10 Years in, and There Are Still No Emmys For The Cast and The Crew of The Walking Dead

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon; group – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

AMC’s The Walking Dead has been on the air for ten years now. And within those ten years, not once was any of the cast nominated for The Emmys. I know it is easy to say that they all have won awards from different award shows and I am not disputing that at all. But the talk is always about The Emmys when it comes to the mainstream attention of award ceremonies and year after year, The Walking Dead gets snubbed for unknown reasons.

There are a few years where they are nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects categories, as well as Outstanding Sound Editing. But the focus on these awards have to be put on the cast. We would have thought that The Walking Dead would have at least had more than one nomination per year. But that always go to the shows like Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, etc. Those are really good shows, but the cast on those shows are not as diverse as The Walking Dead.

Andrew Lincoln who stars as Rick Grimes, has been on the show for nine seasons. He has had Emmy worth performance scenes during his time on The Walking Dead. The first I can remember is way back in season 4 of the show where he tried to convince The Governor to not take over The Prison, and to not kill Hershel. If those judges in that council room did not feel that sadness during that scene, then I do not know what were they thinking at the time. Another scene where I believe Andrew Lincoln should have gotten an Emmy for is his breaking moment the entire time when Negan made his introduction. That esculated even further on the season 7 premiere when Negan broke Rick Grimes infront of everyone. The tip of the iceberg here, is when Negan tried to force Rick Grimes to chop off Carl Grimes’ arm off and while Rick was crying and pleading for Negan to stop this, a snot bubble came out of Rick Grimes’ nose on contact, and without the use of CGI. Andrew Lincoln is a great actor and he knows how to get a reaction out of the viewer in particular scenes whether if he is speaking, or not.

I will also bring up Melissa McBride. She has been on the show as long as Andrew was and she is still on The Walking Dead as she is here for her tenth season. This season alone, Carol has been the center of this season due to her feud with Alpha that has lasted for most of the season. But it is not just the feud that put the spotlight on Carol, it was also everything that surrounded it too and how Carol had to go through a rocky road to overcome the damage Alpha and The Whisperers inflicted on Carol. Melissa McBride had a lot of good scenes that she acted out this season. Some of my favorites were when she interrogated that Whisperer after he spit his food on her, Her conversation with Daryl on “Lines We Cross”, her conversation with Kelly, and also with Lydia.

But it was more than that too as Melissa McBride’s potential has really risen after the second season of The Walking Dead as she did great Emmy worth performances on earlier season episodes such as “The Grove”, “The Same Boat”, “Wildfire”, “Cherokee Rose”, and even “The Well.” Each season, Melissa McBride has broght in something different out of Carol and Carol is a very good and more complexed than her comic book counterpart. Carol can just be in one room talking with any of the characters, and you will get more out of her than you usually would with other characters.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays as Negan, should have recieved a lot of nominations from The Emmy’s the second he appeared on screen. I know that there are fans that do not like Negan, but Negan really fits Morgan and I could not see anyone else playing as him. From his debut until season 8, he was very charismatic, and also dangerous. But from season 9 until recently, Negan has went a complete change and showed his genuine side as he seeks his redemption. You do not see that often from major television villians in that scale. Of course, we do not have to forgive what Negan done, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan brought that character to life. He has had many great performances as Negan, but my favorite has to be the season 7 premiere, and also the season 9 finale. On those two episodes, it is night and day to see Negan as he was then as a ruthless leader, to the caring person he became at the end of season 9.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 14 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Norman Reedus is another person I would have considered for a nomination of an Emmy especially for his work from season 9, to current. Norman Reedus’ performance on the last two seasons has been the best for the Daryl character. Daryl is still a badass, but I felt that these last two seasons, we finally got more of a human side of Daryl and I honestly wanted to see that from Daryl for a while. While Norman and Melissa had great scenes together for this entire decade and built a chemistry, he has also built a great chemistry with Lauren Ridloff, Cassady McClincy, and Cailey Flemming these past two seasons and his chemistry with all of those names really shines on screen whether if it is good momnents, or scary-situational moments. Even though Daryl was given more words than ever these last two seasons, Norman Reedus made sure those lines have substance when he acted out those lines.

I know that there are many other actors that (In my opinion) deserves an Emmy nomination because this show brings out the best out of the cast. You cannot find a strong cast like this on The Walking Dead anywhere else. I know for sure that The Emmys is very selective and we will never know the answer why, but The Walking Dead will never be overlooked in the eyes of the fans that care about the franchise. It is just a shame that the powers that be will never reconize the cast for any consideration to be part of The Emmys.

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The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead San Diego Comic Con at Home Panels Recap

This year’s edition of San Diego Comic Con had to be canceled due to the current pandemic. Not only that was canceled, The Walking Dead had to delay the airdate of the season finale, delay the premiere of World Beyond, and halt the filming of Fear The Walking Dead. What was supposed to be 42 straight weeks of content of The Walking Dead universe, turned upside down due to the pandemic. But luckily, fans got a chance to see the panels of all three shows in the comfort of their own homes as San Diego Comic Con went virtual for the first time in it’s 50 year history. Today, I will give my recap and thoughts of the two panels as I will also make a seperate article of The Walking Dead: World Beyond panel.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

Showrunners and executive producers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, and cast members Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, all were on the panel today to talk about the first half of the sixth season. The panel was broken into two groups as Chris Hardwhick said that at the start of the panel. Also, the premiere of the sixth season will be on Sunday October 11th, 2020. They then begin to talk about the season 5 finale as Chris brought up the memories of the last ten minutes of the episode. We were then given a new trailer of the sixth season. as well. Andrew talked about Morgan’s fate. Ian also clarified that something is going on with Morgan since he is seen with red eyes in the trailer. Lennie then talked about shooting those scenes with Colby Minifie (Virginia) and praised her work as a villian since he believes that she is very unerving. Lennie also teased that Virginia runs more than one group and that we will see that during the sixth season.

Scott Gimple also teased that we will see more dimensions to Virginia this season. Colman talked about the current state of Strand and what can we expect from him. Then, the conversation shifted to Alycia as she feels that Alicia does not trust anyone but Strand at the moment since she has known him the longest. Colman also believes that Strand should be trusted as he made a promise to Madison to keep her safe. Andrew talked about how the shutdown affected the filming process and he stated that they were halfway finished with the first half and that the entire season has been written already. He did also say that when it is safe, they will begin filming the back half of the sixth season.

The conversation then lead to Morgan’s bond with Grace as a fan asked if Lennie would see Morgan in love with Grace. Lennie feels that Morgan is still locked down to his wife, but he could open up to Grace. But Lennie is interested to see how their bond will develop. Isabelle, who is part of CRM was brought up and Scott Gimple said that there will be more story with her and that there is a chance that we will see more of her on the show. Ian was then asked about his mindset going into season six and Ian said that Virginia is in control of everyone and how it will affect all of the characters. He also said that they all will be tested in ways that they have not before and how they will fit in Virginia’s world, and how will they react under these circumstances. The episodes will be an anthology structure and this season will be darker than the previous seasons.

Colman talked about the episode he directed as he stated that it featured a number of actors on the show as he sounded very excited about the episode he directed. Lennie James also directed an episode for the first time and Lennie loved the experience. Lennie also said that he meet the crew, riggers, and costume designers and was also given a fantastic episode to direct. The morning of the first episode he directed, Lennie said that he had a fun text exchange between himself and Colman. He also praised the crew that supported him and is not sure if he will ever direct again, but would be open to doing it again. The last important bit is the conversation is Scott Gimple was asked if there was a time jump during season 6 and he said that not only that there will be one, there will be multiple time jumps during the season. Also, Ian could not comment if that musical episode would happen on this season.

The second half of the group was Ruben Blades, Karen David, Danay Garcia, Jenna Elfman while Scott Gimple, Ian, and Andrew stayed. Danay talked about what can we expect from Luciana during this season. She also talked about the process of putting on the oil makeup when they were filming at the oilfield. Funny line from Karen David as she said that if you get a zit on the show, they celebrate. The Living Dead would also be the name if there was a band. Karen also talked about her reaction to Grace being pregnant as she feels that she has done a lot for Morgan before she found out. She wonders of Grace will be alive to see her child’s first birthday due to the nature of the apoclapse.

Jenna brought up an interesting point as June and John are seperated again. Jenna believes that they will have faith to see eachother again and that June is strong enough to not let Virginia break her at all. Chris brings up the status of Dwight and Sherry and Ian told him that he cannot say much about these two. He also said that he and Andrew were fans of Dwight and that he is a much different person now than he was when he was with The Saviors. Scott Gimple stated that there will be new characters coming in season six and one of them, will be Virginia’s sister named Dakota. Gimple also said that we will see a whole other side of Virginia too because of Dakota. Ruban said that he really misses being on the set because of the daily contact, and talking with everyone. He also misses Skidmark. The last few minutes were dedicated to a few fan questions and the funniest one, is if Lucianna would replace her wounded arm like Merle did and Danay said that she would replace it with a gun.

THE WALKING DEAD

Just like Fear The Walking Dead, this panel was split in two groups. The announcement of the airdate of the season finale has been revealed as it will air on October 4th, 2020. We were also shown a sneak peak of the Finale. The panel opens as Angela Kang, Scott Gimple, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Khary Payton, Greg Nicotero and Ross Marquand are the first group. Angela talked about beta being driven by the mass amount of walkers and Nicotero talked about how excited he was directing the episode along with the fact that the horde is closing in on the group. Norman Reedus talked about Daryl’s arc of the season and how Michonne’s departure, Alpha, Judith, and Carol has affected him. Norman was asked if Daryl would want a rematch with Beta and he said that Beta is way too tall for a rematch. Even Khary said that people do not realize how tall he is. Melissa talked about Carol’s state of mind as Carol has had a journey during this season that also negativity affected her friendship with everyone during this season. She also said that Carol’s conversation with Kelly also really helped too and that her relationship with Daryl has not been good towards the end of this season.

Khary Payton talked about Ezekiel’s current health as he feels that Ezekiel thinks that his time is coming up due to the cancer that is in him. Khary also said that the cancer may give him hope since it has not stopped him from moving forward. Then, we get to Ross Marquand as he talked about Aaron and Alden meeting the masked character too and how it reminded him of when the group first meet Michonne. Ross also wants Aaron to find a new love interest in the future. Melissa McBride said that she was excited working with Jeffrey Dean Morgan for the first time. Greg Nicotero talked about the process of creating that cancer lump for Ezekiel and I thought that it was interesting to see and hear how he did it. This part of the panel ends as it was announced that six additional episodes after the finale will air (that is part of season 10) sometime in 2021.

The panel then switched to the second group as Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, and Paola Lourazo as Lauren first talked about Maggie returning to The Walking Dead. Lauren also said that it felt like she has never really left at all. Angela Kang then talked about the dynamic of Negan and Maggie since Maggie thought that Negan was still in the jail. It was funny to hear that Jeffrey Dean Morgan say that Negan saved a lot of her friends. Jeffrey Dean Morgan was asked how would he feel if he seen Hershel Jr. and Morgan said that Maggie might see a different side of Negan since Negan also has a bond with Judith.

The unfortunate news also came as it was announced that season 11 will be delayed to 2021. Then Seth Gilliam talked about Gabriel and how different he is now compared to then since he is the leader of the counsel. He also reacted to Carol letting Negan out of the jail. Josh was asked what Eugene sees different with Stephanie that he has not seen with Rosita. Josh joked that he has not actually seen her yet, but then Seth asked Josh about their connection and Josh ran down their connection and their bond. He also thinks that Rosita and Eugene are good as friends, and that Eugene and Stephanie are building a foundation. Paola was aked about her reaction to the community’s highly praised reception of The Princess. Paola also said that she would love to see Princess interract with Negan since both of the characters are very similar. She also said that her favorite character is Carol.

Angela then talked about the way some scenes were filmed and how challenging it was. It was funny to hear Jeffrey Dean Morgan to respond to the question about getting a new weapon and calling it “Rick” as Morgan believes that Negan has moved passed on from it. Jeffrey Dean Morgan also stated that the scene from the comics of Lucille being broken will not happen on the show.

Scott Gimple said that he would create a pre-apoclapse spinoff with Glenn as he misses working with Steven Yuen and that it would be very funny. Angela then talked about the huge diverse cast of The Walking Dead which also includes the people that work behind the scenes. She also praised Greg Nicotero for his work on this episode and teased The Commonwealth group as well as she hypes up the season finale. The panel ends as Chris gives the dates of The Walking Dead season 10 finale, World Beyond’s airdate, and Talking Dead right after both episodes.

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The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale Airdate Has Finally Been Revealed

Paola Lazaro as Princess- The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 15 – Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

Earlier this year, the season 10 finale of The Walking Dead has been delayed until the end of the year due to the current pandemic. It was supposed to air alongside of the debut of The Walking Dead: World Beyond but that has also been delayed too. The pandemic prevented the post-production of the episode to be finished in time of the premiere of the episode. Fans have waited for months for any news of the airdate and today, we finally got an answer.

During the San Diego Comic Con at Home panel of The Walking Dead, showrunner Angela Kang revealed the airdate of the season finale titled “A Certain Doom.” The episode will air on October 4th, 2020. This is much sooner than we thought and it is great news that we will see the current season conclude. Angela Kang and the rest of the cast that was on that panel gave a few details about the episode and we even got a sneak preview of the episode as well along with what can we look forward to on the next season when they start filming season 11.

Also during the Fear The Walking Dead panel, the premiere date has been revealed as it will premiere on October 11th, 2020. In addition, six additional episodes of Season 10 will also air in early 2021!

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Casting News: Margot Bingham to Join The Walking Dead on Season 11 to Play as Stephanie

Margot Bingham has joined The Walking Dead as she will play as Stephanie from the comic book series. Although only her voice was heard during the tenth season, she will make her on screen debut on the next season of The Walking Dead. Stephanie is a key member of the large community The Commonwealth in the comic book series and it is because of her, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) lead a few members of the group to The Commonwealth. 

Once at The Commonwealth in the comic book series, Stephanie and Eugene build a bond and eventually they become a couple. It will be interesting to see if the television series will follow the same story that was adapted from the source material. With Margot Bingham on the cast, she can bring new life to the character and flesh out her backstory more as well. The Walking Dead has done this with major and minor characters that did not have a backstory. The most recent example was back in season 9 when Alpha (Samantha Morton) got her own backstory so the same could happen for Stephanie.

Margot is also best known for her work and appearances on Blue Bloods, New Amsterdam, and most recently, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It. 

The Walking Dead will also have a panel during San Diego Comic Con at Home this Friday afternoon at 1:00pm PT/4:00pm EST as it will be hosted by Talking Dead’s Chris Hardwick and will feature Scott M. Gimple, Showrunner Angela Kang, Greg Nicotero, and cast members Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Ross Marquand, Paola Lazaro, and Lauren Cohan who is returning to the series. The panel will be streamed on the official Comic Con YouTube Channel.

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The Walking Dead Universe Panels at San Diego Comic Con @Home Times Revealed

This year, San Diego Coimic Con will offer a unique experience for The Walking Dead fans as all of their scheduled panels will be online and free to view on the week of SDCC 2020 @Home. This happened due to the current pandemic that prevented the actual event to have a massive gathering. Details and the times of each panel have been revealed today as you can see the information below.

Friday July 24th, 12:00PM-1:00 PM

Fear the Walking Dead will present a panel for the series’ upcoming sixth season, premiering later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the panel will feature TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunners and executive producers Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg, and cast members Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Karen David, Jenna Elfman, and Rubén Blades. Season six of Fear the Walking Dead explores what has become of the unlikely family once united by a mission to help those in need. After being torn apart by Virginia (Colby Minifie) and her Pioneers, the group is now dispersed across her far-reaching settlements. Morgan’s (James) last message at the end of season five implored the group to “Just Live” and this season we’ll see what that means to each of them. Some will find the stability and opportunity within Virginia’s communities to be intriguing, some will sink into darkness, while others will fight back against what has been forced upon them. Life behind Virginia’s walls will test each and every one of them in different ways, forcing them to define who they are in this new world.

Friday July 24th, 1:00PM- 2:00PM

The Walking Dead will make its 11th San Diego Comic-Con appearance with a panel spotlighting “A Certain Doom, ” which will air as a standalone episode later this year. Moderated by Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead), the panel will feature TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, and cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, and Paola Lazaro. In The Walking Dead episode 1016, “A Certain Doom, ” Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War.

Friday July 24th, 2:00PM-3:00PM

The Walking Dead: World Beyond makes its Comic-Con International debut as the third series in wildly successful The Walking Dead Universe. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the series’ panel will feature TWDU chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner and executive producer Matt Negrete and cast members Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Nicholas Cantu, Nico Tortorella, Julia Ormond, and Joe Holt. The Walking Dead: World Beyond delves into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. But all of them will find the truths they seek.

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Interview: Graphic Designer Kailynn Heide

Kailynn Heide is a graphic designer based out of Minnesota. She is known for her work of The Walking Dead related print designs. Ever since she started her profession, her work was universally revieved positive in the community of The Walking Dead, and even some of the talent of the show as well. I recently got the chance to intervew Kailynn as we talked about that, along with her passion for graphic design, and getting to know more about Kailynn in this exclusive interview.

First, I would like to get to know more about you and I believe your fans and supporters would love to hear your story too. Where did you grow up? And what were some of your earliest childhood memories?

KH: “Of course! I grew up in Pillager, which is a very small town in central Minnesota (the population is around 500 people)! One of my earliest memories growing up was losing my first tooth. I was in preschool at the time and we were all hanging out on the playground. I remember telling the teacher I had lost my tooth and I couldn’t find it. After some searching, we miraculously found it amongst the wood chips and it was placed into a small bag so I could bring it home and show my family!”

What were some early goals you wanted to accomplish before you decided to do graphic design?

KH: “Before I applied to the graphic design program, I wanted to familiarize myself with the field. To prepare, I was using apps and free programs on my family’s computer to develop my skills. I was also working on building my social media presence by sharing my edits/designs on Instagram and Twitter. I was a shy kid growing up, so I also began to work on my interpersonal skills. I firmly believe my self-confidence improved greatly once I discovered the TWD fandom. It was a relief to finally find people who I could be myself around and who shared a common interest.”

Was there any point that graphic design was challenging if you recall?

KH: “At my community college, the graphic design and videography programs were actually merged together. Because of that, my fellow graphic design classmates and I were required to take a few videography classes and vice versa. Although I did learn some new skills, I did find those classes to be somewhat strenuous. I have huge respect for anyone who works in that field because I learned firsthand just how much work goes into filming, editing and rendering any and all types of video.” 

I have seen your work and I am amazed at how much effort you put into it. The fans also love your work too. How did it feel for you when your work started to get noticed in this way?

KH: “Thank you! To this day, the love and support I receive for my artwork blows me away. When I first discovered The Walking Dead and began making fan art to display my love for the show, I was stunned to see the amount of people who were showing interest in this hobby of mine I had only recently discovered. It wasn’t long before I realized this was something I wanted to do long-term.” 

A lot of your work is based on The Walking Dead. When did you first hear of the series and was The Walking Dead your first choice on doing commissions for fans?

KH: “Unfortunately, I didn’t discover the series until season six. My favorite YouTuber had the episode “East” playing in the background of one of her videos and it caught my attention. I watched the episode that same night and immediately became hooked. I ended up binge-watching all six seasons within about three weeks after that. The first episode I actually watched live was the dreaded premiere of season seven. In regards to commissions, it wasn’t until this year that I really had anyone show any interest in wanting one. Because most of my followers are from the TWD fandom, I haven’t been surprised that a majority of the commissions are based on the show. I personally find the TWD commissions easier to do, only because I’m so familiar with the show and it’s characters.”

What is your favorite episode of the show, and your least favorite?

KH: “My favorite episode of the show would have to be “The Same Boat” from season six. My favorite character has always been Maggie and being able to see her and Carol’s badassery on full display was so satisfying to watch. It’s hard to choose my least favorite episode, but if I had to, it would probably be “Swear” from season seven. The episode just wasn’t very interesting to me.”

My favorite pieces of your work are the World Beyond and Jaws tributes. Do you have any personal favorites?

KH: “Oooh nice choices! My personal favorites would have to be the Lucille Lineup and Whiskey Cavalier tribute posters. Both were big hits in the fandoms and I am so unbelievably appreciative of all the love I received for those designs.”

What is your thought process when you select particular scenes on the show for you to work on your projects?

KH: “Before the commissions started flowing in, most of my pieces were based on my own personal favorite episodes and scenes from the show. Because my work is done in a minimalist style, I have to be careful with which scenes I choose and how I create the design so as to not make it too busy to the point of the design becoming unrecognizable.”

If any, have any of the cast or crew seen your work? If they did, what did they say?

KH: “You know it! The number of cast and crew members has grown quite long over the past few years, but there have been a few reactions that have stuck with me more than others. The first was when I was able to meet Lauren Cohan at a convention back in 2017. I was lucky enough to have her sign some artwork I had done of Glenn and Maggie. When I first handed it to her, I could see she had become overcome with emotion and was speechless for a few moments. She actually ended up taking her phone out of her bag and taking a picture of it to send to Steven Yeun! Another incredible reaction I received was from Ryan Hurst just last year. Angela Kang had reposted my minimalist tribute to The Whisperers on her Instagram and Ryan had seen her post and ended up reposting the design to his own page and following me on Instagram and Twitter. I made a deal with him that I would bring him a print of the design at a convention in Atlanta later that week. To make a long story short, he now owns a 24×36 poster of that design!” 

In the future, which franchise would you like to produce prints of and what would be your first print of that selected franchise?

KH: “I’ve had a few requests to design posters for the Marvel franchise as well as for Star Wars and Breaking Bad. If I had to choose, the idea of doing a poster for Breaking Bad is something I’d be more interested in. I’ve never watched the series myself, but the vibe and tone of that show would definitely be something I could easily translate into a minimalist design.”

What advice can you give to upcoming graphic designers that would want to do something similar to you?

KH: “Always be yourself. It’s easy to compare yourself to others, but try to remember it’s not a competition. There is only one you.”

Within the next few years, would you like to see yourself in either this industry, or in a path that is not related to graphic design and art?

KH: “I currently define myself as working part-time as an artist and part-time as a service advocate at my retail job. My dream would be to travel the country and sell my artwork at fan conventions across the United States. However, as of right now, I feel good with where I’m at and how far I’ve come within the past few years!”

You can follow Kailynn and check out her online store at the links below.

Instagram: instagram.com/walkerwyn 

Twitter: twitter.com/wynthewalker

Facebook: facebook.com/walkerwyn 

Online Shop: walkerwyn.storenvy.com

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Feuds of the Dead Week 3: Daryl vs Dwight

The feud between Daryl Dixon and Savior lieutenant Dwight has lasted a total of three seasons. Their feud started from something that was accidental, to becoming very major as the time went by. This week, I highlight the feud between Dwight and Daryl on my miniseries, Feuds of the Dead.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Christine Evangelista as Honey and Austin Amelio as D – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

While the group was trying to get the massive horde of walkers away from Alexandria, Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha were luring walkers to another direction. All three of them were suddenly shot at by The Saviors and Daryl lost track of the both of them while they were shooting. Daryl then rode into a burned down forest and had a slightly brutal accident. He did however, took down a walker. After this, Daryl inspects the area until Sherry and Tina appeared and Dwight knocked him out with an object. All three of them held Daryl as a captive since they thought he was a Savior. Dwight orders him to say nothing and Daryl kept telling him that he needs to go back to his community. They walk for a bit and hide because they did not want to be seen by The Saviors since Dwight, Sherry, and Tina are the ones they are actually looking for since they stolen medicine and ran away. Dwight sees Wade cutting off an arm of another Savior since he was bitten. They then go to the cabin that was burned down to give Tina medicine and Tina was bitten by a walker. Daryl took down that walker, and Sherry had to put down Tina. As they were about to depart and split away, Dwight and Sherry demands Daryl to give them his crossbow and motorcycle. Daryl gave it to them.

One month later, Daryl, Rosita, and Denise went on a supply run. After Denise got a soda can, she argues with them both and out of nowhere, a crossbow bolt pierces her skull as she got Abraham’s comic book death thanks to Dwight. Dwight and The Saviors appeared with Eugene as their hostage, and Dwight has a burn on the side of his face. He introduces himself again and demanded Daryl and Rosita their location. As Eugene told Dwight that Abraham is near, Dwight told The Saviors to look for him. While Dwight was not looking, Eugene took a bite on his crotch and next thing you know, a gun battle between those Saviors and Daryl, Abraham, and Rosita happened. Dwight was about to get bit by a walker, but he shot that walker down. Dwight and the rest of those Saviors retreated as Daryl got his crossbow back.

Austin Amelio as Dwight; Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 15 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

While Michonne and Glenn were in the forest, they heard whistles from The Saviors. It was Dwight that made the call for them to be captured. If there is one thing I should say, is that there is a lot of capturing going on during this feud. Daryl and Rosita found both of them, but Glenn tried to warn both of them to get away from the area. Dwight sneaked up on Daryl and shot him in the shoulder as he and Rosita are captured. Later that night, almost every member of Rick’s group is surrounded by a large group of The Saviors. Simon ordered Dwight to get Michonne, Glenn, Rosita, and Daryl, who is still wounded, out of the van to join Rick and the rest. Negan makes his introduction and told Rick about the “new world order.” We know how this went. Negan picked Abraham to meet his demise by lucille. After Negan taunted Rosita, Daryl punched Negan. Then, a few Saviors put Daryl on the ground as Negan shouted ” Not one bit of that **** flys here.” Dwight, now in possesion of Daryl’s crossbow again, asks Negan if he can kill him right there. Negan told Dwight to not kill him. Daryl is then put back at the line as Negan killed Glenn due to the fact that he said that he would shut it down if someone tries to come after him again. In the morning after Negan took Rick for a hunting trip and broken Rick much more, He ordered Dwight to place Daryl in one of their vans to take him back to The Sanctuary as their prisoner.

Austin Amelio as Dwight, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

At The Sanctuary, Daryl is forced to do yard work and chores as the other prisoners. Negan wanted Dwight to not only break Daryl, but to also convince him to join The Saviors. Daryl did not break even though he had to endure too much torture and declined to join as he is not “Negan” at all. Even Sherry did not want to see Daryl as a prisoner either. When Negan and The Saviors went to Alexandria for their first pickup, they brought Daryl there to not only parade him around, but to show Rick and everyone what they did to him. Daryl did not say a word while this whole visit happened. Then, we are back at The Sanctuary as Daryl sees that Negan is with Carl Grimes. And later that day, they all witnessed Negan burning Mark’s side of the face with an iron due to him sleeping with one of Negan’s wives, who was also with Mark before they became a Savior.

Some time later while Negan and a number of The Saviors were at Alexandria, Daryl killed Fat Joey, and escaped The Sanctuary to go to The Hilltop. It was there where he reunited with Rick and everyone else as he also given them intel about The Sanctuary. Daryl is then placed at The Kingdom as Simon and The Saviors went to Alexandria to look for Daryl. It is here that Richard given Daryl a new crossbow to use (PSE Fang model) and to plan to strike The Saviors. But when the both of them were by themselves, Daryl beats the crap out of Richard because of the way Richard talked about Carol along with the fact that he wanted to alert them. Meanwhile at The Sanctuary, Dwight placed the blame on Daryl and Sherry’s disappearence on Dr. Carson and Negan had him burned to death at the furnace. Dwight also started to become a double agent as he wanted Negan to be taken down too. Dwight meets with Rosita as she takes him to the cell at Alexandria. Daryl wanted to kill Dwight right there, but Rick told him not to because they need him for information. Daryl vows to kill Dwight after they kill Negan.

At the battle at Alexandria Dwight left a note to Daryl telling him that he did not know that the attack would happen. Back at The Sanctuary, Negan declares war against all of the other communities. Rick, Jesus, Ezekiel, Maggie, and the rest were prepared for it. But to keep them prepared, Dwight was still acting as a double agent. He and Daryl used their crossbow bolts to send messages to eachother of the locations of their outposts. All of the outposts were attacked before, during, and after the attack at The Sanctuary. After The Saviors were trapped at The Sanctuary due to the attack and the fact that there are hundreds of walkers outside, Dwight, Simon, Regina, Gavin, and Eugene talk about the current situation of how it happened as they suspect that there is a mole within the group. After this, Eugene and Dwight talked about how he should keep his tracks hidden or he would be exposed.

Once they get things back in order, Negan launches an attack at Alexandria as he and The Saviors bombed the entire place with grenade launchers. At the same time, More Saviors blocked the road on the other side. While they had their gun battle with Daryl, Tara, Maggie and the rest, Dwight turned on The Saviors by shooting them down. Laura found out about this as it happened and she ran away afterwards. Dwight then explained his actions to Daryl, Rosita, and Tara and told them that he cannot go back to them. Dwight still wanted to help them and by Daryl taking back his vest and Stryker crossbow back again, that means that he will still accept Dwight’s help.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Austin Amelio as Dwight; group – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 11 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

A few days later, Daryl, Rosita, Siddiq, Tara and other members needed to cross the lake to get to the other side without being seen by The Saviors. Dwight helped them across, but they still could not trust him yet. Tara was about to kill him, but Dwight rejoined The Saviors as he also did this because he and Tara were about to be caught seen. Dwight returns to The Sanctuary as Simon wanted to attack Hilltop now since Negan was missing. This was after Simon ordered The Saviors to kill all of the members of Jadis’ scavengers at The Junkyard. The battle of Hilltop started at night, and they all did the plan that Negan told them to do before he went missing and that was, to infect all of their weapons with walker blood so that way when they use their weapons against their opponents, they will all turn. Everyone did this except Dwight as he used a compound bow to shoot Tara with a clean arrow. Tara figured out that Dwight was still on their side because she did not turn like everyone else that got hit with those weapons did. Daryl still did not trust him. Meanwhile, Laura told Negan about Dwight turning on The Saviors and Dwight was not the prisoner that Daryl was before. On the final battle of the war, Eugene’s plan to sabotage all the bullets worked and it gave time for Dwight to fight Negan. But that did not end there as Rick was the one to end the war by slicing Negan’s throat as the rest of The Saviors surrendered.

Elsewhere, Daryl took Dwight to a forest. It is quite telling that the beginning of their feud started in a forest, and the end was in a forest. Dwight thought that Daryl was going to kill him. But Daryl spared his life and exiled him. He told Dwight to look for Sherry and to never return ever again or else he will kill him to end the feud.

For a feud that lasted a long time on The Walking Dead, this one had a better payoff than the Rick and Negan feud. Since Daryl eventually became a leader and Dwight crossing over to Fear The Walking Dead, who knows if their paths will ever cross again in this world.

I will return next week for the final feud of this mini-article series Feuds of the Dead!

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Feuds of the Dead Week 2: Michonne vs The Governor

Michonne and The Governor is the first feud in this mini series of Feuds of the Dead that was adapted from the source material. The feud in the comic was brutal and not all of it was adapted on the television show due to it’s graphic nature. But what we got on the show, worked and the fans of The Walking Dead loved it. Here is week two of Feuds of the Dead as I am highlighting the feud between Michonne and The Governor.

After Michonne found Andrea at the end of season 2, they traveled together in season 3. At this time, Andrea fell sick and Michonne given her pills and told her that they should continue walking. They then witnessed a helicopter crash in the forest and they both walked to the area where the helicopter crashed. They both seen dead bodies until they both hide behind bushes as The Governor and a few of his men checked on the soldiers. The Governor killed those soldiers, and as Michonne and Andrea were about to leave, Merle Dixon caught them and ordered them to drop their weapons.

They were taken to Woodbury as Michonne and Andrea were kept in a locked room. When The Governor came to see them, Michonne demands that they get their belongings back and to leave. The Governor tolf Michonne that they can sleep for the night. The day after, The Governor gives them a grand tour of Woodbury and Michonne is still not buying that it is a safe place as she wanted him to give back her sword. Michonne eventually does gets back her sword as she went into his house to retrieve her sword while the party at Woodbury was going on. Michonne wanted Andrea to leave with her, but she wanted to stay.

Michonne also killed all of the walkers that was used as the pets at his fight arena. After The Governor discovers this, he sent Merle, Crowley, Tim, and Gargulio to hunt Michonne down. Michonne killed Crowley and Tim quickly, but Merle shot Michonne. Merle was about to kill her, but he was attacked by walkers which gave Michonne a chance to leave. At this point, Michonne has given Rick Grimes and the rest at The Prison intel on how they will launch their assualt on Woodbury and to save Glenn and Maggie. While that was going on, Michonne and The Governor had a standoff as zombified Penny, the daughter of The Governor is put down by Michonne. This lead to the fight between Michonne and The Governor as these two fought until The Governor lost his eye due to Michonne stabbing his eye with a shard of broken glass.

A few days later after Michonne rejoined the group, The Governor and his group attack The Prison for the first time along with Merle. Michonne and the rest did their very best to kill the walkers that were pouring out from that truck along with the ones that were coming to The Prison. Michonne and the rest of Rick’s group plan to go back to Woodbury to rescue Andrea. The entire Prison was clear and The Governor and his group attacked The Prison again, but nobody was inside at all. Rick’s group arrived to Woodbury to try to rescue Andrea, but it was too late as Milton was killed by The Governor hours before and he bit Andrea before she put him down. Everyone waited outside the room as Andrea killed herself by a gunshot.

At the beginning of season 4, everything was calm and quiet at The Prison until the flu breakout began. At the same time this was happening, it was revealed that The Governor abandoned Woodbury and burned most of the town down, and went into hiding. He then meet Tara and Lilly as he stood with them for a few months. The Governor eventually went back to his old ways as he began to plan a takeover of The Prison. He captured Michonne and Hershel, and used them as leverage in order for Rick Grimes to give him The Prison. Rick wanted to work with The Governor, but that was not happening.

The Governor killed Hershel by using Michonne’s sword, and the all out assault begins after The Governor said his iconic “Kill Them All” line. During this battle, Michonne freed herself, and stabbed The Governor through his back with her sword as he was choking Rick. We thought that he would be dead at an instant, but it was Lilly Chamber to kill The Governor after Michonne saved Rick. That moment was the end of the feud.

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Feuds of the Dead Week 1: Carol vs Alpha

The Walking Dead has had many feuds during it’s first ten seasons. Some are memorable, and some are not so memorable. Whether if the fans liked the feuds or not, they were significant for the major characters, and everyone else surrounding those characters. Last week, I tweeted to everyone what feud of The Walking Dead would they like to see on this weekly miniseries Feuds of the Dead and Rick vs. The Governor was leading the poll, but Carol vs. Alpha won the poll. It is time to revisit the Carol vs. Alpha feud that ran from Season 9, to Season 10.

THE BEGINNING

On season 9, Carol was married to Ezekiel and they adopted Henry as their son. Carol and Ezekiel essentially became the king and queen of The Kingdom for a while. But as their paradise was blooming, the threat of The Whisperers were coming to the communities. The first member of any of the communities to meet their demise was Jesus as it happened at the graveyard. From that time until the fair, every community pact together to stop the threat of The Whisperers after being very disconnected with eachother for a while. At the day of the fair, Alpha infiltrated the fair in disguise and seen some artwork of Carol and Ezekiel as she remarked that she would like to meet “the queen.” Later that night, Daryl, Michonne, Carol, and others were surrounded by Whisperers including Alpha and Beta.

When Alpha appeared, her machete was bloody and she showed Daryl the mega horde. In the morning, that same group seen Alpha’s border with heads on every pike as Alpha lured and beheaded members of each community. The last person to be revealed was Henry and Daryl did not want Carol to look at his severed head. After the winter storm, it is revealed that Carol left the communities as she took a boat to go to the sea during the time between the winter storm, to the season 10 premiere. Carol reuintes with Daryl, Ezekiel, and Connie. Daryl and Carol were catching up while they were alone until they were all interrupted by the satellite crashing down as everyone gathered together to put out the fire. After that, Carol and Alpha had a staredown as Carol was on top of the cliff, and Alpha was far below.

THE BORDER

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Danai Gurira as Michonne – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

At the first meeting at the same border that they seen the severed heads on those pikes, Alpha was telling Michonne that they are taking more land because she knows that they crossed her border multiple times. Carol was not hearing anything Alpha said since it will cut their hunting area. Alpha wanted Carol to repeat what she said and Alpha also taunted Carol about killing Henry. So Carol shot at Alpha, but Michonne smacked Carol’s gun from her hand away at the moment she pulled the trigger. The tension of this feud is rising at this scene alone. After they retreat, Carol declares that Alpha has to die. It is also here that Carol took medication that had a side effect that gave her hallucinations as she seen the ghost of Henry at an abandoned school while she also seen a shadow figure about to stab her. Daryl checked on her wellbeing at this time.

The feud continued as Alpha is strategically wearing the group out. Carol captured a Whisperer and interrogated him about the location of Alpha’s horde. Carol also tried to use Lydia as leverage to get to Alpha too. But before that, they had a heart to heart conversation before Lydia figured out the plan. The feud picked up again as Alpha lead Carol, Daryl, Magna, Connie, Kelly, Aaron, and Jerry into a trap which was the dark cave that had Alpha’s mega horde which was thousands of walkers. They got out the cave, but Connie and Kelly didn’t. Carol’s obsession of destroying Alpha and her horde also affected the group as Yumiko blamed Carol for all of them being in that cave to begin with. But Carol has a plan and I will get to that now.

THE END

Carol also battled alongside with everyone at The Hilltop at the time it was burning down due to the flaming arrows that were shot by The Whisperers during that battle. After The Whisperers won that battle, Carol’s grand plan comes to light. Carol’s plan involved Negan as she not only secretly released him, she made him a promise that if he kills Alpha, she will spread the word to the group and make sure that Negan will have a different view to the communities when she tells them. Carol did this as a backup plan to kill Alpha incase her original plan did not work. Negan did just that by luring Alpha into a shed to make her believe that Lydia is there. Negan rolled Alpha’s head to her feet as it was poetic as Alpha wanted Carol to look down at her and Carol did exactly that except that she is alive, and she is dead. But it was not truly over yet as She asked Negan why did it take so long for him to kill Alpha. Negan told Carol that he needed to get her trust before he could do so. Carol was then taunted by the conscience of Alpha as she would not get out of Carol’s head until Carol got the strength to get over Alpha as she killed a walker while she was trapped under debris. This is where the feud between Carol and Alpha ends.

As Carol got her revenge, she questioned if it was worth it due to what happened during the road to get revenge on Alpha. Revenge stories always have a rough road as they are never sweet and straight forward to just getting revenge of one person or large group. You will lose people along the way and this is what happened to both Carol and Alpha. The difference here, is that Carol cares for her own people and Alpha does not other than Lydia. Carol and Alpha are very strong characters and When these two were first on screen together, I had a feeling that these two would have a showdown on the television show compared to the comic book series since comic book Carol was dead long before Alpha showed up. This feud has been a highlight of season 10 and it is also one of my favorite feuds of the series.

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Get Your Signed Copy of Negan Lives at this Comic Book Store

News broke a few days ago that Skybound will release Negan Lives, which will tell the story of what happened to Negan from his final appearence on issue #174, to issue #193. This will be an intriging story since the fans wanted to know about his wearabouts before he had a cameo on the final issue.

The issue will be in stores and not on digital as Robert Kirkman wanted to give back to the comic book stores for not only supporting The Walking Dead comic book series for years, but to also give back to every comic book stores that were also affected by the pandemic as all the sales of Negan Lives will go back to the stores. One store in particular, will be allowing fans to purchase a signed copy of the book.

Megabrain Comics and Arcade is located in New York state and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a frequent visitor at this store. Jeffrey will sign copies of Negan Lives and you have a chance to buy it from the store. It will cost $20.00 and it is limited to one copy per user. Jeffrey Dean Morgan cares for the fandom of The Walking Dead since he plays as Negan himself and he wanted to give back as well.

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