Upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh Booster Pack Releases

It’s time to Duel, and it’s time for something different in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG). Whether you’re looking for all-new strategies or a second chance at some of the season’s biggest cards, you’ll find what you’re looking for this Fall! Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is proud to present three releases just in time for the holidays. First, a new special booster debuts a trio of new themes from the cutting edge of Dueling! From there you’ll return to one of the year’s most ‘Impact-ful’ releases in a new Special Edition, and then you’re invited to one of the greatest chapters in animated Dueling history with the latest Speed Duel expansion.

Mystic Fighters presents three new strategies in an all-foil booster, from the calculated and the cataclysmic, to the beautiful and the bizarre. Tilt the numbers in your favor with “Mathmech” monsters: a deadly Cyberse theme that adds to your field, multiplies your attack, and subtracts your opponent’s defenses to make giant combos. The Mathmechs’ signature Synchro Monster wields 3000 Attack Points, and it’s immune to card effects when it’s in your Extra Monster Zone! It even deals double battle damage and combines with the other Mathmechs to make one-shot wins. And if you need to soften up your opponent first, just stack three Level 4’s and Summon the Mathmechs’ most powerful Xyz Monster! With 3 removal effects and a protection ability that shields your forces.

Looking for a more elegant approach? Enter the Dragonmaids! Cute and courteous as they construct combos in the Main Phase, these transformative tricksters tag out in battle, going from housecleaners to cleaning house! When it’s time to get serious these maids morph into massive Dragons, and when the fight’s over they change back to cordial companions. The Dragonmaids don’t just deliver service with a smile; they deliver beatdowns with grace and style!

Mystic Fighters

Then get ready for the Generaider Bosses: an elite group of six Level 9 champions! Played separately, each Generaider leads their own monster Type, like Wyrms, Warriors, Plants, Zombies and Machines. But they can also work together to unleash an incredible Rank 9 Xyz, a deadly threat that filters through your Deck while building its Attack Points. With new themes, powerful reprints and fan-favorite support cards, there’s something for everyone in Mystic Fighters

Mystic Fighters hits on November 22 with 60 cards: 40 Super Rares and 20 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 Per 5-Card Pack.

Prepare for the last Dueling deal of December, the Chaos Impact Special Edition box! Chaos Impact introduced new monsters and a tidal wave of support for the ocean-borne Marincess theme, while the Tenyi tribe got another “Tenyi Spirit” and a giant new Synchro Monster. Duelists also got a first glimpse of the Unchained, a sinister circle of self-sacrificing assailants that destroy one another to Summon more powerful attackers, devouring your opponent’s cards along the way.

All the old-school hits from Chaos Impact are back as well, from Galaxy monsters and Gladiator Beasts to Watts and World Legacy. Dinowrestlers and Dragons? Check. Starliege and Salamangreats? Present and accounted for. Even the Evoltiles and the Evil Eye are back! Lots of fan-favorites returned in Chaos Impact, and now’s your chance to snag the ones you missed. Don’t forget Dream Mirror! Oneiros, the Dream Mirror Erlking debuted as the theme’s first boss monster, destroying cards whenever you reverse the fate of one of your “Dream Mirror” minions. Erupting onto the field from Dream Mirror of Chaos, Oneiros makes his encore appearance in Chaos Impact Special Edition.

Every Special Edition box also comes with 2 of 4 Super Rare variant cards, including some that work to power up the new themes from Mystic FightersDragonmaid Send-Off is a Quick-Play Spell Card that helps you rally your maids to the field, and it can trigger the destruction ability of the Dragonmaid boss monster! You could also find Armory Call, a new Trap Card that lets you search your Deck for an Equip Spell and then keep it, or immediately equip it to one of your monsters. It’s great for the followers of the Evil Eye or the new Mathmechs! Both cards appear in Ignition Assault, but you can get yours early in the Chaos Impact Special Edition.

But the real prize in Chaos Impact Special Edition are two brand-new Link Monsters for older Decks. Scrap Wyvern does what Scrap monsters do best: Summon and destroy! You can also power up your Six Samurai Deck with the new Battle Shogun of the Six Samurai, who can search your Deck, generate Bushido Counters, and gains ATK for every Bushido Counter that your honorable Warriors have brought you.

Chaos Impact Special Edition

Chaos Impact Special Edition hits on December 6. Each Special Edition Box includes 2 of 4 Super Rare variant cards and 3 Chaos Impact booster packs. MSRP: $9.99 Per Box.

Want another blast from the past? Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom packs 5 brand-new Skill Cards and 45 cards new to the Speed Duel format. Inspired by the Duelist Kingdom tournament from the original Yu-Gi-Oh!animated series, Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom unites a cast of storied rivals and some of their most famous cards, bringing old feuds into the modern era.

Bonz is back, this time channeling the power of Zombie Master through any Zombie you control with his new Skill Card! Select your undead vassal and make it a master of the dark arts, reviving any Level 4 Zombie from your Graveyard. Mako Tsunami also returns to rule the seas, unleashing the secrets of the legendary King of the Ocean, Kairyu-Shin! In its first TCG appearance, Kairyu-Shin combines with Mako’s new Skill Card to protect your WATER monsters from Trap Cards and gets you extra draws if it leaves the field. Finally, Duelists who seek to surpass the wiles of Weevil Underwood can capture the Cocoon of Ultra Evolution, a new Skill Card that turns any equipped Insect into a bugged-out behemoth!

Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom

Muster the gang with Don Zaloog and dominate your opponent’s hand! Delve into the depths of your own Graveyard and recover a Fish, Sea Serpent or Aqua monster with Surface! Turn the tables on your opponent with Time Machine, reversing the Duel to return your defeated monster to the field! And for the first time ever in the Speed Duel format, get ready to cast Black Magic Ritual and Summon the iconic Magician of Black Chaos

Duelists can get a preview of Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom at the first-ever Speed Duel Sneak Peek scheduled for November 30 and/or December 1 at participating Official Tournament Stores. Duelists can get their hands on new Speed Duel-branded Game Mats, packs of Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom, and more! Check this page for more information and a list of participating locations: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/speedduel/.

Speed Duel: Trials of the Kingdom roars into stores alongside Chaos Impact Special Edition on December 6, with 45 cards new to Speed Dueling plus 5 all-new Skill Cards: 34 Commons, 8 Super Rares and 8 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $1.49 Per 4-Card Pack.

Every Saturday and Sunday, Duelists can now watch a new episode of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, on Teletoon in Canada – check local listings for times. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is available subtitled on Crunchyroll and will be simulcast with a new episode available one hour after it is broadcast in Japan, at 6:25AM EST (Simulcast currently available in the US and Latin America). Watch here:http://www.crunchyroll.com/yu-gi-oh-vrains!

In addition, all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s can be seen on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAMEplease visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.

About KONAMI 

KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI’s software titles include the popular franchises METAL GEAR SOLID, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.

RetroMania Will Let the Fans Decide Who Will be the Next Roster Addition

If you were a fan of the classic arcade game Wrestle Fest, you will be excited to know that a spiritual successor is in development which is named RetroMania Wrestling and will be on its way to consoles very soon.

Last week on the official twitter page, RetroMania made a major announcement to the world that the next addition of the roster will be chosen by the fans. This has not been done on a wrestling video game before so the news is intriguing and interesting.

This will be done in a five-round, 32 wrestler tournemt where independent wrestlers from around the world will compete for a chance to be added as a playable character to the roster which also features Tommy Dreamer, The BWO, Zack Sabre Jr., The Road Warriors, and Johnny Retro (John Morrison). Another great aspect that the winning wrestler will also have it’s arena as a selectable arena in the game too. The wrestlers that are eligible must not have a contract with WWE, AEW, MLW, ROH, and NWA. The tournament will also have unique stipulations in each round as the time goes by. The final match will take place on January 26th, 2020. The gates are open as any independent wrestler from around the world can be eligible so let’s hope that we can see Killer Cross, Brian Cage, or even Joey Ryan.

Nominations begins on December 9th and you can do so by Email, or social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Top 10 The Walking Dead Comic Book Moments of 2019

The comic book series of The Walking Dead has come to an end many months ago and it was sad to see it end out of nowhere. As a reader since 2004, this hit me the hardest. But with that out of the way, there are a number of issues that were released that leads up to the final issue and those issue had very important moments that needs to be discussed. Here are my top 10 moments of 2019 of The Walking Dead comic book series. Here is also my list for 2018 and 2017.

10. Time Skip (#193: The Farm House)

After Rick Grimes’ death on Issue #192, we did not know where the story would go next. But after a few pages in the next issue, We see that Carl Grimes aged about twenty years. This made my jaw drop and not only we see him, but we see most of the other characters aged too and are currently living at The Commonwealth. However, the person that made this all happen to begin with Stephanie, did not make it as Eugene mentioned that she has died. Speaking of Eugene, he and the repair unit finally got the train to run. There are many great things that we have seen in this issue after the time jump.

9. The Breakout (#189: Lines Are Drawn)

The cover of this issue had to be looked at twice because I initinally did not realize that the explosion was from the cell Mercer was stationed at. Laura came up with a plan to use explosives to break Mercer out. She did exactly that and everyone heard it. This of course lead to Mercer and The Commonwealth soldiers staging an uprising to dethrow Pamela once in for all, but that did not work……yet.

8. Taking out Walkers with a Fire Extinguisher (#189: Lines Are Drawn)

The end of issue #188 shows us that there is a horde approaching while Eugene and Stephanie are fixing the train. On this issue, they not only take out the walkers, but they use a fire extinguisher to help take out the walkers too. This was a cool moment as Eugene thought what could be the quickest way to take them out on the spot. He is very resourceful and he proved it there at that moment.

7. The Standoff (#190: Storm The Gates)

After Rick and members of his group help clear walkers that were inside an area of The Commonwealth, Rick and Maggie talk for a second and then, Pamela and her soldiers arrive on the opposite side. Pamela thinks that Rick is lying about taking over The Commonwealth and Rick assured her that he did not know that Maggie and the rest were coming and that he was not going to try to take over. So what does Pamela do after hearing enough of Rick Grimes? She orders an attach on Rick Grimes and his entire group. Fun fact, the ending of this issue is similar to the ending of issue #119 where Negan calls for an attack after the zombified Holly was revealed.

6. Rick and Michonne (#187: The Road Back)

After Rick had to kill Dwight for attempting to kills Pamela, She congradulates him at the gathering at The Commonwealth. Michonne apologized to Rick for having him do that but Rick would not accept her apology (at first). Michonne said that it was her fault for creating that bad situation but Rick told her that he was going to die no matter what since he is a lose cannon. What they both agreed on is that they both do not want to bring chaos to The Commonwealth at all as they both want to change things over there for the better.

5. “We are NOT The Walking Dead” (#191: The Last Stand)

This is one of the best callbacks I have seen in the comic book series in quite some time and this time, this line is far better executed than in issue #24. Rick says this line due to the fact that he believes in The Commonwealth and that he would fight and kill for it since he sees the potential that they have. He also believes that the place has a gift to bring back how things were before the apoclapse and that they do not have to go back to the brutal beginnings of the apoclapse of how they survive and how the old ways of The Comonwealth were used for everyone that is not in the same ranking as the higher ups. He wants everyone to be equal and this lead to her soldiers turning on her and putting her in jail temporary. The words of Rick Grimes can affect everyone he is surrounded by.

4. The Princess’ Backstory (#187: The Road Back)

Since her debut issue at #171, little is known about The Princess. Here on this issue, we finally get a backstory to who she is. While her and Mercer were talking, this is where her baackstory begins. Her parents divorced and her mom married someone else. Also, she was abused by her stepfather and stepbrother when she was younger and would also be tied up and being put in a closet. It was these events that made her believe that men are monsters which affected her until her and Mercer meet.

3. Sabastain Shoots Rick Grimes (#191: The Last Stand)

By the end of this shocking issue, Sebastain is very angry at Rick for having Pamela getting arrested for attempting to attacking his entire group. So what does Sebastain do, He points his gun at Rick, and shoots him at his chest. I thought that he would survive, but this lead to…..

2. Rick Grimes’ Death (#192: Aftermath)

That is right, Rick’s death. I know this may be unpopular, but I like how his death was handled. No character was safe ever since the series started and every year before this issue, we envisioned how Rick would die in the comic book series. It is very realistic for this to happen as I compare Sebastain to Joffrey of Game of Thrones and they both wanted to rule over a large establishment. So after Sebastain continues to shoot Rick, he dies on the bed and in the morning, it was Carl that found Rick who is now a walker as he put him down.

1.The Trials (#193: The Farm House)

The final issue of the series comes with a happy ending and that is, Carl telling his daughter Andrea “The Trials” of what the world was like at the beginning of the apoclapse to right now. Those stories included what Rick Grimes would do to protect everyone and how he is seen as a leader. As Carl was telling her the tsory from the book, we have a page montage of almost every character in different locations of The Commonwealth enjoying life at the current timeline while Sebastain is still in jail for killing Rick. Side note, we finally seen Negan again for the first time since issue #174 and he is at The Commonwealth near Lucille’s grave. This was a great ending to the series.

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The Walking Dead Season 10, Episode 8 “The World Before” Recap

Danai Gurira as Michonne, Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

The first half of the current season is coming to an end tonight and with that end, we see that some of our favorite characters are caught in a very life or death situation at the end of the episode. With that, we got major developments with Michonne, Gabriel, and Aaron. Here is my recap and review of “The World Before.”

The episode opens with a flashback showing us how Dante infiltrated Alexandria shortly after the barn slayings. Alpha and Dante were at the border and it is noted that he recently became a Whisperer at the time. Dante also does not know Lydia and Dante was the one spray painting “Silence The Whisperers” all over Alexandria. He also left Alpha messages for her to recieve inside a tree and after that, we are shown that he acted like a survivor in trouble and that is when he was rescued by Connie and the rest. We also find out that Dante is the one pulling all of the water switches to undrinkable so that way, Gamma could poison the water. Dante is also the person that killed Cheryl in the previous episode as well. Flashforward to the current time and Dante closed Siddiq’s eyes after he killed him. He was about to put him down incase if he turns, but Rosita with Coco opens the door. They talk about Coco needing more rest and Dante tries to buy enough time for him to get back to what he was about to do. Siddiq then turned and Dante pulls out a knife and tried to attack Rosita. While this was going on, Siddiq who is now a walker, was about to devour Coco. Rosita got the upperhand and attacked him back and even stabs him. Rosita puts down walker Siddiq.

Aaron has a conversation with Gamma and she asks about her nephew. Aaron told Gamma that they named him Adam and he will not allow her to see him because her sister left him behind. Gamma purposes a trade. Adam, for information. Aaron told her that she will have to give him information first before he decides to go with the trade. Gamma takes off her mask and told Aaron that her birth name was Mary. Daryl begins to interrogate Dante and he punches him until he gets an answer. Rosita, Carol, and Gabriel are watching this happen and they all ask why he killed Siddiq. Dante said that he wanted a chance to be heard and also brings up the the heads on pikes which then caused for Rosita to kick him until he fell. Aaron arrives and tells them that Gamma told Aaron where the location of the horde is. Daryl told Aaron that they will go to Hiltop to get Adam and then they will look for Lydia. Michonne, Judith, Luke, and Scott are heading to Oceanside. While they are going there, Luke makes a whistle and Judith wanted to know what it was. Judith was also writing in her book and what she is writing is the story of the group. Luke mentioned that there is a library not too far and that they can also get history books there too. Michonne also told Judith that they have to be as quiet as possible and they decide to make a pit stop at the library. At the library, Judith finds a book about a satellite and she told Michonne that Eugene would love it. Rosita also calls Michonne over the radio. Luke goes off on his own to observe the area and he finds a sheet music book. A walker grabs him by the leg, and another grabs his shoulder. A survivor (we learn later in the episode that his name is Virgil) saves Luke by killing the behind walker and leaves the library. Luke killed the walker that grabbed his leg and told Michonne of what happened. Michonne informs everyone that Siddiq is dead and that they must go to Oceanside now.

Cooper Andrews as Jerry, Ross Marquand as Aaron, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Angel Theory as Kelly, Nadia Hilker as Magna – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

The funeral of Siddiq takes place at Alexandria and Gabriel is the one to hold it. After Gabriel gives his euliogy, Carol and Ezekiel speak and he could not believe that Siddiq is gone. Ezekiel was convinced that Siddiq would survive forever. Ezekiel then asked Carol if she needed help with taking down Alpha’s herd and she told him that she could handle it. Ezekiel told her “good luck” as they parted ways. Rosita was by herself until she heard walkers banging on the wall. She killed two of them, but she had a hard time taking down the walker with the helmet because she is still hurt from losing Siddiq. Eugene helps her take that walker down and gives his condolences too. Gabriel is watching Dante’s arrival interview and Rosita and him get into a heated argument. On Rosita’s side, she is angry that he is not listening to her vent about her being used to taking down walkers and that she could have died. On Gabriel’s side, he has more important things to deal with at the moment and that her venting, added more uneeded stress as her feelings cannot predict the future. Rosita thinks that Dante was right about everyone at Alexandria right now that they are very weak in the inside. Aaron is with his daughter Gracie and she wanted to hear him talk about California. He told her a story of his boyfriend and where they used to travel along with the village that they were in before he went to Alexandria. I think that I want to see these two interract more. Michonne and the rest arrive at Oceanside and she asks Jules and Rachel how long has it been since they had new people there and they said since before the fire. Michonne wanted them to be on high alert. A few members of Oceanside captured Virgil and Michonne wanted to know where he is from and if he was a Whisperer. Luke told Michonne that he saved him, but Jules also told Michonne that he was trying to steal a boat. Virgil told them all that he was just trying to go home. Michonne told him that he will tell her everything. Before they could continue, walkers are approaching and they begin to take them down and Michonne is yelling Judith’s name.

Thora Birch as Gamma- The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

Gabriel enters the cell area to question Why Dante killed Siddiq and if the stories that he told him on the interview were true. Dante told him why, but Gabriel asked him if he think that people could get a second chance. He also says that he loved Siddiq as a brother. Gabriel then stabbed Dante to death until he died. Rosita with Coco did however see Gabriel leave the cell area through the window. Virgil tried to run while everyone else is killing walkers and Judith stopped him by cutting his leg. She called for Michonne and she arrives as they captured him. Daryl, Carol, and Aaron meets up with Jerry, Connie, Kelly, and Magna. Daryl thanks Connie and she told him via a message “anything for us.” At night, they cross one of Alpha’s borders and Carol almost got caught in a bear trap. Daryl saved her and Daryl was concerned for her mental state as he told her that it felt like he was talking to a ghost ever since she got off the boat. Carol told him that she is doing the best that she can and Daryl told her that he is the one that she tells. The both hug after this as he understands why she is the way she is right now and told her that Alpha is not worth risking her life over. Gabriel is burning Dante’s corpse and Rosita watches it too by coming to his side. Virgil wakes up and told Judith to not go through his belongings. He tried to grab it back, but he fell and Judith told him that his stitches would get affected if he keeps doing that. Michonne finally speaks with Virgil and we learn that he is there for supplies and does not want to hurt anyone.He even says that mercy’s in short supplies these days and Michonne told him that it reminded her of what Rick Grimes used to say (“my mercy previails over my wrath”). Virgil does not want to tell her where he lives to protect his family, but Michonne assured him that he will get back safe and that he should not make his family suffer while he is away. Virgil told her that he lives in a naval base on an island. Virgil thinks that he can help Michonne out in exchange of him getting home in which that he has weapons big enough to take out Alpha’s horde. Michonne tells Judith this and that she has to do this mission alone. In the morning, Daryl and everyone are at the location of Alpha’s horde but there are no walkers there. Aaron and Daryl argue if what Gamma said was true or not and Daryl decides that it is time to look for Lydia. Michonne told Virgil that the offer is accepted and that the weapons will pay his debt in order for him to go home. Michonne says her goodbyes to everyone and told them and Judith to radio her every hour and every day if she wants as she is only a few days away. While Daryl and the rest are looking for Lydia, Carol sees Alpha. Alpha runs away and Carol chases her. Daryl, Jerry, Magna, Kelly, and Aaron runs to get Carol back and they killed a few walkers away. Alpha is luring them into a cave and they all followed. Daryl was by himself for a few moments inside the cave until he fell through a trap that Alpha set (I assume that everyone fell as well) and they are all trapped at the bottom of the cave to see Alpha’s mega horde which consists of thousands and thousands of walkers and there is no way out. The noises of the walkers are so loud, that you cannot even hear the ending music as the episode ends.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Nadia Hilker as Magna, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Melissa McBride as Carol, Angel Theory as Kelly – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AM8

I like what they are building here as it reminded me of 6×08 and 6×09 as it is setting up for a huge payoff for the next episode and for the rest of the season. Gabriel and Michonne are my two favorites of this episode and I believe that they are setting up Michonne’s exit within the next few episodes. I also did not expect to see Dante die this quick at all. Carol is still hurt and suffering from the loss of Henry and Melissa McBribe is doing an excellent job of showcasing the pain and damage one person can go through for losing your own children. I also like how all of my questions about Dante was answered within the first three minutes of the episode too. The giant horde that Carol wanted to see is now infront of her so lets see how in the hell everyone will get out of this when The Walking Dead returns in a few months.

This first half of the tenth season has been great despite it’s hiccups and my favorite episodes are the fifth, second, and the first episode of the season. I am loving this season as a whole and to me, the breakout performances this season so far goes to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Seth Gilliam, Norman Reedus, Samantha Morton, Thora Birch, Ryan Hurst, Avi Nash, Khary Payton, and Ross Marquand. I like the entire cast, but these performances stood out for me.

My weekly recaps of The Walking Dead will return in three more months and next week, I will count down the top The Walking Dead comic book moments of 2019. My lists for 2017 and 2018 are below too along with my interviews I have done this season.

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Interview: Get To Know Lindsley Register of The Walking Dead

Lindsley Register is known as portraying Laura on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Laura was a Savior that eventually turned into not only a resident of Alexandria, but a member of The Council as well. But there is more to Lindsley other than The Walking Dead as she has more credits to her name such as House of Cards, Six, and Outcast. Not only has she been acting, but she also produced her upcoming film Scorn which is set to release in early 2020. I recently got the chance to speak with her and got to know more about her in this exclusive interview!

Before we get to The Walking Dead, you were raised in Virginia. What was it like for you when you grew up over there with your family and what are some of your great family memories that you cherish?

LR: “I was so normal hahaha. I grew up in a really conservative baptist Christian family. I was very invested in my highschool. I was captain of the cheerleading squad, I was in student government, I went to a lot of basketball games, etc. I really cherish holiday meals with my family. My mom is the best cook ever (isn’t everyones?). She always went all out for Christmas and thanksgiving. Every thanksgiving we’d go stay in these cabins on a beautiful lake and eat great food.”

How did your family react when you told them that you would like to pursue a career in acting?

LR: “I can’t say they were thrilled. I think they were surprised and maybe a little scared. They agreed to pay for my schooling as long as I was studying to be a teacher or a nurse. I got around the rules by getting a degree in acting simultaneously while I got my teaching license. I think they’re still kind of confused by what I do!”

Have you always wanted to act? If you were not acting, what would have been the career path for you?

LR: “I remember when I was super young, I said once that I wanted to be an actor. But I also said I wanted to be a super model, a missionary, a painter, and lots of things. I’ve known that I’ve always been a performer, but I never revisited acting until college. I always saw that as an unattainable career and not practical at all. I learned Spanish when I was a preteen and decided that I wanted to work with the Latino immigrant community in some way. Maybe teaching English as a second language, translating, or something.”

The first time I have seen you was on Netflix’s House of Cards. How did you get the opportunity to be part of the show?

LR: “I got my first agent when I was a senior in college and was auditioning for professional projects for the first time then. I had auditioned for that show multiple times before for much smaller roles, and I’m so thankful that’s the role that worked out for me. It was momentous for me, and I felt like my dreams were coming true during that time. They were and still are. I made a selftape in my childhood bedroom while I was visiting my parents in VA. I gave the scene everything I had and played it with lots of conviction. Casting said they liked my tape and wanted to see me do it six different ways so I sent in six more tapes. They liked me and booked me, giving me my first real professional opportunity.”

When you were auditioning for The Walking Dead, did you know which character you would audition for?

LR: “No, I didn’t. It’s a super secretive process. I remember auditioning for a fake character with fake sides. If I remember correctly, I was playing a scene where I shot some guy and was “bummed” afterwards because he was cute. I played it with lots of dry humor.”

Laura was one of Negan’s lieutenants during season 7 and 8 of The Walking Dead. How did it feel for you to be part of The Saviors during that time?

LR: “It always the most fun to play the bad guy. They’re always infinitely complicated. This role was so different from anything I’d ever played so I was flattered to get the chance to play someone I felt was at the far end of my range.”

Laura also tried to intimidate Eugene many times while he was in The Sanctuary including when she made him watch Negan threw Dr. Carson at the burning furnace. Do you remember how many takes it took for that scene to finish?

Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, Lindsley Register as Laura – The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 11 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

LR: “That scene took most of the day. There were lots of practical and special effects to make it work which meant it was very time consuming. However, it was so cool seeing all the moving pieces. We’d be pausing the scene all the time to switch out the real bat for a plastic one, and then switching it out with a rubber one. Then we’d pause to grab stunt double Carson and then pause to get a dummy Carson. It’s insane all the work that goes into those scenes.”

Laura was also the one to tell Negan that Dwight (Austin Amelio) has double-crossed The Saviors. I love how that scene played out on camera as Dwight returned to his room to find you there. Do you have any great stories working with both Austin Amelio and Jeffrey Dean Morgan?

LR: “Austin Amelio was one of the coolest people I met doing that show. He’s so down to earth and like this sweet polite cowboy. I really respected him as an actor and he was also just very kind to me. JDM and I didn’t interact much. I never got the impression that he was a very open and chit chatty person.”

In the comic book series, Laura has a tattoo on her neck at the same place as her TV counterpart but they are different tattoos. Did you have any input to what the tattoo would look like?

LR: “Oh my gosh! I didn’t know that! Now I’ll have to look her picture up again. I just found out that she makes it to the very final comics (Issue #193) which was exciting for me. During my hair makeup test, I got to have input into my character’s look and I loved the tattoo and voted to keep it. I’ll be posting a youtube video soon about the neck tattoo so keep an eye out.”

After the final battle at the season 8 finale, Laura becomes a resident of Alexandria. She is also a current member of the council. Do you believe that everyone can fully trust her more than ever since she is no longer a Savior?

LR: “Every now and then, we’ll be filming a council scene and Ross Marquand will look over at me and be like “I can’t believe you got here.” And I’ll be like, “Yeah, honestly me either” and we’ll have a good laugh. I’m surprised that Laura has come as far as she has, and if I were an Alexandrian, I’m not sure I would trust her. But she really is a contributing member of the community now.”

We have not seen Laura and Negan interracted while he was in the cell. If he was still in the cell, what would you believe that Laura would tell him if she visited him?

LR: “Oh this is a great writing prompt. I’d love to write this scene just for fun. I think it would be such a still and powerful moment. I think she’d tell him that she followed him because she thought he was strong, but she knows now that he was weak. His way of doing things never could’ve lasted. He was a dictator and her life is so much better in Alexandria now.”

What has been your best fan experiences since you have been part of The Walking Dead?

LR: “It’s really difficult to pinpoint just one. I believe The Walking Dead fans are the best. I’ve experienced so much kindness, so much support for what I do and my other projects from them. Whenever I go to cons, people are so sweet and just easy to hang out with. I love seeing how much joy the show brings them and how caught up in the drama everyone gets. It’s just fun.”

Within the next few years, what are some goals you would like to accomplish?

LR: “I want to do more comedy. I’m currently writing some projects that I’m excited to refine and eventually start pitching. I’m excited to challenge myself by playing a role that is very far removed from both Laura and myself. I’m ready to get caught up in a new character. I’m hoping to learn French and improve at the piano. I love a good challenge.”

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Interview: Juan Javier Cardenas on His Role as Dante on The Walking Dead

Juan Javier Cardenas as Dante – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

On this season of The Walking Dead, we were introduced a new character from the comic book series and his name is Dante. But the television version of Dante is much different than his comic book counterpart. Here to talk about the role is Dante himself Juan Javier Cardenas.

When you first appeared earlier this season, many fans including myself were surprised to see that Dante is a doctor over his comic book counterpart. How long did you know in advance did you know that Dante would be a doctor on the television series?

Juan: “I was made aware of that when I first received the script for the first episode which came like a couple of weeks before my first day of work. My experience auditioning for a show like The Walking Dead is that you have to kind of assume that you’re on a need to know basis and that information will come when it’s given. If you’re like me and you kind of embrace that process, you have a really great time because, it’s exciting going through the process as somebody who’s watching the show. When I auditioned for the character of Dante, the audition materials were different than what I acted in the show as far as like the scene work that I was given I auditioned for a character that was not even named Dante. I was under a different name so when I finally got the script, all those differences really shot out at me because I was familiar with the source material with The Walking Dead and I knew the Dante character from the books. But all those changes from the book to the show would normally throw you off but what that does typically, it invigorates you because you get excited about saying that ‘okay, I have a chance now to kind of pay hommage to the source material’ but actually, I’m getting a lot of leway now to build a kind of a unique character that can kind of stand on its own within this universe so to have a hand in that, that’s actually a super exciting thing and very fun to do. Plus, I get to play doctor on T. V. That’s always fun. Now I can brag and say I played a doctor.”

Avi Nash as Siddiq, Juan Javier Cardenas as Dante – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

You and Avi Nash (Siddiq) had many scenes during this season. What was it like for you to work with Avi on the development of your characters for this season especially since it is the aftermath of Alpha slaying her victims?

Juan: “Avi Nash, I can’t say enough about the guy. I had a fantastic time working with him. It’s kind of interesting working on a show like The Walking Dead depending on what character you’re playing because, as you know as an audience member, the world is extremely diverse and it’s really compartmentalized. There’s different communities, there’s different story lines, and there’s multiple characters. So when you watch the show, you realize that certain characters really inhabit different worlds and they kind of interact with these characters over here and etc. Every day when I was going to work, I went with a smile on my face because it was a fantastic environment. Avi Nash and me tend to have a lot of similarities in our background. As far as our training, we both come from a theater background and we both kind of approach things with kind of a similar kind of intensity too. We are trying to tell whatever these lines mean and what does it mean for these characters and really kind of go the extra mile as far as committing to it. I love working with Avi and I feel like it was mutual so I had a great time working with him and happy of the development of Siddiq and Dante.”

Was there more to Dante’s backstory that we have not seen on screen that you know of?

Juan: “I’ll tell you that I personally have backstory that I’ve thought about with the character of Dante. Things that I kind of keep close to myself. There might be possible backstory ideas that were running around production and the writer’s room. What I like about the shortness of Dante’s character of this time of this season, is that it makes the character of Dante even more kind of mysterious and unnerving because we don’t get to see a lot of him. All we have are these moments leading up obviously to the tragedy in episode 8 of his death. But there’s so much that’s unanswered about the character that I think makes the character much more interesting because, sometimes you don’t know what’s scary or the devil you know is what you don’t know so having the audience only get the snippets of this character in trying to piece together what’s true, and what’s not true. I think that’s actually part of the fun so I’ve got my ideas, but I don’t know if I’ll tell people about it.”

How did you prepare for your death scene?

Juan: “I did a lot of stretching and put on elbow pads and knee pads because I knew it could be a rough afternoon. but in all seriousness, all you all you can do is read the material and you try to play the honesty of the moment by moment in the scene and you just concentrate on what that character is trying to cheat at the moment because the character of Dante doesn’t know that he’s seconds away from being killed. He doesn’t know that his death is around the corner so what is Dante trying to convey to Gabriel in those last moments that we see a doctor’s life so I concentrated on that and I just try to present the idea of what possibly propelled Gabriel to act out so violently and to drop all level of stability and all levels of emotional control that we see Gabriel doing for the majority of time is him reacting to Dante’s unerving and frightening certainty that all this civilization that they’ve built, all the civility that they’ve built, all these laws and all of these kind of semblance of normalcy that they’ve built in Alexandria is a facade and that eventually, it’s going to rot from the inside. And I’m an agent of that rock and that’s an unerving and a frightening thing to present to Gabriel. So if I just knew in that day that I just had to push and push and to finally give the straw that broke the camel’s back and to force to have Gabriel to not see any other way out, but to extinguish me as a threat to the community and in that way, breaking down something very integral piece of Gabriel’s character and shocking the audience in seeing how someone like Gabriel could end up acting that way or committing to intentionally murder someone.”

Avi Nash as Siddiq, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes, Juan Javier Cardenas as Dante, James Parks as Captured Whisperer – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

I find it poetic that Dante told Siddiq to open his eyes to see the last moments of his friends lives at the barn and then in the opening of 10×08, Dante closes Siddiq’s eyes after he killed him. Do you feel that way too with the way it was presented to you?

Juan: (Laughs) “I think you really did pick up on something! At the end of episode 7 when Dante’s alone in that room with Siddiq at those final moments of his life, this whole season audience members have been watching Dante interacting with people while he’s on call like under cover so it’s up to the audience to kind of decipher when Dante was saying this, or when he was speaking in this way, how much of that is true, and how much it is not. And you have to think about who he was talking to, who was he talking with in front of people. I think about which is what you’re talking about, is that in those last moments of Siddiq’s cyclical life, it’s just Dante and Siddiq alone in that room and Dante doesn’t have to say anything in those final moments. The fact that it comes out of him, I think that’sa totally legitimate moment and more expressing himself. That’s a reveal of something very true. I think that it’s a sad coda ending to the story of Siddiq and Dante that started with an act of brutality, and it ends with an act of brutality. There’s pain there for both people and there’s a sense of regret and there’s a sense of sadness on both sides. So I do find it very poetic from all sides and that could also be written in a book too.”

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