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TV Review: The Walking Dead 8.5 “The Big Scary U”
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Walking Dead 8.5 Eugene and Dwight

The Walking Dead
Episode 8.5 “The Big Scary U”
Directed by Dan Liu
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Tom Payne, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Alanna Masterson, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, Pollyanna McIntosh
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

Last week’s The Walking Dead marked a turning point for King Ezekiel, the zookeeper turned royal ruler of The Kingdom community. After an ambush by the Saviors killed off many of his soldiers, injured him, and led to the death of his beloved tiger Shiva, Ezekiel had a meltdown of sorts, telling his right-hand man and bodyguard Jerry “I ain’t no King, I’m just some guy.” Meanwhile, Rick and Daryl managed steals the guns from the Saviors they were after, and backstabbing Gregory made his way back from the Sanctuary to Hilltop, where Maggie miraculously let him return.

On this week’s episode, 8.5 “The Big Scary U,” we finally return to Negan and Father Gabriel, who were surrounded by walkers; the Saviors struggle to figure out “what went wrong,” and Rick and Daryl come to blows over what to do next.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 8.4 “Some Guy”
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The Walking Dead 8.4 Rick Grimes

The Walking Dead
Episode 8.4 “Some Guy”
Written by Dan Liu
Directed by David Leslie Johnson
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Tom Payne, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Alanna Masterson, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, Pollyanna McIntosh
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

On last week’s The Walking Dead, the All Out War theme of Season 8 dragged on, as the united armies of Alexandria, Hilltop, and The Kingdom continued their assault on Negan and the Saviors. During the fight, Eric was shot and eventually died of his wounds, leaving his love Aaron to mourn. Rick came face to face with Morales, a survivor he knew from Season 1 who is now a Savior; Morales was ready to waste Rick, but Daryl put him down before he could do anything. There was a lot of indiscriminate killing going on, although Jesus seemed to want to keep all the highly dangerous Saviors — the ones who really deserve to die — alive for some bizarre reason, and brings them as prisoners to the Hilltop to go before Maggie. At Hilltop, Maggie takes in Gregory, even though he repeatedly has betrayed them — and unbeknownst to her, has left Father Gabriel for dead. The episode ended with King Ezekiel’s group being ambushed.

On this week’s episode, 8.4 “Some Guy,” we see that most of the soldiers of The Kingdom were killed in the ambush, but first a flashback to right before they headed out for the fight with King Ezekiel giving another one of his motivational speeches, which ended with a chant of “We are one!” Honestly, and I think I said this last week, I’m getting really tired of his speeches, especially since they are so cocky. Any time someone is cocky on this show, they ended up getting theirs and that’s what happens here, because when we see Ezekiel for the first time in the present, he’s crawling out from under the now-dead bodies of his subjects, who had shielded him during the ambush.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 8.3 “Monsters”
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The Walking Dead Episode 8.3 Morales and Rick

The Walking Dead
Episode 8.3 “Monsters”
Written by Matthew Negrete & Channing Powell
Directed by Greg Nicotero
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Tom Payne, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Alanna Masterson, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, Pollyanna McIntosh
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

On last week’s The Walking Dead, the three groups that banded together to fight Negan and the Saviors — Alexandria, Hilltop, and the Kingdom — came up with a plan to finally best their enemy. Most of the episode featured all the groups shooting at one another in a machine-gun frenzy. There’s a purpose for it all… I guess, but honestly, it was kind of annoying. The best part of it was that the trio team cornered the Saviors at first, killing a lot of them, so that when they turned, they then attacked the living. Nice strategy.

This week’s episode, 8.3 “Monsters,” continues the annoying gunfire. Once again, we see King Ezekiel giving one of his inspirational sermons about how they have a plan and they are going to “win.” We then see them head off into the woods, where they are ambushed by some Saviors, but it turns out they have their people surrounding the area. More gunfire, those Saviors are killed, and as Ezekiel promised during his speech, not one from their own ranks is killed. Carol says that’s because they have strategy.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 8.1 “Mercy” (Season 8 Premiere)
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The Walking Dead 8.1 Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead
Episode 8.1 “Mercy” (Season 8 Premiere)
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Directed by Greg Nicotero
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Tom Payne, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Alanna Masterson, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, Pollyanna McIntosh
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

Tonight marks the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, as well as being the AMC show’s milestone 100th episode, and as with previous seasons, this new one finds Rick and his people in a dangerous situation.

When we last saw Rick and crew in the Season 7 finale back in April, it was at their home base in Alexandria. They had been double-crossed by their supposed new allies The Scavengers, who turned on them because they got a better deal with Negan and his Saviors. And Sasha, who had been Negan’s captive, sacrificed herself to help the Alexandrians, who ended up in a shoot-out with the Saviors and Scavengers. Negan once again it seems had the upper hand and was just about to dish out some of his cruel justice when Ezekiel and the Kingdom, including Shiva the tiger!, arrived to save the day … for now. This new element forced Negan and company to retreat, including Dwight, who had been helping the Alexandrians and thankfully did not actually betray them.

Once back at the Sanctuary, Negan told his people “We are going to war,” while back at Alexandria, the Alexandrians, the Hilltop, and the Kingdom stood united, getting ready to face their enemies.

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NYCC 2017 Interview: AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Cast and Creators
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The Walking Dead NYCC 2017 Press Conference Banner Photo

AMC’s The Walking Dead has become a household topic, with the series’ popularity remaining high as it prepares to unveil its eighth season, premiering with its 100th episode, later this month. Geeks of Doom had the opportunity to participate in a press conference and Q&A this weekend with the show’s cast members and producers at New York Comic-Con 2017.

In attendance were stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Tom Payne, Katelyn Nacon, and Austin Amelio alongside executive producer, director, and special effects makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.

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NYCC 2017: ‘The Walking Dead’ Panel With Cast & Creators
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The Walking Dead NYCC Banner Photo

The Walking Dead is certainly the biggest draw at New York Comic Con each year, and NYCC 2017 was no different. With an exuberant crowd at Madison Square Garden, the show’s cast and crew took to the stage to offer some insight into the series’ upcoming eighth season.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 7.16 (Season 7 Finale)
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The Walking Dead Episode 7.16 Finale

The Walking Dead
Episode 7.16 “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life” (Season Finale)
Written by Scott M. Gimple, Angela Kang & Matthew Negrete
Directed by Greg Nicotero
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Katelyn Nacon, Alanna Masterson
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

Season 7 of The Walking Dead began back in October in a most brutal manner: depicting the violent deaths of two main characters, one of whom was much beloved and was with the show from the very beginning. It also thrust Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s villainous Negan to the forefront of the story, showing viewers that no one on the show is safe. With a few swings of his barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat “Lucille,” Negan ended Rick’s and the Alexandrians’ way of life in an instant, forcing them into subservience and an existence shrouded in fear. Watching our favorite characters, who were always so strong now, living in this new way has been difficult. Thankfully, halfway through the season, Rick finally came to his senses and rallied not only his troops against Negan and the Saviors, but also those from other colonies: The Hilltop, The Kingdom, and The Scavengers, with the possibility of the Oceanside community joining the fray.

Last week’s episode was the fifteenth of the season, and it saw the Alexandrians invade the Oceanside community as non-violently as possible for their guns. At the Hilltop, Maggie was slowly but surely emerging as the new leader, inadvertently pushing aside figurehead Gregory, who we last saw making plans to travel to the Sanctuary to get help with that situation. At the Sanctuary, Negan was holding Sasha captive, trying to get the Alexandrian to join him against Rick. Sasha had no intention of doing that, and instead tried to get Eugene to get her a weapon to kill Negan, tricking her old friend into thinking she was going to use it to end her own life. And at Alexandria, Rosita had returned with a most unexpected companion — Dwight, one of the Saviors from Negan’s close group. While it was dangerous for Dwight to show up there, especially since he had tormented Daryl at Negan’s bidding, the Savior is ready to help Rick and company take down Negan.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 7.15 “Something They Need”
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The Walking Dead 7.15 Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon

The Walking Dead
Episode 7.15 “Something They Need”
Written by Corey Reed
Directed by Michael Slovis
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Katelyn Nacon, Alanna Masterson
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

Last week’s The Walking Dead caught us up on what’s been happening at the Hilltop Colony, where original Alexandrians Maggie and Sasha have been hiding out and training the residents to fight for their upcoming battle against Negan and the Saviors. Early on, Sasha and Rosita took off on their own mission to take down Negan. When they got to the Sanctuary, they found that their old friend Eugene had gone from abductee to commander at Negan’s compound, and when they tried to rescue him, he turned tail and ran back, not wanting to leave his new cushy situation. After that, Sasha decided to take on the mission solo, leaving Rosita reluctantly behind so that she can be there for the Alexandrians. The episode ended with Rosita spotting a shadowy figure with a crossbow nearby.

On this week’s episode, 7.15 “Something They Need,” Tara has revealed to Rick the existence of the Oceanside community, which is the group of women whose men were all killed by the Saviors. Rick and crew are making plans now to journey there to get the women to join them in their fight against Negan and the Saviors.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 7.14 “The Other Side”
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The Walking Dead, Season 7 Episode 14 review

The Walking Dead
Episode 7.14 “The Other Side”
Written by Angela Kang
Directed by Michael E. Satrazemis
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Katelyn Nacon, Alanna Masterson
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

Last week’s The Walking Dead took us back to King Ezekiel and The Kingdom, where a routine tribute drop with the Saviors resulted in the death of one of their own after Richard took matters into this own hands. Richard wanted to provoke the Saviors into killing him so that Ezekiel would be prompted to join Rick in his fight to defeat Negan. But young Benjamin ended up being the one killed. In a shocking turn of events, Morgan abandoned his “all life is sacred” creed when he killed Richard with his bare hands because of what happened with Benjamin. But, in the end, Richard’s plan worked: Not only is Ezekiel now ready to fight, but Carol is joining the fray now that she knows what Negan really did to the Alexandrians.

This week’s episode, 7.14 “The Other Side,” goes back to the Hilltop Colony, opening on a few days prior to when Rosita shows up to get Sasha to accompany her on a mission to kill Negan or die trying. We see the Hilltop people making weapons and practicing fighting, as pregnant Maggie mades plans for battle, while the community’s official leader Gregory remains hidden in his office. We also see Daryl at the colony keeping to himself. The opening sequence ends with Rosita going to Sasha, which we saw in a previous episode.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead 7.13 “Bury Me Here”
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Lennie James as Morgan Jones - The Walking Dead, Season 7, Episode 13

The Walking Dead
Episode 7.13 “Bury Me Here”
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Directed by Alrick Riley
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Christian Serratos, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Khary Payton, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Katelyn Nacon, Alanna Masterson
AMC
Air Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Warning – SPOILERS for AMC’s The Walking Dead…

Last week’s The Walking Dead showed us Rick and Michonne on their road-trip honeymoon of sorts, where their romantic excursion was peppered with Walker attacks, but ended with a major score of food and weapons. But the weapons were not enough for their Heapster allies to start up the fight against Negan and the Saviors, so Rick and crew will be off again to find more guns. But before that happens, it looks like Tara will be confessing to Rick about the Oceanside community, who are potential allies for them against Negan. Meanwhile, frenemies Rosita and Sasha have made a pact — they’re off to kill Negan or die trying.

For this week’s episode, 7.13 “Bury Me Here,” we leave the Alexandrians and return to King Ezekiel and The Kingdom, which includes Morgan and also Carol in her nearby cottage.

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