The Walking Dead Bids Farewell to Lauren Cohans Maggie …

Two major characters from The Walking Dead have reached the end of the road for now, anyway. The AMC post-apocalyptic drama bid farewell to Andrew Lincolns Rick Grimes on the Sunday, November 4, episode. It was also the last of the season forLauren Cohans Maggie Rhee.

Lincolns exit was more clear-cut as Rick was mortally wounded and flown away in a helicopter. Cohans departure, however, may come as more of a shock to viewers.

Thats the last of her for this season, showrunner Angela Kang confirmed during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Sunday. AMC programming president David Madden echoed, I would hope its not the last youll see of her for the show, but she is not in any immediately forthcoming episodes.

Earlier this year, Cohan, 36, joined the cast of ABCs drama Whiskey Cavalier. She was expected to continue her role on The Walking Dead in a limited capacity in the ninth and current season, but it appears that she is now finished with her character at least for the time being.

Weve been talking to Lauren and hopefully well get to tell more story for her, Kang told The Hollywood Reporter. We definitely have some things up our sleeve that wed love to do. A lot of that is just a scheduling conversation, so hopefully that will all work out, because I think mutually we would like to continue with Maggies story, for sure.

Madden added, Angela and Lauren talk. They are actually friendly. And we would like to see her come back. A lot of that is going have to do with Whiskey Cavalier and what her availability then becomes, which we obviously dont control. But creatively, we would love to see her return to some degree. We did not, as you have seen, kill her off in [the episode]. We established that she is out there somewhere. And thats something we would like to pay off by having her return, if her schedule permits.

For his part, Lincoln, 45, will reprise his role in a series of movies centered around The Walking Deads universe. The first will explore where his character ends up after the conclusion of Sundays episode.

The Walking Dead airs on AMC on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone?Download theUs Weekly iPhone app now!

View post:
The Walking Dead Bids Farewell to Lauren Cohans Maggie …

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in The Walking Dead| Comments Off on The Walking Dead Bids Farewell to Lauren Cohans Maggie …

Body Bag, Walker Or Helicopter: How Will Rick Grimes Leave …

The moment has arrived. The Walking Dead is not waiting for a season or even midseason finale to send Rick Grimes off here in season 9, with tonight, episode 5, being Andrew Lincolns last on the show.

This is no secret or spoiler. AMC has been advertising the hell out of Ricks departure since the season began, even spelling out that yes, this is his very last episode ever, so you better tune in. But how Rick leaves the show is still a mystery to fans, and I thought Id go through the various options that are on the table for tonight. I havent watched my screener yet (Im about to), but here are some of the main theories about how Rick leaves The Walking Dead for good.

In A Body Bag

The most common thought is that Rick Grimes is, of course, going to die. We have more or less never seen a character leave The Walking Dead without dying to this point, the exceptions being Heath who simply disappeared several seasons ago, or Morgan who went over to Fear the Walking Dead. So its kind of expected that Rick will die in some fashion.

My hope that is if we are going down this path, one that gives some sense of finality to his arc, that Rick at least gets a few moments of badassery to go out on. This would require him getting off the rebar, fighting his way through a horde and saving his friends before he dies in some epic way that is hopefully better and more memorable than what we saw with Madison on Fear the Walking Dead.

This feels like it would be the most fitting end for his character, a heroic sacrifice, but possibly also the most predictable, so perhaps this wont happen and well get some sort of a curveball.

As A Walker

This is definitely the most bleak theory, but its possible and could be a part of The Walking Deads newfound artistic vision. We know that in this episode Rick is going to be hallucinating bits and pieces of his old life, including some past, now-dead characters who show up to say hello.

What all this could be leading to is that whatever journey Rick is on, in the end, he never gets off the rebar and it was all in his head. And the last we see of Rick is him turned into a walker on the rebar, or a walker wandering around the area having pulled himself off post-mortem. A walker version of Rick would be the most haunting, harrowing image in the shows history, and would be a bit of a bookend with Shane. And all these hallucinations could also imply that zombies are reliving parts of their old lives in their minds as they stagger around as monsters.

Thisseems a little heavy for The Walking Dead if you ask me, and Id be pretty surprised if we see Walker Rick before the night is out, where Daryl or Michonne is forced to kill him. If Rick dies it may be bleak, but Im not sure it needs to be that bleak.

In A Helicopter

This has been a long, long running fan theory, that this entire Jadis/helicopter plotline could be leading up to Ricks non-lethal exit from the show. We have learned in recent episode that this mystery group is trading Jadis supplies for As and Bs, different types of people that are right now by best guess, leaders and followers.

Rick is clearly a leader, and has previously been listed as an A by Jadis when he was captured. The idea here is that Jadis and her helicopter friends manage to find Rick either on the rebar or stumbling around after getting off the rebar and abduct him. This would be a way for Rick to leave with the potential to return, but it does create some problems.

You have to think about how this would affect the rest of the cast. If the group A) saw Rick taken, the rest of the series would almost have to be about them trying to find and rescue him, but we know they cant if hes leaving the show. If B) no one saw Rick taken, then he would simply disappear like Glenn was going to during his fake death, which doesnt make much narrative sense, and everyone would still be looking for him. Would we really have a time jump and just have everyone be like well, I wonder whatever happened to that old Rick Grimes? as that would be weird. But perhaps theres a way to make this all work somehow.

All of these theories end with Rick leaving the show, if not permanently, at least for an extremely long time if he shows up in the finale in some dream or flashback or final appearance or whatever. Its a sad day for the show, but the best we can hope for now is that they manage to get this hugely important send-off right.

Follow meon Twitter,FacebookandInstagram.Read my new sci-fi thriller novelHerokiller, available now in print and online. I also wroteThe Earthborn Trilogy.

Read the rest here:
Body Bag, Walker Or Helicopter: How Will Rick Grimes Leave …

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in The Walking Dead| Comments Off on Body Bag, Walker Or Helicopter: How Will Rick Grimes Leave …

The Walking Dead Says Goodbye to Andrew Lincoln. Sort Of …

This interview includes spoilers for Sunday nights episode of The Walking Dead.

Turns out the walkers arent the only ones who are undead.

For months The Walking Dead has hyped the departure of its central hero, Rick Grimes, breaking from its usual secretive shocking-death playbook to not only confirm rumors that Andrew Lincoln, the actor who played him, was leaving, but also to say exactly when he would go.

That moment came Sunday night in a retrospective, mournful episode that matched the tone of the marketing around Lincolns exit. The episode took Rick through a series of fever dream encounters with old dead friends like Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Hershel (Scott Wilson), before marching him toward what seemed like an explosive final heroic sacrifice.

Until the end, when he came to on a river bank, very much alive, and was rescued by a helicopter. The story then jumped ahead six years to find Ricks cohorts making do without him, his young daughter, Judith, assuming the mantle (and hat) of the new zombie-slaying Grimes.

While Ricks destination and eventual fate may be uncertain, it wont be for long: The Walking Dead will resume his story with a trilogy of feature-length movies to run on AMC, with the first going into production next year.

Everybody thinks Im a sociopath because Im not breaking down at every interview, Lincoln said over lunch in New York last month. But the truth is that I know that theres something happening next year.

Unlike the series, the films will not be direct adaptations from the Walking Dead comics. The films will tell an original Rick Grimes story and have beefed-up production values, said Scott M. Gimple, the chief content officer of the Walking Dead universe, who is writing the first film. Theyre not just longer episodes, he said. (The comics author and series executive producer Robert Kirkman is heavily involved, he added.)

The move into movies represents the latest platform expansion for a franchise which, since its arrival on TV in 2010, has spun off another series (Fear the Walking Dead), a supplementary fan show (Talking Dead), video games, conferences, cruises, a line of wines and a subscription gift box service, among other products.

AMC said it heavily marketed Ricks exit because if you were a fan of the show we wanted you to know this was your opportunity to see, live, his departure from the series, said David Madden, the head of programming. We wanted to honor that moment, and then at the same time tell people what would come next.

But based on reaction to the shows earlier narrative gimmicks, some fans are sure to feel manipulated or misled.

I hope that people dont feel that way, but the internet is quite a vast place, so I imagine some folks will, Gimple said.

Lincoln preferred that his departure remain a secret until it actually happened. The greatest regret I have is that people arent experiencing this fresh, he said.

But the promotion has afforded a victory lap for the anchor of one of the most popular shows on television. Before The Walking Dead debuted in 2010, the British actor was best known in America for costume dramas (Wuthering Heights) and rom-coms (Love Actually). But he brought remarkable physical endurance and emotional intensity to the tormented action hero Rick Grimes, the by turns bloodthirsty and idealistic, perpetually sweaty zombie fighter enduring loss after loss in a postapocalyptic hellscape.

In person Lincoln is closer to the sweetly charming wielder of romantic poster boards in Love Actually an earnest conversationalist with an easygoing affability that belies his status as the center of one of the worlds biggest pop culture franchises.

Over lunch at a bustling Gramercy Park trattoria and in a follow-up phone interview, Lincoln discussed his time on the series, his least favorite plot points and why, despite all the blood, bullets and human brutality, The Walking Dead is a story of hope. These are edited excerpts from the conversations.

What did you think of Ricks exit?

When Angela [Kang, the showrunner] pitched the idea to me, she said that weve been oscillating between antihero and hero for the last nine years, and I think we should probably finish with a heroic act. I said, That sounds like a great plan. Im in.

Will you be relieved to be able to stop pretending that youre leaving forever?

It was a compromise because I didnt want to be disingenuous to fans, but then of course, I didnt want to give away the story. But yes, Im very relieved that I can talk about it now.

I think most fans assumed you would be killed off, like others who have left the show. Are you concerned that some might feel like theyve been hoodwinked?

It was a concern that we start saying one thing and people are anticipating a death, and we dont give them that. You cant please all people all of the time. Thats why I try to stay out of reading about things like that. Otherwise, I wouldnt be able to get out of bed in the morning.

There was the thing with Glenn and the dumpster, and the Negan cliffhanger

I can categorically say that I will not be returning to the TV show.

What can you say about the planned movies?

We talked about Unforgiven, the Clint Eastwood movie, which I admire greatly. Theres something about Eastwood, who he is as a gunslinger, as an iconic kind of American hero, rolling around in pig swill at the beginning of the movie. You know what hes capable of, and I thought the idea of a character that the audience knows and has lived with and who has oscillated between psycho and father for nine years to start in a completely different place, was a really interesting, crazy place to begin. I want to know why we keep seeing helicopters flying around. Whats going on? What have the grown-ups been doing while weve been scrambling around in the dirt?

By grown-ups, you mean governments and things like that?

Im not going to say any more than that. I dont want to give away well, I dont know the story actually, so I cant give anything away.

Before The Walking Dead you were known for more civilized characters. What was appealing about playing an American cowboy zombie fighter?

I grew up loving American films, and theres a style of American acting that I cant quite put my finger on that I admire. Its a heightened naturalism. Its something that Ive observed in very good actors you dont know what theyre about to do or say.

Did you know what you were in for? I cant think of another TV actor whos been put through more of a wringer, just physically, than you.

Just stand in that heat for freaking 45 minutes. Its bonkers. I mean, I read what was on the label: a guy in a zombie apocalypse, losing all of his friends and family. You know its not going to be a stroll in the park. But I thought the park might have been less hostile.

Your co-stars have talked about how you wind yourself up before scenes, yelling and rolling around on the ground. Whats that about?

I dont know. I mean, what do you do when youre writing an article?

I dont roll around on the ground!

Well you should maybe try it! You might like it. [Laughs.] If theres 200 people watching me have to pull my guts out because my wife has just been eaten by a zombie, I can do it one way, which is a tear stick, and look sexy and be beautifully shot. Or I could try and scare myself into a different space. And the way I apparently need to do it, for me, is make silly noises. I dont care what it takes to get to a place. If Ive got snot coming out of my mouth, thats the way its gonna be.

Youve talked about feeling afraid in the early days. How long did it take you to get past that?

I think by virtue of the story, it helped. You had an actor who was terrified, waking up into a zombie apocalypse. Id just had a child, Id had no sleep, so I looked perfect for it. Frank [Darabont, the original showrunner] was instrumental in trusting that I was doing the right thing. We had a very, very close relationship I admire him enormously, and hes a great friend. The DNA of the show was his, and continues to be his really.

Was it disappointing when he left? [Darabont was fired before the second season and is involved in a lawsuit against AMC over the shows profits.]

Yes, it was the hardest thing Ive ever had to deal with professionally. And I made a deal then, because its his thing, that I would never really talk about it. But it was, yeah, as you can well imagine when the guy that gave you the gig was no longer captain of the ship. It was a very strange thing.

Was there a period of adjustment?

I think were still adjusting. Nine years. But Glen Mazzara stepped in and did an astonishing job. And then Scott Gimple came in and did an astonishing job. And now weve got Angela, and what shes done in a relatively limited space is brilliant. I left it in a better place than I found it.

Have there been any twists or story points you didnt agree with?

I regret Glenn going. Because Steven Yeun was such an important part of the rhythm of my years. If anything, its probably like being in a boy band you only have each other as a reference point. And then they start taking them away from you.

What did you make of Glenns graphic end, with Negan bludgeoning him with the baseball bat until his eye bulged out of the socket?

I regret the manner in which it happened. Weve been able to terrify people in film for 100 years without having to show an eyeball. When that happens, it diminishes what were trying to make, which in my minds eye is a family drama set in hell. Its not a sort of B-movie gorefest.

The violence is often extreme, though.

It is from time to time, with the zombies and the action sequences. I dont discredit that. Its part of the thrills and spills of the show. But when were dealing with losing somebody and a very brutal, human kind of death I think its just taste. My taste is, I think it would be more disturbing just keeping the camera on Maggies face [Glenns wife, played by Lauren Cohan]. And maybe thats why I want to direct, because I want to make what Ive been filming in my head.

Do you think The Walking Dead is an optimistic show?

Thats what Im gunning for. If were talking about being able to process and move through grief, and help each other, and unifying through a shared traumatic experience, then yes it is. And its also a story about people who have nothing in common, finding they have something in common.

Theres an alternate take, which is that its about people banding together to defend their way of life against invaders, undead and otherwise.

I think its up to anybody to interpret it as they wish. I think by virtue of the world that we inhabit [on the show], its a hostile environment that people are trying to win over. What do you think? Do you see it as sort of isolationist? Or do you see it as a family story about how were all in this together once we look past differences?

Ive always admired the cast diversity and what it suggests about connecting across different backgrounds. At the same time, theres the factionalism and the metaphorical implications of the zombies. I suspect that for people who think of those they disagree with, or who live elsewhere, as a sort of inhuman enemy, the show conveys the visceral thrill of watching people decimate the Other.

You mean the zombies represent different ideas? Is that the metaphor?

Or different groups.

Ive never seen that. Ive never, ever thought of that as the undead. I mean, thats by virtue of the fact that Im a zombie slayer by trade. I dont deal in metaphors when Im slaying zombies. But thats absolutely your prerogative.

I view it as optimistic. Its like Rick Grimes. Hes got fight in him and hes constantly picking himself off the floor. If he didnt, he wouldnt believe that there is hope for a better future. And ultimately Im going to try damn hard to make sure that this is the story were telling. I dont want to spend 15 years of my life and just say, yeah, lifes pretty [bad]. Were alive, man. And while were here, weve got a chance, you know. Thats what I think. Im definitely of that opinion and I like to think that Mr. Grimes is, too.

The rest is here:
The Walking Dead Says Goodbye to Andrew Lincoln. Sort Of …

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in The Walking Dead| Comments Off on The Walking Dead Says Goodbye to Andrew Lincoln. Sort Of …

The Walking Dead Shocker: Future of Franchise Revealed …

[Editors note: If you havent watched The Walking Dead Season 9, Episode 5, What Comes After, read on at your own risk.]

Now that The Walking Dead has revealed the fate of Rick Grimes hes essentially been kidnapped, not killed fans wont have to wait long to see the characters further adventures. Kicking off AMCs plans to turn The Walking Dead into a multi-platform universe, star Andrew Lincoln has signed on to reprise the role in a series of movies that are set to start production next year.

In Sundays episode billed as Lincolns final appearance after nine seasons Rick manages to survive being impaled and being chased by a zombie herd, before disappearing in an explosion. Hes presumed dead by his family and friends, but the character is actually rescued in the episodes final moments, and whisked away by unknown forces in a helicopter.

Thats where the first film will pick up, according to Scott Gimple, who serves as chief content officer for The Walking Dead universe. Rick will find himself at the center of something very big, and he will be very small, Gimple said. But hell be drawn into it. These Rick Grimes series of films introduce a new corner of the world to The Walking Dead. And its very much in its own kind of situation and has its own rules.

Read More: The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln Confirms His Exit as a New Chapter Begins

The movies will allow Rick Grimes to live on in the universe, but also give Lincoln whose family is in the U.K. more personal flexibility compared to the amount of time he previously spent on The Walking Deads Georgia set. (Gimple doesnt rule out even shooting the films overseas to accommodate Lincolns schedule.) The announcement also allows AMC to stay true to its word, that this is it for Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead itself: Per Gimple, Lincoln will not show up again on the flagship series.

I think its important to say that were not planning to do that, Gimple said. Were planning to do these movies and people shouldnt expect to see him popping up. We have a plan for Rick Grimes to tell some amazing stories for him, for the audience. And thats where they can expect to get their Grimes fix.

Andrew Lincoln (left) with The Walking Dead co-stars Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira and Jeffrey Dean Morgan


Gimple said the movies are expected to air on AMC. But he doesnt rule anything out, including perhaps a theatrical release or a partnership with a streaming service. AMC Studios and the producers behind The Walking Dead have met with various outlets (including Netflix and Amazon) to pitch a new multi-prong universe featuring films, specials, series, digital content, and more.

The plan right now is that they are AMC Studios Original Films, Gimple said of the Rick Grimes projects. They are meant to be feature quality, feature timelines, feature budgets, big epic evolutions. We have been talking to other people, so there are possibilities of people seeing them elsewhere. But right now the plan is for people to see them on AMC. One of the reasons weve been talking to folks is that things are changing every day in television, the way that things are [produced], or distributed, or consumed. Were just trying to keep up with that and make sure that with this long-term plan were looking at the future. And different possibilities for different places.

AMC already runs the spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead on its own air; its in-house AMC Studios unit produces both shows. Plans for an even larger Walking Dead universe were first announced in January, when longtime series showrunner Gimple was named chief content officer of The Walking Dead TV universe.

At the time, AMC hinted that Gimple would develop potential brand extensions on a variety of platforms although it wasnt specified what that might mean. Now its clear: a hodge-podge of all sorts of storytelling inside the expanded world of The Walking Dead.

Theres these films, and were also working on a number of different things, Gimple said. Specials, series. Also series of different lengths. We could have some much shorter series. Different aspects of digital content, some crazy content that defies description.

One of the most important aspects is that it all isnt related to each other. Its all in the same world, its all on the same planet, he added. But its not like everyones going to know each other and interact with each other. They will walk the same earth. And there will be stuff that really does inform and speak to each other. And then theres stuff that wont. Were going to do stuff in the past, were going to see old characters, and were going to move into the future with new characters. Different stories, different formats. Were going to want to bring brand new voices to The Walking Dead as well.

Gimple said hes open to all ideas, although he didnt think any of the brand extensions would include a pre-zombie apocalypse prequel, and hes not a fan of diving deep into any sci-fi elements of explaining more about the outbreak, as the source graphic novels by Robert Kirkman dont spend much time looking at how it happened.

AMC Networks president/general manager Charlie Collier had been overseeing the pitch to Hollywood, which, as Bloomberg reported in September, might collectively cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Collier, however, is now departing AMC to run the Fox network, and its unclear how that might impact AMCs aggressive push to find a Walking Dead partner. Also, according to insiders, there remains a debate inside AMC on whether the company should share its most prized property with competitors.

But if it were to happen, nows the time to exploit The Walking Dead as a multi-screen universe in the vein of Marvel, Star Wars or Star Trek. As the original series ages and its ratings erode, time might be running out to capitalize on the shows success and create a universe that could generate major revenue for the company.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead

Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

After years of dominating the Nielsen ratings The Walking Dead is easily the biggest basic cable series in history the show has faced major ratings declines with its live, linear viewing on AMC. That could ultimately mean decreased ad revenue for The Walking Dead on AMC.

Gimple defends the shows ratings, noting that its remarkable that The Walking Dead is still TVs No. 2 drama (behind This Is Us) in adults 18-49, even in its ninth season. That said, television ratings as a whole are incredibly down, he said. That doesnt mean people arent watching these shows, theyre just watching them differently. The Walking Dead is a show that started in an entirely different era of television. And its still going well in a very different era. But I think people are still comparing those two eras as apples to apples.

As linear ratings and primetime ad revenue drops, thats a good reason to consider a future where AMC Studios monetizes its premier property in ways beyond its own screen. Another reason: In order to maintain programming balance on AMC, the cable network cant run too many Walking Dead series at once. Sister networks BBC America and SundanceTV could perhaps harbor some, but if AMC Studios wants to give the franchise a wider exposure, thats another case for partnering with a streamer.

We believe this is a world and narrative with many possibilities and opportunities for character development and were excited to expand the series into a franchise that can live across multiple formats, David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, said in a statement. For many years, fans have talked about things in the apocalypse they want to see and now we have an opportunity to explore those stories, beginning with the character who started it all, Rick Grimes.

The decision to pitch The Walking Dead projects beyond AMC puts it in company with other legacy media companies looking for new ways to monetize library content as audiences migrate to digital platforms.

Viacoms MTV network, for example, recently announced that it would revive one of the biggest TV franchises in its history, The Real World, but produce it for Facebook Watch instead of its own air.

In a recent report, analyst Rich Greenfield also stressed that legacy companies without the capital to build a major streaming service would be better off monetizing their intellectual property by producing for others.

AMC has dipped its toes in the streaming waters via AMC Premiere, an add-on service that gives cable and satellite subscribers access to commercial-free versions of its TV series and film library, for $5 a month. But thats not a stand-alone over-the-top play, and if AMC Studios is aiming to monetize its content on digital platforms, it will have to go to one of the big ones Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook Watch, or coming soon, Apple, Disney, and WarnerMedia.

Legacy media companies cannot and simply will not be competitive in the new media world, said Greenfield, reversing his earlier argument, two years ago, that companies needed to get into that business. Instead of trying to compete, they should stick to what they know best creating amazing content and look to maximize their profits on that content and manage the secular decline of their legacy cable network infrastructure.

The plan for a Walking Dead universe also gives AMC a way to keep monetizing the brand even after the original series goes off the air. Gimple said there has been no discussion about an end date for the mothership: Are we going to go 30 seasons like The Simpsons? I really would love that. But television is changing too much. Were figuring it out.

More immediately, Gimple admitted hes bracing for the usual fan outrage over a major plot point this time its the decision to keep Rick Grimes alive, which he knows will divide fans between those who are relieved that a beloved character survived, and those who angrily consider it a cop-out. (Of course, those viewers should be reminded of what Lincoln said this summer at Comic-Con: My relationship with Mr. Grimes is far from over. Hes a large part of me.)

There isnt a lot of middle ground and the fans are very passionate. And I respect their passion, he said. Regardless of whether theyre elated that Rick lives to be at the center of more stories for us or whether they feel he should have died, we are going to be telling these new stories and I hope people dig them.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

See the original post:
The Walking Dead Shocker: Future of Franchise Revealed …

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in The Walking Dead| Comments Off on The Walking Dead Shocker: Future of Franchise Revealed …

The Walking Dead spoilers: Rick Grimes’ final episode, death …

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead. Pic credit: AMC

The Walking Dead spoilers are slowing leaking about the November 4 episode. Its Rick Grimes final episode, with actor Andrew Lincoln leaving the show. As such, quite a bit of the information about this final episode is getting showcased in previews and on social media.

AMC also released a sneak peek about the episode entitled What Comes After, where Michonne and Maggie face off in front of Negans cell. It is the culmination of some drama that has been brewing for a few episodes now, with Maggie intent to kill Negan after he murdered her husband, Glenn.

From the video below, shared by AMC, it appears that the next episode is going to mix action with flashbacks and hallucinations. At the end of the October 28 episode, Rick and Daryl have a brief fight before they are confronted by a herd of walkers. As Rick tries to lead them away, he encounters a second one, which spooks his horse. Rick ends up on rebar.

When the episode faded out, Rick Grimes was in a lot of peril. Walkers were approaching from all sides and he was stuck to a concrete slab, impaled by rebar. From the previews for the next episode, it appears that he is able to free himself, but that he will also be seeing people from his past. That includes Hershel Greene (played by Scott Wilson) and Shane Walsh (played by Jon Bernthal).

There are a number of ways that Andrew Lincolns character could die during the November 4 episode. One of the popular theories getting shared on social media is that Rick Grimes dies while stuck to that rebar. The theory is that most of the episode takes place in his mind, only to reveal later that he never got off that rebar.

There are a lot of hints in the preview for Rick Grimes final episode that indicate he is hallucinating the whole time. While leading the walkers, Rick is shown walking back into Atlanta, which isnt really possible at this point of the story. He is also shown interacting with characters that have been dead for a while and also on a pile of dead bodies that includes one character still alive on the show (Jesus).

This. Does. Not. Look. Good. #TWD

The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) October 29, 2018

No matter how the story of Rick Grimes comes to an end, viewers should tune in to the November 4 episode of the show. There is still time to catch up on the first four episodes of the season, as they are available OnDemand and will also get shown (again) on AMC before the big night.

Sunday night is definitely the final episode that Andrew Lincoln will appear on. AMC has made that public knowledge, taking away some of the mystery for Season 9 of the show. The first four episodes of the season all set the stage for the final moments of Rick Grimes

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.

See more here:
The Walking Dead spoilers: Rick Grimes’ final episode, death …

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in The Walking Dead| Comments Off on The Walking Dead spoilers: Rick Grimes’ final episode, death …

The Vampire (1957) – IMDb

Edit Storyline

Dr. Matthew Campbell has been experimenting on methods to regress the mind to primitive instincts so that we can find methods to improve our brains and not get taken in by cheap horror movie hogwash. He’s developed a drug made from vampire bat blood and has begun treating himself with it. But instead of improving his mind, he’s become ill and addicted. He dies, but not before trying to warn fellow doctor Paul Beecher. Fortunately for us, he dies before he can say more than that pills are to blame. While still at Campbell’s house, Paul finds a bottle of pills and pockets them. He’s also got another bottle of pills in his other pocket that he takes for frequent migraine attacks. He goes home, puts his jacket on a rack, and then he’s struck with a migraine. He asks his daughter to give him the pills in his jacket pocket, and of course she gives him the pills of evil. He is instantly addicted and he must take one pill every day. Each time he takes a pill he turns into a hairy and very … Written byJim Knoppow

Read more:
The Vampire (1957) – IMDb

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in Vampire| Comments Off on The Vampire (1957) – IMDb

The Walking Dead Season 9, Episode 4, Recap: Negan and …

Warning: The following contains spoilers from Sundays The Walking Dead. If you havent watched yet, make like a Savior and beat it.

Getting the world started over looked an awful lot like the end of the line for Rick in Sundays episode of The Walking Dead. But the AMC drama wouldnt couldnt! kill off departing leading man Andrew Lincoln before his embattled protagonist got in at least a face-off or two with the imminently-arriving Whisperers, would it? Read on to find out how dire were the straits in which Rick was left, then we can debate the wisdom of the show trying to make us think that The Obliged would mark his last stand.

IM GONNA MAKE THINGS RIGHT | After an intro in which we learned that Michonne was dealing with the doldrums of house-playing and charter-writing by sneaking out at night to whack walkers, we cut to Maggie, arming herself with a crowbar before leaving the Hilltop to avenge Glenns murder. When Jesus failed to distract her from her mission with a new letter from Georgie and seriously, how is anybody managing to be pen pals when there are no mail carriers? he took a more direct approach. Rick had been wrong to spare Negan, Jesus said. That hadnt been his call to make. But was she sure that offing the jailbird was really her call to make? I am, she insisted. Ill be back when its done.

Meanwhile, Rick learned from Eugene that an overnight storm had annihilated an upstream levy, thereby dooming the bridge once and for all. It was no longer safe to even work on repairing it. But at least Eugene had a little good news, too: Herds hed named after Shakespeare characters (Tybalt and Cordelia) showed no signs of merging. Still, he felt bad that he wasnt able to do more to save the bridge. If only hed read more books, he said. Different books Hey, Rick told him. The brainiac got them where they are, and after everything, thats everything. As if determined to kick Rick when he was down, fate then delivered another blow: Carol was taking her Kingdommers home. As for the Saviors at the Sanctuary, Its up to them to figure out who they want to be.

IF SHE KILLS NEGAN, HE BECOMES A MARTYR! | Hope theres aspirin at the camp, because if Rick didnt need a double dose already, he surely did after Jerry relayed Jesus message that Maggie was en route to Alexandria with murder in her eyes. When Daryl overheard his frenemy radio Alexandria to warn them not to let Glenns widow past the gate without an escort, he offered to give him a lift to nowhere, it turned out. When Rick realized that Daryl wasnt taking him to Alexandria, they got into another of their boys-will-be-boys brawls, this one landing them in a ginormous hole. While trapped, they finally talked it out, sorta. Daryl said that he was fine with Maggie killing Negan, just like he was fine with the Oceansiders exacting their revenge against the Saviors (which was news to Rick). Id die for you, and I wouldve died for Carl, Daryl concluded. But youre chasing something for him that aint meant to be, man.

Back in Alexandria, Michonne learned from Nora (who?) that Negan was refusing to eat. The hunger strike ends today, Michonne told the prisoner upon arriving at his cell with a sandwich. Thing was, Negan was perfectly willing to chow down provided she stuck around and chatted him up. (Guess beard-growing would be kind of a dull pastime while incarcerated.) After hearing about her day, Negan exclaimed, Damn, that sounds more boring than my day! And, in short order, he theorized that he and Michonne were the same. Behind walls, bars, we die, he said. Whats more, much as he was relieved that his wife had passed away, a part of her was relieved that shed lost her son Andre. Because you know all he woulda done was make you weak. Outraged, Michonne took away his lunch and stormed out.

I FORGIVE YOU, ANNE, WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO | At the Heaps, Anne stole a kiss from an unconscious and tied-up Gabriel as a walker affixed to a hand dolly arghd from beneath the bucket on its head. When the preacher awakened, the erstwhile Jadis explained, Theres only one place left for me to go, and youre the price of admission. But as she lowered the walker toward him the zombies bucket now removed, of course Gabriel apologized for pushing her away and offered his forgiveness. Finally, Anne couldnt go through with turning him. Instead, she knocked him out again, untied him and left him to wake up in a crate with a note that read, If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. I need to go fast.

Back at the campsite, Carol and the Kingdommers were about to take off when up snuck the Saviors, led by Jed, brandishing a gun hed swiped from Alden. Seemed just as Daryl and Maggie had, hed figured out that the women of Oceanside had been killing their loved ones killers. Now, he said, theyre gonna get whats coming to em. And no way was Carol gonna stand in their way. She wasnt the boss lady anymore, Jed sneered. Youre a weak little woman who got in a lucky shot. (Clearly, he was unfamiliar with The Legend of Carol Peletiere!) Though Carol lowered her weapon and stepped aside rather than risk a shootout, she still lashed out at Jed after he took her keys, and before we knew it, Rick and Daryl could hear the gunfire all the way in their hole. Which was bad to begin with, it being a sign of trouble and all. But moreover, it would draw the herds!

I LIVE FOR THE LIVING | After cooling off, Michonne returned to Negans cell, where he apologized for saying what he had about her son. She clearly hadnt been ready to hear that they were the same. Only they werent, she retorted. Sure, we do what we need tobut you get a kick out of it! She, on the other hand, was going to make it a better world for her daughter. At that, a lightbulb went off over Negans head: Thats what she was afraid of ending up like him with everyone she cared about gone! Ultimately, she wound up getting the prisoner to eat and also giving him indigestion by revealing that his precious Lucille was still out there somewhere. He was so upset to hear that that he mistook himself for the Incredible Hulk and started punching stone walls.

Back at the hole in which Rick and Daryl were stuck, walkers started falling in, which made climbing out all the more difficult. Not so difficult that Rick didnt manage to do it, but difficult nonetheless. And conveniently, when he reached the top of the hole, there were no walkers around to grasp or chomp at him. For a hot minute, it looked as if Daryl might not make it to safety. But the odds of him meeting his maker are about as good as him washing his hair. Once they were both above ground again, Rick mounted a runaway horse to lead the herd away from the camp. Why not just lead them to the bridge? Daryl asked. Itd crumble under the weight and dispatch the lot of em. Because they needed the bridge, Rick insisted. So off he rode.

BE SAFE | While a storybook Michonne read Judith made her wonder if she really was like Negan of course, a bat would have to feature prominently in Game Day! Rick wound up trapped between the two herds. When his horse got spooked and threw him, he was impaled on a slab of concrete. And as the hour drew to a close, he not only wasnt able to get up or away, he lost consciousness. With two herds mere steps away from him, the show clearly wanted us to fear for his life. But do any us really believe that Rick is going to be done in without a s-ton of fair warning? Mm, I think not. So what was the point of this? Aside from that questionable choice, what did you think of The Obliged? Though Ive liked the season more than most commenters thus far, even I had to admit that this episode felt it had an excess of fake peril.

Original post:
The Walking Dead Season 9, Episode 4, Recap: Negan and …

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in The Walking Dead| Comments Off on The Walking Dead Season 9, Episode 4, Recap: Negan and …

‘The Walking Dead’: Producers, start figuring out how to …

Joe Phalon, Columnist Published 10:30 a.m. ET Oct. 31, 2018

Columnist Joe Phalon thinks it might be time for Rick Grimes (actor Andrew Lincoln, right) and his crew to find some endgame on “The Walking Dead.”(Photo: file photo)

Editor’s note: Joe Phalon, a columnist for the USA TODAY network’s Bergen, N.J. Record, has made a yearly tradition out of assessing the strengths and weaknesses in his favorite show, AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” This year, he’s more convinced than ever that it’s time to end the show, now in its ninth season or, at the very least, figure out how to end it. (For the record, USA TODAY’s own TV critic, Kelly Lawler, gave up on TWD last season.)

Its time again for my Annual State of the Dead Address.

Being as deep as I am, I dont have a lot of time to watch serialized TV when Im watching documentaries about Viennese opera. Or was that Viennese sausage?

Anyway, The Walking Dead is the only TV show Ive watched over its entire history, other than six episodes of Police Squad back in the ’80s. So I feel I have a lot invested in this.

In last years State of the Dead Address, I called for the showrunners to start considering their endgame. I have not changed my mind about that position, but other factors have come into play.

The problem with “TWD” after its first few brilliant seasons is that has become repetitive. One evil leader after another, who needs to be taken down by Rick, and usually only some stroke of luck by another character lets him do that.

Rick, Daryl and Glenn were only saved from the Termites because Carol blasted a propane tank and nearby evildoers to bits, distracting everyone.

And Rick allowed himself and all his followers to walkinto an ambush set up by Negan (more on him in a bit) because Eugene arranged for all the bullets in all the guns to blow at the same time. Seriously, what were the chances that none of Negans Saviors werent going to squeeze off a shot at a walker or a rabbit on the way?

Rick then, after three or four seasons of Negans gloating, which would have been resolved in three or four episodes, insists that he be allowed to live. As an example. Or somebody who will get busted out of the jail in Season 27 to reestablish control.

Which leads us into the latest season. The trailers suggested our crew would be heading into nearby Washington, D.C., I would hope this would be to recover weapons, see if any government is still in the bunker or to watch the Senate debate a Supreme Court nominee.

No, they were going to the Smithsonian to find a 19th-century plow. Or harrow. Or something. Why not bring a tank or two back? Yes, I know we had a time jump, and fuel supplies are running low, but if you were going to risk all that, at least come back with some White House china.

In entertainment, they always say leave your audience wanting. After an hour-and-a-half of the season premiere, they succeeded. I really could not figure out where this was all going. Other than there are some sore losers and Negan, who should have been executed, is the living poster boy for the malcontents.

By the second and third episodes, the show had simply devolved into a murder mystery. Who killed Justin? Who was Justin? The show has become so overpopulated with characters its hard to remember.

I was expecting a crossover episode, with Jessica Fletcher riding her bike in from the 1990s Murder She Wrote to solve the crime.

Again, I plead with the producers, go out on high note. Time for the end game.

News & views: Why TV critic Kelly Lawler’s done with ‘The Walking Dead’


Show Thumbnails

Show Captions

Read or Share this story:

Read more:
‘The Walking Dead’: Producers, start figuring out how to …

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in The Walking Dead| Comments Off on ‘The Walking Dead’: Producers, start figuring out how to …

The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 4 "The Obliged" Recap …

Now PlayingThe Walking Dead: Rick’s Most Iconic Moments

[Warning! You are now entering a Walking Dead Spoiler Zone! Read at your own risk!]

The Walking Dead ended Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) second-to-last episode on a cliffhanger that directly sets up his final episode, and it looks like this is the end. It’s hard to imagine how Rick gets out of this one alive. On the other hand, though, the fact that all seems lost right now could mean there’s a twist coming up that spares him. Because falling off a horse onto a pile of rubble and getting impaled through the abdomen on a piece of rebar seems like kind of a random, anticlimactic way for Rick Grimes to die. But one way or another, Rick Grimes is leaving.

At the beginning of “The Obliged,” Eugene (Josh McDermitt) advises Rick that two walker herds near the bridge camp aren’t going to converge. But thanks to the Saviors’ walkoff last week, Rick’s dream of rebuilding the bridge is washed out, and Eugene who still hasn’t explained why he switched out his iconic mullet for a ponytail says that he’s sorry for not doing more to help. Rick cuts him off and absolves him of all his past sins, of which Eugene has many, though he’s also done much to redeem himself.

Enter Our Halloween Costume Contest to Win Big Prizes

“You got us here,” Rick says. “After everything, that’s everything.” What Daryl (Norman Reedus) says later in the episode is wrong; Rick does believe in his people.

Jerry (Cooper Andrews) relays a warning that Maggie (Lauren Cohan) is on her way to Alexandria to kill Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and finally get her revenge for what he did to her husband Glenn (Steven Yeun), and Daryl says he’ll take Rick back on his bike so he can stop her. But Daryl is in on it with Maggie and instead takes Rick farther away from Alexandria. “It’s time, man,” Daryl says. “It’s gonna go the way it was supposed to.” They fight and end up falling into a pit.

In the pit, they hash out their differences. Rick says that keeping Negan alive symbolizes the civilization they’re building, where eye-for-an-eye brutality no longer has to be the rule. But Daryl says that he and Maggie and Oceanside just can’t coexist with the Saviors and can’t let Negan live after what he did to them. It’s just too unjust to them. Daryl reminds Rick that he wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for Glenn. The two of them wouldn’t have met. They wouldn’t be trapped in that pit together at that moment. Rick starts crying and says that if Negan becomes a martyr, Carl (Chandler Riggs) would have died for nothing. It’s still hard for Rick to talk about Carl, but this civilization he’s building is for him. This is Carl’s vision that Rick is enacting. If he abandons the plan, he will lose his boy.

“I’d die for you,” Daryl says. “And I would have died for Carl. You know that. But you gotta hear me. You’re chasing something for him that ain’t meant to be, man. You just gotta let him. Let him go.” This is setting up Rick’s final reckoning. As he’s baking in the sun, he’ll come to terms with the loss of Carl.

Rick makes it out of the pit first, and then pulls Daryl out, saying “Brother, brother, take my hand.” They separate, because Rick is not ready to give up on the bridge, and he’s going to lead the walker herd that swarmed on them while they were in the pit away from the camp. So he gets on a horse that conveniently appears and tries to draw it away, but he gets caught in the convergence between the two herds. The horse gets spooked and bucks him off, and down he goes, impaled, as the walkers stream toward him.

The Walking Dead Killed Off Its Longest-Surviving Nonspeaking Extra

Here’s how I predict the next episode will go: Rick will have visions not unlike Tyreese (Chad Coleman) had in his death episode, and he’ll hallucinate Shane (Jon Bernthal), Hershel (Scott Wilson) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), and then Daryl will rescue him, because Daryl will know that something bad happened to his brother. Norman Reedus told TV Guide during a visit to the set that in the last scene Lincoln shot, he was laying on a bed and had to smile even though it “wasn’t a smiley moment,” and so Reedus tickled his feet off-camera to make him smile. We’re not going to see that scene if Rick dies on a pile of rubble (unless Reedus was fudging the details, and by “bed” he meant “bed of rubble”).

Getting impaled does seem to refute the theory that he’ll get in Jadis’ (Pollyanna McIntosh) friends’ helicopter and fly away from the show. So if he survives, that won’t be how. There’s no hard evidence to suggest he survives, but there have been some vague hints. Lincoln said in his farewell address at San Diego Comic-Con that his “relationship with Mr. Grimes is far from over,” which some people took to mean that Rick doesn’t die, though Lincoln also said “a sort of large part of me will always be a machete-wielding, Stetson-wearing, zombie-slaying sheriff’s deputy from London, England,” so he may have been talking figuratively. And, again, this doesn’t seem like a death befitting the respected lead of a show whose character is brave and self-sacrificing.

If this is how Rick dies, fans will be even angrier than they were when Carl died. Carl’s death-by-walker felt random and sudden in an unsatisfying way, and for The Walking Dead to kill off two major characters in anticlimactic ways in less than a year would be inept. Season 9 has been much better than Season 8 so far, and unless this next episode is an emotional tour de force, killing Rick like this would be misstep the show never recovers from. The Walking Dead has always been a show where any character could die at any time, but it still has to make those deaths feel significant. Hopefully whatever happens in the next episode, death or not, feels like the only way Rick Grimes could have left The Walking Dead.

PHOTOS: The Bloodiest Shows On TV (Warning: GRAPHIC IMAGES)

See original here:
The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 4 "The Obliged" Recap …

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in The Walking Dead| Comments Off on The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 4 "The Obliged" Recap … Watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula | Prime Video

This film is movie magic. You will find Francis Ford Coppola uses pretty much every trick in the book to get his vision on the screen. This movie is very much high style, with substance based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It’s a film that was released a year before Jurassic Park (and effectively CGI) was released to the public. Despite not having CGI, this film gets marks for memorable visuals from the introduction until the end.

I was so inspired by this movie in college that I recreated a shot for my student film. The shot I’m talking about is in the intro where blood starts flowing from everywhere, more specifically out of a candle. Do you know how long it took to recreate that candle, the composition, the lighting, and the physical effect of fake blood dripping down, with no experience doing this? At least two hoursfor a shot that lasts a split second. And boy did it look good. After doing all that myself, I had to admire and respect what it took to create a whole movie full of magic like that.

Gary Oldman sells the part of Dracula very well. From his tragic beginning, you had to feel something for him. You couldn’t just narrow him down into just “the bad guy”. He lost something really precious to him and you sympathized with him immediately. Everyone else plays their part well.

I bought the Ultra HD version of this. It is a beautiful transfer with a lot of detailed and reworked colors for some scenes. Can’t wait to get more 4K titles. Watch this imagining of a classic literary character, today. Recommend.

More: Watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula | Prime Video

Reviewed and Recommended by Erik Baquero
Posted in Dracula| Comments Off on Watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula | Prime Video