‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 Mid Season Return Predictions

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, let’s have a look at some predictions for the Season 6 return of AMC’s The Walking Dead! (You seriously didn’t think this would be a post about romance, did you? ;-) ) Last year Cassidy and I did a predictions post for the first half of Season 6, so here’s our predictions for the second half.

CF:  And thanks for having me back!  It was a lot of fun then, and it’s gonna be fun now!

SPOILER ALERT: You know the drill. If you don’t have your big girl panties on, please proceed with caution…

THAT Prologue Teaser Clip

RT: You know the one, we all saw it after the midseason finale. Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Abraham, (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) are pulled over and introduced to Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) group. Cassidy thinks this is when Jesus Monroe (Tom Payne) will also be introduced to the audience and I tend to agree with her. The introduction of both of these groups at the same time immediately sets up the midseason premiere for the story arc for Season 6.

CF:  I’ve read in the last couple of days Paul “Jesus” Monroe will show up in Episode 10 of the next half-season, which means he appears the week after the Valentine Day premiere.  However, we doesn’t know the time frame in which the events in the teaser clip happen within Episode 9, so I could see those events happening near the end of the episode, and just before Negan’s guys “pop” Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham, Jesus leaps out of the brush, does his hack and slash thing, then delivers the “Boy, you’re world is certainly about to change!” line.  Sort of like the way Aaron was introduced to the TV fans.

Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 8 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel – The Walking Dead, Season 6, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Father Gabriel Will Help Get The Walkers Out of Alexandria.

RT: You all know I am not a big fan of Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam). So even if this comes to eventuate like it did in the comics, I’m really not sure it is enough to make me like him still. However, it might be the only thing that will help Gabriel on his road to audience redemption.

CF:  Gabriel does help in the GN (Graphic Novel), and I can see him starting to do so given their current situation.  However, I do believe that we’re about to see the last of Alexandria (see below).

Norman Reedus stars as Daryl Dixon in Season 6 of AMC's The Walking Dead

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Daryl Will Die.

RT: I really feel this in my bones for the remainder of Season 6. I also think that fans will think Daryl will be the trade off for Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) expected death at the hands of Negan. And, perhaps it might be… for a while. I really don’t know when and where Daryl will die, but I think it will certainly be at the hands of Negan’s group.

CF:  I do think Daryl’s gonna die, only because given the way the show’s going, Daryl’s being played up as the odd guy out.  How he dies is the real question.  I think it’s possible we could see one, maybe two other characters die before the end of the season as well . . .

Steven Yeun stars as Glenn Rhee in AMC's The Walking Dead

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Glenn Will Die… But Not Quite Yet.

RT: You know I really, REALLY don’t what this to happen but I think the comic fans have pushed AMC into a corner they can’t get out of now without killing Glenn :-( Besides the introduction of Negan, I would say the death of Glenn is fan favourite for upcoming events. If AMC does what they have in the past, and superimpose a comic death or event onto another character, there will be a riot of “if Daryl dies, we riot” type proportions. I think if this wasn’t such a cannon event for the comics, there might have been a chance Glenn survived, but, unfortunately, so much hinges on his death as far as moving the story along that I have to put on my big girl panties and suck it up. However, I would bet this event doesn’t happen until Season 7 since Negan will not actually appear in the flesh until the Season 6 finale.

CF:  I remember reading back while the season was currently airing that THE SCENE was already filmed and that it would air this season, though the article didn’t go into detail if the scene followed the GN.  Steven Yeun admitted maybe three years ago on late night TV over here (the US) that he knew going into the role about Glenn because he was a fan of the GN, and he accepted that he had a limited shelf life.  I believe Steven, being the geek he is, would demand to film the scene as is, but you know AMC:  they can do anything they like.  And we saw how bad that went when the network did their own Jon Snow stunt ’cause fans were pissed when it ultimately turned out that Glenn wasn’t dead.  Besides, now that we’ve been teased to hell and gone about Not Dead Glenn, AMC has no choice but to smoke him, and if he doesn’t die the way he’s supposed to, I think those of us who know the GN are gonna be pissed.  Also, there’s a bun in the oven, and all this leads to Maggie setting out on the path she takes.

Now, I have a few things to offer:

Carl loses an eye in the comic book version of The Walking Dead

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Do We Start Out the New Season With Carl Loosing His Eye?

CF:  In the GN when Rick attempts to lead the people from Jessie’s home to safety, her son, “Where’s My Cookies?” Sam, sort of freaks out and gets set upon by the very monsters with which Carol threatened his ass.  Jessie goes after him, but she’s holding on to Carl and won’t let go, and . . . well, things go to hell fast.  It’s during this point Carl wishes he hadn’t asked for that Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle, and he spends the rest of the show playing Governor Jr…  This is another of those things that I’ve read has already been filmed, and if that is true I’m extremely surprised the first half of the season didn’t end with this event.

The upshot is I think Carl’s about to take a shot to the face, and his life is about to change greatly.  I also believe he’d going to get another life change . . .

RT: I am also surprised this didn’t happen in the mid season finale. I know there is a grainy image out there of what looks like Chandler Riggs on set as Carl with what appears to be a bandage over one eye, so I really thought AMC would leave us on an awesome cliffhanger rather than that stupid fade out of Sam being a sook.

How Much of Hilltop Colony and The Sanctuary Will We See, and Are We About to See the End of Alexandria?

CF:  When we meet Jesus we learn about his home, Hilltop Colony, and once we meet Negan we learn about his home, The Sanctuary.  In the GN everyone from the ASZ moves to Hilltop only because they have nowhere else to go, which means we need a set for the place, right?

Ask and you shall receive.

Welcome to Hilltop

Welcome to Hilltop [Image Credit: Spoiling Dead Fans]

This is the most current image from The Spoiling Dead Fans of the set constructed for the Hilltop Colony, and where most of the action in the March to War and All Out War story lines take place in the GN.  The show has worked on this set for several months, and I can imagine some filming has already taken place.

The location hasn’t yet appeared on Google Maps, but based upon the curving road in the picture above, I’ve located the site:

Right there in the black border.

Right there in the black border.

RT: I love that you found this on Google maps!

CF:  I so know this area well.  I found the ASZ right away once the walls were up.

If you’re looking for this place on Google Maps, it’s about a quarter-mile/half a kilometer from Raleigh Studios in Senoia, Georgia.  Raleigh was the stand-in for The Prison during Seasons 3 through 5, and the above site is about a half mile/nine hundred meters south of the house that was using for the Greene Farm.  It’s a perfect location because now The Walking Dead crew can film here as long as they’d like, and not worry about keeping expensive houses behind large walls–which is what is being used as the stand-in for Alexandria.

I think it’s likely that we’ve seen the last of Alexandria because it is a bunch of walls standing around some rather expensive homes in Senoia, and with the story being permanently moved to Hilltop for the next few seasons means the show can pretty much do anything they like.  It might mean a major change in the story line once everyone goes to war, but why should now in the show be any different?

Also, rumors have it that Raleigh Studios has a multi-year lease on an abandoned factory site in East Griffin, Georgia, about twenty miles/thirty-two kilometers east of Senoia.  Chances are good that this will act as the stand-in for The Sanctuary, the home of Negan and his people.  Here’s what it looks like on Google Maps.

Hope the neighbors don't mind all the zombies milling about the joint.

Hope the neighbors don’t mind all the zombies milling about the joint.

RT: I haven’t yet read to this part of the comics, so I will bow down to you on these details Cassidy and eagerly await to see them unfold on TV ;-)

Will Other Major Characters Die Before the End of the Season 6?

CF:  For the next eight episodes a lot of people will be sitting on their machetes and katanas waiting to see if Glenn joins the Undead.  However, if you are a fan of the GN you saw the ground work laid for the deaths of at least two more major characters, and the question remains:  are we gonna see more than one major character die before the end of Season 6?  I would say it’s likely we may see one of those characters die, but the other may not happen until sometime in Season 7.

RT: I rally feel like AMC have quietened down in the shock deaths department for one reason alone: it’s time to go on a mass killing spree. The contracts being just about ready for renewal for many actors on the show will likely have something to do with it as well. While I am not 100% sure who has been lined up for the chopping block, I expect there will be many more than two major characters gone by the Season 6 finale. Looking forward into Season 7, my survivor predictions are: Rick, Carl, Carol, Abraham, Maggie, Michonne. While I think there will be more left standing when the dust settles, these six are the ones I think AMC would be stupid to get rid of at this point in time.

Is Enid About to Become Carl’s New Lydia?

CF:  This is simply speculation about an event that, in the GN, doesn’t happen for about two-and-a-half years, but what the hell, the show has changed things up here and there, so why not now?  Anyway, Carl has a girlfriend, Lydia, though it’s more like she’s attracted to him, he’s attracted to her, and of late they’ve been doing what kids with raging hormones will do if given a chance–

And who’s gonna stop them?  Rick?  Right . . .

One of the things Lydia finds interesting about Carl is his lost eye, which she finds “sexy”.  (In case you don’t read the GN, this is the second girl to say his scars are sexy, the first being Sophia, who told him while he recovered from his shooting at the Greene Farm that “scars were sexy”.  Sophia was like eight at the time she made this comment, proving kids grow up fast in the Zombie Apocalypse.)  Now, is there anyone else in Alexandria who might find Carl’s scars sexy?

"I wonder if he's busy tonight? I know a place that serves great turtle."

“I wonder if he’s busy tonight? I know a great place that serves the best turtle.”

When Enid (Katelyn Nacon) left Alexandria at the end of JSS, there was no hint of her returning.  In fact, when she was on The Talking Dead after the JSS episode the impression given was that viewers had seen the last of Enid.  But it seems that she was hanging out with Glenn (literally), and given that Glenn tends to get people to look at life differently–because that’s the sort of dude he is–it’s possible that Enid may find reason to stick around and hang with the rest of the survivors.  And given that she’s the sort of girl who already sort of finds Carl interesting–I’m sorry, “scared of, too”–her interest meter might totally peg red line if he were, you know, suddenly maimed.

If she survives Episodes 9 and 10, keep an eye on these two crazy kids.

RT: I really want this to be a thing. It would be nice to see how twisted AMC can make this relationship. After all, for these two characters, it is probably their first real adult relationship since shit got real and they will have no idea on how real people are supposed to behave.

[Image credits: AMC]

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Join in with Stitched Smile Publications GRAND OPENING!

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ANNOUNCING SOMETHING AMAZING HAPPENING:

GRAND OPENING OF STITCHED SMILE PUBLICATIONS
JANUARY 3rd, 2016

WHAT THIS EVENT IS: An author spotlight to celebrate the grand opening of Stitched Smile Publications. We have a terrific list of authors who will be talking about their creative works. There will be prizes, games, lots of great conversation. All to help celebrate this grand occasion.

WHERE THE EVENT WILL BE SEEN: Join us on our Facebook page
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WHO WILL BE SHOWCASED AND WHEN?
This list for Grand Opening on January 3, 2016 11:00 AM EST times please check your zone for correct time in your area.

11:00 AM PM Barnes
11:30 AM Kyra Dune
12:00 PM Forbes West
12:30 PM David Youngquist
1:00 PM Derrick LaCombe
1:30 PM Edward P. Cardillo
2:00 PM Jeff Brown
2:30 PM Alex S. Johnson
3:00 PM David Reuben Aslin
3:30 PM Angela Carina Barry
4:00 PM Tony Sarrecchia
4:30 PM Charles Garcia
5:00 PM Thom Erb
5:30 PM Bobby Akart
6:00 PM Charles Phipps
6:30 PM Chris Philbrook
7:00 PM Scott Lefebvre
7:30 PM James Dean
8:00 PM Todd Barselow
8:30 PM Dave Moon
9:00 PM Kenneth Chin

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5 Minutes With… Maddie DeLange

5 Minutes With... Maddie DeLange

1. What is your book about?

In Grayland we meet Marina Magaña not long after her sister commits suicide. Marina’s grief exacerbates the rut she’s in: her relationships with friends and family are tense, she’s in a dead-end job, and her future prospects are bleak. In other words, she’s really lost.

However, one day Marina finds a locket and begins encountering a strange figure who she calls “the gray man.” Bizarre things start happening, and Marina can’t explain any of them. Her life, which was already grim, becomes darker, more complicated, and more dangerous than she could ever have imagined.

Although the narrative revolves around Marina’s mounting conflict with the gray man, Grayland is also about dealing grief and other hardships. The story chronicles Marina’s experiences that stem from a traumatic loss, a mixed family, and socio-economic realities that characterize living in modern America.

2. If you could have a drink with a famous author (living or dead), who would you choose and why?

What a tough question. I can pick anyone?

In that case, I’d pick Erik Larsen. He’s the author of several non-fiction books that are distinct because they read like novels. One of his most well-known works is Devil in the White City, which will be made into a movie soon (with Leonardo DiCaprio, just letting you know).

Drinking microbrews is a regional pastime where I live, so Mr. Larsen and I would hit a brew pub. After the server gives me the tap list, I’d mull over the choices before me. Should I get the seasonal ale? What about a hard cider? An IPA? The beer will become irrelevant, though, when Erik Larsen starts telling me everything I want to know. What has it been like, being a popular writer of historical non-fiction? I wonder how his background has shaped his writing style, because it’s lively and approachable — such a departure from traditional history books. We’d discuss World War I, the late Edwardian Era (we’d order another round of beers), and the early days of wireless telegraphy. Things won’t stop with recounting historical eras, either. I’d ask about his take on historiography, biographical writing, narrative storytelling techniques (we’d be getting a pitcher of who-cares-what-kind beer by that point), reviewing bibliographical sources, and research methodologies. How did he get ahold of so many primary source documents? Was it hard keeping the facts straight? What about architecting multiple storylines, especially in Dead Wake? I want to know it all.

Mr. Larsen had better not object to me video-recording everything, because our encounter would totally turn into an episode of Drunk History.

3. What books changed your life?

Books impact my life on a daily basis. I feel them not only changing my life, but shaping it.

If we’re talking specifics, though, Stephen King’s memoir On Writing changed my life. Before I found that book, I imagined writing stories, articles, essays, and novels, but the prospect of writing intimidated me. My aspirations rarely progressed beyond scribbles or doodles in my notebook. And then I saw On Writing, and even though I’d never read anything by Stephen King before, I got the book. Sure enough, it proved to be my best impulse buy ever. Mr. King’s story about his writing career is compelling, and his advice for other writers is quite sound. For me, the messages in that book are invaluable.

On another note, how can I forget Game of Thrones? I mean, come on: anything is possible in A Song of Ice and Fire, because, somehow, George R.R. Martin combines the elements of historical fiction writing, political intrigue, murder, erotica, culture-clash, romance, coming-of-age, princesses and dragons, and a zombie apocalypse into one spellbinding, extraordinary series. If that’s not life-changing, I don’t know what is.

4. What is your must have food item while writing?

While writing I must have dark chocolate and tea. It’s a bonus if there are dried cherries or hazelnuts to munch on, but chocolate never fails to be my snack of choice.

5. The item to the left of you right now is your zombie apocalypse weapon of choice – what is it?

It’s easy to promise yourself you’ll fly into action when the moment arises, right? That’s easier said than done.

When I realize the apocalypse is happening and zombies are on my doorstep, I’d berate myself for not being better prepared. I’ll curse myself for never having learned to shoot a gun or use a battleax. I’ll panic because the closest weapon-like thing will be the kitchen knives, which will be on the other side of the house.

It wouldn’t matter if the knives were closer, though: I know absolutely nothing about knife fighting. Of course, the premise is a no-brainer — slash and stab your opponent — but knife fighting isn’t that simple. It requires mastery of technique. Strength. Dexterity. You got to know how to block and stuff. And knife throwing? It always looks so easy.

Knives would be entirely out of the question. Hell, any kind of hand-to-hand combat wouldn’t be an option at all, since my experience boils down to childhood brawls with siblings. Too bad I didn’t learn more in Tae Kwando before quitting the class. Back then, getting kicked, punched, and shouted at wasn’t as much fun as I expected, but I guess that wasn’t the point, was it?

Focus, I’ll remind myself. There’ll be no point in lamenting what I can’t do: that’s how weaklings think. That’s how people get eaten by zombies.

I’ll need to act. But what will I do when zombies crash through my front door? I’ll need to find a weapon, and fast.

On the desk nearby will be my husband’s IBM Model M keyboard, which could work as a shield and club. I’ll use the thing until battering it to pieces, because IBM hardware is good, but not that good. The time will come to ditch the keyboard, so with my best effort, I’ll launch it at the nearest undead man, woman, or child, hoping the blow impedes my assailant while I run like hell.

Maddie DeLange’s book is called Grayland and all the details are below:

Grayland by Maddie DeLange

Grayland by Maddie DeLange
September 28, 2015
Genre: Horror

BLURB

Marina Magaña struggles to get through each day after her sister, Rachel, commits suicide. One day Marina finds a mysterious locket, and soon after, a mysterious figure—the gray man—appears. Marina doesn’t know what to make of the strange events that follow, but she comes to understand that the gray man is more powerful than she could ever have imagined.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Maddie DeLange

The world is a fascinating place, and I’m thankful to be in it. I like being outdoors, being indoors, spending time in the Pacific Northwest, and also getting away from it. I live to eat, love to learn, and, just like everybody else, take too many pictures with my phone. My home is in Oregon with my friends, family, husband and son.

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Merry Christmas and TWO Free Gifts From Me to You! #Kindle #FREE

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It has been a rough couple of months for me. As you might have noticed, I started my Walking Dead recaps and never got past episode 1. There was a reason for that. My daughter contracted the B strain of influenza. Most people just get sick with it and recover over a week or two. Unfortunately for my daughter, her body had an adverse reaction to that strain and ended up in hospital in an induced coma while the awesome medical staff at Monash Medical Centre tried everything they could to save her life. For five days we did not know if she would live or die. It was a nightmarish time that I never wish to revisit.

Luckily, our daughter pulled through. And, while she still has ongoing health concerns, she is alive. This is the best Christmas present any parent of a sick child could get.

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The Myrddin Library Of Horror — Just In Time For Halloween

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Need something to read while you wait for trick or treaters this Halloween? Why not try one of the gruesome delights from Myrddin Publishing Group? While you may know some of my books on offer, you may notice a brand new one amongst them! That’s right, you can finally buy my Zombie Apocalypse Now! serial in one book. As well as my novels, there are plenty of other gruesome treats to tempt you this Halloween.

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Rachel Tsoumbakos The Ring Of Lost Souls 375Larundel – A place plagued by lost souls.
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Shaun Allan Dark Places 375There is darkness and madness in each of us. We must do battle with our own demons. But – what if those demons opened the door in the back of your mind and stepped out. What if they became real? If the night, the shadows, the reflections, and Death himself walked among us? And what if they were watching you? Waiting? Thirsting? Dark Places. Thirteen stories. Thirteen poems. Thirteen doorways.

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