Still processing Cursed Child feelings…

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Hello!

So I meant to get a post up yesterday but things got busy and then when I finally had some free time/motivation, my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child finally decided to show up. Of course I dropped everything. I have so many feelings. Too many to really put in words but I’m going to try.

I guess here’s my review/recap/thoughts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Fair warning, I can’t really fully process/review this without spoilers, so SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 Midseason Finale: Coda

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This is a twin post of the same recap on LegendZero.

Happy (or not so happy) Monday!

I’m upset – and if you saw last night’s The Walking Dead episode, you know why. Sigh. SPOILERS ahead.

The episode picks up immediately where last week left off – with Lamson trying to escape, but someone noticed his run for it early. Rick chases after him, eventually catching up while driving the cruiser. Rick asks him to stop multiple times, and when he doesn’t, Rick goes ahead an hits Lamson with the cruiser, knocking him right into the concrete. After a brief conversation about how all Lamson had to do was stop, Rick proceeds to shoot him in the head.

When we get back to the church group, we see that Father Gabriel has made it somewhat far, and stumbles up on the school where the Terminus residents made their camp back in the beginning of the season. It seems like he’s looking for something and showed up there with a purpose. He finds what he’s looking for upon seeing Bob’s cooked foot. Soon after, the walkers inside the school finally get out, and Gabriel has no choice but to run for it, leading the walkers back to the church, where he calls Michonne and Carl’s attention. They take down the barricade at the church doors in order to save Father Gabriel. They do manage to save him, but in the process all the walkers get in, and their only choice is to go through the same crawl space Gabriel created to escape. They make it out, and Gabriel finally seems to learn his lesson. Immediately after, they lock the walkers into the church.

Back in Atlanta, Rick gets back to the group after killing Lamson. They decide, despite recent events, to continue with the plan, provided that the remaining cops play along. They do, agreeing to say that Lamson was attacked by walkers. The plan for an even exchange continues. At the hospital, Beth is organizing Dawn’s office while Dawn attempts to make contact with the cops on the streets. They talk about the old captain, the one who was originally in charge of the hospital. Dawn says people talk a lot about him, but no one ever mentions that she misses him, that he was her mentor. The circumstances of his stepping down from power seem to be sketchy, and Dawn isn’t forthcoming with information.

At the church, Father Gabriel explains that he left so he could see what it was like for himself, what the Terminus people had done to Bob. As they’re standing outside the church, contemplating what to do next, the walkers in the church start to break free. They’re about to run when Abraham and company return in the fire truck, blocking the church closed and effectively saving them. Glenn updates them on Eugene’s lie, and their decision to return. When they ask where everyone went, Michonne tells them about Beth, and how they’ve gone to rescue her in Atlanta. They decide to go as well and back up the rest of the group.

In Atlanta, Beth walks down a hall as one of the cops mistreats a ward. It’s the same elderly man that helped her in the previous episode when she needed a distraction. The cop pushes him down, and it looks like Beth is about to be his next victim, when Dawn shows up and takes her away, claiming she needs help. At the elevator, Beth has sought out some quiet and solitude, but Dawn finds her. They both know neither is going anywhere, and they have a talk. Beth doesn’t want to stay, but Dawn continues to tell her that she saved her. They have a tense conversation, before the same cop from before stumbles upon them and threatens Dawn. In the conversation that follows, we find out Dawn took command from the previous captain by force, killing him, and she says she’ll do it again, that she will no longer allow the rest of the cops to be rapists and abusers. A fight breaks out between the two officers, and Beth moves to the side to avoid it. It seems like the cop is about to kill Dawn when she manages to finally push him away, and Beth finishes the job bby shoving him down the elevator shaft.

Soon after, Beth is in Carol’s room and Dawn follows her in. Beth accuses Dawn of having used her to do her dirty work, and Dawn realizes that’s what happened with Edwards and the doctor who they were trying to save. Dawn denies having used Beth, claiming that she helped her because it was the right thing to do. She also correctly assumes that Carol and Beth know each other.

Outside on a rooftop, Tyreese and Sasha are having another sibling heart to heart. Tyreese attempts to get Sasha to stop beating herself up over what happened with Lamson, and confesses about the Terminus resident he claimed to have killed earlier in the season. He claims they haven’t changed from how they were as children – Sasha still “copying” Tyreese, but Sasha says, while that might be good, that it is no longer the case. They can’t be the same as they were anymore.

Rick finally meets with two other cops from the hospital, and the organize the exchange. Everything seems to be going smoothly, with the cops agreeing to the exchange, and we get to see Beth preparing to leave. She hides a pair of scissors in her cast. The exchange goes well – Beth and Carol both make it to the group and the cops return to the hospital, but Dawn won’t let them go without leaving Noah behind. She claims Noah has to replace Beth as her ward. They refuse to let him stay, but he gives himself up anyway. Just as everything is about to go smoothly, Beth intervenes, confronting Dawn. She stabs Dawn with the hidden scissors, but Dawn shoots Beth in the head, killing her. Enraged, Daryl kills Dawn. Everything seems about to explode, with all the cops ready to shoot at Rick’s group, but one of the hostage cops, the woman, yells for them to stop. The confrontation was about Dawn, and she’s already dead. They call a cease fire, and the cops offer them a place at the hospital. Rick refuses, but offers to take any wards that want to leave. No one takes up the offer.

Outside the hospital, Abraham and the others arrive just as Rick and the rest of the group leave. Maggie breaks down as Daryl walks out with Beth’s body in his arms.

BONUS: If you stayed for post-credits, you saw Morgan! He seems to be tracking the group, and even stumbles upon the Terminus camp and the church. He sees the map Abraham left for Rick, so he’s knows they’re nearby.

Conclusion: It’s been a while since I’ve been this upset over an episode. It’s not so much the episode as it was the fact that the writers really won’t give Daryl a break. First, he has to kill Merle himself, then Beth gets taken from him, he’s briefly reunited with Carol and has to watch her get hit by a car, and now Beth dies in front of him? AND he carried her body out? I mean, come on, the man deserves some kind of reprieve at this point. Her death was pointless, in my opinion, and quite honestly the plot could have gone on without her having to die (yet). It could have had more impact later on, I think. Sigh.

What did you guys think of the midseason finale? Was Beth’s death necessary?

Anyway, as always, think happy thoughts! (If you can…)

See you in February!

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 7: Crossed

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This is a twin post of the same recap on LegendZero.

Happy Monday!

All I can say is – finally! It’s about time we get an episode that balances all the groups pretty well, making it a bit more fast-paced and exciting. It was an awesome episode, and a great setup to next week’s mid-season finale. Heads up – SPOILERS!

The episode starts out at the church, apparently the morning after Daryl shows up again with Noah. Sasha is taking out her frustration and pain on some church pews, while the others are fortifying the church. Father Gabriel is not happy about this at all, and still suffers over what happened with the Termites. As they’re setting up defenses, Rick talks to Michonne about leaving Carl behind during their trip to Atlanta. Michonne volunteers to go instead of Rick, but Rick prefers to leave her at the church. Everyone but Michonne, Fr. Gabriel, Carl, and Judith head out to Atlanta to rescue Beth and Carol. Gabriel seems to have a break down and tries to scratch the blood stains off the church floor.

In the truck on the way to Atlanta, Tyreese attempts to get through to Sasha, but she doesn’t want to hear it, preferring to suffer in silence and continue to mourn Bob in her own way. When we change scenery, it’s to Beth at the hospital. She has access to Carol’s room and is checking in on her when Edwards shows up to do his usual rounds. It’s clear she no longer trusts him

Back with Glenn’s group, we see the direct aftermath of Eugene’s confession. He’s not in very good shape and still unconscious, while Abraham is basically catatonic. Rosita attempts to get him to react, and he does, standing up and seemingly about to attack her. Rosita clearly is ready to defend herself, but Maggie pulls her gun on him first, threatening to shoot if he doesn’t calm himself down. He kneels again, and goes back to being catatonic.

Meanwhile, the others are making plans to storm the hospital. Rick wants to covertly take people out, one by one, and Noah is all for it, but Tyreese wants to do a hostage exchange instead. Daryl agrees, and between the two of them they manage to convince Rick. At the church, Carl is watching Fr. Gabriel continue to attempt to clean. He tells the priest that he has to learn to defend himself. Gabriel is lucky the church has lasted as long as it did. Eventually he picks out a weapon – the machete – and then says he needs to rest. It seems like Carl finally got through to him.

Once again, we go back to the hospital, where Beth overhears a conversation between Dawn and another cop in which they’re discussing Carol’s survival. Beth speaks up, accusing the cop that he takes up more resources charging his DVD than it would take to save Carol. In a show of dominance, Dawn orders the cop to cut off the power to Carol’s machines. After the cop leaves to do as she says, Dawn reveals that she seems to have only done it because Beth spoke up. She tasks Beth with saving Carol, and even compliments her in saying that she’s not as weak as Dawn originally thought.

The newly dubbed GREATM (Glenn’s group) goes out in search of water. Tara defends Eugene, claiming that they can’t blame him for using the only skill he had in order to make it in tha apocalypse. Glenn seems to agree. Meanwhile, Maggie is back at the truck, watching over Eugene and Abraham.

Back with Beth, she’s attempting to save Carol by going to see Edwards, and asking him for suggestions on what drugs to give Carol. The doctor figures out that Dawn has allowed her to attempt saving her friend, but claims she didn’t do it out of the goodness of her heart. It seems he knows something, but Beth doesn’t want to hear it, clearly no longer trusting him. He once again tries to defend his actions as for his own survival, but even he’s not sure if he’s saved himself in the end.

When we go back to GREATM, they’re at a stream, where they attempt to collect water. Unfortunately, it’s gross and brown and they’re not likely to find anything clearer upstream. Rosita then creates a makeshift filter for the water, so they can boil it later on. Apparently, Eugene taught her how. She tells them the story of how she joined Abraham and Eugene in the mission, after having been saved by the former when her original group was overrun by walkers. They notice some fish in the river, and decide to attempt to gather them for food.

The group in Atlanta go through with their plan, luring a couple of cops by getting Noah to shoot off some rounds and pretend to run away from some walkers. After the cops “capture” Noah, the group ambushes them. They get the cops on their knees, but the hospital residents had backup, and another car shows up to bail them out. A shootout ensues, and the cops almost get away, but the car gets caught up in a field of walkers. The area was one of the places hit by napalm, so all the walkers are melted to the pavement. As they proceed to follow the cops, Daryl lags behind to make sure the area is clear. He’s nearly overtaken by a cop, and has way too many close calls for my liking, before he grabs a walker by the eye sockets and uses it as a weapon against the cop. Rick finds them, and nearly kills the cop, but Daryl makes the argument that three hostages is better than two, saving his life. Rick seems to be getting closer to unhinging completely.

The cops attempt to negotiate with the group, explaining that they had a plan to replace Dawn, and that she likely knew, so she wouldn’t be willing to save those officers. They convince Daryl to talk to Rick about a different solution.

With GREATM, they’re getting ready to fish, stripping some clothes of netting and scavenging for supplies among the corpses. Glenn reaches out to Rosita, and she agrees, no matter what, to join them in their survival.

Back at the church, Michonne reaches out to Gabriel, who seems to be severely stressed. She tries to justify what they do, to make him feel better about the way the world works now. It doesn’t work.

Meanwhile, Beth is being a badass and bribes someone with strawberries to help her distract the guards while she gets the medicine she needs to help Carol. The man she bribes helps her by pretending to have a coughing git, successfully getting the attention of most of the guards so she can walk away with the medicine. Beth manages to get the medicine to Carol, but she’s still unconscious.

The group in Atlanta has holed up in some kind of warehouse by now, and seem about to go through with the plan they’ve formed. Sasha and Tyreese are outside by the car, grabbing supplies. During yet another heart to heart, Sasha finally opens up to her brother, explaining that the reason she’s upset is because she should have been able to help Bob die, rather than let Tyreese do it. He counters that she’s honored him already by allowing Tyreese to help her. She finally seems to be on the road to recovery.

When we get to see the church again, we see Gabriel attempting to escape through the gap in the floor where he’s pried out the floorboards using the machete Carl gave him. He crawls out under the church and runs away, encountering a walker and only escaping from pure luck, as he’s still unable to do much of anything.

The group in Atlanta made a deal with the cops, and it looks like they’re about to go through with it, as Rick is speaking with Sergeant Lamson, whose name happens to be Bob. He seems nice enough, and is the intended replacement for Dawn. He gets Sasha’s attention and tells her about what happened during the evacuation efforts. His friend, Tyler, swapped places with him during the evacuation and ended up a victim of the napalm drops. He was apparently still out there on the pavement, and Lamson wanted to free him from the suffering, to thank him for saving his life. Sasha, feeling the same way about Bob, allows Lamson  to lead her to the window where she can shoot the walker he’s referring to.

Back with Maggie and Abraham at the truck, they seem to reach an understanding just as Eugene sounds like he’s waking up. Everything seems to take on a hopeful tone as the rest of GREATM returns to the truck, Tara playing with a yo-yo she found.

Unfortunately, it all goes south when we see Sasha and new Bob again. He’s led her to the spot where she can take the shot on the walker, but just as she’s about to, he shoves her into the window, knocking her out and running away.

Conclusion: The episode does an awesome job of setting up for next week, and I can’t wait to see everything blow up again in usual TWD style. I don’t have any predictions, though, other than I know someone is going to die. Just not who yet. I hope I’m wrong, though.

What do you guys think? Any theories for the mid-season finale? Sound off below!

As always, think happy thoughts!

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 6: Consumed

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This is a twin post of the same recap on LegendZero.

Happy Monday!

This week’s The Walking Dead graced us with the adventures of Carol & Daryl – a pair that have been in sore need of their own episode for a long time. Proceed with caution – SPOILERS ahead.

When the episode starts, it’s with a flashback. We get to see what Carol went through immediately after Rick exiled her in the previous season. When she drives away from him, she seems fine – she’ll survive. But, as we see a bit later on, she’s completely torn by what’s happened, sitting dejectedly in the car and crying into the steering wheel. A walker appears soon after, banging on her window, and we get yet another example of how worn out she is as she tells the walker to go away, not even bothering to kill it before she drives off. Eventually, she stops somewhere for shelter, and sets up for the night. She seems to be doing alright, surviving, until she sees smoke in the distance. When she sets off to find out what the cause is, she comes to the prison in the aftermath of the Governor’s attack.

Back in the present, Daryl is recounting what happened to him and Beth after the prison. They’re driving in the dark, after the car with the white cross. As they discuss how to handle the situation, Carol suggests running them off the road and torturing the information out, while Daryl prefers to simply observe for a bit – a highlighting of how different their approaches have become. As they continue to follow and observe, they eventually reach Atlanta, where they realize that the man driving the car seems to be a cop. They’re nearly noticed when a walker tries to get into the car, but the cop drives away. Unable to follow because the car has stalled, Carol and Daryl decide instead to find shelter for the night. They escape from the approaching walkers by heading to a place that Carol knows from before. As they go inside and look around, Daryl realizes the building is a temporary shelter for abuse victims, and you can hear in his voice the dismay at knowing that Carol and Sophia once stayed there, though not for long.

Safe for the time being, they talk about starting over, about having changed from who they were before. Daryl tells her he’s trying to start over, while Carol tells him that she doesn’t think they can save anyone anymore, but that she’s also trying despite the thought. As they continue to talk, she tells him that she doesn’t know what would have happened if Daryl hadn’t showed up at the car when he did. A sound somewhere in the building eventually gets their attention and as they walk through, they come across a walker, apparently female. They’re about to leave it when they notice a child walker trapped in the room with her. This clearly affects Carol, who moves to eliminate them, but Daryl stops her, knowing that it would tear her apart if she had to. That night, while Carol sleeps, Daryl takes care of the two walkers and cremates them, earning a thanks from his companion.

When they continue their search for the car, they eventually come to a parking garage attached to a larger building. They think they’re alone, but they’re being followed. Someone notices them enter the building and goes in with them. Daryl and Carol come across some walkers in a hall trapped inside tents and sleeping bags before they make it all the way inside. Once inside, they continue the previous night’s conversation, talking about what happened after the prison, with the girls. Daryl explains that the reason he wants to start over is because there is no other choice. As they talk, Daryl sees something in the distance teetering on a bridge – it’s a van with the white crosses on it. As it’s their only lead, they decide to go investigate, but not before a moment of levity in which they examine a painting. It’s a fun, light moment in which the two of them get a break and can talk about something inconsequential, giving hints that their old relationship is returning. The levity is cut short, however, when they’re ambushed by Noah on their way back out of the building. Noah takes their weapons, and when Carol is about to shoot him down, Daryl stops her. While she wasn’t going to kill him, she did want to get their weapons back, but Daryl says they’ll find other weapons, that Noah is just a kid. It’s clear here that Carol’s priorities are her own people – she doesn’t want to see any more people die, she still suffers over those deaths.

They eventually make it to the van, examining it but not finding much. Figuring out that the van is from a hospital, they decide that’s their best bet and go to leave. They get ambushed by walkers, though, and are forced into the teetering van to save themselves from being eaten. Trapped in the van, their only choice is to push the van over the side of the bridge and hope for the best. They survive the fall, though Carol’s shoulder is busted. In another glimpse at her background, she says that she’s had worse. Once they find a safe spot from which to observe the hospital, they resume their conversation yet again – Daryl asking how they’re different and Carol explaining that he’s a man now, rather than the kid he was before. As for herself, Carol explains that, although she and Sophia did go to that shelter, they eventually returned to ED. While she wanted something to happen, she didn’t do anything about her situation – something she didn’t repeat at the prison, where she felt she was really who she was meant to be.

Distracted by a noise, they investigate and come across Noah again. In the process, Carol is almost bit because of her shoulder, so Daryl shows little mercy when a bookshelf falls onto Noah. It’s only because Carol pleads with him that they save Noah in the end, who is clearly sorry and grateful for the help.

In a flashback, we see Carol immediately after saving them from Terminus, cleaning herself off and preparing to leave before they notice her.

Noah immediately tries to escape, scared that the people from the hospital will have heard the gunshots and come after him. Daryl asks about Beth, and Noah explains that she saved him, but was still strapped there. As one of the cars approach, they attempt to escape. Carol is the only one that makes it outside, but gets hit by the car. Noah stops Daryl from going to her, explaining that the hospital will help Carol, but that they can’t go with her because they’d be outnumbered. Daryl says they’ve got people too, and the last shot is of him and Noah driving out of the city, headed back to the church where Rick and the others are still waiting.

Conclusion: It looks like we finally know who Daryl has in the woods with him! We also got a lot of character development between Carol and Daryl, making this one of my favorite episodes. It’s always nice to see the writers taking time to examine every character, which is hard to do with a cast as large as this one. I’me extremely excited for the next two episodes, where I’m hoping we’ll get to see more of Rick being as badass as when he took down the Termites and Mauraders. Or maybe, now that the creepy cop is dead, they’ll work something out with Dawn? Either way, the next two episodes promise some intense plot-thickening.

What do you think? Do you think they’ll compromise or will Rick and co wreck shit again?

As always, think happy thoughts!

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 5: Self Help

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This is a twin post of the same recap on LegendZero.

Good morning!

So this week, The Walking Dead strayed from the main group and followed Abraham and his crew around, on the first leg of their trip to Washington. We get some insight into that group’s dynamic, as well as some much needed (though kind of confusing – the actor had to explain it during The Talking Dead) background on Abraham! Needless to say – SPOILERS AHEAD.

The episode starts off quite road-trippy, with everyone on the bus they fixed from the church, having good conversation as they make their way towards Washington. Everything seems to be going great, until something malfunctions with the bus, causing them to crash and end up with the bus on its side in the middle of the road. The crash attracts a bunch of walkers, and as they come to they’re forced to fight their way out of the bus. The engine is apparently on fire, so they have to get out as fast as they can. Quickly forming a plan to clear the walkers, they get out, taking each walker out quickly. Tara has to talk Eugene into being brave, as it appears that he’s too terrified to leave the bus. When he finally does leave with them, he seems almost frozen as he watches the others take down walker after walker, until one almost gets Tara and he finally pulls himself out of his stupor long enough to have her back.

Abraham, always thinking about the mission, is most worried about making sure Eugene is okay, as well as continuing to move forward. Eugene offers that they could turn around, seeing as they’re not that far from the church, but Abraham refuses, saying that retreat means failure. They continue on foot, determined to find another vehicle.

We cut to a flashback, where Abraham is bashing someone’s head in with a can of food. It doesn’t seem to be a walker, and when the camera pans out, it reveals that he’s killed quite a few people. He starts to call out a name – Ellen – and searches the grocery store for her, until he comes to a woman and two children. From context clues we can assume that he’s saved them, killed all those people to protect them, but they’re completely terrified of him.

Back in the present, the group has found shelter in what looks to be a bookstore. They arrange the shelves into a barricade, boil some water, and seem to settle down for the night. As Glenn and Abraham keep watch, Abraham thanks Glenn for sticking by them, despite the crash. They have a friendly enough conversation, until Glenn tells Abraham to get some rest – to which Abraham responds that he needs to get some ass first. Naturally, we cut to him and Rosita going at it, and it seems pretty normal, until Rosita tells him that Eugene is watching. Again. This is apparently a normal occurrence for the smaller group, giving us a bit more into their dynamic. It’s more than a bit creepy if you ask me, but they seem okay with it – they have some kind of understanding (he enjoys the female form – it’s a victimless crime). Tara stumbles upon Eugene the peeping tom, to thank him for saving her.

Eugene confesses that he caused the bus accident, having put glass in the fuel tank. He’s afraid that, if it wasn’t for the mission, they wouldn’t protect him. Tara tells him that they would protect him anyway, by virtue of being friends, and agrees to keep his secret as long as he doesn’t do it again. For a bit of levity, once Eugene leaves, even Tara takes a peek at Abraham and Rosita. When the scene cuts to Maggie and Glenn, we see a stark contrast with the Abraham-Rosita relationship. Maggie and Glenn are snuggled close, and Maggie talks about how she’s glad she’s with the group, though she feels some guilt for leaving Rick and the others (no mention of Beth – WTH Maggie?)

When we flashback again, it’s a continuation of Abraham’s backstory, and we get another glimpse at how scared his family is of him, even though he tells them they’re safe now.

In the present, Abraham, despite being injured and clearly needing rest, insists on continuing, while Rosita tries to talk him into taking a break. He refuses, even though the others also think it’s a good idea to relax for a day. What Abraham says goes, unfortunately, so they decide to use a firetruck they found and keep moving forward. The firetruck starts, and they’re able to advance a few feet before they realize that the truck’s insides are all clogged up by walker parts, and they’ll need to clear it before it can run successfully. As they’re about to clear it, walkers start to swarm out of the firehouse, and they’re forced into yet another slaughter, as they struggle to take them all down. Eugene manages to climb on top of the truck and use the hose to spray all the walkers into bits, soaking everyone in the process, too. Abraham refuses to let them dry off and find other clothes, instead dedicating himself to clearing out the firetruck before they move on.

Another flashback reveals that, the morning after Abraham killed all those people, his wife and kids ran away from him, leaving a note saying not to go looking for them. He panics and runs outside to find them.

When we’re back in the present, we see that the group has managed to make some progress in the firetruck, but they’re forced to stop in the road. As they work on fixing the truck again, a smell hits them, and they walk some distance to figure out what it is. Some ways down the road, they see that the source of the smell is a very large horde of walkers, one they clearly shouldn’t even attempt to drive through. Abraham wants to fix the truck and drive through it, but everyone else is adamant about find a way around it. The truck would end up breaking down, clogged by walker bits again, and they could get killed. Abraham goes a bit nuts, grabbing Eugene and dragging him back to the truck. Glenn tries to stop him, and there’s a bit of a physical altercation, before Eugene finally confesses – he’s not a scientist, he just “knows things” and happens to be intelligent. If you read the comics, you’ve been waiting for this moment as long as I have.

Eugene explains that. though he lied, he does still believe that DC is their safest bet for survival. He rationalized his lie away by saying that anyone that helped him get to DC would also find shelter there, and safety. He was doing them a favor. The guilt started getting to him though, the closer they got to their goal, because he didn’t know what he’d do when they got there, how he would confesses. Taking Tara’s advice, he was screwed either way – he simply picked the option that helped people out, so he confessed. Abraham yet again goes into a rage, beating Eugene to unconsciousness until Eugene falls over, hitting the cement – hard. He might be dead, he might not be, and Rosita actually stops Abraham from killing Eugene right there. Everyone scrambles to help Eugene while Abraham walks away, defeated as he falls to his knees.

In one last flashback, we see that Abraham stumbles upon the bodies of his family, apparently eaten by walkers. He puts a gun in his mouth, and the only thing that keeps him from pulling the trigger is Eugene running from some walkers and crying for help. After Abraham dispatches the walkers, he seems intent on going back to kill himself, but Eugene stops him, telling him that there’s a very important mission. Essentially, Eugene saved his life.

Conclusion: All the action made this episode go by pretty quick, but it was also a great episode, and a long time coming. I could have done without it at this point, though. Right now, I’m more interested in what’s happening with Beth, Carol, and Daryl. Anyway, The Walking Dead delivered yet another great episode, and now we want to see if Eugene(creepy as hell) is okay, if Abraham is going to snap, and what Maggie and Glenn are going to do now that Washington isn’t a mission. Hopefully Maggie will finally stop being the worst sister ever and actually care if Beth is okay – who knows?

What do you guys think? Sound off below!

As always, think happy thoughts!

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 4: Slabtown

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This is a twin post of the same recap posted on Legend Zero.

Happy Monday!

This week on The Walking Dead, we finally find out what happened to Beth and who took her! About damn time, I say. Goes without saying, but SPOILERS!

Episode four, Slabtown, starts off very much like the beginning of the entire series, with our lead character walking up without a clue in a hospital room. Beth is dressed in scrubs and completely disoriented and unsure of where she is. She bangs on the door to be let out, and is greeted by a cop, Dawn, and a doctor, Edwards. They explain the situation: they saved her, she’s in Atlanta, and now she owes them. In exchange for being saved, Beth apparently now owes them her servitude until her debt is paid off.

She seems to take up the post of assistant to Edwards, who is actually nice to her and seems to care. He explains how the hospital works, as they take care of the body of a recently deceased patient. They take people in, and try to cure them, but if the person doesn’t show improvement after a certain amount of time, they kill them and dispose of the body via elevator shaft. Apparently, the basement of the hospital is overrun with walkers, or “rotters” (as this group calls them), and they take care of the clean up. Beth seems a little taken aback by the system, but she doesn’t question it – simply observes and goes along for the ride. Later on we see her getting food in a cafeteria, where she encounters another resident of the hospital, another cop, Gorman. He tells her he’s the one that picked her up off the side of the road and saved her, and she therefore owes him – “Everything costs something.” She’s very clearly unnerved by him, and chooses to keep her distance.

Beth, in her continued service, serves Edwards his dinner. They share a relatively peaceful conversation, where he shows his kindness by offering her some of his food. Beth knows that the more she takes, the more she has to give back, and she seems determined not to stay longer than she absolutely has to.

When another patient comes in, Dawn, after a brief conversation with another cop, urges Edwards to save him. He argues that she’s always telling him to conserve resources, but she continues to push, saying that she’s ordering him to save this one. After Edwards explains that this particular patient probably won’t make it and is beyond the help he can confidently give, she gets furious. Unfortunately for Beth, Dawn decides to take out her anger on her, slapping her and reopening her stitches.Dawn threatens the doctor, telling him to grasp what’s at stake in the situation. Edwards doesn’t have a choice in the matter, so they continue to try to save him. Afterwards, in an attempt to comfort Beth, Edwards explains that Dawn only ever has bad days. Beth gets a change of clothes (Dawn’s reopening of her stitches gets her shirt dirty) and a lollipop from a fellow indentured servant, Noah.

Suddenly, another person gets brought in, this time a girl that was in the hospital but tried to escape. She was bitten, and Dawn orders Edwards to save her. Their only choice is to cut off her arm, much like Herschel’s leg. Beth is forced to stay and help, watching as the doctor amputates the girl’s, Joan’s, arm. During the whole process we get hints about why she chose to escape. She accuses Dawn of not being able to control “them” – her officers – and it seems as though she’s been abused. After the harrowing experience, Beth goes to get clothes, and finally meets Noah. She asks him about the hospital, about how long he’s been there, and he explains that it’s been a year. They found him and his father, but claimed to only be able to save one (Noah was injured), and so they separated them, leaving his father out in the wild.  Noah knows they could have saved them both, but that they took him in because he seemed weaker than his dad – he wouldn’t fight back, his father would. Dawn is only just barely in charge of the situation, and things are getting bad pretty quickly.

Dawn eventually goes looking for Beth, to further drive home the point that Beth needs to repay her debt, and in order to do so, she does need to take. Dawn forces Beth to eat, under the logic that if she doesn’t eat, she’ll grow weak and be unable to repay her debt and eventually leave the hospital. She also defends what she’s doing, saying that she’s what is keeping them going, that the give and take system is the only way to maintain order and survive long enough to be rescued.

The scene cuts to Beth in Joan’s hospital room, cleaning up the aftermath of her amputation. They talk, and Beth wants to go get Edwards, but Joan stops her. Joan explains that Dawn could control her men if she wanted to, but that it’s easier to look the other way in the interest of everyone’s protection. When Beth asks what happened to her, Joan says it’s not important, that it doesn’t make a difference because the facts remain. Beth is jarred by the conversation, but she once again keeps quiet, continuing to observe. Some time later, she’s cleaning up around what appears to be her room, when she tries to retrieve her lollipop. Gorman shows up, and it’s clear he’s stolen it from her. One of the creepiest scenes in TWD follows, in which Gorman shows that he clearly thinks Beth owes him physically for his services, and he’s determined to get payment. He forces the lollipop into her mouth (among the most in-your-face imagery for rape I’ve seen in a while) and he looks quite close to getting exactly what he wants, when Edwards shows up and makes him back off, though he’s clearly terrified of Gorman. Gorman threatens that one day they’ll have another doctor, and Dawn won’t be in charge, and that Edwards will no longer be safe. Dawn catches a glimpse of the exchange, but says nothing other than calling Gorman.

When Beth confronts Edwards about why he stays, he takes her to go look at the ground floor, where walkers are roaming. He says he stays because it’s better than being out with the walkers, safer. He reminds himself of this when he feels like leaving. Edwards goes on to explain that when everything first happened, Dawn reported to another officer named Hanson. They were to evacuate the hospital to a park, where people were to be extracted and saved. When Atlanta was bombed, all the people they’d tried to save were killed, forcing them to retreat back into the hospital. They remained there as the city fell, until everything was over. At first, they kept to themselves, until they ran out of food. When they began going out on runs, they started seeing people who needed help. When they could no longer look away, they started taking people in under the “give and take” rule. They saved people in exchange for service and work in the hospital, to keep it going. Eventually Hanson made a decision that almost cost everyone’s lives, and he died in the process. Dawn took over and kept them stable, alive, and going. Thanks to her, they’re all still alive. Despite the reservations she continues to have, Beth stops arguing, following Edwards’ order to go give a patient a dose of medicine (the same patient that Dawn ordered him to save).

Beth does as he asks, but it ends up causing the patient to go into a seizure. Noah and Beth are there for when it happens, and when Dawn and Edwards arrive, Noah takes the blame for the man’s death. He’s taken to Dawn’s office and beaten. Beth tells Edwards that it wasn’t Noah, and Edwards asks her if she gave him the medicine, but says a different name than his original order. Beth corrects him, but he says the other name again, claiming that Beth gave the patient the wrong medicine. Later on, Dawn confronts Beth again, knowing that Noah lied, and only punishing him to maintain order. She explains that they have to constantly work towards the greater good – that’s the only thing that matters. She makes it clear that Beth is not the greater good, and the only reason she’s still around is because Dawn can put her to work. As long as the wards work to keep the officers happy, the officers keep them all safe, and that’s the basis of the entire system.

Beth, finally sick of all of it, tells Noah she wants to escape with him when he figures out a plan. They come up with a plan to steal Dawn’s extra keys, and leave through the basement. While Noah distracts Dawn, Beth goes into her office to look for the keys, where she finds a dead Joan. It seems Joan cut up the bandages on her arms, allowing herself to bleed out. Just as Beth is about to leave, Gorman shows up. He offers not to tell Dawn about her intrusion if she gives him a little “something” in return – calls it a win-win for both of them. Beth, unwilling to let that happen, tries to find a way out, and knows it’s only a matter of time before Joan gets back up. Gorman tries to grope her, his hand up her shirt. She grabs a jar full of lollipops and smashes it over Gorman’s head, knocking him down within perfect distance for walker-Joan to take her revenge and eat him. She leaves them, running out of the room with bloody shoes, hoping no one notices.

When she runs into Dawn, she sends her Gorman and Joan’s way, giving her and Noah enough time to get out to the elevator shaft and climb/jump down. Noah is injured in the process, but they’re both overall okay, managing to maneuver through the basement. Frantic shots in the dark and some running later, they make it outside, but they’re surrounded. As Noah continues to run, Beth is forced to slow down and shoot at the walkers. This eventually leads to Noah’s escape and Beth’s recapture. Two cops take Beth back inside, but she smiles when she sees that Noah got out. Yet again, Dawn is furious, taking it out once again on Beth.

Later, as the doctor once again cleans up her injuries, Beth confronts Edwards about the man he tricked her into killing. It turns out the other man was a doctor, and oncologist that Edwards knew from before. He was afraid that, if he were no longer the only doctor, he wouldn’t be valued anymore, and get killed. Beth pretends to accept it, to understand that they have to use everything they have. When he walks away, it looks like she’s prepared to go after him with a weapon, until some others come in with yet another patient. As Beth watches them bring the gurney in, she sees an unconscious Carol.

Conclusion: While this episode was a bit slower than we’ve been given so far, it didn’t lack in tension and creep-factor (looking at you Gorman!), not to mention action. I enjoyed the episode, and can’t wait to see how Carol moves about this environment. I’m a little upset that focus is switching to Abraham’s group next week, but oh well. Also, I’m pretty sure the person in the shadows with Daryl is Noah, and they’re going to mount an attack/rescue mission against the hospital.

What do you think? Any theories, thoughts? Sound off below!

As always, think happy thoughts!

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Recap: The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3: Four Walls and a Roof

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This is a twin post of the same recap posted on Legend Zero.

Happy Monday!

Can I just say – this season just keeps getting better and better, not to mention severely intense. I’m loving the direction they’re going in, and can’t wait for next Sunday! Needless to say, SPOILERS AHEAD.

Now, onto the recap.

Last night’s episode, Four Walls and a Roof, started with a shot of a group of walkers clawing at some windows. It turns out that those windows are right next to where the Termites have their camp, and are currently still eating their Bob-B-Q. Gareth keeps them there (the walkers) as a reminder that he’s alive – for perspective. As long as he’s above ground, he’s fine. During his latest charming monologue, he goes on to explain to Bob that the intent was never to straight out kill the people he finds, but to give them a choice – join them in cannibalism, or feed them. He continues to wax poetic on the varying tastes of human flesh, upping his creep factor considerably, while threatening the group (women taste better, especially pretty ones). The threat to Sasha seems to finally send Bob into desperation, as he begins to cry, until we realize that he’s actually laughing hysterically. The Termites think he’s lost it, until he reveals that he was bit, meaning that they’r eating tainted meat. Termites proceed to worry, unsure of what would happen if they ate from someone who was bitten, but Gareth seems unworried, claiming they cooked the meat so they should be fine.

Attention shifts back to the church, where Sasha is searching outside, apparently trying to find Bob. Instead, she finds walkers that proceed to attack her. The group is fully aware now that they’re being watched – that there’s a very real danger. Now that Daryl, Carol, and Bob are missing, the attention shifts to the Fr. Gabriel, who Sasha is sure has something to do with the disappearances. She confronts and threatens him, backed up by Rick, until he finally confesses what it was that he did to make himself feel guilty. As caretaker for the church, he locks the doors at night, and locking those doors led to the death of his parishioners. His refusal to open the doors to the people who sought refuge at his church, causing them to yell and scream, attracting the walkers that eventually killed them all. As penance, he buried their bones, and is convinced that God sent Rick and co. to punish him for his sin.

The group gives Father Gabriel space, when they hear something outside. They find Bob lying on the ground outside the church, dumped by the Termites. Through the chaos of examining his wounds and him telling them what happened (including that Daryl and Carol drove away), he tells them he was bit, and to save any medical supplies, as he was going to die anyway. Clearly enraged, Rick asks about the location of their camp. According to Bob’s description and Fr. Gabriel’s knowledge of the area, the Termites are in a local elementary school. They decide to go after the threat, but not before Abraham decides to leave, to extract Eugene from the danger. He and Rick have it out in what’s possibly the most tense scene the show has ever given us. Abraham refuses to stay and wants to take the bus and head to DC. In an attempt to get him to stay long enough to help Rick and the others, Tara offers that she’ll go with them. That’s not enough, unfortunately, and Glenn and Maggie also offer themselves up. Abraham accepts the terms and decides to stay for half a day to help with the cannibals.

At this point, they’ve moved Bob to Fr. Gabriel’s office, where he’s waiting to die. Sasha is with him, and he intends to keep smiling until the end. She refuses to play the “good from the bad” game, and instead asks him why he didn’t tell her about the bite. He reasoned that he didn’t want to make everything about the end, but the middle because he likes it better. In the meantime, the group plans their attack on the Termite camp. They don’t give many details, but it looks like they’re going to head out in a group to attack in the middle of the night. Tyreese goes to Gabriel’s office after Rick asks him if he’s up for it, and he leaves the room to talk to Sasha. He wants her to stay behind with Bob, to treasure the moments they have left, and possibly find a way to forgive, to keep from getting to the dark place he found himself in after the death of his girlfriend in the previous season. She refuses on all accounts, giving him a knife to kill Bob with if he dies while she’s gone.

Half the group leaves to attack the Termites, leaving behind a small group at the church. As soon as the group leaves the church, the Termites show up. They waited until they were sure that Rick and co. were gone before attacking the remaining members in the church. Gareth is aware that Carl and the others are relatively defenseless, and, as he walks through the church, makes it clear that he knows exactly who is left and who is gone. He even tries to offer Fr. Gabriel a way out, telling him he can take baby Judith and go. Just as Judith’s cry gives away the group’s position, Rick and the rest show up. They kill two of the Termites, and then blow off Gareth’s fingers, bringing the rest of the Termites to their knees, mirroring how the season started out for Rick. Gareth attempts to negotiate, to promise that they’ll never bother the group again, but Rick doesn’t care. He knows Gareth will attack others – and proceeds to make good on his promise from the first episode. Red-handle machete in hand, he initiates the bloody slaughter that finishes off the Termites. It’s a gruesome scene, on of the worst (best) the show has delivered thus far.

After the slaughter, Michonne recovers her sword, marking the end of what little peace from bloodlust the group has experienced since their escape from Terminus. They make it clear that they very well could have ended up like the Termites, self-aware of their increasing violence. Fr. Gabriel is terrified and shocked that they would do that in the house of God. Maggie refutes this with the title of the episode: “No, it’s just four walls and a roof.”

The next morning, they say their good-byes to Bob. He thanks Rick for taking him in, for saving him and showing him that good people still exist in the world. He’s still sure that the nightmare ends, and that it shouldn’t end who they are. True to his character, he doesn’t stop smiling, even offering Sasha a reason to smile. She finally agrees to play the game, and asks what the good is, but Bob dies before he can respond. It’s one of the sadder deaths of the show, yet again dashing what hope the group may have scavenged from recent events. Unable to do it herself, Sasha gives the knife to Tyreese again, and he stabs Bob in the temple, ensuring he won’t return.

Some time later, Abraham’s group is getting ready to leave, taking Maggie and Glenn with them. They invite Rick to follow to DC when his group can (presumably after finding Daryl and Carol). After they drive away, Tyreese goes back to digging a grave, reminiscent of what happened in the prison, and Rick joins him, asking about what happened on their way to Terminus. Tyreese claims it killed him, but Rick disagrees. That night, Michonne is on watch, before Fr. Gabriel joins her. Oddly enough, she comforts him – while the voices don’t go away, it gets easier to bear it. They’re distracted from their conversation by a sound in the dark, and she goes to investigate, coming upon Daryl in the dark. Relieved, Michonne asks about Carol, who seems to be out of site. Daryl calls out to someone in the dark to come out.

Conclusion: This episode simultaneously held the saddest and most gruesome deaths of the show so far. It was a great episode, in my opinion, and despite the terrible things the Termites did, I really thought they’d last longer. The trailer made me think they’d team up or something under a common enemy. Oh well. A shock like that is always welcome.

So what did you think? Who’s in the dark behind Daryl? My bet is on Beth.

As always, think happy thoughts!

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