Written by Mattie

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Tonight brings us the final episode of this season of The Walking Dead, Conquer.  A lot happened in last week’s episode, Try, leading up to this 90-minute season finale. Here’s a look at what went on.

Deanna and her family were grieving over the loss of her son. As an act of good faith, Carol made a casserole for them with a note and Deanna burned the note and ignored the casserole. Evidently, what Gabriel said was getting to her. Daryl and Aaron however were out recruiting and they may have discovered that there may be someone out there.

Afterwards, Glenn and Nicholas were telling their stories of what happened. Except Nicholas lied the entire time to Deanna and Glenn only told his story to Rick. Glenn told Rick that they as a group “need to make this work” in Alexandria. On top of the whole Nicholas thing, Carol and Rick had decided to talk about Jessie and her husband Pete who beat her into unconsciousness the other night, according to Sam. It made Rick furious. So, in order to clear his head Rick went out with his gun at his side. The one person he didn’t want to talk to, Pete, came over and Rick told him to walk away.

During this, Rosita went to visit Michonne. She told her that Tara is in stable condition and that she was worried about Sasha. More importantly, Michonne is having issues with Noah’s death. Noah was for sure the last good thing Beth did. So they went out beyond the walls to look for Sasha. They discovered that Sasha was hunting down walkers.

Rick went to talk to Deanna about Pete and Deanna has known this entire time that he beats Jessie. Rick wants to separate Pete and Jessie and if Pete continues his behavior, Rick wants to kill him. Deanna hated that idea and only wanted to exile Pete outside the walls.  Carl however was following his friend Enid outside the walls and she caught him. So they went and had fun in the woods until a pretty big horde of walkers came through their area. They hid in a tree and they both discovered they were afraid of each other, which drew them together. Some of these walkers however, had “W” ’s carved into their heads. 

Nicholas though, had traveled outside of the walls after Glenn told him that Aiden and Noah’s deaths were on his hands. It turns out that he has Rick’s spare gun and had hid it outside by a tree. Michonne and Rosita on the other hand had found Sasha. They fought a horde of walkers and Sasha ended up falling apart since she feels helpless and is going insane. She feels like it’s her fault for Noah. Michonne is starting to feel that way as well.

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Daryl and Aaron explored where they thought there were humans living. There they found a woman who was tied to a tree with a “W” carved into her head, dead and eaten partially by walkers. It’s becoming more evident that they need to fear these humans who carve the “W” into corpses and apparently people. Rick, attempting to be proactive went to Jessie and confronted her about Pete beating her. At first she didn’t want help until he told her that Sam asked for a gun to protect her. Rick ended up telling her that he doesn’t want her to die and he wants to keep her and the boys’ safe.

That’s when Pete came in and started fighting with Rick after telling Rick to leave. They then took the fight to the street after crashing though a window. When Jessie tried to pull Pete off he hit her and when Carl tried to pull his dad off, Rick pushed Carl away. Rick then put Pete into a chokehold until Deanna came hollering at them. Rick then in a crazy fit, drew his gun on them. He then made a speech that they don’t know what happens in the real world and that they all need to learn to fight for what they have. That’s when Michonne intervened and knocked him out.

Good job Michonne.

Evidently, the peace and not the constant fear they all have been subjected to for so long is finally breaking them down. Rick has gone insane and hopefully he can pull his head out of it before it gets them all thrown out of Alexandria. Michonne taking charge like that though should hopefully shows Deanna that not all of them feel that way.

But then again, what Gabriel has said to Deanna about Rick and the gang will always put doubt into her head. Farmer Rick better come back and fix this mess that Governor Rick has created. There are so many parallels between the Rick that was displayed at the end of this episode and the Governor such as, fear all outsiders and the whole him needing to be the only one in charge.

I’m scared for tonight’s episode and season finale, Conquer.  It’s going to be a tough one I’m guessing. 

 
 

Written by Scotty

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After watching all of the Blade movies I thought it would be a good idea to bring forth what we have learned from our famed vampire hunter.  Now I am not one that likes to try to find all of hidden undertones in movies since for me, it takes away from the enjoyment that is on the screen. I will stay away from those right now and just hit a few of the key things that were pointed out right in front of our very eyes.

Evil – Yes, I would hate to say it but there is evil all around us and there are people out there that are trying to keep it from hitting the streets.  With vampires roaming around the streets in all three films, it is a shame that the only people that know this are the ‘familiars’ and the people trying to stop them. Sadly there is but a handful of people trying to put an end to this unrelenting evil force, but stopping these iconic monsters is the sole focus for Blade and he truly does believe them to be evil and creatures that are completely without remorse.

Trust – Blade keeps everyone at arm’s length, and for good reason.  There is only one person he trusts with his life, Whistler, and the only reason is, is that the old man has saved his.  Everyone else Blade tries to allow into his life is looking to stab him in the back and he has kept his shell wrapped very tight for this reason.  When trying to make new friends are relationships, it is a safe assumption not to let all of your thoughts or past out right away, get to know the person a little bit better before giving them ammunition that can be used against you.  You never know what the other person is looking to gain from the relationship, most of the time it is good intentions, however there are those people out there that are looking to stab you in the back the first time you turn around.

Enemies – The old proverb says, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  Blade shows that he is willing to talk about his business to others he does not trust, but will not divulge the vitally important things.  This is a good trait to have as you never know what cards your opponent is holding, giving a little to get a little back makes you better prepared for what is coming in the future.  But you must remember not to give too much away when trying to outwit your opponent since they are most likely doing the same thing to you.

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Friendship – Blade only has a close set of friends, ok, he only has one friend. This falls back on the trust segment, as whenever he tries to open up to someone and gets burned, he puts a tighter leash on his emotions.  This is not a bad thing and people have many friends at all times, but only a few that they truly call close friends.  These are the people that you can depend on for anything that is happening and will run to help you if there is anything that they can do to help.  Having many people you can call your friends in life a good thing, but you need to make sure that the ones you call your closest ones will be there for you in thick or thin.

Improvise – Blade has fought many different enemies and he always is able to find a way to defeat them with his ability to improvise.  If garlic does not work, move to silver, if silver does not work, move to fire, if fire does not work, move to sunlight, and so on.  There is always something out there that will work time after time, but for that one instance it does not work, you need to open up your arsenal and pull out your next best thing.  Everyone has a bag of things that they are able to draw from and even if it has been a while since using it, it is always a good idea to pull them out and make sure they are still working since you never know when you are going to need to use it.

Well, that is my list of things that have stuck with me from the Blade franchise and I hope if you have seen the movies, have a good list of your own that you can transfer into everyday situations.  I do love these movies and I think it is because our hero is more human than he gives himself credit for and for that, I think a praise needs to go to the writer, David S. Goyer.  Goyer has written all three of the Blade movies, along with some other favorites that involve a guy cosplaying as a bat.  Making his heroes believable, along with human is something that he has perfected over the years and for that I will applaud him for.  It’s a great series and I hope if you have not seen them, that you give them a try at some point, they will not disappoint.  And bear in mind that this was an early Marvel Comic Book movie as well, it is fun to see where the comic book movies started before the whole production came into play.  

 
 

Written by Scotty

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It is frightening how much media coverage can change the opinion of the population.  If you have ever noticed that when a star is kind to the media, they are always given the benefit of the doubt, but if they are rude or refuse to talk to them, it is a complete different story.  The same goes with regular news coverage as well, if they have a shred of evidence that could prove or disprove something, they will not run it unless it is in the benefit of the person they are running the story against.  Now with social media being as big as it is, the opinions of many are influenced much sooner than when we only got our stories and gossip from the five o’clock news.

Blade has found fame, but in the wrong way.  With the vampire powers having their fingers in everything, they are trying to turn the public opinion against the man that is keeping the humans safe.  Although he does not care about this, sticking to the shadows when he is hunting and knowing that he is doing the right thing, he is recorded killing a normal human being and it causes an uproar.  Now not only the vampires are looking for him, but the police are trying as hard as they can to track him down before he causes harm to anyone else. With eyes and ears everywhere around the city, it is only a matter of time before his secret hideout is located and all hell breaks loose.

Being led by Danica Talos, the vampires are looking for their final solution and wind up finding the original of their species.  Digging up Dracula and bringing him home, the vampires now have a weapon that not even the feared Daywalker can stop.  With help from the police and their own Dr. Vance, the vampires are able to capture Blade and take away all of his weapons so they can do with him as they will, but nothing, not even the lack of serum can keep the hunter down.  After being awoken from his many century slumber, Drake (Dracula) is very displeased to see what has happened to society, along with the lore of his vampiric roots.  Wanting to bring honor back to the world that he has left behind, he finds that Blade is the nearest thing to him and is happy to have found a worthy opponent.

With the loss of the main vampire hunter, Whistler, his next team is stepping out on their own.  The Nightstalkers have been hunting the bloodsuckers for a couple of years are ready to step up to the plate in assisting Blade.  Although they are just kids, Blade has to find a way to trust the young group since they are the only backup he will have in the fight against Drake.  As each member of the group has their own special ability, the main hunters, Hannibal and Abigail have to prove their worth to the veteran hunter before he will allow them into his livelihood.  Even though the group seems to be green in the arena of hunting vampires, they have come up with great leaps in technology that can assist in the killing of the blood suckers.  Not only do they have the technology, but they also have the intel of what their opponents are up to and are able to make quick solutions for their next battle, although with the return of Drake, they are feeling like this is the end game to their long battle.

Blade: Trinity is once again following Blade as he has new challenges rising up all around him.  With the police after him now, he needs to keep a low profile, but as they are being directed by the vampires that want his blood, he will not be able to escape unscathed. When he loses his best friend and mentor, Blade is trapped in the clutches of the vampires that have been hunting him as long as he has been hunting them.  Meeting the Nightstalkers, Blade sees that there is much more work to be done, but does not want to take it on himself to train the group of misfits.  Finding out quickly that they are more equipped to handle the situation than he expected, he leads them on his hunt to find out what the vampires are doing with the release of their lord, Drake.  As the first vampire has been set loose in the city, Drake notices that the civilization he has left is now making a mockery of his life and wants to return order to the world.  Blade will not allow this to happen, but with everything he has seen from the ancient lord, there is little that he and his group can do to stop it.  With one last stand for humanity, Blade and the Nightstalkers have one more plan to put into effect and if it works, all of the vampire population will disappear, just like its originator. 

The final installment of the trilogy and not a bad way to end it.  With plenty of star power being added into the movie, it also releases the legend of Dracula on the screen.  Although he has been shown as a pure killing machine with the power to morph into other people, he is the one that the stories were written about.  Watching as the ancient vampire walks the streets and shows distain for how the civilization has changed over the years and most of all over what they have done to his name, making him a joke.  Making up his own mind on what is right and what is wrong in the society, Drake is wants to return his name to greatness and instill honor among the current vampire nation, along with the cattle that are roaming the streets.  But when he sees that the Daywalker is a mirror image to him, he knows that vampire lines are in good hands, even if he is not able to accomplish the goals set forth by his offspring.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Wanting to find a loved one that has been taken from you is a noble effort.  But you have to decide how far you are willing to go with the search as things in the world have changed while they have been gone and they may not be the same person when they are found.  There are so many stories about people being missing and when they return, they are not able to become a family member again since they have been shown a different lifestyle and it is the one that they trust.  Wanting to find that loved one is very important for closure, but when you find them, will they be willing to let you back into their lives?

Blade is searching the eastern block for one person, his old friend Whistler who was taken from him.  Hitting up every safe house he can find, he is able to find the one man that basically raised him from birth.  Thinking about his training, Blade thinks about ending his old friend's pain right then and there, but there is so much love between the two men that he puts down his sword and allows Whistler to live until morning and see if the sunlight will do its job.  Whistler makes it through, but being a vampire for a couple years has Blade and his new second hand man Scud worried about what will happen to him.

The vampires have found they have a new enemy on the streets and need to find a way to put an end to the strain before it becomes too powerful.  Calling for help from the one they hate the most, Blade is summoned to the vampire council and filled in on their situation.  Offering him help to hunt down the new menace, Blade is put in command of the Bloodpack that has been training for years to take the daywalker out.  Knowing that this will be a difficult transition for the vampires to be taking orders from their former hunter, Blade establishes his dominance within the group, but they are still skeptical about the arrangement.  Being fearful about turning their backs on anyone from the accompanying group, each side has their own priorities and will pursue them first.

Jared Nomak, the first of his kind with the Reaper strain has hit the streets and is looking to get retribution for what has been done to him.  Wanting to get back at all of those that has made him what he is, he wants blood for his final payment.  Finding out what sort of power he does possess, he is able to battle the most equipped foes with little effort.  Being immune to garlic and silver has made his new race much harder to deal with and with a protective shell around their hearts, they are next to unstoppable, unless the sun gets a hold of them.  Even though Nomak seems to be an unstoppable feeding machine, he has a plan in mind of what he will do to make everything all right again, but when he finds out Blade is after him, he wants to make sure that his fellow vampire hunter knows the truth about what has happened to him and what is on the horizon.

Blade II follows the Daywalker as he joins forces with those he has vowed to rid the world of.  Being asked to hunt down the new threat that is on the streets, Blade has to put his faith into the fear that is beating in the undead Eli Damaskinos’ heart.  Wanting to get a better look into what the vampires have been hiding from him in all of his hunting years, Blade agrees but his friends Whistler and Scud are very concerned about what will happen when he gets too close.  Showing little respect for what he has been told, Blade takes control of the Bloodpack who have been training to kill him and finds someone new he can bring himself to trust, Nyssa, who is Damaskinos’ daughter.  Trying to get on the inside of the vampire nation, Blade finds out that there is much more going on than he could have ever imagined, but his first priority is to rid the world of new Reapers that are running free on the streets and feeding more frequently.  Knowing who his target is, Blade has to decide who he can trust when it comes to who is really behind the strain and what the end goal is.

I don’t know how to really describe the second installment of the Blade trilogy.  It is full of action and splatter like the first one, but it seems to play a little bit more with who Blade is and give him a little more character depth.  Only being able to trust one person for twenty years, Blade has been able to open up to more opportunities while his mentor has been gone, but he still has little faith that anyone is completely good.  Nyssa seems to be the only one that is able to gain more from Blade in the short time they are together, however, she does not know what is really happening either and pays for it with her crew's lives.  The story is solid about trying to make a flawless vampire and what the trials have done and brought into the world, although I would think that the father would give a little bit more love to his children than what he did.  With Reinhardt, one of the Bloodpack, being played by Ron Perlman, it is hard to say anything bad about the movie since he commands the screen, even stealing scenes from Blade himself.  It looks like Blade is still on the hunt and nobody is safe, not even the vampire that was able to escape his first encounter with the hunter as he gets a taste of the sword at the end of the movie.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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What would you think if you actually found out that the things from your nightmares were actually real?  Would you accept it and know that you were always right, or would you reject it and try to come up with some sort of reason behind what you have just found out?  If you have strong enough beliefs that something is real, even when science has been telling you it is not, proving it wrong may be one of the most beneficial things to do, but would you really want to be able to prove that something so terrifying is actually roaming the streets outside?

There are unseen problems on the streets that nobody wants to see or believe exist, with the exception of a small band of hunters.  The infamous Daywalker is moving from city to city trying to make these threats extinct, but his prey is better financed than he is and they are able to keep a step ahead.  Although Blade is not deterred by this, he is trying to exact revenge on the species that killed his mother and made him what he is today. With the help of his longtime friend, Whistler, he is able to exploit some of the vices that the vampire population have shown over the years.

Deacon Frost is looking for power amongst the vampire ranks.  With many of the newly turned infected in his towns looking up to him for what he provides, the pureblood counsel does not like what the young man is doing.  Living in the shadows for thousands of years has worked for the society and they are afraid of change, but Frost is looking for something more, wanting to bring his race back into the lime light.  Even though he is voted down by the elders, Frost will not stop until he gets what he wants and has a plan to make sure he will succeed.  Gaining access to the archives, Frost finds an old legend that he could exploit and better yet, be a part of when he finds the secret behind the Blood God.

Doctor Karen Jenson is trying to live her life free of any distractions and after breaking up with her boyfriend that works in the same hospital, she finds that there is no escaping her past.  As a cadaver is laid down on the table in front of her, she gets to witness firsthand what a vampire does.  Although she does not believe this, she is saved by a stranger dressed in black and shown the seedy underworld that she had no idea existed.  When trying to figure out what is happening around her, she finds out that she could be a key component for Blade and his battle against the blood sucking race that is hunting her down.

Blade follows a tormented hunter as he is trying to put an end to the sickness that turned him what he is today, a vampire hybrid.  With the help of a longtime friend and a new one that he has saved from the vampire race, he finds out that there is trouble in the vampire ranks that could make them even more dangerous than before.  As Deacon Frost is looking for power of his own in the ranks, he will never be accepted by the purebloods that run the nation since he was turned later in life.  Wanting to prove them wrong and return his race to the top of the food chain, Frost spends his time in the archives and tries to find out if there is any truth to the prophecy that he has heard of for so many years.  La Magra, the Blood God, could put an end to the differences between the purebloods and the newly turned and make all of the humans into the sheep they should justly be.  When Blade and his team get word of this, they know they have to put an end to the aspiring leader, but it will be much more difficult as Frost has numbers on his side along with a special secret that he has been keeping from the hunter for many years.  With the help of Doctor Jenson, Blade’s arsenal gets a little revamp, but when his hideout has been penetrated and he loses his best friend, Blade allows his emotions to take control and will stop at nothing to bring the all of the suck heads involved to justice.

This is the start of one of my favorite vampire series for many reasons, but mainly because it just grew with every film.  Paying attention to the vampire rules, they are quick to point out what works and what are just myths, just so you do not get confused with what is going on.  With a little bit of splatter, there is much more action than most horror movies provide, but I am still a firm believer that this is a horror movie and franchise since it is based on one of the foundations of the horror genre.  I never pass up a chance to watch this movie when it comes on, since it gives much more than you would expect and I do believe that the storyline has withstood the sands of time, even with technology being brought into the mix.  Working towards the next installment of this series is fun as you get to follow Blade to what you assume is Russia in the final credits, but for what, you will just have to wait and see.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Sometimes going back home is something that everyone needs to do.  Getting back to one's roots can be refreshing and eye opening for many people, but there are some folks out there that would never take the opportunity to do it since they want to forget all about their childhood.  Everyone has their own way, and there is no right or wrong way, but it is always good to remember where you came from, especially if you are going through a tough time, or are being told that you are getting a little too big for your britches.

Kylie is loving her lifestyle, the life of crime, but it is slowly catching up with her.  Trying to blow up an ATM, her car dies while trying to flee the scene and since this is her first offense, she has been sentenced to house arrest. Wanting anything but to go back home, she has no say in the matter and is assigned an officer to keep an eye on her that lives in the same neighborhood.  Trying to be understanding about her daughter’s situation, her mother Miriam welcomes her little girl back without any questions asked, but Kylie is far from happy and wants to leave the house as soon as possible.

Not wanting to listen to her mother’s stories, much less be around her, Kylie puts herself in her own world, filled with television, music and anything else she can find to avoid her mother.  When listening to a local radio show, Kylie finds out that her mother is still as crazy as she was when she was a child, calling and opening up about the house being haunted.  Kylie knows that her mother is crazy and now the entire town knows it as well, but Miriam sticks by her story and will not let anyone convince her otherwise.  Although Kylie does not believe one word her mother says, she has a first hand encounter with someone or something in the basement.  With her ankle bracelet going off, her appointed officer comes running and the family finds out he believes in the afterlife.

Kylie is not impressed with what is happening in front of her, but she cannot explain who grabbed her.  Thinking that it is over, she starts to experience more strange things around the house and cannot explain what is happening.  Finding out that her childhood home was a halfway house many years ago and that there was a brutal murder committed in her room, she is convinced that there is something unexplainable happening.  With here officer working with her, Kylie is directed to try and find out what happened to the girl that was murdered in her room, along with who the real killer was all those years ago.  Knowing enough about what had happened in the house, Kylie has a suspect for who the murderer was, but when she finds a secret door inside of her closet, she finds out that she may have been gravely wrong with her assumption.

Housebound follows the story of Kylie as she has been put under house arrest.  Wanting to get out her childhood home as soon as possible, she also wants to get away from her mother who has lost it over the years.  Thinking that the house is haunted, Miriam is convinced with all of the sounds around the house and things going missing, that there is at least a ghost or two living inside of the walls.  Although Kylie does not believe this one bit, strange things start happening to her as well and she has to depend on her appointed officer to help her explain what is going on.  Finding out that the officer believes in ghosts, Kylie is able to find a story about the house before she lived there that has a tragic story about a young girl getting killed there.  Wanting to make the haunting go away, Kylie has to find out who the murderer really was and have them brought to justice, but there are next to no clues left to who it could have been.  But armed with an idea of who may be responsible, Kylie tries to prove that it was her suspect, but come to find out that the little bit of evidence is leading to the wrong man altogether.

I have been waiting to see this movie since it played at the Mile High Horror Film Festival, and am very upset I did not get to see it.  I am a sucker for a haunted house film, especially one that has to do with finding out who the real killer is.  With a surprise hiding in the walls, it is hard to imagine that more does not happen the house, all the time.  With the classic light flicker and things going missing, or just moving, there is a secret that the house is just not willing to give up right away.  I really enjoyed this one, it has all of the correct elements for the scares, especially a little talking bear that sent shivers up and down my spine.  And it looks like there will be a remake of this coming out in 2016, maybe with a little bit more scares and a little bit less comedy.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Shae

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Something is killing Catholics. Or, rather, something is making them kill themselves. It hunts them after confession and attaches itself to them. Shortly after, the person kills themselves. Or, in the case of one couple, she kills him with a sharp pair of shears. Sam and Dean roll into town and start questioning the priest. Dean takes to confession to talk about some things. It starts out snarky and quickly gets serious. Dean’s positive he’s going to die from the Mark. He’s afraid…rightfully so.

Meanwhile, Sam does some snooping. Seems one of the nuns is more interested in another nun's story than actually helping out with the investigation. It turns out, that said nun with the sad back story is really a violent spirit here to exact revenge. She was young, and scorned by the artist she once loved dearly. Having been dragged to the convent against her will, she snuck out one night, intending to ruin the painting he had done of her. Instead, she killed him. The crime was so violent, she was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake. She appeared in the church after her belongings and some paintings were sent from Italy.

The ghost takes it a bit too far when she possesses the priest and kills him. Dean tells Sam to burn the ghosts journal, but he’s busy reading it. The enraged spirit possesses the nun and nearly kills Dean. Thankfully, Sam figured out what was tying her to this place. It wasn’t the journal, but the painting. The tip of her finger had been ground into the paint. Sam burns all the things, just to make sure, and saves Dean. Because that’s what brothers do. Brothers also worry about one another…and Sam is really worried about Dean, but Dean’s not willing to humor his brothers positive attitude over finding a cure for the Mark.

Meanwhile, Rowena gets what she wants as Crowley has the Grand Priestess of the Coven brought in. Through some torture, brought on by Rowena’s own hands, the Witch reveals how far they’ve fallen and what happened to most of their power. Seems the Men of Letters took the majority of their potions and spells, using them for their own, and defeating the Witch population drastically. Armed with this knowledge, Rowena turns her into a hamster (I think?). She sets her sites on the Winchesters…the last two Men of Letters left….

 
 

Written by Shae

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Carry on my Wayward children, because this week is another exciting episode of the show I just cannot get enough of. Last week, Sam and Dean teamed up with our good friend Cole, and the three were off on an adventure of epic proportions. 

No, I’m just kidding, no one really wanted to team up, they did it because the Winchesters find themselves looking into a case that involves Cole’s best friend. When the little scamp refuses to leave the brothers alone, they have no choice but to pretend they don’t hate him. Turns out, I might still be bitter over his treatment of my Sammy.

Seems that Kit, Cole's friend, is infected with some supernatural parasite. It turns out to be a gross worm like thing…we’ve actually seen something similar before, back in season six if you all remember. Unlike its cousin, however, electricity doesn’t do anything to kill the creature. Instead, it demands water. And when water isn’t enough, blood will have to do. Kit is currently going crazy trying to drink as much as he can. Cole gets infected, because you know, reasons. And Dean decides the two need to split up and figure this out. He stays with Cole, while Sam chases down Kit.

Dean’s theory is that with enough will power, they can get this thing out of Cole. He just has to resist the urge to drink. If the host is to hostile, and not giving into the parasites wants, it’ll leave, right? Well, Dean is actually right, and by turning the cabin they are staying in into a sweat house, they are able to get the worm out of Cole and Dean is able to finally kill it.

Sam, on the other hand, doesn’t get a chance to help Kit, as the man nearly kills him. I guess shooting a guy in front of his wife isn’t normally Sam’s thing, but it was to save her. That and Sam is giving up on hope, while Dean seems completely okay with things…a stark parallel to how things normally are…hopefully things get closer to a resolution this week.

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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I was quite surprised last night on The Walking Dead when the show decided to go above and beyond in explaining just what it is that is truly eating at our main characters and why they are having such a hard time adjusting to life in this quiet little community.

Part of it is the obvious fact that Deanna and her people are as weak as can be when it comes to surviving in this world and well, that's nothing new. We know they are out of their minds when it comes to their understanding of how the world has changed, so we won't be spending any time on that today.  No, instead a few key moments last night showed what is really the root cause gnawing at Rick and his intrepid band of survivors...the fact that a return to civilization has forced them to reflect upon their lives and life choices in recent weeks...and they are filling up with guilt.

That guilt and regret was completely on display this week courtesy of Sasha, with her sudden need to head out into the area surrounding Alexandria to hunt the dead. There was a terrifying bloodlust in her eyes as she took down one walker after another, without giving a damn about her safety. She explained it all in a matter of seconds. Pointing out the fact that she told Noah that he would never make it in this world and of course the loss of her brother factors in as well. It's clear she is second guessing all of her choices at this point and it is isolating her in extreme fashion.

Heck, I'm even beginning to think that Father Gabriel's little stunt last week was related to guilt as well. After all, no one in this town, outside of Rick's group, know what he has done, that he let his congregation in Georgia die a terrible death and that is no doubt still tearing at his soul and moving him toward bad choices.  But the character that we thought had moved past guilt and letting the past haunt him, showed he is just as hurt as the rest of his group.  Yes, Rick Grimes finally snapped last night, letting his fists do the talking when it came to dealing with Pete.

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It wasn't simply because he desired or wanted Jessie as his own in caveman fashion, take a moment and think back to the scene before he went inside the house to tell her he could help her. He took a good look at the kids running around Alexandria and the town as a whole and saw a chance to make things right. His "ignorance" in his mind cost lives and the group the safety of the prison and this was his chance to set things right.  

In fact if anything, Rick has the most to reflect on because he is truly at a crossroads. This is a man who has in essence walked both the path of the hero and the villain. He has been the benevolent leader of the Prison, in fact he was willing to pull a Deanna and banish Carol for murder, ironic seeing as to how he advocates it now.  Which brings us to how he has mildly played the villain. 

Surprisingly there have been both physical and psychological parallels between the Governor and Rick. Both men went so deep into the horrors of the world they eventually resembled one another. Think back to the Governor's return to the show when he sat down in Lily's apartment and saw his scruffy reflection in the television with surprise, much like Rick did in the mirror.  Not to mention the fact that Rick's speech last night about fighting or dying is similar to the one the Governor gave before his new group attacked the prison.  But does it mean that Rick's reflections are turning him into the next bad guy? I still don't think so. I think in some way Rick is aware of the two lives he has led and it is beginning to truly tear at him. He genuinely wanted to help Jessie and see an end to her pain which means good Rick is still in there, just lost at the moment and he needs a genuinely good purpose to bring him back from the brink, and I think that goes for the entire group. 

It really was a fascinating and subtle aspect of storytelling to see last night, and clearly their guilt and inner reflection on the choices made have now come back to haunt them. The question is...if Rick and his friends get the chance to do exactly what he told the Governor was possible...if they finally get to come back from all the things they've done, that they are not...too far gone.

 
 

Written by Daniel and John

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There's really just one word that describes this week's episode of The Walking Dead, INTENSE. Seriously, what a loaded and heart racing episode so let's just get right down into discussing "Try".

John's Take
The Good: I'm actually quite impressed with how much stuff the show managed to pack in tonight. It got extremely in depth about what is really eating at our characters when it comes to the safety of Alexandria, which we will get into later with my weekly breakdown, but it also set the stage for the ugly threat that is undoubtedly heading toward the city, and it was brought to you by the letter "W".
Yes, those mysterious walkers showed up en masse on the show tonight, and the crazy people behind it are apparently bold enough to carve the W into a forehead while the person is alive, and let walkers do their thing. Whomever these crazed people are, they are incredibly dangerous and judging from that light Daryl saw in the distance at night...you have to wonder how close they are to Alexandria.

But the real intensity from tonight came from Alexandria itself. From the opening seconds of the show, when Deanna played her son's mix tape, nothing felt safe about the town or its people. Everyone seemed on edge this week, heck even Glenn upped the ante when he confronted the cowardly Nicholas in incredibly bold fashion, and by the way we found out who stole Rick's emergency gun that he hid outside the community...the very weasel that Glenn confronted. But matters were only made worse over the fact that Rick wanted to separate Jessie and her charming husband Pete to ensure the safety of Jessie and the kids...and kill Pete if he doesn't like the idea. It was a bold move on Rick's part since he presented it to Deanna, which she of course shot down. But things went awry went Rick decided to confront Jessie about the danger she was in. Thus came the most incredible moment of the night, as Rick was forced into a knock down drag it out battle in the streets with Pete that led to a moment of lucidity from Rick as he chided and scolded the people of Alexandria on being weak and stupid before Michonne knocked his ass out. 

The Bad: That ending. Only because I lost track of time completely watching this one and I was expecting just a little more before fading to black. But since this isn't the first time I've wanted more from an episode...this is a superficial complaint, because of the fact the show is hitting on all cylinders.

The Verdict: Normally the episode before the season finale is pure filler and little tamer than we expect to give us a moment to prepare ourselves, but seriously, this episode was nuts and I loved every single second of it. I'm dying to see if the people behind the W show up next week, and I'm damn curious to see where we go after this with Rick's breakdown in front of everyone. Should be one hell of a finale. 

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Daniel's Take
The Good: Is it getting used to the walls? Is it you have to find a way to fit in after fighting for so long? Can you ever go back again? I am sure these are the questions and more running through the minds from Rick’s group. Maybe not these exact questions but a variation of them as we see just how hard “Normal” has become for everyone. Can you be normal in the Zombie Apocalypse? I know that the entire town of Alexandrea likes to think they can and have until Rick's group showed up almost proving what Gabriel had said last week. Sure it is only a matter of time before the wolves are at the gate and in all likelihood make short work of everyone on the other side of the walls. Is that what we are going to see next week? The moment Daryl and Aaron find the left over parts and the woman tied to the tree you know who ever is doing this is close to the town. The walkers they are creating or marking are showing up at Alexandrea’s door step now. Is it the Wolves from the comics creating these monsters and to what end?

The transition we have seen for both Michonne and Sasha has been phenomenal and Sasha’s words to Michonne are eye opening. I don’t know if Michonne has it all but when you compare the two characters I guess she would as Sasha has lost everyone. Right now she is more like Andrea from the comic than real Andrea ever was. In the comic Andrea had lost her entire family and Dale who she was involved with, taking the lonely road and now we see that with Sasha playing out, refusing to let go of her edge. I think Michonne sees the comfort as a good thing but tonight the realization of the impact it is starting to take. I don’t know if Michonne’s flash back was a good thing or not, remembering how things use to be and how far she has come or that she does miss the carnage and the need to stay on her game as well. The one seeming least phased is Carol, playing the role and doing what she has to survive, she right now is by far the most wicked character of them all. Carol gets it, understands both roles and is playing everything to her advantage and I honestly believe that if the town went up in flames the only one walking out of the smoking remains would be her. She is more dangerous than Rick, no one will see her coming, and she has no emotion nor does she act with the slightest bit of remorse and you worry that everything she is doing is playing to a larger plan and if her cookies don’t get you her casserole will. The way it looks right now the women have it more together than the guys.

That brings me to the two emotional wrecks of the evening, Glenn being the first one still dealing with last week. Losing the majority his team and Nicholas lying about what went on. It not a surprise, bothered me that they didn’t talk to Eugene about what he saw. Glenn stepping up to Nicholas putting it very bluntly that he doesn’t want him out there and he is trying to save him, backing him into a corner and showing just how much of a coward he is. At least now we know where the gun Rick stashed went but how he knew it was there I still haven’t figured out the bigger question will he have it in him to kill Glenn with it. Leaving us to Rick tonight and the big emotional break that we saw coming for the past couple weeks. To be honest I was waiting for Rick to see reflections of Shane of the Governor in the mirror as he shaved, or in the reflection of the windows as he walked by. Rick has gone so far past Shane at this point and is right there with the Governor it’s frightening. Right down to trying to get the girl and start over with the new happy life and since he has no white whale to hunt why not just take over the town. The fight needed to happen with Pete if only for the reason that Porch dick deserved a good beating since Deanna knew what was going on. Rick even showed a little restraint in the house before him and Pete went through the window but do go completely around the bend at the end of the fight was madness. All I could see was the Governor at the end trying to convince everyone that he was right and the one to follow.

The Bad: Rick should have wasted this chump no problem! He was a Sheriff for God's sake, law enforcement and this Doctor is going to get the better of him in a fight. Where is the tactical training? Better yet where were the handcuffs? Quick kick to the knee, shot to the nose and into detox Pete goes! I am sure that Rick just wanted to brawl for the sake of getting it out of his system and has been itching for fight since he walked through the front gate but this was a little over the top even for him.

The other thing that I didn’t like is where the hell was Maggie in all of this? She over hears Gabriel’s ramblings last week, knows what is going on there and doesn’t mention it to Rick, or even Glenn for that fact. If there is someone more deserving of going through a window it Gabriel, I don’t like him in the comic and I hate him in the show but Maggie dropping the ball on all of this is just as bad.

The Verdict: The stage is set, the fuse is lit, and the only question left unanswered is what is going to blow first? There are so many ways this could go next week with the 90 minute finale I have no idea what to expect. Glenn shot? Super herd taking down the wall or will it be the Wolves? Who will be the next major character to fall? My money is on Abraham, might even see Deanna go down. At this point who knows but we will find out next week on The Walking Dead.