Negan on the walking dead

The Walking Dead Mid Season Return

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD

This year’s Hallmark holiday is a bit cooler because it features the return of the fan favorite Walking Dead series. Back before the official start of the Christmas season (as if weeks of subtle advertisement hadn’t subconsciously programmed us to spend money already) the show left off on a hell of a cliffhanger. With Rick and company goring up in bloody ponchos for a stroll through the zombie filled streets of Alexandria. Before the plan can even get under way the terrified son of Rick’s squeeze starts to draw attention right after stepping off the porch. This has left plenty with what must have been a tormenting wait of two months to see what will happen.

Well get ready, all hell is about to break loose. Not only is the horde walking through their home but they have a much bigger threat coming to pay a visit. I’m an obsessive reader of the comics and I am really excited about what is to come. What I regularly tell people about the show is that the good stuff hasn’t even started yet. The things that start unfolding this season will lead to some of the most exciting things the comic series has ever done. One of the most awesome bad guys of all time is about to be brought to life on screen and with him comes a conflict as exciting as any I have ever read or seen.

For the next couple of months we will hear an awful lot about Negan, but we will not see him until the season finale. I have had several people try to tell me he has already been on the show and we saw him in the mid season finale confronting Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham. That is not Negan, and trust me, when you meet the guy you will know it and there will be no doubt about who he is, and hopefully how dangerous he is.

These next eight episodes should all be jammed pack with action and we should see a large number of regular cast members killed off. They are going to have to kill plenty of people because they will be introducing too many new ones to the show. Negan leads a band of baddies called the Saviors, and there regular victims come from a settlement called the Hilltop. There will be new characters in both of these groups and room will have to be made to accommodate them.  It’s hard to say who will and won’t die because of the differences between the show and the comic. For example, Andrea and Sophia are still alive in the comic but dead on the show. Carol has long since been dead in the comic and was never the badass she is on the show. So there is no way to know who or what will actually happen but some things are pretty certain.

There are certain characters you can trust will not die. Rick being the number one example because the story is about Rick. Carl, despite what most likely happens tonight, is also safe. He is Rick’s reason for living and carrying on. Carl is one of my favorite characters in the comic and when I tell people this they always give me a puzzled look. That’s Chandler Riggs fault, and I agree that he totally sucks on the show. He’s a poor adaptation of the badass child of the apocalypse but it’s not all his fault. He ages at a normal stage and is already too old for the part. Tonight he will most likely get shot in the head by that kid that has it out for him. In the comic when he and Rick are walking through the horde a wild bullet catches him in the eye. He survives but is permanently disfigured. Michonne is also safe because she’s too vital to the series. Beyond the three of them it’s a toss up. Maggie should be safe, Eugene should be safe, but after that I’d expect a free for all.

I think the first death will easily be the kid that’s crying in the horde, followed by his mother and possibly her other son. In the comic when the boy starts crying he gets attacked and Rick tells the mother to leave him, but she won’t. Once she is absorbed by the horde she refuses to let go of Carl’s hand and Rick does not hesitate in chopping off her hand and leaving her behind. The following day her handless corpse is walking the streets of Alexandria. Abraham sees her and gets rid of her before anybody can see what obviously happened. There were not two boys in the comic, in the show I imagine it unravels in a similar fashion while the older angry kid takes a shot at Carl during the commotion. I hope they have Rick cold hearted enough on the show to cut the hand off of the woman he’s widowed and bedded but I have doubts about it.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Daryl will be killed sometime in the next 8 episodes but I don’t know when or why. Daryl is an original character on the show but I feel like his presence holds back plenty of fan-favorite characters when they are introduced. He won’t be the end all be all death of the season finale and may survive till next year but I have a suspicion. I would really like to see Morgan swiftly dispatched because he is such a lame character. He was never the sudden bow staff ninja in the comic and I can’t stand the guy on the show. He was just a crazy guy Rick brought back from home and he hung around in the background until he died.

There should be a new character coming but I haven’t heard the first thing about casting for him so I have no clue what to expect. In the comic the first person Rick and company meet from another settlement is Jesus from the hilltop. His real name is Paul Monroe, he’s a homosexual, and he’s the Bruce Lee badass of the apocalypse. Jesus is a nickname given because of how he looks and it stuck. He ultimately becomes Rick’s top dog and right hand man in the coming conflict. His absence would really be unfortunate as he continues to be an intricate character in the series.

I’m probably wrong about most of this stuff but I don’t care. I like the show well enough but I only really watch it so I can join the conversation at work. More often than not I am alone in the world as I literally don’t know a single other reader. I encourage anybody that likes the show and wants more to simply pick up a compendium or a few volumes of the comic. It’ll be a much more exciting experience.

Negan on The Walking Dead

 

First of all, let me apologize to fans of the show who came looking for something about the recent casting news this week. Yes Negan has finally been cast on The Walking Dead TV series but I have little to no interest in that. I think Jeffery Dean Morgan can potentially be very good in the part but I have serious doubts that the show can really bring Negan to life in a fitting way. To put it bluntly the guy is just too R-rated for network television, even if AMC likes to raise the stakes as much as possible.

No, I’m just stoked to write about what happened in the most recent issue of The Walking Dead comic book. I have already written about Negan’s return to the series once and that proved to simply be wishful thinking. The cover of this past April’s issue was very misleading and I can only hope I am not getting my hopes up in vain for a second time.

In the issue released this week, #148, things have simply gotten too hot in Alexandria for Rick to keep under wraps. The people are mad and they are angry. Alexandrians are quickly getting to the point of taking on a mob mentality and destroying everything Rick and his people have worked so hard to build. As the issue comes to a close Rick realizes he cannot solve this problem on his own and the final page shows Rick descending into the basement prison to ask Negan for help. To which we only see a grin in response from Negan.

I think it was perfect because this is what Negan has been waiting for. For over two years now he has had to languish in a prison cell while the world went on without him. He had an opportunity to escape and chose not to in hopes it might actually convince Rick he could be trusted. It didn’t convince Rick of anything and Negan was again left in the dark. Yet everything is different now and this is what Negan has been waiting for. Nothing was ever going to change for Negan until Rick actually needed him for something and that moment has finally arrived!

I’m not going to get ahead of myself this time and spout off a lot of wishful thinking about what may or may not happen. The cover of the next issue certainly implies Negan is released and working together with Rick but I have learned the hard way that the covers can be deceiving now and again. Check out the cover of next months issue below.

I can only hope the coming issue is as awesome as this cover implies and it will needle at me every day until it’s release. I have become such a junkie for this series I literally feel like I am fiending already in anticipation over what might happen next. All I can really be sure of is that it will be awesome, because with this series I have learned to have no doubt. I think the show is ok but I am a bit of an ass when it comes to fans because I think the show is simply for amateurs.

All the time I am hearing “oooh is Glenn really dead?” or other currently random show specific topics. I can’t help but roll my eyes at such things. When I watch the show I am impressed now and again but more often than not I am looking over at Amber and making a vulgar gesture. So much unnecessary drama and pointless monologueing. Why does every damn character have to have a moment where they publicly profess their understanding of how the world is now? Blah blah blahbidy blah get over it people and check out where the action really is in black and white.

As to the eager question about Glenn everyone is so interested in I do not know. I have explained to people that if he is dead the show wasted what would have otherwise been a really magnanimous death at the hands of the new enemy coming to town. I have an idea about that though. If he is dead, which at this point he should be barring a ridiculous heartwarming effort from the show for his return, I think it means something very different. Negan was the one that killed Glenn in the comic, at random for no other reason than to make a point. Negan needed to make a splash as a character and did so by killing one of the series longest surviving characters. If Glenn doesn’t make it back then I think Negan kills Daryl in his place.

I like Daryl on the show but his presence makes it hard for the show to introduce new badasses from the comic. Like Abraham who is little more than a background character on the show. Rick doesn’t need a badass Abraham because he has Daryl. With Jesus due to make his appearance in the coming future it may be time for a dramatic and violent death for Daryl. Don’t know what the show is doing with Morgan but I can’t stand this sudden ninja warrior of the apocalypse.

Just an idea I’m throwing out there. I really got way off point because all I am truly interested in lies below with the possibilities lurking on the pages behind this scene. Negan is one of my favorite bad guys of all time if not the number one over all. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for him.

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The Return of Negan!!!!

I’m going to deviate from our typical theme of movies to talk about something else I’m into. I am an avid fan of the comic book The Walking Dead. To the point that I spy out the covers of upcoming issues hoping for a glimmer of what might be to come. As of yesterday I saw something so awesome I can’t contain myself and I have literally nobody to talk to about it that would even begin to know what I was talking about. “I like The Walking Dead too, you are talking about the coolest character? You mean Daryl right?” AHHHH!!! These fans of the TV show (the show is different and I do like it) drive me nuts, much like the hardcore fans of HBO’s version of Game of Thrones who know nothing about what they are missing out on. Blah blah and so forth but the reason for all of this is the issue coming out in two months. The cover of the May issue displays an image of Negan standing before an open jail cell.

225px-Issue_141_CoverFor those of you who don’t know. This is Negan, the greatest bad guy ever. The TV show will ruin him because he is way too cool for the limitations of network TV. Any fan of the show should start reading now so they can see how awesome the baddest bad guy really is. Nevertheless he has been locked away for years following the war in the comic book. This cover implies that Negan is finally getting out.

When the war was ongoing I actually found myself hoping Negan would kill Rick, claim Carl as a begrudging protegé, and we would follow him through this world of the apocalypse. Sadly that wasn’t how it panned out but I was content with the fact that Negan at least lived and still had the potential to wreak havoc again.

After seeing this cover I am going to be antsy for two freaking months while I wait to see what happens. I miss this guy; I need this witty badass whose capable of anything. I need the profanity, I need the violence, I need Lucille, I need the pure unadulterated understanding of the world he lives in, I need the control he has over everything, and I need more of his story. Life is a bitch but something about this guy helps make it easier once, sometimes twice and month on “Walking Dead Wednesday.”

I love this story and as agonizing as it is to wait month by month for the story to progress it never fails to let me down. Now that I know Negan is getting out of jail sooner rather than later I am excited. It’s like a motivating force somewhere in the back of my mind constantly reminding me I have something really cool to look forward to, in a couple of months.

I cannot wait to see what Kirkman has in store for Negan as he gets back out into the world but one thing is for sure. I have absolutely no doubt that he is going to do something awesome. Is there anybody out there with me on this? Where are the other fans who can appreciate conversation about how awesome Negan is? I literally have a Negan action figure on my desk at work and I am constantly making references from this awesome bad guy that nobody gets. Who else is as excited as I am at his possible return to action in the comic? I need some dialogue.

Dawn of the Dead (1978) Take Two

Year: 1978
Directed By: George A. Romero
Written By: George A. Romero

RYAN’S REVIEW

To read our original review of this film follow this link. If you would like to read our review of the 2004 remake follow this link.

This is my favorite horror movie of all time and without doubt one of my favorites films to watch during this time of the year.  What this film does right is capture the fear that has taken over society.  The desperation that rises as the enormity of the situation sets in.  The movie doesn’t waste time with any build up it just drops you right into the thick of things and we follow the four main characters as they get the heck out of dodge and seek refuge in a shopping mall. We see the weight the new world has laid on their shoulders and we see how futile their efforts are in the face of the threats that rise after the zombies do. The zombies we see in this film aren’t all that intimidating.  They are slow-moving, clumsy, and they aren’t overly aggressive.  The zombies we saw in the remake are the complete opposite.  In the 2004 film we see what I like to think of as the new age zombies.  Zombies that don’t just run but sprint at full speed with an intensity and aggression that will scare the hell out of anyone.  The differences in these two zombies completely change the face of this title in the remake film but it wasn’t for the better. It was nothing more than just shock value because these upgraded zombies were scary but they didn’t make for better film, only better scenes on occasion.

I had a discussion this weekend with someone about the merits of the two differing zombies and that’s what I’d like to focus this post on.  I can completely understand the new generation of viewers that prefers these new age zombies.  It’s shocking to see these zombies with such ferocity like we see in the 2004 remake of this movie, World War Z, 28 Days Later, and other new zombie films.  These zombies are scarier when watching the movie but they are almost too much.  This type of zombie is practically an overwhelming threat that can’t be subdued and therein lays the problem.  With zombies, I don’t think the real threat is the one they pose but the consequences they have on society.  When a zombie epidemic spreads throughout the world governments fall, the infrastructure falls apart, and society crumbles.  If they are the slow-moving stumbling zombies they can be defeated but the overwhelming amount of them is too much for anyone to handle. By the time some survival group does get a handle on the zombies the damage is done, and the way the world was working is just too big a puzzle to simply put back together again. When everything is lost and everything stops the people of the world have to learn to live again. We have become too reliant on technology and too many can’t live without it. The fear then doesn’t come from the zombies but from the world they have created because in the new world anarchy reigns. The zombies are simply a manageable threat that’s overwhelming at first but can be subdued over time. When they simply become another part of everyday life the real threat comes from the people who want what you have, because they will do anything to get it, and there is no authority around to stop them. With these new aged zombies that simply can’t be stopped, because they are so fast and aggressive, I see no possible outcome other than the extinction of humans.  Maybe that is what some people like about it but I think the threat of evil men, who are capable of thinking, who can take over society in the aftermath is much scarier.

We see these differences in the two versions of this film.  In 1978 the survivors find peace in the mall for a long time. The zombies outside their fortified home are still a threat but one they have learned to keep at bay and live with. Their safety and livelihood isn’t threatened until evil men come to take what they have.  The men in the motorcycle gang haven’t lived in the comfort of security, they’ve been out there in the dog eat dog world and they are looking at the mall with hungry eyes.  Not for the security it offers but the spoils available to them from within. They ride in and destroy the mall and everything the main characters have worked to achieve because they can. They are the real threat in the world created by zombies, and they are much scarier than the zombies ever could have been. In 2004 things are much different. The threat posed by the zombies is too great and the survivors are simply fighting to survive, but there is no survival in this scenario. We see some of the characters escape but there is no hope for them out there in a world full of new age zombies and eventually we are led to believe that they all die. The 2004 ending is scary but it’s all over then.  There is something to be said about that outcome and I can understand the appeal.  I just think there is so much more potential the other way around.  Things get bloody and awful in 2004, but in 1978 a story was told, and it was a story with the possibility to continue and offer us so much more. Speaking only under the parameters of “scenario,” I think the 1978 type offers more because the door is open for things to come, crazy things that might blow our minds like what we have already seen has.

This is what makes The Walking Dead so good.  Since reading the comics the show is based on I have become obsessed with the series.  The zombies are merely a dangerous annoyance in The Walking Dead world.  The real threat comes from the men who have risen out of the ashes to seize power for themselves. The Governor, the roaming cannibals, or the current and most awesome badass of all time Negan. Negan is such a cool bad guy I actually find myself wanting him to defeat Rick and following him through this new world of the undead as it is.  Negan actually berates Rick at one point, calling him an idiot because he actually uses guns on the dead.  Negan doesn’t do this; he saves his bullets for the enemies that require more than a simple head bashing to beat. In a world where the old school zombies have destroyed everything it’s better than new age zombies taking over because there are men like Negan out there, and Negan is scarier and more dangerous than all the zombies in the world put together. I have read that people really want Negan on the show but I don’t.  I love the show and I love Negan but it’s not a union that will work the way it should.  One of the things I really love about Negan is his proficiency with the Fuck word and profanity in general.  To take it away from him to put him on TV would seriously drop his cool factor, and I don’t know that any actor in the world could live up to the expectations I would have as a fan of the comic.

I think Hollywood is destroying the effectiveness of the old school zombies because they keep going for that shock factor.  It’s like overloading a film with too many explosions because you want to blow people away instead of getting inside their heads. The top example that comes to mind is World War Z. So many things are wrong with this film.  First of all it’s rated PG-13 so that they could take advantage of the teenage market, but no zombie film should be PG-13.  The Walking Dead is literally more graphic and it is contained by the limitations allowed on television.  Secondly, they are the new age zombies in World War Z and it wasn’t like that in the book.  The movie shows zombie running at full speed in hordes and building giant zombie ladders.  In the book the zombies aren’t like that, but that is why humanity was able to eventually prevail. In the book society crumbles due to the threat and the story is really about how the world survives and then manages to put itself back together.  The consequences are so significant. The damage done isn’t because of the zombies but because of the chaos and fear the zombies create.  When society breaks down resources become scarce, communication falls apart, and the world as we know it comes to an end.  People are forced to adapt if they are to survive and it’s not a simple thing to do.  The movie was really nothing at all like the book and just a pathetic attempt to make money on something that was successful.  Everything that made the book successful though is gone from the film and it’s just taking advantage of the name recognition.

This is all just my opinion but I’d invite you to sound off now on how you feel about the new age zombies vs. the original.  I think it is an interesting topic and there are valid points to both sides of it.  Let us know how you feel about it. Also, if you are a fan of The Walking Dead and know who Negan is let me know what you think about the guy.  To put it as Negan would, “I fucking love the fucking guy.” I don’t know anybody who has read as deep into the comic as I have so I have nobody to talk to about him.  I’d love to hear what someone else thought about him.  Otherwise, check out the original Dawn of the Dead as Halloween approaches, it’s a great movie that really sets the tone for the holiday.