Favorite Part of Febuary

As always, it felt like this day would never get here. The time away from the walkers has been spent agonizing over where the survivors might regroup, how they're taking the deaths they've suffered and if they would ever be a family again. Like many of you, I feared I wouldn't survive yet another mid season break, but here I am, trying to finish writing this before I get back on twitter and try to keep from having the bird jail me because The Walking Dead is back.

Let me first go on record (again) as saying, yes I had dreaded this season. I'm STILL pissed that they made the awful decision to kill Andrea. What's next? Killing Rick? Her's was an unnecessary death. Andrea is amazing in the graphic novel and since the incredible Laurie Holden was playing her, I just knew we would have our beloved and strong Andrea kicking ass and taking names. Instead they made her a weak willed floozie who can't function unless she has a man. Their poor writing cost us an amazing character and cut a real talent from the show. For this, I will never truly forgive the writers who had a hand in the destruction of Andrea. (I accepted that Merle had to die, but I'm still not happy he's gone either.)

But, I will say, the first half of season four has given me major hope. This is the first time in forever that the storyline has felt so real. The bit with the flu? Simply genius. Not only has history taught us how deadly viruses can be, but utilizing a virus the way the show did gives a huge chunk of realism to this fictional existence. Anytime an immune system is distracted by an illness (such as the zombie virus) and there is limited or no access to the most basic of medical needs, you're going to have deaths caused by common illnesses. And Carol's reaction to kill the infected to try to contain the disease? Makes perfect sense. She's a desperate woman who took the only action she saw to protect her new family. I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing.

Now, a quick recap of who we lost the last half season, then we'll scoot onto what I expect to happen before we end this season. Buckle up and I'll take you for a short ride down memory lane. We lost a lot of people, but since I'm not one in the habit of memorializing all the red shirts, we'll just hit up my favorites.

Carol. Yes, I wanted Carol to die. I still do. What I didn't want is a cheap, easy way to get rid of her. If one or two of the scattered survivors don't run into her, then I give up. Carol needs to come back like right stat now. Her just being sent away gives us no closure. I really hope Tyreese and the kids run into her. He's going to need her help with the children, especially with those sharp shooting sisters.

Martinez. His death was definitely one of the best. While I loved the brutality in the comic of Rick running him down and choking the life from him, the Governor's mental breakdown/murder was amazing. The "I don't want it" an echo of when the Governor told Rick during their sit down that he didn't want to be the leader, was a nice touch. That phrase combined with such a hardcore, hands on murder left quite an impression. Martinez learned the lesson that relaxation in the zompocalypse leads to death in the hardest way possible.

New Penny. I hated this kid so bad, I never even learned her name. I always called her "New Penny." I have never wanted a fictional child (except for Judith) to die more than I wanted to see this kid become zombie dinner. I am so sick and tired of the "shitty mom" story line that the show keep falling back on. Can we have a mother who actually loves her child/children enough to actually parent? Every episode I was practically screaming, "Why can't she die already?" A close call while running on the road because the child was too "traumatized" to run. Another while playing hide and seek. You think this would make her mom stay close to her? Not in walker world! Instead her stupid ass mom was on top of an RV several yards away. When that walker came up out of the mud, Spike and I both yelled "FINALLY!" I just wish her mother would have died too, because that kind of stupidity doesn't allow you to survive long in a land of the dead.

The Governor/Phillip Blake/Brian Heriot/Who Ever He Really Was. The Gov dying in the raid on the prison was golden. (I'm also beyond happy that they actually had the tank for the final prison raid. I'm even happier that it was Daryl that killed the tank, cause that's totally badass and such a Daryl thing to do.) The fact that his woman had to put him down was a nice touch. I knew the Governor would die this season, but I didn't think it would happen until after the break. Having it happen so soon just proves that the rest of the season has some wonderfully fucked up things in store for us.

Hershel. I cried like a baby. Seeing everyone's favorite farming veterinarian-turned-doctor getting his head hacked off was definitely traumatizing. I have a couple of issues with his death. No, the issues aren't with how he suffered comic Tyreese's death. The issues are with the prison survivors just letting it happen. If a man I knew was a murdering bastard held a katana to my dad's throat, I'm going to start shooting before that asshole gets a chance to swing that sword. "But what if they shot Hershel by accident?" That's a good question. What if they accidentally shot hershel? Wouldn't you agree that getting shot by accident is a better death than getting your neck hacked at by a man who doesn't know shit about swinging a sword? I'm also pissed he died before he could perform the marriage ceremony for Maggie and Glenn. That was one of my favorite parts in the books.The one thing I did like was that the Gov followed Hershel and finished the job. Kept our beloved advisor from suffering any longer and showed the Gov's dedication to his madness.

Baby Judith. Yes, I'm hoping she's dead. That was a lot of blood to not have been Judith's. If she's alive, then I give up on this show. She's not needed alive for the plot. Her death is a critical growth point for both Rick and Carl. To keep her alive just complicates survival and takes away from that drive her dad and brother need. I think the kids undid the car seat straps because they thought they could carry her easier to go get the guns. When they saw (or rather felt) how heavy she is, they sat her back down with the intentions of coming back to get her. Instead they came back to the walkers feasting on her so they ran. If she's still alive, then it's a huge plot hole and there's no reasonable explanation for all the blood in her car seat.

I'm still not making predictions on this season. There's just too much that could happen, but I do have a few ideas of what could go down.
•Someone(s) run into Carol and she saves their asses.
•A major character death. I wouldn't be surprised if it was Daryl, but I think they're keeping him around for, at least, one more season. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was Sasha or Tyreese. I know it won't be Michonne, Carl or (of course) Rick.
• Carl gets shot through the eye and maybe loses all faith in Rick (for a while).

Also, I'm pumped for the introduction of Abraham.

Disclaimer: No person, thing, book, show, movie, character, or zombie mentioned in this post in any way, shape, or form, asked me to write this or gave me any compensation to write this. I jacked all images from Google image search or Twitter and just assumed they fell under the Public Domain Usage thingy. Please don't sue, I'm broke anyways. I just wanted to share my Walking Dead obsession with Bloggywood! While I was not offered anything to write this, I will be more than happy to receive any swag you may want to send my way.

- Whether you love me or hate me, you know who I am.


And We're Walking Again!

Here it is. Walktober. The time of year that I'm usually counting the seconds until the show starts. The Walking Dead is the only show I plan my life around. Anyone who knows me, knows that on Sundays starting in October, I belong to AMC. This October has been different, so this post will be way different.

This season, I've been dreading the show coming back. I haven't lost my love for the show. It's still just as strong as ever, but just thinking about the season starting today makes me feel sick. I haven't been wanting it to start again. This afternoon, I finally figured out why. I don't want to face a TWD universe without Merle and Andrea.

I've made no secret about my Merle love. He's a deeply complex character that didn't get the attention that he should have, but I'll get into that in a bit. In addition to my Merle love, I'm a huge fan of Andrea in the comics and fell in love with Laurie Holden. I kept waiting for the writers to let her become the Andrea that she was meant to be, not the Andrea they created for her, but again, that's something I'll expand on in a bit.

I'm going to take some time to cover my predictions from the last post. Once again, I was right on a lot of things. Things I'd rather not be right on. Hang on folks. This one is a doozy.

(Side Note: I'm not the only one who thinks it's hilarious that Te Governor and Tyreese are dressed alike, right?)

• Caryl. Yes, I used the ship name.
This is kind of a half win. We see where they are pushed closer together by Merle's death. Daryl needs Carol more than ever now. Norman Reedus has kinda, sorta eluded to something between them, but he didn't give the fans anything solid to sink our teeth into. Something tells me that it won't happen like we all want it to happen.

• A lot more Daryl and Merle screen time.
This is the point where I want to cuss, cry and scream. Yeah, we got some more Dixon brother time, but it didn't last long. I'm still heartbroken over the loss of Merle. It really shouldn't have happened so soon.

• The Governor takes an army of Woodbury citizens to try to take over the prison.
This is self explanatory. It happened, but I'm beyond pissed that they didn't have the tank. I know I'm not the only other comic fan that is disappointed that they didn't have it.

• Before the end of the season, Glenn and Maggie get married. I want Hershel to marry them in the cafeteria just like in the comic.
• They have said a major character dies. … Merle (even though that crushes my heart)…
Merle died. Andrea died. And I sobbed like a little bitch.

There you have it. What I was right about last season. I'm not making predictions this go around. I have a few things I'd like to see happen, but maybe that's another post for another day. I'm going to climb up on my soap box for a little while.

Andrea was a stunning character. She was everything for a woman or girl to look up to. They took that wonderful character from the comic and made her depend on men. Laurie Holden is incredible and would have taken comic Andrea and brought her to life beautifully. Instead, they wrote her into a blah role and didn't use all that glorious potential. They could have had her kill Milton and became the bad ass she was meant to be. Instead they killed her. No bueno. I needed strong Andrea.

Merle. Merle. Merle. I love you. I'll always love you. Such a deep character. Beautiful.

Disclaimer: No person, thing, book, show, movie, character, or zombie mentioned in this post in any way, shape, or form, asked me to write this or gave me any compensation to write this. I jacked all images from Google image search or Twitter and just assumed they fell under the Public Domain Usage thingy. Please don't sue, I'm broke anyways. I just wanted to share my Walking Dead obsession with Bloggywood! While I was not offered anything to write this, I will be more than happy to receive any swag you may want to send my way.

- Whether you love me or hate me, you know who I am.


The Third Break Is Over!

It's here! We've survived another midseason break of The Walking Dead. The show that has everyone talking and people counting down days is finally going to be back on our televisions. I can't go anywhere without meeting a new Walking Fan. It is arguably the most popular show on any channel. With its limitless potential and ever expanding story lines, it will more than likely continue with high ratings. As long as it does, I will be continuing with my predictions just like I did for the other seasons.

First, to recap which ones of my season three predictions came true.

• A lot more Daryl screen time. ~ A blind deaf monkey with a typewriter could have predicted this. Daryl is a huge money maker for AMC. They may have been ignoring the fans on some issues, but they won't kill Daryl off… yet. To do so now would be television suicide.

• Rick continues to get darker. He's losing his mind and is getting more twisted. He is becoming more and more like comic Rick every time we see him. This transformation is exactly what I've been waiting on. Over the break, I've read the Second Compendium finally. I need that Rick on this show. Andrew Lincoln is pure amazing, I know he can pull it off.

• The prison is every bit of what it is in the comics.
While I am disappointed that the prisoners were not utilized like they were in the comics, I can't say I have any complaints this far with the prison itself. I want to see the riot gear, another round of surprise walkers and I WANT TO SEE RICK CARRY THAT PHONE AROUND TO TALK TO DEAD LORI! Side note: I love Axel and his "You followin me?" And I especially love the way he thought Carol was a lesbian, but quickly changes his tune when he finds out it wasn't so.

• Daryl finds Merle.
I was nearly one hundred percent spot on with my prediction this time. Merle was in Woodbury and he was the Governor's right hand man. I was not prepared for the cliffhanger. Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus do not disappoint as the brothers. We Dixon's Vixens are beyond excited to see our favorite rednecks interacting finally.

• Lori goes into labor.
This is really a half win. I didn't get to see her in the orange jumpsuit and she went into labor earlier than I expected. One thing I am pissed about is how she died. AMC missed out on a great way to promote breast feeding by killing Lori. Also, I really wanted to see Lori and Judith gunned down while escaping the prison. That was such a big plot point and something that has a huge effect on Rick and Carl.

• Carol and Daryl start a relationship.
Sure, it's a friendship, but that is exactly what I said I wanted. I'll cover this more in my next set of predictions.

• They see the helicopter that Rick saw in Atlanta, and it crashes near the prison.
I'm calling this a half win too. It did crash near the prison, and it (arguably) was the helicopter that Rick saw in Atlanta, but it didn't play out like it did in the comics. That kind of pissed me off. I do like that they basically used it to reintroduce Merle. I literally jumped when he showed up. You all know how much I love Merle, so of course, his comeback was practically the highlight of the half season for me.

• They have plans to add Tyrese.
Tyrese is on the show! Not going to lie, I squealed like a fangirl when I saw him with his hammer. I'm not happy he has a sister instead of a daughter, but I beyond excited about the direction he'll push things.

Before I go on to make my predictions, I want to touch on those we lost this season. I'm not going to cover the Woodbury residents, the crew in the helicopter or the prisoners. I'm only sticking to the deaths that, in my personal opinion, are the most important.

Lori Grimes
You can hate Lori all you want. I LOVE comic Lori, and while I don't understand how she could not watch Carl, I'm still going to miss Lori. I also believe keeping her death canon to the comic, rather than the way they did it, would have had a bigger impact on the show and Rick I've had people tell me that I'm deranged for wanting to see a mother gunned down while carrying her infant. But my argument is, it happened in the comics, it should happen on the show. Needless to say, I will miss this neglectful mom.

Theodore Douglas
T DOG! I actually cried at his death. I've heard Carol was supposed to die instead of him, and while I ADORE Melissa McBride, I wish Carol would have been the one to get bitten. We should have predicted T Dog's death when we saw black men in the prison group. TWD seems to have this strange rule of only one black man in the group at one time. IronE Singleton is a beautiful person and such an inspiration. I am absolutely impressed and overjoyed that T Dog even praised God as he died. I miss T Dog so much already.

I know I said I wouldn't cover the prisoners' deaths, but considering that Oscar even went to Woodbury to get Glenn and Maggie back, I believe he deserves some love. I think it speaks highly of his character to choose to join the group and fight for them. I kind of wished he would have been able to stick around longer only so we could have gotten to know him better. But, with Tyrese on the show now, they apparently had to follow their only-one-black-guy rule, so Oscar had to go. Let's hope that they don't have an only-one-black-chick rule or else Sasha is going to die, because Michonne isn't going anywhere.

Penny Blake
Sure, she's a Woodbury resident, but her death was really important. For obvious reasons, they couldn't show the Governor yanking out her teeth and kissing her, so I hope they touch on that issue eventually in a Governor aside or maybe in the journal he was keeping. And the way Michonne killed Penny was cold blooded. Not to the child walker, but to "Phillip" Blake. I loved it.

• We find out Andrea and Dale were lovers. Don't give me shit about still sticking with this prediction. I loved Andrea and Dale in the comics and the effect his death had on her. Plus the way she wore his hat after be died was totally beautiful.
• Caryl. Yes, I used the ship name. I don't want to see steamy, overly romantic sex like the deflowering of Annette Hargrove in Cruel Intentions. I want a sweet, tender, incredibly awkward kiss. I'm not asking for much, just a kiss, or maybe a little make out session with a lot of fumbling.
• A lot more Daryl and Merle screen time. We know the brothers fight while Merle is "proving his loyalty." They, obviously, escape together, probably by killing one of the Governor's men. Thanks to AMC's overly informative previews, we know Glenn is highly upset about about someone being brought to the prison. I'm willing to bet everything I have to my name, it's Merle. I'm excited to see the strain Merle puts on Daryl's relationships in the group.
• Rick continues to get darker. I shouldn't have to explain this one. I makes total sense that he would just get more twisted. I want him to be barely clinging to sanity.
• Tyrese and Rick become close friends, but also have an intense conflict between them. If you read the comics, you know exactly what I mean. I want to see them fight and bond.
• The Governor takes an army of Woodbury citizens to try to take over the prison. And yes, I want him riding in on the tank. That's just too cool of an image to pass up.
• Before the end of the season, Glenn and Maggie get married. I want Hershel to marry them in the cafeteria just like in the comic.
• Carol kills herself or has an accidental death. Either way, I want her dead. Solely for the facts that it is said that she was supposed die instead of T Dog.
• They have said a major character dies. As I have said, I hope it's Carol. (Sorry, Carol, but I want to see suicide by walker.) IF it is not Carol, I think it will be Merle (even though that crushes my heart), the Governor (after the big raid on the prison even though I don't see his death happening this soon), Beth (although, I would be pissed. Even though her an Carl aren't that close in age, she is the only one near his age there and I think they need that), Hershel (after he married Glenn and Maggie) or Axel (because he dies in the comics). There is a small chance it could be Glenn, but I don't see that happening until season four or five. Regardless, a major character is going to die (other than Rick, Daryl, or Michonne. Killing any of those three would be the dumbest move in television history. It could be argued that they are the only ones with job security.) Whoever dies, in going to cry and it will be in a graphic way.
• Rick will give a moving speech at the prison that ends with him screaming "We are the walking dead!" I want to see this so bad. It would be such a powerful moment for the show and the fans.

Can I just say, they missed out on the perfect casting opportunity when Machete was not cast as the Governor? Danny Trejo is amazing. I do love the Governor on the show, but I wish he looked more like the "Phillip" Blake that we know.

One thing that everyone has talked about almost as much as the return if the show is Glen Mazzara's departure from the show. Rumor has it that he was let go due to him "taking the show too far away from Kirkman's vision." I actually hope this is true. I can understand that reasoning, but if he was let go because AMC is being cheap, I would be disappointed. I just hope that this isn't a trend that sticks with the show. First Frank Darabont and then Mazzara. But, I am glad Gale Anne Hurd is in the lead. She's a genius. I'm sure I'm not the only fan who will miss Mazzara though.

It isn't long now. Our favorite survivors will soon be back on our small screen. I know I'm not the only one who will be glued to the TV and tweeting my amazement at where this roller coaster of a show carries us.

Disclaimer: No person, thing, book, show, movie, character, or zombie mentioned in this post in any way, shape, or form, asked me to write this or gave me any compensation to write this. I jacked all images from Google image search or Twitter and just assumed they fell under the Public Domain Usage thingy. Please don't sue, I'm broke anyways. I just wanted to share my Walking Dead obsession with Bloggywood! While I was not offered anything to write this, I will be more than happy to receive any swag you may want to send my way.

- Whether you love me or hate me, you know who I am.


Shane NEEDED To Die

I first shared my obsession with The Walking Dead a year ago. Since then, we've gotten two seasons of our favorite survivors fleeing from walkers and the deaths of many of my favorite characters. (Don't worry Norman Reedus is still with us as Daryl Dixon.) There is one loss that I predicted but wasn't ready for. I've already expressed a little love for Shane, so now, I'll go into exactly what I love about him and exactly why he had to die.

I've seen a lot of fangirls on Twitter complaining about Shane's death, saying he should have lived. Every time I read a tweet like that, my brain screams "DO YOU EVEN PAY ATTENTION TO THE SHOW?!?" This post was inspired by those girls who obviously only fap to Jon Bernthal's hot body. Hang on, readers! Summer's Breeze is blowing the message across hard today!

Jon Bernthal is truly a wonderful actor. By watching him as Shane, you'd expect Bernthal to have that attitude that seems to plague every jock. I call it "God's Gift Syndrome." Shane still wears his high school football number around his neck and recounts his glory days of being "a young high school stud who banged thirty year olds on the regular." He's a guy who peaked at eighteen and saw his life as all down hill from there. Jon Bernthal, from what I can tell, is the exact opposite of Shane. Meeting him at Dragon Con was a real eye opener. He's funny, charming and loves to chat. He's all smiles and jokes until you pull out a camera. The sight of a camera causes him to make goofy faces. Jon smiles less in pictures than Reedus does. (I didn't think that was possible at first!) With his great personality and smoking hot looks is it any wonder he's married? The beautiful blonde in the far left of the picture above is his wife Erin. The cute little dressed as a skeleton in Andrew Lincoln's arms is Baby Bernthal. With his parents' good looks and his father's winning personality, this baby is destined to break hearts one day!

I bet Shane and Rick have been best friends their entire lives. We all know those guys. They played football and probably baseball together. They were each other alibis and wing men. They went to the the same school and then police academy together. They have a truly epic bromance.

Then came Lori. Shane, being Rick's best friend, of course became friends with Lori. Knowing how I am with my husband's friends, it's not surprising that Lori and Shane would have a friendship. This is why when he told her Rick was dead and she had to come with him, she had no problem doing so. She trusts Shane completely because Rick trusts Shane completely. When he comes to Carl's school to tell Lori that Rick was shot, something in their interaction told me maybe Shane has had a thing for Lori. But that too is understandable. Like Hannibal Lector said, "We begin by coveting what we see every day." Shane saw Rick had the perfect life and deep down, wanted that life.

Shane was only trying to do right by his best friend. He did what Rick would have asked him to do. Shane was a good man. He put his life on the line for Rick when he went to the hospital and tried to get him out of there. He laid his life on the line again by doing what he could for Lori and Carl. We all would be so lucky to have a friend who would risk life and limb to save our family. I can't name someone who would risk everything to save my family when they didn't have to do it.

Shane and Lori, naturally, came together in their loneliness. I've long said that death is a natural aphrodisiac. It's why I completely understand the relationship that Shane and Lori had. That being said, it is entirely possible that Shane has always been in love with Lori, not because he actually loves her like I said earlier, but because he's always wanted the life Rick had. Like the grass is always greener on the other side type thing.

As Dale said, Shane is built to survive the Walkerworld. Had Lori not screwed with his emotions, Shane would have been an asset to the group. The only problem lies in the fact that two alpha males who are as different as Shane and Rick, cannot exist in the same family unit. Until Lori gave Shane hope that her baby could be his, there was hope for Shane and Rick could rekindle their bromance. When Lori gave him that hope, Shane's Y chromosome kicked into over drive. He would have killed Rick to prove the baby was his.

Shane has a survivor's mentality. He has proven with Otis and Randall that he will do anything to live. His betrayal of Otis has even turned his name into a verb. To "Shane" someone means to "incapacitate them so you can get away from zombies/walkers while they get eaten." He would do anything it took to make sure his future remains intact. If Lori's baby is his, that baby is his future. He would have sacrificed any member of the group, as long as it kept his child and himself alive. If it came down to it, he would even "Shaned" Carl or Lori, as long as it allows him to get away with his baby.

All this above is why Shane needed to die. I may love Shane, but he ran his course. If he was allowed to continue to live, he would have continued bulldozing through the apocalypse only concerned with keeping the baby alive. He was a beautifully flawed character. I fell in love with him in the comics. In both the comic and the show, my heart broke with his. He was a good man destroyed by the end of the world. They say, "Don't hate the player, hate the game." I love the player, and I think it's a pretty fucked up game.

Disclaimer: No person, thing, book, show, movie, character, or zombie mentioned in this post in any way, shape, or form, asked me to write this or gave me any compensation to write this. I jacked all images from Google image search or Twitter and just assumed they fell under the Public Domain Usage thingy. Please don't sue, I'm broke anyways. I just wanted to share my Walking Dead obsession with Bloggywood! While I was not offered anything to write this, I will be more than happy to receive any swag you may want to send my way.

- Whether you love me or hate me, you know who I am.
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