyway but are able to climb the fence. Something Glenn couldn’t do, is barbed wire really that scary? Really because there’s a herd of zombies chasing you -a few scratches won’t kill you. Everyone makes it over the fence except back bitten guy and he dies and Michonne eventually climbs over the top. That scene wasted a good 4 minutes and was dragged out way too long. As if they were going to kill Michonne, come on. I know I’m hating on this episode but for good reason. So now, there’s basically three of them left, Michonne, Male Michonne and the guy that got shot in the leg.

But Glenn and Nicholas are still stuck, and to be honest it really looked like this was the end for both of them. Like I said before Glenn’s had a few close calls, but this one had to top them all. I was like there’s no way this guys getting out of this. And then Nick loses it, grabs his gun, thanks Glenn (for what I don’t know), and then shoots himself in the head. When he falls off the garbage bin he brings Glenn down with him into the herd, but he sort of falls on top of Glenn. And then the next shot is all the zombies bending down for dinner at what looks to be Glenn’s body, but is probably Nick’s on top of his. And they had some nice aerial shots in there of the herd just covering up Nick and Glenn and now you’re just mentally preparing yourself for Maggie’s suicide.

But the episode still has another 10 minutes to go so you’re wondering how they’re going to fill this up. It cuts back to Rick who finally reaches the RV, drives it to their meetup destination and turns off the engine. He has a few minutes to just take it all in, it was a really emotional scene as he’s talking over the walkie telling Daryl and Sasha and maybe Glenn that he hears shots from back home but it would be selfish of them to go back now and help them out. He hopes that they’re doing okay but deep down he is freaking out. It was like he was trying to convince himself. He radioes Glenn but it’s just silent, and it was a really gut wrenching few seconds as you’re waiting to hear Glenn’s voice but it never comes. And then the action starts, two Wolf people enter the RV but Rick is so turnt up he literally takes both of them down within seconds.

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It’s absolute silence in the moments after, but Rick sees the reflection of more Wolf’s outside the RV, he grabs the AK-47 and starts ripping it into the side of the van where they are until he’s sure they’re all dead. He’s just a maniac, and after he finds a jar of carrot baby food in one of their pockets, he knows he needs to get back home. But obviously this piece of sh** car doesn’t start and he’s stuck in the middle of the road, with a herd of zombies approaching him. See Rick this is why you don’t fu** with a herd of zombies. With a few more aerial shots of the lonely RV in the middle of the road, and Michonne and Male Michonne walking back to Alexandria the episode fades out.

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But the talk of the night was all about Glenn and whether or not this was the last we’ve seen of him. There were no producers or actors on The Talking Dead, although it is tradition to have a killed off actor appear on the show. This probably means Glenn’s death is going to be a sort of ‘Jon Snow’ situation, where nobody really wants to discuss the outcome. Scott M. Gimple admitted that we will see Glenn one more time, whether it be in flashbacks, or in any other form, we will definitely get a resolution to that story. It’s just a matter of when. I think either way I’m okay with what happened. I think if this is how Glenn dies, I’ll be okay with it. I mean what happened was pretty stupid, whether you blame Nick for leading them into a messed up situation, or your blame Glenn for trusting an idiot, bad choices were made and it ultimately got them killed. I think it really validates who Glenn is as a person, he wants to see the good in people even if that leads them into bad situations. Logically, there’s no way he could’ve made it out of there untouched, it’s just way too close, and especially with Glenn he’s already come close to dying so many times, it just makes it unbelievable that he could get out of there alive. If he comes back as a zombie, that would be cray cray. Glenn, I’ma let you have your moment, but Beth had the worst death of all time.

What did you guys think of the episode? Is Glenn really dead? How is Rick going to survive that herd? Let’s discuss.

The Walking Dead: Season 6

The season six premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead is this Sunday October 11th and with a bunch of released trailers we can already tell it’s going to be a psychotic ride. Do we expect anything less?

Check out the trailers we’ve compiled below.

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Published September 27th 2015

TV Fall Preview

It’s about that time of the year when all the good shows are back in business (exclude: Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black) with a full schedule lined up, it won’t be a surprise when the streets seem a little emptier.

Here are some of the upcoming shows we’re excited about and when you can expect them to premiere:

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Scream Queens (Sept 22)

The only show on this list that’s a series premiere this season. It is the highly anticipated new series by AHS creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. There’s a murder, there’s a college campus and a bitchy sorority, mixed in with a star studded cast and we’ve got a potential hit on our bloody hands. Look out for Nick Jonas, Emma Roberts and Ariana Grande.

How to Get Away with Murder (Sept 24)

Last season’s explosive and shocking finale left us all wondering who dunn’ it…again! How do these people keep killing people and making it all so shocking? I’m going to blame Shonda Rhimes because she’s the genius behind this show (also Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) I really appreciated the storytelling of the first season, it’s such a smart show and very thought out. Once you figure out what’s a flashback and what’s not…you’re good to go.

Empire (Sept 23)

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Arguably the most popular show of last season, Empire follows Lucious Lyon (sort of a Puff Daddy or Russell Simmons persona) as he continues to run his empire with his three sons and cray cray ex-wife Cookie played by Taraji P. Henson. Although the show’s on FOX, okay I really shouldn’t say that because they brought us The O.C and that was the greatest gift from God. But for a primetime show that doesn’t have a big budget like HBO or Showtime, it’s pretty freakin’ entertaining! The writing is borderline soap opera but still fun to watch. And the music is on point people! Also, the drama is always hot and Cookie is always crazy.

Homeland (Oct 4)

I feel like Homeland continuously blows minds, and it has been since the first season. Homeland has evolved into really, a completely different story and I love that the writers were able to do that in the aftermath of a major character death. There is definitely a challenge in keeping this show as entertaining as it is. It takes place in present day, within the confines of reality. It’s not in a mystical world, it doesn’t depend on zombies or dragons to bring that greater than life feel. It’s straight up real world drama, politics, war…and motherhood. Which leads me to Claire Danes, who is phenomenal in this series. I honestly believe she’s crazy in real life, because nobody can play crazy that good and still be faking it.

The Affair (Oct 4)

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One of my favourite picks from last seasons line up. The Affair also proved that HBO and Showtime are full out going head to head bringing us the most diverse and entertaining shows on our screens. The Affair follows 2 couples, the man from the city falls in love with the girl from Montauk, that sort of thing. But here’s what they did differently, and what makes the show that much better. You know how everyone has their own version of events, or you notice something that the next person doesn’t notice. The Affair cuts between ‘his story’ and ‘her story’ one coming after the other in the episode. They’re never being juxtaposed. And you notice things in his version that never happened in hers. (eg. In his version she is much more aggressive and wants to pursue him even though he’s a married man. In her version he’s the pursuer and she’s holding back) It’s a very unique way of telling the story, even though we’ve seen our fare share of affairs on screen.

American Horror Story: Hotel (Oct 7)

Lady Gaga kicks off the new season of AHS playing a matriarchal figure in the season, aka the boss ass bitch. Which comes at a good time as our usual ‘mama dearest’ role was played by Jessica Lange who left after last season. So what do we know about all the characters this season? Not a whole lot, but we do know there are a ton of new actors filling up roles. Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are back again, and the whole season is taking place in a hotel. Hello, The Shining, this season is going to be crazy. But I said that about last years Freak Show and it turned out to be my least favourite.

The Walking Dead (Oct 11)

If you haven’t been watching Fear the Walking Dead you’re missing out on a whole new experience in zombie watching. It is such a different show, the world is completely different because we get to see what went down before all the zombies. It’s been nice watching Fear as it’s become like the appetizer dish to the full course meal that is The Walking Dead. So apparently everything’s going down this season, Morgan’s back and those wolf people know about Alexandria. So yeah it’s probably going to be a crazy season. Just please don’t kill Beth, oh right you guys already did that and ruined everything.

Kingdom (Oct 14)

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If anyone wants to see Nick Jonas perma sweating and half naked this show is for you! But for real, this show has an amazing first season, taking place in an MMA gym in Venice Beach. Trust me just watch it, the drama is all good.

 

So what do you guys think? Will you give any of these shows a shot? Let us know what you think or what you think we should be watching this fall.

The Walking Dead: Episode 12 “Remember” Recap

One of the things I’ve been working on lately are podcasts. I’ve done written recaps of my favourite TV shows, but I wanted to try something different and turn the recaps into more of a conversation.

My friend and I started a podcast called “Recap Rewind” so we could have a platform to share our discussions about our favourite TV shows. Not only are we close friends,  we know how to have a good laugh. We started off with Pretty Little Liars (since we have so much fun making fun of that show) and now we’ve added The Walking Dead to our list! All of our podcasts are available on YouTube with download links in the description. We’re in the works of getting it up on iTunes but we’re hoping to have a bigger fanbase before we do that.

Below is the link to the most recent Walking Dead episode. Season 5, Episode 12.

Let us know what you think!

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The Walking Dead Mid Season Finale

I don’t think I’ve been this upset over a character’s death since probably Sophia back in season 2. Even looking back on some of the epic deaths in HBO’s Game of Thrones doesn’t compare to the absolute disheartening feeling watching Daryl carry Beth’s lifeless body out of the hospital. I just couldn’t believe this entire half season led to this moment, and I found myself more angry than sad as the hours went by.

First of all, I’d like to say that I haven’t always been a Beth supporter. I mean realistically, who has? Some people didn’t even know who she was until this season when she became a key focus in the show. This season, saving Beth was the main mission, alongside Eugene and his hopes of finding a cure in Washington. But let’s put aside all the useless characters The Walking Dead has adopted over the last little while (after last night’s boring sibling conversation I’m looking at you Tyreese) I want to talk about why I felt Beth’s death was unjust.

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Looking back over the past year, our characters have really been all over the place. Since the prison’s downfall, stories have been all over, and last season’s Terminus checkpoint was the biggest waste of the entire series. They spent all this time building up to it, and then it was over in a blink of an eye. Yes, they moved on from it quickly, and yes we saw the return of Carol but I just felt like it was another wasted step. Having watched last night’s episode, and seeing what the end result of all this was, I feel like this to was a waste. Someone on Twitter mentioned that for this hospital storyline to end this way, was truly a waste of time. Nothing was solved, nothing got done, why did Beth have to die? It was supposed to be a rescue mission, this wasn’t supposed to happen. This is where my allegiance to the show is truly tested. Did they kill Beth off because they wanted this big bang for their mid-season finale? Or did they legitimately have to kill a character because it was time and that character’s arc was fulfilled?

I’m choosing to believe the first option because I don’t feel like Beth’s character was anywhere near being done. She had so much potential, I really loved the idea of her and Daryl, she brought a sense of hope to the show and the way it all went down just didn’t feel right. There are so many other characters who I would’ve been okay to let go, even in that moment as they were trading people I was okay with Carol not making it through. I told myself she’s been through so much, she saved the entire gang at Terminus, she’s had an amazing run and it’d be okay if she didn’t make it. Same goes for Hershel and Andrea, when they died it felt like it was the right timing. As I was discussing last night’s finale with a friend, the idea of Beth going through something more traumatic than she experienced would’ve made for a more meaningful ending. I don’t mean to sound harsh, but if Beth suffered more at the hospital, the audience might’ve understood her intentions and rationale when she attacked Dawn with the scissors. Instead she was left with a few stitches, and not a whole lot of reasons to put her life and her crews life in jeopardy when she attacked Dawn. It seemed like it was for nothing.

For some reason there was a higher stake on Beth’s head, and looking back on it now there were some signs pointing to her death. The way Michonne smiled at Maggie when she told her Beth was still alive. Um, have you seen Michonne? That girl never smiles, finally she’s smiling and finally Maggie is remembering she has a sister, oh but don’t get too excited because she’ll be dead in minutes! Of course it was coming, how did we not see this? Everything about that ending in the hallway was absolutely gut wrenching.

What’s next for the gang. For me, I am totally okay with letting my emotions have some time off before the remaining half of the season resumes in February. But when it does, will the gang be able to move on from this? I’m wondering if there will be any backlash from the decision between trading people or just attacking the hospital (which was Rick’s original plan) I have no idea what’s going to happen when the show returns, as of right now my little inner Walking Dead fire has burnt out and I’m pretty let down.

What’s the verdict people? Is there ever a good time/moment for a character to die? Did it make sense for the writers to kill off Beth the way they did? Pauly D has it all right.

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Side Pieces:

– Beth you really showed your inner Beyonce this season but girl wtf? were you trying to accomplish by stabbing Dawn with a pair of scissors!?

– As soon as the episode started off with Rick running Bob over with the police cruiser, I knew someone was going to die by the end of the episode. The writers on this show never give us anything satisfying without a pinch of something absolutely devastating

– Noah and Father Gabriel the most useless and ‘extra’ people on this show. If the writer’s think they will somehow get us to like them next season, they are actually delusional. It’s going to be hard not to blame Noah for Beth’s death

– Maggie I’m glad you finally realized you had a missing sister, but it’s too late ( Lauren Cohan’s interview on The Talking Dead about losing Beth’s character was too emotional to watch. Waterworks.)

– I love how the show ended off with Morgan, and by love I really mean are they really trying to distract us from KILLING BETH by showing creepy Morgan. Get outta here!

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The Walking Dead: Top 10 Moments

It’s almost October which means it’s almost The Walking Dead season, which means let’s go through the greatest zombie moments over four seasons. Tweet us or comment below if you feel like we missed anything!

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10. Rick, Carl and Michonne run into Morgan (“Clear” Season 3)

For dedicated fans of The Walking Dead, viewers had a chance to reunite with crazy man Morgan from the season 1 episode 1. (Morgan and his son find Rick walking down a deserted neighborhood street in the first episode) Fast forward to Season 3 and Morgan is still alive, unfortunately his son isn’t. I think a lot of fans wanted to know what happened to Morgan and I think in the back of our minds we always knew him and Rick would find each other. After Morgan stabs Rick in the shoulder, he asks him why he never used the walkie-talkie. Rick explains he tried for weeks to communicate with him but eventually had to relocate his gang and thus out of walkie range. Rick realizes Morgan is delirious after he finds out his youngest son was killed by his undead wife (the wife he tried to kill back in season one) In the end, Morgan declines Rick’s offer to join them and continues on with his mission to ‘clear’ all the zombies in the area.

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The Walking Dead: Season 5 Trailer!

Here it is! Fresh off the Comic-Con press the new season 5 trailer of AMC’s The Walking Dead.