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The Walking Dead Talk Through is an episode by episode discussion about all the TV and movies within the AMC's The Walking Dead Universe. In each episode, we talk about the character arcs and their interactions with other characters, the plot, and action of the episode, and make predictions on what will happen. Our listeners are very important to us, and your feedback is an essential part of this podcast. Host Brian Meloche is joined by co-host Mark Kirkman for The Walking Dead episodes, and Kyle McAdams for Fear the Walking Dead episodes. More shows to come when applicable. Thanks for listening!

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The Walking Dead Talk Through is an episode by episode discussion about all the TV and movies within the AMC's The Walking Dead Universe. In each episode, we talk about the character arcs and their interactions with other characters, the plot, and action of the episode, and make predictions on what will happen. Our listeners are very important to us, and your feedback is an essential part of this podcast. Host Brian Meloche is joined by co-host Mark Kirkman for The Walking Dead episodes, and Kyle McAdams for Fear the Walking Dead episodes. More shows to come when applicable. Thanks for listening!

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Fun to listen to

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These guys are always fun to listen to.

Thanks for your show

By Angela M. Sharp - Apr 10 2018
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Thank you for a great show!

iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
6
2
1
6

Fun to listen to

By Cajuncartoon - Aug 19 2018
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These guys are always fun to listen to.

Thanks for your show

By Angela M. Sharp - Apr 10 2018
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Thank you for a great show!

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The Walking Dead Talk Through is an episode by episode discussion about all the TV and movies within the AMC's The Walking Dead Universe. In each episode, we talk about the character arcs and their interactions with other characters, the plot, and action of the episode, and make predictions on what will happen. Our listeners are very important to us, and your feedback is an essential part of this podcast. Host Brian Meloche is joined by co-host Mark Kirkman for The Walking Dead episodes, and Kyle McAdams for Fear the Walking Dead episodes. More shows to come when applicable. Thanks for listening!

Rank #1: TWDTT 091 – Adaptation (S9E9)

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Talking Through Adaptation

On this episode 91 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and Brian discuss The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 9, which is titled Adaptation. This was written by Corey Reed, and directed by Greg Nicotero.

More teenage angst!

Henry!!! What else needs to be said? I am kind of fed up with this character, and as such, Brian didn’t care for the episode.

Thankfully, ratings are up again!!!

This week, TWD got a 2.00 in the 18-49, with 5.156 million, up from 1.96 and 5.089 million for the mid-season finale. That’s not much, but we’ll take it! Charts below.

Due to scheduling conflicts, we have decided to go to a Wednesday night recording schedule for the rest of the season. Please leave your feedback for The Walking Dead, Season 9 Episode 10, titled Omega by 6 PM Eastern/5 PM Central on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Check the Facebook group for any deadline changes.

Speaking of scheduling conflicts…

Brian has decided that he will be stepping back a bit from the podcast, and will not be hosting the show every week. Part of it is due to scheduling with The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, partly due to some fatigue, and partly because the show is not doing it for him like it was, and he wants to focus more on Star Trek. Rest assured, you’ll hear from Brian every week, even when he’s not hosting. He’s not leaving the podcast, but he will take a few weeks off.

Other Fun Stuff Completely Unrelated to Adaptation

If you want to help pay for the editing of this and other podcasts, I mentioned a while back that you can donate credits to my Auphonic account, which I use to make these episodes sound so good! That link is https://auphonic.com/donate_credits?user=bmeloche. Please remember to subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Subscribing to us helps us move up in the rankings, so it’ll help us out tremendously! You’ll also get new episodes when they’re released. And while you’re in there, leave us a rating or review! It only takes a few minutes and it helps others to find us!

Feb 15 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #2: TWDTT 090 – Evolution (S9E8)

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Talking Through Evolution

On this episode 90 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I discuss The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 8, which is titled Evolution. This was written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, and directed by Michael E. Satrazemis. Mark loved this episode, but I didn’t. Some choices were bothering me this time around.

SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!

The rest of this blog post requires a SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, then you probably should stop now.

Surprising death… of the character and his jingle!!!

I am not afraid to admit that I enjoyed my Jesus jingle. I enjoyed it a lot more than the character, so now that he’s gone in spectacular fashion, I am sad to see it go. Don’t get me wrong. I am sad to see Jesus go, but he never lived up to his hype. He was just another character on the show. I know he was a much-loved character from the comic book, but in the show, he was underutilized. I never felt like I got to know him very well. He was always in the background. He went out in a great sequence, in a surprising turn. It’s sad that he actually lived up to some of his potential in his last scene.

What happened? Would you please just tell us what happened???

We get more of this hinting that there’s a big rift between Alexandria and the other communities. Strike that… Not between Alexandria, but Michonne and the other communities. Everyone is giving her the cold shoulder this episode: Tara, Enid, Dianne, and even Carol. Yes, they talk, but notice how they didn’t hug? Whatever happened, I’m starting to feel manipulated, much like I did before we found out the fate of Madison in Season 4 of Fear. I just wish they would tell us what happened.

Too much teenage angst for a mid-season finale!

The trials and tribulations of Henry were things we had seen before, both from Fear S3E3 TEOTWAWKI when Alicia met with the kids of Broke Jaw Ranch, and TWD S5E12 Remember, with Carl meeting Enid and Ron, and then later with Aiden and Nicholas’ walker plaything. I really didn’t need to see this stuff in the mid-season finale. Instead of getting a lot more information about this Michonne vs. everyone else that keeps being hinted at, we get more of Henry. It’s not that I don’t think we should have seen that – it was a timing issue. It could have waited for the back half. Instead, we have 2 1/2 months to wait for any of that to be explained; I could have really used that to be explained a lot more, and I wasn’t waiting for Henry’s story or the other angsty teens. By the way, using cats as bait is not cool. That kid is a serial killer wanna-be!!!

Thankfully, ratings are up for Evolution…

This week, TWD got a 1.96 in the 18-49, with 5.089 million, up from 1.80 and 4.794 million last week. That’s down from the two episodes previous to that, but some of that can be explained because of the long holiday. Charts below.

Dec 02 2018

1hr 42mins

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Rank #3: TWDTT 089 – Stradivarius (S9E7)

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On this episode 89 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I discuss The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 7, which is titled Stradivarius. This was written by Vivian Tse, who is a new writer to the show, and directed by Michael Cudlitz, who I’m sure you all remember played Abraham. This season continues to be the best in years.

SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!

The rest of this blog post requires a SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, then you probably should stop now.

Daryl’s been searching… but won’t ever find what he’s looking for

It seems like Daryl has been out there, searching for Rick for the past six years, living alone, except for a new dog named Dog. It turns out that Daryl has the same X scar as Michonne does.

Speaking of Daryl and Michonne… and Maggie…

It was postulated that perhaps the rift between Michonne and Maggie could have been based upon Michonne finding out the circumstances behind why Rick was out there in the first place. If she found out that Daryl kept Rick out there to keep him away from Alexandria, and that Daryl’s actions were in part to blame for Rick’s purported death, then I could see there being a rift between Michonne and Maggie, and Daryl could have also been blamed. Maybe that’s why Daryl never went back to Alexandria, in addition to the guilt Daryl has. It doesn’t explain why they both have the same scar. I doubt that Maggie would have done that to them both.

The walkers are speaking now??? Or are they???

Continuing from the end of the last episode, we see Rosita being pursued by a herd of walkers that can speak. She somehow got separated from Eugene, and the episode ends with the search for Eugene, led by Dog!

Unfortunately, ratings have reached a new low…

This week, TWD only got a 1.80 in the 18-49, with 4.794 million, down from 2.02 and 5.396 million last week. The 1.80 marks the all-time low for ratings in the 18-49 demographic. There were two episodes lower in viewers in Season 1, but this episode isn’t far ahead of them. With the mid-season finale airing on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, it’s highly possible that next week’s ratings could go even lower, although I hope I am wrong. Charts below.

Leave us your feedback!

Please leave your feedback for The Walking Dead, Season 9 Episode 8, titled Evolution, by 6 PM Eastern/5 PM Central on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Check the Facebook group for any deadline changes, and that’s one of the best ways to leave feedback for us!

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Nov 22 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #4: FTWDTT 063 – Ner Tamid (S5E12)

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Talking Through Ner Tamid

On this episode of Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through, Kyle, Mark, and I talk through Ner Tamid. Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 12 was written by the co-showrunners, Andrew Chambliss & Ian Goldberg, and directed by the show’s lead director, co-executive producer Michael E. Satrazemis.

We start with a discussion of the last episode… that also discusses this one

Like last week’s episode, we found ourselves relating Aaron’s feedback on the previous episode relating to the episode we had just seen. I’ll make the same recommendation this time out to listen to it to pick up some insights on Ner Tamid. Discussion about this episode, in particular, begins at 21 minutes 1 seconds into the episode.

A better episode than last week…

I think the consensus was that we liked this one more than last week’s episode. It wasn’t without its flaws but it was still better. Perhaps it was John and June? I don’t know, but whenever those two are in it, the episode seems better.

It still wasn’t perfect. In particular, I thought the scene with Rabbi Jacob telling Charlie the truth about losing his faith and why he left was good, but it was ill-timed, and it kind of hurt the rest of the story in general. That said, we all thought that Rabbi Jacob was a much more sympathetic character than Father Gabriel was on the main show! I remembered the famous supplemental episode where Ruthie and I ranted for 35 minutes on Gabriel’s actions in Spend!

Send in your feedback!

Please leave your feedback! We got a TON of feedback again this week, so keep it comin’! Next time, we’ll cover any additional feedback we get for S5E12 Ner Tamid, and then talk through Fear the Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 13, titled Leave What You Don’t. Get your feedback in by 6 PM Eastern/5 PM Central on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. One of the best ways to submit feedback is on our Facebook group. You can also send us an email at our new address walkingdeadtalkthrough@gmail.com or call our temporary voicemail at 216-236-5449.

Ratings are WAY down…

We didn’t have the ratings yet when we recorded Tuesday night. Normally, Sunday night cable ratings come in on Tuesday morning, but when it’s a holiday weekend, ratings come in a day later, and they are usually down quite a bit. This weekend, people (at least in Florida, where I live) were glued to their TVs to watch the progress of Hurricane Dorian, so that probably didn’t help ratings much. S5E12 Ner Tamid Here got a 0.29 in the 18-49 demographic, with 1.141 million viewers, which is way down from last week’s 0.43 and 1.435 million viewers.


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Sep 04 2019

2hr 14mins

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Rank #5: FTWDTT 062 – You’re Still Here (S5E11)

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On this episode of Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through, Kyle, Mark, and I talk through You’re Still Here. Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 11 was written by the Mallory Westfall & Alex Delyle, and directed by K.C. Colwell.

We start with a discussion of the last episode… that also discusses this one

Normally, when we get feedback about the past week’s episode, we try to stick to last week and prior episode discussion, but we found ourselves relating Aaron’s feedback to the episode we had just seen. Normally, we give you the time that we start talking about this week’s episode in case you want to skip ahead, but I’ll say that it’s worth listening to a lot of that discussion to get insights about this week. That aside, discussion about this episode begins at 35 minutes 44 seconds into the episode.

The good, the bad and the ugly

There were a few things I really liked about this episode. I enjoyed the use of the riot gear weapons and the first shot of the cold open and a few tie ins to past episodes. I also liked the confrontation between Logan and Morgan, and there are signs that Al may be able to help Morgan finally get past the loss of his family, which he has just got to snap out of at this point.

On the other hand, the stuff with Wes and the mystery manuscript connaisseur, while well-acted, was weak to downright confusing. I said on the podcast that it felt like the writers declaring their love of some screenplay or TV pilot they had written that never got made. And why Wes would kill a guy over the manuscript and just leave it there with him… was a, “what did I just see?” kind of moment. I just didn’t buy it, and neither did we or any of you that sent in feedback. Even now, I still don’t get it. It didn’t feel right. I also think they screwed up Alicia being screwed up. She should be traumatized by certain gnarly walkers, like the first one we see this episode, not all of them.

Send in your feedback!

Please leave your feedback! We got a TON of feedback again this week, so keep it comin’! Next time, we’ll cover any additional feedback we get for S5E11 You’re Still Here, and then talk through Fear the Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 12, titled Ner Tamid. Get your feedback in by 6 PM Eastern/5 PM Central on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. One of the best ways to submit feedback is on our Facebook group. You can also send us an email at our new address walkingdeadtalkthrough@gmail.com or call our temporary voicemail at 216-236-5449.

Ratings are up!

Proving that you ARE still here, S5E11 You’re Still Here got a 0.43 in the 18-49 demographic, with 1.435 million viewers, which is up from last week’s 0.38 and 1.368 million viewers.


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Aug 31 2019

2hr 10mins

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Rank #6: FTWDTT 061 – 210 Words Per Minute (S5E10)

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Talking at 210 Words Per Minute!

On this episode of Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through, Kyle, Mark, and I talk at 210 Words Per Minute. Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 10 was written by the showrunners Ian Goldberg & Andrew Chambliss, and directed by long-time Hollywood director Ron Underwood.

Morgan, you had the potential for a relationship with Grace…

…AND YOU BLEW IT!!! Yeah, you probably knew that was coming. I couldn’t help it this time. He DID blow it. I’m still a little puzzled WHY he didn’t go with her. I suspected it wasn’t JUST one thing, but several.

Are the antlers decorative or functional?

Here is the picture that Kyle was talking about and if anyone knows what or if there is a meaning to Dwight’s Truck Grill Decoration? I just noticed it and how the way it was shot. But don’t know if there was really any meaning. If there is.. let us know.

Does the truck grill decoration mean anything?

Send in your feedback!

Please leave your feedback! We got a TON of feedback again this week, so keep it comin’! Next time, we’ll cover any additional feedback we get for S5E10 210 Words Per Minute, and then talk through Fear the Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 11, titled You’re Still Here. Get your feedback in by 6 PM Eastern/5 PM Central on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. One of the best ways to submit feedback is on our Facebook group. You can also send us an email at our new address walkingdeadtalkthrough@gmail.com or call our temporary voicemail at 216-236-5449.

Ratings are even to slightly down…

210 Words Per Minute got a 0.38 in the 18-49 demographic, the same as last week’s mid-season premiere, with 1.368 million viewers. That’s down from last week‘s 1.402 million.


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Please remember to subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts or whatever is your podcast client of choice. Subscribing to us helps us move up in the rankings, so it’ll help us out tremendously! You’ll also get new episodes when they’re released. And while you’re in there, leave us a rating or review! It only takes a few minutes and it also helps us out! And check out our Facebook group!

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Aug 22 2019

2hr 3mins

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Rank #7: TWDTT 098 – The Storm (S9E16)

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Talking Through The Storm

We talked through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 16, which is titled, The Storm. This week, guest host Alex joined Brian and Mark to discuss the season finale! The Storm was written by Angela Kang & Matthew Negrete, and was directed by Greg Nicotero.

SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!

The rest of this blog post requires a SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, then you should probably stop reading now.

Winter is coming? Forget that! Winter has come!



It’s taken nine seasons, but we finally got to see winter on The Walking Dead. Like birds, The Whisperers shambled south for the winter, so the enemy this week wasn’t Alpha, Beta and the rest of The Whisperers, but a big winter storm. Unfortunately, despite our anticipation about finally seeing the winter, it didn’t work for us. We all come from northern climates, and we’re used to snow. I have a hate/hate relationship with the snow since having a few close calls in winter storms over the years, so I am intimately aware of what a winter storm looks and feels like. This was not convincing to me at all. It looked OK for some of it, but when it counted, there were some things that just didn’t ring true.

There should have been a lot more snow on the ground. There were leaves on the trees and bushes – all the leaves should have fallen by that time. Some of the close-ups of the snow didn’t look realistic. Did you really need a caravan and a human chain to just walk from one house to another in Alexandria? The snow on the ground during the snowball fight, with RJ playing in it, looked like cotton balls, mothballs and styrofoam.

It felt like it was a snowstorm created by people who didn’t know what a snowstorm was actually like, only what they had seen on TV, movies, and photos. I appreciated what they tried to do, but the show would have been a lot better off doing a location shoot where there are actual winter conditions, such as Canada, Minnesota, or upstate New York. You know, a place with actual snow, cold enough for snow to fall and stay frozen. It seems like such a big effort to simulate snow when it would have made so much more sense to go to where there is actual snow. Other series do that. Why didn’t TWD? Game of Thrones has done great winter scenes. They should have emulated what they’ve done and gone on location.

And The Whisperers weren’t even there?

Yup, you got it. They were an afterthought this week. They went south, which made me shrug. Since they left the area, why would they even go back to Virginia in the spring? Why get into a conflict when they come back? Why not just stay in the south or go somewhere else? I just didn’t get that at all. It made no sense.

The King and Queen’s reign is over.

The Kingdom has fallen into disrepair and sorrow over the losses, and Ezekiel and Carol split over their grief. This was very sad. I hated seeing this happen. It’s very realistic. This often happens with grieving parents, but death is something that happens in the Zombocalypse, so I would have thought they’d be strong enough to weather it. They may come back together in Season 10, but this was a downer in an otherwise down episode. At least Jerry keeps his spirits. Kingtop it is Jerry!!!

Negan may not be unredeemable after all.

This may have been my favorite part of the episode. I loved the change in Negan, and him saving Judith. I also loved the scene with Michonne. A bad guy doesn’t think he’s a bad guy indeed. It really seems that little girl has opened him up to redemption.

Who was that on the radio?

As Gary asked in his feedback, this would have been much more effective had this been Rick, Maggie, Jadis, or even Alicia from Fe

Apr 07 2019

1hr 52mins

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Rank #8: TWDTT 097 – The Calm Before (S9E15)

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Talking Through The Calm Before

On this episode 97 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Brian and special guest co-host Steve talk through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 15, which is titled, The Calm Before. This was written by Geraldine Inoa & Channing Powell, and directed by Laura Belsey. Mark was out sick this week.

SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!

The rest of this blog post requires a SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, then you probably should stop now.

Sign the Charter!

It was quite the fair, and a chance for the communities to come together again. They finally signed the charter! That was a long time coming. I don’t know about you, but I was surprised that we didn’t see Cyndie as the leader of Oceanside, but Sydney Park landed a part on a new series. The actress who now plays her, Avianna Mynhier, looks just like an older version of the original actress, Mimi Kirkland.

Pike

To say it simply, the scene with our fallen comrades on a pike was disturbing and compelling. I was truly shocked by the death of Henry. I did not see that coming. I thought that character would be with us until the end of the show. Enid and especially Tara, on the other hand, should have gotten more appropriate deaths.

I mentioned TV Tropes

That link is A Death in The Limelight.

Ratings reached an all-time low…

This week, TWD ratings reached an all-time low, possibly due to a problem with many DVRs only recording the first hour and then cutting off the last 25 minutes of the program. We’ll see if ratings recover when the Live + 3 and Live + 7 ratings later. S9E15 The Calm Before got a 1.48 in the 18-49 demographic with 4.152 million viewers, down from 1.66 in the 18-49, and 4.566 million last week. Talking Dead, also down, with a 0.33 in the 18-49 with 1.010 million viewers, verses 0.50 and 1.569 million viewers last week respectively.

That’s it for The Calm Before!

We both enjoyed The Calm Before, as did Mark according to his feedback and thanks to Steve for coming on the podcast again this week! Please leave your feedback for The Walking Dead, Season 9 Episode 16, the season finale, titled The Storm, by 6 PM Eastern/5 PM Central on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Check the Facebook group for any deadline changes. The bes

Mar 30 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #9: TWDTT 096 – Scars (S9E14)

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Talking Through Scars

On this episode 96 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Brian, Mark, and special guest co-host Steve from Panels to Pixels talk through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 14, which is titled, Scars. This was written by Corey Reed & Vivian Tse, and directed by Millicent Shelton.

SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!

The rest of this blog post requires a SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, then you probably should stop now.

The Feels

Listeners know that I’ve had issues with the show since the departure of Rick Grimes. This episode pulled at those emotions, especially in the cold open and at the end of the episode, with the scene between Michonne and Judith talking about why it seems like people like Daryl, Carol and Ezekiel are no longer their friends. In both cases, the show hit me hard, just like it has for so many years. I wish we’d get back to that more often.

The big secret has been revealed!

It took them eight episodes, but we finally have the story of how Daryl and Michonne get those X scars on their backs. Boy, that was nothing like I expected. In some ways, this episode played like The Grove, Part 2. It had a very Children of the Corn vibe, and kind of a Lord of the Flies. I did not see it coming. I don’t think it was well explained about Jocelyn. Was she always that psychopath? Probably. Did she kill the adults that were traveling with her, did she make the kids do it, or did they perish on their own? I don’t know if we ever get that explained, or if we need to know. It was very disturbing. However, there were some scenes cut that took away from the story, especially showing how Daryl escaped. It was like the video skipped. In fact, I went back three times, thinking I missed something. We speculated that took the scene out because it as too graphic, partially so they could keep objections down about the killing of children in this episode, but, unless they explain it in an interview or a DVD commentary, we may never know.

Judith is a very special little girl, and more!

I was very taken with Judith this episode. She’s been this character who’s been wiser than her years, and I think what we see in this episode is why. She remembered what happened all this time, and still thought they should help people that need help. The scenes with Cailey Fleming were great, and I was really impressed with the character. I also loved the scenes between Michonne and Negan about Judith. He’s very taken with her, and I think this might be the first time we see Negan being a straight-shooter and not posturing or grandstanding. He may be redeemable yet.

Ratings were down this week…

This week, TWD S9E14 Scars got a 1.66 in the 18-49 demographic with 4.566 million viewers, down from 1.77 in the 18-49, and 4.831 million last week. Talking Dead, also down, with a 0.50 in the 18-49, verses 0.71 and 2.031 million viewers last week respectively.

Mar 23 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #10: TWDTT 095 – Chokepoint (S9E13)

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Talking Through Chokepoint!

On this episode 95 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and special guest co-host Lara talk through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 13, which is titled, Chokepoint. This was written by Eddie Guzelian & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, and directed by Liesl Tommy.

SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!

The rest of this blog post requires a SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, then you probably should stop now.

Testing Beta…

This episode features a big fight between Daryl and Beta, the Whisperers’ henchman and second in command. I thought it was a really good scene, but Mark was a bit underwhelmed.

A couple of new couples?

Some people are shipping Connie and Daryl. Will it be Donnie? Dannie? Darnie? Coryl? Conyl? I, for one, would like to see Daryl get a girlfriend, and they’d be cute together if they’d just take a bath. It’s about time, but that’s yet to be seen. On the other hand, we see more puppy love going on between the hapless Henry and former Whisperer Lydia. I think it’s dangerous for Henry, but she’s cute and you can’t help who you fall in love with, especially in the apocalypse. Henry was less annoying for me this episode, although I was annoyed that he fell in the Cold Open.

When was the last time you have seen a movie?

The Kingdom is challenged for ransom, as a new group threatens to challenge the fair. There’s a standoff, but in a severe and welcome change of pace, Carol offers this new group, which actually wrote out a list of demands in proper English, a chance to see a movie in exchange for security for comers and goers to the fair. I thought this was brilliant.

This week, TWD S9E13 Chokepoint got a 1.77 in the 18-49 demographic with 4.831 million viewers, up from 1.73 in the 18-49, and 4.708 million last week. Talking Dead, on the other hand, was up quite a bit more over last week. It got a 0.71 in the 18-49 and 2.031 million viewers, down from 0.53 and 1.696 million respectively.

That’s it for Chokepoint!

I enjoyed Chokepoint, although I’m not sure about Mark and Lara though! Thanks to Lara for subbing in for me this week! Please leave your feedback for The Walking Dead, Season 9 Episode 14, titled Scars by 6 PM Eastern/5 PM Central on Wednesday, March 19, 2019. Check the Facebook group for any deadline changes. I may be taking the week off again, but that hasn’t been finalized.

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Mar 17 2019

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Rank #11: TWDTT 094 – Guardians (S9E12)

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Talking through Guardians!

On this episode 94 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I talk through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 12, which is titled, Guardians. This was written by LaToya Morgan, and directed by Michael E. Satrazemis.

SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!

The rest of this blog post requires a SPOILER WARNING!!! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, then you probably should stop now.

A look at The Whisperers

We spend a lot of this episode with The Whisperers. Life with them seems to be animalistic and brutal. It’s not a way of life I would like to live. It’s a very survival of the fittest, and when Alpha is challenged, she attacks with a brutality that may even go beyond Negan’s. That said, I really have an issue with the ability to behead someone with just razor or piano wire (it definitely wasn’t a yo-yo).

I could definitely see being able to kill someone with a wire, but beheading someone??? I just don’t buy it. Scary and effective, but it’s one of those scenes where you love it when you first see it, it’s shocking and terrifying, but if you watch it again or even think about it, it seems impossible.

The scene where Alpha tries to get Lydia to kill Henry was pretty scary. Alpha proved more that she is a psycho from long before the apocalypse, with the story of Lydia almost suffocating to death when she was a child and just watching her die, only to fall away from the plastic that was suffocating her. How did this mom react? She reacted in the way that only a psycho would react, by hitting Lydia hard. I did have a not-so-nice thing to say about Alpha, but I’ll save it for the listeners.

Also scary this week is Beta, who appears for the first time. I think he’s scary in another way, in terms of physical presence and being pretty cold. I think he’s going to also be an interesting villain. It was a great rescue by Daryl and Connie by attacking with the walkers, but I didn’t buy that these “Guardians”, as they call them, would be able to attack like that and catch the Whisperers off guard as much as they did. I called BS.

Negan gets to Michonne

We get a longer glimpse at Alexandria this episode. We see a council that is frustrated at the power Michonne has to veto anything for security concerns. I think Michonne has probably vetoed too much, at the expense of distancing them from the other groups. The council really wants to participate at the fair, to help The Kingdom (or is it Kingdom?). Unfortunately, Negan offers counsel to Michonne at a time when it’s least advantageous. It wasn’t what he said, but how he says it that makes Michonne overcompensate in this episode, as well as knowing that Judith has been talking to Negan. Michonne overcompensates and gives into the council at a time when it may be the worst time. I worry that they’ll come to the fair, and there will be an attack by the Whisperers and many from Alexandria will die, probably in the season finale.

A love triangle, or parallelogram?

We see Gabriel having to deal with the news of Rosita’s pregnancy by Siddiq. Eugene really put Rosita’s feelings ahead of his own and does the right thing by counseling the pastor to stay with her. I thought this showed a lot of growth in Eugene, and it was nice to see. Whether it’s a love triangle, rhombus, parallelogram or square, we don’t know yet, but I thought that was a nice story to see. Hopefully, we see the beginnings of a new family unit that will survive for some time to come, but it seems doomed…

Fail!

We like to correct ourselves when it happens. In the podcast, I mention when Alpha says to Lydia, “Kill the boy”, I thought of the Game of Thrones S5E5 Kill the Boy. I was a little less than

Mar 10 2019

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Rank #12: TWDTT 093 – Bounty (S9E11)

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On this episode 93 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and special guest co-host Steve Brown from Panels to Pixels discuss The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 11, which is titled Bounty. This was written by co-executive producer Matthew Negrete, and directed by Meera Menon. Thanks to Steve for subbing in for me this week! Don’t worry, you still hear from me this week, but through voicemail instead of hosting the episode. Despite me not being on the podcast this week, I thought the episode was great, and exactly what I needed after the last few episodes didn’t captivate me like I’m used to.

SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!

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An Exchange…

We saw Alden and Luke exchanged for Lydia. I know that many of them didn’t want to give up Lydia, but what could they do? They owe it to Alden and Luke while keeping Lydia would not make any sense, since Alden and Luke would have most certainly been killed.

Leave the baby alone!

We see the coldness of Alpha and The Whisperers, with them leaving a crying baby for the walkers. I know this was probably difficult to see for a lot of people, myself included. I think she was testing them to see if they’d care. I thought the scene with Connie rescuing the baby and then trying to thwart off the walkers in the sorghum field (looked like corn, but the behind the scenes video calling it a sorghum field) was tense and I was noticeably scared for Connie. Daryl comes to her rescue, but other Hilltop people were behind him, including Tammy Rose and Earl, who eventually take the baby, to raise, I assume.

Are we shipping Daryl and Connie?

I’ve heard a lot of people shipping those two. I, honestly, never thought of that at the time, until I heard it said on Talking Dead. Now, I can’t stop thinking about it. If that happens, it’s about time!

The Bounty

One of the best aspects of the episode was The Kingdom’s side trip, to retrieve a projector bulb, so they can watch movies again. This was fun, inspiring, and a ray of hope in an otherwise depressing story. I needed that hope after some pretty depressing elements of this post-Rick era. Ezekiel, Jerry, and, of course, Carol light up the screen.

Ratings are up and down from last week…

This week, TWD got a 1.71 in the 18-49 demographic with 4.386 million viewers, up slightly from 1.68 in the 18-49, and down slightly from with 4.538 million last week. Since last week’s ratings and viewers were at an all-time low, this marks a new low for total viewers. Talking Dead had a 0.62 in the 18-49 and 1.712 million viewers, up slightly from 0.59 and 1.656 million respectively.

Mar 03 2019

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Rank #13: TWDTT 092 – Omega (S9E10)

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On this episode 92 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I discuss The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 10, which is titled Omega. This was written by Channing Powell, and directed by David Boyd. Like last week, Mark loved the episode. I gave this episode an 8, which isn’t a bad rating, but I had to dig down deep to find things I liked. The story isn’t drawing me in and I found myself bored throughout the episode. I only raised the rating after repeated viewings. It’s well written, directed and acted. I couldn’t find any major faults… OK, one. More on that below.

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Unreliable narrator…

We see the interrogation of Lydia focussing on a flashback from early on in the apocalypse. As the episode goes on, we see different versions of reality, culminating with the beginning of Alpha. This is a backstory we should have gotten for The Wolves, The Governor and Negan (the latter two were shown in the books and comics) but we only got a backstory for the Termites. It was interesting in the end, but I spent most of the episode confused and bored, and Alpha not all that compelling so far. I didn’t say it on the podcast, but I really wasn’t impressed with Samantha Morton’s portrayal. I was distracted by her unconvincing Southern accent. Lydia, on the other hand, reveals that she is a victim of abuse, and I think we have just seen the tip of the iceberg. Henry!!! You have a good heart, but you are gullible. What would have happened had the baby not cry? Kudos to Cassady McClincy in the role of Lydia. I liked her a lot better than her mom.

A decent Daryl episode…

Although this episode did not focus on Daryl, he was a big part of the story. His character this season is a big improvement over the last several past seasons. I’m still wanting to find out what the deal is with that big scar on his back. For some reason, though I’ve heard it mentioned, I really noticed his facial scar this time. I was a little confused about how Lydia picked up on his past abuse. I guess there must have been a subtle clue that I missed.

Ratings are… Down to a record low!!!

This week, TWD got a 1.68 in the 18-49, with 4.538 million, down from 2.00 and 5.156 million last week. Unfortunately, those represent the lowest ratings in the series so far. Charts below.

That’s it for Omega!

Mark will be hosting this coming week. As previously mentioned, I will be stepping back a bit from the podcast, and will not be hosting the show every week, starting this coming week. Part of it is due to scheduling with

Feb 23 2019

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Rank #14: TWDTT 088 – Who Are You Now? (S9E6)

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On this episode 88 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I discuss The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 6, which is titled Who Are You Now? This was written by Eddie Guzelian, and directed by Larry Teng.

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Did you notice changes in the credits?

I couldn’t help but notice Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan have been removed from the credits, with Norman Reedus now appearing first in the credits for the first time, Danai Gurira second, Melissa McBride third and Alanna Masterson fourth. Also, Khary Payton has been moved to the main credits for the first time.

It’s six years later…

Speaking of the credits, there’s nothing specifically mentioned in the story about Maggie, but we know some things happened after the last episode. We can only assume that she’s not the person leading the Hilltop, but we cannot say who is, except that whoever is leading is a woman. I personally hope they fill in the gaps as far as where Maggie is and what happened to her in the next episode.

We see Michonne has a big scar on her back in the form of the letter X and might have been a branding scar, and we’d love a flashback to see what happened there. Various other people have new scars, hairstyles, and even personality changes. Gabriel and Rosita are a thing???

Eugene’s now a badass and grew out his hair??? We also see some of the Saviors are now living in Alexandria. Others are marauders, as Carol and Henry discover. Carol shows once again that if you underestimate her, you might get burned! Rimshot!!! Daryl is living alone… and seems lost. Michonne’s in Alexandria, but she’s also lost, and talking to Rick. It is really sad, and I started to cry… and stopped in my tracks when I realized he’s not dead or at least wasn’t dead when they thought he died six years before. That undermines the emotional underpinnings of the story, but not fatally. This was a great episode in what’s been the best season since Season 5 or 6.

Where… Are… They???

We see the walkers behaving in ways we’ve never seen before, including talking. Are they evolving, or is something else at hand? Well, we think this is not what it seems, but time will tell.

Ratings are about even from last week…

This week, TWD got a 2.02 in the 18-49, with 5.396 million, slightly down from the 2.07 last week, from 5.414 million. All things considered, that’s a decent result. Charts below.

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Nov 16 2018

1hr 49mins

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Rank #15: TWDTT 087 – What Comes After (S9E5)

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On this (longest ever) episode 87 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I are joined by Mark’s co-host on Panels to Pixels, Steve, as we talk through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 5, which is titled What Comes After. The teleplay was written by co-executive producer Matthew Negrete, based on a story by TWD Chief Creative Officer Scott M. Gimple & Matthew Negrete, and directed by executive producer Greg Nicotero. We all loved this episode, though we also admit that it has some faults.

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Visitations from departed friends… and one soon to be

A good portion of this episode is seen in hallucinations. Thankfully, we see three people he needs to see. The scene with Shane was priceless. Jon Bernthal was so good in this show in the first two seasons, and seeing Rick and Shane together again, even if only for a short minute, was great. The next hallucination was Hershel, played by the late Scott Wilson. This one really made me cry, both in the joy of seeing Hershel again, and sorrow over Scott Wilson’s recent passing in real life. The third was Sasha. You could argue that Sasha’s character was the only one that probably wasn’t the first choice, but seeing Sonequa Martin-Green’s character again probably hit me the hardest of all. I think that was mostly due to me being attached to because of her portrayal of Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery. One could argue that one should have been Glenn, Abraham, or even Carl, but I think Sasha worked nonetheless. The last vision is with Michonne. I said soon to be, not because she is leaving, too, but because Rick is leaving, and Michonne will lose her partner.

Maggie vs. Negan!!!

Maggie reaches Alexandria, intent on killing Negan, but Michonne stops her. I thought this would be a standoff between them, but Maggie ultimately convinces Michonne to let her see Negan, despite knowing what would probably happen as a result. Maggie ultimately decides not to kill him, as that would give him the release he does not deserve.

How is he not dead?

Rick was bleeding throughout the episode, yet does not succumb to his injuries. The bridge explodes, and it seems that Rick somehow escapes without a scratch? How did that happen? He somehow survives both his rebar injury and the explosion and is taken via helicopter to who knows where.

These helicopter people!!!

We still don’t know what an A or a B is, but we do know that Rick is a B. I guess we may not know more until the first TWD movie comes out.

Walking Dead: The Next Generation?

In the final scene, we see that there’s been another time jump, as a new group of survivors being surrounded by walkers, only to be rescued by the 10-year-old Judith Grimes! This looks interesting, and we’ll see where the story goes from here!

As expected, ratings are up…

As you can see from these rating and viewer charts, created by me, you’ll see that ratings were up again, with 2.07 in the 18-49 demographic, slightly above the 1.95 from last week, and 5.414 million viewers, slightly up from 5.095 million last week. What ratings will do after this episode is anyone’s guess. They could go up again, or take another nosedive. Only time will tell.

Nov 10 2018

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Rank #16: TWDTT 086 – The Obliged (S9E4)

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On this episode 86 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I talk through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 4, which is titled The Obliged. It was written by Geraldine Inoa, and this is her first IMDB credit, and directed by Rosemary Rodriguez. We both loved this one and are still happy with the direction the show is going this season. Except…

NO!!!! Only one episode left for our favorite character!!!

It’s hard to believe, but next episode, we’ll be discussing the final episode of Rick Grimes!!! I am really not looking forward to saying goodbye to my favorite character. I know I would have been really, really upset if they had killed off his character out of the blue, much like how I was upset with a couple of deaths in Fear the Walking Dead Season 4. That said, Rick Grimes IS The Walking Dead, much more than Madison or Nick WERE Fear, so Rick’s death, assuming he dies, will be much more traumatic, even knowing about it.

Maggie’s going to kill Negan???

It seems like Maggie is going to Alexandria to kill Negan. Will she succeed, and next week is a big fake out??? Is she going to decide not to kill him after she sees him? Will Michonne stop her? We know that this episode will focus on Rick, so we may not ultimately see what happens here, but I think we will see something, even if not a lot.

Michonne vs. Negan!!!

So, Negan’s got a fixation with Lucille, doesn’t he? He tries to make it sound like they are the same, but we know that is not the case. It was all just to get his bat Lucille. So where is that bat anyway? Do you believe her that they just left it out there, probably by that tree with the stained glass, or do they have it somewhere? To me, I hope they just threw it in a river or buried, or even burned it. I don’t want him to ever get that bat back. I liked how Michonne needs to get her “workout” by killing walkers at night. To me, that’s a job that’s never done, and I think that’s healthy for her to do.

Falling into a Hole…

There was some good drama between Rick and Daryl. Major kudos go to Angela Kang and how much of an improvement we’ve gotten in Daryl’s character since she took the reigns from the Gimple! Still, the whole sinkhole was a bit contrived. Are we to believe that no walkers fell into it until then? I don’t buy it. It was a minor contrivance in an otherwise good episode.

Jadis is definitely back… Anne + Jadis = Annis???

Again, with the Rube Goldberg walker contraptions? What’s the point? So, do you think that she’s gone with the helicopter, or is she still around? What’s an A? If she’s not bringing back Gabriel as an A, who will she take as her A? Could she take an injured Rick? Negan? Maggie? Someone else? What’s a B?

Ratings are slightly up…

As you can see from these rating and viewer charts, created by me, you’ll see that ratings were up a little bit, with 1.95 in the 18-49 demographic, slightly above the 1.93 from last week, and 5.095 million viewers, slightly up from 5.037 million last week. Ratings should go up the next episodes, for Rick’s last episode, and the World Series is over now.

Nov 04 2018

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Rank #17: TWDTT 085 – Warning Signs (S9E3)

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On this episode 85 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Kyle joins Mark and me, as we talk through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 3, which is titled Warning Signs. It was written by Corey Reed and directed by Dan Liu. We all loved this one and are still happy with the direction the show is going this season. Except…

NO!!!! Only two episodes left for our favorite character!!! Are these warning signs for the end of Rick???

It’s hard to believe, but in just two episodes, we’ll be discussing the final episode of Rick Grimes!!! I am not looking forward to saying goodbye to my favorite character, but I appreciate knowing he’s leaving ahead of time. I know I would have been really, really upset if they had killed off his character out of the blue, much like how I was upset with a couple of deaths in Fear the Walking Dead Season 4. That said, Rick Grimes IS The Walking Dead, much more than Madison or Nick WERE Fear, so Rick’s death, assuming he dies, will be much more traumatic, even knowing about it.

More Richonne Family!!!

It seems doomed, but Rick wants to expand the family and have a child with Michonne. While I would love for this to happen, knowing that Rick is not long for this show makes that very bittersweet. It would be great if Rick could live on in a son or daughter, but not getting to see them together is sad.

Oceanside’s Vigilante Justice!!!

We learn at the end of the episode that it’s the Oceanside that’s been killing Saviors. Was Arat reformed? Did she deserve to die? In some ways, absolutely. In other ways, she appeared to be beyond her evil ways, but the Oceansiders had reasons for wanting her dead, like the rest of the Saviors involved in the deaths of their men and boys. Forcing warring factions to live together without a way for them to heal and get beyond the past is doomed to fail, and I think that’s what we’re seeing here. It’s worth mentioning that we COMPLETELY missed that Maggie and Daryl were carrying the missing ethanol at the end of the episode, even AFTER playing Steve’s message that mentions it. Oops! Note to self: Make sure you listen to voicemails BEFORE you play them!!!

Move over Anne… Jadis is back!!! A or B???

We learn more about the helicopter and see that it is tied to the trading of people. So Gabriel is not a B? What’s a B? What’s an A? Do I care? I think I do, actually. I personally thought the helicopter was from the Commonwealth… remember Georgie and the twins? However, it seems fairly clear I was wrong about that, and the helicopter belongs to another group entirely. I am disappointed in Anne’s turn back to the dark side, but Gabriel should have known better. Still, I guess he had affection for her and was blinded (no pun intended) into thinking that his new girlfriend is, actually, a good person. Will Rick leave via the helicopter? We will know soon enough, but I think it’s a strong possibility.

Ratings are even…

As you can see from these rating and viewer charts, created by me, you’ll see that the 18-49 rating hit an all-new low at 1.93, slightly below 1.98 last week, but the total viewers were up a tad from 4.947 to 5.037 million viewers. Ratings should go up the next two episodes.

Oct 26 2018

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Rank #18: TWDTT 084 – The Bridge (S9E2)

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On this episode 84 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I talk through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 2, which is titled The Bridge. It was written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer. We both loved this one and are happy about the direction the show is going so far.

Poor Aaron…

There’s a great action sequence at the lumber camp, featuring the log rolling, a work accident, some great melee combat and Rick shooting the logs free and the awesome destruction unleashed as a result. Aaron’s arm is gruesomely crushed, with flesh and bone showing. Enid is forced to think on her feet and do what she had no choice to do and amputate Aaron’s arm, with Siddiq being back at home dealing with a bug that’s hit Alexandria.

For me, this was one of the best sequences on the show in recent seasons, with outstanding special effects and makeup to make Aaron’s injury so realistic. I was very impressed with these scenes, although some of the backstory was a little sketchy. Why would they put slacker Justin in charge of that second siren post? Did he get what he deserved at the end of the episode? I think so!

Love… Exciting and New! Friendships strained…

We saw some couples this episode, old and new. New couples Jerry and Nabila, Ezekiel and Carol, Anne and Gabriel, established couple (but new to us) Tammy Rose and Earl and, of course, staples Team Richonne! Were you surprised about Anne and Gabriel? Let’s not forget the strained friendships of Rick and Daryl, Michonne and Maggie, and Maggie and Jesus (to a lesser extent). I look forward to how these develop – how many will survive?

Ratings are way down…

As you can see from these rating and viewer charts, created by me, you’ll see that the 18-49 rating hit an all-new low at 1.98, and the 4.937 million is the lowest since S1E4 Vatos. It is normal for ratings for the second episode to be lower than the premiere, but the decline cannot be denied. To contrast, last week got a 2.49 in the 18-49 with 6.076 million viewers.

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Oct 18 2018

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Rank #19: TWDTT 083 – A New Beginning (S9E1)

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On this episode 83 of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Mark and I talk through The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 1, the season premiere, which is titled A New Beginning. It was written by executive producer/showrunner Angela Kang and directed by executive producer Greg Nicotero. Mark loved it, and I liked it a lot. I didn’t have any major problems with it, except that it was a bit long and felt like a setup episode. It reminded me a lot of the Season 4 premiere, 30 Days Without an Accident. That said, I enjoyed this episode a lot more than most of what we had on Fear.

What will we do without Gregory? RHETORICAL, OK???

We see Gregory at his most despicable, bringing booze to an alcoholic at his lowest point, and conspiring to kill Maggie, while she is with baby Hershel, then attempt to kill her with a knife. I understand why Maggie executed Gregory, but she pulled a page from Negan by doing it, providing no due process, circumventing the democracy she was just elected to rule.

Ratings are way down…

As you can see from these rating and viewer charts, created by me, you’ll see that the ratings and viewers are the worst since Season 1. Is it that people are leaving the show in droves, or are there other factors in play? Yes, viewers may not be returning, but there are several other reasons for a ratings decline. One is that AMC Premiere made the episode available a day early for subscribers of the service. Another is that it premiered a couple of weeks earlier than the last few seasons, so some may not have realized that the show was back. Another is that this trend is not isolated to The Walking Dead. Ratings are down, across the board. I do wonder if viewers will return with news of Andrew Lincoln’s departure.

One point I want to clarify…

One of my weak sauces was how Tammy Rose shifting blame from Maggie. It felt like the writers were grinding the gears a bit, forcing that conversation to tell the story. I said that my reaction to that was to say “OK…” That might have sounded dismissive, or worse – sexist – but Tammy Rose’s reaction to Maggie is completely understandable. I also buy her sentiment about the Saviors. It was the putting of those two things together that felt forced, not emotions that I didn’t buy or the delivery. Connecting them together felt forced to me. If Earl had said the same things, I’d have the same reaction.

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Oct 12 2018

2hr 3mins

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Rank #20: FTWDTT 051 – …I Lose Myself (S4E16)

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On this episode 51 of Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through, Kyle, Mark, and I talk through Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 16, the season finale, which is titled …I Lose Myself. It was written by executive producers/showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg and directed by Michael E. Satrazemis. This episode had some good parts to it, but the story holes were deep and vast! Great characters, actors, visuals and camera work, but bad writing! Compared to last season, this finale was nowhere near as good as last season’s finale. Next week, we come back as The Walking Dead Talk Through!

Ratings were up for the finale…

Ratings for …I Lose Myself were up from the previous week, with a 0.71 in the 18-49 demographic, with 2.127 million viewers, up from last week‘s 0.66 and 2.033 million viewers.


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Oct 07 2018

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