(SPOILERS) THE WALKING DEAD Midseason Finally Could Be a Bloodbath! Who’s Most Likely to Die/Survive?

From the looks of things in the trailer for next week’s episode of The Walking Dead “Evolution” (bottom of the article), we could be in store for a bloodbath. By all appearances, a seemingly evolved heard of zombies is surrounding many of our key characters; those familiar with the source material (or who attended The Walking Dead panel at San Diego Comic-Con last summer) knows these walkers are, in fact, The Whisperers, a violent clan who survive by wearing the skin of zombies in order to mingle freely among the dead.

While the showrunners have always taken vast liberties with the source material (that being comic book series created by Robert Kirkman), The Whisperers are a notoriously brutal tribe with a propensity for displaying decapitated heads on spikes. This practice serves a couple of purposes: It scares the hell out of their enemies and marks what they consider their border, beyond which trespassers will be killed to the fullest extent of the law.

Related Article: (SPOILERS) Top 5 Questions from Last Night’s Episode of THE WALKING DEAD: “Stradivarius”

If The Whisperers we meet this Sunday at 9 PM turn out to be as violent as we fear, we may be bidding a tearful adieu to many of the characters we’ve come to know and love. We aren’t offering odds or anything, but here are our predictions for those most likely to die and most likely to survive the midseason finally. Who will we meet again when The Walking Dead returns in February after its hiatus? Time will tell.

Most Likely to Survive:

Rick Grimes and Maggie Greene/Rhee can’t possibly die because they aren’t currently anywhere near The Whisperers. Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan have left the series and, while the former will appear in made-for-TV movies, the latter’s future with the franchise is a complete unknown. Either way, you can kill the characters who aren’t around.

Michone, Carol, and Daryl can’t possibly die. The sizeable, core group from Season 1 has been decimated down to practically none. While showrunners have definitely made the series their own, I predict a revolt if any of these three ends up with their head on spikes. My hopes are pretty high for teenage-Henry too, especially now that he’s calling Carol “Mom”. I mean, after everything she’s endured it would be psychological cruelty (for her and us viewers) if The Walking Dead showrunners snatch him away so callously.

Most Likely to Die

Full disclosure: A lot of my theories here come from Walking Dead forums dedicated to spoilers; theories are traded and debated based on events that happen in the comic book series and rumors from supposed insiders (which, through sheer astronomical odds, do sometimes prove true). That said, the unfortunate souls who end up with their heads on spikes in the comics include Rosita and Ezekiel. While it pains me to think it could be true, the characters are both in happy, romantic relationships—a sure-fire way to mark yourself for death in a show like The Walking Dead. It’s like the detective who takes one last case a week before his retirement.

The one I believe is the most likely to die, however, is Jesus (Tom Payne)—and I say this without a shred of joy. This theory is primarily based on some comments the British actor made to The Daily Star last March. In addition to bemoaning the fact that he doesn’t enjoy playing the same character repeatedly, Payne made an offhand statement that may prove extremely telling:

“A part of me is like, ‘I don’t want to play the same guy over and over again,’ but I know that it’s finite.”

“Finite”? Is Payne talking in the universal sense, as in “all life is finite”, or does he know that something’s coming—a light at the end of the zombie-infested tunnel so to speak. It’s all just conjecture as to whether or not Jesus will make it past the midseason finale, but, either way, I’d advice Walking Dead fans to at least contemplate the idea of life after Jesus.

Check out a preview of this Sunday’s midseason finale below.

Who do you think is most likely to die and most likely to survive The Walking Dead’s Season 9 midseason finale this weekend? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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After Losing Rick Grimes, “The Walking Dead” Just Hit a New Ratings Low for the Damn Good Season 9

Many had expected the declining ratings for “The Walking Dead” to drop even further in the wake of Rick Grimes’ final episode, but we were surprised to see that the viewership actually didn’t drop at all between that “event” episode and the first episode without Rick. Then again, perhaps that was to be expected, as the 6-years-later time jump was an event in its own right.

The news isn’t as good this week, as it’s being reported that 4.8 million total viewers tuned in to watch “Stradivarius” this past Sunday night, for a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49.

For the sake of comparison, here are the episode-by-episode numbers for Season 9:

  • Episde 9.1 – 6.08 million
  • Episode 9.2 – 4.95 million
  • Episode 9.3 – 5.04 million
  • Episode 9.4 – 5.10 million
  • Episode 9.5 *Rick’s Final Episode* – 5.41 million
  • Episode 9.6 – 5.4 million
  • Episode 9.7 – 4.8 million

For more context, “Stradivarius” is one of the lowest rated episodes in the show’s history, and the series has now shed over one million viewers between episodes 9.1 and 9.7 alone.

The bummer here is that “The Walking Dead” has been having a great season this year, feeling fresher and more interesting without Rick than it had been with him these last few years. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the ratings jump back up a bit this coming Sunday night, as it’s another mid-season finale, but we can’t help but wonder how much wind the series has left in its sails now that its longtime main character is no longer involved. It seems many viewers just aren’t on board without Rick, and that’s serious cause for concern going forward.

The mid-season finale, “Evolution,” airs Sunday night, November 25.

Skybound Offers Update on Final Episodes of Telltale’s “The Walking Dead”; Release Dates Coming Soon!

After the collapse of Telltale, Skybound Games stepped in and announced that they’d be completing the final two episodes of the final season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, and they’ve provided an update today. The news, well, it all sounds damn good to us.

Via the official Skybound website

“Thank you for your patience while we worked with Telltale to take control of TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD. It’s been a ton of work logistically and legally to get us to a place where we’re able to roll up our sleeves and get to the actual work. After Telltale shut its doors, the game was, unfortunately, unable to be worked on and hence the release dates of Episodes 3 and 4 have been delayed. But, we’re excited to let you know that many of the talented, passionate team members who originally worked on the game are resuming development efforts today!

Soon, we will be announcing release dates for the two remaining episodes. It’s likely that previous seasons of the game may be unavailable to purchase for a few days as we transition—but don’t panic!—we’ll have everything back online ASAP. If you already purchased Season Four, you will NOT have to pay again; future episodes will be available to download as soon as they are released via your original point of purchase.

Please continue to check back here on our Skybound site for future updates on the game!”

(SPOILERS) Top 5 Questions from Last Night’s Episode of THE WALKING DEAD: “Stradivarius”

Thanks to a preview for next week’s episode of The Walking Dead (bottom of the article), we don’t have to wonder if Eugene is still alive or if The Whisperers will make another appearance. Still, there were plenty of questions posed in last night’s installment, “Stradivarius”—some infinitely more pressing than others.

Related Article: Top 5 Questions from Last Night’s Episode of THE WALKING DEAD

From plot points we literally need to know before the series takes a midseason hiatus to the things that make us go “Hmm”, these are the top five questions we’re asking after the latest chapter of The Walking Dead Season 9.


Why did Maggie leave The Hilltop?

Okay, besides the fact that we know Lauren Cohan has left The Walking Dead, perhaps indefinitely, to pursue other creative opportunities, for continuity’s sake, we’re dying to know why exactly Maggie left The Hilltop. Leaving Jesus the reluctant leader, we’re informed that Maggie has gone off to commune with Georgia and her clan (Georgia, you may recall, was the middle-aged woman showed up briefly to trade a manual for rebuilding society for some vinyl records). Is she off in Georgia’s Utopia learning how to further rebuild The Hilltop while enjoying some killer tunes, or was there some internal community conflict that forced her to take a leave of absence?

Related Article: Maggie’s Future on THE WALKING DEAD is Uncertain; Movies a Possibility


What happened between Maggie and Michonne?

One’s thick as thieves, Michonne is so out of the loop she didn’t even know that Maggie was no longer the Queen of the Hilltop. Even so, she has such bad memories of the walled-off city she doesn’t even want to get close enough to see it. So, what the hell went down between her and Maggie? The last time we saw the two characters together it was when Maggie decided not to bash Negan’s brains in with a crowbar; a tender moment that suggested an end to their emotionally-fueled ideological conflict and the beginning of a new, more compassionate relationship. Yeah, that didn’t happen! What could have possibly transpired between these women who once considered themselves closer than family?

Related Article: THE WALKING DEAD Showrunner Confirms R.J. is Rick Grimes’ Son but Not All Fans Are Convinced


What happened to Daryl?

It’s not difficult to imagine Daryl getting sick of the bureaucratic nonsense inherent in society-building and opting for a solitary, mountain man existence (complete with a loyal canine companion), there’s clearly more too it than that. He’s camped out by the river where Rick was last seen blowing the bridge to smithereens, meaning he hasn’t been able to move on. Then, there are his scars. Just as Michonne was shown to bare an X-shaped scar on her back last week, “Stradivarius” revealed Daryl has the same identifiers-but, not just one. In addition to two exes on his back, he’s got one on his forehead. Of course I’m wondering what the X signifies, but I’m way more curious about who inflicted these wounds—and I’m even entertaining ideas it has something to do with Alexandria’s split from The Hilltop. Hear me out: We know that Maggie was drifting ideologically from Rick and Michonne’s utopian vision of the future when she sentenced Gregory to death, so, what if the X scars are the result of some draconian form of corporal punishment. Did Daryl and Michonne commit some kind of Hilltop infraction? It would certainly explain the bad blood.


What are The Whisperers” intentions?

We knew that The Whisperers were hot on the heels of Eugene and Rosita, but after a preview of next week’s episode, we know that the clan will be descending on a whole gaggle of our favorite characters. Even if you’re familiar with The Whisperers’ mythology as established in Robert Kirkman’s ongoing comic book series, there’s no guarantee that the show’s producers won’t create some new motivations for the zombie wannabes. So, we can’t help but ask: What are The Whisperers intentions? What’s their end game? If they’ve established comfortable lives walking side by side with the undead, why are they so keen to interfere in the lives of our homies?


So, are Aaron and Jesus, like, “together”?

As the once-strong alliance of Alexandria, The Hilltop, and The Kingdom continues to denigrate into isolationist communities, Aaron and Jesus have maintained the lines of communication via off-site rendezvous where there keep each other apprised of current events; they also practice their latest fighting moves before falling into the tall grass and laughing like teenagers. Keep in mind, they’re breaking established protocols, giving their meetings another layer of intrigue. Look, I’m not trying to be salacious or make wild assumptions, but Aaron and Jesus actually do become a couple in the comic book series (which, admittedly, could have zero baring on the direction of the series). Still, last night’s episode clearly showed the two have a bond that goes beyond mutual respect and borders on palpable affection. Should we start thinking of couple’s names like “Arronsus? or “Jesuson”?

The Walking Dead airs on Sunday nights at 9 PM (PST) on AMC. Check out a trailer for next week’s midseason finale below.

What did you think of last night’s episode of The Walking Dead? What questions or theories do you have about “Stradivarius” and are you excited for next weekend’s midseason finale? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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[Trailer] The Creepy Whisperers Arrive in This Sunday Night’s Mid-Season Finale of “The Walking Dead”

There’s a whole new war coming on “The Walking Dead” in the back half of Season 9, with the group known as The Whisperers getting set to make their presence known. As comic book readers know, The Whisperers dress up like zombies and travel in herds; Rosita and Eugene have already encountered them, and Eugene is now nowhere to be found.

This coming Sunday night, the group sets out on a rescue mission, coming face-to-face with a new group of enemies that promise to make the show scarier than it’s ever been before.

In ‘Evolution,’ airing Sunday, November 25

“A small rescue mission braves a dangerous herd in their hunt for a missing comrade, only to discover a surprising threat that could doom them all.”

Check out the episode’s teaser trailer below, along with a sneak peek clip.

Top 20 Most Popular Horror TV Series Right Now on IMDB w/ Scores

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Sneak Peek: Carol and Daryl Reunite, 6 Years After Rick

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I gotta admit, by the end of last season I was all bit done with the Walking Dead. I was there since the first episode, but I couldn’t ignore the sound of the death rattle in the background. Then, the announcement that Andrew Lincoln was leaving definitely signaled what I thought was the inevitable deathblow. NOW, it seems as though Rick’s departure was exactly what the show needed as the last two episodes have to be the best of the last three seasons, period. Happy to see the show bounce back and I hope that it continues the momentum. Here’s a clip of next Sunday’s episode highlighting both Daryl and Carol. Enjoy!

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THE WALKING DEAD Showrunner Confirms R.J. is Rick Grimes’ Son but Not All Fans Are Convinced

While last Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead posed a bevy of questions, the biggest and most shocking reveal (hands down) was that Michonne (Danai Gurira) has a new son; named R.J., showrunner Angela Kang confirmed that the young man is the seed of Rick’s loins, explaining that the plot-point was eluded to back in Season 9, episode 3; she told EW:

“That is Rick junior, R.J., who’s scampering around. In episode 3, they go, ‘Well, let’s maybe start planning for the future in other ways.’ That was part of their hopefulness, that they believed that they could build a world where children could thrive. The kind of tragedy of it is that Rick was not around to see this happen. But for Michonne, it’s just another person that she is fighting for, and that she wants to keep safe, but it’s part of what plays into some of the philosophy and decisions behind how Alexandria is run, which is a big part of the story going forward for the season.”

Related Article: Top 5 Questions from Last Night’s Episode of THE WALKING DEAD

While the word of the showrunner must be considered canon, not all Walking Dead fans are convinced; their main sticking point is that R.J. seems too young to be Rick’s son. If it’s been 6 years since Rick was kidnapped by Jadis as part of a slave trade, Jr. should be over 5 years old—but he seems only barely verbal. Indeed, R.J. is played by Antony Azor; while the young actor’s age isn’t common knowledge, The Walking Dead Wiki describes his as “a toddler American actor”. Toddler is a term used to describe a child between the ages of 12 and 36 months.

So, what gives? Is this a case of continuity taking a back-seat to storytelling or something else? Did Michonne have a relationship after Rick (Andrew Lincoln) disappeared (and was presumed dead)? Worse, is R.J. the product of a sexual assault, one that perhaps explains why Michonne has become so untrusting since the time jump—and even how she got the X-shaped scar over her left kidney?

There are 2 more episodes of The Walking Dead in 2019 before the show goes into hibernation for a midseason break. Perhaps we’ll learn the truth about R.J.’s conception—or perhaps we won’t. One thing is for certain: Fans of The Walking Dead will be keeping our eyes on the tyke with a mixture of tenderness and suspicion.

What do you think of the appearance/introduction of R.J. in last Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead? Do you have doubts that Rick is truly his father? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Top 5 Questions from Last Nights Episode of THE WALKING DEAD

When The Walking Dead aired on AMC last night, only a week had passed since Rick Grimes was kidnapped as part of Jadis’s slave trade, but six years had passed for the residents of Alexandria, The Kingdom, and The Hilltop. And while there are signs that things are thriving in some places, there’s also a dark undercurrent that suggests all is not well in the world of The Walking Dead.

Last night’s episode posed more questions than it answered, so we’ll run down the most pressing in the list below. We won’t be asking whether or not the walkers are “evolving”, rather we can announce that “The Whisperers” have officially arrived. Keep in mind, these aren’t the only questions we have following last night’s time jump, just the ones that will keep us up at night hypothesizing.

Why did the communities split?

While no one is feuding, Carl and Rick’s dream of a utopian Alexandria seems only half fulfilled. While the community seems prosperous, it’s become an isolated outpost, completely unaccepting of outsiders. It’s a far cry from the open haven Carl envisioned. What happened to turn Alexandria into a metaphoric island in the apocalypse? Why are the communities isolated from each other, and why is everyone so tense and uneasy about the new arrivals?

Why is The Kingdom falling apart?

While Alexandria is thriving, The Kingdom seems a shell of its former glory. Not only are the crops all but nonexistent, the infrastructure is crumbling with Henry complaining the waterworks are being held together with duct tape. In a way, the condition of The Kingdom is another side of the same question posed above: Why are things falling apart here while others are living in comparative luxury? Why aren’t the communities interacting like a collective anymore?

How did Michonne get her scar?

Michonne has always been tough as nails, but the character exudes a pervasive gloom that’s almost palpable. Her extra-hard exterior may be explained when we find out how she acquired the X-shaped scar on her back. While it looks like it’s directly over her left kidney, this isn’t a surgery scar; rather, it seems like some kind of identifier (painfully applied)—or perhaps the result of torture. What the hell happened?

Who’s in charge of The Hilltop?

Series producers revealed that last Sunday wasn’t just the final episode for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), but the last episode for Maggie Greene/Rhee (Lauren Cohan). That means it’s unlikely that she’s still the leader of The Hilltop. While we know that whoever is in charge is female thanks to unambiguous pronoun usage, it can’t possibly be Maggie—can it? Either way, before we can officially ask, “What happened to Maggie?” we’ve got to ask ourselves, “Who’s in running the show on The Hilltop?”

Related Article: Last Night was Also Lauren Cohan’s Last Episode of THE WALKING DEAD

What has Daryl been doing?

We only got a couple glimpses of Daryl (and I don’t think he spoke a single word); we get the idea that he’s been living a solitary existence when Carol greets him with “Hello, stranger” at the episode’s conclusion. What’s he been up to over the past six years, what was his involvement in the disintegration of the Alexandria/Hilltop/Kingdom alliance? I have a feeling that the circumstances that turned him into a hermit are harrowing.

While we’re not likely to learn the answers to all these questions immediately, we can hope to at least learn more in next week’s episode, the penultimate before the show’s midseason break.

What did you think of last night’s episode of The Walking Dead? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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[Video] Next Week’s Episode of “The Walking Dead” Catches Up With Daryl and His New Pet Dog

As you probably noticed last night, a lot has changed for Daryl Dixon in the six years between “What Comes After” and “Who Are You Now?,” as he’s no longer living with his friends. This coming Sunday’s new episode will be catching up with Daryl, who has become something of a Rambo-like loner, living out in the woods with a new canine friend. Yes, Daryl has a dog!

In “Stradivarius,” airing Sunday night, November 18th…

“Carol seeks out an old friend living alone in a wilderness teeming with walkers; survivors make the perilous trek to a new home.”

Check out the episode’s teaser trailer below, along with a Daryl/Carol clip.