Sunday, 27 February 2022

Review #TWD S 11 x 10 NEW HAUNTS #TheWalkingDead

 Previously: Review S11x09 No Other Way



                    S 11 x 10  NEW HAUNTS

Directed by Jon Amiel

Written by Magali Lozano



What with the excellence of last week's episode and then this one, it seems criminal that TWD is coming to a close!

Good move to jump straight to Day 30 of our crew's stay in the Commonwealth—we've already seen the initiation process with Eugene's group, and we saw 'acclimatisation to the ways of an established community' when they moved to Alexandria back in 5B.  This is different for Daryl, though, in particular; having taken on responsibility for RJ and Judith, he can't semi-opt out like he did before. 

It was hard to know what he was thinking when they said they'd want to stay at the Commonwealth even when Alexandria is fixed up.  He looked sad, though, like he wished home and connections to the past mattered as much to them as it does to him.  I assume he wants to go back, but he's got to bear in mind what they want now, as well.  

Something about the way Pamela Milton mentioned 'the Alexandria thing' sounds like its 'fixing up' isn't happening any time soon, though.  Can't see her providing labour and materials to set them back on their feet, then waving cheerio and leaving them to go their own way.

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So Carol's looking great and making cookies again, but in spite of her saying to Daryl 'Maybe we won't have to do anything to make it work' (Daryl: 'No, there's always something we gotta do to make it work'), she's up to her old tricks, doing her innocent, friendly 'I'm such a klutz' thing to get what she wants on the QT—this time, stealing keys so she can find out about Ezekiel's treatment, and being her usual resourceful self in order to bribe Cheesy Video Guy with the decent wine he needs for Pamela Milton's Hallowe'en party.  

She's alert, taking everything in as usual—remember in 6x01 First Time Again when Morgan asked her if she was a cop; he said, 'You're always watching.  You always seem ready.  You know ... how to handle things.'  Spot on.

I know everyone wants Daryl and Carol to be together (as do I), but there is something I love about her and Ezekiel's relationship.  The easy affection.  Their scenes together this week were so touching—I love his open, kind, honest face, and it was heartbreaking to see Carol finding out the truth from Tomi, but deciding to keep it from Ezekiel.


Love this scene, when they're together...



I'm not going to comment on Daryl's happy face when he talks to Connie (oh dear, I just did); I don't have any predictions about what's going to happen there. Though we know Daryl's not going to end up with Connie because of the Caryl spin-off, right?


Aside from affairs of the heart, though, I am sure Connie will do her job as an investigative journalist a lot more thoroughly than Pamela Milton realises.

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Sinister undercurrents apart, there is something I find kind of saddening about most of our friends being at the Commonwealth.  Yes, it's great that they're out of the reach of people like Pope, they have food and shelter, it's a delight to see Jerry and Nabila doing normal family stuff with their children, RJ and Judith having a carefree childhood, etc—but you can't go back, Bob, and to try to recreate life-before-the-Walkers will probably not work for those who've been 'out there' all this time, because their experiences over the past twelve years have made them different people.

This was epitomised by Rosita saying it was weird to be worrying about money again—with all the dangers and hardships of life from Atlanta to Hershel's Farm, to the prison and Alexandria, Hilltop and the Kingdom, came real freedom, the strength that evolves from making your own life or death decisions, and the discovery of inner resources that would have stayed forever hidden had the world not changed.  

Look at the abused wife who became the super-smart apocalyptic warrior.  The 'redneck asshole' who found a brave, honourable leader in a corner of his psyche.  The socially inept nerd who was scared of everything, but dared to play Negan at his own game, and set off on horseback to find the woman he'd fallen for over the airwaves.  The self-serving priest who learned the meaning of self-sacrifice.  Can they surrender their new improved selves to the petty whims of Lance Hornsby?  They don't need anyone telling them how to live...  

So no, I didn't like seeing Daryl in his Commonwealth soldier get-up (though his legs did look good in the white shiny stuff!), or Judith in her girlie frock.  It felt like it's just temporary, until they can get back to freedom and living life on their own terms.


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Teaching your grandmother how to suck eggs time: Mercer organising Daryl and Rosita into Walker-slaying practice teams in the 'kill house', reminded me of Aidan and Nicholas showing Glenn and Tara how to do supply runs in 5x12 Remember.   Rosita's mature, wise personality was inclined to just do what she had to and keep it zipped, but Daryl is more stubborn and confrontational.  (btw, something I've always loved about Rosita is that there's never any ego stuff going on.  There's never any fuss or drama, no unnecessary confrontation or drawing attention to herself; she just gets on with it.)

Despite this daft exercise, Mercer obviously saw that Daryl is The Man when it comes to dispatching hostiles.  Something the loathsome Sebastian doesn't want to admit - props to Daryl for letting him pretend he'd captured Tyler, later, to impress his mother who clearly isn't that impressed by him, generally.  Nice move.


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Mercer seems like he's one of the good guys underneath the pumpkin coloured space suit, and I reckon he'll turn out to be an ally.  I liked what he said to Princess before inviting her to be his plus one up the red carpet, and the way in which he rebuffed the steward who called her out about dress code.  Love them as a couple!

I thought at first that he and Daryl were going to be locked in the Battle of the Alpha Males forever, but I think it might evolve into mutual respect.  Not least of all because Mercer clearly thinks Sebastian is a dick, too.


(Incidentally, have Rosita and Gabriel split up?  When she talked to him about looking after Coco, it sounded as though they have separate abodes: '
I'll come by tonight to pick her up.'  'You know, why don't I just keep her overnight?'  Have I missed something?)


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And so to the exclusive party, and I'm pleased that we're being given big hints that all is not fine and dandy, straight away—from Connie asking Pamela Milton about the class divide and not receiving a proper answer, to lottery tickets that allow lowly workers to party with the elite, to Real Stephanie being called 'Max', to Tyler shouting that that's how it is—you screw up, you lose everything.


What with the regime sounding a bit like a social credit system, and Milton's speech ('Brick by brick, block by block, we're putting the world back together') a longer version of the 'Build Back Better' slogan of our world, it does sound as though the Commonwealth is something of a totalitarian regime—and we can't imagine Daryl, Carol, Rosita, Magna, etc., putting up with that for very long!



Other Stuff I Liked:

  • When Ezekiel gave Shiva's collar to Ezra - everyone say aaahhh!  Also sad, because it gave the impression that he knew he wouldn't need it for much longer.

  • Discovering that Daryl's spiky ball on chain weapon thing is called the Morning Star—I always wondered why 10x11 was thus named!!
  • That Judith's introduction to the world of pre-Walker music was Motorhead's 'Eat The Rich'.  Bet it reminded Daryl of the old days with Merle.

Here's a good trailer for what's coming - appears that Maggie's crew are not having such a great time of things, Leah's still around, Princess appears to be locked up and looking a lot less princessy, while Eugene is in emotional tatters....


Is the Resistance an actual movement?  Are there people who have been cast out of the Commonwealth?  I've got a feeling this third-of-a-season is going to get better and better—I just want to see them all living happily at Alexandria again, really!  We'll see...




Friday, 25 February 2022

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

#NewRelease - WHERE THERE'S DOUBT


Meet romance scammer Nico Lewis ~ and his victims... 

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Now available on all Amazon sites -

click HERE

Free to read on Kindle Unlimited

See below for blurb etc!



Basic genres/themes: 

  • Psychological Drama/thriller
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Romantic Con Artist
  • Mystery/Conspiracy
  • Murder
  • Betrayal
  • Publishing Scam


Blurb 

'I can be anything you want.  Even if you don't know you want it.'

Cafรฉ owner Kate is mentally drained after a tough two years; all she wants from her online chess partner is entertainment on lonely evenings, and maybe a little virtual flirtation. 

She is unaware that Nico Lewis is a highly intelligent con artist who, with an intricately spun web of lies about their emotional connection, will soon convince her that he is The One.  

Neither does Kate know that his plan involves women who seek love on dating sites, and his small publishing business.  A host of excited authors also believe Nico is about to make their dreams come true.

Terry Tyler's twenty-fourth publication is a sinister psychological drama that highlights the dark side of internet dating—and the danger of ignoring the doubts of your subconscious.


 



Sunday, 20 February 2022

Lately I've Been Watching...


The latest in my series of mini TV and film reviews, with trailers and 'where to watch'.  If you have trouble finding where any show/film is available in your country, this is a good site: Justwatch.  Just put the name of the show into the search, and choose your country further down, from the drop-down menu.  It shows where you can stream, buy or rent.  Or you can put 'where can I watch ***' into whichever search engine you use, or go to the programme's own site, if it has one.

If you would like to see more posts, please click here: Lately I've Been Watching.  If you get as far as the bottom, 'Older Posts' will take you to more.


Film: Nightmare Alley

5* plus ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Not available to be streamed yet, only at the pictures)

Fabulous Guillermo del Toro remake of the 1947 film, in which Bradley Cooper plays the ambitious 'carnie' originally played by Tyrone Power, who takes his claims of psychic powers a few steps too far.  Starts at the end of the Depression, in 1939.  Also stars Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Toni Colette, Ron Perlman and a whole bunch of other people you'll recognise.  Gripping, sinister, atmospheric; really excellent.  


Original:



Series: Invasion - Season 1

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK & US: Apple)

Apocalyptic alien invasion seen through the eyes of a family in New York, a young woman working in a Japanese space station, a schoolboy in London and an American soldier in Afghanistan.  The aliens are big weird sucky black things and make all sorts of bad shit happen, like power outages and massive holes in the ground and people dying everywhere.  They're seemingly indestructable, apart from their vulnerability towards one particular weapon.  

I liked that the revealing of the aliens was slow and subtle, and the way that the story kept going back and forth between the four scenarios.  It's jolly good.  Gripped, I was.




Film: The Last Duel

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(HBO Max, HBO, Disney+)

Ridley Scott epic medieval drama set in France, about Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) who challenges his former best friend Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) to a duel.  Based on a true story.  Jodie Comer plays Jean's wife Marguerite, and Ben Affleck Count Pierre de Alenรงon.  

The story that leads up to the duel is told from three points of view: that of Carrouges, Le Gris and Marguerite.  Thus, we see the same events taking place, but at no time did this become tedious - it worked beautifully.  Wonderfully atmospheric, a two and a half hour long film that's just the thing for curling up under the duvet and getting totally absorbed.  I loved it, but have knocked off half a star for annoying historical inaccuracies.



Documentary: The Tinder Swindler

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Netflix, Amazon)

If you made this up, people would say it was far-fetched.  Israeli conman Simon Leviev (not his real name) meets women on Tinder and convinces them that he is a diamond billionaire.  To varying degrees, the women are so betwitched by the lifestyle he offers (private jets, luxury hotels, etc) that they don't bother with those little warning signs, and don't realise that they're each funding each other - like all good romance scammers, he waits until he has them reeled in before coming out with the old 'my money's tied up in investments, can you lend me 50 grand' line.  And they fall for it.  Every time.  With a couple of them (one of was just in a friendship with him, rather than a romantic relationship) you could see why they believed him, but one woman, a Norwegian called Cecilie, appeared anxious to do anything she could to maintain her fantasy about having a billionaire boyfriend, even though she hardly saw him.

I have just finished writing a novel about a romance scammer.  I have a character within called Polly, who is obsessed with the trappings of romance.  As my con artiste Nico comments, he could have been any good-looking chump as long as he kept coming up with roses and diamonds and champagne on posh restaurant terraces.  That was how Cecilie came across.  She now seems to be making a career out of being one of Simon Leviev's victims, which I suppose is fair enough, bearing in mind that she is still paying off the loans that she took out to give him the money he asked for.  Beggars belief.

I won't tell you how it ends (spoilers!) but suffice to say he is clearly a total sociopath/narcissist.  He even 'bulk called' his women; he would do one video saying 'I love you and miss you *insert name here*', then do another for the next one.  Same place, same clothes.




Series: The Walking Dead - Season 11B

5* plus ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(AMC+, Disney)

Episode 9:  Full Review HERE



Series: Pam and Tommy

5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(US: Hulu.  UK: Disney+)

Lily James is AMAZING as Pamela Anderson.  Somehow she manages, at certain angles, to look exactly like her, even though her features are actually quite different.  The hair is perfect.  Sebastian Stan is excellent acting-wise as Tommy Lee, and wardrobe/make-up have done a great job with him, too, but he seems a bit miscast to me; Tommy Lee is a rugged, macho-looking guy, over six feet tall, whereas Stan is small and skinny.

Anyway, I've seen five episodes so far and it's immensely entertaining.  Seth Rogan ticks all the right boxes as the socially gauche carpenter who got ripped off by an off-his-face Lee, and went on to rob them, coming across their private sex video and finding ways to make a fortune out of it.  The internet was in its infancy at the time, and neither Anderson nor Lee understood the concept of 'going viral'.


The Real Pam and Tommy



Cartoon Series: South Park - Season 25

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK: Now.  US: HBO Max, Directv)

I've seen all episodes available so far (3 of them), and they're great, as ever.  #1 is a satire on mask mandates, disguised as 'Pajama Day', #2 is a marvellous skit on the most patronising sort of allyship (Randy decides it will improve business if Mr Black becomes his business partner, and encourages Stan to befriend 'Tolkein'), and #3 is about trend-loving city people wanting to move out to the country, and ghastly realtors.  I always get more out of them when re-watching - I look forward to the end so I can watch them all again!




Film: Kimi

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(US: HBO Max.  UK: Sky, Now, Virgin TV Go)

Stars Zรถe Kravitz as a young woman with agoraphobia who works from home for Kimi - another form or Alexa or Siri.  Along the way she uncovers the darkness that really occurs at the top of the corporation.  More than anything, this film gave me the shivers about how easy it is to find out absolutely everything about someone, more so the more tech you use.  Ms Kravitz is excellent, of course.  


Series: Billions - Season 6

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK: Sky, Now, Virgin TV Go.  US: Fubo, Showtime, Directv)

Now there's a surprise.  I love Damian Lewis, adored the character of Bobby Axelrod, and wondered how the show would hold up without him, with Corey Stoll's character Mike Prince in Axe's place.  4 episodes in, I'm certainly liking it as much if not slightly more than some previous seasons - the plot is inspired and I can't wait to see how it pans out, as Prince's company competes with Chuck's protest group and legal obstacles to build the stadium for the 2028 Olympics in New York.  The irritations are ever-present - Taylor Mason, who doesn't look or seem like any real person, ever, Wendy Rhoades who I just find irritating, full stop, and the endless clever little one-liners and metaphor-riddled rejoinders using sometimes obscure popular culture references - but I really liked it, and I think any fans of the show will, too. 



Comedy Series: Upload - Season 1

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Amazon Prime)

Unexpectedly good series (25 minute episodes) set in the year 2033 when, if you're about to die, you can choose to be 'uploaded' into a digital afterlife, the quality of which depends on how much money you have.  In the real world, an 'angel' working for Horizon, the executive level corporation, takes care of the uploaded.

Hero Nathan is in a self-drive car crash; he hears that he's a moment away from dying from a punctured lung, and allows pushy, clingy, superficial and very rich girlfriend Ingrid to have him uploaded to the idyllic Lake View scenario.  During his time there, though, he begins to fall in love with his angel, Nora.

Aside from the well put together idea, I liked other ideas about what life will be like in 11 years time - never mind Tinder, everyone uses the 'Nightly' app, with sex now seen as nothing but a recreational sport on which partners rate each other, Uber-style.  I loved the bubble like self-drive cars (a bit like 1960s bubble cars!), and it's clear that the planet's resources are not what they were, as Nora wrangles with crappy water pressure in the shower of her cupboard-sized New York flat, and the lavatories at her place of work block up on a regular basis.

Funny, entertaining, well-acted.  Good stuff.



Film: Imperium

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(UK: Amazon Prime, Virgin TV Go.  US: HBO, HBO Max)

Daniel Radcliffe is a quiet nerdy bloke working for the FBI when Toni Collette decides he's the perfect person to go undercover within the Aryan Brotherhood.  It's based on a true story, which meant that the development of events was not as thrilling as it might have been.  It was interesting, though; the difference between the thug brigade and the more intelligent white supremacists with their skewed view of the world.  I think it probably needed to be a miniseries to be more convincing.  It was good, though.  



Film: How It Ends

4.5* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Netflix)

Highly watchable post-apocalyptic romp.  Natural disasters (we think seismic, though this is never confirmed absolutely) causes devastation in the western US states, while the repercussions are felt all over the country.  It's one of those dangerous post-apoc journey films, with a chap played by Theo James driving cross country with his father-in-law who hates him (Forest Whitaker) from Chicago to Seattle to rescue Theo's wife.  Jolly good, I liked it a lot.




Film: Ray Donovan The Movie

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Fubo, Showtime, Directv, Now) 

If you were a fan of the now cancelled show you will like this.  It's set half in the present - carrying on from the end - and half in flashbacks, when Ray was a teenager.  It rounds off the whole series with the revelation about how Mickey ended up in jail.  The end is kind of sad, but fitting.



Series: Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol

3* ⭐⭐⭐

(UK: Sky, Now, Virgin TV Go.  US: Peacock, Peacock Premium)

Harvard professor Robert Langdon (Ashley Zuckerman) joins hands with a clever rich Mason (Eddie Izzard) and his daughter to decode ancient symbols in order to find ancient wisdom that will bestow God-like attributes onto the individual, before a richly tattooed baddie finds it.  The CIA are also in the fight.  I thought it seemed pretty good for the first couple of episodes but after that it went slowly downhill to a massive anticlimax that was only one step up from 'it was all a dream'.  I'd only recommend this if you're a big Dan Brown fan already.



Series: Reacher - Season 1

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Amazon Prime)

The ridiculously huge and hunky Alan Ritchson plays Lee Child's Jack Reacher, who turns up in small town Georgia looking for peach pie, and finding out who killed his brother.  Stumbling on mass corruption in the local police and mayor's office, he has more to contend with than he bargains for.  Reacher is cool and funny, and I liked the small town atmosphere.  It's good.  I hope there will be another season.



Miniseries: The Fear Index

4* ⭐⭐⭐⭐

(Sky)

Four episode adaptation of a book of the same name by Robert Harris.  Josh Hartnett stars as a multi-millionaire technological genius who invents an AI that will revolutionise his hedge fund business and make everyone ridiculously wealthy.  Trouble is, someone's out to get him, and he can't work out who.

I can't say any more without spoiling the plot, but it all takes place over a period of 24 hours, and I didn't guess how the story would unfold.  I probably won't remember it in 6 months' time, but I enjoyed it.



Film: Light of my Life

2* ⭐⭐

(Amazon)

Casey Affleck and Elisabeth Moss in a 2019 sanitised rip off of The Road.  Man alone in post apoc world with daughter, teaching her how to survive, meeting strangers about whom they must be wary, flashbacks of dead wife.  Billed as an edge-of-your-seat thriller, but the only reason we were on the edge of our seats was to go out to make coffee because we knew we wouldn't be missing anything.  Boring, stuck it out for an hour then abandoned.  

Perhaps we shouldn't have re-watched The Road the night before.






Review #TheWalkingDead Season 11x09 NO OTHER WAY #TWD

Previously: Review 11x08 FOR BLOOD



- S 11 x 09  NO OTHER WAY -

Directed by Jon Amiel

Written by Corey Reed


As far as first-episodes-after-the-break go, I thought this was one of the best ever, to rival the fabulous 6x09 No Way Out.  Wasn't it great?  So the dreaded hwacha only killed Walkers after all, and Queen Leah of the Reapers ended up fleeing with a bullet in her arm.  Well done, Maggie. And well done Daryl for the 'We survived this for what?  To keep killing each other?' speech—and for not doing anything to help Leah apart from letting her live.  Will we see her again?  I wouldn't be surprised...
  


Gabriel and Maggie were the stars of the show this episode, the decisions they made leaving them in a similar place.  Yes, they've done what must be done, but they're both having a hard time reconciling themselves with it. 

Maggie ignoring Daryl to go after Leah and her soldiers and kill Carver was so much the right thing to do.  Not just for the Alexandrians, but for anyone they might meet in the future.  Reminded me of Rick killing Gareth in 5x03 Four Walls and a Roof, when he said, 'Yes, but you'll cross someone else's path, won't you?' (or words to that effect).

It's not just about what they've done.  

It's also about the misery they may cause if left alive.


Negan's expressions were so interesting throughout the whole fabulous scene of Carver's demise and Maggie stalking after Leah—he showed not only a wariness ('so this is what she's capable of'), but also admiration.  And a kind of connection, which is why he understands her; a sense of 'we're the same', uncomfortable though this made him. 


During that scene by Alden's grave when he left, there was so much conflicting emotion on Maggie's face, too - did his words make her think, 'Am I really no different from him?' (as was clearly illustrated in 11x02 Acheron II when she chose not to save Gage)?  'Is this what I am now, a ruthless killer?'

I've never been keen on the character of Maggie, but Lauren Cohan really is outstanding.  She scarcely needs dialogue!


I believe I detected regret, too.  Like she knows there's a connection.  She saw how he protected her and Elijah with the bell and sand ('Well, ding ding!'), and she is beginning to understand his pragmatism, intelligence, and benefit to the group.  In another dimension of the same world, they could even have been a power couple like Rick and Michonne.  

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As for the tragic death of Alden (see end of post) —I so hoped he was going to be just gone, and on his way back to Alexandria, or heading off to join them at Meridian, anything but a Walker.  So, so sad.  And who will look after Adam now?  Another one for Uncle Daryl's nursery?  Aaron, maybe...

...talking of whom, when he dived in to save Judith and Gracie from the water and Walker-filled basement, crashing his mace hand down on a Walker's skull, it occurred to me what a far cry today's Aaron is from Season 5's nice middle-class aid worker who chose his house in Alexandria according to its 'kerb appeal'.  I don't think Rick would have even considered thumping the Season 11 Aaron.


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There must be few things better than standing at the main look-out at Alexandria and seeing those you care about coming down that long road, after you've spent days wondering if you'll ever see them again, terrified you won't, but with a deep down belief that they'll make it through - again.




The reunions can be added to all the greats in the annals of TWD; Daryl and Connie's was particularly joyous, and I loved Carol's face, filled with emotion.  Like fate had forgiven her for the events of 10x09 Squeeze



...though both she and Lydia seemed unhappy at the news that Negan had gone.

Alas, there were to be more arrivals at the gate.  When the shout came, Gabriel looked like he was thinking, 'Seriously?  More crap to deal with?'.  

I did NOT expect to see Eugene—and I can't help thinking that there is more to this than meets the eye.  He looked happy, but that could have been that he was just pleased to see his old friends.  When he left Alexandria with Ezekiel and Yumiko, it was before Beta's herd trashed the place, and don't forget last time we saw him he was in a cell, being given ultimatums.  Does he think something might be afoot, and needs Daryl, Rosita and co to help him fight it?

I loved the stony faces of our gang as Cheesy Video Guy gave them the pitch.  Hated the way he talked to them, like he had it all figured out and was the person to rescue them.  I'd like to see him out in the wild for a day or two... 


We know from the ending that most of them decide not dying of starvation is the incentive they need to leave Alexandria, but I hate the thought of them being there under the jackboot of the Commonwealth. That clip of Magna in the 11b trailer when she says, 'This place is like a city from before.  When people who can't fit in get cast out' - I suspect there might be quite a lot of that.  Right from the start.

We also know from the OMG WTF six month time jump ending that Maggie, Elijah and others choose not to go, but to return to Hilltop.  I think I might have gone with her to Hilltop, rather than head for the Commonwealth; how can they go back to living according to someone else's rules, after all this time?  It's like giving up and going backwards - though of course not dying from starvation is indeed a great motivator!  

Original Hilltop inhabitants like Bertie, Eduardo and Kai have not been seen since Season 10; maybe, if they're still alive but out of view, she'll have got them to go with her.


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So much to look forward to, not least of all seeing RJ, Judith, Hershel and Gracie having their first taste of ice cream, but also finding out about Rick - see the trailer breakdown further down.  I wonder if the big reveal about where Rick and Michonne are will come during the finale of 11b..



Other stuff I liked:

  • Gabriel's observation: 'Doubt's important but it doesn't make you wrong'.  I was of the opinion that Mancea was delusional in thinking that he could hear the voice of God.  That, or it was the devil in God's clothing....


  • That Maggie saw Negan saving Elijah—unlike us, she has never seen 'good Negan'.

  • Negan's face when Gabriel started shooting from the roof—was like he thought 'so Gabey the creepy-ass priest came good' !!


  • Echoes of Season 3: when Daryl was fighting Reaper Austin in the schoolroom/nursery - the stuff on the walls reminded me of when Daryl and Maggie went to look for formula for the newborn Judith in 3x05 Say The Word.  



  • ...and that amazing music when Maggie surged forth to kill Leah and her companions. It gave me goosepimples, and reminded me of the end of 3x13 Arrow on the Doorpost (music: Warm Shadow by Fink) when both the prison and Woodbury are getting ready for war.


Not the tune itself but the mood/tone of it.  



๐ŸŒŸ Good Trailer breakdown for next week, especially for those of us who bow in servitude to Queen Carol - because isn't it ALWAYS Carol?!):


 Alden death scene:


~ RIP Alden ~
and thank you, Callan McAuliffe






and if you'd like some more, here's an excellent 15 minute video:
The story of Alden



A Few Gif Posts: