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My review of The Walking Dead Season 7, Episode 10 “New Best Friends” is now live at Latin for Cat – please find it here:

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Episode: 609
Airdate: February 14, 2016
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Seth Hoffman (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

After a serious downturn in episode quality over the latter half of Part A of this season, I was beginning to lose faith in Messrs. Gimple, Nicotero, and co. And then they give me tonight’s episode. From an opening that absolutely blew me away, through a second act that just ramped things up, and ending with a third act that put nearly everyone we know and love to watch in grave peril, this episode had it all. Having just finished watching the episode twice, I can’t say for certain whether this is due primarily to what I just saw, or if the poor showing of the last several episodes is having an undue effect on my opinion, but this felt like one of the best episodes I’ve seen of TWD ever. Time and further viewings may adjust this initial impression, but I suspect it won’t fall far short of that assessment. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss plot points of The Walking Dead S06E09, “No Way Out” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 607
Airdate: November 22, 2015
Directed by: David Boyd
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Channing Powell (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

“Everybody’s got their problems ain’t no new news here
I’m the same old trouble you’ve been havin’ for years”
– Mellencamp and Green

John Mellencamp’s lyrics from what might as well be the theme song for tonight’s episode (see the link below the break), are appropriate on a number of levels. Most obviously, we have the walkers, clearly an “old trouble” the group has been facing for years now. Then, you have the problem with idiots abounding (how have people like Spencer – or, to be honest, Enid – survived this long?). And finally, in the case of the current season of The Walking Dead, it’s the same old problem we’ve been having the last three episodes (and a bit further back for the less generous than myself): sub-par outings with lots of niggling logical flaws and red herrings leading to nowhere. Tonight’s episode was, in my opinion, clearly better than the last two outings, but it was still nowhere near as good as what this team has shown itself to be capable of. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss plot points of The Walking Dead S06E07, “Heads Up” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 603
Airdate: October 25, 2015
Directed by: Michael Slovis
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Angela Kang (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Heavy. I can’t really say anything about this episode at all without giving away major spoilers. Yes, the title of my review is a spoiler – there is a strong possibility that someone big dies tonight – I’m just not saying who until after the break. So, if you’ve watched the episode, click on through to the other side. If not, watch it, then click through.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E03, “Thank You” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Comic Con is up to its usual tricks, giving us all kinds of cool news and trailers for upcoming geekery. This morning’s panel on The Walking Dead saw the release of a heavy-weight trailer for Season 6, weighing in at a massive four-plus minutes – which makes sense, when you realize that the season premiere will be 90-minutes long, just like last season’s finale. Click through for the trailer and some commentary on what it reveals heading into October 11th’s release date.
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Episode: 516
Airdate: March 29, 2015
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Tonight marks the end of another season of The Walking Dead, a date that always seems to come just a little too soon for fans. And that goes even more so for this season, a season which, heading into the finale, is the best since Season 1 – perhaps even just a little bit better. But in order for Season 5 to be the triumph it’s been setting up to be, it’s final act needs to deliver; after all, there won’t be any more TWD until October, so the events tonight will, by their nature, set the tone for the kind of anticipation fans will feel in the long interim months. And tonight, they did just that – they delivered. Click through for my full review and episode synopsis – it’s a big one, almost 6000 words; the tl/dr is at the bottom, along with a poll regarding who you’re most likely to see as a role-model in the zombie apocalypse. Enjoy!

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E16, “Conquer” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 515
Airdate: March 22, 2015
Directed by: Angela Kang
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: TBA (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Last week’s episode left us with a lot of hanging plots, not the least of which involve how Deanna is going to take her son, Aiden’s, death, and how Rick intends to deal with the wife and child abuser Pete, who just so happens to also be the community’s doctor. Things are just a little too “normal” in Alexandria, and there’s a sense that the wheels are about to come off for several members of our group. Click through for my review and synopsis.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E15, “Try” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 515
Airdate: March 22, 2015
Directed by: TBA
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Frank Darabont (creator); Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard (series of graphic novels); TBA (written by)

Two episodes to go, and a couple of real cliff-hangers left over from last week’s episode, means that we should be in for a tense and action-filled show this Sunday. In one of the clips below, there are several freshly dug graves – who’s in them? Click through for preview videos, and my ideas on what’s going to happen this week.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 15 “Try” includes promotional material from AMC, discusses recent episodes, and will speculate on future events.>>
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Episode: 514
Airdate: March 15, 2015
Directed by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Matthew Negrete (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

As the group attempts to settle into their new “normal,” we just know that things can’t possibly be as smooth as they seem. There have been a few hints of underlying issues with the Alexandria community since the very beginning; in fact, Aaron and his presentation seem just about the smoothest part of the whole place (then again, that’s what you usually get from brochures advertising retirement communities). So, with the inevitable entropy that is the hallmark of The Walking Dead, tonight, three shows to the end of the season, seems like just about the right time to throw the monkey wrench (spanner for my British readers) into the works. And while we do, indeed, get some of this, it all happens in what is, for my money, the best paced and edited episode of the season so far.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E14, “Spend” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Steve and Dan TWD 2

In a more-potty-mouthed-than-usual episode, Steve and Dan complain about rough-around-the-edges Rick and homosexual stereotypes. Contains mild comic-book spoilers and juvenile tittering. Does becoming the voice of reason mean a death sentence for Michonne? Why is Glenn channeling Dirty Harry-era Clint Eastwood? Will the group pass Aaron’s audition? And can you trust a man who doesn’t like apple sauce?

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