Well, loves, after watching the SDCC TWD Season 6 trailer a few weeks ago, I came away feeling shaken, unsettled, and sure of only one thing:
Shit’s blowing up inside and outside Alexandria’s steel walls in Season 6!
After TWD’s Season 5 explosive finale episode, and the angsty SDCC Season 6 promotional poster image, we TWD fans knew that our first glimpse of the Season 6 trailer was going to be…unnerving, to say the least.
What we were met with when we sat down to watch said trailer left many of us TWD fans shocked, slack-mouthed, and gripping our half-empty tall boys for dear life in the throes of yet another TWD “WTF?” moment.
Like, seriously, people…WTF is going on in that trailer?
Did we just see…Tara…on her back, pinned by a horde of leering, hungry walkers, screaming as Bite The Boob Walker lunges towards her womanly assets to claim First Bite?
When I first watched the trailer, I thought the poor woman being overrun, and most probably chomped, by the horde of walkers was Maggie, pinned, helpless, screaming on the sidewalk, with so many walkers clawing and crawling up her enviable curves. It was really hard to tell who it was…all I could tell was that the poor overrun, about-to-be-chomped woman had dark hair, beautiful eyebrows, and that she was one of our key characters…a beloved member of our sweet gang who seemed about to be done for.
At first, I was like, “Nooo! Maggie!“ and then, with the help of repeated playbacks and some edifying Youtube comments, I realized it was Tara underneath the walkers.
Then, I was like, “Nooo! Tara!“
Ummmm, Kirkman? Gimple? Are you really going to do us TWD fans, and Tara, like that, and show it on the trailer, or are you two tricksters at it again, indulging in your favorite pastime, playing with our emotions?
At the SDCC 2015 TWD panel, Scott M. Gimple straight-up copped to “putting things in the trailers that don’t actually happen in the show.”
Oh, really, Smoke & Mirrors Gimple? You don’t say…like when you guys put that Gareth line in the Season 5 trailer that threw me off the trail and led me to form the completely wrong Evil Terminal Twin Conspiracy Theory, the one which never actually happened?
Fool me once, Kirkman and Gimple…I am no longer the naive TWD fan of a year ago…I am onto you now, sirs!
(Speaking of Scott M. Gimple, I am liking the new wild, wooly, “Rick’s Beard-esque” look that he was rocking at the SDCC2015 TWD panel …)
The question simmers in our TWD obsessed hearts…what really awaits us TWD fans in Season 6?
Aside from Kirkman, Gimple, Nicotero, and the blood & guts cast/crew of TWD, nobody can say for sure…we can only speculate, ruminate, and of course, self-medicate to calm our frazzled hearts, minds, and spirits as we cast about wild theories on social media and in the IRL.
Some questions burning a hole in my heart include:
Is war coming to Alexandria…or has it already arrived? And if so, who’s on whose side? Who’s coming? Who’s going? Who’s gonna live? Who’s gonna die? Who’s gonna make up? Who’s gonna break up?
And, most importantly, who’s gonna hook up?
Will Season 6 bring us…
…and will Season 6 bring us…gulp…
Ok, taking some deep breaths here…deep breaths….at this point in the writing, I needed to get up, reup, and take a few cleansing breaths, bring the heart rate back down. I cannot lie, dear readers… the prospect of Negan scares the crap out of me.
In the newest edition of Entertainment Weekly, the cover story features a “First Look at Season 6 of The Walking Dead,” and in the article, when asked about the possibility of Negan coming into the Season 6 story line, Scott M. Gimple answered the question in his usual enigmatic style:
“It’s absolutely a possibility. And when I say it’s a possibility, we have a plan in place, but there’s a couple variables for that plan that we’re deciding about. It really depends on a few factors as we move into setting up the last bit of the season, storywise.”
Gimple say what? That shit’s more confusing than a double-negative… it’s somewhere between a “yes,” a “maybe,” and a “not-no.”
As Sterling Archer would say:
(I must say, I have been wondering lately what the “M” in Scott M. Gimple actually stands for…my initial guess was “Michael,” but lately, I have been wondering if it stands for something more like, “Maverick,” “Madman,” “Mentalist,” or maybe “Mephistopheles.”)
Now, I did read an article a few months back about how, apparently, Robert Kirkman mentioned how great Jon Hamm would be in the role of Negan, and Jon Hamm, freshly sprung from the epic Mad Men tv series, laughed upon hearing this, and joked that Robert Kirkman should give him a call…
While Negan arriving on the scene would pretty much guarantee a new level of brutality, carnage, and certain heartache for us TWD tv series fans, Jon Hamm playing Negan would be totally amazing… and it would make TWD even more of a one-stop-shop for some of my very favorite dudes.
Jon Hamm as Negan might make the pain, bloodshed, and tears that Negan is sure to bring actually worth it, in the end.
Sigh… Maybe. Maybe not.
All I can say, dear readers, is that it seems highly unlikely that Kirkman & Gimple, Inc. could resist bringing such an iconic, catalytic, deliciously evil villain from the comic series into the show…I mean really, how could they not? Not bringing Negan into the television series storyline would alienate the diehard fans, aka. The Comic Book Set.
I do feel, with some certainty, that Negan is coming to The Walking Dead television series, probably within the realm of Season 6.
Remember the Law of Kirkman, darlings: Kirkman will do as Kirman wants, and Kirkman and Co. can (and will) play with our emotions. It’s nothing personal…it’s how he do!
We are all but puppets on Kirkman & Gimple’s strings, people, and we will are sure to get our asses kicked come October 11th, when the 90-minute The Walking Dead Season 6 premiere episode airs, and beyond, as we brave the harrowing journey that Kirkman, Gimple, Nicotero, Inc. have prepared for us.
To ease the exquisite torment as we await our collective fate, we TWD fans get a new and deliciously creepy spin-off show to look forward to, Fear the Walking Dead (which debuts August 23rd, just a little more than a week away, at the time of this writing).
FTWD takes the viewers across the country from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and back in time, to the first days of the turn, when the living start dropping like flies and the undead still look pretty fresh…and as some are even saying, sexy.
Personally, I am really excited about the new spinoff series. I have wondered many times about the first days of the turn, and about what was happening in other parts of the country, and the world, as Rick and his people navigate their way through the walker apocalypse in the southeastern part of the United States.
While there have been many stories told, references made, and the occasional flashback to the beginning days of the turn in the TWD television series, we viewers have mainly experienced the walker apocalypse along with Deputy Rick Grimes, as he awakens from a coma, shuffles out of his hospital room, and enters the post-apocalyptic nightmare the world has become.
In Fear The Walking Dead, we get to see the beginning, as it’s happening, and judging from the promotional images and clips that are popping up, it looks…kind of terrifying.
In addition to the FTWD promotional posters and images, Kirkman and Co. are dangling tantalizing teaser videos to whet our appetites for some undead epidemic mayhem on the western front:
And, thus, dear readers, amidst the lull of everyday life, a walker epidemic begins in the City of Angels…and for the viewers, so begins a new batch of zombie nightmares…and some serious day-spooks.
Thanks a lot, Kirkman. Really, dude…thanks for that.
Once again, thanks to Kirkman and Co., a whole world of freshly-minted FTWD fans are all going to be going about our daily business obsessively looking over our shoulders, jumping and screaming at any little noise.
(Of course, despite my mock-protests, I am totally loving Kirkman & Co. once again slapping us up like the little bitches we are.) 😀
In addition to watching the TWD marathon this weekend, if you are one of the many fans who are experiencing a little “walker withdrawal” and would like to get a preview of the “first days of the turn” spooks that FTWD is sure to serve up, I would highly recommend watching The Walking Dead webisodes, if you haven’t already done so.
The webisodes are excellent, and super creepy, as they show harrowing glimpses of the first days of the turn, pre-Rick-waking-up-from-a-coma, in the suburban Atlanta area where the original TWD storyline is set.
(I do believe the webisodes are also where Greg Nicotero got his directing debut, and that’s super fun, too!) #padawandirector
I provided a link below to one of my favorite webisodes, “Torn Apart,” the first of a three-part-series which tells the backstory of Hanna, the bike walker that Rick Grimes encounters in the very first episode of The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye.”
Click on the link below, close out the ad that pops up, and then you should be able to watch the webisode. )
You’re welcome. 🙂 ❤
Ok, people. Enough preamble. Let’s do this thing, shall we? Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between, may I present, for our collective reviewing pleasure:
barnfullawalkers v. The TWD Season 6 Trailer: The Breakdown
The TWD Season 6 trailer begins with a shot of Rick Grimes, running hard in the blazing sun, through simmering heat waves, down an empty road. Is he running for his life, or is he just doing some anger-management-interval-training, fartlek-style?
(I do not yet know, dear readers, but I do know that any chance I get to use the word fartlek, I take that shit and run with it, fartlek-style!) 😀
Our man Rick is clad in his civvies, his “off-constable duty” uniform of hotness: button down shirt, those skinny leg black jeans we love so well on him, with his black boots and a gun belt around his slim hips, with pistol, knife tucked in there somewhere…Rick’s wearing his arsenal, ready to mess up anyone, living or undead, who would dare to try.
As he sprints, we hear a voice over, Rick’s voice, saying, “We both started out in the same place.”
We hear Rick’s voice, urging, “You can come back from this…I know you can.” In the background of the voice over, we hear Rick’s boots hitting the asphalt, his breath huffing as he runs…
We then hear Morgan’s soft, melodious voice reply, “Good people…they always die.”
We recognize this exchange between Rick and Morgan from Season 3’s heartbreaking episode, “Clear,” when Rick, Michonne, and Carl return to the Grimes’ hometown sheriff’s station in search of weapons, and find Morgan holed up with an arsenal of weaponry from the sheriff’s station, broken, alone, and teetering on the brink of madness from the loss of his son, Duane.
Try as Rick might, he cannot convince Morgan to come back with them, and the episode ends with Rick, Michonne and Carl leaving Morgan behind to continue his solitary work of methodically “clearing” the area of walkers, while Rick and the others, armed with a few more rifles and rounds, prepare to do battle with the Governor’s Woodbury army.
Welcome to the aftermath.
As the Bear McCreary score hums like a shrill flatline, we see images of the fallen sign welcoming visitors to the eco-friendly, sustainable community of Alexandria…then we see:
We then hear Rick’s voiceover, telling Morgan, “These people in here, they’ve been inside from the start…”
We then see what looks like a shot of Enid first approaching the walled community, dazed and wild-looking from her days of surviving alone in the outside, and we hear Rick’s voice continue:
We see a shot of the gates of Alexandria rolling open for Enid, as she stands, wide-eyed, clutching the straps of her backpack…her eyes show the shock and horror of all she has witnessed, all she has lost.
We see a shot of Rick’s bloodied hand gently touch the map to D.C. that Morgan has been following in hopes of meeting back up with Rick, with Abraham’s note lettered in the bottom right-hand corner…
The shot pans over to Morgan, who replies:
(So far in the trailer, not seeing evidence of the Morgan v. Rick potential scenario…yet.)
We see a shot of Rick, patrolling the empty streets of Alexandria, and then we see a shot of him approaching the wall, looking up towards the sky…
I wondered about this, when I first watched this scene, wondering if the shot was meant to be a signal to someone else, someone outside the walls. Surely firing a shot, any loud noise, would agitate and inflame the walkers, and judging from the crushing numbers of them, pressing against the outside of Alexandria’s walls, it seems like that last thing anyone would want to do is to ignite their fury for flesh and blood any further.
Upon closer inspection, it looked to me like Rick may be firing one of the orange flare guns, which makes more sense, but the shot from the gun was not looking like the firey ball of a flare. It looked like the smoking shot of a gun. Whatever the type of gun, who is he trying to signal? It all made me extremely nervous, as it seems like a desperate, last-ditch maneuver on Rick’s part, as the horde presses against the walls en masse.
And as I watched this scene, I wondered to myself, “Why is Rick alone, when there are legions of walkers outside the walls, in unprecedented numbers? Why aren’t there snipers posted, at the ready, along the walls? Where the hell is everybody?“
Alexandria has an impressive arsenal within its walls, so it would make sense that there would be people posted around, ready to take action if need be, to protect their community. So, where the fuck are they? Where are all the Anti-Rick naysayers as this is happening? Gossiping and tanking mimosas at Sunday brunch after church?
(I suppose we shall see come October and beyond, but here I sit, darlings, SMH as I write this. Please write me, darlings, and share your thoughts…I am truly at a loss, here.)
Next, we see a shot of Michonne, looking very troubled, indeed…
In the next shot, we see Rick addressing a large group assembled in a home, presumably Deanna Monroe’s:
We see a couple of shots which give us a preview of the Season 6 walkers, in their advanced stages of decomposition…
Back to Rick, addressing the group…outlining his plan:
But, not everyone seems to agree…
In the next couple of scenes, we see what looks like either a goods run, or perhaps a “This is how you kill some walkers” training run, because God knows these Alexandrians have a lot to learn…
Next, we see a shot of Rick stabbing a walker in the head, and then we see…
Back at the meeting, Carter has the floor…and he seems to be addressing our man, Rick Grimes…
In the next scene, we see a dark-haired young man or woman running hard from a small group of pursuing walkers…he/she is sprinting out of the woods, heading right for a steep cliff…
In the next sequence, we see Rick-In-Charge bellowing orders from what looks like the top of a big rig…
To which Carter (of course) doth protest:
We see a shot of Glenn, in the foreground, whirling around to face a horde of walkers, who look to be streaming out of a store, then a shot of one walker, slipping through an opening, rotting arm outstretched, and then Rick, teeth bared and charging, full speed ahead. And then we see…
I…cannot. So, I will not. Not now. And besides, it might not even be real…S&M Gimple said as much!
So, let’s forge ahead, into the placid, glassy waters of denial, and get the lingering image of the leaning in for the boob bite out of the forefront of our consciousness, shall we?
Moving right along, now…
We hear, I think, Carter’s voice over as we see a series of images, “How many of us...
“…have to die…”
Next, we see a mysterious, silhouetted shot of Michonne, with two other characters I did not recognize, emerging from the light and the trees…
“…before we do something?”
Whatever, haters. Let’s see how you all change your tunes when you and your families are cowering your eco-friendly closets while the Wolves and their walker army are swarming the streets of Alexandria, having toppled Reg’s hallowed steel walls…
I bet your asses will be crying for Rick Grimes and his people to save you, then: “Oh, Rick! Help us! Help us keep our families safe!”
Mmmm hmmm...and when that shit is happening, I am going to pour myself a nice big glass of I Told You So and toast the screen, “How’s that zombie apocalypse working out for you, Alexandria?”
There is one dissenter, however, who does have a legitimate beef with the Bloody Constable…
Amen to that, and besides, Rick Grimes knows how to survive in this new savage world, and so do his people…in the next couple of scenes, we see what looks like the new trend in Alexandrian fitness classes, Walker Boot Camp:
We hear Rick’s voice over these scenes: “These people…they’ve gotta take care of themselves.”
It seems Rick may have been addressing his last statement to Daryl, because in the next clip, Rick and Daryl are facing each other in the street:
To which Daryl replies:
In the next series of clips, it seems that Morgan is either pacifying the the Doubting Alexandrians, or he really is buying into the Rick Grimes Smear Campaign…
The beginning strains of Hozier’s “Arsonist’s Lullabye” begin to play as we watch the next sequence…
The shot pans to Rick Grimes…
We see Morgan, looking down at Deanna, laying some hard truth on her…
We see a shot of Aaron, wide-eyed and spooked…
and then we see Carl, walking slowly, looking over at…
“You don’t know where you are, anymore,” Morgan’s voice over tells Deanna.
In the next clip, see Jessie whirl around, address a small group of fellow Alexandrians who appear to be gathered near her front stoop…see what happens when there’s no tv or internet any more? Neighbors get all up in each other’s biz…
We see a shot of poor Enid, probably from the days before, when she was surviving, alone, in the feral open…
We hear Jessie’s voice over continue, as she tells her Alexandrian viewing audience:
And “they”, aka the walkers, certainly seem to have found their way into the sustainable town of Alexandria, or at least one of them has…
We next see a shot of Deanna Monroe, saying:
Or…is Deanna looking at…Daryl?
In the next series of clips…
Glenn, and Heath, I think, are on it…target practice day at Walker Boot Camp.
We see a shot of Morgan, who seems to be giving someone the biz…
We see a shot of a figure running through the woods, who looks a bit like Carol, and then we see a shot of Rick, running though the woods, barking orders into a walkie…
We see a group of what looks like Alexandrians, running through the woods, and then we see a shot of Nicholas, in the woods, holding a pistol ready, looking pale and spooked:
And then we see…
We see two peeps, shining flashlights and walking through a darkened pipe or sewer system…and then we see, and hear, this clip of Morgan:
Um, say what? You’re not talking to Rick Grimes like that, are you, Morgan?
I really didn’t know what the hell was happening in these next clips, but I was wondering if all these Walker Boot Camp killing classes were perhaps unleashing some pent up anger and aggression in the once-complacent citizens of Alexandria…now I know that there are many out there in our TWD fanosphere who believe that some living members of the Wolves have broken into the Alexandrian borders in the dark of night, using, no doubt, Reg’s helpful support bracings placed thoughtfully on the outside of the walls to scramble up and over the walls…poor guy didn’t really think that one through.
And then, the now-iconic moment of the trailer…as we hear the menacing voice of Rick Smash! grind out:
“You really think you’re going to take this community from us?”
(See, I told you that Rick Smash! doesn’t like threats, or ultimatums!)
We see a shot of Abraham, leaning out a shotgun side car windown, bellowing, “Don’t do it, man!” as our man, Daryl Dixon, speeds ahead on his motorcycle…charging something…or, someone, it seems.
We hear a man’s voice bellow, “They’re coming!” as Spencer takes aim…
It seems pretty certain that the walkers are coming to Alexandria, people…sooner than later!
But, praise Baby Jesus, Rick Smash! is already here…and nobody, I mean nobody, puts Rick Smash! in the corner, or outside the walls of Alexandria, or anywhere he doesn’t want to be!
We hear Rick Smash!’s voice grind out:
(Mmmm hmmmm…I don’t know who he’s talking to, but, by golly, I like the manliness, the menace… J’adore, Rick Smash!) ❤ ❤
We see a shot of Rick, offing a walker in the woods, in his beautiful berzerker-style, then we see…
We see a shot of Aaron and Maggie, shining flashlights in the water or sewage pipes…maybe some rotting walkers have gotten in the water supply…we see a close call of Aaron slipping as a rotted walker claws towards him in the piping. Yikes!
This sequence is followed by a shot of what looks like Alexandria’s infirmary, with Aaron and others holding some poor person who looks like they may have been gored by a walker attack, or a live Wolf attack…
Looks like shit’s getting cray in Alexandria…we all betta get ready…
I guess we’ll find out, come October and beyond…but for many #TWD fans, not soon enough! ❤
And now, who the fuck is this guy? And why is he pointing a gun at our man, Daryl Dixon?
A nightmarish series of images ensues, showing Daryl alone, in the woods, walkers, characters we don’t yet know running for their lives…
Well, loves, I am knee-sliding it under the wire…Fear The Walking Dead premieres tonight, and my WD buddy just texted me that Talking Dead’s Season 6 premiere episode airs at 8pm…and the kids aren’t in bed yet! I gotta get moving to make this all happen, so here goes:
This post’s Deadie goes to Scott “Maestro” Gimple, of course…for kicking our asses, time and time again. Bravo, Maestro!
I will be posting pictures and playlists for #FTWD, darlings…much love, and enjoy!
And, as there is a war of the ideologies happening, The Old Way v. The New Way, I thought that this playlist should feature some old-school classics v the new sound the kids are putting out these days…it’s all beautiful music, just a friendly rivalry, a spirited wrassle around the floor…a few heirlooms may get smashed to pieces, but it’s all good, my #TWD obsessed darlings. Much love! ❤
Old School v. New Skool Playlist:
Notorious B.I.G, “Mo Money, Mo Problems”
Modest Mouse, “The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box”
Thin Lizzy, ” The Boys Are Back In Town”
Great Northern, “Numbers”
Blind Faith, “Can’t Find My Way Home”
X Ambassadors, “Renegades”
Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”
Daft Punk/Panda Bear, “Doin’ It Right”
Suicidal Tendencies, “Institutionalized” (You complete me, Rick Smash! <3)
Wolf Alice, “Bros”
2Pac, “Hail Mary”
Jamie XX, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”
Hey gang, these posts are always a work in progress, and sometimes in the proofreading/editing process, I start to rework something and then go to something else, and sometimes stuff doesn’t make sense for a minute…or a day. Check back in, and most likely, I’ve gotten a moment to go back and work the bugs out.
BTW, loving FTWD! What did you guys think of it? Pics and playlist for FTWD pilot episode coming soon!