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The Walking Dead Season 5 Midseason Premiere Review and Analysis

Episode 9 of AMC’s television zombie series mid-season premiere kept no one waiting. Off and running from the very beginning minutes of the show it had became clear to the group that staying in their location was going to yield absolutely nothing. Rick makes the call drive to Richmond, VA for Beth’s sake. Beth and Noah had originally come up with a plan to check out his parents house in Richmond. With the belief that his family was protected by large gates, they drive the 250 miles to Richmond only to find a ravaged cage.
 
At the gate, Glenn peers over the 10 foot gate. Everyone looking up at his gaze and facial expression, Noah looking onward for up. All he gets is broken hopes. Noah, unwilling to comprehend the facial expressions of Glenn, climbs the 10 foot gate with everyone in toe. He runs down the street trying to gain access to his childhood home only to stop in pure emotional pain. With Tyreese the only individual that continues to tear away at his own feelings, tries to console Noah. With everything on the line, Noah must physically see the death of his loved ones. I mean, who could stop him? You want to know if truly your family has been ravaged.
 
Noah takes off down the street with Tyreese in quick pursuit. Everyone is trying to get answers and supplies but Noah salvation. Noah finally stops as he reaches the far end of a donut shaped neighborhood right in front of a house. Tyreese not wanting to allow Noah to go in pleads with him. Tyreese understanding no is just not an option, tells Noah that he will enter first. Opening the broken glass front door, the anticipation that something occurred here was looming over viewers. Before Noah, on the other side of the couch that blocked him, was his mother lying with her skull gashed open. His worst fears had come to light and as Noah slowly places a covering over her mother, Tyreese checks the rest of the house. In the room, he locates pictures of Noah’s twin brothers. Reminiscing over his own past transgressions, not aware of what looms next to him, gets bitten by an unknown walker on him arm. Able to fight him off, he is left by Noah (going to seek help) to fight the demons that he experienced.
 



Coming back in and out of frame, the governor, the girls, Bob, Beth, and others explain that its easier to just give in. The viewers hearts continually jump out and back in hoping for Tyreese to survive the mortality that faces him. Minutes go by and the group fights walkers to finally come to aide. Lying in the childs room within Noahs house, Michonne cuts the arm off while Rick and all hold him down. Is it too late? We all hold our breathes as Michonne, Glenn, Rick, and Noah lift the broken man and rush him all the way back to their car. Fighting through walkers and every second slowly ticking away. Time slows down and the viewers can completely here their hearts beating… the group drives down the street, miles after miles as Tyreese fights the demons that appeal his longing to give up. In the midst of the driving, surrounded by those that have been for him but passed, Tyreese takes his last breathe.
 
From a back ended view of the car driving down the road, we see the car come to a slow stop. Everyone exiting the vehicle hands on their heads as they slowly pay their last respects for such a strong individual. The pain Tyreese had longed to release and be gone had finally come to fruition… but not without a fight.
 

Analysis

 
Throughout the episode, it became very apparent that something was going to happen to Tyreese. Too much of the show had been spotlit onto him. He was given lines that made one remiss and deeply think about the tough lives we all live. Experiences that would break even the biggest and toughest teddy bear, can bounce back knowing that it isn’t the end, there is much more to continue fighting for. This planet contains many people that feel like the only way out is to give up. To wash out, as to say. A very strong quote that comes from Rocky is,

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” ~ Rocky

We see this continued hope that goes all the way back to Dale. This inability to believe that things can get better. If this can fight for so long to die out, then it is clear that the world we sometimes lose in our lives, is never lost.

Something to think about…

Stay Tuned for Breaking Bad Prequel, “Better Call Saul” after The Walking Dead

Fans of the walking dead, this week points towards the return of the televised hit series, the walking dead. We return to a more broken world than we left it. For those reading this blog that haven’t seen the past few episodes as of yet, things occur and you might want to stop reading.

As we know, Beth was killed in the last episode of the midseason finale. Twitter and Facebook went on an explosive uproar. People completely broke and watching “the talking dead” with Chris Hardwick afterwards was even tougher. Emily Kinney made an obvious appearance for the last time. She was unable to keep from streams of tearing poring down her face. Never had she had such a close cast in her life. It was something that for all of us was hard to watch. In the world of the walking dead, this is what occurs. You can’t save everyone.
 




 
This Sunday the walking dead season 5 returns with an all new 8 episodes. On a side note, following the show on AMC instead of “the talking dead” with Chris Hardwick, will be the premiere for the prequel of ‘Breaking Bad,’ “Better Call Saul.” Starring Bob Odenkirk, Saul Goodman is the famous Trial Lawyer that has used unconventional ways to keep Walter White out of prison. This television series explores Saul Goodman before Breaking Bad, before his methods. Behind closed doors, he is a completely different person.

Some of the premiere episodes have already been watched and are getting unbelievable reviews.  Many are saying the writing is better than Breaking Bad. So if you are a fan of Breaking Bad, this is something you should hang on to watch.

The Walking Dead Season 5 Midseason Premiere Video Leaves Viewers In Anticipation

The scene opens with Ricks raspy southern voice. Professing a new idea, an idea that requires doing what it takes to stay alive, then we get to LIVE! The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres February 8 at 9pm. Standing firm and resolute, speaking with conviction, there is no hesitation in Rick’s voice. He and the group will do whatever it takes to stay alive. After the death of Beth, there are no fucks to give.



 

The Walking Dead on AMC: Midseason Premiere Season 5

Last nights episode left many people reeling. For many, it wasn’t a shock. For those reading my posts, one can start to infer from the conclusion I end on what most likely is going to happen. I didn’t want to directly state it even though that would have been great publicity. The importance is having viewers live in the moment and suffer with the cast. As we saw over the past 8 episodes, Beth grew into a very confident person. She saw purpose within herself, but it turned to cockiness. If she had been with Rick and the group at the time of this occurrence, the outcome would have been different. It’s a dangerous thing to gain cockiness in a location where you are by yourself. That being said, I cried a little.

We hear the voice of Michonne speaking to the group in the entrance of episode 9. Remember, she was the first one to be told that Eugene lied. So as to not shock anyone, she talks about…. it’s only 100 miles away. Where do you think they are going?

Also, we see Maggie through the scope of a passenger door crying. Unable to come to grips that her last remaining blood is gone from this world. Is this enough for you to let go or will she seek Glenn’s help?  Below is the premiere of the walking dead season 5 episode 9 video.
 


 


The Walking Dead Season 5 Midseason Finale – What We Read, Shocked Us!

What I learned about what was to come for the walking dead season 5 prior to the airing, utterly left me stunned. The AMC television show, “The Walking Dead, has become a series masterpiece reaching as high as 30 million viewers.

The show is a media phenomena that defies what we know about viewer interest. That being said, what has made the show a hit success comes down to a science: 1) Lots of gore; 2) Impressive casting; and 3) Stunning story line that implements human behavior and personality.

The creator, Robert Kirkman is known for his writing antics, placing everything on the edge, pushing the boundaries of comic and television lines. In order to be successful, one needs to be willing to step out of the comfort zone and press notions that rarely are brought to light.



 

This being said, many aspects of this season has already pushed viewers to their limits including the consumption of human flesh (cannibalism), but where does it end? The last episode, we come to understand that the group continues to show their humanity, but in the end, doesn’t work out for them. As a result, it puts many people in bad situations and leads them into arena that ultimately can get them killed.

Now, if you have made it this far in reading this post, you are at that moment where you are wondering where the headline comes into play. You are sort of annoyed and on the verge of pissed. But the simple fact is this post is supposed to gain awareness for what the television has in stored. Someone is going to die that is relatively important to us while leaving us questioning the outcome of others. Think back at what has happened so far. Look at the sneak peek video. What does all of this have in common and tell us about what the mid-season finale should present? As we know, things never totally go the way Rick plans and it is too soon for the group to remove themselves from the present situation and continue on their merry way.

Giving away the ending is something that I have been known for, but rather not kill the interest and anticipation. All I will reveal is that “weakness has been revealed and a newer threat is about to rear its ugly head.”

The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 5-6

First off, I apologize for taking so long to write these reviews. Especially, to those that like reading my blog. As the maintainer of this blog, I also have several other jobs that require my time. So again, I apologize for those that might have been waiting.

With that being said, we stumble back into the age of the apocalypse, the walking dead season 5 episode 5. We have been through a lot up to this point and are wondering what is going on. We awake with Beth looking on and seeing Carol in the stretcher. She doesn’t really know how to take this, but I would believe that although she is unconscious, she is there. For Beth, this is reinforcement that she isn’t useless. In the moments during the prisons scenes and scenes with Daryl, she felt like she hadn’t been pulling her weight. She believed she was unimportant to a certain degree. Her helping Noah was this adrenaline rush where she became significant once again (Or at least I believe).

We return to Abraham and the group traveling North East to Washington D.C. And the progression of the series, Abraham gets increasingly impatient. We come to understand a little more about Abraham’s back story. Everyone within the group understands that they can’t hold up in one location, but at the same time cannot be negligent, which can lead to death. As they sit driving down a long and lonesome road, the engine explodes forcing the bus they are in to go tumbling over. Dazed from the bus landing on its side, the group (Abraham, Glenn, Maggie, Tara, Eugene) are forced to recover and attack the walkers head on. As walker by walker fall, Eugene makes an “assist,” spitting on his first kill (one upping the walker… marking his territory).

After everyone is able to regain focus and compose, Abraham gets his hand checked (which I believe he got bit, but this isn’t a spoiler… it is just what I believe), the group comes to a consensus to walk back to find another vehicle. Abraham is unable to fathom or contemplate that type of idea. As he was trained, he never stops and never backs down… but I think there is something else to this… they must move forward. It’s up to Glenn at this point bring him back to reality.

They come to a town where they are able to locate a new suitable vehicle, a fire truck, composed of 500 gallons of water. The truck is placed at such an angle as to keep something from coming out of a building. With everyone unaware, Abraham goes to move the truck to find out that body parts are blocking one of the valves on top of the truck. Unable to move the truck at the time, walkers are released from the prison they have been held in and Eugene once again comes to the rescue as he hoses the walkers down with the water.

They spend a night within one of the stores there. It is here that Eugene reveals an important secret and we see the bare ass of Abraham as he pounds away at Rosita. Eugene reveals that he is the one that sabotaged the bus. His reasoning was that he was useless to the group and once his mission was over, his life would become meaningless. This was revealed to Tara. Tara was extremely pissed seeing they all could have died from that, but stated that he wasn’t useless and that they were a group. They decide to keep this little sabotage a secret.

The next day, the move forward driving further north to come to a block in which there is a camp filled with walkers. Abraham, being the irrational individual that he is wants to move forward. But everyone is not willing to place themselves in a suicide mission and that’s when Eugene reveals to the group who he actually is. Eugene is no scientist and does not have a mission to save the world, has no cure, and people have died to protect him. Everyone stands there in complete and utter shock, with the inability to fathom what just happened. Abraham is so overcome with anger, that he starts beating the shit out of Eugene before he is forcibly let go. Abrahams world goes black as his whole existence up until he met Eugene was nothing. He thought that he had some point to live, helping Eugene save the world, but that apparently was not the case (but I also believe that Abraham thought they would be able to save him and thus the rush to Washington).

The camera pans out and we are exposed to Daryl and Carol as they go in search for Beth.

Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 7

Carl Grimes stands before the priest asking him to pick a weapon when he starts to talk. Stay tuned for the next installment of the walking dead season 5 episode 7. Below is the 1 minute clip.

 



The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 6 Sneak Peek Video

AMC presents the walking dead season 5 episode 6 video. Check out what is expected for the next installment of the best television series.

 



The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 4 Review – Beth Returns

The Walking Dead Season 5 awakens in episode 3 with Beth standing in a hospital unable to understand how she was received. Officer Dawn and the doctor walk into the room. After getting her bearings, she talks with officer stating she is unable to leave until she pays back her time for her being saved.

She is taken under the care of the doctor, but things seem sinister as it seems many people are being held against their will. Moreover, she is getting very sexual behavior by one of the male officers.  Beth just wants to leave and find Daryl but is stuck in the dystopia where everything seems to be fake and forceful. A prison within a hospital she goes about her business, but whatever she takes requires more time spent working it off. As part of her discipline, she is forced to work with the doctor doing things she rather not do such as cutting off arms of infected flee’rs and tending to the sick with prescriptions.
 




 
While it seems on the very faint that people have roles, it really is the wild west. Everyone is ready to make their own moves and no one really trusts anyone else. The doctor uses Beth to kill the only other doctor (doctor was suffering from something and Beth unknowingly gave him the wrong drug). The individuals that play this fake role use new underlings to do their dirty work for them. Beth sees right through what is going on. They hold onto this false notion that someone is coming for them and they must do their part.  She meets someone she can actually relate to, Noah.

Noah has been at the hospital for over a year. It seems that although he is a helpful and strong minded individual, he also is very sinister and is willing to use others to his advantage. Making a plan with Beth to get themselves out of the hospital, they devise a plan that requires getting a hidden key in Officer Dawns room. During this time, she gets caught by her sexual harassment officer friend. Beside her for some reason is a turned patient that ends up getting the best of the officer ripping at his flesh. From there the two make a dash for freedom as Beth is required to shoot her way through walkers. Noah, injured from the escape from the shaft of a service elevator saves himself as Beth lays there in the midst of all the walkers. Behind her the group of officers to save her.

While being brought back into the hospital, she turns and notices Carol on a cart being brought into ER. How does she get there if she was with Daryl and the group? I would like to say the group knows where she is and is coming to get her, but we saw them on that bus. But wait, there were a few people missing…. It seems someone has found the car with the cross on it. We are in for a surprise!

The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 5 Sneak Peek Video

Check out the sneak peek of the next episode of the walking dead season 5 episode 5. Watch Glenn and Maggie ask the doctor questions about how everything started.