Monday, 17 November 2014

The Walking Dead Episode 6 Consumed & Winnie Sulks for Effin England

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Melissa Mc Bride as Carol and Norman Reedus as Daryl
I wish he'd get his hair cut!

It's been a long while coming, but finally The Walking Dead's two most favourite characters have had their time in the sun with a joint episode all of their own. The Daryl & Carol phenomenon must be somewhat irksome to The Walking Dead's original writer Robert Kirkman, for he is not at all responsible for  their conception and subsequent popularity with tv audiences. 
Ok he did think up the character of Carol Peletier , but his Carol was a very different and unsympathetic character from the one we see played by Melissa McBride in season five. Redneck Daryl Dixon ( Norman Reedus)was not one of his original characters either, yet the two peripheral roles, both losers and survivors of domestic abuse, have been catapulted into Strong and popular leads thanks primarily to the acting talents and chemistry between McBride and Reedus
Their time together on screen has been somewhat patchy and brief, yet both actors have managed to portray a fractured friendship between two very damaged souls that shows depth, feeling and a thankful absence of sentimentality. 
Put quite simply, the pair WORK.
It is this real sense of connection that has had fans of pair  vociferously declaring that if they are killed off, riots will ensue.
Consumed had Daryl and Carol returning to Atlanta in search of Beth, and the episode has a certain pace of its own as Daryl gets to understand some of Carol's motivations since she went all " kick ass" in season 4. It was also interesting to be back in the city after so much country based adventures
We are coming full circle so to speak !
( I adored the fact we see the pair enter Atlanta down the same road Rick rode in series 1and just as the pair pass the department store where Merle lost his hand..there stands the tank where Rick was trapped )
I like that the tables have been turned a little within their developing friendship and it is refreshing that the country boy is now Providing emotional support to the earth mother. As Carol reminds him in one of their quieter moments that....."you're a man now"
That's why the tv audience has taken both to their hearts,
We have watched two monosyllabic  damaged people grow up like real people.
Quite a feat for an action based, zombie killing apocalypse tv show  eh?
Consumed was the best episode to date!

Ps Winnie's still sulking..she's refused any physical contact and only reluctantly came for a walk at 10pm
It's now 11 hours since we heaved her sorry arse into the bath
She's a gay man in a bulldog body

36 comments:

  1. I'm only about halfway through season 2, but Daryl is one of the main reasons I watch. I am completely uninterested in the rest of the characters, but something about him is really intriguing.

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    1. In some ways series 5 mirrors their scenes in season 2...keep watching....

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  2. John. John, John. I am SERIOUSLY worried about you!
    Have a nice ☕

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    1. Why? Who doesn't love the walking Dead?

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    2. Gets all wrapped up in it, doesn't he? I worry, too.
      Sounds a bit love-sick, eh?

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  3. P and me just watched it. I feel amazing.

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    1. Yes, it was like being spirited away to another land and I wanted to be saved by Daryl.

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  4. just watched it. sigh

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    1. it was good. I am over the eating people thing. I didnt like the way that was going and am pleased that is finished

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  5. winnie winnie winnie, your arse needs a bath every so often. daddy still loves you!

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  6. I was thinking the same thing, nice to be back in the city, makes a change from long roads and trees. He definitely needs a trim

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  7. Hahahaha. Winnie.

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  8. I am ashamed to admit that I have only seen about 5 minutes of a walking dead after which I said YIKES and turned the channel.

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    1. Don't worry Delores
      It only is attracted to geeks like me

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  9. Your last line was priceless!

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  10. I greatly enjoy the Chronicles of Winnie but talk some more Walking Dead to me!!!!

    I am blaming my addiction on you! I resisted three seasons and part of four...you wore me down. I have no regrets. I will join the riots if Daryl or Carol are killed off.

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  11. Daryl is my favorite character and I look forward to the Carol and Daryl episode, probably watch it tonight. But let that man's hair be, he has a great scruffy look going.

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  12. Poor Winnie, she really has her pout on, doesn't she?

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  13. Nice to see you feeling better, John.

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  14. I'm hoping the Xmas elf streams season 1 for me; I'm still refusing to have a tv in the house.
    Not even for Walking Dead.
    Winnie pouting would be totally different however.

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  15. It was an AWESOME episode. I must say, this season (series) is the best in a long time. Every episode is spot on great and I love how they are weaving them all together from different perspectives. I'm guessing it will all culminate with a battle at the hospital. Only two more episodes until the Winter finale if I'm not mistaken.

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  16. Too bad Carol is so straight - she's one of my favorite characters

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  17. Oh my! I missed the post about Winnie's bath and went back to read it - what a face on that dog!!! I'm surprised that you could actually go thru with the bathing faced with that expression!

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  18. .... I'd always suspected that about Winnie ;-)

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  19. I thought of Winnie when they were talking about the rich guys painting on the wall and Daryl described it as a dog sitting in paint and then wiping its ass across the canvas. Can't think why!

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    1. Lol...if Winnie had " painted" her own picture....they would have needed a bigger canvas

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  20. My wife and I have resisted all urges to join in on The Walking Dead phenomenon so far. No, it has not been easy with references to the show being left on various news outlets all over the television and internet, but we are hanging in there. It sounds like it is way too late for you, though. Sorry.

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    1. Jim a complete goner jerry!

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  21. I get the impression that Kirkman does not seem too irked, more excited :)
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/walking-dead-carols-backstory-early-749130

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    1. Interesting but I still think he's pissed

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  22. As of last Saturday, Daryl's hair was still long and greasy looking. My kids took pictures with him and Shane and said Daryl was just the nicest guy. Talked with them about his cat and son.

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