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In The Meantime | THE WALKING DEAD Shake-Ups Coming

Television’s most critically acclaimed and highest rated drama is striving for major changes entering into THE WALKING DEAD Season 9 including some major casts members signing-off, and the return of past players!

Without a doubt, the most anticipated moment every year at San Diego Comic-Con has been the arrival of the cast of The Walking Dead for their panel cluing in die-hard fans on how the series is taking shape in the upcoming season. Early announcements have already caused some seismic shifts in what we can expect in Season 9 of the series especially after reports were circulated confirming major casts members will be leaving, and at least one past fan favorite would be returning to the series.

When it was announced that series regular Lauren Cohan who has played Maggie Greene-Rhee  since our heroes stumbled onto her father’s farm in Season 2, would only be around for half of Season 9, fans were immediately struck by how that would impact the overall direction for the upcoming new season given the cliffhanger that would suggest Maggie would have a significant stake in the narrative. It has been suggested that the new leader of the Hilltop community would be exacting a revenge vendetta that would have serious consequences.

Her character easily emerged as one of the series most colorful and especially most dedicated to providing the fire to survive in the post-apocalyptic nightmare our heroes have found themselves in week after week. After losing her husband Glenn (Steven Yeun) to the complicated and ruthless  antagonist Negan played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Thomas Wayne to her Martha in BvS: Dawn of Justice) Maggie emerged a deliberate force all of her own. The actress has reportedly signed on to reprise her role for only 8 episodes in Season 9, that’s usually the first-half of the season.

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Khary Payton as Ezekiel  – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Hanging Up His Hat

Maggie won’t be only player next season that has decided to exit the series, though the announcement that Andrew Lincoln who introduced audiences into this world as the often-heroic Rick Grimes came as a complete shock to fans. The Walking Dead has been mostly told through the eyes of Lincoln’s character, and after perhaps the most difficult and challenging last two seasons, it appears that it may have taken a toll on our hero. In Season 8 fans were shocked with Chandler Riggs who play Rick’s son Carl was unceremoniously killed off.

How Season 9 will play out with Grime’s exiting the narrative will remain to be seen. At the conclusion of Season 8, Rick decided not to kill Negan, so will Negan take his place as the centrifugal force next year, or is this perhaps a sign that The Walking Dead as a series is preparing to head itself into the sunset and wrap-up it’s nearly decade long story? It wouldn’t be the end of the franchise seeing as how the spin-off Fear the Walking Dead has recruited Lennie James’ Morgan Jones into its midst and (SPOILER ALERT) killed off two of its original lead cast mates.

One thing is for certain, given the nature of The Walking Dead to have provided its core fans with some of the biggest twists and surprises over the years, Season 9 will emerge the most watched yet, as these significant cast changes will undoubtedly affect the series’ direction. In another surprise announcement Jon Bernthal who starred in the first two seasons as Shane Walsh has reportedly been seen on set, and will have an arc in Season 9. The actor’s star turn on Marvel’s The Punisher on Netflix prevents from appearing as a regular in two series at the same time.

Running the Show

The series will also be landing a brand new showrunner for Season 9 with ComicBook.com having reported that Angela Kang will be assuming that inevitably huge responsibility, and with AMC not commenting on or indicating plans to end the series when the cast and creators attend this year’s SDCC it will certainly draw huge crowds curious about the fate of its favorite characters, as well as anticipating the return of others. This year’s SDCC event will take place July 19 – 22 as the fandom descends on the summer’s biggest comic book festival and convention.

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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.

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.

Season Pass | AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Crosses the Bar

Entering into its Season 4, AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead will pull a stunt few fans had imagined would be possible as the two Dead series get closer!

Ready to rattle some cages AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead the proper spin-off series of the hit show The Walking Dead based on the post-apocalyptic tribulations of the survivors facing life and death against a growing population of hungry undead, is about to join its genre-contemporaries and capitalize on the popularity of the “crossover” event. When the new season premieres on Sunday, April 15 at 10/9C, the show will be preceded by the Season 8 finale of The Walking Dead.

When it was introduced AMC’s FWD decisively pulled away from the formula of the original and was set on the alternatively left coast and give audiences a glimpse of the world before the outbreak took over. The series was also more tightly revolved around a particular family. Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) struggled to keep herself and two children, son Nick (Frank Dilane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), safe as the world collapsed around them. The family were joined by the shady businessman Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) who brought them south of the border.

Danay Garcia as Luciana, Colman Domingo as Victor Strand – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC

Much of the family’s dynamic has shifted and at the conclusion of Season 3 found themselves pulled apart. This season AMC is adding a series of new characters into the mix raising the stakes and brining over one of The Walking Dead’s most popular personalities. Among the new faces joining the show this season will be Lennie James who plays survivor Morgan Jones, and was introduced in the first episode of The Walking Dead. Morgan rescues a dazed and delirious Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and inducts him into the realities of their new surroundings.

Morgan’s arc on The Walking Dead has progressively darkened especially during their most recent confrontation with The Saviors. As the climax of that battle prepares to come to an end, the fate of the character may hang in the balance especially as Morgan becomes more and more unhinged. Though FWD has been positioned as a “prequel” of sorts to its sister series, it’s not entirely clear if Morgan’s joining the show is intended to fill in the gaps leading up to the time he was reintroduced on TWD or if it’ll take place after he leaves Rick and his family.

Regardless Fear The Walking Dead is emerging from out and under of the shadow of the companion show and blazing its own distinct path. Season 3 was among one of the best runs of the series so far, and bodes well for fans who have a greater expectation once we rejoin Madison and answer whether or not she is able to reunite with her kids after the fateful cliffhanger finale. The new season will also introduce Jenna Elfman and Garret Dillahunt has series regulars, and a new character named “Althea”.

TonightON :: FEAR THE WALKING DEAD “100”

The future has never looked more grim! But it looks like even as graves give up their dead, there are still some escaping the end of days. Rubén Blades character Daniel returns to fight another day!

In a very unpredictable turn of events, one of the original cast members that launched the spin-off to the AMC Original Series The Walking Dead when the show premiered Fear the Walking Dead the west coast based survivors of the “day after” included a musical legend. Tonight Rubén Blades is discovered to have survived the perils of a burning building and a horde of the undead. Blades character of Daniel Salazar emerged as one of the First Season’s most controversial — the one-time military operative, tortured a soldier to uncover where they had taken his wife.

Daniel often presented solutions that were slightly on the dark side, if it meant the survival of himself and his own daughter (who is also alive and alone out there). In an interesting series of events, Daniel lands himself in the water refinery that is now at the apex of controlling the one commodity in demand: water. Daniel endears himself to the big man in charge of the operation and more is revealed of his days as a professionally trained assassain, trained to perfection by the CIA. Suddenly Daniel becomes more valuable than he could have ever bargained for.

The episode immediately establishes exactly whose side Daniel is on, and when he’s reunited with Victor Strand played by Colman Domingo. It’s unfortunate that these two characters never liked or trusted one another, so it isn’t exactly the happiest reunion. Strand had spent a great deal of his life double crossing everyone, so Daniel has good reason not to trust the con man, but what audiences haven’t learned until tonight’s episode is exactly everything that Daniel Salazar is capable of. Now that he’s allied himself with Dante — he’s made a bargain with the devil.

The climax of this episode is not to be missed, and proves how worthy Fear is as its own stand alone show!

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.

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