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So, I was Special Agent Dana Scully for Halloween.
I don’t think I’m ever going to change.
Welcome back The Walking Dead! Oh, how I’ve missed you so. And if the season premiere was any indication, it’s going to be a tense season. I was anxious just watching it.
Going to re-start my “random thoughts throughout the episode” summary that seemed moderately popular during the first half of last season. Unfortunately real-life got in the way so I was unable to type up my thoughts in a timely manner during the last half.
Also expect several gifts throughout the day courtesy of Tumblr. First, summary. Second, gory, gory images. So look out for those as well.
Goes without saying but SPOILERS AHEAD. And I’m electing to not use the “Read More” option. And this will likely be ridiculously long.
Open up with close-up of a zombie eye (or, as they referred to it in the Talking Dead), Grandpa Zombie. Enter strike-force on presumably another quest to find a place to call home. Judging by the hair on Carl and Hershel, they’ve been on the lam for quite some time. And holy swelled belly, Lori. How far away IS that prison??
Carl is apparently now a badass rather than a lil’ bitch that runs away all the time and got Dale killed (you’ll never live that down in my eyes Carl). More importantly, where on earth did they get that silencer? Fun fact: Georgia Senate just approved of gun silencers for hunting in January of this year.
Five minutes in and possibly already have a favorite scene: both Rick and Daryl standing behind the door, Rick opens it and both draw their weapons. Laugh it off and the duo moves on. MUCH different relationship than Rick and Shane. Have a feeling I’m going to love this duo. Right afterwards is another great Daryl!Scene of him hunting an owl.
Carl has apparently made a role for himself by being a scavenger for food and finds two cans of dog food. While opening one of the cans Rick throws it away in disgust. It’s trying time! Owl is okay but dog food is crossing the line? It certainly didn’t look to be the high quality my dogs received but beggers can’t be choosers when the mass population is after yo faces.
It’s mentioned that a winter has passed. Guessing the cold weather had no effect on them. Or they had a typical Georgia winter where the average low is low 30’s (yeah, research!). And the only proof on CancerCarol that times have passed is by a little messy hair. Mine looks worse than that in the morning. Really banking on Carol to get bit this season. No time for peace and quiet (and owl), the walkers have tracked you down.
New title sequence. After watching the marathon over the weekend I was wondering what they were going to do now that Shane is no longer on the show and other characters have come to the limelight. New titles do not disappoint.
Rick and Daryl stumble upon the prison and thus begins the new story arc. Sidenote: interesting (but completely understandable) that Robert Kirkman considers the prison to be a character in of itself. The group running in-between the fences gave me a sense of familiarity and brought me back to running The Walking Dead Escape.
Annoying factor: Lori is doing the thing every woman who’s pregnant on television does: touches her stomach the ENTIRE TIME as if the audience needs proof she’d pregnant and not sneaking rations in the middle of the night.
Rick makes a run in the prison yard and Glen gets to showcase his badass-ness courtesy of gouging zombies with a pole. Meanwhile, Daryl’s an expert marksman with that bow and has Rick’s back. Carol just fucks things up and almost shoots Rick.
First obstacle: prison yard. Success! While a great scene, part of me wonders if the “light it [the yard] up” will ultimately be a good idea. Now? Prison yard picnic time! But what on earth are they eating? Didn’t see any animals running around but Glen is most certainly eating meat off the rib of something.
Hershel: “we can grow tomatees and cucumbers!” Using what?? You got some magic seeds hidden away somewhere, Hershel?
Carol tries to slut it up at nighttime with a “sore shoulder” technique. At least Daryl wasn’t really having it? I’d say any sort of flirtation was one-sided in this. If anything, I’d imagine he sees a mother/son relationship between the two of them. Obviously she sees otherwise. She’s gotta be nothing but dust down there. And what happened to her bitchy Christian self from the previous seasons? That’d almost be more welcome than this spectacle.
Rick seems angry about EVERYTHING. Dog food first incident. Now it seems he’s pissed the littlest Greene is singing. Rick no like music. Rick no like distractions from zombie apocalypse. You sing, I “recommend” everyone turns in. How? I didn’t see any of you bringing the cars around for shelter of any kind. Lori attempts to talk to him, and our sheriff is having none of it. Yikes. That relationship is looking might one-sided these days. A little resentment and/or Rick has grown tired of her self-absorbed self?
Lori: whine whine whine morale!
Enter first glimpse of Michonne. This scene has been floating around the interwebs all summer so it wasn’t anything new. But still happy to see her!
Next morning the strike force is set to take over the next portion of the prison. Really liking how they’re forced to take it bit by bit due to the uncertainty of the place and lack of manpower. Also REALLY loving how Maggie has joined the group of first attackers. She’s developed off-screen really well and may be a certified badass in my eyes. Strike force for the next portion of the prison: Rick, Daryl, T-Dog, Glen and Maggie.
The zombie guards in riot gear was a first. During the Talking Dead the writer even mentioned how he’d never seen it done that way before. And it takes the woman to realize you have to get up-close and person and attack the guard zombies from underneath the mask. At this point I was yelling at my tv for them to, “go under the mask!”. We ladies can be sleuthy like that.
If Glen/Maggie weren’t so cute together I’d want her and Daryl to hook up. Perhaps Michonne can come in and show Carol the sword? Or just don’t pair up more characters. It’s not necessary. Plus, not particularly fond of the idea of Michonne and T-Dog pairing up as many (myself included) would deduce it’s because “they’re black”.
Anyways, back to the zombie action. The skull zombie was amazingly well done. Might have my favorite for the episode.
Next part of prison takeover a success. Strangely Cell Block C is empty. Perhaps they were the ones in the yard having recess? Minus the two in the cells. New development: these zombies don’t starve to death. Hopefully the group has common sense to stay clear of the two cells the zombies were in and stick to the others. And flip those mattresses over.
Carl attempts to pimp it up and share a room with the littlest Greene (had to be reminded in the episode her name is Beth). Sophia and Carl had a little adolescent relationship in the comics, looks like Beth has garnered his attention now that Sophia has a bullet between her eyes. However, Hershel cockblocks the littlest sheriff in town.
While Rick and Lori are on shaky ground (at best), Glen and Maggie are sweeter than ever. Ugh, checking Maggie for scratches was all sorts of adorable. You know, in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Kiss with zombie blood all over each other? Nope, nuzzle time. Best find some water soon.
Michonne again. Looks like we’re not going to get much of her this episode. Our favorite sword-wielder strides into a deer locker where she appears to have made a temporary home for herself. And her pet zombies (wonder when he non-comic readers are going to become privy as to why she keeps them as pets). And Andrea. Who’s not looking too hot. But still bitchy. At least the two of them have decided the other is partner-worthy during the winter months. I’d be careful about being snippy at Michonne while ill; she’ll slice you up.
I’m on side Daryl when it comes to wearing armor in which zombies formally occupied. I’d possibly wear materials that would make my arms and lets less penetrable but certainly staying clear of helmets and anything with gross amounts of zombie goo.
At first I thought I wanted Lori to go out ala the comics but, screw that, I like this new angle. To be more specific, I want a stillborn baby zombie to eat her from the inside out. How far will AMC let The Walking Dead go? For some reason, I fear zombie babies is where they draw the line.
Lori seems to forget that while many did die before in childbirth before modern medicine, many more survived. And no shit the group will not hesitate to shoot your ass if you and or your baby turns. Everyone in the group has learned a valuable lesson (or two) by now.
“My son can’t stand me” Because you’re self-absorbed and a bitch. Plus, Carl wants to be a badass and to do that he must stay on Team-Dad. Rick hating you for putting that knife in his hands? Yeah, it’s a bit to process. At this point I’d say more because of her reaction to him actually following through and offing Shane.
Strike Force attempts to conquer more of the prison. This time with Hershel in tow. Unfortunately with not as much success and the previous go-arounds. Lesson: maybe you shouldn’t bring your only medical expert on such a dangerous mission?
Spray painting the walls was seemingly a good idea but certainly of no help when you’re running from hordes of walkers in the dark. Couldn’t find any glow-in-the-dark paint during your forages? Jeebus, where are all these walkers coming from? Did the guards just give them free range to do as they pleased when shit first when down?
Maggie and Glen get separated in the chaos and enter the bad times. Had a bad feeling about that sitting zombie when Hershel stepped over him. When did zombies get so sneaky? I’d say the worst part was the fact he HAD found Maggie and they were so close to one another.
Another aspect they’re touching on that I’m always curious about: if you sever the body part that was bit, cauterize the wound, can you survive? Guess we’ll find out next episode. Although my hopes aren’t too high for Hershel. Hacking off that leg was upsetting. Particularly the noises Hershel was making (utterly heartbreaking for Maggie, I imagine) but also the sheer brutality. Even got to Rick a bit and he has become so numb to everything he didn’t hesitate to start hacking away.
Surprise: survivors! The group must be near a kitchen otherwise I call shenanigans. Now comes the question, keep them? They ARE prisoners but they’ve managed to stay alive amongst all the zombies just outside the doors. But Rick seems more than a little suspicious to outsiders so I don’t have high hopes they’ll be around for much longer.
Favorite character: Hershel. Mostly because of his ultimate passing. I feel you are not much long for this world. Especially judging from next week’s preview where you are nowhere to be found and Daryl approaches a cross. Guessing they couldn’t cauterize that wound in time. Should have taken a lesson from Merle! You went from crotchety old coot to semi-valuable to now presumably dead. Honestly, not the first member of the group I thought would go. But wasn’t sure who it’d be, my judgment has gone cloudy with hatred of Carol.
Least favorite: Carol. Pointless character. Although Lori comes in a close second with how nerve-grating she can be.
Badass of the episode (new for me this season): Maggie? Glen? Daryl is always a badass so that’s nothing new. But the couple has certainly shown they can wield a machete or pole.
Favorite zombie (another new for me this season): Skull Zombie. Not only was he a guard (original concept!) but the effects were fantastic.
Welcome back Walking Dead. This season is going to be gooooood.
Afterwards: Talking Dead.
Kinda adorable how much Chris Hardwick looooooves Michonne. Not sure I liked this Talking Dead. Never watched it until the last couple episodes last season but it’s grown on me. But this was obviously filmed during San Diego Comic-Con so details about the episode were missing and it would have been pointless for anyone to call in.
Also: they mentioned seeing several Michonne’s (with pets) during SDCC. Where? I spotted one. But predicting many more in future cons.
I DO like the In Memoriam portion of the show. And curious about the “dead smell” that can be found within The Walking Dead: Dead Inside maze at Universal Studios.
We’re excited for the Season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead next week! You should be too! #WeLoveFall #AndOctober
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FUNNY STORY TIME
We were out in Cassadaga for a Halloween-themed photoshoot and the crew I was with broke off from the main group and started wandering through this park. We’re taking pics in the woods and suddenly this older lady comes across us and asks us what we’re doing. We explain it’s a photoshoot and she tells us if we want some REALLY spooky photos, we should head over to the old Bed & Breakfast. It’s been closed down for some time, but it’s a historical monument so they can’t tear it down. (As a cosplayer, I am thinking “SCORE!” but part of me is thinking this is how every horror movie ever starts.) She tells us to head down the path in the woods, take the fork to the right, cross the road and it’s just over the hill. We thank her and she heads off down another path on her walk. After more pic-taking in the woods, we head back down the path and make it to the road. And WHO DRIVES UP BUT THIS CREEPY OLD LADY. She stops her little mini-van in front of us on the road and points out her driver door, saying “It’s just over that hill!”, and then drives off.
Needless to say, we are all a tad spooked, but mostly thinking this is the coolest thing ever, and head to the B&B. We ignore the “NO TRESPASSING” signs (it’s not like they apply to photoshoots! At least that’s what I tell myself ;P) and head inside, as the door is open and unlocked. It’s adorable…like a dollhouse, and reminds me of every haunted house movie ever. We took pics all over the place, and naturally I was the first to explore the attic because FUCK YOU I’m a badass. We got pics in the tub, on the stairs, in the garden…this place was EPIC. And nobody died or brought a ghost home.
Definitely one of my favorite cosplay memories…and my favorite photoshoot story.