Fall is a time for cozy nights in with jack-o-lanterns flickering and shows that give you that eerie feeling. Need a show to binge this Fall season, look no further!
Stranger Things (Netflix)
2017-Present [2 Seasons, filming Season 3]
When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.- Via Netflix Original site.
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
2014-Present [Currently airing it’s 5th Season]
A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives. – Via IMDb
Riverdale (The CW)
2017- Present [Currently airing it’s 3rd Season]
A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.- Via IMDb
2018 [Airing it’s first season on Sunday nights]
A clever bookstore manager relies on his savvy Internet know-how to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. -Via IMDb
The Vampire Diaries (Netflix, Hulu)
2009-2017 [8 Seasons]
The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers. -Via IMDb
The Bates Motel (Netflix)
2013-2017 [5 Seasons]
A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.- Via IMDb
Scream (the MTV series) (Netflix, Amazon Prime)
2015-2018 [2 Seasons]
A serialized anthology series that follows a group of teenagers being targeted by a masked serial killer. – Via IMDb
A New York woman suspects that one of her online dates is a serial killer.- Via IMDb
Pretty Little Liars (Netflix)
2010-2017 [7 Seasons]
Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend. – Via IMDb
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Hulu, YouTube)
1996-2003 [7 Seasons]
When a 16-year-old high school student finds out she’s a witch, her two aunts offer guidance on how to control her newly-discovered magical powers. -Via IMDb
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hulu, YouTube)
1996-2003 [7 Seasons]
A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. -Via IMDb
1999-2002 [3 Seasons]
Follows the lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell.- Via IMDb
Charmed (90’s original) (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube)
1998-2006 [8 Seasons]
Three sisters discover their destiny, to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones. – Via IMDb
The X Files (Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime)
1993-2018/present (on and off) [11 Seasons]
Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.-Via IMDb
Tales from the Crypt (YouTube, Amazon Prime, HBO)
1989-1996 [7 Seasons]
Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s presented by the legendary Crypt Keeper, a sinister ghoul obsessed with gallows humor and horrific puns.-Via IMDb
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (YouTube/Amazon Prime)
1997-2002 [4 Seasons]
Within the course of one hour 5 stories are shown. None of these stories have any logical explanation, and some of them actually occurred. You are left to decide which of these stories, if any are fact, and which are fiction.- Via IMDb
The Walking Dead- Watch at your own risk. (Netflix)
2010-2018 [Currently airing it’s 9th Season on AMC]
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins [#ZombieApocalyse], and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. – Via IMDb
^I am including this last one, because I have such great memories of it, that is before they killed off certain favorites of mine. Now I feel like the show has gone down hill, and I haven’t watched in a few seasons. But there is something about it that just screams Fall to me. So if you can stomach losing precious characters, have at it!
As you may have noticed some of these shows are throwbacks and no longer on tv. They can be found on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, etc. Others are very new or currently still airing, and can be found on those same sites, as well as their networks/free on demand. In any case each of these paired with a cozy, cold, fall night in, would be perfect to get your Halloween spook fix. So pop your pop-corn, grab some tea or apple cider and pick your poison. Happy Binging friends!
And let me know if I missed any of your favorites!
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*Yes I usually watch most of my shows Live. I like the experience.
MONDAYS– Dancing with the Stars (8pm), Supergirl (8pm), The Good Doctor (10pm).
*Although Supergirl will probably take the 8 o’clock spot for me, I do like to check in on Dancing with the Stars here and there- depending on who the Stars are this year. The year Bethany Mota was on, I was obsessed!
TUESDAYS– This Is Us (9pm). *I really need to catch up before this season starts!
WEDNESDAYS– Riverdale (8pm), Chicago PD (10pm).
THURSDAYS– Grey’s Anatomy (8pm), Will & Grace (9pm), Scandal (9pm), How to Get Away with Murder (10pm), Chicago Fire (10pm).
*I check in on Grey’s Anatomy here and there via YouTube and sometimes I will watch live. And although Scandal and Will & Grace are in the same time slot, I will probably watch Will & Grace live and catch Scandal on demand, I have to catch up on last season anyway! And I will probably choose to watch HTGAWM live @ 10 over Chicago Fire, since I kind of lost track of it. I love HTGAWM more, so I will just have to catch Chicago Fire on demand.
FRIDAYS– Jane the Virgin (9pm) and let’s be real probably streaming/binge watching Fuller House and Stranger Things.
(Low key debating getting back into The Walking Dead- AMC (October 22nd @ 9 pm)… but that’s a whole other blog post, if I make the decision, we’ll discuss more!) 😉
See you on the flip side, my fellow TV Junkie’s.
I’m sure I will be live tweeting on my twitter- @Shellbelle91
-come chat with me all things TV!
Happy Season Premiere Season!
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You’re pumped and can’t wait to see if Ross and Rachel finally get back together.
But what makes all of that more sweeter?
The musical introduction of course!
The song you know by heart, and involuntarily bop along and sing to as it plays before you dive into the fictional world of your favorite characters.
I love television so much.
I love how you can be catapulted into a world of characters and experience their love and friendships throughout their journey. How you instantly feel like they become your family on that day, at that time. It’s like every week you can depend of them to make your day just a bit better.
And what I’ve learned about my love for television, is that the little bit of an intro matters to me. The song they choose- matters to me.
Because it has to reflect the show’s tone. And the images they place with it too. Of course theme songs are changed, modified, shortened, remixed, throughout the years. But still they set the tone for what’s in store for you and I for one don’t think television would be the same without them.
So let’s talk about some of my favorites- (in no particular order)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This song was my brother’s and my jam. When we were little every time we would watch the show, the song would come on and we’d just rock out. #IWhipMyHairBackAndForth Girls who wore one or more braids in their hair….you know what I’m talking about.
What would life be like without this song? Unimaginable. Friends. I’ll Be There For You. You know you clap clap clap when they do, admit it!
Beverly Hills 90210
This is one of the strictly instrumental theme songs out there, but I still get so happy whenever I hear it! Nostalgia.
The Fresh Prince of Bellaire
“In West Philadelphia born and raised….” Cue the rap props. If you know all the words to this song, dust off your shoulder cuz you are a bonified G. Am I right?
Gurllllll…..that saxophone tho….
Saved by the Bell
Boy Meets World
There were three different songs, each better than the last!
The theme song and intro got a little sassier as the girls got into their older years. Haha.
She was my queen and therefore this was our musical thrown. I may or may not have been obsessed with her tie dye outfit. 😉
That’s So Raven
Nostalgia is so cozy! Ya nasty! 😉 The old school Disney channel was EPIC!
“Where can you goooo, when the world don’t treat you right, the answer is homeeee that’s the one place that you’ll find…” come on now!
Oh hey Jessica Biel, how you doing girl!
This show is my jam, I watch everyday before work!
Do NOT get me started on my girl Carole King. This song is perfection and it’s like drinking a cup of tea (or ya know coffee coffee coffee) on a cold winter night. It’s just like a big hug!
If you don’t know this feel good song, where have you been?
One Tree Hill
Gavin… oh dear Gavin, I thank you for this and for being the introduction to the show that single handedly shaped my writer’s soul. Hearing this song now, takes me back to watching this story unfold nearly every week with my best friend at my side as we tried to navigate middle school, high school and even the early stages of college. 9 Years people, 9 years, that’s commitment.
Who else wants to live in California? They make it seem so nice. 😉
Seth Cohen is my spirit animal!
“Whatever it takes, I know I can make it through!” Positive Messages! You know before they hit you with a shit ton of teenage drama. 😉 #ILOVEDSHAWN
The Walking Dead
If you read my blog you may know that The Walking Dead and I have suffered a recent break up. After Glenn’s death our relationship just wasn’t the same and I needed my space. But any time I hear our song, it just brings me back. Another instrumental, but it is so damn eerie, and it is so damn good! Those violins get me every time!
So Little Time
I cannot even tell you how this song can transport me back into time. Put me on a beach in a long sweater and some capris. Girls you know what I’m talking about, watch that intro!
Simple, but so effective. Whispers Whispers Whispers. “That’s a secret I’ll never tell, you know you love me. XOXO Gossip girl.”
City Guys & Hang Time
These two shows may not ring a bell with anyone. But they were my Saturday mornings! I don’t even really remember what channel they were on, but I loved them and I still remember their theme songs until this day.
I may or may not have been a little older than the target audience, but yea I was still a fan! #NoShame
Sabrina the teenage witch
(Last one was always my fav!)
The Golden Girls
Theme songs are so important. I know that not all shows have them, or need to have them. But if they do, they have to be good, because years and years later they will stick with you and remind you of beautiful memories. As I wrote this post, the nostalgia was so sweet.
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My camera year is wrong…should say 2016, ignore that mishap.
As I sat down on New Year’s Eve to sift through my memory jar- a bandwagon that I finally hopped on two years ago- I was amazed at how little I felt like I did, because of how quickly I felt the year had flown by. It was a blur for me. But as I dove into these colored pieces of paper, the many memories came flooding back….and a lot actually happened. It’s so easy for us to get wrapped up in the holiday bit at the end of the year, that we forget all the memories we made throughout the year.
So here are some of my most favorite memories- (in no particular order!)
*My 2016 Highlights*
Took my god daughter to see Trolls- “Sophie’s big girl movie date”- Trolls, went to a diner, and saw the Christmas Lights with my family.
Had a little Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere Party but… RIP Glenn still heartbroken: / haven’t watched an episode since then, but my party looked awesome. Read my post HERE!
Celebrated my grandmother’s 83rd birthday with a whole bunch of family.
I made a few job changes and had to bounce around a bit, which was a bit difficult but finally found a place where I am happy for now, it was for the better- I’m building a work family and have made some great friends. Read my post on “adulting” HERE!
I finally got to pretend to be a YouTube vlogger and did a Mini “Vlogmas” from Dec. 23-Dec. 31 into 2017 (Stay Tuned!)
My brother and I started to shoot the first installment of our zombie short, but it got halted because…. #WeddingCraziness #BridalShowerCraziness
michelleleighwrites turned 3!!!!!!! Read my postHERE! (It’s turning 4 in a WEEK!!!!!!)
Justin Timberlake released new music & a video – Can’t Stop The Feeling! (he also produced the soundtrack to Trolls (What a beautiful, fun loving film, highly recommend seeing it!). Read my fangirl report HERE!
Valentine’s Day Girls Nite In with my girls.
Celebrated my Aunt Mary’s birthday with some dinner at her favorite Mexican restaurant and had some Pepsi- her favorite drink. Love you Aunt Mary, Miss you!
Bruno Mars new album, listening to it as I write. So obsessed! #24KMagic #Chunky #ThatsWhatILike #VersaceOnTheFloor #Finesse LISTEN
Rocked some obnoxious Christmas Lights for the holidays. #BestDecisionOfMyLife #5BucksWellSpent #ShoutOutToStrangerThings
Received some handmade Christmas cards from my students.
30th Birthdays Celebrations- We hosted a big family dinner for my sister in law and went on an AC family trip for my brother.
Family BBQ’s!!! #Cousins
Best Friend Weekend. – Even at 25, my best friend and I still keep our sleepover tradition going. It started off going to the Zumba class that my best friend teaches, then we had some dinner at her house (BBQ chicken my fav at their house hold-like old times), next we watched our favorite tv show One Tree Hill until 4 AM, Went for breakfast the next morning, got manicures, and shopped a bit. It was so nostalgic and it was just what we needed. #BestFriendMiniWeekend #RoshellWeekend
That Zumba class tho-I had been trying to get to one, forever!
Britney’s back bitches! #GLORY album is just….EPIC! Read my post HERE!
Pineapple float- #SOTRENDY
Took my mom to see the Radio City Spring Spectacular- it was her mother’s day gift and it felt really great to be able to do that for her. What a brilliant show. Visually stunning!
Got hooked on Murder Mystery 13 Part Series American Gothic- so damn good! #SHOUTOUTTOBETHANYJOYLENZ
Started Stranger Things #NetflixIsDangerous
Attended my best friend’s engagement party.
Continued with the annual chop.
Dressed up in Hawaiian theme attire for my cousin’s birthday party.- Read my post HERE!
Finally got to rock the yellow, red, blue look I’ve wanted to try for forever! Read my post HERE!
After the chop, had to try out some new hair do’s – Reverse Space buns.
Marina Squerciati answered my tweet, (cuz we’re besties) ;). #thathashtagtho
My parents treated me to a massive birthday dinner at my favorite restaurant. Got my big gold number balloons too! #BlackAndGold #Family #Friends Read my post HERE!
That TWD finale tho. #WHOISIT? Read my feels HERE!
Started an unintentional tradition of taking massive group family photos/selfies.
Bridal expos with my bestie. #MaidofHonor #OnCall
My cousins from Florida surprised us with a quick visit!
Curvy Barbies (and other body shapes and sizes) are a thing! #FINALLY #Variety
Met our newest family member! My god daughter is a big sister!
Started watching a few new tv series- This Is Us (I have to catch up, I’m so behind) and Shades of Blue.
Damn a lot can happen in a year. I am grateful for the blessings 2016 has given me. Of course it wasn’t all marshmallows and honey all the time, but I still fought through obstacles and made beautiful memories. Cheers to 2017, may it be beautiful and happy and healthy for all of you, filled with love and inspiration and success.See you soon friends!
We’ve come to an end on my RIOT, as my anger is starting to slow down a bit and now I am just simply sad. I won’t say that I’m over the loss of two of our favorite characters, but I’ve said all I can say. It’s time to try to move on.
But being that I feel like Abraham’s death was a bit overshadowed, I thought why not shine a light on some of his best one liners. Michael Cudlitz is one hell of an actor, and he was the perfect soldier.
My Fav Abraham-isms!
“Son of a dick.”
“I don’t give a monkey’s left nut.”
“We don’t give two short and curly’s what it looks like.”
“Maybe I’ll let you shave me down all over-Dolphin smooth.”
“I am fit as a damn fiddle.”
“I am stressed and depressed to see that ride die.”
“It’s plain as potatoes to me now.”
“There is no damned corner in this damned earth that has not been dicked hard beyond all damned recognition.”
*His laugh @ 5:20 is epic! He craps me up!*
“You got a shit storm behind door A and a storm of shit behind door B.”
“Pull the cobwebs outta your ass and move!”
“There’s a vast ocean of shit, that you people don’t know shit about, Rick knows every fine grain of said shit and then some.”
“Cuz loose ends make my ass itch.”
“A man can tell.” *The Sasha saga begins…
“Can you get the gate, appreciate it pal.”
“When you were pouring the Bisquick, where you trying to make pancakes?”
“How long you think Rick and Michonne have been uggin bumpleys?”
“Why are dingleberries brown? It’s just the way shit is.”
“That my friend is some damn fine, Ginuwine, outside the box thinking!”
“You’d have better luck picking up a turd by it’s clean end.”
“What the bitch?!?”
“It indicates, we are neck deep up shit creek with our mouths wide open.”
And his last scene as Negan looks him in the eye, Abraham bulks up- no fear and as the bat strikes him once, then twice, in between his last breaths he gives us one last stellar zinger.
“Suck. my. nuts.”
RIP Abraham– from the beginning you made us like you, with your soldier trained brain and your tell it like it is -no bullshit dialogue. Most of my laughs while watching the show, have belonged to you. You fought until the very end and we are proud to call you family. I’ll miss you more than you’ll know and more than I thought. Thank you for the laughs and thank you for keeping Glenn company from your first day until both of your last days.
Also I didn’t notice this, until I saw it pointed out, but OMG that Sasha peace sign shout-out, beautifully heartbreaking. I was really starting to like these two and now we’ll never get to see what could have happened with them, or what would have happened with the Rosita/Abraham/Sasha triangle. There was more story to tell there, for sure. :*( I guess The Walking Deadis content with destroying love and relationships.
Today is the day…The Walking Dead ‘s new episode is on and I don’t know if I’ll be watching live. Part of me wants to, but part of me wants to tell the producers to suck it. Lol. I will see how I feel tonight and see what my family thinks. Regardless of what I choose this Sunday, I am sure this is not the last you will hear from me when concerning The Walking Dead.If nothing else, I’ll be there to support my Maggie girl.
One last final farewell to two fan favorites…#RIP Loves ❤
Stay Glenn my friends, until next time.
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“Hey , hey you in the tank…dumbass, you cozy in there?” -Meet Glenn (this scene makes me want to cry now)
Fast car, fast race.
Chair kill.- #BADASS
Glenn takes his Governor frustrations out on a walker & bitches out Rick for what happened to Maggie.
-This storyline was so interesting to me, it showed a side to Glenn that we’ve scene, but this was an elevated level. Glenn is protective of Maggie, and when he saw her barely clothed and with the Governor, knowing if he tried to save her, they’d both end up dead, he and Maggie end up going through some seriously deep stuff. You really see Glenn’s love and protection for Maggie throughout that storyline.
Aiden knock out.
Nicholas knock out.
“My blood my family is standing right here.” (@0:45)
Best Glenn & Maggie Moments
***These fan videos are gorgeous and have a lot of great Gleggie/Glaggie moments.
First time- thisis such a brilliant scene, and it’s so sweet and funny.
Clock watch (@4:00) “I love you.” (@6:46)-I love how Glenn realizes the importance of Hershel passing down the watch to him, you can see the tears in his eyes. -I love how he tells her he loves her and how he says “it’s been true for a long time.” And then how he tells Maggie to stop the car and let him drive because he can see how in shock she is. #Gentleman.
Barn full of walkers gun down– “Maggie?” I adore this moment, because it’s as if he’s asking permission, he is hesitant, and doesn’t want to hurt her.
Photograph-This will always be one of my most favorite moments. I love how simple, and normal it is. And I LOVE how she kisses his hand before he leaves.
Green balloons– I love this scene so much because you can just see how deep their connection is, she was waiting for a sign and he knew to send one.
Shower Scene–I love this scene because it’s a sweet moment between a lovingcouple and then you see it kind of take on a more serious tone when Glenn notices Maggie’s bruises feeling the urgency to comfort her. It’s beautiful.
Baby Glaggie/Gleggie– I can’t. I just can’t.
***There are so many amazing Glenn/Glenn & Maggie moments over the course of the last 6 seasons. Glenn was so full of heart and his relationship with Maggie was one of my favorite parts of the show. I’m a sucker for a good romance story and the fact that the two of them managed to find and fall in love even in this kind of world, was just so beautiful. When Maggie was introduced, I realized that they would be my romantic fix for the show. It saddens me that they will never get to start their family and live a happy life. I know there are many scenes I probably didn’t feature, so feel free to share your favorites below, I’d love to hear them! Just know every minute of their story is amazing and we appreciate the heart and realism Lauren Cohan (Maggie) and Steven Yeun (Glenn) put into their characters. Gleggie/Glaggie Forever.
****LETTERS OF LOVE & FRUSTRATION-The Walking Dead Edition****
You were a leader, a loyal man of honor. You took whatever came your way and handled your business like a boss, but with an odd heir of grace in a rather grace-less world. You were our heart, our family. And the thought that you will never crack a joke, kiss Maggie, or meet your baby, well it just breaks my heart to pieces.
Glenn- from your first words, “Hey Dumbass” to your last “Maggie…I’ll find you.”- I have never not loved you, believed in you, or trusted you. Unfortunately you were the heart and moral compass of the show that got taken away from us this season and in the very first episode of the season, none the less. You will be greatly missed, there aren’t words to explain just how much. Maggie will never be the same without you, and The Walking Dead will never be the same without you.
You truly were one of my favorites and this to date (and forever) will be one of the most felt Walking Dead deaths ever. I think you deserved better, I think you had more story to tell. I think you would have made an amazing dad. Forever and always, your loyalty, heart, fearlessness, bravery, friendship, love and kindness, will be with us. We love you, we’ll miss you, and….we’ll find you. This isn’t goodbye it’s see you later.
RIP GLENN Love you, forever. ❤ #Family
Dear Steven Yeun,
I hope you know how much we love you. How deeply your portrayal of Glenn as impacted millions of us. I already miss seeing you on my tv screen every Sunday night. And I wish you the best of luck on future projects. Can’t wait to follow your career. But to me, you’ll always be my Glenn.
Thank you for rocking the trendiest mustache ever, for being a sassy ginger, for having the best southern accent, and for- my favorite of all- thank you for the countless hysterical zingers. You brought a little laughter to a very dark world, and we will miss your leadership, and your safe soul.
Dear Michael Cudlitz,
Thank you for being your bad-ass self and for honoring your fans to the very end of your Abraham journey. The next show or film to get you, is very lucky. I’ll be watching for you. 😀
Dear Maggie/Lauren Cohan,
You got this. We got you. Hand in hand we walk.
Dear Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman,
A little something comes to mind…oh yea that’s right…
I love you, I love your southern slang & twang, your ability to own any situation, your worldly training and variety of skills, your fashion sense ;), your tough guy exterior and most of all your big ole heart of gold. The guilt of causing Glenn’s death will probably get you killed this season, but I hope you kick some serious ass before you go. (Please don’t go!)
Here are some images from my Walking Dead Season 7 premiere party…you know before my heart was ripped out of my chest.
This table scape is also perfect for Halloween!
This is a chocolate two layered cake with butter cream frosting and crushed Oreos in the center, surrounded by crumbled Oreos again and gummy worms, topped with a raspberry/jello/cool whip concoction as the “brain.” It looks kinda like a heart. #SorryNotSorry Lol.
I used red “fruit punch” flavored Gatorade for the Walker Blood and Lollipops for the Walker Claws. (my brother found them at the dollar tree they are originally called zombie fingers!)
Death Predictions :*/
Seconds before watching the premiere…
I’m going to be posting quite a few things about The Walking Dead this weekend, my usually scheduled Monday post, was a no go. It was just too soon for me to fully write up and process all that I had to say. I tried, but it wasn’t ready. I will fill out the rest of this week with new posts. I need to get them all written and ready and then I will post accordingly. I need to get it all out, by week’s end, because then I can hopefully start to heal and move on. This is my venting. I hope you understand, fan to fan. 😀 If you aren’t a Walking Dead fan or you disagree with my thoughts, come back soon for a different vibe. Right now this is my RIOT time. xoxo
*I do not take credit for any images/gifs used is the first portion of the post.*
I’ve been avoiding finishing writing this all week. Partly because I can already tell it’s going to be a tall order/one of those really long ranty posts and partly because I just don’t know how to start this. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, I have a whole hell of a lot to say. But I guess that’s the problem. It’s just that the idea of thinking about it again, is stirring up some emotional anxiety in me already. But my hope is that once I get all the feels out, I will feel better, and start to heal. It’s happened for me in the past.
I know at this point you are probably very confused…allow me to explain.
It’s just a show, they say. Don’t take it too seriously. Get over it. But to us- to a lot of us-it’s more than that. When you watch a show for 6 seasons, you learn and grow with the characters, you care about them, you are invested in their stories and want to know more. They become like parts of your family. Our Sunday night family. Yes, I’m referring to Rick and the gang from AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Now I know there are many different opinions floating around by now, and I may be late to the game, but I just couldn’t finalize my thoughts until recently. Even now I still feel like I’m all over the place and it’s been a few days since the episode aired. But it left one hell of an imprint on my mind and my heart. And not in a good way.
This past Sunday night was the premiere episode of Season 7, entitled “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.” It’s an episode we fans have been anxiously awaiting since last season’s majorly talked about cliffhanger. And let it be known that even though I was mad at first, I defended the cliffhanger and thought it was badass and creative. I believed in the show that I love. The show that I love to watch with my family. The show I schedule my Sundays around. I believed they wouldn’t let me down. I trusted them. But what I got, was nothing I hoped for. In fact it was just the opposite.
In a nut shell. Let’s just say, I am NOT happy with the outcome.
THE FEELS ARE IN THE DETAILS
What I feared the most came true. A very beloved character was on the receiving end of Negan’s power trip of a batting practice. Glenn Rhee was killed. (Along with Sgt. Abraham Ford) And the fact that I just put Abraham’s death in parenthesis as a morbid side note, should tell you just how badly they screwed up.
There I said it. But what frustrates me so much is that it was done in such a bull shit, shock value, careless way. I say careless because I just feel like the producers have little regard for their audience. And I may just be talking out of anger right now, but that’s how I feel. Right now and for the days that have passed, this is how I feel. Chris Hardwick made an incredible point on The Talking Dead, validating any and all of our feelings, whether we are pissed, sad, or happy, because we are the passionate fans who make the show. And we love him for that and for being our full on therapist.
My thoughts are a scramble, still. As I sit here and try to edit myself and categorize my thoughts. But should I edit myself? Should I sugar coat anything? Show runners and AMC sure as hell don’t sugar coat anything for us. So should fans not be allowed the same curtesy? Should we not be allowed to speak our minds about a show that holds such a sacred place in our hearts?
I have so much inside and I don’t know how to say it. The gnawing feeling in my chest and stomach, and the feeling of puffy eyes is enough proof that Sunday night’s episode put me through a rollercoaster of emotions. I feel like I was anxious the night before the premiere, (waking up after bad dreams) and then I was nervous the whole day-dodging people with spoilers, and then after it happened I went from shocked, to pissed (some serious vulgar language was thrown left and right in my house hold that’s for sure), to balling my eyes out. I actually have a video, my brother took of me. It’s too much for me to actually post, but let’s just say I was red faced. And that was after the episode, I just thought of Glenn’s face just before Negan lowered the bat. He was just sitting there, he wasn’t doing anything wrong, sure he had his outburst, but that wasn’t nearly as bad as Daryl’s. Glenn was just there. My brother put it perfectly, “he was an innocent.” And then WHACK. Reimagining that image, that thought, made me explode in tears, causing a bit of a domino effect in my house as my mom and sister in law began to get teary eyed and my brother jumped over to hug me. He and I are both completely messed up over this. We’re both just pissed and when my sister in law tried to be the voice of reason and ask us “Would you have rather seen him die getting ripped to pieces by walkers.” We both answered with a forceful YES in unison. Walkers eat people, it’s what they do. It’s what we know from this world, and that does become exciting and a bit of an adrenaline boost. But having one man bash the skull in of another man, is just not what I want or need to see. AMC- the same network that won’t allow the F word, but yet allowed that horrific imagery to be displayed for the world to watch. Yea that makes total sense.
I am not denying the cinematic genius of the show. The angles and the way it was shot was amazing- the POV shots- really were so interesting. And I know how well this show can be done, I’ve seen it in the past. But this week’s content…heartbreaking…too heartbreaking.
MANIPULATION GONE TOO FAR/THE BAIT & SWITCH TECHNIQUE
And that’s the problem, with this whole death scene. After going through all that wait and worry, I would have just rather they killed him last season. Instead we waited months for that bait and switch, shock value bull shit. I was a wreck last season when we had to deal with Glenn’s fake death, but I put my faith in the fact that Glenn had so much story left to tell and that he couldn’t be gone, and he wasn’t. But now after having to go through all that, and then the 6 month summer hiatus- to have it actually result in a Glenn death…Pure BULL SHIT. And because of that same need for shock value, they killed Abraham first to throw us off and totally didn’t allow his character to have his own meaningful death. His death was cast to the side, and completely overshadowed, because when you peg a supporting character death against a main character death, that supporting character isn’t cared about as much. And although Abraham is beloved in his own right his longevity on the show doesn’t compare to Glenn’s, so which death is being most talked about, Glenn’s. Although Abraham’s death was mighty and had purpose and he went out without fear and still his strong self, it fell to the side. If you ask me he deserved his own death. He shouldn’t have been a lead up or a manipulative fake out for Glenn’s horrific death.
I understand fans of the comics wanted this scene. They wanted the gore- the blood, the guts. But fans of the show, did not. Because although many fans overlap between the genres, fans of solely the show have become so undeniably attached to the original Atlanta 5 that, we hate to even consider the possibility of the show going on without them. Secondary characters are all up for grabs, but DO NOT MESS WITH MY GLENN. This so called “iconic” comic scene was ruined. I could give two shits about the comic scene, I don’t follow them and I don’t see that death as iconic at all. It’s disturbing and removes one of my favorite charcters from this world I’ve grown to follow intently. I just think the death should match the character. Yes in a way, Abraham’s did. He was staring Negan down, in a “take me” sort of fashion. Even during his death he still gave us one of his epic one liners and told Negan- “suck my nuts.” It was oddly funny and badass as hell. But Glenn’s death- it went unjustified, the purpose fell flat. It was out of nowhere. If they wanted to make it Glenn they should have just showed us it in the finale, at least then it would have been an instant shock and the wait wouldn’t have been for nothing. And the recovery period would be given proper time.
But no they had to do their whole little dance to make us think they maybe just maybe weren’t going to follow the comic.
I get it’s a zombie apocalypse show, I get that people have to die. I get that that in order for things to keep going and to keep things interesting with a realistic heir, main characters need to die to impact a greater story. But as a fan, I just think that this particular death was ruined. And whatever story they tell going forward could have still been accomplished if they hadn’t chosen Glenn.
DARYL’S TO BLAME
I know that the way Glenn died on the show, is how he died in the comics. I understand that. But considering the show varies from the comic quite often, they didn’t have to have it be Glenn. And to have Abraham be the initial victim on the receiving end of Lucille, (the Point of View shot was in fact him and not Glenn) and give us this sense of relief, all to have Daryl have an outburst lunging at Negan and swinging at him, causing Negan to get pissed. Further stating the fact that he is a man of his word- the first outburst was free but any others and he would “shut that shit down.” In my head it made sense (although it pains me to say this) for Negan to kill Daryl. But no instead he pivots after bashing Abraham’s head in and whacks poor innocent Glenn over the head out of nowhere. I’m a Daryl fan, I am, but even so I am dead ass saying that if it weren’t for Daryl’s outburst, Glenn would still be alive. So not only did they make us think it was Daryl with the clips released, they then death layered Abraham and Glenn- and further pinning two crowd favorites against each other-Daryl and Glenn, by having Daryl be the cause of Glenn’s death.
The scene itself was heart breaking and gut wrenching. In an odd way I felt like I was prepping for it to be Daryl, but I thought they weren’t going to go that far, so when I saw it was Abraham there was an instant relief, because although I love him and his crazy sayings that always crack me up, I knew I could recover from his death versus trying to recover from a main core character death. The original Atlanta five that were left. But when I saw that it was Abraham, I knew it wasn’t over. I sensed it, I felt it in the pit of my stomach and then …it happened. The worst decision The Walking Dead ever made. I had tried so hard to stay away from spoilers, but I did watch the promo clips and the sneak peek. And all signs were intentionally pointing to Daryl. Dwight wearing his vest, riding his motorcycle, carrying his cross bow. And then in the sneak peek where we see the brain remains on the ground you see a blanket on the floor near it, the blanket we all knew Daryl had draped around his shoulders.
As much as I love Daryl- he is really one of my favorites- I cannot choose between my love for him and my love for Glenn. My sister in law asked me who would I rather it be, Glenn or Daryl and I told her she couldn’t ask me that question because I couldn’t give her an answer, I couldn’t choose. I had three characters I did not want touched, excluding Rick because I knew he was alive because of the sneak peek, and killing him would defeat the point of the idea that the producers and writers have been stressing, that this season is about breaking Rick down. My three favorites; Daryl, Maggie and Glenn. And when I got wind of people having spoilers and telling me I was going to be a wreck, I began to really worry it was Daryl, so I was prepping for Daryl, hoping it would be a secondary character, because fans would freak the F out if it were Daryl. But in that prepping, the Glenn death knocked the wind out of me. Even though his death was written the same in the comic (excluding the Abraham kill and the Daryl outburst) I didn’t think they were going to do it. I thought it was too expected. I thought/kind of hoped it was going to be Michonne. See my reasoning HERE.
Shock value. That’s all this episode was. I do not feel justified at all. The wait, the cliffhanger, the almost death of Glenn last season that freaked everyone the F out, all- for nothing. All to be thrown away in less than 30 minutes. They knew they would get shit for this, which is why they made it happen in the premiere and not the finale, because they’re going to try to use this season as a way to redeem their bullshit.
THE FANDOM AND WHAT LIES AHEAD
I’m a huge fan of the show, which is why I feel so deeply and strongly about all this. I may just be coming off as a bitter fan who didn’t get what she wanted. Or a bitchy fangirl who is pissed one of her favorite characters got killed off. But it’s more than that to me. It’s the way he was killed off, and the lack of respect we were shown as viewers who have been so faithful for the past 6 seasons. No matter what the story they want to tell after this, nothing can convince me it was worth Glenn’s death. In fact I believe the story would have been made greater had they kept Glenn alive. He’s had to endure so much death over the past season. Noah getting ripped to pieces by walkers, Nicholas shooting himself, all right in front of his eyes. That is traumatizing, and I would have loved to have seen how he handled that, and how he would have dealt with killing humans on a greater scale to protect his family. I’m a big believer in seeing a show through. But if I’m being honest, after that episode I just felt done. The need to watch any future episodes keeps moving further and further away from me, there isn’t an urgency like there used to be. There’s a feeling of betrayal. Because I just don’t want to see a Walking Dead world where Glenn doesn’t exist. And to make things worse they gave us that bull shit “what could have been” dream sequence family dinner, where Glenn is holding his son as Maggie and Abraham sit next to him smiling and everyone else passes dinner plates and talking happily like one big family. Twist the knife even more, Scott Gimple. What the hell was that? I don’t know where my heart lines right now. I’m on the fence. I can’t say I won’t ever tune in again, because I still care about the other characters, but I just don’t think I will be as adamant about watching it live. I may just stick to catching it on demand. I don’t know. I reserve the right to change my mind, but for right now that’s how I feel. I wish all fans felt the same, so the showrunners/producers/writers could realize they screwed up big time this time, and to stop taking our trust in them for granted.
HERE is a really great read about others who feel strongly about whether or not they will continue to watch and support the show. I can’t say I don’t agree with some of their reasoning, there’s a lot of truth and facts to back it up.
GLENN’S FINAL WORDS
“Maggie…I’ll find you.” One final promise of protection. A vow to always continue to look and find her no matter where he is, or where she/their baby are. As beautiful as they were, I can’t. I don’t even want to relive this. Not to mention how gruesome and gory that scene was. Did you catch how once it happened the Glenn body was seldom shown, especially when Maggie crawls over, you only see her reactions to it, they are never fully in the same frame. Yea Gimple, you know what you did.
FUTURE VIEWERSHIP/MAGGIE & GLENN HISTORY
The writers and producers keep saying things like “this episode wasn’t about who was on the receiving end of the bat, it was about the impact it has on Rick and how to break a man down.” But to the fans, that’s all that mattered. And the cliffhanger made that so. I understand that Rick (& Co.) had begun to get too cocky. And I understand Negan saying that Rick wasn’t getting it, he wasn’t fearing Negan the way he should. Basically Negan wants Rick to be his bitch and like it. But let’s be clear Rick was still not acting as Negan wanted even AFTER he killed both Abraham and Glenn. It wasn’t until Negan nearly forced him to cut Carl’s arm off that he was finally satisfied with the fear and fully defeated look on Rick’s face.
So the question begs, why Glenn? Why did it HAVE to be Glenn? Maggie is pregnant. They were trying to build something. They are the driving romantic force of the show, the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Not to mention how much love and faith went into their trying to get back to each other after last season’s “Is he or isn’t he alive” saga. They barely got any actual screen time together in season 6, I wonder how she even got pregnant in the first place since they were barely ever together. In fact many of the seasons were about splitting them up and then having them find each other again somehow. Relying on their unspoken connection as husband and wife. Up until season 6 Glenn hadn’t even killed a human. He was a leader, a loyal man of honor. He took whatever came his way and handled his business like a boss, but with an odd heir of grace in a rather grace-less world. He was our heart. He was our family. And the thought that he will never crack a joke, kiss Maggie, or meet his baby, well it just breaks my heart to pieces.
THE FUTURE OF MAGGIE GREENE (-RHEE)
I’m hearing that this storyline is to set the stage for Maggie to become badass, but she was always badass. She was even the only one to say that they had to fight Negan after Glenn’s death. She fought through crippling pain and shock. How she stayed put and silent throughout her husband’s death is beyond me. I expected more of a reaction I think, but if I gather her condition and her physical exhaustion and pain, she was probably in complete shock and couldn’t move. Her reaction after Negan’s crew leaves and they can finally speak and comfort each other is what kicked off the tears for me. The initial hit was too much of a shock. So I guess you can say we had the same emotional roller coaster as Maggie herself. Maggie is the first to make a move and the first to want to make plans for retaliation, begging her friends to leave and go back, worrying that they were only out there for her. Maggie saying that she’s taking him (Glenn’s body) with her. That’s when I really started to break down, seeing her heartbreak and feeling her pain. Lauren Cohan slayed it! I truly can’t wait till this Negan dick dies, and I pray that it’s Maggie that gets to do the honors. And if they think they are going to kill this Glaggie baby, they better think twice! Because I wasn’t ready for Glenn to die and if they let this baby die now too, it’s just as worse. Maggie has lost everything, she doesn’t need to lose her baby too, and the last piece of Glenn she has left. Ughhh why didn’t SHE ever take a picture of HIM. Oh I hate this, his baby is never even going to get to see what his/her dad looked like. I can’t. I can’t do this. I don’t want to do this. Can I be done now? Can this be done, can the show be done, I need a minute. This should have been the season finale last year, 6 months would have been a good recovery period.
If you ask me the actors are too cool about this whole thing. Steven Yeun was all game for it and that kind of saddens me, why do you want to leave us? Sometimes fans just need to feel like you care. And I know he does, but can’t you just be as pissed off as us. Screw respecting the story or respecting your bosses, tell me how you really feel. You’re leaving the people and the place you’ve called home for 6 years, how are you not more upset? Or are you just really good at holding it in?
Can’t Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie) just cry tears the way Emily Kinney did when Beth died and she was on The Talking Dead? Or how Lauren cried when Scott Wilson’s character Hershel who played her father, died. Can’t you just be here with us! We need that. #THANKGODFORCHRISHARDWICK
Michael was also on E! News and his interview was just so good… soThank you Michael! Thank you for getting it and us! (and for keeping the stache, he said he’s keeping it for the fans for a while, he says he understands there is a morning period for us.)
I don’t know maybe it’s because they’ve known for so long and they’ve already moved on. Maybe it’s because it’s just a job to them, and it’s time to move onto new adventures. But it just doesn’t feel like they were as emotional as the fans were. Ugh I don’t know I must be going through something serious right now. I’m checking their social sites, like TALK TO ME!!! #PMS #IBLAMEYOU
What’s worse is that producers Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman, sit in their stuffy little seats with pusses on their faces the whole time on The Talking Dead trying to justify their choices without actually speaking any words worth listening to. #NOSCRATCHTHAT #GIMPLEANDKIRKMANIBLAMEYOU They don’t apologize, or sympathize with their audience ever. Quite frankly they annoy the crap out of me. Cocky people annoy me. It is my biggest pet peeve.
Just let Greg Nicotero do all the interviews, him I actually like. And he makes the sickest walkers come to life. (Although that Glenn death imagery I could have done without, but he didn’t write the scene, so I can forgive you.) 😉
I miss the old seasons, when the only thing our group had to fear were the walkers.
I don’t know what else to say, or what else to think. I’ve rambled on for pages, and I feel like I was an emotional mess and nothing got across the way that I wanted it to. I love the show, I love the characters, and I want to see what happens next and what happens when Negan finally gets his. But I just can’t stomach thinking about the show without Glenn, my eyes borderline tears every time I even think about it. I am still in shock. It’s a circle of denial. It’s the 5 stages of grief. I’ve felt weird these past few days-like I’ve been in an alternate universe, just floating about. It took me a good week to digest and recover from the cliffhanger of Season 6 finale, I was obsessed. So now that I know Glenn was one to go, it may take me longer to recover from.
Anyway I’m going to go before, I start to get emotional again. I realize I probably talked in a circular repetition and may have even contradicted myself, but this is where I am after Sunday night’s game changer. A state of anger, sadness, and confusion. Acceptance is a long way off. I hope you can see where I’m coming from as a fan. It’s hard. It’s going to be really hard. Fan girl life sucks.
GOODBYE…SEE YOU LATER
Glenn– from your first words, “Hey Dumbass” to your last “Maggie…I’ll find you.”- I have never not loved you, believed in you, or trusted you. Unfortunately you were the heart and moral compass of the show that got taken away from us this season and in the very first episode of the new season, none the less. I can’t even fathom watching the show without you. You will be greatly missed, there aren’t words to explain just how much. Maggie will never be the same without you, and The Walking Dead will never be the same without you.
I’m a TV Junkie and I’ve been anxiously awaiting all the fall premieres for my favorite shows! So I thought I’d share my upcoming tv schedule with you. It’s research for writing my own future television shows. Because I will get there, one day.
Jane The Virgin @ 9:00 pm The CW (October 17th) – Gina Rodriquez is EVERYTHING, she shines as Jane and she is unbelievably authentic. The soap opera/drama/comedy mix is such a refreshing combination.
Dancing With The Stars @ 8:00 pm ABC (September 12th) – I love to dance, granted I’m not ballroom status, but I love watching this show and obsessing over the outfits! It’s so entertaining and inspirational and I love me some Derek Hough! 😉 I look forward to catching it here and there to check in on my OTH girl Jana Kramer! Because seriously this show can take over your life, if you let it. The eliminations alone, drive me crazy! #anxiety
Chicago Fire @ 10:00 pm NBC (October 11th)
Chicago PD @ 10:00 pm NBC (September 21st)-This is coming back THIS WEEK. I cannot wait! I’m seriously hoping for a Ruzek & Burgess Reunion this season. And Lindsay and Halstead are still going strong so…yay!
Younger @ 10:00 pm TV Land (September 28th)- This Show is like Sex in the City meets Jane by Design (MAJOR brownie points if you know JBD) and Hilary Duff is in it and I LOVE IT! So Damn Good!
How To Get Away With Murder @ 10:00 pm ABC #TGIT (September 22nd)
*Scandal is coming-midseason. #Olitzzzz
*And yes I do check in on Grey’s Anatomy (September 22nd) via YouTube, only for Jackson & April, because Shonda Rhimes killed everybody else off that I loved. #MarkAndLexie #NeverForget
I like to check in on Girl Meets World on YouTube or if I catch it on tv. [@8:30 pm Disney Channel-] #BoyMeetsWorldNostalgia. (Airing currently)
The Vampire Diaries @ 8:00 pm The CW (October 21st)- Still waiting for that Klaus and Caroline storyline to find its way back to the show…even though I love Stephan and Caroline, Klaus is just…I can’t. #HeStillLovesHer
To catch up on any shows I missed…notice many of them have the same times. #ThankGodForFreeOnDemand #AndYouTube
The Walking Dead @ 9:00 pm AMC (October 23rd)- Um I CANNOT wait….I need to know who got Lucille’d! OH THE ANXIETY… Read about my Season 6 finale reactions and kill predictions HERE & HERE & HERE #YesIWillBeHavingAViewingParty #IMeanAConsolingPArty #ChrisHardwickINeedYou
The Talking Dead @ 10:00 pm AMC (October 23rd)- Chris Hardwick, I MISS YOU!
Chesapeake Shores @ 9:00 pm Hallmark Channel(Airing Currently)- I’ve been hooked on this show, it’s such a home town love story. I love those and it’s got the dad from Everwood in it and the very handsome Jesse Metcalfe, so there’s that. And one of the sisters is a writer, so instantly I love her! I saw the commercial for this while watching one of the many Hallmark movies I love and I just felt drawn to it. Who knew Hallmark had such kickass tv shows too??? 😉
As you can see I juggle a lot. Along with work, everyday life stuff, and family and friends, it’s nice to come home and have my mind be on something else for a bit. I love television, it’s an escape for me. I love characters and plotlines, and storytelling. Like I said- it’s research. Stay Tuned.
*If you have any fun tv show suggestions, sound off below. I can always fit something else in, maybe. HAHA.
So it’s been a week since The Walking Dead Season 6 finale, and I already miss it. Let’s just say I have been in a really weird state because of it, since. Add a bit of lady problems to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a girl on a rollercoaster. Can I get off already, please. Haha.
Anyway I’m sure you have noticed that I have been bombarding my blog with TWD #WhoIsIt theories in an attempt to cool my mind down. I feel like it’s me spilling my guts out and just getting all my thoughts out there so that I can move on, and remain sane until October. Will I continue to check in on new theories that will most certainly come out, of course I will. But I am hoping that with this next post, I can give my brain a much needed rest and move on, and save the rest until the Season 7 premiere. Besides my blog is getting a bit oversaturated in walker blood.
In this post I will be analyzing Negan’s speech and his character’s introduction into the show. And then I will also touch upon the audio you hear when Negan makes his kill at the end of the episode and how it could be a hint as to who dies. Let’s get into it.
The Walking Dead 6×16 “Last Day on Earth”
Negan’s Speech Notes-
The minute Negan is introduced you instantly feel like you’re watching a show. I hate to admit but he is actually kind of oddly sexy. That’s weird, I know. But I mean, you know it’s true. In fact he enters from Rick and Company’s RV. Already establishing that he owns their shit, and yet he hasn’t even spoken a word yet.
His first words are thrown out in the form of few clever comments; “Pissing our pants yet? Oh boy do I have a feeling we’re getting close. Yea it’s gonna be pee pee pants city here real soon.”
What villain gets away with saying “pee pee pants city” in his introduction as a lethal villain?
Oh the kind that’s holding a bat covered in barbed wire. That’s who.
Negan is extremely calm, cool, collected, and funny. He’s actually humorous. So much so that it contradicts the severity of the situation. And it’s terrifying as hell. He’s charismatic for sure, and he draws you in. Physically, he’s a decent build, tall, he’s got a wicked cryptic smile and when he speaks you automatically have to listen, because there’s an instant fear that his threats are real. I mean it helps that he’s got an army the size of Texas too. Alone, yea I think Rick could take him, sure. But right now, in this moment, with this sudden power shift. Shit is dangerous.
As expected Negan’s long winded monologue is mostly directed toward Rick.
“You are so gonna regret crossing me in a few minutes. Yes you are.”
“Sucks don’t it? The moment when you realize, you don’t know shit.”
Rick’s face, says EVERYTHING.
“Today was career day. We invested a lot so you would know who I am and what I can do.”
Yea I imagine blocking every road with elaborate yet disturbing tricks takes time, resources and well man power.
“Alright listen. Don’t any of ya do that again. I will shut that shit down, no exceptions. The first one’s free, it’s an emotional moment. I get it.”- referring to Glenn’s outburst over Maggie.
You can see his humor here, yet you fear him, but you can almost feel he has humanity somewhere deep down inside to allow Glenn to be spared in that moment. However, the way he laughs Glenn’s fear off is terrifying which shows how lethal he is going to be as Rick’s new villain.
“You work for me now. You have shit, you give it to me. That’s your job.”
Oh this old speech. Haven’t we heard this before. Wait. It gets worse.
“You don’t mess with the new world order. The new world order is this-give me your shit or I will kill you.”
“Lighten up kid. At least cry a little.”-referring to Carl.
There was a definite interesting moment here. According to the comic, Negan develops a strange type or relationship with Carl. That’s definitely going to be interesting to watch, that is if Carl lives. #UhOh
“You thought you were safe. I get it. But the word is out. You are not safe.”
And now we are all shitting our pants. #shittypantscity
Negan’s backstory has yet to be written in full and for an introduction to this world, it had one hell of an impact, especially with his monologue leading to a punishment like no other. The whole sequence is basically about showing Rick that he is not safe, all the things he’s had to do to survive are just now catching up to him in this moment. Because Negan is a leader too, he has things he must do to survive, disturbing things. This is about tearing Rick Grimes down and making him realize that actions have consequences. The cocky “we can do anything” attitude has finally bit Rick in the ass this season.
The music and score throughout this entire sequence is so incredible, you hear the sounds of the night, and the strange rattlesnake like rumbles, as the tension builds, your stomach knots because you know things are certainly going South. The scene is detrimental enough just by the actors’ delivery, Negan’s cold tone as he parades across his line of victims, the sheer fear and trembling evident in our favorite survivors, it is all elevated through this vivid soundtrack.
When I first watched the Season 6 finale, the audio of the actual hit from Lucille which was placed upon someone in the lineup, wasn’t really clear. I didn’t really hear many sounds.
Then I re-watched and re-watched numerous times and I began to pick up on some sounds.
The background noise consists of chants, screams; both high pitched female screams and deeper masculine yells. Then there is the piercing sound we usually here when Rick is about to lose it. But I think that could be because now we are in that victim’s POV and they would certainly be hearing some strange feedback from being bludgeoned in the head with a bat. The sound is muffled as you hear Negan say “Would you look at that? Taking it like a champ,” laughing it off he strikes the person with another blow. You can hear grunts too, which I could assume is the person themselves, suffering. The grunts sound slightly manly. You can hear the impact of the bat, you can hear the gushing and the blood. It’s all highly painful.
It’s so disturbing and slightly confusing, because I believe the actors were not on set for the kill shot, or it hasn’t been filmed yet, or the actors don’t know who it actually is. The rumors are swirling and I honestly don’t know who knows or who doesn’t, or if it’s been filmed or not. Each cast member has been quoted saying something different in recent interviews, so I am sure they were coached on what to say and its all meant to be one big mystery. But if those screams and grunts are real, then were the actors just told to react, or were these things just dug up from other episodes and added in to serve as background noise. Whatever the case I think the blurred muffled hearing really put you there with that person. Accompanied with the first person POV, it’s like you were in that lineup with that person. Which I heard was Scott Gimple and Co.’s wish. So all that stress, that anxiety, yea we felt it.
So I’m going to leave this here. I left it all on the blog and now I am going to move on and hopefully get some peace from this overbearing situation. I need to feel normal again. Until October, my friends. We’ll miss you TWD.
P.S. Next week we will return to our regularly scheduled programming. #OnTheRun Part5