If you're invested in a TV series, it can be tough watching the protagonist making a decision you know to be dumb. If three protagonists all make a dumb decision — the same dumb decision — it can be agonising. The latest episode of The Walking Dead features three of our "heroes" all enacting doomed, stupid plans. And despite it being yet another needlessly 90-minute episode, only one of them even got close enough to actually fail.
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Actually, I know what they're doing, I just have no idea why they're doing it. I don't know who, when planning the aftermath of WhoDoesNeganKillGate, decided to spend a quarter of season seven dividing the main characters into four almost wholly separate groups, forget about telling a story for an interminable amount of set-up and then still go, "You know which character deserves an entire episode to herself? Tara."
Having spent the previous episode exploring the goofy magnificence of Ezekial's Kingdom, The Walking Dead finally showed us Negan's true compound, and what life is like under his rule through the eyes of two characters - Daryl, his prisoner/hostage, and Dwight, his scarred lieutenant… who's a prisoner just as much as Daryl.
Whenever things get too dark on TWD — usually when a main character dies — the show likes to follow up with a light-hearted episode. Case in point: While last week's episode was unbelievably brutal and horrific, yesterday's "The Well" was easily the most delightful The Waking Dead has ever been. But there was a lot more to it than just trying to cheer the audience up.
Did you think that we were done with the "Who will Negan kill in The Walking Dead season premiere?" question just because the season premiere finally aired? Ha ha, nope! Because some very strange new footage has surfaced that indicates the show had someone else in mind to fall victim to Negan's bat Lucille.
The Walking Dead had a major obstacle to overcome in yesterday's season seven premiere. After leading up all of season six to the arrival of Negan and the promise of a main character's death, the show decided to postpone the reveal of who died to season seven. Could the show possibly live up to its own hype and expectations? Short answer: No. How could it?
There aren't a ton of truly great movies that feature zombies in them. The list is short but distinguished: the work of George Romero, Lucio Fulci, 28 Days Later, a few others. But now we need to add The Girl With All the Gifts to the list. It's the rare zombie film that innovates the genre with skill and excitement.
Our ragged group of survivors shifts nervously, ready to cut and run at the first sign of danger. A horde of zombies ambles slowly towards us, a distraction from the lone runners slipping around the sides to try and catch us off guard. "Hold the line!" someone shouts, but we all know that if it came to it, we'd turn on our fellow survivors if it helped us get out alive. This is Zedtown.
Namely, there's a lot of new footage of Ezekiel (played by Khary Payton) — the biggest new character to be joining the upcoming season, and not just because he has a pet tiger. Most what's more important is that TWD is finally showing us the new season has more going on than that damned Negan cliffhanger.
Video: Daylight's End looks like yet another zombie apocalyptic action movie, but it has a secret weapon: Lance Henriksen, who is pushing 80 but is still quite obviously 100 per cent badarse. He may have a supporting role here, but anyone in a doomsday plague survival situation would be lucky to have this Aliens veteran by their side.
This likely makes more sense if you remember that Warm Bodies, the 2013 film starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, is based on a book by Issac Marion. Marion has announced The Burning World will be released in 2017, continuing the tale of R the zombie's and Julie the living girl's star-crossed (flesh-crossed?) romance.
Luke Scott is about to release his much-anticipated debut feature, Morgan, and he already has another project lined up: The Hunger, which is not about sexy vampires but ill-fated pioneers. It's based on a yet-to-be-written novel about the Donner Party, with what Deadline describes as "a Walking Dead-style twist".