TOM OF FINLAND Acquired by Kino Lorber Ahead of Tribeca Film Festival Premiere.


KINO LORBER ACQUIRES TOM OF FINLAND, A BIOPIC ABOUT THE ACCLAIMED FINNISH EROTIC ARTIST AND GAY ICON, AHEAD OF ITS NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AT THE 2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

New York, NY – April 14, 2017 – Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to TOM OF FINLAND, Dome Karukoski’s biopic about the life and work of Finnish artist and gay icon Touko Laaksonen, best known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland.

A trailblazing figure in post-World War II erotic art, Touko Laaksonen drew thousands of fantasy-filled, homoerotic images of intensely masculine (and muscular) men, often liberated from the moral codes of their times. Quickly spreading throughout the world, these images went on to play a significant role in the transnational gay liberation movement that continues to make strides to this day, also becoming iconic symbols for generations of LGBT people worldwide.

Dome Karukoski’s TOM OF FINLAND is set to have its North American premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film festival, after a world premiere at the Goteborg Film Festival in February. It’s also in high demand among LGBTQ U.S. festivals. The film’s world premiere was followed by a release in its home territory, where TOM OF FINLAND has taken close to $1m at the local box office.

The deal was negotiated between head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures and Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber.

‘Touko Laaksonen dared to draw and give life to his most daring and transgressive fantasies, and by doing so, inspired an entire generation of LGBT people to also live and desire freely,” said Richard Lorber. “Dome Karukoski’s film captures the man, as well as his milieu, in an incredibly cinematic and powerful way, so we’re very proud to be bringing TOM OF FINLAND to North American audiences this year.”

 

Vanessa Saal of Protagonist added; “We are so pleased the film has found such a good home for North America. Kino Lorber handpicks and nurtures each of its titles. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and we know they will spread TOM OF FINLAND love across America.”

Director Dome Karukoski is an acclaimed Finnish filmmaker with six features to his credit including The Grump (2014), Heart Of A Lion (2013) and Lapland Odyssey (2010).

The film was produced by Finnish production outfit Helsinki Film, with a screenplay by Aleksi Bardy. The cast includes Pekka Strang, Lauri Tilkanen, Jessica Grabowsky, Taisto Oksanen, Seumas Sargent, Jakob Oftebro and Niklas Hogner.

Aleksi Bardy, Miia Haavisto and Annika Sucksdorff of Helsinki Film produced the film. Gunnar Carlsson of Anagram Väst in Sweden, Miriam Nørgaard of Fridthjof Film in Denmark, and Ingvar Thordarson and Sophie Mahlo of Neutrinos Productions Germany were co-producers, in collaboration with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) UK.

ABOUT KINO LORBER:

With a library of 1,600 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, with six Academy Award nominated films in the last eight years, including this year’s nominated documentary FIRE AT SEA, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

In addition, the company brings over 250 titles each year to the home entertainment market through physical and digital media releases under its five house brands. It also now distributes a growing number of third party labels in all ancillary media and is a direct digital distributor to all major digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, HULU, Filmstruck, Tribeca Shortlist, Amazon, Vimeo, VHX, Fandor, Mubi and Others.

Next from Kino Lorber are the theatrical releases for Bruno Dumont’s SLACK BAY, starring Juliette Binoche and set for an April 21 NY opening at Quad Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Vanessa Gould’s OBIT, opening April 26 at Film Forum and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

ABOUT PROTAGONIST PICTURES:

Protagonist Pictures is an international finance, production and sales company which has a proven track record in outstanding films and commercial successes. Based in the UK, the company handles films from around the world, always maintaining a strong focus on filmmakers with exceptional vision and storytelling skills.

Protagonist’s current slate includes Francis Lee’s Sundance award-winner GOD’S OWN COUNTRY; Charlie McDowell’s Netflix title THE DISCOVERY which stars Robert Redford, Jason Segel and Rooney Mara; Berlin competition title THE DINNER, Oren Moverman’s adaptation of the Herman Koch novel, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Steve Coogan.

In distribution in 2017 are Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE, Eleanor Coppola’s PARIS CAN WAIT and Adam Smith’s feature debut TRESPASS AGAINST US. Titles in post-production include Clio Barnard’s DARK RIVER and Amma Asante’s WHERE HANDS TOUCH.

My Thoughts for today on The Walking Dead: Cliffhangers

The problem isn’t cliffhangers as cliffhangers. It’s that this particular cliffhanger worked against the scene, rather than for it.

   
Look at the previous major cliffhangers:Rick being told something in secret adds mystery. If I hadn’t gotten into the show after playing the Telltale game, it would have been a really intriguing one.

After the farm falls, Rick has a different view of leadership, we see the prison that may become their new home, and Andrea met some lady with a cape and a freakin’ katana. I couldn’t wait to start season 3!

After the prison falls, they have survived their first major enemy, but their home is lost again and the group has scattered. I really looked forward to seeing how they met back up and how the group would change on this new arc

The group is reunited in the Termites’ prison. It’s their darkest moment, but seeing familiar faces, Rick is thinking “it’s US, of course we’ll make it out of this”. Awesome, pumped for the escape.

Alexandria may be falling, Rick’s group is using good-old zombie guts to escape. Then, the boy gets scared and says “Mommy?” I couldn’t wait to see the panic as the walker herd turned on them while they were surrounded and had nowhere to go. …the payoff was a total cop-out (what, did the walkers just not hear him?), but the cliffhanger itself did its job.

Negan attacking…someone. What I’m excited about in the next arc is seeing Rick dealing with his biggest defeat. They essentially just got conquered. This is the main attraction of the next arc, but the cliffhanger detracts from it in two ways: first, it lessens the impact of Rick’s despair because we don’t see who he lost; second, it puts the main focus of the premier on “who died?” rather than “how will they deal with their new warlord?”

  
If they were worried about the gore, there would have been better ways. They could have shown the first hit, then cut to the reaction of each of the others as we only hear the impact of the bat.

If they were worried about ratings……..they need new marketers.

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DESTINATION: BIG BANG THEORY ALLEY!

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DESTINATION: BIG BANG THEORYALLEY!

THE CITY OF PASADENA HONORSTHE BIG BANG THEORY

WITH ITS VERY OWN STREET IN CELEBRATION OF

THE HIT COMEDY SERIES’ 200 EPISODES

 

Honorary Street Designation Comes Just Days After Pasadena Officials

Declare February 25 as “The Big Bang Theory Day”

 

Twitter Pitch: First a day, now a street! @PasadenaGov creates honorary “Big Bang Theory Alley” street in honor of @BigBang_CBS 200 episodes! #TBBT200

 

Burbank, CA — February 25, 2016 — As if having your own honorary day wasn’t enough, the City of Pasadena is helping The Big Bang Theory further celebrate its 200th episode milestone by providing the hit comedy series with an honorary street designation! The honorary street sign, which reads “Big Bang Theory Alley,” will be installed in the coming weeks near Pasadena City Hall, and follows the recent proclamation declaring today as “The Big Bang Theory Day” within the city limits.

 

The actual street sign was revealed to the cast for the first time during an appearance on Conan last night.  To view the segment, click here:https://teamcoco.com/node/93357

 

 “The City of Pasadena is proud of its comedic and scientific association withThe Big Bang Theory,” Pasadena Councilmember Andy Wilson said.  “Pasadena was already known throughout the world for having the foremost astronomers, chemists and scientific thinkers who do very serious work here, but thanks to The Big Bang Theory, being smart in Pasadena is now fun too. ”

 

The Big Bang Theory airs its 200thepisode on Thursday, February 25 (8/7c on CBS).  In the episode “The Celebration Experimentation,” the gang finally celebrates Sheldon’s birthday with a few special guests, including Christine Baranski, Sara Gilbert, Wil Wheaton and Batman’s Adam West.

 

Currently in its ninth season, The Big Bang Theory is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.  Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, the hit comedy series airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS, as well as five nights a week on TBS and in syndication.

The Secret Life Of Pets Product Showcase

Today i had the opportunity of covering this event as the merchandise line of Universal Studios upcoming film “The Secret Life Of Pets” and it was an blast. Here are the photos i have taken. Check them out.

   
    
  
   
    
    
    
 

   
    
    
    
    
 
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TRAVEL CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS THE SECOND SEASON OF ‘MAN FINDS FOOD’

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TRAVEL CHANNEL GREENLIGHTS THE SECOND SEASON OF

‘MAN FINDS FOOD’

Adam Richman Returns to Sample Food Favorites Across the Globe

NEW YORK (December 14, 2015) – Travel Channel announced today that “Man Finds Food” has been greenlit for a second season. Hosted by comfort food connoisseur Adam Richman (“Man v. Food,” “Man v. Food Nation,” “Fandemonium”), “Man Finds Food” will air on Travel Channel in the United States and across Scripps Networks’ international portfolio of channels in more than 100 countries and territories in summer 2016.

Season Two of the half-hour series, comprised of 14 episodes, follows Richman as he leaves North America and travels the globe in search of the best local dishes from across Europe, Africa, Asia and South America’s off-the-beaten-path restaurants. In each location, he will sample both traditional food favorites and unearth unique off-the-menu delicacies, experiencing the distinct culture and hospitality of each region.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back on the road with my amazing crew for Season Two of ‘Man Finds Food,’” said Richman. “To be able to share the truly hidden and delicious gems that are out there with people all over the world is really a special opportunity. And to be able to do it with Travel Channel, where my first TV food journeys began, just makes it all the more special.”

“Man Finds Food” is produced by Sharp Entertainment for Travel Channel, and filming commences in South Africa next week. For Sharp Entertainment, the executive producers are Matt Sharp, Dan Adler, Adam Richman and Bonnie Biggs, and the co-executive producer is Catherine Pappas. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Brian Leonard.

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE, TV’s Original Satirical Comedy Series, Makes its Home Entertainment Debut on 9/29 from S’more Entertainment!

“With great gobs of irony; with cartoons; literate skits; some superb film and tape editing; with acting both broad and subtle; with comedy and interview, the program strives to tell us what we are about these days.  It succeeds admirably.”
— The New York Times
“[a] one-of-a-kind TV magazine”
— The A.V. Club
 
BEFORE THE GROOVE TUBE AND KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE
BEFORE “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” AND “THE DAILY SHOW”…
THERE WAS…
 
THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE
The Legendary, Irreverent and Topical Sketch Comedy Series — Never Before Available on DVD and the Early Proving Grounds of Chevy Chase, Albert Brooks, Martin Mull, Charles Grodin, Henry Winkler, Andy Rooney
and Many Others — Makes its Home Entertainment Debut in 4-Disc Set Featuring Nearly 13 Hours of Singular Entertainment Exclusively
from S’More  Entertainment
AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
 
Los Angeles, CA (August 11, 2015) – Before “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show”, before the spoof-tastic films The Groove Tube and Kentucky Fried Movie came THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE, an irreverent, satirical weekly variety show that aired on PBS for two seasons from 1971-1972.  Unlike anything ever seen on public television, the eclectic, often controversial series – an early proving ground for many top comedic talents including Chevy Chase, Albert Brooks and Charles Grodin — combined humorous skits, drama, musical performances and political commentary in an “experimental” format and was considered Channel Thirteen’s first prime-time hit, setting new records for attracting younger adult viewers to public broadcasting.  And, this September, S’more Entertainment will fire up THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE for its eagerly-anticipated home entertainment debut in a 4-disc collector’s set for $39.98srp.
Produced by public broadcaster WNET IN New York, THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE was dubbed “the intellectual Laugh-In” and immediately struck a countercultural chord in the ’70s, poking fun at politics, commercialized mass culture, advertising, and television with eclectic vignettes and uproarious sketches.  With no host, no narration and no set format, the imaginative, thought-provoking series gave free, creative reign to an astounding cast of actors, comedians and contributors who’d go on to far greater fame, including Chevy Chase (making his TV debut), Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin, Penny Marshall, Henry Winkler, Marshall Efron, Andy Rooney, writer Studs Terkel, David Steinberg, Carly Simon, Tiny Tim and many others.  And though it drew the ire of conservative critics who had it cancelled after two seasons, THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE is a heralded cultural time capsule ready to be unveiled after a 40+ year absence to discover a new generation of fans.
According to Alvin Perlmutter, Executive Producer of the original series with Jack Willis, “The Dream machine was born at a time in public television when producers were encouraged to explore new ways to use the medium – to be spontaneous — to stun, to shock, to amuse, to annoy, to anger – to give viewers a different way of seeing. It was a time when producers were constrained by neither sponsor concerns nor government pressures.  We were exploring alternatives to commercial television”
THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE set includes nearly every hilarious, unforgettable and trenchant moment from the show’s two season run – nearly 13 hours of peerless and thoughtful comedy and opinion, including Marshall Efron’s memorable “Lemon Pie from Scratch” sketch, Albert Brooks’ famous “School for Comedians”, Andy Rooney’s pre-“60 Minutes” opinion segments including his very first “In Defense of Politicians”, Chevy Chase’s “Singing Faces” mime, “Great American Weather Days”, a Dream Machine style weather forecast with a glance back at some of the greatest days in U.S Weather history, a “Great American Hero” profile of daredevil Evel Knievel, Elaine Stritch performing the Broadway classic “Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch” from her role as Joanne in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” and much, much more.
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THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE
 
Street Date:  September 29, 2015
Format:  DVD/4 Discs
Catalog#: SMO-DV-7184
SRP:  $39.98
Running Time: 777 Minutes
Genre:  TV/Comedy
Aspect Ratio:  4 x 3
Audio:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound

Think You’re Funny? Win a Trip to Sweden with the “Laugh Your Way to Sweden” Comedy Video Contest!


THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? 

 

THEN YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS SUMMER’S

“LAUGH YOUR WAY TO SWEDEN”

COMEDY VIDEO CONTEST!

Launching on June 5 at LaughYourWayToSweden.com in Support of

the Returning Smash NBC-TV Sitcom “Welcome to Sweden” (Premiering on July 19 and available on iTunes the day after airing), Entrants Submitting a :60 second

“Fish-Out-of-Water” Themed Sketch Will Have the Chance to Win a Trip

to Sweden for Two for a chance to meet the cast and More!

 

Winning Video will be Selected by Greg Poehler, the star and creator of

“Welcome to Sweden”, as well as Patrick Duffy, Illeana Douglas, Guest Stars  Neve Campbell, Jason Priestly and Shannon O’Neill, the Artistic Director of the

Upright Citizens Brigade.

Welcome To Sweden Contest: Win a Trip to Sweden with Greg Poehler
Welcome To Sweden Contest: 
Win a Trip to Sweden with Greg Poehler

New York, NY/Toronto, Canada – This summer, in support of the returning top rated NBC-TV sitcom “Welcome to Sweden” from executive producers and siblings Greg & Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), Entertainment One (eOne) invites comedy lovers and aspiring comedians to enter the “Laugh Your Way to Sweden” Video Contest!

 

Searching the nation for the best original comedy short (up to :60 seconds in length) with the “Fish-Out-of-Water” theme imported from the series, videos will be voted on by the public at LaughYourWayToSweden.com. Entrants will be encouraged to share their videos across social media, and the top 10 videos with the most votes will move on to the final round where they will be judged by the celebrity panel.

 

The grand prize winner will be awarded a trip to Sweden for two and an exclusive visit to the Stockholm-based “Welcome to Sweden” set to meet the cast, valued at $5,000.  Additionally, the winning video will appear as a special bonus feature on the SEASON TWO DVD.

 

One of last summer’s highest-rated broadcast comedies and described as “the best thing to happen to broadcast-network comedy since ‘Modern Family’[1], “Welcome to Sweden” is based on Greg Poehler’s true life story.  Bruce (Poehler) is a successful New York money manager to the stars  who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch, top-rated Swedish drama “Solsidan”), and follows her back to her native Stockholm.  Culture clashes and hilarity abounds as Bruce, with no job, friends or clue, is forced to survive as a stranger in a very strange land.  The cast also includes Lena Olin (Chocolat, The Ninth Gate) and Claes Månsson as Emma’s parents, and Illeana Douglas (Easy to Assemble, Grace of My Heart) and Patrick Duffy (“Dallas”) as Bruce’s parents.

 

Guest stars in the second season include newcomers Neve Campbell (“Party of Five”, the Scream franchise), Jason Priestly (“Call Me Fitz”, “Haven”, “Beverly Hills, 90210”), Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda, School of Rock) and Paul Simon, as well as returnees Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza and others.

 

The Second Season of “Welcome to Sweden” will premiere on NBC on July 19at8pm ET/7pm CT.  The day following the premiere and each successive episode, series co-producer Entertainment One will release each individual episode for purchase on all leading digital platforms, including: iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.

 

Welcome to Sweden is a co-production between TV4, eOne, Syskon and Jarowskij. Created by Greg Poehler and based on events in his life, he serves as executive producer along with Amy Poehler, Fredrik Arefalk, Carrie Stein, Josephine Bornebusch, Iréne Lindblad, Lisa Dahlberg and Jessica Ericstam. Johanna Bergenstråhleis producer.

 

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.  The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea.  Through established Film and Television divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 40,000 film and television titles, 4,500 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.


[1] The Los Angeles Times

Heroes’ Tim Kring, Imperative Entertainment & Black Mask team for ‘Mayday’ Adaptation

Heroes’ Tim Kring, Imperative Entertainment & Black Mask team for ‘Mayday’ Adaptation

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Mayday issue 1
cover: Chris Peterson

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Imperative Entertainment, the company run by Heroes creator TimKring as well as Dan Friedkin, Farrelly Brothers producerBradley Thomas, and Zak Kadison, is joining forces withBlack Mask Studios for a scripted TV adaptation of MAYDAY, the new comic from red-hot writer Curt Pires(POP, THEREMIN) and breakout artist Chris Peterson(GRINDHOUSE, upcoming BROKEN WORLD), which Black Mask co-founders Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz will executive produce alongside Imperative.

The intent is to adapt the material for a scripted television series.

MAYDAY lives in the underbelly of the Hollywood scene, where a washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult’s plan to sacrifice people all across LA and bring on Armageddon. As our damaged heroes embark on a suicide mission to stop the crazy cultists, they begin to wonder if this is all really happening or if they’re just plain crazy… Probably both.

MAYDAY marks Black Mask’s latest foray into TV, joining the adaptations of Steve Niles andChristopher Mittens’ THE DISCIPLES in development with Wes Craven at Universal Cable Productions and Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham’s FIVE GHOSTS in development with UCP and BenderSpink at Syfy where Evan Daugherty (Snow White And The Huntsman) is writing the pilot.

Imperative and Black Mask are currently out to writers to adapt MAYDAY. Imperative sees the show as a perfect fit for their multi-platform business model, which includes the ability to finance the series, feature films, book series, and video games.

MAYDAY #1 hit stores on April 29, 2015.
It’s currently sold out at Diamond Distribution, but still available at some retailers. If your local comic shop is sold out, ask them to back-order it using Diamond order code JAN151091.

About Black Mask Studios
Black Mask Studios is a publishing/production company that specializes in working with creators interested in utilizing technology to reach a range of audiences across multiple media platforms. Launched in 2013 by Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, Epitaph Records, ANTI- Records), Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), and Matt Pizzolo (GODKILLER), the company’s mandate is to support unique creators and expand their audiences. Black Mask is currently developing the scripted series FIVE GHOSTS at UCP and Syfy and THE DISCIPLES with Wes Craven at UCP, and recently launched its 2015 publishing slate which features new works by Grant Morrison, Vanesa Del Rey, Matthew Rosenberg, and Steve Niles.

About Imperative Entertainment 
Imperative Entertainment is a next generation entertainment studio focusing on the development, production, and financing of original & branded entertainment across all media including film, television, video games, books, comics, and new media. Imperative was founded by Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Zak Kadison and Tim Kring in 2014. Imperative is currently producing HEROES REBORN for NBC among numerous other projects.

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Mayday issue 1 cover by Chris Peterson

Top 10 The Walking Dead Episodes

Season 5 of The Walking Dead has ended a few weeks ago and Season 6 is coming our way in October. Today, i will count down my favorite best episodes from The Walking Dead from Seasons 1-5.

10. What happened and what’s going on? (S5:E9)

  

Of all the episodes i have seen, this one caught me and the viewers off guard towards the ending. At the beginning of the episode, we are shown a grave being made for what we thought was for Beth along with flashbacks. During the episode, Tyreese, Noah, Rick, Glen and Michone went to the area where Noah used to live but to see that it has got overrun by Walkers. this also includes his family. Once Tyreese was alone with Noah, he was bitten and for most of the episode, we get to see hallucinations from his vision along with characters that were killed off. At the end of the episode, we get to find out that the grave from the beginning of the episode was actually for him since he is now dead. Talk about “the mind playing tricks on you”. This episode is a must see since the production and editing was so great that you would have not thought that he would die in the episode. Also to note, if you see any Walkers with an “W” carved into their heads along with the small wall with “Wolves not far” tagged onto it, save those for clues for the remainder of that season.

9. A (S4:E16)

  

The season 4 finale was a roller coaster for Rick, Michone, Carl and Daryl. First, the 3 of them encounter the claimers at the night as they were about to kill Rick and Rape Carl and Michone in retaliation for Rick killing one of them a few episodes prior. Daryl tries to reason with the claimers but then he gets assaulted. Rick, Michone and Daryl managed to get the upper hand along with Rick stabbing the last one of the claimers nearly 15 times for putting his hands on his son. later in the episode, they arrived at TERMINUS but to quickly find out that something is up when they noticed that their friend’s belongings are there. Gareth trapped Rick’s group after a gun battle and ordered them to go to an train cart labeled “A”. The good news is that Rick and his group reunited with the rest of the group but the bad news is that they are all captured and are being held in that one train cart.

8. Conquer (S5:E16)

  

The near 2 hour season 5 finale of The Walking Dead left with a bang and an cliffhanger. In the aftermath of the fight Pete and Rick had along with Rick being knocked out to his senses by Michone, Deanna and the rest of the residents of the Alexandria Safe Zone holds an meeting to decide whether if Rick gets kicked out from the Zone or he stays. Meanwhile, we get the first Appearance of the first members of The Wolves, Morgan saving Daryl and Aaron from a trap full of walkers, Nicholas attempting to kill Glen, and the last few minutes of the episode where Rick explains to Deanna and the residents that they need to be ready to survive. during this, Pete arrives with Michone’s sword and accidentally slashes Deanna’s husband. Deanna then told Rick to kill him and without hesitation and giving zero f***’s at all and in less than two seconds, he shoots his gun at Pete with one of the coldest looks i’ve ever seen Rick had. Morgan also meets Rick for the first time since season 3 in the final seconds of this episode as he saw Rick kill Pete. 

7. Clear (S3:E12)

  

In this episode, Michonne, Rick, and Carl are on a supply run. During this, they stop at an small town that has traps for Walkers from one side to the end of the other side of the block. The group manages to get away from the traps until Rick and Morgan reunited for the first time since season 1. Morgan has changed as they both caught up on how have they been since they last seen each other but not in the matter of a normal reunion. Morgan revealed that his son has been eaten by Walkers. Also, Carl and Michonne spends time together as Carl wanted to go back to his old school to get a framed photo of his family. During this, we get major character development between them two especially for Michonne since her backstory was kind of a mystery for a while. 

6. Pretty much dead already (S2:E7)

  

the first half of season two, the entire group is looking for Carol’s daughter, Sophia. After Rick told her to stay in an small area to kill off Walkers, she is no where to be seen when Rick returned. There were a few clues to where she was last at throughout the next few episodes until this episode. While the group takes out the Walkers inside of Hershel’s barn, there was one left and the final one was an zombified Sophia. everyone including myself was in stunned silence as we were all caught off guard for that reveal. Shane shoots her to put her down. Talk about a way to end an episode..

5. Days gone bye( S1:E1)

  

The first episode that started it all and showed us what we are getting too when we get that first shot of Rick putting down an Walker. Rick was shot during an arrest attempt and Shane took him to the hospital. He woke up a few months later after falling into an coma to find out that the hospital is empty and nearly destroyed. He also sees the Walkers for the first time and then escapes the hospital to see that the world he has known, has changed and roaming with Walkers. Rick eventually meets Morgan and his son for the first time as he gives him a brief up to date follow up on what is happening. Elsewhere, we get scenes of Shane, Lori (Rick’s wife), Carl, Dale and others as they try to survive as Rick goes out to look for his Wife and Daughter. What an way to start the series.

4. Them (S5:E10)

  

After the deaths of Tyreese and Beth, the group heads to Washington, DC. The group is very tired and are showing signs that they are fed up. especially the part where they have to get out of their cars and has no choice but to walk during an heatwave while Walkers are behind them but the group does not care to take them down. The group also finds an shed later in the day and has relief from the heat when it rains. Rick then gave his infamous “We are the walking dead” speech and then, a heard of Walkers comes to the shed and tries to break in. The entire group with all of their strength, prevents the Walkers from coming in. they did not come in due to a tree falling on them during the thunderstorm. This episode was a very powerful one and it told the story that they wont give up no matter what obstacle is in the way and to have hope that there is an place for the survivors.  

3. Too far gone (S4:E8)

  

For the entire 3rd season and half of the 4th, the group makes an abandoned prison their home. it was attacked by The Governor and his group two times but the third attack was the one that got them out for good. The governor and Rick has an discussion and also, Michonne and Hershel were being held hostage. The Governor wanted to take the prison or else he will force their way in. Rick refused the deal and then The Governor threatened Hershel with Michonne’s sword. Rick tried to plead with The Governor and would want to try to work everything out. That was, until the words “liar” came out of The Governor’s mouth. He then slashed and decapitated Hershel as the gun battle begins along with the tank. Rick and Governor then goes into a deadly fistfight until Michonne pierced her sword into The Governor. He is my favorite TWD villain but his death was needed after he killed Hershel. The group escapes separately into smaller groups as Walkers begin to overrun the place. 

2. No sanctuary (S5:E1) (WARNING:for mature readers only)

  

The season 5 premier i believe was the best and darkest opening in The Walking Dead. Rick, Glen, Bob, and Daryl are in deep trouble as they are tied from their hands and feet as they are taken to an slaughter house within TERMINUS. This is when the viewer realizes that the people within this place are cannibals. they are kneeled down along with 4 others as they and the viewer witness the butcher hits the other people in the back of their heads to knock them out with bats as the other butcher cuts their throats out with a large knife as the blood spills into the  stainless steel tub. Gareth does a bullet count and asks the butchers to give him the results until a rumble happens. Glen was about to be next to die until the rumble continues. As Gareth checks to see what is going on, Rick kills the two butchers with an wooden shiv he made while they were inside the train cart and freed the group. When they escaped the slaughterhouse, they rescue the rest of the group as Carol use an grenade launcher with an firecracker in the barrel to cause an explosion on an oil tank. Walkers begin to overrun the area, Rick and the rest fight their way to escape TERMINUS. at the end of the episode, Rick and Carol reunite along with Tyreese holding Judith (Rick’s daughter who separated with him in the last season while The Governor attacked the prison) as Rick runs to see and hold her. In the final few minutes of the episode, The group follows the railroad tracks until they happen upon a Terminus sign. Rick crosses out most of the text and modifies it to read, “No sanctuary.” Also in the post credits scene, Morgan appears alone as he is looking for Rick. 

1. Beside the dying fire (S2:E13)

  

In my opinion, the best episode of TWD that has aired. After Rick kills Shane and to find out that he has reanimated into an Walker, Carl puts Shane down. that was the episode that lead to this episode as when Rick and Carl return to Hershel’s house, a large herd of Walkers approach. Rick and Carl lure a number of them to the shed as Rick set them on fire. Also, Lori, Maggie, Glen, Carol, Hershel, Andrea, Daryl and T-dog defend the house from approaching Walkers but they were starting to outnumber them along with devouring a few more of their members who could not defend themselves. the group separates as the Walkers overrun the farm. Rick, Carl and Hershel was at the highway the group was at before to wait and see if others would show up. everyone except Andrea showed up. They later go to an area to camp for the night and this is when Rick revealed to the group that once someone dies, they reanimate into an walker (they all wanted to know why some Walkers they have seen were not bitten when they saw them). On the final few minutes of the show, we see Andrea running for her life until she tripped and fell, An Walker walked up to her until someone with an sword shows up and decapitated the walker. The person also has 2 Walkers chained up to her as this is the long awaited debut of Michone. This episode was full of character development along with moments in this episode that affected the group later on in future episodes. 

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