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the walking dead recapping: welcome to the tombs

Previously on The Walking Dead: This Sorrowful Life

It’s finally here! The season finale! Although I am distraught about having to wait til October for season four, this episode set up a wait that is worthwhile.

  • The Governor is torturing Milton, after he has figured out it was him who set the pit of zombies ablaze and ultimately betraying his plan against Andrea. The Governor then takes Milton to Andrea, and gives him the ultimatum: either kill Andrea and leave the room alive, or die in the room and ultimately kill Andrea as a zombie. Milton turns on the Governor, who obviously knew that it was coming, and leaves a dying Milton. Andrea is now in a race against time to free herself with some pliers before Milton dies and reanimates.
  • The Governor rallies up his troops to fight against the “enemies” at the prison, claiming that they are responsible for the deaths of eight of his men. Tyreese speaks up and says he refuses to fight against people.
  • The people at the prison are seen packing up their belongings into (a very nice and clean) vehicle. Carl is seemingly pissed off about this. Michonne approaches Rick, saying that she understood that Rick had to contemplate the Governor’s deal about her, and she does not hold any hard feelings against him and thanks him for taking her into the group.
  • The Governor and his troops storm the prison. The find it seemingly deserted and decide to investigate further. Once inside the “tombs” (aka the lower levels of the prison) they are attacked by smoke bombs and walkers. The prison group did not abandon the prison after all! Glen and Maggie assault the invaders while the others fight as well until they retreat. In the woods, Hershel, Beth, and Carl stand watch. A young boy from Woodbury is running away in fear, which promotes Carl to shoot him in cold blood.
  • The Governor chases after his troops on the road. They openly question his reasons, claiming that they will only attack walkers, not people. The Governor responds by nonchalantly shooting them all, leaving them all dead except for Karen, who hides under a corpse for protection.
  • The prison group return. Hershel informs Rick of Carl’s gunning down of the boy. Rick refuses to acknowledge it at first, until he has a talk with Carl. Carl claims that he did what had to be down, because Dale, Lori, and Merle all died because his father refuses to take out potential threats.
  • Rick and a few other members decide to leave the prison and find the Governor, with Glen, Maggie, and Carol behind to defend the prison if the Governor returns. During their trip, they stumble upon the Governor’s massacre, and meet Karen, who explains what happens. They ultimately decide to go to Woodbury, where they meet up with Tyreese. After realizing what the Governor did to Andrea, and how she didn’t make it to the prison, they go off looking for her. They eventually do find her, with a reanimated (yet dead) Milton. Andrea has been bitten and is running out of time. She apologizes to Rick, claiming she did because she did not want to see anyone die. She asks for Rick’s gun, and the others leave while Andrea commits suicide with Michonne by her side for comfort.
  • Rick returns to the prison with the remaining members for Woodbury. Rick realizes that his hallucinations of Lori have finally gone away.

Thoughts

  • It has already been confirmed that the Governor is going to return to season four as a regular. This means that he is going to come back even more insane and homicidal than he ever has before.
  • Although we did not get the epic showdown between the two groups, we did get a nice set up for more battles and revenge to come in season four.
  • Rick’s realization that the hallucinations for Lori are gone could signify that his conscience is clear, as he has finally decided to let the group have a say in their survival and has allowed himself to trust other individuals.
  • I’m sure many of us were waiting for Andrea’s death, since besides Lori, she was one of the most annoying characters. However, I have to point out that if Andrea had not made her decisions the way she did, we would not have had the evil Governor that we have right now, which I think will be good for season 4.


Quotes:

“In this world, you kill or die. Or, you die and kill.”-The Governor.

“What would Penny think of you?”-Milton

“She would be scared, but she would still be alive if I had been like this all along.”-The Governor

When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90′s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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sons of anarchy recapping: j’ai obtenu cette

Previously on Sons of Anarchy: Darthy

Kurt Sutter can really write a season finale! While I’m depressed that I have to wait months for season six to start up, this was the best way for season five to end.

  • It is the day that Otto gives his testimony to law enforcement about the events that left Nurse Toric dead. Otto decides that he’s rather bite his own tongue off than talk to law officials again (probably because talking once against SAMCRO basically left his life in shambles). Lowen delivers the news to Tara about Otto’s defiance and is relieved that she can move on with her career move to Oregon now that her arm is pretty much healed.
  • Gemma finds out about Tara’s plans to leave Charming with her grandsons. Gemma is finally fed up with Tara, and tells her that if she leaves Charming, she will testify against Tara, claiming Tara premeditated the murder of the nurse to overturn the RICO charge.
  • SAMCRO and Nero’s thugs have a new enemy: a quickly growing gang lead by a man named Dante. The boys head to a warehouse where Dante holds canine fight clubs. They ambush the men and attack Dante. Tig also shows his softer side as he is outraged and disturbed by the dog fights, and takes one of the injured ones home to be saved.
  • It is also the day that Jax must deliver Tig to Pope as part of their deal. Jax and Pope made a new deal about Charming Heights, where SAMCRO will receive lucrative advances on the development, which Pope has paperwork made up and faxed over to the Mayor. Jax convinces Tig to follow him to a warehouse that is believed to be holding dogs that are used for fighting. Once there, Jax pulls a gun on Tig as Pope and his cronies show up. Pope hands over the paperwork, and it would seem that the deal is sealed as Tig is tied up and screams in anger as he is dragged away. BUT, Jax, being the brilliant character that he is, pulls a gun on Pope’s men and charges into the building before Tig is killed. Jax manages to detain Pope, having Tig kill him, as a way of karma against Pope’s eye for an eye policy.
  • Jax alerts Roosevelt of the murder that has taken place at the warehouse. Jax also leads Roosevelt to the location of the murder weapon–which is revealed to be Clay’s gun. Apparently, Jax had this whole plan set up to get Clay back for good.
  • Meanwhile, Clay is at his home with Gemma and Juice, who are helping him pack for his big move to Belfast. Gemma has told Clay that she plans on joining him in Belfast and he is delighted. However, the packing is cut short when Roosevelt and his team show up at Clay’s with an arrest warrant for the murder of Damon Pope. Clay looks to Gemma for a release, but Gemma betrays him, saying he left for a few hours with the gun. Clay is booked and sent off to prison.
  • Bobby is upset about Jax’s actions against Clay. Bobby then removes himself as Vice President of SAMCRO.
  • Wendy meets Tara at her office. Wendy tells Tara that Jax showed up the previous night and injected her with drugs in order to keep her threats null and void. Tara is appalled by Jax’s behavior, and she and Wendy conspire to keep Thomas and Abel safe from the evil that lurks in Charming. That evening, Tara confronts Jax about Wendy and reveals that she has taken the job in Oregon and is taking the boys with her. Tara gives Jax an ultimatum: if he loves her and the boys, he will escape Charming as well. Before Jax can tells Tara what a bitch she is, Roosevelt shows up at their door, with an arrest warrant for Tara on the conspiracy to murder Nurse Toric. Tara is mortified while Jax looks on in apathy. Since the show is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this vaguely reminded me of Hamlet’s speech to Ophelia “get thee to a nunnery!”

Predictions for Next Season:

  • Jax is going to need to find a new Vice President.
  • Tara is going to do some jail time. I think Jax knew all along what Tara was planning on doing, and he and Gemma conspired against her so Jax would not lose his boys (he seems to do almost anything to keep his family together)
  • Pope is dead, but his right hand man, Marks, to be a bit suspicious of the circumstances of Pope’s death, so this may redeem Clay, or he might be killed in season 6.
  • Nero is back in the gang business, but he has plans to get out. Will he actually by the farm for his son, or will the gang life suck him back in?
  • What is going to happen to Clay’s Belfast deal? The IRA clearly will have some issues with his arrest.
  • I look forward to seeing Jimmy Smits (aka Nero) and Donal Logue (aka Lee Toric) next season.

Quotes:

“It’s not about being smart enough to hurt him. It’s about being smart enough to not hurt him.”-Bobby

“Maybe I’m not so different afterall.”-Jax

“You know that who ever kills me will have some serious repercussions!”-Pope

“I’m counting on it,”-Jax

“We both know if we stay here, we’ll end up like the two people we hate the most”-Tara

When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90′s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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game of thrones recapping: valar morghulis

Previously on Game of Thrones: Blackwater

It’s here! Forbidden love! Betrayal! Jaw-dropping twists!  The season finale rides the mighty wake of last episode’s epic showdown to every corner of Westeros’ Seven Kingdoms and beyond. Seriously. Practically every character you’ve ever met was featured, however briefly.

The narrative was positively dripping with romance compared to the rest of the season. Robb, against his mother’s wishes, marries Talisa in a very hush-hush ceremony. He promised Walder Frey that he would marry one of the disagreeable man’s many daughters, but Robb is just so smitten with this nurse that he chooses love over honor. Awww… Actually, what moved me more than those two lovebirds was Shae’s surprising declaration of devotion to Tyrion. The former “camp follower” doesn’t seem to care that her brave lion has a scar stretching from temple to jaw, and Tyrion’s heartfelt reaction to this is rather touching.

Yet while Tyrion may have gotten to appreciate the love of a good(ish) woman, he also was one of the characters epically betrayed. His sister indirectly tried to kill him, his father took his job, and his best bud Bronn got fired as head of the goldcloaks. Tyrion’s brief and very witty reign over King’s Landing seems to have ended as quick as it began. Over at Winterfell, Theon is betrayed by his own ironborn in a scene that actually played out quite comically. While trying to prepare his men to fight with a stirring speech, Theon is knocked unconscious by one of his advisors. Apparently, the ironborn want to go home now and stop fighting Theon’s battles. Up further north, Qorin purposefully provokes Jon to fight, and Jon ends up killing him. It’s a form of welcomed betrayal to the wildlings, who now choose to accept Jon as one of their own, but viewers know (and possibly Ygritte as well) that Qorin wanted Jon to kill him specifically so that the Night’s Watch could have an “inside man” within the wildling ranks.

There are also some new alliances that are worthy of note because they will no doubt feature prominently in next season’s arc. Joffrey releases Sansa from the pleasure of marrying him so that he can marry Margaery Tyrell instead. This is done partly to solidify the new Lannister and Tyrell power alliance and partly because Margaery looks a lot more alluring to Joffrey than Sansa, who mainly mopes around all of the time (I wonder why). Also, Varys and I-forgot-her-name, the friendly and frequently appearing prostitute, form an understanding. I think the understanding is that I-forgot-her-name will report back on the men she sleeps with, which sounds…helpful, I guess.

And now onward to the literally jaw-dropping segments of last night’s finale! Jaqen, Arya’s friend who likes to talk about himself in third person and preach Red God rhetoric, is a Faceless Man! What is that? I’m not sure, but it involves a creepy magic trick in which Jaqen looks away, and when he turns around he has a different face (Get it? He literally dropped his jaw! Ahaha…) Over at Qorth, Dany goes through some trippy rooms of the House of the Undying, finds her dragons, and then gets the little monsters to burn alive the bald man who wanted to keep them all there. And Dany, she who does not possess a gentle spirit, isn’t done. She realizes her friends Xaro Xhoan Daxos and Doreah, the former prostitute, were in cahoots, and she leaves them to die in a sealed vault. Remember: don’t mess with the Mother of Dragons.

The last scene of the finale is bone-chilling. After hearing three blasts of the Night’s Watch horn (one blast signals rangers returning, two wildings, and three the mysterious others), Sam falls behind his other brothers and is left alone as the first zombie-like creatures lurk across the icy plains. I can’t really “recap” this scene very well. It’s better to just watch it.

Thoughts

Season 3 of Game of Thrones will (probably) return Spring 2013! Customarily, I feel like this would be a good time for me to make my predictions for next season, but since I already read the books, that might be a bit strange. So instead, I’ll plug the books! The first five books of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (upon which the Game of Thrones show is based) are all available! I cannot stress how phenomenal a job the show producers have done in adapting it for television, but there really is nothing like actually reading the stories, especially from the characters’ point of view.

Or, you know, you could just wait for Season 3 — which unfortunately is a long, long way away.

Valor morghulis—All men must die.
Valor why-does-Game-of-Thrones-only-have-10-episodes-per-season-and-only-air-once-a-year—All men must wait.

Or something like that. Till next season!

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Missing in action: Yara

Body count: 5 -> Maester Luwin, Qorin Halfhand, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Doreah, Creepy Bald Man

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Quotes

Petyr: “Look around. We’re all liars here, and every one of them is better than you.”

Tyrion: “I’m a monster as well as a dwarf. You should charge me double.”

Theon: “Send more ravens.”
Maester Luwin: “You killed all the ravens.”

Theon: “Do you know what it’s like to be told how lucky you are to be someone’s prisoner?”

 

Hayley has other interests besides just nerdy TV shows. She also is a big fan of thinking. She ponders the great mysteries of life, like how more of her time can be devoted to watching those nerdy TV shows.

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revenge recapping: reckoning

Previously on Revenge: Grief

This show never fails to surprise me…ever.

Emily ready for her prey

Emily stages a robbery and leads Daniel to believe that the robber was the White Haired Man and he took the evidence. Poor Daniel is too gullible to think anything else. No matter how hard he tries to be a Grayson, he never will be. He can’t stay one step ahead of anyone. Emily quickly finds out about Nolan’s plight and runs to his rescue.

That girl, always ten steps ahead has already planted a “free me from these chains device” more commonly know as a lock pick (maybe?), in her sweater. As creepy White Haired Man leaves to get the evidence, she frees herself and Nolan. He leaves to place the evidence in the right hands while Emily waits for her mouse. When her mouse returns, unprepared she attacks, but in the moment of truth she remembers a moment with her father and her resolve is lost. She lets the mouse live (that’s gonna haunt her) and leaves her father’s wishes fulfilled.

Daniel is trying to act like big man Grayson and get everything under wraps only to discover the one thing he thought he had under wraps had slipped between his fingers. Ashley tells him about the kiss between Jack and Emily. Though Jack is pretty pissed and upset Emily seems relieved. Now that she has fulfilled her revenge task, she can let Daniel go and be with the one she always wanted.

Conrad is planning his escape and trying to bribe Lydia to go with him, but Victoria has other plans. She and Lydia are going to be the key witnesses in the trial and Victoria will not let her slip away. Using her ridiculous powers of manipulation and persuasion she convinces Lydia that Conrad is a sinking ship and she would be unwise to board with him. Conrad is naturally upset and he takes this out on Victoria who sticks to her guns and tells Conrad she’ll see him in hell.

On a less interesting (to me anyway) note, Charlotte plots her own form of revenge against Declan’s new friend Jamie. She exposes a student teacher relationship Jamie had to the whole student body. Declan tells Charlotte never to speak to him again. This is why I love the Porters, they’re the show’s moral compass.

Lydia and the prosecutor board the plane

Back to the goods: Emily and Nolan are celebrating the completion of Emily’s mission. Nolan inquires about Jack and Emily tells Nolan that she will be telling Jack everything tonight. Unfortunately for Emily, fake Amanda (Fakemanda?), has shown up with a baby in her belly. Emily leaves the bar crying and doesn’t get to reveal the truth to Jack. When Nolan calls a shocked Emily he rushes to her side. Before he does, Emily sees that the plane carrying the prosecutor, Victoria, Lydia, and the evidence has gone down.

When Charlotte sees this she calls Declan who hangs up on her, then downs a bunch of pills. Try as he might, Conrad’s shaking won’t wake her up like trip to the ER and a good old fashioned stomach pump would. Emily however is dumbfounded, all her hard work gone to waste. Nolan reassures Emily, this bigger than her father and the Grayson’s and he has the evidence to prove it. Also, hold onto your hats, Emily’s mother is still alive. Dun, dun, dun….no but seriously how does this show continue to surprise us all (or maybe just me?).

Jack and Amanda

Predictions for next season

  • Victoria lives. If she doesn’t it will be a huge shocker, which this show is know for but still.
  • Charlotte lives, though it wouldn’t bother me a whole bunch if she didn’t. But for Emily’s sake I’d rather she did.
  • My big question: When will Emily reveal that she is Amanda? It seems somewhat pointless to keep the charade up, even if she does begin a new revenge plot.
  • Jack will make his way back to Emily even though Fakemanda is preggers.

Quotes

Nolan: “Do not do anything ‘revengy’ until I get there. Got it?”

Victoria: “I knew that your future with Daniel was as empty as that box.” [This was the moment I wanted Emily to reveal the truth and then punch her in the face].

Emily: “If I don’t make it out of this, tell Jack that I love him.”

Nolan: “If you came here to rescue me you might want a do-over.”
Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com
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modern family recapping: baby on board

Previously on Modern Family: Tableau Vivant

It’s the season finale, which always makes me sad.

Gloria and the Spanish soap opera

Cam and Mitch get a call that the mother of their future baby is in labor. She is Latino and her family speaks Spanish so they take Gloria to be their interpreter. Cam must be nervous because his swerving is making Gloria nauseous. When they arrive at the hospital it’s like a scene out of a beautiful telenovela ala Fire and Ice. Sexy Spanish nurses, sexy Spanish priests, sexy Spanish cowboys, a slap in the face, an affair, and a conservative grandmother that decides she will raise the baby she didn’t know about, leaving Cam and Mitch without their baby. Cam, who has been an emotional mess through the entire process, finally sees Mitch break down. And they decide to take a break from the adoption process.

Phil and Claire are watching two of their children take big steps in their lives. Alex is playing “stubble” to a flashy boy who has yet to come out the closet and Haley is getting her first job (at the Gap, for the gap year), going to community college, and moving in with Dylan. Naturally Phil and Claire are against this, so they paint the picture of what Haley’s life is going to be like. It includes, dish racks, extra shifts, nuclear codes, and apocalypse, needless to say it’s gonna be bleak. But they get a ray of hope when Luke tells Dylan that he hid Haley’s college acceptance letter. Dylan brings the good news to light and takes Haley to the prom so that even if they don’t end up together, they’ll always have that moment.

Jay and Lily

Jay and Manny are trying to build a model airplane but were left in charge of Lily, while her fathers and Gloria went to get the new baby. Lily gets a little stage fright at the recital, but Jay talks her through it. Lily tells him the only way she’s going on is if he goes with her. So Jay takes the stage and Lily doesn’t miss out on her first recital. And it’s a good thing Jay’s fathering skills because Gloria is pregnant!

Best/Funniest Moments

  • Phil teaching Alex how to dance
  • Jay on stage dancing with Lily
  • Manny trying to talk reasonably to Lily
  • The whole Spanish scene in the hospital
  • Cam doubting everything Mitch says during the baby phone call.

Quotes

Mitchell: “I think I’m laying on a rock.”
Cam: “I’m laying next to mine.”

Dylan: “Look I know that you’re concerned, but I’m designing t-shirts now. They’re gonna be huge. Also medium and small.”

Luke: “Are you doing sex?”
Phil: ““No no no, arms down here says, “I’m white and I’m sorry!” But arms up here says, “You don’t know what I am.”
Mitchell [to Cam]: “How cool would it be if you turned into Wonder Woman right now?”

Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com

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