The Walking Dead Boss Promises Chaos and Terror When the Show Returns Like We …

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The Walking Dead Recap: Alexandria Goes From Safe Zone to Zombie Playground.

This episode – the so-called mid-season finale, with obligatory cliff-hanger ending – opens in the bedroom of Ron Anderson (Major Dodson), the younger son of Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge) and her late brute of a husband Pete. As soon as the bell tower fell at the end of the last episode of The Walking Dead we knew that this “winter finale” (god, I hate that term more than Daryl hates feelings) was going to be all about what happens when the zombies stormed the city.Safe, secure, and seemingly impermeable safe zones are the Chekhov’s guns of zombie television: Introduce one onscreen in one season, and it will be overrun with zombies by that same time next year. But this season has been all about the impossibility of keeping the outside horrors at bay, and as the camera follows a line of ants from the window to the half-eaten meal Ron has left on the floor, it’s a portent of what’s coming.

More on her in a bit, but she made Rick make one promise before she died – that he would take care of her son Spencer and the rest of the Alexandrians as if they were his people. “They’re all your people now,” she told him, noting that she helped save him from the attacking horde not because she liked him, but because they were connected. The last time we saw Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and co., they were watching in horror as a falling tower came down and opened a giant gap in the only wall that stood between Alexandria’s humans and the thousands of zombies outside. To underscore the catastrophic terror of this moment, it’s worth mentioning that this entire episode played out to a continuous soundtrack of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim, lest anyone wasn’t already scared enough.

When the house is compromised, he uses the old “let’s make ourselves smell like zombies” trick and smears walker guts on some bed sheets so everyone can get out of the house. When Rick first revealed the guts plan she looked at him like he had just told her Adolf Hitler killed Santa Claus, but in the end she reaches into a rotting corpse and smears herself with the stinky flesh. As Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Jessie’s other son, sulky-pants Ron (Austin Abrams), join Michonne (Danai Gurira), Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and a bunch of others, Rick is briefly possessed by the boundlessly cheery spirit of a Christian summer camp leader. “Good,” he says. “You’re safe.” There is one tiny skerrick of good news amid all this catastrophe, though: our back-from-the-dead hero Glenn (Steven Yeun) can now see a way back to Alexandria. That Latin phrase that Deanna wrote on her plans for the expansion of Alexandria translates as, “This pain will be useful to you” — which is what you should tell yourself when you think about the devastation wrought by this mid-season finale. First, a standoff and a scuffle over the fate of the Wolf in the basement ended about as badly as humanly possible: With both Carol and Morgan unconscious; with the Wolf free, armed, and back on the (zombie-infested) streets; with poor Doctor Denise as his hostage; and with Tara once again deprived of a shot at finally finding love, which just seems unfair, honestly.

Just go,” he says. “But that’s how you lose people – even after they’re gone.” The world’s least qualified doctor, Denise (Merritt Wever), is down in a basement enjoying a sparkling tete-a-tete with the captured Wolf man (Australian actor Benedict Samuel, late of The Beautiful Lie). The woman who built Alexandria and recruited the people in it left her legacy in Michonne’s capable hands, and then went out in style, with the greatest war cry the show had ever seen (but not heard; this emotionally intense and impactful scene took place in total silence). When she gets down there she finds Dr Denise is taking care of one of the Wolves Morgan thinks he can retrain never to kill again, despite the Wolf’s constant protestations. With walkers pouring into Jessie’s house through multiple entry points, the survivors sheltering there had to make a new plan, leading to a big moment for longtime fans of the show: The triumphant return of the zombies guts-as-camouflage strategy from way back in season 1 (which doesn’t get used nearly enough, considering how effective it is).

In a tense conclusion to this intense episode, the survivors emerged onto the overrun streets, clad in viscera-covered sheets that masked their scent and allowed them to pass by the dead unnoticed. It was something her husband Reg – the architect of this near-Utopia – used to say when things got bad, she says, kind of dodging the question because she can’t get Google translate up just at the moment. “I’m lucky, Michonne,” says Deanna, who has seen her husband decapitated, her dream overrun by the undead, her son revealed as a cowardly drunk, and her own life brought to an abrupt end by a blade and a bite. “Working with my family towards a better future was all I ever wanted,” she continues. “That’s what I got. There was just one problem: Jessie gave some good advice to her youngest son, Sam, to “pretend you’re someone who isn’t afraid” — but she apparently forgot to mention the part where you also have to be quiet. I got to do what I wanted right up to the end.” In the garage of Jessie’s house, Carl finds Ron, and offers the kind of solace only the deluded can muster. “My dad’s gonna figure something out,” says Number One Son. “He always does.” “That’s bullshit,” says Ron, who is a total douche but in this respect at least spot-on. “Your dad’s just going to get more people killed, because that’s what he does, that’s who he is.

Between that and when Deanna found out she was bitten and said “Well, shit,” the writers certainly found some amusing ways to send us off to commercial. When they get back to safety, Ron is pissed off that everyone is going to die and he blames Rick for it, just like he blames Rick for his father’s death.

Michonne, always Rick’s Jiminy Cricket with a samurai sword, tells Deanna she has been looking over her plans and that she gets it and she thinks it can work, even after the zombie attack. What do you want for yourself?” I’ve said before that what all the characters really need is a guiding principle, something to work towards that isn’t just surviving.

Rosita is pissed that they have lost yet another home, but Tara gives her a great pep talk, telling Rosita they have to work to earn such a great place to live, even if that means a little bit of hardship. We didn’t get much of Glenn and Maggie after last week’s green balloons, but we know Maggie fled from a pack of zombies and barely made it to the top of a platform alive.

Rick and the others wander through the herd looking like extras in a Lady GaGa video, while Deanna gets off her deathbed to open the door on a hall full of zombies. A gang of bikies blocks the road where Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) are tooling along in the petrol tanker. Everyone better watch out if Carol is dead because I’m going on a rampage. • Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl are still outside the city, but if you watched the teaser that aired after the credits, you’ll know they were picked up by that pack of men who Daryl previously encountered in the woods, and they’re talking about some guy named Nagin. It seems churlish to say so but the facts don’t lie: on the very day Taylor Swift’s hugely anticipated stadium tour of Australia kicks off, the Pennsylvanian pop star’s year of unprecedented dominance is officially over.

She’s the first person to top the ARIA singles and albums charts in the same week since Swift exactly a year ago, when she was on top with Blank Space and 1989. Around the world 25 (you can read our review here) has knocked up some jaw-dropping statistics in a week; if it sustains this momentum it will become the biggest album of all time. In the UK, 25 recorded the highest ever debut week sales , with 800,307 copies – more than the next 86 albums that week combined, according to the UK’s Official Charts Company.

While Swift’s tour will excite Australian fans as much as any this year, there could be an even stronger public appetite for concerts by Adele, should the British diva extend her already-announced world tour and visit Australia for the first time. As for what explains Adele’s monumental success (beyond a towering voice of course), a cynic might argue 25 is huge because Adele had a captive audience after 21, which sold 30 million albums. But it’s likely her fallibility is part of her appeal: she’s admitted a lack of confidence, was teased as a young artist – even by other celebrities, including Joan Rivers – and this week admitted suffering crippling stage fright. “I get so nervous with live performances that I’m too frightened to try anything new,” Adele told NPR. “It’s actually getting worse.

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