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BREAKING NEWS: Scott Wilson Passes Away At 76

BREAKING NEWS: Scott Wilson Passes Away At 76

What was supposed to be a night of great news for fans of The Walking Dead, ends on a sad note. Hours after being announced that Scott Wilson would return in Season 9, we are learning of Wilson’s passing. The news was confirmed by The Walking Dead’s Official Twitter account.

The Waling Dead Official Twitter

Wilson joined The Walking Dead as Hershel Green in Season 2 and lasted until Season 4. With news of Andrew Lincoln leaving the show, several characters that have since left the show after being killed off on screen were announced as returning, including Wilson.Scott Wilson / IMDB

Scott Wilson was born on March 29, 1942 in Atlanta. Wilson began his career in 1967 as Harvey Oberst in the film, In The Heat of the Night. During his 51 year career, Wilson had roles in films such as Young Guns II and the acclaimed film Monster, the biographical film depicting serial killer, Aileen Wuornos. His most beloved role would come when he depicted Hershel. Season 9 of The Walking Dead premieres tomorrow.

Scott Wilson’s rep, Dominic Mancini told TMZ tonight that Wilson died due to complications from leukemia. Everyone at House of Tortured Souls wishes to express their sadness on the passing of Wilson and extends our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Scott Wilson / IMDB

Scott Wilson 1942-2018




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HoTS Celebrates 50 Years Of: Night Of The Living Dead

HoTS Celebrates 50 Years Of: Night Of The Living Dead

Night Of The Living Dead / IMDB

Although it opened on Tuesday, October 1, 1968 in Pittsburgh only, today is a special day in history. On Friday, October 4, 1968 Night Of The Living Dead made its nationwide debut.  Although there had been a couple of zombie movies prior, this film would go on to set the standards of the zombie sub genre. Originally titled Night of Anubis, writers George A. Romero and John Russo  would give the film a more fitting name. Romero directed Night Of The Living Dead. The film tells the tale of seven people trapped in a farmhouse, attacked by people risen from the dead.

Night Of The Living Dead / IMDBNight Of The Living Dead opens with Johnny and Barbara, visiting their father’s grave. They see a man who looks disoriented and Johnny teases Barbara. He reminds her of a chant from their youth, ‘they’re coming to get you Barbara”. The man attacks and throws Johnny onto on a grave. The blow to the head kills Johnny.

Barbara escapes to a farmhouse and meets Ben. She is catatonic and Ben tries to get her to help him board the house. They discover a family of three hiding in the basement with another couple. Everyone but Ben is eventually killed by zombies (one is the young girl of the older couple from the basement). Ben survives but, the next morning a posse mistakes him for a zombie and shot him dead.

Night Of The Living Dead / IMDB

That is a very brief description of the movie. Today we are  focusing on the impact it has made in 50 years. Five “of the Dead” films followed, all directed by Romero. 1990 saw a remake of the film as well. Night Of The Living Dead introduced the world to the only way to kill a zombie. You must kill its brain.

How many movies and TV shows come from the idea of the the zombie? Night Of The Living Dead was not the first zombie film remember, but it stemmed the most followers.  The Walking Dead draws millions of viewers each week. The Walking Dead which spawned from a comic book, uses the same principles but in a more modern era. In fact, one could argue that any film or TV show since 1968 depicting zombies were inspired by Night Of The Living Dead. Romero and Russo created the blueprint and reinvented the sub genre.

Today, the remaining surviving cast and crew members attend several conventions nationwide to meet with fans. New generations of movie goers experience meeting Judith O’Day (Barbara), Russell Streiner (Johnny), Kyra Schon (Karen) and John Russo. George Romero actively attended cons until his passing last summer. With Romero’s passing, the franchise did not fade away. George’s son, George Cameron Romero is working on a prequel to the 1968 original. It’s a safe bet however, to say we are looking forward to that.

Happy 50th Anniversary Night Of The Living Dead and here’s to 50 more great years!

 

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COMING 2019: A Violent Swamp Thing is Headed to the Small Screen

COMING 2019: A Violent Swamp Thing is Headed to the Small Screen

Derek Mears / Fair use doctrine.It’s been reported that Derek Mears will be playing the character Swamp thing for the exclusive DC comics TV series. The character Dr. Alec Holland hasn’t been cast yet, but other reported cast members are Crystal Reed (Gotham TV series, Teen Wolf TV series) as Abby Arcane and Maria Sten (Channel Zero TV series, Persuasion TV series) as Liz Tremayne. Derek is no stranger to horror films being in such films as Hatchet 3 (2013), Friday the 13th (2009), Predator (2018), plus James Wan is the executive producer and has said the film will be rated R for graphic violence. Just exactly how brutal will this be? Hard to tell but the production has a great cast behind it. Len Wiseman (Underworld, Lucifer) will direct the pilot episode. Filming begins this fall. Co-written by Gary Dauberman (IT chapters 1 and 2 and the upcoming third Annabelle film) as well as Mark Verheiden (Ash vs Evil Dead) Perhaps that answers the question on how brutal this will be.

Crystal Reed / Fair use doctrine.Maria Sten / Fair use doctrine.

This is a huge deal for not only comic fans of Swamp Thing, Constantine, The Walking Dead, and Locke and Key. This gives hope that the horror comics have a lot of stories to tell. There also giving a platform for the streaming services where not are they affordable but producing great shows that people binge in one day, one weekend developing a huge fan base with no restrictions towards violence, nudity, and language. Swamp Thing will premiere on a streaming service for DC slated for some time in 2019 another benefit is you can read the comics from their library. I would recommend reading Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Jeff Lemire, and Scott Snyder because at this rate if we’re getting Swamp Thing, we might be seeing other horror comics grace the small screen.

Swamp Thing the TV series is being produced by Atomic Monster and DC Universe.

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Andrew Lincoln Set To Leave The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln Set To Leave The Walking Dead

Hold onto your seats fans of The Walking Dead because this is a big one. According to several sources this evening, Andrew Lincoln will leave the show before the end of Season 9. Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, has been the main protagonist of the show since it began in 2010.

Image: Entertainment Weekly

Several outlets including Collider (who was the first to report the story) are reporting that Lincoln will leave and do so early in the season. Entertainment Weekly is also reporting the story and according to the article, they have confirmed with a source. (Andrew Lincoln To Leave The Walking Dead In Season 9).

Neither Lincoln or AMC, the station that airs the program have commented publicly or are looking to do so anytime soon. However, if this story is true, there are rumors that Norman Reedus’ character, Daryl Dixon would take the place as leading protagonist. Those who saw the Season 8 Finale may remember that the season ended on a cliffhanger.

Jesus and Maggie - Will Rick (Andrew Lincoln) join Maggie

Maggie and Jesus were discussing Rick’s decision to keep Negan alive. They agreed that Rick was wrong and Daryl agreed. The feeling was that they would not allow him to get away with that move. This could mean a struggle from within as we begin Season 9 this fall.

In the above-mentioned article, Andrew Lincoln has been quoted as saying,

I can’t wait to see this next episode. It’s really interesting. It’s very different in a good way. In an exciting way. It’s more reminiscent of the pilot than any other season that we’ve embarked on, which makes me very happy. It’s a good time for it, a really exciting time for it. I feel like season 1. It’s a big year, and I’m excited for it.

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) have a talk.What does all this mean? Those who know the answer to that are not saying. What is interesting is that this story broke now and not closer to the fall. There is no hint as to what will happen to Rick Grimes. He may join Morgan on Fear The Walking Dead. However, the speculation is that Rick will be killed off.

The question I am sure many fans of the show will try to answer is by whom. Will Negan seek revenge? Will Rick become a liability by those he trusts? One thing is for certain. There has not been a question this pressing for TWD since fans waited to find out who Negan killed at the end of Season 6.

TWD, S08E05, Rick Grimes sees a helicopter / Fair use doctrine.

The other question is will the show survive without Rick Grimes? One thing we do know is come this fall, we may be forced to find out. Stay tuned, because I am sure this is only the beginning of this story!

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RECAP: TWD, S08E07: Time After Time

RECAP: TWD, S08E07: Time After Time

I was really feeling the title of this episode. Really all characters that played a role in this episode has recurrences of some sort.

Rick giving Jadis another chance, and another, oh look and another.
Eugene doing what he sees are his best beats to stay alive . Also his conflection, which grass is greener (or which pickle is greener).
Morgan still helping out.
Michonne needing to check things out.
Daryl gung-ho

DAMMIT Eugene though!

I was hoping against all odds, that he was cozying up to Negan because he had plans to take him down. Naw! Eugene is Negan for sure. In Eugene’s ‘brilliant idiot’ mind Negan is his most likely ‘savior’, he thinks he has better odds of survival on TeamNegan even though he does realize the Saviors are the bad guys. And good Gabriel and them holy sun rays beaming down on you while you were coughing up who knows and telling Eugene to do that right thing. I see that played in his head hard and on repeat. Twice I thought Eugene was going to turn into The Hulk! With the visual shaking, grinding teeth and the fire in his eyes. That is what needs to happen with Eugene, he needs to get so irate/mad/anxious that he warps into a beast (better than the cowardly creature he is currently). I also love how Sasha’s coffin broke him down too. Sasha’s death was hard for him to swallow, and him using her MP3 Player to create this kite/drone creation was downright shitty! I’m glad Dwight shot it down rather than Eugene. GOOD! Dwell on the fact that it was all in vain!

Wasted time, wasted attempt at bravery (against Dwight). I understand why Dwight decided to hoot the drone instead of Eugene also. Dwight does not need to blow his cover, and killing Eugene would throw up a huge flag (or kite in this case). I am wondering though if at some point Negan overheard Dwight telling Eugene he is working for Rick, I would never say that shit out loud, not even in the middle of a desolate field! Too risky. Negan sure was acting like he knew something though. The shit eating grin on Negan’s face when he asked Eugene how it felt to be the second most important person in the sanctuary has me convinced he overheard, or someone else overheard and told him.
 Let me also throw in the scene right after Eugene moping, and charges into Gabe’s sick room. Eugene barking at Gabriel like that while Gabriel is sick and dying of who knows what completely done me in. Eugene cannot stand up to anyone unless they are on their deathbed, NICE!

Speaking of which, OMG Gabe cannot die yet!! I love me a gun-toting, zombie killing preacher. I definitely need more of his Boondock Saints moments, where he gives the bad guy a blessing and shoots him down! Lort, is the doctor still alive?!?!?

WOW! Rosita THINKS, gotta be a first. And this time it’s her words that punch Michonne and knocks some sense into her. LOL! I mean, seriously, the look on Michonne face when Rosita’s words dawned on her reminded me of the time Michonne knocked Rick out. LOL! So good, Michonne steps down and it is back to Tara and Daryl, both having very good reasons for wanting Negan dead. But wait…what is this?! :O

Halleluyur, Captain Morgan to the rescue again. 😀 Speaking of senses, right now he is in some good senses.

I do also want to note Jadis’ and Rick’s bond. LOL. At first, while Rick was fighting, and after, the look on Jadis’

Lance Herota as Pole Walker, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

face, I thought she had a hard-on 😉 Come to find out she was just sick of Rick surviving her awful attempts to put him down in these twisted ways. She was just frustrated that Rick keeps winning, she tries taking him out herself by going to shoot him again, not happening. Rick slams her down and she comes face to face (too close for comfort, close enough to learn a good lesson) with her creation.

And by the way, her negotiating skills again LOL I love it. Her wanting to sculpt Rick without the underwear… Oh dear! But why, oh why, did the writers of this episode leave us hanging like this??? If all of those Walkers are indeed all in the Sanctuary now, wouldn’t you still be able to hear their groans? Things to make you say hmmmmm.

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RECAP: TWD, S08E06: The King, The Widow, and Rick

RECAP: TWD, S08E06: The King, The Widow, and Rick

Okay, so we have definitely settled down. This episode again was not so intense, but, of course, TWD will always have an OMG moment! Now we are seeing more of the story grow, and some things being explained.

Our team has a clever way of exchanging notes back and forth while they are split up. I’m digging the new mailboxes. 😉

UMMM, so Jadis feels artsy-fartsy while in the nude, huh? 😕

We see her in her trash-heap homestead in nothing but an apron, while putting together a new metal kitty.

This one looks like it may be a tiger. Does she know that Shiva is dead? And she actually bothers to put on clothes when she finds out it’s Rick??

So Rick offers the Heapsters  (Scavengers) a deal again?!?!? Why would he consider trusting them again? Jadis even questions him about that. Jadan tells him no and has him locked into a cargo box (nude!).

Come to think of it, this whole episode had a Terminus feeling. The metal box, the one Savior talking to Jesus the way that Termite talked to Ty, and the warehouse Michonne and Rosita creep into appeared a lot like Terminus.
Carol goes to talk some sense into the King. As she walks up, Jerry, standing guard, tells her Ezekiel is not taking visitors. Like Carol gives a damn. Jerry tells her, Ezekiel told him he could go, that there was no need for him to be there, Jerry said that is all he had to do.
Gregory steps into his old study to tell Maggie to get rid of the Saviors. That there are too many wolves amongst the sheep. HA!
Rosita and Michonne going off when they are supposed to stay put and heal. On their way ‘to take a look’ at the Sanctuary, they hear the weirdest music and stop the car. The two follow the sound to a warehouse. Inside they find a male and female Savior talking. The WTF MICHONNE?!?!?! A ball???? After all the times we’ve seen Michonne stealthily creep in and out of places she bumps into a ball and it rolls away letting the bad guys know they are not alone. Great. Now Michonne is in another fight – while healing from the last one!! She really is a good match for Rick, I swear! The male Savior finds Rosita, but boy does she have a surprise for him! The Grenade Launcher! He laughs at her and tells her she knows good and well that she will not use it. WHOOPSIE! But the female Savior gets away in the vehicle, all them damn speakers blasting that crazy ass music to draw in the Walkers. BOOM! Daryl to the rescue! He’s been doing that a lot lately. He ran right into her. 😉 So now we have the 4 Musketeers (Daryl went to Alexandria and picked up Tara to take her to Alexandria) all heading off to ‘end this’.
Of course, Henry would follow Carol! At this point, she needs to come up with a strategy to keep kids away from her! Is this going to be Sam part 2 or Elijah part 2? hopefully neither and he becomes Carl part 2! In real life, the boy that plays Henry is the little brother of the girl that played Sofia.
The Saviors are moved to an outdoor prison inside the walls of the Hilltop. Gregory gets placed in with them, acting like a straight up baby. Suddenly he remembers her name! Long hair Savior goes for one of the Hilltop lady’s gun. Maggie knocks some sense into him. 😉
Carl and new buddy (we learn his name is Saadiq) have near-death experiences in the woods with some Walkers needing redemption. (Did that deer bring up fond memories Carl?) Carl tells him he is taking him to Alexandria even though his father thinks it’s a bad idea.
LOL!!! Carol goes back to see Ezekiel, this time Henry follows. Carol tells Jerry to stand next to Henry, and he does. 🙂 She finds Ezekiel holding Shiva’s chain. Carol breaks down to Ezekiel, and both end up bawling. Ezekiel tells her she can lead the people. Carol tell him he needs to get back to his role.
Aaron talking about Eric to Enid and Maggie. Maggie holding Gracie. Maggie is becoming a babysitter like her sister used to be. I imagine Maggie will breastfeed Gracie, too. When Aaron is leaving, Enid rushes out and begs him to take her along (they, too, are heading to the Sanctuary). This will certainly be interesting!!
At the end of the episode, we see Jadan puts a big A on the metal shipping crate Rick is naked in. Is that for Alexandria? Or Alpha? 😮

Hmmmm……

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RECAP: TWD, S08 E04: Some Guy

RECAP: TWD, S08 E04: Some Guy

OOOOH, MAN!!! What an episode!!! I do not recall an episode any more intense than the one Sunday night!!!
So now we come to King Ezekiel's mirror scene. LOL! We have seen one for so many of our other (some still with us) male characters. I was a bit set back because Ezekiel technically isn't on Rick's team, and he certainly is not a bad guy. I was hoping for a little bit more light in that room since the king was without his shirt and his hair was out of the way. 😉 I'm glad they showed us again how beloved Ezekiel is in The Kingdom and how obedient/loyal Shiva is to him.
Now back up to where we left off last week: the Kingdomians lying dead everywhere outside the warehouse where someone was sniping them off. Suddenly there is movement in the human pile we last saw the King being shoved into, The King is ALIVE!!! His leg is broken ( or perhaps that is a sprain), but other than that he is unscathed! Now comes the reality that all of his followers around him have perished, including Daniel (the red-headed knight) and that affects him deeply, so Ezekiel missed the timing on when he should have scooted to safer grounds. Instead, his shout awoke the dead. Now the King must escape his loved ones while his heart breaks and his leg aches.
Inside the warehouse, we catch up with Carol creeping down a spooky hallway (with a light flickering no less). More signs that the boogeyman has arrived. She discovers where the shots were coming from, and lo! and behold, the weapons that Rick and Daryl went after. Now what to do with all these silly Saviors. No problem for Carol, right?
Back to Ezekiel, who found one gun just in the nick of time to take out one Walker, then, ALAS out of bullets. Keep in mind that this is all happening as he a scooting around. He tries another gun and finds it completely out of bullets. The Walkers (his followers) are closing in on him... WOAH! Where did this guy come from? OH, thank goodness! Welp. that didn't last long. Hey, is that Weird Al? He cut his hair?!? :-O Okay, no... Well, at this angle, this Gunther fellow looks like Jim Carey. I dub him, 'Ace Ventura, Walker Detective'. As puny and pathetic as he may be, he certainly had no problems emotionally beating down the king. Gunther's words sunk Ezekiel into this pitiful pit, and you could actually see the light go out in his eyes.
YES, JERRY!!!!! Jerry is alive!!!Cooper Andrews as Jerry in The Walking Dead / Image: Gene Page.
There is hope!!! OOOOH, how we love Jerry! 😀 He loses his battle axe, but all of our heroes lose their weapons.
Now Carol is behind a vehicle getting gunned down yet again! You tense up and don’t even breathe as you watch. Not because you are frightened she will surely be gunned down, but because you want to see exactly how she works her way out of this situation. She didn't let us down. 🙂 OH, when she spotted Ezekiel and Jerry fighting off Walkers at the gate, though, her well-shit-what-do-I-do look appeared. Those weapons were of the utmost importance, yet the king and Jerry needed help. I was happy she chose to help her buddies but still shouted out, 'Damn!' And the truck drove off with the weapons. Then I heard the bike, even before they showed us that Carol heard the bike and her looked around to see where it was.
Finally, Daryl and Rick show up and take off after the truck.
The truck chase was intense! How do you protect yourself on a bike from gunfire? Luckily, baldy in the back of the truck with the weapons (while none of the Saviors at this point) cannot shoot worth a damn! Daryl does lose control and goes skidding to the shoulder, leaving Rick to get behind the truck for a chase. But wait!!! BOOYAH, fooled you! Rick swerves, and POW! There is Daryl back up on his bike and ready to take the shot. Hmm... Seems like he has no problems hitting his target. So we end up with Rick IN the truck and fighting the driver. I mean, DAMN! Rick gets the driver thrown out of the truck but swerves off the road and rolls down an embankment. Was all of that just for us to lose our hero??? As Daryl runs up to the guardrail and peers over at the truck below, we hear a voice say, 'hey', and see rustling in some weeds growing down the hill. Then out pops Rick - the man with 9 lives.

Speaking of which... 🙁 So back to Carol, Jerry, and Ezekiel trying to make it back on foot. Remember the King has injured his leg and is in agony. Carol leads them to a creek filled with Walkers, all looking like that melted face Walker we were wondering about.In the creek are rusty busted barrels of some type of toxic waste that has left these Walkers looking this way. The creek does not have much in the water department but certainly makes up for it in muddy goop, which makes it impossible for these poor Walkers to get out of the creek. And here it is where Ezekiel pleads for them to leave him and states that he is not worth saving. Jerry was close to tears as he yelled at Ezekiel that he is worth saving. Out of nowhere comes our furry hero to the rescue!! Shiva takes out walkers left and right and allows our pals to get across the creek bed. But it is here that we lose our darling little kitty. Shiva has troubles in the sludge and is easily taken down by a gang of Walkers. That truly was too much for Ezekiel. His whole character will be different now. The Kingdom will become something else as well.

RIP, Shiva.

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RECAP: TWD, S08 E02: The Damned

RECAP: TWD, S08 E02: The Damned

Talking about coming out the gate swinging :O Well shooting, not so much swinging.Morgan, from The Walking Dead

Okay, so where the hell are both sides getting all this ammo?!?!?!? Good Lort, that gunfight went on forever!!!

Jesus, Tara, Morgan, and their team were incredible at being stealth. That procedure was awesome! I am thrilled to see them pull off more thought through operations, and they definitely have an advantage when it comes to brains.

Well, nice meeting you, Mara, oh, bye, Mara. That bite to the throat was some Walker foreplay y’all. And is Rick and Daryl at satellite building with Tara and the crew? Or another location? Did I miss something?

Morgan is incredible! He did have a point when he said he doesn't die. Mercy! When he was clearing the wing of the building!! I certainly need Morgan over next time I play COD. That brings back fond memories of meme I made that seems so long ago now. When Morgan came to Aaron and Daryl's rescue with nothing but a stick, I said, “Captain Morgan to the rescue!” Say how crazy he is all you want, he is still alive, he is still badass, he is still my Captain Morgan!!

Why was the Walker in the woods’ skin melting off? I mean that was skin dripped onto his shirt as well, right? His face certainly was melting off. And this slight grin Carol has when Ezekiel speaks - the King makes Carol's Shiva purr. 😉

OH, FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS!!! #Eyeroll Jesus is now too much Morgan with the all-life-is-precious attitude. Even when he is karate kicking the bad guy. Yeah, Morgan has moved too. That Dean definitely needed to be taken down. And how funny it is a savior who pisses his pants when Negan was asking if Rick and his team pissed their pants yet when meeting Negan? I don't ever recall agreeing with Tara before (certainly didn't with the handling of Oceanview) but she was definitely right when it came to taking down Dean right then and there.

Oh, hey, was anyone missing seeing Rick in a fistfight? That was a bunch of rolling, punching, slinging into furniture (speaking of which, I LOL at how that shelf broke) strangling, and sweat running into eyes. But, oh my heart, when Rick found little Gracie. OMG, what a stab to the heart! Gracie's daddy was just there to take care of his baby, that is a tough one to take in.

Oh, hey, there is Morales. :O In our group chat, all I could do was keep on typing, “OMG”. What has happened? WHHYYYYY is he there? Where is his family? Why is he on the wrong team man???? AAAAWWWWW will Eric make it? 🙁

Will Eric make it?

Season 8 is certainly going to be one hell of a ride. See y'all next week.Jerry, The Walking Dead
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RECAP: TWD, S08E01: Mercy (100th Episode)

RECAP: TWD, S08E01: Mercy (100th Episode)

W O W! 😯 Just eye bulging WOW!!!!!!

You know, I was so thrilled to have my beloved The Walking Dead

The 100th episode could not have been more amazing, though. I was thrilled that the whole group was back together and organizing an entire operation together. And my, my, my, our crew sure can pull off some amazing stunts, huh! I'm always thinking to myself, 'OH, that is so genius! I'm going to add that to my notes on How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse'. LOL! It is impressive how much thought goes into this show. I mean, will my geekiness ever become that strong?
Now, allow me to be all over the place with the remainder of this recap (just like the episode).
I did a little bit of a jump on the couch when Carl and Rick were leaving the gas station and a girl walker came shuffling into Rick's view. OMG, it's Summer (Teddy Bear Girl) – talk about coming full circle.
I KNEW Dwight and Daryl were communicating! 😮
Gregory was so pathetic wasn't he?!? The peeping at Negan to see if what Gregory was saying was ballsy enough, and Negan with his “go on'” gesturess. Why, why, why did Father Gabriel feel the need to leave the safety of the car, and risk his neck for Gregory? Gregory did just what I figured he would, and took off in the car without Gabe!
Who is this new kid? I cannot tell if he is sincere or not. Is he safe now? And Rick shooting over his ear. Okay, so you didn't kill the kid with a bullet, but that gunshot will sure as hell draw any nearby Walkers. So the kid is still at risk of dying - only now by Walkers.
OOOOH, the team made it at to where the Sanctuary would get overrun by Walkers. Smooth move indeed!!! But, dammit, Gabriel is stuck in there now! I'm not sure which is better: being outside with Walkers or being inside with Negan.
I'm glad to see Morgan back to work, and (for the moment) sane!
I really wanted to see Carol confront Tobin since she was in Alexandria.
I am so happy TWD is back on, I feel like I just found my favorite blanket again. Come join us on Facebook, we hold group chats during every episode, which is so good to have someone of like to vent with! https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheWalkingDeadHeadsUnite.
Seriously, though, who was the young man at the gas station?
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COMING SOON: TWD 100th Episode on Oct 22, 2017

COMING SOON: TWD 100th Episode on Oct 22, 2017

In seven days (“Seven days...”), The Walking Dead Season 8 will start out with their 100th episode.
It did take a long time for us to get here, us DeadHeads have to suffer a longer break than normal shows, then there's this mid-season break to go through. I mean SHIT.
In anticipation of the event, AMC released these videos:


Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, and Lauren Cohan from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017, in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener

Season 8 will also be the beginning of war between Rick and ‘the good guys’ and Negan and ‘The Saviors’. Season 7 ended with Shiva, a tiger (YEAH, a TIGER!) jumping in and saving the day and ripping Saviors apart! I have waited so long to hear Negan’s response to Shiva! I can’t wait how he puts that in words. There was also that moment when we saw in Rick’s eyes that he got his balls back, wasn’t submissive at all and calmly told Negan he would kill him! OMG that quickly became my favorite scene of all time!!  I am so ready for the war to begin. The show was already suspenseful, not it will be pretty damn close to unbearable! So much to take in! So many emotions to go through, I personally am creating new cuss words to shout at the screen during the first episode of season 8!

Through the years, Entertainment Weekly has put out some incredible photos of the cast before the newest season. This coming season is my absolute favorite!


Image: Entertainment WeeklyAndrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017 in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener

Image: Entertainment WeeklyMelissa McBride from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017, in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener










Image: Entertainment WeeklyNorman Reedus, from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017, in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener

Image: Entertainment WeeklyDanai Gurira as Michonne from The Walking Dead / Image: Entertainment Weekly

Image: Entertainment WeeklyAndrew Lincoln from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017, in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener




Photo Credit: Alan Clarke/AMC / Entertainment WeeklyAustin Amelio as Dwight – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Gallery – Photo Credit: Alan Clarke/AMC

Image: Entertainment WeeklyAndrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, from the cast of The Walking Dead photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by Art Streiber on June 24, 2017 in Senoia Georgia. / Styling: Elaine Montalvo / Prop Styling: John Sanders / Costumers: Mia Nunnally, Derrick Vener

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COMING SOON: AMC’s The Walking Dead 100th Episode Contest

COMING SOON: AMC’s The Walking Dead 100th Episode Contest

The Walking Dead's 100th episode will begin season 8 on October 22, 2017! It's hard to believe that after 7 years, October 22nd will only be the one hundredth episode. But as long as it takes for a new season to come on, and the mid-season break does take up a lot of time. On Sunday, September 10th, during the return of Fear the Walking Dead, there will be an exclusive sneak peak into this special occasion. Take a look at this video that the folks at AMC put together of the best scenes of the last 99 episodes.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead will be the beginning of the war between Negan and The Saviors and our man Rick and everyone else! The season premieres are in generally pretty thrilling, and since this is the 100th episode, I imagine they have some very special treats for their fans.
Come join our The Walking Dead Facebook group. As always, we will be having a group chat during the episode. Since you are already going to be screaming at your TV, crying, and laughing, so why not join the fun with like-minded fellow DeadHeads.
Just yesterday AMC announced that they are holding a contest where the winner (one extremely lucky fan) will be flown to see the special and sit in for a 2-hour filming of The Talking Dead. The winner will even get a photo with the entire cast! Oh MAN! Just think of it. You would be up close and personal with the crew of The Walking Dead! :O (I think I truly would become one of the walking dead as I’m fairly certain I would die a million times over if I won!)
Here is the link to enter this amazing and generous contest. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

We here at The House of Tortured Souls love horror. It’s kind of our jam. And we love to see good horror get recognition. It can be argued that horror is more popular than ever, there are more conventions, festivals, and awards than ever. However, one thing bugged us here at HoTS, and from responses online, we weren’t the only ones. Some awards, not to call names (message me), stretch out the word horror way to far. Seriously Deadpool? Captian America: Civil War? I love me some Cap, and who can talk smack about Ryan Reynolds’ red spandex covered ass, but it’s not FUCKING horror.

So we said “Screw it. Let’s do this”. So here we are with the first annual House of Tortured Souls Awards. Neato huh? We can’t promise we wont make mistakes, can’t promise we don’t stutter step and come in a bit late (I planned to have this April 1st), but we do promise to keep it horror. No super heroes, no Tarzan, and no funny South African robots! What we got? Serial killers, zombies, vampires, ghosts and demons, we got ’em. No there are films that straddle that line of horror/ thriller. We accept that, but repeat after me, no friggin superheros or Jedi.

We are still learning, but we decided to jump in with both feet and stomp the shit out of it. We asked our staff to pick their favorites in a group of categories. Rules are the films have to be originally released in a mass audience format. So feature films released to VoD, DVD, or theater, for the FIRST time in 2016 are eligible. Secondary release to DVD, does not qualify it for 2016. Thus, a film released to theater in 2016 will qualify for 2016. If it is released to DVD in 2017, it would not qualify for 2017.

There is a slight difference for independent films. Since most of them will not get a wide release theatrical release, and it might be years before a VoD or DVD release. For independent films, they may be considered, if they have had a major festival release, are currently (award year) touring the festival circuit, or have a release to VoD, DVD, or theater, AND have not been nominated in a previous year. There’s a logic there as many Indie may tour the festival circuit for a couple years, this allows them a chance to be seen, but not to win multiple years. The HoTS staff will select four nominees per category, in case of an unbreakable tie (which we had a couple of), we may select five nominees in some categories. It’s a work in progress, but we think this is fair.

So without the proverbial further ado, here are the nominees.

Best Horror Movie 2016*

  • Green Room
  • I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • The Witch
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • 31

Best Horror Director 2016

  • Jeremy Saluner – Green Room
  • Andre Overdal – The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • Roger Eggers – The Witch
  • Rob Zombie – 31

Best Actor Horror 2016

  • John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Anton Yeltsin – Green Room
  • Patrick Wilson – The Conjuring
  • Richard Brake – 31

Best Actress Horror Movie 2016

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring
  • Anja Taylor Joy – The Witch
  • Blake Lively – The Shallows

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

  • Stephen Lang – Don’t Breathe
  • John Gallager Jr – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Christopher Lloyd – I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • Patrick Stewart – Green Room

Best Supporting Actress Horror 2016

  • Imogene Poots – Green Room
  • Kate Dickey – The Witch
  • Ella – The Monster
  • Madison Wolfe – The Conjuring 2

Best Television Horror

  • Stranger Things
  • Bates Motel
  • Ash versus Evil Dead
  • American Horror Story
  • The Exorcist

Best Actor TV Horror

  • Bruce Campbell – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Freddie Highmore – Bates Motel
  • Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead
  • Alfonso Herrara – The Exorcist

Best actress TV Horror

  • Vera Farmiga – Bates Motel
  • Millie Bobbie Brown – Stranger Things
  • Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story
  • Hannah Kasulka – The Exorcist

Best Supporting Actor TV Horror

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead
  • Ray Santiago – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Max Theriot – Bates Motel
  • Gaten Matarazzo – Stranger Things

Best Supporting Actress TV Horror

  • Kathy Bates – American Horror Story
  • Lucy Lawless – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Hannah Kasulka – The Exorcist
  • Olivia Cooke – Bates Motel

Best Indie Horror Movie

  • Circus of the Dead
  • The Barn
  • Plank Face
  • Family Possession

Best Indie Horror Director 2016

  • Billy Pon – Circus of the Dead
  • James Bickert – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Justin M Seaman – The Barn
  • Scott Schrimer – Plank Face

Best Indie Actor Horror 2016

  • Parrish Randal – Circus of the Dead
  • Nathan Barret – Plank Face
  • Mitchell Muselino – The Barn
  • Fred Lass – Bubba the Red Neck Werewolf

Best Indie Actress Horror 2016

  • Tristan Risk – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Chanel Ryan – Circus of the Dead
  • Susan M Martin – Plank Face
  • Lexi Dripps – The Barn

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

  • Bill Oberst – Circus of the Dead
  • Laurence Harvey – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Mitch Hyman – Bubba the Redneck Werewolf
  • Will Stout – The Barn

Best Supporting Actress Horror

  • Ellie Church – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Alyss Winkler – Plank Face
  • Lizzie Mears – Family Possessions
  • Brigid McCauley – Plank Face

(*Five nominees due to a tie.)

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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (1 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (1 of ?)

Remembering George A. Romero

George A. Romero, as many of you know by now, passed on Sunday, July 16, asleep in his own bed. Romero had a small but aggressive bout with cancer, but that is said not to be the cause of his death. Romero was 77.
When one thinks of zombies these days, sadly, most think of The Walking Dead and believe this to be the greatest zombie representation in film (or TV). Not to take anything away from the abundance of talent that goes into making TWD, but if you were to ask its main man Greg Nicotero who he himself was inspired by (as well as any true horror and or zombie fan) and who is the master and father of the modern zombie, you'll get the same answer from them all. That name would be legendary filmmaker George A. Romero.
George A. Romero was born in New York City in 1940. After graduating school, George made many short film and did some commercial work as well. He and friends formed IMAGE TEN PRODUCTIONS where they all chipped in about $10,000.00 each to produce and direct a black and white horror film that became an instant horror classic and a legend among all zombie film to ever be made: Night of the Living Dead (1968).
Romero went on to write, direct, produce, and even act in more than a combined 78 films. Films titles such as The Crazies (2010/1972), Diary of the Dead (2007), Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006), Land of the Dead (2004), Creepshow (1982), Dawn of the Dead (1978), and many more.
George A. Romero was always known for his trademark thick rimmed black frame glasses and safari vest. But, more so, was always known for being a warmhearted man who always cared and took the time for his fans. I personally wasn't fortunate enough to have met Romero at any of the conventions that he had attended as a celebrity guest, but I always heard from those who did that he was a very personable and kind man.
The legendary horror/zombie films that Romero made in his lifetime were inspiring to future filmmakers and loved by audiences across the globe. Romero's Night of the Living Dead became the standard for all other zombie films. All, in some way, seemed to be compared to that of Romero, but none ever seem to make the same impact. While Romero's films were always full of great gore, blood, and BRAINS(!!!!), the films always had great stories. They were always driven by characters whose main goal was to survive among the dead for their life. And it always worked!
Mr. Romero, you have been inspiring, admired, respected, loved, and now, most of all, missed.
On behalf of myself, John Roisland, founder and CEO of House of Tortured Souls, thank you, sir, for all the memories you have given to all of us.
Keep It Evil.
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RECAP: TWD, S07 Finale: The Ones Who Live

RECAP: TWD, S07 Finale: The Ones Who Live

HOLY MOLY!!!!!!!!! WHAT AN ENDING!!!!!!!
Okay, so, OH MY GOD!!! Sooooo much just happened! I hope y'all were buckled in! I mean, did I say WOW?!?!?!
Let's start off with Daryl and Dwight. What was it that stopped Daryl from stabbing Dwight right in that eye??? I mean the way he was shaking, and Tara coaching him on to do it! Why didn't he at least beat him unconscious? So Dwight tells them the Saviors are coming to Alexandria and that he will set up an ambush. Oh yeah? Interesting!
As Dwight is leaving, Daryl tells Rick that when it is all over he will kill Dwight anyway.
We keep seeing Sasha in the dark, sweating, listening to music, and mumbling. Soon we learn what she is mumbling was her last conversation with Abe. Now back to her in Daryl's cell and Negan compromising with her about how many of her team he will kill. He started with three but since Sasha has him 'wrapped around her finger', he agrees to only one. So Sasha agrees to climb into this coffin and head to Alexandria with the Saviors for an all out war. Sasha does take the suicide pill. SHIT we lost our sniper! But I understood her, she had lost so many people she loved.
Maggie has taken over! YES!!!! And she is going to take her crew to Alexandria for the war!! Hey there's Judith!! Look at her standing on her own.
OMG, LOOOOK AT CAROL. 😮 It's nice to see her in full Kingdom gear,and heading into war. AHA and here is Morgan (also in gear-Benjamin's gear). Ezekiel has him one hell of a speech, and Morgan joins the crowd and heads to Alexandria.
The Scavengers show up at Alexandria, in dump truck and on bicycles. LOL. Now Jadis knocks me off the couch when she tells Michonne that she will sleep with Rick after the battle is over. GIRL, LMAO!
Look who is leading in the Saviors - our one and only Eugene!! On a damn megaphone.
Eugene says he's trying one last time, before it is too late, for Rick and the crew to surrender. Rick nods to Tara for her to blow them (Eugene included) to smithereens. AHOH, problem there is the Scavengers double-crossed our team (unhooked the dynamite), and when the dynamite does not go off, the Scavengers turn their guns at our team while the Saviors come in.
When Negan pops open Sasha's coffin, of course she is a Walker, and goes for Negan. OH she was so close!!! Shit! She got him knocked off that trailer, though. That was pretty nice!
Carl takes the first shot!!! LOVE that kid!!! War begins! The whole time Jadis has her gun still pointed at Rick and standing statue still. They get in an argument, Jadis shoots Rick in the side and kicks him over the scaffolding. AGAIN she is pushing him down!! WTF is up with her pushing Rick down heights like these??
Now Michonne is in a fight with a dumbass on the roof of one of the houses. This blonde Scavenger has the audacity to bash Michonne's face into the floor of the balcony they are on and Michonne is looking pretty beat! They manage to get around so that Michonne is halfway over the railing, eye swollen shut, blood everywhere! Back to Jadis, taking Rick to Negan. Carl in on his knees again and many Saviors are standing there with Negan waiting for Rick to join them and the show begin. While Rick and Carl are knelt down, Negan tells Rick that he is going to kill Carl (even though he likes Carl) and off in the distance they hear a woman scream and see someone fall from the roof of a house. Negan finds this pleasurable, and enjoys teasing him about losing his woman. Rick tells Negan again that he will kill him. OMG, the nose to nose stare down. OMG, Rick once again, having balls as big as Negan's!!! That made my night!!!! I thought you could not get any better than. Then Negan prepares to take our Carl with Lucille. Negan pulls back to whack Carl and TADA SHHHIIIIIVVVVVAAAAAA !!!! Shiva suddenly appears and leaps and latches onto her first victim. I was screaming and clapping and jumped off the couch!! My dogs came in to check on me and make sure everything was alright. Couldn't be better!!!
Look who Shiva brought with her. 🙂 Carol is home!!! And so is Kung-Fu Morgan!! And look Ezekiel is also kicking ass! LOVE!!!! So much goodness happening at once! IT was so awesome!!!!
Maggie's speech was so touching! And look she has her father's watch. It's so sweet!!
Rick and Carl walk to the house Michonne was on. There is a lady on the ground but it's not Michonne. They find her in the house, pretty beat up. BUT SHE IS ALIVE!!!!! This episode gave me so many anxiety attacks!!!
As the finale ends, we see Daryl finds a wooden soldier at the gate. On the back of it reads 'Didn't Know'. WHO DIDN’T KNOW??? THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT???? Yeah, THANX, for yet another cliffhanger.
This has got to be the more exciting finale ever! It was so thrilling! I did not see the Scavengers double crossing the gang. I don't know why the hell Dwight even bothered to go to Alexandria anyway. It's not like he learned some big secret while he was there. And I also did not think the Saviors would retreat like that. Then again there was a damn tiger!!!! And a Carol!
So I will see ya (sort of) in October, folks.
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RECAP TWD: S07E15, Something They Need

RECAP TWD: S07E15, Something They Need

WELP, Tara's secret lasted like a week. LOL. Seriously, how long was she back in Alexandria? I have another question...with that many in the boat on their way to Oceanside, who is left guarding Alexandria? Who is watching Judith?
Speaking of watching, thank God Gregory was around to protect Maggie while she dug up the blueberry bush!! Right? ROFL!! Did anyone ever believe that Gregory could hold his own? That he ever killed a Walker? HA. Gregory went from having a complete Shane to complete Eugene! Hell at least Eugene has killed Walkers. He even managed to kill some in a completely bad-ass manner! Remember the firetruck hose? Gregory doesn't seemed to have taken the point of some of his residents pointing out they never believed he could handle a Walker. So he's going on a little trip huh? #ByeGregory
Okay, back to the Oceanside SeaWalkers!! Walkers covered in seaweed and barnacles, looking like they just step off the set of the new Pirates of the Caribbean!
HOLD UP! Check out Daryl speaking again! Well barking commands. And check out Enid with a gun. 😮
I'm now shipping LaTonya with Gregory!!! Where the hell is Heath? Why hasn't Tara explained the key card she picked up at where it appears Heath got in a vehicle – or was taken?
Sasha being held captive now. Who did not see this coming? This David guy sneaks into her cell and attempts to rape Sasha. Negan sneaks up and shut that shit down! Negan kills him because 'that shit ain't cool' Negan talks to Sasha about recruiting her, I mean come on, he just saved you from being raped right. Sasha calls Rick Negan's bitch DAYUM! (I saw that as her,protecting him, removing herself from that equation.)
Negan leaves the knife that he killed RapeyDavey with and mentions the choices she has: She can kill herself or she can kill the Walker. Sasha takes out David, in pitch darkness, because that's what badasses do! Sasha tells Negan she will join. (Again, I do not believe she has given up, and is plotting.) She asks Eugene to bring her a weapon so she can end herself. I believe she was hoping he would bring her something that he would have to open the door to hand her, and she would escape. Instead, he brings her the suicide pill. Is that even a real suicide pill? Remember when he made it, I said it probably just give you gas or something. But dammit it all to hell, Eugene!
Back at Alexandria the crew sees Rosita has made it back. And she brought a visitor. I KNEW IT WASN’T DARYL!!!
Daryl was ready to kick Dwight's ass.
I have known for a long ass time, probably the whole time, that Dwight would break away from Negan or plot against him to bring him down. I could tell in his body language and his story! Which makes it all the more interesting of a twist!! Can wait to see what he does first on this adventure.
Next week is the Season Finale folks! So, so sad!!
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RECAP TWD: S07E14: The Other Side

RECAP TWD: S07E14: The Other Side

Hey, did anyone miss Gregory? LOL And still another episode where he was not taken out! I'm starting to hope that it is Simon that does it! Also I'd like to note that it appears to me that Simon is just toying with him over this whole taste in booze. And I do hope this is some kind of trap: Simon giving Gregory a pass to the brothel?
I think what stood out to me the most in the episode was Jesus coming out. I was very interested that he chose to tell Maggie. He is working on a strong bond with her. I was wondering, though, if something is coming up where that information being told will be useful.
Sasha grabbed my feels more then once this episode. She was preparing to never see these guys again, as this mission would certainly seal her fate. The crew has became her family and she wanted to take in as much of them as possible before leaving out on the mission to kill Negan.
The Saviors come roaring up to The Hilltop. We have a lot of people hiding there. The Saviors have not come to look for Daryl, who does go hide but stays poised and ready to stab someone. The Saviours came to take their doctor, the brother of the one Negan just throw into the fire pit. And in return Simon gives Gregory a giant case of aspirin. Really?
Before Daryl and Maggie leave the storm cellar, Daryl breaks down and starts crying and apologizes to Maggie for getting Glenn killed. Maggie tells him it is not his fault and that she does not – did not – blame him. A huge weight is lifted from Daryl.
Sasha and Rosita get out of The Hilltop safely through a tunnel Sasha made.
On their journey, Rosita still has that chip on her shoulder. At one point while they are checking out a car to hotwire, the necklace Sasha now wears in dangling down, Rosita sees it and tells Sasha she made it for Abe. Finally, when they are set up in a building across from The Sanctuary, Rosita lets down her wall, and talks to Sasha about men (learning different lessons and from different men), and about loving Abe. Negan finally comes out of the compound but Eugene's big mullet keeps getting in the way, she cannot take the shot. When Negan goes back in, Eugene is heard over the walkie talkie that the girls have that Negan will be occupied for a while. Well, thanks for the heads up there, pal! Change of plans, they ARE going inside! But first let's save Eugene and get him out of here...maybe not! Now I am wondering about that! Is he, indeed, comfortable in his new role or is he intelling and working on his own plan, or is he still just doing what cowards do best? And then our girl Sasha prevents Rosita from coming with her. Interesting call!
Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter - The Walking Dead / Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Did you guys spy Eugene's pal hanging out of his pocket? 🙂 I pondered something else right there at the end of the episode. It shows the silhouette of a man with a bow, everyone is shouting Daryl came to help the girls, but what if that is Dwight?? AND that leds me to wonder if he will turn her in or conspire with her???? And while we are on the topic of "I SPY", did anyone else notice that Daryl has washed his greasy hair and has on a fresh outfit, WITH SLEEVES. 😮 😮 😮
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead / Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
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RECAP: TWD, S07E13, Bury Me Here

RECAP: TWD, S07E13, Bury Me Here

Okay, it was brought to my attention that I never finished and submitted last week's recap (:O), which is pretty wild because that was one awesome episode. So, without further ado, let's get in there!
OOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGGGG! So much jawdropping in one episode. I came to realize that we do not drop our jaws as much during action scenes as much as we do at statements or at scenes that are a single, simple action, such as a hand shake or a YOU HURT JERRY, YOU BASTARD!”. Speaking of Jerry, omg the look on his face. He didn't even have to give a Rick promise for me to see that he will get back to the Savior and end him!!! Sometimes silence drops our jaw and bulges our eyes! I was on the edge of my seat throughout this whole episode, and I had no intention of being there. LOL! As I have mentioned before, I run a group chat during the show in my TWD group on Facebook because, as TWD fans, we are often screaming at the TV and beating up or crying into the throw pillows, so it’s refreshing to yell to like-minded folk. Click here to join us.
Was anyone else asking their television what was up with one damn crate loaded onto the truck?!?! I could tell it wasn't going to be a good reason by the look on everyone's faces and how few words were spoken, but damn I am pissed at the reason! Benjamin's death stirred up A LOT! And there were a lot of beasts awoken in this episode: Richard's evilness, Morgan's craziness, and a Savior's softness. We also saw that it woke up a few more - Carol, Ezekiel, and Jerry - and gave us promise of their beastly actions in the future.
The episode began with a new character (to us) approaching King Ezekiel about problems in the garden. They have weevils! This is hard news to take. They rely on produce a lot. That's how they have been keeping the Saviors at bay, not to mention keeping them fed inside the Kingdom. They cannot afford this. The lady suggests burning the crop. That is, in these circumstances, the best way to get rid of the weevils. I took it to be very symbolical, and there was quite a bit about REBIRTH in this episode (as I mentioned before, many beasts are awakening). And Shiva gives a slight roar as if to agree, and new lady leaves us, talking about pissing herself. LOL. So the Kingdom is Peepee Pants City. HA.
Now about Richard... His future didn't look so good when he decided not to like Carol, anyway. LOL. That's just a bad choice. I did feel his pain and his frustration. It did not look like anything would ever be done about Negan and The Saviors. He, too, had lost his family and was living in misery, but along the way he took a few wrong turns! Looks like at least two from where I'm standing. So Richard comes up with this brilliant plan, sets up a road block that points to a grave with a sign that reads, 'Bury me here'. The crew didn't know who was supposed to be buried there, so they just saw it as such a pity, figuring there was a Walker roaming around the area that was intended for that grave. But while everyone is investigating this road block, Richard hides a cantaloupe. The reason for this is to make their delivery late and short! As soon as they pull up Gavin (the Savior's 'drop off' leader) yells at them. He then demands they turn over their weapons. Which led to another one of my eye bulging scenes, and all of our buddies raise their weapons. A screaming match and some scuffling and my Jerry gets hit!!  HELL TO THE NAW!
I was hoping shit would get shut down right then and there, but Ezekiel (bugeyed and nasals flared) calms the crowd. Everyone turns over their weapons, but them looks! Jerry, especially, was shooting laser beams out of his eyes. Y'all really messed up! HELL, even Daniel (y'all remember the 'Knight' looking for his horse way back when Morgan was looking for his Carol) had a 'Oh no, you didn't' look for them. Doesn't it look like he's ready to slay some dragons?
Jarad (long hair asshole) thinks it's all funny. Your mistake. So we come to Gavin discovering one melon short. That's my new line, “He's one melon short of a drop off”. And here is what Richard had in his head: since he and Jarad had a scuffle and both hate each other, it would appear that Richard would be the one he takes out “as a lesson”. But Jarad does something no one saw coming and shoots Benjamin. Morgan's student. Carol's spy.
You could not have sealed your fate any worse than that!!! The team bring wounded Benjamin to Carol's house – apparently because hers was the quickest to get to, and she had some medical training from Herschel, but I see more reasons Ezekiel chose her house. Benjamin dies on Carol's dining room table. The same table where Carol recently served her beloved Daryl. Morgan finishes Benjamin off with a knife in the skull. Double whammy. Then Morgan goes off and goes bat shit! We see him screaming at people that are not there, spinning around, and squaring up ready to fight his demons if they were to pop out of his head! Well Morgan is back!! Of course, after his mad fit, he confronts Richard, who explains to him that it was supposed to be him that died, and that it was to wake Morgan up and bring him back around. Richard, you get an A+ honey.
So the crew head back with one damn melon. Gavin learns of Benjamin's fate, and we see a peek at some human feelings in him. Gavin sends Jarad walking back to The Sanctuary, and then Morgan, realizing Richard is not coming clean, releases his beast! Morgan kills Richard with his bare hands while everyone (both sides) stands there eyes wide and mouths opened. Only Ezekiel was shouting at Morgan, but even that wasn't full force. Morgan tells them what Richard did. And all is finished...except Richard's body is just lying there on the street. Morgan will come back and drag his body off to that grave.
Yep, lessoned learned, thanx Richard. Now Morgan tells Carol everything. He tells her about Negan and who Negan had killed. That did it! Carol's break is over! She packed up and we see her heading off. We will find out later if she went to The Hilltop or straight back to Alexandria. I personally am excited to learn what Carol has became during her break. No one will know until shit hits the fan again (as it is certain to). I cannot wait to see the look on Carol's face when she finds out Negan cooked spaghetti for Rick. HAHAHAHA! Carol is going to kill Negan with spaghetti, you wait and see! LOL I'm just tickled pissless that my Carol is back!

And DAMN!!! That was some awesome Walker kill with a street sign. Was that One Way also symbolic? Probably!
The episode ends showing Ezekiel replanting the garden, with the help of Benjamin's little brother - once again a symbolic statement about rebirth - and Ezekiel is ready. 🙂
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RECAP: TWD, S07E12, Say Yes

RECAP: TWD, S07E12, Say Yes

The couple that slays together stays together!! LOL A member of the Walking Dead group I run (J.R. Hamby) said that in chat during the episode! Our chats are always a riot! You fans should join the group anyway, because we are having a big giveaway in there right now! Check it out over at The Walking Dead Heads Unite.
Well, Rick and Michonne had a Honeymoon! Rick rose up several times! They were mixing Bisquick like they were Maggie and Glenn, and I KNEW when they fell through the roof, they would end up giggling and rolling around on the floor some more. Funny thing, though, that they dropped onto a mattress!Why didn't they think to throw that in the truck, too. I bet they will go back for it. But, HOLY MOLEY, they found the motherload of all food supplies. Chili Mac and Cheese TOGATHER!
Why were there so many soldiers at this carnival? Or was that a carnival sat up at a National Guard Post? Interesting, but however it were to be, they were so lucky to find this spot! This will feed the crew for a long time, and they were able to gather many weapons.
It was hilarious how Rick assigned eight Walkers to Michonne, while he takes out 1. LOL Well, he didn't see that Walker through the windshield... because he was camouflaged. OH, I'm so funny. LOL
The scenes of them getting behind the gates and killing Walkers were excellent. There have been lots of puns for that. Whack-A-Walker is my favorite. 🙂 As killer as that was, however, the Automatic Walker was fantastic! The Walker that walked right into the spikes and got stuck there, his gun, hanging on his side gets a spike through the trigger guard or something, and every move the Walker makes, the gun fires away. LOL Bullets every direction!
The deer makes it to the carnival. Who knew they liked ferris wheels? Rick climbs the ferris wheel, at first he was going to take out the deer, but Walkers were getting too close to the deer. If Rick shot the deer, the Walkers would get to it before he could. Then Rick falls AGAIN, only this time there’s no mattress to soften his fall, just that hard ground. Plus, he lost his grip on his pistol, and it landed a good bit away. So, by the time Rick crawls to it, Walkers are too close for comfort. Michonne saw the fall and ran over to help him. When Michonne gets there, however, what she sees is a gang of Walkers eating something. Michonne did not know the deer came in the carnival, but she could hear Rick shooting and the clicks of his gun as it dry fires.
Michonne stands there stunned, dropping her katana as her face registers shock and tears well up in her eyes. Then here comes Rick climbing out from underneath a downed ride.
Music-icon-editReunited, and it feels so good!Music-icon-edit
The thought of losing Rick really tore up Michonne.
Rick sees that, pulls over the van (did you catch the phoenix on the side of it? #RiseUp), and tells her that she COULD go on without him if he died and that she would make a great leader. And he goes on to say that all of them need to get to the point that they would be fine if their loved ones die; they are all disposable and must do whatever it takes to create future for their children.

Many scenes were like deja vu:

Walker-small-iconWalkers surrounding car, like Merle's and like Aaron and Daryl

Walker-small-iconFalling through the roof, like at the grocery store (Rick and Michonne falling head over heels for each other)

Walker-small-iconThe deer !!! CARL get back in the house!!

Aww, we finally get to see Judith again. Look at that hair! And she's still a quite baby. Tara asking Judith for advice was cute though. I imagine Judith is going to blow all of our hair back!
Well, that big ass chip on Rosita's shoulder is way out of proportion. She is a walking time bomb. And she is snapping at everyone. Most just blow her off, some tell her what time it really is, not that she pays them any mind! But Father Gabriel really know how to put someone in their place, in Rosita's case, make them roll their eyes. So Rosita heads off to the Hilltop. She finds Sasha at Abe's grave. Sasha, thinking Rosita came to spend some time at Abe's grave (me and most everyone did too), apologizes and goes to leave. Rosita is there to see her though. And she brought Sasha a big ole gift (:)) and a proposition. Sasha agrees! Well this should be interesting.
Hey, we get to see The Scavengers again. 🙂 Jadas is not happy. 'Not enough'. OH these people's form of speech. They are driving me nuts. And here we are with Jadas and Rick staring each other down again. These two love each other... in a pycho kinda way. But 60...well 40 guns in not enough. Rick and the crew must find more. I could have saved Rick the trip. I knew that wouldn't be enough. Jadas did say 'a lot'.
And at the end of the episode, Tara tells Rick she has something to tell him. It better be that Judith took her first step.
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RECAP: TWD, S07E10: New Best Friends

RECAP: TWD, S07E10: New Best Friends

Rise up up up! 😉
Remember last episode Rick and a team had headed to the boat to find clues as to where Gabriel was being held. There, off the bank of the pond, Rick discovered boot tracks and the team followed them to this clearing where (of course) they got surrounded. So Sunday night's episode had this new gang march our team into a junkyard. Weird thing is this new gang marches them into a clearing in the junkyard and walk confusing pattern around our group then form two circle around our crew. WTF? All of them are in black(and clad like they are right off from shooting a new Mad Max movie), all are silent, and many have their hair greased back? So their leader Jadis (and let me stop here to DAMN what a trainwreck of a haircut!!!) steps up and tells the crew they own their lives now, and would they like to buy them back. What Rick was smiling about at the end of the last episode, is he sees potential in this gang. He wants to get them to join in their fight against The Saviors. Rick has them bring out Gabriel, he wants to see that he is alright. Among the finagaling, a fight breaks out. Father Gabriel to the rescue!! Gabe manages to get a knife and hold it to the neck of Tamiel. (Is there a Captain in this joint?)  whom was the one in the car when Gabriel was driving away from Alexandria. Gabriel saves the day! Then, The Savengers' leader Jadis takes Rick 'up up up' LOL. They climb up the top of one of the huge heap piles and Rick has a better view of what this crew has been up to. Holy Junk Batman!!!
This crew has found Wall-E!! Okay, so while Rick is up there shocked and amazed and the two are talking Jadis announces it is time for Rick audition and just pushes him over the heap! Michonne flips!! She finds a peephole/air tunnel into where Rick landed. As Rick gathers himself, this medieval spiked Walker has been awaken by his tumble. This is one hell of a situation. The Walker has a metal helmet (that also has spikes everywhere) covering the top portion of his head, therefore there is no way to his brain. Rick gets one of the spike completely through his hand (smooth move there ya dummy!) and I'm immediately thinking, 'OH I wonder if the writers are going to set up an infection in the hand, and Rick ends up losing the hand anyway?!' With Michonne hollering at him through the pipe, Rick manages to get some trash to fall on the Walker and trap him long enough for Rick to arm himself (he went with a slice of glass with a rag wrapped around the end) and beheads the Walker, dubbing him Wilson! So when Rick gets back to Jadis, she tells him they stashed those supplies just for someone to come along and take, and them go after. Rick and her have a stand-off "Half" "No 30%" and I mean they are right in each others faces, and the smirk on each face I was waiting for them to lock lips and go at it right there! These two might just end up best friends. So Jadis finally agrees, as long as Rick finds The Scavengers 'lots of guns'. As our crew reunites with bloody handed Rick, Rosita goes off again. I was really hoping Tara was stepping up to her to slap the piss out of her. It does look like Tara will be the one to bring Rosita to her senses, I just hope they show an ass whipping. Just saying.. There are some sayin, 'Tara is going to spill the beans about Oceanside' Now let me point out two things. 1. Those women intended on killing Tara in the woods away from camp. 2. Tara made a promise! What I am thinking is going to happen is Rick goes to the Hilltopians and tells them of all the metal there at the Junkyard, and they make weapons. I know the Scavengers are armed with their own weapons but the 'smiths' at Hilltop are more skilled and have better resources. OR Tara find a way to get a group that's going out for supplies to head in that direction and hope for the best! Oceanside does have an armory. They also have one hell of a security system, and no intentions of being bothered.
On to Ezekiel's crew at the meeting point, and some of The Saviors. This long haired prick! I am going to jump for joy at his death! AND I am looking forward to what goes down while Morgan is getting his stick back!!! When the crew gets back to The Kingdom, Daryl gets Morgan to the side....and snaps at him. Daryl tells Morgan he's an idiot. Touche.
Speaking of Daryl, he goes off with Richard. Richard has a plan to bombard a crew of The Saviors. *Anyone else singing “Eastbound and Down”? 🙂 While he is talking, he lets out about King Ezekiel caring about this woman in a house to herself outside of The Kingdom. Daryl keeps at him, asking who she is, and Richard is going on about how she needs to be killed off. WHOOPSIE! So Daryl finally gets Richard to say Carol's name. The way it went down was funny to me because Daryl wouldn't budge and call himself Negan when Negan kept asking him what his name was. Daryl busts Richard face for him. He goes on to tell him if Carol gets hurt in any time of way including, my favorite, "If she gets hit by lightning, I'm coming after you!" Well shit!

Speaking of Carol, here she is bothered again by Ezekiel! Dammit! LOL Ezekiel and a crew were clearing Walkers around her property and one tripped one of her wire alarms. Ezekiel is still all smiles and does not give a damn about Carol's pissy mood. And tells her he brought her a gift, and gesture to our everloving Jerry 🙂 Jerry all smiles runs up to Carol with a casserole dish in his hands. They brought her cobler. LOL So they leave, Carol plops back down on couch and gets back into her book and I’ll be damned if someone else isn't knocking at the door! Carol yanks the door open ready to chew out the knocker, but her facial expressions quickly change. And by the look on her face we quickly knew it was Daryl.

Carol while cooking them up some mysterious soup in her fireplace asks for an update. Daryl lies. He saves her the news about Glenn’s and Abe's deaths. She is not ready. Carol needs rest, and then to figure out a comfortable position in all of this. Then we have Carol and Daryl sitting at a dining room table, and this cozy little house, it was such a nice scene......until Daryl dove into the food and proceeded to show his sloppy heathen side. Elbows off the table young man, and use a NAPKIN!!!!

While we are on the topic of Daryl, did anyone else catch on that is was not Dwight that slipped him the key? They show Dwight looking over Fat Joe's body, then glancing to the bikes, and seeing one is gone, then running to Daryl's empty cell. All the while with a 'Oh shit!' look on his face.
More on Daryl. How about that scene with him visiting Shiva? As soon as they showed Shiva in a cage, I was like, 'Oh? Shiva doesn't get to sleep in Ezekiel's bed?' Then I give a look to the two bedhogs that take up most of our bed! It was an awesome scene of Daryl sitting there next to the cage and Shiva quietly approaching him, no care at all to him being there. And Shiva allows Daryl to stroke her. Some do look at it as Daryl gets along with her, because he just escaped his own cell, and he is pretty animalistic.

This episode was off the chain (and into the cage)!! One of my new favorites!

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RECAP: TWD,  S07E09, Mid-Season Premiere: Rock in the Road

RECAP: TWD, S07E09, Mid-Season Premiere: Rock in the Road

AT LAST, my lonely days are over!

No? Don't sing, Tammie? Okay, how about... FINALLY! THE WALKING DEAD IS BACK!

And as soon as it comes on, we are all cussing! UGH. Why is Gregory still around? Stab him with those scissors on that outrageous desk! Actually, that would be a nice kill! Considering Maggie's younger sister Beth was killed while attempting to kill someone with scissors. It would feel like closure, right? 🙂 Nothing is getting in that thick skull of his. I'll say again how those scissors would be perfect. So what a relief. This good news is Enid rallied some Hilltopians to join their crew in their stance against Negan and brought them to our guys on their way out the door (with shoulders slumped). Way to go, Enid and Hilltopians! YES! Rise up! Now we have a crew growing in The Hilltop, and they have Maggie on their side, so they certainly will be just fine. 🙂

Since it did not go well with Gregory, Jesus was ready to introduce Rick's crew to King Ezekiel. I laughed out loud at the look on Rick’s face when Jesus said, “King Ezekiel”! I could not wait for them to see Shiva. LMAO. It was rich! Before Rick made it to Ezekiel, he found Morgan who faithfully did not tell Rick that Carol was right outside The Kingdom in her own little house. Morgan just told a side-ways truth by saying, “She left here”. Getting back to King Ezekiel, how touching it was to see him (the King) telling a young boy a bed-time story. How humble and how powerful. As much as I loved that, Ezekiel TigerDick did turn Rick down, not having any interest in joining to defeat Negan.

We did see a little of Carol. She almost shot our rising star Benjamin. Thank the Lort Carol did not tie this young man to a tree for the monsters to come along and eat him! That may mean that Carol will find another way to traumatize the poor fella.


The team now comes a roadblock. Crap. As they move all the vehicles over, Michonne, who has been on watch (But why? Is she pregnant, too, and cannot push heavy vehicles?!), spots a cable running across the road loaded with dynamite! HERE (and I hope she notices!) Rosita steps in. Here is her purpose! Rosita disarms the unit, and teaches them how to disassemble it. And our team has to work fast because Negan has sent a team to Alexandria (they know this from listening in on the walkie-talkie Jesus snatched while in The Sanctuary) and a horde of walkers are headed towards them. Of course they finish up just as the horde reaches them, but how in the hell did neither Michonne nor Rick get scratched up while they were playing patty cake with the walkers? BTW, aww snap, Rosita! Sasha speaks to her, and Rosita's claws come out. She lets Sasha know in a not so kind manner that she does not like her and to leave Rosita alone.

On to the most awesome scene we have had in a long ass time. All the dynamite has been removed from the cable – which is still attached to two cars. Who would not jump in these cars?! Bonnie and Clyde, I mean Rick and Michonne, hop in the cars and take off, making that cable one hell of a melee weapon! They go slicing through hundreds of walkers shuffling down the highway. Oh what a site! And then Rick looks over to Michonne, locking eyes and making sure she is fine and can keep up with him.



Rick's crew gets back to Alexandria just in time. As a matter of fact, Stanley and a gang of Saviors come revving up just before they get the gate shut. And, as they search the community with Rick in the lead, they go into the storage shed. Which is absolutely empty. Gabriel did not even leave a single cracker packet! They come up with a story to tell The Saviors because instantly Stanley thinks they have hidden all the food. When the Saviors leave and our crew are scratching their heads as to where their food went and why Gabe is missing, Rick goes through Gabriel's notebook. The last page says a single word, and one word was all the was needed. That word was 'Boat'. BINGO! I WAS RIGHT, Y'ALL. Those mysterious boots watching Rick and the crew were apparently worn by Leslie. As in the sign-maker aka SignDick aka the owner of the boat in the middle of the walker pond. I'm just trying to figure out if Leslie is good or bad. Did Leslie approach Gabe kindly and scheme up a genius plan, a plan involving hiding all of the food? OR is Leslie an evil asshole who threatened the place if Gabriel did not bring all of Alexandria's supplies back to his boat?

Rick and the crew head back to the boat, find boot prints, and follow the tracks. Suddenly, they are in a clearing. I must mention just how gorgeous and vivid all the greenery is here! Of course you can never walk out in the middle of a clearing in the zombie apocalypse without another crew popping out of the woodwork surrounding you. I couldn’t tell whether or not they were all female? Are these the folks from Oceanside? In the trailer on The Talking Dead, we see that the biggest smile imaginable spread across Rick’s face as they are surrounded and overrun. Maybe Gabriel comes out with this crew. That is the only thing that makes sense to me. Unless Heath comes out with them?

Naturally, they left us hanging. Until next time DeadHeads.

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