It seemed like The Walking Dead Season 6 mid-season premiere on Valentines Day was a bit more loving to fans then they had expected. Many of them were dreading the loss of favorite characters and got a reprieve. It wasn’t as bad as everyone thought, judging by the hints received back at the mid-season finale. Ok, not to say it wasn’t stressful, we had some really brutal scenes, zombies on fire, people blowing up, but none of our favs bit it. When Chris Hardwick read that message from Scott Gimple on The Walking Dead’s companion series Talking Dead, regarding the second half of Season 6 we thought things would be worse: “We will be wooing you with the weirdest of Valentine’s Day gifts: chaos, terror, heartbreak, heroics, tragedy, and terror. Yes, that’s two terrors.” Scott shared. “Friends, in all seriousness, episode nine is one of the biggest episodes we’ve done. Greg [Nicotero] and the astounding crew made magic. We cannot wait to show you February 14. Make sure your television boxes are in good operating condition and install safety belts on your couches. This one is gargantuan. Some people give candy, flowers, and/or hilariously themed teddy bears but this Valentine’s Day we’re giving you The Walking Dead mid-season premiere.” So to recap, we almost lost Glen, Abraham, Carl and Denise, but didn’t. Taking out Jesse, Sam, Ron and the Wolf guy was a Valentines present for the whole town, with the exception of the Rick/Jesse romance that was blooming. Poor Rick is stuck with what I call the Bonanza Syndrome. (For those of you too young to remember the TV show “Bonanza”, every time one of the brothers fell in love- that was a death sentence for the girl.) It was great later in the episode when he starts chopping and stabbing and going crazy in the horde of walkers! Sexual tension can do that to ya!
Killing off Negan’s gang with the rocket launcher was cool, (who wasn’t on their feet yelling, now that’s how ya do it!?) but you know Negan is near and wow is he gonna want revenge. If you are unfamiliar who he is, in the comics, Negan is the leader of a group called The Saviors. Also in the comics, Rick Grimes and his group get captured by The Saviors, and Negan says he wants revenge for Saviors that were killed. He then beats Glenn to death with a baseball bat. But the TV story line never completely copies the comics. There are whispers around the community saying there was a small hint during the TWD mid-season premiere that Daryl will be the one to die. The Savior’s leader told Daryl, Abraham and Sasha, “Usually, we introduce ourselves by popping one of you right off the bat.” His words are interesting since Negan kills people with a bat wrapped in barbed wire, named Lucille. Negan has the motivation to kill Daryl since Daryl killed his guys. Whatever happens though, we know Negan’s arrival on The Walking Dead is going to be sadistically brutal. From Robert Kirkman, “Seeing Negan come to life in the form of Jeffrey Dean Morgan is definitely a high point, if not the highest point [of the show],” Robert said. “Negan is a big deal. I think fans are going to be very pleased with the portrayal that Jeffrey’s come up with and the way we’re handling him in the show. It’s gonna be awesome.”
Enjoy the little sneak peak for tomorrows episode. I’m sure its gonna be a doozy! To quote Norman Reedus: “These are all stories that needed to be told, and Scott [Gimple] is such a mad genius, he has things plotted so far in the future that every little thing happens for a reason. There’s no wasted screen time on this show. Every little thing, every character arc, every story that they tell each other, everything they find comes back to play later in episodes.” So pay attention to the details, sit back, put on your seat belt, remember to breath and enjoy The Walking Dead.
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