The Fate of Glenn and THE WALKING DEAD Season 6 Predictions

Before the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead next week, I’ve got a few predictions for it and the rest of Season 6. These theories are based on the direction the show is headed along with my hindsight as a reader of the comic. The following conversation is full of spoilers for the TV series and the comic. Bookmark this page and return once you’ve finished Season 6 of The Walking Dead if you’d like to participate in the conversation without being spoiled. Otherwise read at your own risk.

You’ve been warned.

The first thing I need to get off my chest, like Nicholas’ (Michael Traynor) torn body atop of Glenn’s (Steven Yeun), is that I believe our favorite pizza delivery boy is alive. In the age of Game of Thrones, where all bets are off when it comes to killing characters, ambiguous deaths have lost all weight. And we’ve been spoiled by this. When a character is about to meet their maker, we as an audience demand blood and visual closure to believe that the proclaimed decease will not in fact make any more appearances. That shot of Glenn screaming bloody murder with guts coming out near his shoulder is not proof enough that he was devoured, despite having absolutely no way out of that messy situation. It’s absolutely ludicrous to believe he could have gotten out of there alive, which makes him being alive all the more frustrating as a fan of the show. How can I stand on such firm ground to believe he is still among the living? There have been set photos with Steven Yeun caught walking around with the Alexandrians. Not a great reveal to find out the truth, but it is closure.

So how and when will Glenn make his big return? The only way Glenn could have avoided death is by crawling under the dumpster. How the walkers don’t gnaw on his face before he gets under there is beyond me. Glenn will make his big reveal back into Alexandra after the terror strikes the town – Alexandria’s walls will fall in the mid-season finale. This was hinted two weeks ago when Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh) walked by a bleeding panel. The wall has a weak point and soon the town will be flooded with the dead – this also happens in the comic.

When Glenn arrives, he’ll appear just in the nick of time to save Maggie (Lauren Cohan). This ravenous herd will be the climax of the mid-season 6 finale. It’s a big way to end, and it will continue to pile on the sadness porn, proving all their efforts to ward off the herd were in vain. We’ll have to wait until February to see how our survivors make it out alive.

Now I’m torn whether or not this next big reveal I have will happen in the mid-season finale to end on a big WTF moment or during the first episode of the second half. This reveal that I am referring to is Carl’s eye being shot out. It’s one of the most gruesome and surreal moments in the book, which would make for an epic conclusion. However, there are a lot of things that happen during this invasion that could over stuff a single episode, especially if Glenn shows up.

So what happens exactly? In the comics, during the herd invasion, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge), Carl (Chandler Riggs), and Jessie’s son Ron (Austin Abrams) are holed up inside a house. They need to make it out before they become fully trapped inside. They attempt an escape through the sea of walkers dressed to the nines in zombie guts. Unfortunately as they make their way through the undead, Ron isn’t fully covered and is grabbed by the zombies and pulls in Jessie and Carl. Jessie doesn’t let go of Carl and Rick is forced to hack her arm off. Douglas Monroe, who is still alive in the comic instead of Deanna, starts shooting wildly into the herd in an attempt to save Rick. The zombies are attracted to the gunshots and overtake Douglas. He continues to shoot wildly and ends up shooting Carl in the face.

I don’t think this will happen in the exact same way on the show. I believe Rick, Jessie, Carl, and Ron will end up in the same conundrum, but only this time Ron gets eaten. The series will keep Jessie alive in order to give Rick a love interest since Andrea is no longer with us – in the comics Andrea is still alive and they are together. Deanna will still be eaten, and maybe her son, Spencer, too, which will lead her to shoot Carl in the face. Deanna needs to die as the sacrificial goat for the Alexandrians to witness how unprepared they are to face the reality of the new world they inhabit. I’m confident this will happen in the mid-season finale or the following episode because Carl and Deanna have been building up to some kind of conclusion based on their actions.

Now, moving on to the second half of the season is when we will be introduced to the Hilltop community and Negan, who will be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Jesus, who acts as the “Aaron” of the Hilltop who recruits and scouts, will be played by Tom Payne. He’ll be captured by Rick and interrogated before they head on up to the Hilltop to exchange weapons for food after Alexandria is in shambles. Alliances will be made and more teasing of The Saviors will continue.

We’ve already met some of Negan’s group, The Saviors, as they were searching for the unnamed guy who steals Daryl’s motorcycle. The unnamed guy has been confirmed to be Dwight, an important player in the upcoming war between the communities. More than likely, the next time we see Dwight, half of his face will be burned off due to his insubordination. Of course, Negan will become the next big bad who will be introduced in the Season 6 finale.

As a comic reader, and for those who like to Wiki the events of the comic to compare to the show, we all know what happens when we first meet Negan: Glenn’s head gets beaten in by Lucille, Negan’s barbed wire bat. I don’t think this will happen on the show. Although I do believe Glenn is alive, I don’t think his life is meant to be saved for this moment. It’s a peak moment in issue 100 of the comic, but I believe someone else will feel the wrath of Lucille. Who will it be? Morgan.

The Walking Dead has been building Morgan up to be a pacifist voice of reason against Rick and Carol’s extremist values, which is why he has to be served up to Negan. Good vs. evil. Day vs. night. It would only make sense for Morgan’s arc to end on the show by the pure embodiment of violence, an absolute psychopath who feels no remorse for his actions. Morgan’s death will be the key ingredient for Rick to find reason to call to arms. This will be the conclusion of Season 6.

Other points of interest that I believe might happen:

  • Enid will return so Carl has someone to feel close to. Sophia is still alive in the comic and Enid will carry her position on the show
  • The Wolf that Morgan is hiding in Alexandria will escape and be captured by Negan who will learn of Alexandria and Rick
  • Abraham will probably be killed in the second half of next season by a Savior, which will send Rick and crew on a mission out to find them before they encounter Negan

That’s all I got. What say you? How do you believe the events of The Walking Dead Season 6 will unfold? The mid-season finale will premiere next weekend, Sunday, November 29 on AMC.

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Is ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Director Paul Feig Setting Low Expectations for Big Surprises?

There’s only one explanation that comes to mind regarding the influx of Ghostbusters teases director Paul Feig has been sharing throughout production of this reboot. And the simple answer that makes sense to me is that Feig is trying to set the bar so low that we’ll ultimately enjoy it. How else could you explain the uninteresting proton packs, Ecto-1 car, and Ghostbusters uniforms?

And like the first look at Heath Ledger’s Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, as easily as it is for us to judge something at first glance, the end result could be spectacular. The new Ghostbusters uniforms are pretty ugly with those orange stripes; the proton packs are very simplistic and not as fun or intricate as the originals; and the new Ecto-1 is boxy and lifeless. Are these teases helping to set prepare audiences so the transition into this reboot isn’t as jarring on the big screen? Maybe seeing the new Ghostbusters in action could be awesome?

I do like the look of the group together in uniform. Putting Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones next to each other, in those poses, there’s a certain attitude about them that I find appealing.

Director Paul Feig has even been trying to justify the reboot changes with detailed specs of the new proton packs too. It’s a cool tidbit, that proves that every working part matters. But why is he showing us this now? What difference will this make ultimately in the enjoyment of the movie? It seems as if he’s too busy trying to set this reboot right with fans to minimize backlash. I believe in Feig as a filmmaker because I thought Spy looked terrible and it turned out to be pretty entertaining. And I really enjoyed Bridesmaids. I can understand that he might be excited about this project and wants to share these teases, but I’d rather him put his energy in developing a great movie, not a great marketing campaign.

Most recently, Feig disclosed the names of the Ghostbusters, which are Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, and Patty Tolan. This information carries absolutely no weight or any value until we hear them spoken in relation to context to the script. Ghostbusters fans have been trying to tie them with the original cast being Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Egon Spenger (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson). But nothing has clicked. Sadly, these bits and pieces of production has outraged some fans enough to warrant death threats toward Feig:

Not cool.

However this film turns out, it will not diminish my love for the original films. They’re such classics in my book. If somewhere down the line someone decided to remake Back to the Future, I may gripe about it, but it wouldn’t affect my love for the original trilogy.

Ghostbusters also stars Andy Garcia, Chris Hemsworth, Michael K. Williams, Neil Casey, and Matt Walsh. The film is set to arrive in theaters on July 22nd, 2016.

Movie Theaters Are Not Sports Bars: 7 Faux Pas We Must Stop at the Cinemas

Movie Theaters Are Not Sports Bars

As we approach the release of one of the most anticipated films of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron, I am reminded of a certain unpleasantness that occurred when I saw The Avengers in 2012: people clapping and cheering during the movie. Reflecting on this unusual social behavior got me thinking about six additional theater faux pas that I assume many will come across this weekend. And before we get in line for the mega blockbuster this week, I would like to decree: a movie theater is not a sports bar. Continue reading