The Walking Dead: Steven Yeun addresses Glenn’s fate

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Walking Dead recap': Heads Up spoilers — Glenn’s fate revealed.

“The Walking Dead” finally revealed whether Glenn (Steven Yeun) is alive or dead after a month of speculation about the character’s fate, after he and Nicholas toppled into a herd of walkers in episode 603. Recently I predicted that The Walking Dead wouldn’t reveal what exactly happened to fan-favourite character Glenn until next week’s midseason finale – all the better to milk the suspense, see – and that he’d turn out to be alive.

Years from now — hell, months from now — when The Walking Dead’s sixth season is up on Netflix and the streaming crowd is binging it, the whole “death of Glenn” bait-and-switch may be no big deal.As many had predicted, the guts and gore that filled our screens a few weeks back were that of cowardly Nicholas, and Glenn was able to escape becoming zombie kibble by sliding underneath a dumpster and waiting out the madness. As the Nov. 22 installment revealed, Glenn landed beneath Nicholas, who provided a human shield for the fan-favorite character after they fell, allowing Glenn to crawl under a dumpster to avoid being bitten as the zombies surrounding them tore Nicholas apart. Run away like Daryl should have from those motorcycle, crossbow stealing forest thieves—and we’d like to say to those dirtbags, we hope Daryl haunts your dreams.

And they won’t have dealt with the incessant Internet chatter, fan theories (“Damn, Glenn got ate!” “Nope, he ducked under a dumpster!”), and cryptic postmortem interviews that popped up in between. Glenn spent much of his big episode back trailing Enid, who tossed him a water in his time of need but had no interest in having him tag along otherwise.

It’s not clear how much time passes – at least a full day and night, maybe more – before the zombies finally wander away and allow a dehydrated Glenn to escape. And even if somehow, the bazooka-type guns Abraham found weren’t enough to put a serious dent in the walking hoard, consider this symbolic idea: a truck drove by the Wolves brought Alexandria with its horn in the first place, so another truck should be able to lead the Walkers from Alexandria with the same method.

We’ve extensively reported on the casting of Negan, perhaps one of The Walking Dead’s greatest villains—and that’s because in addition to being a brutal, brutal killer, he also wages a war against the Alexandria safe zone. At the end of the episode, we saw the angst-filled teen approaching Carl from the back and his hand is on a gun that’s hiding in the waist of his pants. There were signs right from the get-go that Glenn wasn’t really dead, primarily because of the way his death was handled so differently from the demise of other major characters on the show. (The coy trick of removing Steven Yeun’s name from the opening credits seemed like an obvious smokescreen.

And in the one real moment of action, Deanna Monroe’s son, Spencer, tried to rope his way over the massing zombie hordes, in a headstrong attempt to restart the process of leading the undead away from town. Back in Alexandria, the shaken residents are still trying to regroup in the aftermath of the Wolves’ attack, and are dealing with the fact there’s a massive herd of zombies on the other side of the wall. These tensions lead to all kind of little flare-ups: Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is mad at Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) for holding prayer circles, Rosita (Christian Serratos) is mad at Eugene (Josh McDermott) because he can’t learn how to swing a machete, and everyone is mad at Spencer (Austin Nichols) for his harebrained scheme of using a grappling hook to go over the wall in a bid to draw the zombies away.

Yet for a guy who’s so good at sussing out people’s motivations, Rick is weirdly blind to the fact that Ron (Austin Abrams) – the son of the man who Rick killed in front of the whole damn town – has evil intentions. What makes this all so frustrating is that anyone familiar with the source material knows the comics start getting really interesting around this point, by bringing in new characters and new challenges, based around the idea of what it actually takes to rebuild human society. The man with the ass-kicking stick skills made some strong points about the vagaries of cause-and-effect, pointing out that because Rick saved his life eons ago, he then saved Aaron and Daryl, in a rescue operation…which ended up tipping off the Wolves.

If there’s one theme that has been holding strong this year, it’s the classic one about “best laid plans.” This week’s chapter also ended on a strong note, with a scene of Ron walking behind Carl with a secretly loaded gun, followed soon after by a shot of a tower collapsing. Still, after this week’s unfortunate resurrection, it’s going to take a lot of clever plotting to rebuild trust among a fanbase that may have been faked out a few too many times. Everything on TV last week retroactively fell under the shadow of what happened in Paris on Friday, which made the weekend shows feel like either a welcome escape or an act of mass commiseration.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver kicked off with the host addressing the terrorists with, “Fuck these assholes.” Saturday Night Live — coming back strong from last week’s Trump debacle — served up both remembrance and relief, with a touching bilingual nod to France. Oddly — or appropriately — this was actually a good week for small-screen escapism, thanks to kick-ass action from a pair of effects-heavy adventure shows, some long overdue comedy from a beloved duo, and a strange trip into the thoughts of an eccentric movie star. Show creators’ return to sketch comedy. (Seriously, thank you, Netflix.) Comedians don’t get participation medals, however, and the duo’s new show, W/Bob and David, wouldn’t have been so welcome if the old gang weren’t still funny.

Yes, not every single gag lands in the series’ too-brief four-episode run, but when the troupe hits on a good idea — a “no-nonsense” TV judge replaced by one who tolerates some nonsense; an anti-police harassment activist encountering a friendly cop — they perform the bit with the precision timing of an atomic clock. Show career serves him well here, with his richer acting experience bringing more depth to sketches like the one where his “bad cop” is sensitive over what his “good cop” partner says about him to crooks. Set in 1979, at a time when the Gipper was on the campaign trail, this week’s episode — “The Gift of the Magi” — brought him to southwest Minnesota, where he delivered a stump speech so heartfelt that it choked up the local anti-government cynic Karl Weathers (played by Nick Offerman).

On some other shows, Campbell might’ve been asked to do a broad, cartoonish Ronnie; here, he’s so convincingly sincere that even lifelong Democrats may wish they could go back in time and vote for him. Fargo’s second season has been telling an intricate story about the waning days of the 1970s, musing about how hippies and down-home crime families alike were steamrolled by the promises of big-time capitalism.

The show’s also been exploring the freaky side of this particular time in American history, evoking the prog-rock, UFOs, and macrame fringes of the Me Decade — all by way of explaining how a former Hollywood actor became a viable presidential candidate. Pep talk? “What you should be scared of is living and not doing everything you can to keep them here.” – Rosita barking at Eugene, wimpy as always with weapons.

Truth: “Would you have listened to me?” – Spencer to Rick after he went rogue and tried to rapel out of Alexandria without Rick’s “permission.” TV fight sequences have become more kinetic and visceral over the past few years — we’re looking at you, Daredevil and Strike Back — but rarely have top-quality punch-outs and slice-ups been as much of a selling-point as they are in AMC’s new postapocalyptic martial arts extravaganza. The show has a capable lead in American-born Chinese movie star Daniel Wu, and features a suitably out-there premise, about a not-so-distant future controlled by ruthless “barons” and their sword-wielding “clippers.” But while there’s not much here that should disappoint (or, frankly, surprise) genre fans, there’s a reason why each commercial break during the series premiere was preceded by a teaser for the next round of bloodletting. That’s because the most important name in the Into the Badlands credits doesn’t belong to Wu, or even creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, but to fight choreographer Ku Huen Chiu, who’s previously worked on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Kill Bill films.

HBO gave us Going Clear, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, How to Dance in Ohio, and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, while Showtime has come through with Mormon bigamist exposé Prophet’s Prey, and now this peek inside the Method actor’s mind. The latter actually has a lot in common with the Cobain film, in that it too taps the private archives of a pop-culture icon to let him tell his story in his own words. In the case of Marlon Brando, director Stevan Riley had access to caches of audio-tapes of the eloquent, thoughtful actor, who later in his career became more reclusive and more inscrutable. The doc spans the star’s career, giving as much space to his string of 1960s flops and his enthusiasm for Tahiti as he does to On the Waterfront or The Godfather.

Pretty much the only voice here is the big guy’s, which makes the movie feel like a frank, personal behind-the-scenes look at what drove an oft-mercurial man. From the scenes of a handsome-as-hell young Brando hitting on lady reporters to the tapes of him talking about civil rights and showbiz phoniness, Listen to Me Marlon captures what made this actor so difficult to those who knew him intimately, and so beloved to those who watched him raptly from afar. Season Two has required a lot more set-up, with episode after episode of new characters popping by hype up the Machiavellian alternate-Earth speedster known as “Zoom.” All of that finally paid off last week in a long visit from the ultimate rogue and some peak Flash action.

Even before the Big Bad zipped over from Earth-2 to pummel our hero into near-paralysis, this was a packed episode: a jailbreak by tragic antagonist Dr. Light; a hilariously awkward Zoom-baiting ruse involving Light’s Earth-1 doppelgänger; and multiple attempts by the newly psychic Cisco to pick up “vibes” from the morally questionable scientist Harrison Wells. “Enter Zoom” sported the brightness, humor, and camaraderie that’s been setting this show apart from its much grimmer DC-derived brethren Gotham and Arrow (not to mention Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D). But the episode also gave us a lingering look at a seemingly unbeatable foe, which could lead to some nerve-wracking but entertaining complications for Barry Allen and company in the months to come. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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