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The Walking Dead Season 9 Discussion - A new beginning

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  1. Matthew Blaisdel

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    Just watched S09E01 and i think it is quite epic!
    Easily the best episode of TWD that i have seen in ages. Maybe because of the new showrunner Ms. Kang, could be the old ones were just exhausted after all those years.

    Time jump was a great idea, so we start 18 Months later and the opening scene is already a blast, when little Maggie had drawn that picture of her beloved people and she drawed Daddy Rick with a grumpy face.... and a big tummy! Michonne cracked up on that and it was such a delight! :crazy:

    We move on with the core group entering Washington D.C., it was really nice they were allowed to shoot part of the episode in that actual museum! Those scenes were awesome and bit by bit you get to know what had happened over the time. Anne (formerly Jadis) became a respected part of the group, Daryl is kind of leading the sanctuary now, Maggie still in Hilltop and - huge surprise - Carol is now together with Ezekiel!
    Well... that kind of foreshadowed in those scenes they had together in season 8, but i wasn't expecting it really to happen. But there we are. They are together... and Daryl - of course - is not amused! :D

    I really liked the action scenes in the museum, the spider zombie was great and the cracked glass floor got Ezekiel almost killed. Great suspense there!
    On the way back we sadly lose a young guy from the Hilltop group and that loss sets the things in motion...

    So much happens in those 60 minutes of runtime right up to Gregorys execution at the end.
    So many emotions, so many great storys to unfold in future episodes.

    I don't think i've seen a more promising season opener of a Walking Dead season EVER before!
    The only letdown is, that we already know we'll have to loose not only Rick, but Maggie as well in just a few weeks, because Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan both are leaving after 6 episodes. :sad:

    But i can't wait to see, what they will do with such a promising new beginning, and what the show will going to be like after those huge departures.
    It's been a great episode and a very promising start to season 9 with even fresh and re-vamped opening credits. :spinning:
    Very nice stuff so far! :10:
     
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    I really enjoyed it too and it was refreshing to get new titles. I also noticed lots of greenery in the scenes which helped the theme of a new beginning.

    After spending nearly two years spread across a couple of months I was relieved to get the time jump.

    I completely missed her, I blame the new hairstyle. Also, I missed the name Anne, how was that explained?

    Shocked, but in a nice way. It's about time they gave Carol some kind of happiness.

    Yes! I felt my toes curling wondering if he was going to become another meal for the walkers.

    I don't mind this, I'm actually quite excited by how it will all unfold.






    And about time too!!
     
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    Are we going to learn what the helicopter is all about? That story seems to have been hanging in the air for at least 3 seasons.
     
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    There were some intense scenes again this week, especially that in the pit.

    I'm struggling with the size of the cast. It's reached a point where I can't tell who is part of the saviours and who or where some of the other characters are - well, I have no problem with the core characters.

    The ending was exciting and yet I'm not too impressed if this is the way Rick goes out of the show.
     
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    It's a nod towards the very first episode of TWD, in which Rick fell from a horse as well and would have been killed by the approaching walker herd - if Glenn didn't come for the rescue.
    But now there's no Glenn anymore. So it's kind of coming full circle for Rick now ... :(
     
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    Ah.... I never clicked! :rolleyes:
     
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    Wow, what an epic episode that was yesterday! It had me on the edge of my seat several times! :bravo1: :10:
    S9E05 is easily on my Top5 of all TWD episodes so far!
    All those walkers felt SO scary and were such a serious threat all the time.
    Right until the last 5 minutes of the run they had me convinced that Rick exploded with that bridge! :eek: :no: :sad:
    But then Jadis came on and saw the burned remainings of walkers floating in that river and then ... at the riverbank .... R I C K! :eck::eck::eck:
    I SCREAMED at the TV screen! :D
    And Andrew Lincoln was teasing us all the time, that Rick Grimes might be done with the series, but he wasn't done with this part at all.
    I thought he meant that the experience will be always with him or he was talking about taking part in fan-conventions in future or such, but he really meant it that way, that Rick wasn't going to die! That was SO clever done and handeled, but without actually giving it away! :clap:
    And in "Talking Dead" they finally revealed, that Rick will get his very own TWD-Movies on AMC next year, which will reveal where the helicopter was taking him and Jadis/Anne and what happened with Rick between that moment and the huge timejump on TWD.
    What a great hour of TV that was, i NEVER thought that TWD could be SO exciting again after those mainly boring last 2 seasons.
    And now there's only 3 episodes left before midseason break! :eek:
     
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    I really wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this week's forward movie (based on the trailer at the end of last week's episode) but I did.

    Not keen on Carol's look, it's like they've given her a Laurie Strode makeover.

    The walkers are now talking to each other....??? I find that really bloody scary.

    Please, please, please, ditch that friggin hat!!!

    I have to wonder about Ezekiel, does he know he's got a feather stuck in his hair?
     
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    Ah....

    They're not talking, apparently, there are living people in the herds known as The Whisperers...

    WTF??
     
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    Didn't like it either, that long wig just looks sooo fake on her and just made me giggle the whole time! :lol:
     
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    That's funny.

    How do TWD-fans call themselves?
    Walkie-Talkies?
     
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    Just in case you didn't know, that funny name is indeed the title of the 1 hour AMC talkshow that follows every new episode on sunday evenings. ;)
    But as of now, it SEEMS that the dead on the show do really start to "talk" ... or whisper. So they could indeed be called walkie-talkies :D
     
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    A zombie evolution? I think that would inject a new perspective into the story.
     
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    The way that guy dressed in skin suit ducked and turned around to stab Jesus could possibly be the best scene of the whole series. I'm so friggin' annoyed that I read about who these 'Whisperers' are because it would have been the biggest twist. Damn those f**king spoilers.

    I really did love the reaction from those who watched it unfold before their own eyes.

    Since introducing these 'Whisperers' the show has become even more of a horror movie and I loved the gothic atmosphere of the graveyard.
     
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    The whistle at 0.51...

     
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    Jesus was one of my favorites... why? :sad:
     
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    There's something really frustrating with this show. This past couple of seasons I've noticed characters are getting left behind, where they're just there for a few shots each episode and then they're gone. It all started around the time they threw all their focus into the Saviours. Spencer, Heath Jessie, Dwight, Gregory, Yadis & Jesus all seem to get really good introductions, then one by one they were only appearing ad-hoc until they're written out.

    Maggie, Dwight & Morgan got a crap exit


    The lead characters like Tara, Rosita, Eugene, Aaron, Enid & Gabriel don't fit in the same league as characters like Carol, Daryl, Rick, Michonne, Carl, Glen.
     
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    I think Jesus could have worked very well as the new and successful leader of the Hilltop and bumped up to main cast.
    And in the middle of the episode i still thought he and Aaron would become the new romantic couple.... and then THAT shit at the end happened! :mad:

    I really don't have a lot desire left to go on watching. They started out so promising this new season, all felt so fresh and so much better... but they messed it up once again.
    S 10 should really be the last one, with maybe only 10 or 13 episodes max, this show has suffered enough. When i think back to those good seasons on Hershels farm or later in the prison, i could just scream out of anger about what this show became.
     
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    Oh, how I miss those classic stories. One of the main attractions to this show was watching a group of survivors come together, work together and live together. Throw in ideas like the living can be much worse than the dead and you've got a great story going. I get that the show has to evolve, but it really feels like it's evolved into some totally different to what it was 4 years ago.

    I don't mind the time jumps, but writing it to a point where the core characters don't even speak with each other is a stretch too far and in doing so they have created what feels like double the characters to what it used to be, only they're not giving much away, I struggle to know their names and even worse, which group they belong to.

    I feel like that at times too, but I also don't want to give up. There's still some great stuff going on and then there's the part where I've invested so much over the years that I would struggle to walk away. I keep thinking it will get better, or it could go back to its glory days.

    Despite losing Jesus (when there was so much more we could have had from the character) I do think that last 10 minutes was intensely brilliant.
     
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    I was just disappointed by it. I think they gave away the fact that those whisperers are just normal people with zombie masks sewed on far too early.
    For me the big reveal from Eugene towards Daryl that there were walkers that could whisper was cliffhanger enough, followed by Negans escape.

    It would have left so much more room for speculation during hiatus. But now we already know, they're just people with masks. The new saviors so to say.
    So they will join their forces and fight them together and we probably gonna lose some more cast members in that fight, presumably Aaron and/or Ezekiel (just because Carol is happy with him and that's his death sentence on this show). Can't wait. YAWN!
    But i think i will stick to it as well until the end. It became like a terrible car accident, you don't really wanna watch, but you can't look away either... :D
     
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