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The War is Over | THE WALKING DEAD Season 8 Concludes

But now the real work begins, as The Walking Dead wraps up on the epic confrontation between Rick and Negan as these two forces finally collide and in the wake of it all — a new world is left to explore, or are Rick’s troubles only beginning? Spoilers Ahead!

It was inevitable that the war would have to come to an end. After all in the world of the hit AMC Original Series The Walking Dead in order to survive in the post-apocalyptic dead-will-eat-you-alive landscape, something has got to give, and as Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) had come to learn the price was just getting to high. After losing his son Carl (Chandler Riggs),  bringing down his arch-nemesis Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) had taken on an entirely new significance. Before passing Carl had challenged both men to find peace, put aside their strife, and make a new world.

Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) prepare for the inevitable stand-off against the Saviors in the Season 8 finale!

Though Negan was convinced the only way that this was all going to end was by ultimately bringing the wrath of the Saviors down upon Rick, Maggie. Attacking the Hilltop, while tricking Rick and his allies into an ambush that would cut them all down to size. Even the best laid plans. It looked like Negan had the upper hand, having uncovered the traitor in his midst and using Eugene against his one-time allies. Eugene in fact made good on his promise to deliver the necessary bullets that would be used against Darrel, Rosita in an outnumbered blood bath.

In a surprising turn of events Eugene (Josh McDermitt) made good with fans and turned the tables on Negan and the Saviors by blowing most of the army apart with booby-trapped bullets that backfired. In the confusion our heroes took out most of the remaining Saviors and spared the ones that gave up, as Negan made a hasty retreat. Rick chased after the deserter and as the pair finally confronted one another, Rick attempted to appeal to Negan one last time and evoked Carl’s final message that the pair try to find some peace.

For a minute it looked as if Rick might have made a breakthrough, but in an instant he slashes the defenseless Negan across the throat, in front of the assembled group. Rick demands that they start fresh — put everything side — and mend their way. He tells the captured members of the Saviors army to put down their arms and work with them to build a new tomorrow, and then asks that the resident medic tend to Negan’s wounds, which incites Maggie (Lauren Cohan) to fury who wants to see Negan die. Michonne (Danai Gurira) takes a hold of Maggie as she cries.

Endings and Beginnings

Making good on his word Rick and the group begin to set things right. The survivors assist in rebuilding the Sanctuary, the one-time fortress headquarters that Negan operated out of as the members of The Kingdom and Hilltop work to reestablish their homesteads. Rick and Michonne reside over a hospitalized Negan promising that he’ll watch they’ve all survive and prosper together going forward, but that Negan will not be a part of it. Instead he’ll watch from a prison cell as the communities all come together.

It’s a finale that takes a page from the graphic novel. Negan is also jailed by his captors, but Carl who did not die in the books, spends a lot of time with Negan, and Rick also turns to his incarcerated foe for advice from time to time, until a new threat emerges that forces them to stand side-by-side. Ultimately in the graphic novels, Rick and Negan find a mutual respect for one another, but Rick is forced to exile him because of his past crime against the community including the murder of Maggie’s husband Glenn.

Maggie (Lauren Cohan) must now contend with the outcome of the battle and what it means for her and the rest of The Hilltop.

With one arc coming to a close, fans are now eager to imagine what comes next, and perhaps clues about the next adversary our heroes will face have been hinted at in the season’s finale. A herd of walkers is seen in the distance perhaps making their way across the country side as our heroes traverse a hill marked with border posts. Are the “Whisperers” perhaps hiding amidst that group of undead? The dastardly tribe that appear in the books actually survive by wearing the skin of the dying and survey their territory from this vantage. Has our group entered into their territory?

One person who may never know what looms on the horizon is Morgan (Lennie James) who decides that he needs to isolate himself from the group after suffering traumatically over the last several weeks during the battle with the Saviors. Morgan hands off his battle armor and enters the junkyard where he attempts to cultivate some solitude, but unfortunately the proximity to his former allies proves too much, as Rick and several others continue to encroach upon Morgan’s space. With little other choice and little warning Morgan packs his things and runs away.

The Devil Inside

Not everyone is satisfied with the outcome of the events, especially Maggie who feels that Rick and Michonne have betrayed her by letting Negan live as their prisoner. The widow vows that she will bide her time, but when the moment comes she will strike, and she’s not alone. Daryl (Norman Reedus) agrees with Maggie especially that Rick and Michonne must also be held responsible for their decision, and when their time comes, he will stand with Maggie and do what they feel is the just thing.

Season 8 of The Walking Dead proved the most expansive of the entire series run, as Rick and his band defended their stake in this all new world. Terrorized for an entire season by the threat of Negan and his band of Saviors, it was encouraging to see them all rise to the occasion, but if Season 8 proved anything, it proved the most transformative for all the characters as new layers and dimensions were revealed on both the side of the angels and the devils. When Carl finally met his heroic end, it changed the direction of the narrative completely.

The passing of this longtime favorite character will undoubtedly have repercussions into the following season of the series, and with Morgan trekking out to follow a new path, one that has lead him right over into the spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead how long before the two worlds converge upon one another? Already Morgan’s crossover west has introduced some new faces to the cast and set Morgan on an interestingly undetermined trajectory. A character that is only looking for some peace and quiet has ventured into a chaotic new wilderness full of wild cards.

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AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD The Complete Third Season

Before the upheaval of the new season, the AMC Original Series really picked up its stride in the Third Season available now on Blu-ray.

For Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) the zombie apocalypse changed everything. The high school guidance counselor’s life in Los Angeles suddenly became a matter of survival when an inexplicable something took over the population, and the dead suddenly walked among us in the spin-off series to The Walking Dead. First they had to flee the suburbs, brave the perilous waters of the West Coast before finding a type of civilization across the border, but that didn’t last forever.

In Fear the Walking Dead The Complete Third Season now on Blu-ray, the fight escalates.

Her family has been pulled apart but Madison finds a settlement and makes a bargain with Jeremiah Otto (Dayton Callie) an interesting figure and a survivalist who has pulled together a community, all to serve his own purposes. As the truth about their new home starts to come to light, Madison must make the hard decisions, especially when her own son Nick (Frank Dillane) emerges, and he’s not alone. So begins a battle for territory as they protect every bit of land that they can, even as more of the dead continue their death march across borders.

In the end it’s a whole new world for Madison and the discovery of a dam presents a startling possibility as the stakes rise when factions strike to control the life-giving water behind its fragile walls. Co-starring Colman Domingo Fear the Walking Dead The Complete Third Season changed the game. The spin-off established its own identity and diverged along a very unique trajectory, even as the upcoming season prepares to converge with its sister series, and introduce one of its most popular characters into the mix in Season Four.

Before the fear enters all-new territory, get caught up with all the Third Season episodes available on this 4-disc Blu-ray set with Deleted and Extended Scenes and Audio Commentary from the cast and crew.

The new season of Fear the Walking Dead premieres April 15th on AMC.

AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Enters into New Frontier

Crossing the border and  back! Things are a little out of control as families are reunited and the worst comes out as the Season 3 of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD premieres on AMC.

AMC’s spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead was promoted always as a “prequel” of sorts to the hit companion series of which it borrows part of its name from. It promised to reveal aspects of the zombie apocalypse, in an almost as they happened fashion, filling in the blanks as the dead begin to take over the world and humanity starts on its downward spiral into ultimate survivalism.

The biggest difference between the two series, aside from its placement chronologically, is that Fear was always directed to focus around one family, Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) as they navigate their combined family including Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam Carey) through armageddon. It hasn’t gotten easier!

After finally finding one another at the end of last season, Tarvis’ own son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) met his untimely end after eliciting his more psychopathic tendencies, the group find themselves in the hands of a militia and are reunited with Nick, who had been on his own adventure and found some direction in the arms of Luciana (Danay Garcia).

As is the case with all things in The Walking Dead universe, our heroes don’t ever really have a moment to catch their breaths and eventually find themselves if not running from a merciless order of the undead, in the grip of some psychotic evil doers — taking advantage of the changing norms in society — to reap their own brand of chaos!

Sam Underwood as Jake Otto, Lindsay Pulsipher as Charlene – Fear the Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Michael Desmond/AMC

They may have found themselves some bit of comfort in a new family named the Ottos which include sons Jake (Sam Underwood) and Troy (Teen Wolf’s Daniel Sharman). Jake offers to take Madison and the rest of her family with them to their ranch, but only after Madison takes a deadly spoon to Troy and threatens to pull out his eye! The groups become separated evading a herd!

And just as it looks as if they may finally be heading towards some semblance of normalcy, the chopper carrying Travis and Alicia is shot at in the middle of the night, and in a mysterious turn, Travis is fatally wounded. In an effort to spare the rest of the crew, as he bleeds out from his injuries knowing that his fate is inevitable, and to lighten the load of the chopper, Travis jumps!

Becoming the first major character of the season to meet his end, it is unlikely that Travis (Cliff Curtis) will show up again, at least not among the living, leaving Madison now having to make very hard decisions to keep her family together. Now settling into the Otto ranch, who knows what might await our heroes who are only beginning to chart their course in this new world!

For a series that is still working very hard to set itself apart from the more popular and more overwhelming critically well-received powerhouse like The Walking Dead this is a very dramatic turn, especially since the move has now isolated Madison more than ever before. Their fate is brutally now unpredictable as they secure their place in the Otto ranch.

Get a Sneak Peek of Season 3 here:

Fear the Walking Dead premieres on Sunday, June 4 and airs on AMC, Sunday nights @ 9pm.

“Fear” Begins Here

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The zombie apocalypse moves to the West Coast in the AMC prequel series “Fear the Walking Dead” now available on Blu-ray.

When Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) woke up from his coma six years ago, his world was turned upside down. While he lay incapacitated recovering from a bullet wound, The Walking Dead had claimed the planet. As the police officer made his way out of his hospital confinement, Grimes couldn’t have anticipated what was waiting for him — and neither could television audiences.

What ensued has been one of the most unpredictable fights for survival ever televised, and one of primetime’s most watched events. Rick and his makeshift family have faced insurmountable odds while dodging growing hordes of the undead with an insatiable hunger for destruction. So when AMC announced that it would introduce a spin-off series, fans waited with great anticipation to see what the show’s creators would come up with.

Fear the Walking Dead isn’t essentially a prequel, but it does fill in the blanks. Where the original series flung audiences into the thick of the horror, the new show — situated on the opposite coast — sets the gears in motion. Through the lives of a small family in East Los Angeles, we learn how it all began — though not necessarily who (or what) is responsible.

Similarly to how The Walking Dead launches with Rick Grimes waking up from a long sleep, Fear the Walking Dead similarly stirs into existence. Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) finds himself phasing into reality after experiencing a drug binge. When he can’t find his girlfriend he starts to weave his way through the mostly abandoned crack den he’s spent the night in; when he stumbles into the main atrium, he finds several dead bodies.

One body though is feasting on the remains of another, and as it comes for Nick he stumbles his way into the daylight and gets struck by a car on an East Los Angeles street. Nick is our introduction to this show’s nuclear family. Which includes Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) and his live-in girlfriend Madison Clark (Kim Dickens). Nick is Madison’s drug addicted son.

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Their world begins to fall apart around them as Travis (Cliff Curtis) and Madison (Kim Dickens) attempt to navigate the impending threat and  Fear the Walking Dead.

Not completely sure that what he’s seen is in fact reality, Nick tries to pursued his family, but it isn’t long before the world around them starts to systematically fall apart. After a riot moves across the streets, the military moves in and quarantines the safe neighborhoods, but it isn’t long before everyone begins to take matters into there own hands.

Where TWD has set-up the rules of surviving against walkers, in Fear there are no rules because no one knows what’s going to happen yet. Audiences are in the unique situation to actually no more about what’s happening — or going to happen — than the show’s characters. It’s made for a very slow leap into the action, but at least it’s helped to really flesh out (no pun intended) the family at the center of it all.

The six premiere season episodes of Fear the Walking Dead are now available on Blu-ray and are suitable for binge watching especially before the return of the full Second Season returning in 2016.