The Walking Thread: Something They Need (S7, E15)

Season 7 builds toward the finale with an excellent penultimate episode that ramps up the action and puts all the pieces in place for next week’s final confrontation. To win the war against the Saviors, Team Rick will need two things: guns and courage. This episode is where they finally acquire the former, but […]

The Walking Thread: The Other Side (S7, E14)

TWD returns to Hilltop for an episode mostly devoted to setting up future conflicts (Gregory vs. Maggie, Rosita and Sasha vs. Negan, everyone vs. the Saviors) that will pay off later. It’s well-made and has a few tense moments and good character-based scenes, but on the whole its pacing is so deliberate that even […]

The Walking Thread: Bury Me Here (S7, E13)

In “Bury Me Here”, we finally see the long-simmering tensions between the Kingdom and the Saviors explode into violence, an inevitable development (particularly considering the trajectory of the season heading into the war against the Saviors), but an unfortunate one, as it comes at the price of two lives and Morgan’s sanity. Carol’s long-sought […]

The Walking Thread: Say Yes (S7, E12)

Apologies for the tardiness of the review – I wasn’t able to post it yesterday due to illness and technical issues.

Continuing the generally upbeat tone of Season 7’s back half, “Say Yes” has Rick and Michonne (aka Richonne) going on a scavenging trip to find the guns they need to convince Jadis and […]

RIP — Robert Osborne

A big part of my enduring love for Turner Classic Movies was film historian and TCM uber host Robert Osborne. Mr. Osborne has died at age 84.

TCM’s general manager Jennifer Dorian released a statement saying, “All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. Robert […]

The Walking Thread: Hostiles and Calamities (S7, E11)

TWD slows things down a bit for a character-driven episode that visits the Saviors and sees how Eugene is faring in their clutches, and the answer is, surprisingly well. Eugene is a survivor – more of a pragmatist than a coward – and while he prefers to do the right thing, like everyone else […]

Random Post-Oscars Thoughts

If only.

*Even if they hadn’t screwed up handing out the Best Picture award, it still would’ve been cringe-worthy. Hacksaw Ridge was by far the best of the nominees, but it was bypassed in favor of Broke-black Mountain, uh, I mean Moonlight. Normally they’d give it to the obligatory Hollywood self-love movie (La La […]

The Walking Thread: New Best Friends (S7, E10)

TWD has always walked a shaky line between being the kind of character-driven drama AMC is known for, and the gritty Zombie Apocalypse horror show of the comics it’s based on. Up until recently it’s leaned toward the former, but with “New Best Friends” the show embraces its pulpy roots and goes the full […]

Thursday Open Thread 

The Walking Thread: Rock in the Road (S7, E9)

The back half of TWD Season 7 kicks off with a midseason premiere that is (relatively) uneventful, but very well-made and entertaining. None of the usual fireworks, character deaths or major plot revelations, just good solid storytelling, bolstered by lots of watchable character interactions, humor, and a fantastic action set piece in the middle. […]