“What’s left of the people we lose is their ideas.” Sadiq
Well, they said the battle with Negan would end this season and they weren’t kidding! But I’m sure many fans will be disappointed. I was. But not for the same reasons that you may be.
The episode starts with Rick asking Sadiq for the details of how Carl died. If I were him I wouldn’t have been comforted with his answer. Morgan is crazier than ever! He tries to attack the men coming back into Hilltop but is stopped by Carol and little Henry who Morgan almost skewers! Rick tries to tell him he doesn’t have to come with them for the big battle but Morgan insists.
“We are worse than we are, you and I.” Morgan tells him. It’s true. But I wouldn’t want that crazy bastard with me on such an important mission.
I loved seeing Rick and Michonne walking into battle hand in hand as the group left Hilltop.
Dwight is now in prisoner garb; sweatshirt with a big orange “A” on it. Eugene has completed the requested bullet oder. Negan asks ‘Gabey’ to ride along with him because he has some sins to confess.
Rick and gang knock off some Saviors setting up a roadblock using some walkers. Morgan mercilessly kills off one of them trying to surrender. He sees the ghost of Jared taunting him as usual. Is he going to keep seeing dead people when he is on Fear TWD?
But it’s another red herring – Negan sacrificed them so that Rick would find a map showing where Negan would be. Oh! All the misdirection! Father Gabriel decides he’s heard enough and jumps out of the moving car!!! He’s quickly caught because he’s blind and can’t keep from running into trees and walkers.
Meanwhile. Rick and his party are marching. Jesus has a little friendly talk with Morgan and gives him a bit of sound advice about how to try and regain his balance. Move from crazy to less crazy by using his beloved staff.
“This end for the dead (sharp end) and this end (blunt end) for the living and things will start to get better.”
Then they started hearing that creepy whistling. The Savior’s theme song, if you will.
“I ambushed your ambush with an even bigger ambush!” Negan announces on his bullhorn.
All of a sudden Rick and company find themselves surrounded! But when they shoot their weapons they all misfire and most of them are wounded or killed. That’s when Rick attacks! It’s pretty easy at this point. Michonne cuts down one, Rosita saves Eugene. Morgan even avoids killing a helpless Savior and at Jesus’ urging using the blunt end of his stick. Let the healing begin.
While the remaining Saviors surrender Rick chases Negan down to the tree with stain glass hanging off it for some reason. They fight it out but as usual, Rick gets his ass kicked again. He sure can take a beating. Remember The Governor just about beat him to death and it was Michonne that saved him.
“Just so you know, eeny meeny miney moe? That was bullshit. I made a choice. I just didn’t want to kill a kid’s dad in front of him. But maybe that would have been the best thing I ever done. had I done it that might still be alive” Negan tells Rick. That had to hurt. But instead of getting up and continuing to fight, Rick pleads with him to listen. They can stop the fighting. He asks for 10 seconds for Carl. Negan gives it to him. And lo and behold it works! Negan starts to cry. And then Rick slices his throat open. He felt guilty about it though after saying how Carl wanted them to make peace and all. He turns and sees everyone standing there watching.
“Save him!” Rick shouts and Sadiq rushes to Negan’s aid. Well this did not make the Widow Maggie very happy. Michonne had to hold her back while she wailed, “NOOOO! We have to make it right! It’s not over until he’s dead!”
Rick tells the surviving Saviors to put their hands down and go home. The real enemy is the Dead.
“Negan’s alive but his way of doing things is over!” Rick tells the surviving Saviors. “All this is just what was. There’s got to be something after”
Rosita punches Eugene. “That’s for the puke”
Morgan hands over his armor to Carol to give to Henry and tells her he’s moving on. (Moving to another show that is)
Then we see that scene of Rick that we saw in the season opener but didn’t understand where or when it would come into play. Rick sits against the tree with the hanging stain glass and weeps.
“My mercy prevails over my wrath”
Another group of Saviors arrives at Hilltop but a plan was ready. Tara led everyone into the woods to hide. That damn baby Grace can be heard for miles! She plans to slow down the bad guys and the sweet Savior turncoat offers to help. She hesitates but then hands him the bag of guns and a small group of guys arm themselves. But they their help wan’t needed! All of a sudden those Saviors started going up in a ball of flames! It was Aaron and the Oceanside gals tossing molotov cocktails!!! We all saw that coming, didn’t we?
The sweet savior asks Maggie if he could stay. He’s been reading the book A Key To A Future and wants to try to build some of those contraptions and make Hilltop stronger. Maggie gives him the OK.
Rosita and Tara go to The Sanctuary and plan to help the Saviors build a decent community there. They’re greeted by Negan’s wives! I guess they’re considered divorced now. They might want to leave that moat of zombies though.
Daryl drives Dwight out into the woods. Dwight thinks he’s going to be executed and says he’s sorry for killing Denise and is willing to accept his fate. But Daryl lets him live and tells him to go away and never return.
“You go out there and make it right. Find her!” Daryl tells him.
He drives off to the house where he and Sherry were supposed to meet and finds a note there with some beer that says “Honeymoon”. I guess she’s still around?
Morgan shows up at the junkyard and tells Jadis that she’s welcomed at Hilltop. She tells him her real name. It’s Ann! Morgan says he’s going to stay at the junkyard because he needs to be alone.
Carol goes with King Ezekiel and Jerry back to The Kingdom to rebuild that place.
Then we get to Maggie. She tells Jesus he was right not to kill those Saviors at the outpost and that Rick was right not to kill the Saviors at the end of the battle. But she was not OK with leaving Negan alive. “We have to build this place up. Make it work better than before. We need our strength. The ability to defend ourselves better. We have to have that. But Rick and Michonne. Rick was wrong to do what he did. Michonne too. So we’re going to bide our time, wait for our moment and then we’re going to show him”
Then Daryl appears from the shadows!
“Yeah we will”
What the hell? They’re going to turn on Rick? That is crazy talk!!
Rick and Michonne tell Negan what they’re going to do with him.
“We’re not gonna kill you, we’re not gonna hurt you. You’re gonna rot in a cell.” Rick tells him. They want him to watch them build a better community and for people to see what happens to bad people. So either he will get loose one day and start trouble again or he may change and be an ally in the future. I always thought it would be fun to see Negan and Rick become friends!
Then there’s Gabey, I mean Father Gabriel who prays in his burned down church and says he can see. But I think he means ‘see’ in the spiritual sense. I think he’s still blind.
Then we see young Rick walking with a tiny little Carl walking along the road. He honored Carl’s vision. He’s going to try and build the world Carl wanted him to.
I have to say the finale felt anti-climactic. The Big Battle didn’t happen. Thanks to Eugene. And there were no losses. perhaps that was the twist but it wasn’t a satisfying one. Every character did have a revelation and that was interesting but it did not make this a great finale.
What is set up does make me interested in next season. There will probably be a time jump and I’m curious to see how bad Maggie, Jesus and Daryl become.
I figure there will be a new threat to our heroes and Rick will turn to an imprisoned Negan for help. I think these two will make a great team!
Well that’s it, folks! Now it’s on to Fear TWD! And Westworld!
Great Lines From The Episode
“Sorry, Eugene. I’m going to have to call dibs on Gabey boy myself!” Negan
“I am bigger. I am badder. And I have a bat!” Negan
“I created a modicum of phooey for a full kablooey” Eugene
Another solid episode. TWD seems to be going back to its bread and butter by doing a lot more character building and mixing in some action. Everyone is going through ‘The Carl Effect’ – especially Rick. They are struggling with how to move forward and still retain their humanity. The war with The Saviors has come with great cost and everyone is reflecting on how it will end and how much more death will come. A lot of callbacks too as Rick, Carol and Morgan deal with the memories of their lost children.
The cold open was a flashback to the massacre at the junkyard. We see Jadis pretend to be deeds her people get wiped out. When it’s all over we see her disrobe from her filthy clothes and find that she was wearing that white slip underneath. We then see her pack her suitcase in what seems to be a designer bunker. A pristine wooden room with a bed and desk. Simple and clean. Did all her people have one of these or just her? We also see Lucille leaning against the wall. She takes Lucille and her suitcase and leaves. We then see that she’s got Negan tied up on a sled. She starts to drag him out into the middle of the junkyard. How did Negan allow himself to be in this position?
DARYL AND ROSITA
Tara did not get sick and suspects it was because Dwight didn’t dip his arrows in walker blood and guts. Daryl is less willing to accept that and just thinks she got lucky. They’re running low on ammo and assume so are The Saviors but Rosita knows they have the ‘bullet maker’ and also knows where he would be making them. Eugene took her to the place he found a few seasons ago,
Towards the end of the episode we see Daryl and Rosita scouting Eugene’s outpost. Daryl tries to work out how to attack when they are outnumbered but Rosita has a better idea. Kill the bullet maker.
Rick walks in on Michonne as she’s reading Carl’s letter to her. She asks him what he said to him but Rick still hasn’t read it. She tells him not to go out looking for food and instead staying and reading the letter. He can’t do it. He talks to the Savior not turned ally and asks where he thinks the escaping Saviors would have gone. He tells him about a dive bar a few miles away and asks Rick to try and not to kill them all. He says they made a mistake by running but that not all of them are bad people and if given the chance would return and be cooperative. Rick makes no promises.
JADIS AND NEGAN
“My wife’s name was Lucille. She got me through. I didn’t give her shit, and she got me through. Just life … regular life. The bat, that got me through this. That’s it, nothing more to do with me than that. But it is the last little piece of her that I got left.” Negan
Jadis looks to be prepared to kill Negan. Negan tries to convince her that he didn’t order the killing of her people. “People are a resource.” he tells her. He promises to settle it if she lets him go which I take to mean killing Simon. She leaves him a lone for some reason and he manages to wheel himself over to get hold of a gun and a flare. he threatens to burn Jadis’ pictures which are the last thing she has. He tells her about his wife. His wife was named Lucille and she got him through life. That bat has gotten him through the apocalypse and so he named it Lucille and it’s the last thing he has that connects him to his wife. Pretty twisted and yet touching. She rolls out a zombie decorated shopping cart and lunges towards Negan who starts shooting at it. She tries to get the flare away from him and as they struggle that infamous helicopter appears. Jades gets the flares and lights one up. She tries to signal the chopper, “I’m here! I’m here!” but it turns and flies away. “What the hell is that?” Megan is as shocked as can be!
Jadis cuts Negan loose who asks her to join him back at The Sanctuary but she refuses. He tells her he will settle things for her and promises to swing by again to see how she’s doing. She goes back to her “hipster quarters”, unpacks and lays down. What is she waiting for? What will be her next move?
MORGAN AND CAROL
“No, not me. I don’t die. I just see it. Again and again. Even when I look away, I still see it.” Morgan
Morgan goes after the runaway Saviors with the intent of killing them all. Carol goes with him not to help him but to look after him. She knows he’s ‘not right’. He sees a vision of Henry in the woods – dead. They come across a walker with Henry’s stick run through him. Morgan believes Henry to be dead and while Carol thinks it too she still must go look for him.
Carol finds Henry, miraculously, still alive! Maybe NOW he’ll listen to her about staying in the house!
DIVE BAR BRAWL
“There’s not a lot that’s worth much these days. But a man’s word … it’s gotta mean something, right?” Rick
Rick crazy with grief runs into Morgan, who’s just plain crazy and together they set out after the runaway Saviors but…they get captured instead. Sure enough, they’re hold up in that dive bar and a few of them are either sick or bit and no matter how many parts they’ve cut off of them they’ve had it. That douchebag Jarod wants to put them out of their misery and head for The Sanctuary. The others are conflicted about going back to a group that couldn’t care less for them. But they have ‘Rick the dick’ to bring to ‘the Big man’ and that is their ticket back in good graces. Rick tries to reason with them. A herd is on its way. He tells them that if they let him go that they can come back to Hilltop and they’ll get a second chance. He gives them his word. Morgan, on the other hand just sticks to his plan; kill them all and his motto; “Everyone turns!”.
The herd arrives and some of the Saviors cut Rick and Morgan loose and take on the herd. But as they get control of the situation and even after Rick is saved by on of the Saviors, Rick and Morgan proceed to kill them all! I was stunned! Herod manages to get a way and Morgan goes after him. They have a knock down, drag out and eventually Morgan traps him in a rook filled with walkers who bit off his face and then chow down on the rest of him as Morgan watches with a satisfied grimace.
Rick finds one Savior still alive and Rick shoots him in the head. Cold as ice. He feels a little remorse and questions Morgan about why he saved Rick way back when in the pilot episode
“Just tell me. Why’d you save me?” Rick
“Because my son was there.” Morgan
RETURN TO HILLTOP
Jerry is very excited when Carol arrives back at Hilltop with that little psychopath Henry. King Ezekiel was also happy to Henry and that Carol was the one that found him. Carol opens up to him about Sofia and that she sometimes shuts down when children are involved but she finds the strength to grow and evolve. Something she hopes Morgan can do and Michonne hopes Rick can do.
When Morgan and Rick arrive Morgan is stunned to see Henry alive. He actually reaches out to touch him to see if he’s actually there at first. He tells him that he killed the one that killed his brother, that he killed them all. Henry touches his arms and says he’s sorry. “Don’t ever be sorry” Morgan tells him
Rick gets cleaned up, he and Michonne tell each other they love each other and he finally sits down to read Carl’s letter. I was expecting to hear Carl’s voice narrate the letter but we don’t get that. We’re left to see Carl’s word register on Rick’s face in silence…..for now.
While Negan drives back to The Sanctuary he spots someone on the road, pulls over, pops open the door and says “Get in!”. So many secrets!
Then he gets to The Sanctuary gates and tells them not to say anything about his return. He has some ’surprises’ for certain people. I’m thinking Simon. Will it be the furnace or Lucille or does Negan have some new form of torture planned?
Although not as exciting as the last two episodes, Ep14 was nicely written and effective. Several storylines were satisfyingly handled.
Who is Jadis? Is she some sort of satellite scout for a whole other group? Who is in the helicopter? How was she able to communicate with them or does it come by on a regular basis?
Jades is a whole other person underneath the dirt and grime. She had that white slip under her ‘costume’ and that pristine room as her living quarters. She certainly is more interesting now than she was when we first met her.
Negan continues to reveal a more vulnerable side, setting him up to be saved at the end of the season. Prepare yourself.
Daryl and Rosita plan to kill Eugene? Pub-Lease! Ain’t going to happen!
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Negan will deliver Simon to Jadis so she can kill him. This should surprise Simon.
2 Maggie cannot die. AMC will make a deal with her.
3 Tara will bite the dust
4 Father Gabriel will give his life protecting Eugene.
5 Negan picked up Dwight’s wife. And that will certainly be a surprise to Dwight.
“Your 38 people are alive and breathing. Turn around and leave us be and they stay that way. But if you don’t, I have 38 bullets that I will personally fire into all 38.” Maggie
TWD kept on its winning streak with another fine episode. The storytelling seems to be stronger in the second half of the eighth season. I now have bigger expectations for the last three episodes of the season. But first lets talk about this action packed and scary story. The Hilltop rebels which now consists of Alexandria and Kingdom refugees ready for attack. That little punk Henry wants to help but Carol tells him no and that if he leaves the house he’ll be killed. Carol does not mince words. Morgan is seeing the ghost of Gavin. Gavin has a message for him and it’s driving Morgan crazy!
SIEGE AT HILLTOP
“This isn’t what he’d want. You know that right? He could still be out there. You sure you want to face that if he shows?” Dwight
“Better to beg forgiveness than ask permission, D. Future problems!” Simon
Simon, now leading The Saviors and with his own orders of wiping out the rebels completely, arrive after dark at Hilltop. But Maggie has them ready and waiting. She tells Simon she’ll kill all 38 Savior prisoners unless they stop the attack. Simon doesn’t care. He is set on total destruction. Then all hell breaks loose! daryl shows up out of the forest on his bike and firing his mounted machine gun. The gate opens and he drives through but is followed by a Savior truck. Its all a trap! The Hilltop forces open fire! The Saviors start shooting arrows! Bloody arrows! Alexandria alumni, Tobin, gets sliced open but Carol saves him from a fatal blow. Sadiq comes to his aid. Simon and Dwight come up behind Tara. daryl sees them but she doesn’t. Before Simon can reach her Dwight shoots an arrow into her shoulder. This pisses Daryl off!
Maggie orders a retreat to the mansion. Simon leads his men slowly towards the mansion. He’s got the bloodlust rising. he wants to go inside and slaughter them all. But sure enough, another trap! The headlights turn on and gun fire comes from the mansion sending Saviors scurrying for cover. What in the world were they thinking? A real dumb move on Simon’s part. Rick finally shows up and leads the attack on the ground. Seeing that they are outmatched, Simon, Dwight and what’s left of The Saviors get in their trucks and leave. Rick and maggie pursue them past the gates, guns blazing!
“I wanted them dead. All of them — Negan most of all.” Maggie
“Yeah, me too.” Rick
PLANTATION OF TERROR
“If I knew that getting stabbed would get your attention, I would have done it a lot sooner.” Tobin to Carol
As everyone mended to their wounds and took a breath, Carol and Tobin shared a nice moment. She apologized for running off and hurting him and he showed that he still had feelings for her. Poor fella. Sadiq tried to tend to Rick’s wounds but Rick still holds him responsible for Carl’s death. Everyone is telling Maggie what a great leader she is but she sees the graves that Jerry dug for their dead and only feels responsibility. She laid the trap hoping that Negan would be there so she could kill him. Did her blind vengeance get these people killed?
As night fell, everyone curled up in the mansion for the night. They were all sleeping so squished up together for some reason when there was plenty of room to spread out. Maybe they just felt especially close after all that killing. Well, this is when the real horror set in. Tobin was sleeping comfortably in the medical trailer when all of a sudden he stopped breathing. His eyes shot open1 Holy crap! He’s infected! He’s turning! Negan’s plan worked. Tobin soon is feasting on the lady doctor (doctors don’t last long in the zombie apocalypse) among others. Those that were wounded and sleeping in the mansion start turning too! Soon we hear the screaming and panic. It’s a nightmare! I haven’t felt terror like this on the show since the prison but somehow this felt even worse. Rick, Daryl, Rosita and Carol run to the rescue. It’s a bloodbath. Worst of all, Carol is the one that has to put Tobin down. She hesitates for a long time and I thought for a moment that she’d let him bite her but she does what needs to be done. After the danger is over they check on Tara. She had been shot with an arrow by Dwight so they assume she will turn as well. She takes the news pretty well, considering.
While all this was going on, Henry took his rifle and went out to the prisoners pen. he still wants to know who killed his brother. How would they know? they don’t know who you are, kid! Gregory tries to get him to hand over the weapon, The one nice Savior tries to reason with him but henry says he’ll start killing them one by one until one of them tells him what he wants to know. He opens the gate and walks into the pen. Just then, one of them starts munching on someone’s neck. One of them must have been wounded and turned. Then they hear the screaming coming from the mansion. They over power Henry and escape.
In the morning, the one good Savior tells Maggie that the most of the prisoners took off but he stayed as well as a few others because they could no longer be on the side of what The saviors had become. She allows him to help bury ‘his people’. he says they aren’t his but that he appreciated her referring to them as ‘people’. As Maggie looked out at the ever expanding graveyard she muttered “The cost…..the cost”. The cost of war? or the cost of her revenge? Either way, they won the battle and paid a heavy cost.
Simon plan was pretty anemic. A good henchman but not a good leader.
It’s time for Carol to tell Henry to ‘look at the flowers”.
Morgan’s going crazy again. Now he is having visions of Gavin telling him “You now what it is.” Guilt? OK. More evidence that Morgan is nearing his death.
Now Daryl wants Dwight dead and Tara is coming to his defense. Get it together!
This episode had a great action sequence and a great horror sequence. I haven’t felt that scared watching the show in a long time! It was great! It felt like the old days! Maybe the show can turn things around going forward. It seems they are aware that they needed to at least.
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Tara will not die. She is not infected because Dwight did not dip his tips in walker blood.
2 Henry is an idiot but he is not dead.
3 Gregory must die!!!!
4 Young blonde Savior prisoner has got the hots for The Widow. Maybe the best way to merge Savior and Hilltop factions.
5 Jadis and Negan are going to show up at Hilltop via helicopter!
The second half of Season Eight continues to be stronger than the first. This episode was perhaps the best of the season. It starts off with those damn super serious close ups again, this time, of Negan, Simon and Dwight but quickly shifts into action with strong character building scenes and great action. I watched it a second time with my friend Charlotte and she remarked “This is like a season finale!”. It’s that good.
Negan’s plan is to attack Hilltop with weapons coated in walker blood and guts. He doesn’t want to kill them all he just wants to get them back in line. Simon, who’s already disobeyed Negan by wiping out ehe garbage people makes all kinds of faces of disgust with this plan.
RICK and DARYL
“I look around and … I think about the people that are gone. And the people that are still here. It ain’t right, and it ain’t fair.” Daryl
Daryl kind of apologizes for deviating from Rick’s plan and trying to finish off The Saviors with his attack on The Sanctuary. Rick kind of accepts and thanks him for getting everyone safely to Hilltop, namely, Judith. But when Daryl offers to go with him to go on the lookout for attack Rick nicely says, ‘no thanks’.
MAGGIE, MICHONNE and ENID
“Build this place up. I want those other crates filled when I get back. Cheeses for Hilda, pickles for Mitch.” Georgie
Maggie and company get contacted by an unknown group that want to trade ‘knowledge’ for food and records (no spoken word!). Maggie, Michonne, Rosita and Enid venture out to meet these poeple and are greeted by a well put together and smartly dressed women named Georgie (Jayne Atkinson) and a pair of female twins named Hilda and Midge. Maggie is very suspicious and refuses to make the deal and instead forces them to come back to Hilltop. Enid is empathic that they take their stuff and keep them captive. Machine is the voice of reason and wants to deal and make friends. She says that this is what Carl would have wanted, after all, because carl reached out to help strangers they now have a doctor. “And now he’s dead” Enid reminds Michonne, as if she needed reminding. “Stand back” Michonne tells Enid after she takes away her gun.
Eventually, Maggie, follows Michonne’s advice and makes the deal. Georgie lets them have the food they had in their van and gives her a package of documents entitled “A Key For A Future” which include schematics for windmills, aqueducts, water mills etc. Looks like Georgie wants Hilltop to succeed. But who is she? Where is her community? Why haven’t they fallen under Negan’s thumb?
SIMON and DWIGHT
“Let’s rap her, let’s get candid, let’s get weird” Simon
Simon comes right out and lets Dwight know that he disagrees with Negan about how to handle Rick, The Widow and The King. Megan is still trying to get them to submit but Simon, correctly, sees that they will never stop fighting. Simon wants to wipe them all out and move on. Dwight is extremely cautious and does not come out and agree with him.
As the convoy of Saviors makes its way to Hilltop, Simon sees a car speeding their way. he doesn’t say anything. The car is being driven by Rick and he plows into Negan who was riding alone in a car. They have a high speed chase! Simon actually smiles and keeps everyone from going after them. he takes Dwight and doubles back to loo for Negan. They find his car overturned but no Negan. They agree to stop looking and go back the the group. “The Big Man” as Simon refers to Negan, is gone. Maybe he’s not dead and may show up but for now they need to keep to the plan with one big different; instead of scaring Hilltop they will now ’expunge’ them.
RICK and NEGAN
“This where you die! In the dark! All alone!” Rick
Rick chases Negan into an abandoned building. Rick means business! He is shooting every bullet he has! Finally he runs out as began reaches the top of a staircase. “Hey Prick! You’re out of bullets! Come on!” Megan taunts. Rick takes his ax and tosses it at Negan which cause him to fall and drop Lucille! This starts a cat and mouse chase in the bowels of this walker infested building with a great back and forth for these two characters.
Megan tries to make a deal. He really seems to want to make this work. Then Rick tells him what happened with Jadis and the garbage people, that they were wiped out. This is news to Negan. Rick finds Lucille and sets it on fire! “Don’t you touch her!” Megan cries! The two have an epic battle while also trying to keep from getting devoured by walkers. Rick sets some of them on fire using Lucille! “What the hell is your problem, Rick?” Megan shouts. Eventually Negan escapes and Rick loses him.
In the last scene we see a passed out Negan in the passenger seat of a moving car. As he comes to the camera swerves and we see that Jadis is driving and holding a gun to his head. “Well, shit” Negan smiles. Jades tells him to shut up and knocks him out again with her gun.
Great episode filled with exciting action and surprises. I hope the writing continues in this direction. Keep it simple, give us good character development and lots of action!
Simon’s dialogue seemed to be lifted out of a Deadwood script. It’s delightfully stylized. I particularly enjoyed “Past Discomforts”.
Negan gently setting Lucille inside a bucket of walker guts then gazing at her lovingly and saying. “You’re beautiful, baby”
Daryl probably had more dialogue in his scene with Rick than in the last three seasons combined.
Where is King Ezekiel? Haven’t seen him for a couple of episodes.
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 I think Morgan is going to die before the end of the season
2 Jadis will present Negan to Rick in exchange for her safety
3 Rick and Negan will join forces! Against Simon!
4 I think we’re going to lose Jerry – trying to protect his King
5 Those captive Saviors are going to get loose somehow – probably with Gregory’s help.
Some will say this is the episode that Walking Dead made the case that God was dead. Well, you can be the judge of that but by the end of Episode 11 Father Gabriel was in a world of pain. Daryl and Rosita have fun with swamp walkers and Dwight finds himself in the last place he wanted to be, back at The Sanctuary.
DWIGHT AND TARA
“I’m sorry about Denise, I truly am. I don’t expect you to forgive me, I don’t deserve it. But I just wanted you to know, that’s all.” Dwight
Daryl and Rosita lead the exodus from Alexandria to Hilltop but The Saviors are in hot pursuit. Dwight shows them a swamp area that The saviors always avoid because it’s too dangerous and propose they go that way to avoid capture. Tara, meanwhile, is dead set on killing Dwight. She even tosses a walker at him, literally. Daryl and Rosita tell her to knock it off and that Dwight can be useful.
While Daryl, Rosita, Sadiq and a few others clear out the swamp of disgusting walkers, Tara forces Dwight off into the woods with the intention of killing him but before she can pull the trigger they run across a Savior search party. Dwight emerges from the woods and engages them. He tells them that he checked the swamp and he didn’t see them. He leads them away from the rest of the group. Daryl is pissed! But it seems Tara may now be convinced that Dwight has truly changed his ways. Of course, now Dwight is stuck with The Saviors again and there’s someone out there that knows of his betrayal.
The Hilltop is running out of supplies. It’s so bad that Maggie decides to cut the rations of the prisoners. Gregory, who continues to address her as ‘Margaret’, goes so far as to consider abandoning The Hilltop and running as he feels The Saviors will take them out.
Morgan and his young protégé, Henry stand guard of the prisoners and Carol is worried about both of them. Then, The Alexandrians enter the gates of Hilltop. Maggie’s smile turns to a frown as Daryl tells her and the others that Carl is dead. This all plays out silently with music only. We see Enid’s heartbreaking reaction. Daryl hugs carol and they make their way up to the big house. The news seems to have some effect on Morgan. He tells henry that it was Gavin that killed his brother and since Henry has already taken him out there’s no need to seek further vengeance. Carol approves.
FATHER GABRIEL AND DR. CARSON
“We’re on the right path even if we’re on the wrong road.” Father Gabriel
Negan is pretty pissed that their doctor and that ‘creepy priest’ escaped. He questions Eugene about it and he has that look in his eye that asks, “Was it you?”. Eugene holds up well under questioning though and Negan pins the blame on the good doctor.
Father Gabriel and Dr. Carson get stalled in the road when their car breaks down. Also, the padre seems to be losing his eyesight. His mysterious illness and infection seems to be related to lathering himself with walker guts when he and Negan escaped that trailer. He may have gotten some walker blood in an open would or in his eyes and got ‘somewhat’ infected? Father Gabriel’s faith is still very strong, however, and he hears what he thinks are bells and leads them to discover an abandoned home. They find antibiotics there which help Gabriel recover enough to be out of danger of death but the damage to his eyes may be permanent. Then by accidentally knocking over a piggy bank and breaking it open, they find keys to a car and a map that will help them find The Hilltop.
Gabriel sees all of these things as God’s work. He has been telling a skeptical Dr. Carson that God is still here and that he will lead them to salvation. The Doctor starts to believe it! Then as they’re about to start that car and cruise down the road with smiles on their faces they get caught by a group of Saviors. As they are being loaded into the back of a pickup truck, Dr. Carson lunges for a nearby Savior’s gun and gets shot and killed. Father Gabriel is devastated. He believed his purpose was to get the doctor back to Hilltop to help Maggie. All the signs from God that happened led to naught. His faith must be shattered. This leads to the only logical conclusion that God is dead, at least in the hypothetical realm of the zombie apocalypse.
“Bullets are a last resort. I mean hell, Lucille here gets first dibs.” Negan
Negan puts Eugene in charge of his own outpost with the prime directive of making bullets. He gives him a security detail and even two of his wives to cook and offer ‘foot massage’. When one of these beauties comes along while Eugene is working he treats her like shit and tells him to take his lunch order back to the other woman. He really is terrible. Then, Negan barges in with Father Gabriel in tow. The jig is up for Eugene! But, no. The padre doesn’t give him up and blames Dr. Carson instead for their escape. Negan buys it and then gets annoyed with Eugene for being too slow with the bullet making. Eugene advises tossing walker parts over the walls of The Hilltop using catapults. This gives Negan an idea. They’ll weaponize their bullets, knives, swords and any other weapon of choice with walker guts and blood. They don’t have to kill everyone. Just infect them and let them turn. Could this work? We’ll find out.
This episode moved along very nicely. This may be the best paced episode of the season so far.
If Father Gabriel, Tara and Dwight were killed off would we all be ok with that?
The doctor didn’t seem too smart. He didn’t even bother to notice all the meds in that house! It was Father Gabriel who had to point it out to him!
Remember when Maggie’s pregnancy was in danger and they had to rush her to the Hilltop because they had a doctor? That was at the end of Season 6! We are now at the end of Season 8 and she’s not even showing! And she certainly seems to be healthy and out of danger. Why is there this incessant need to get Maggie a doctor?
Since when did getting walker blood in your eyes get you infected?
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Dwight is dead
2 All 38 of those Savior prisoners must die and I include Gregory in that lot.
3 Jadis will come back and kill Simon before Negan gets a chance to.
4 We will see Dwight’s wife again before the end of the season
5 The Hilltop will be the sight of the finale showdown. It’s like The Alamo.
Rick and Michonne are trying to move forward after burying Carl. Negan is pissed! Simon is pissed! Jadis is lost and Aaron and Enid have a difference of opinion. Overall, more of a set up episode for the finale.
AARON AND ENID
“Why would you kill us? To punish us? Don’t you get it? Killing is the punishment.” Enid
This is the worst subplot of the season. Why Aaron thought the most important thing was to drive to Oceanside and ask for their help when they just attacked them and stole all their weapons is beyond me. I guess it was just to give them something to do. Things went as expected. Enid talked her way out of getting killed but, for some reason, Aaron decides to stay behind because he thinks he can convince them to change their minds. My guess is he will but this is just a throw away storyline.
Simon tells Negan they should kill Jadis and her garbage people but Negan didn’t want to. He wanted to stick to their protocol; kill one as an example and get them back in line. They received Maggie’s zombie-gram. Simon opened the coffin and Negan using a nail gun to put zombie Dean out of his misery.
Simon shows up at the junkyard and confronts Jadis. He kills her right-hand man, Brion but doesn’t stop there. He shoots another one and then his bloodlust takes over. He gives the order to kill them all! He is openly defying Negan and this does not bode well for Simon.
I did not expect this, but seeing how unreliable the garbage people have been, this is no big loss. Also, did you notice that Jadis started speaking normally? Their affected way of speaking was just their way of adjusting to the post-apocalyptic world they found themselves in, just as Ezekiel adopted the manner of a ‘king’.
MICHONNE and RICK
“They have weapons, people. We can’t just give that up.” Rick
Rick and Michonne say their goodbyes to Alexandria. Michonne looks at the hand prints that Carl and Judith left on the porch of their house. Rick packs up some belongings and they load up the van and hit the road. Rick, for some reason, wants to appeal to the garbage people yet again! The only reason for this is so that they can discover that they have all been wiped out and are now a horde of garbage walkers. But apparently, Simon left Jadis live. I guess that was her punishment. When they find her, she’s wearing a white slip. Not sure why, perhaps that was her mourning gown? She begs for them to take her with them but Rick, coldly, says no. Rick and Michonne fight their way out and leave Jadis to her own devices.
I thought she was done but she came up with a very clever and grisly way to survive. She lures them to a grinding device and one by one they fall into it and are thoroughly ground up into ground chuck! A conveyer belt of red meat empties into an open hole. Chili is served!
This was a pretty awesome new way to kill zombies! She may have broken Rick and Daryl’s walker kill record in one episode!
RICK and NEGAN
“Carl’s dead, he wrote letters. He wrote one to you, he asked you to stop, he asked me to stop. He asked us for peace. But it’s too late for that. Even if we wanted a deal now it doesn’t matter. I’m gonna kill you.” Rick
As Rick and Michonne drove away from the junk heap, Michonne looks at the letters that Carl wrote. She sees an envelope labeled “Negan”. Rick pulls over, takes the letters and goes for a walk. He opens Negan’s letter and reads it. He then gets on his walkie talkie and asks to speak to Negan. He tells Negan that Carl is dead. Negan is visibly upset by this news. “That kid was the future”, he tells Rick. Rick only sees vengeance no matter that Carl pleaded for peace in his letters. Negan really lets him have it in a very calm and non-Negan way. He tells Rick that it was his fault that his son was dead and that he was a terrible leader who is always getting those he loves killed.
Man, that hits hard. Over the years, Rick’s judgement has been suspect. He can’t deny that his decisions have led to many deaths. How will Rick take this?
This was a great scene and certainly a great way to end a so-so episode.
The episode tried to be like a Tarantino film. Scenes began with title cards like “Michonne”, “Enid” and so on. It didn’t really add up to anything and just seemed to be someone’s cute idea to do something different. They play around with time a little as well.
There are too many characters! At least they got rid of all the garbage people but that still leaves Jadis.
Next week, we’ll probably see Eugene, Gabriel and Negan + Daryl taking everyone to Hill top.
I think they need some new blood in the writer’s room.
5 THINGS I KNOW
1 Aaron will get Oceanside to help. Ho hum.
2 Negan will kill Simon for disobeying orders.
3 Eugene will switch sides again!
4 Father Gabriel will die heroically
5 Rick will come up with yet another scheme to take down Negan and The Saviors. This one will work and he will NOT kill Negan!
It’s that time again! The best night of the year! It has been a good year for movies. The nominated films are all high caliber. Predicting the winners becomes easier now that we’ve seen how Awards season has played out. There are some seemingly sure things but as we all know there are always a few surprises.
Actress in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
After I saw Lady Bird I was sure that Laurie Metcalfe would win this one but all the momentum has gone Allison Janney’s way. She looks like a sure thing but keep an eye on Metcalf.
Actor in a Supporting Role
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Sam Rockwell looks to be a shoo in! But if he doesn’t win and it goes to Jenkins it will signal a Shape of Water sweep.
James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist
Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green, Logan
Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game
Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, Mudbound
This is a tough one. Sorkin is a great writer and well liked. I’m going with him but keep an eye on Mudbound.
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
This could be the hardest one to pick. This would be the perfect chance to honor Get Out or Lady Bird and that might happen but Three Billboards was my favorite film of the year and McDonagh wrote a brilliant script.
Actress in a Leading Role
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post
McDormand should win. Soars Ronan is the dark horse though.
Actor in a Leading Role
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Oldman is a sure thing. That’s all.
Roger A. Deakins, Blade Runner: 2049
Bruno Delbonnel, Darkest Hour
Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk
Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water
Roger Deakins has been nominated 14 times and has never won an Oscar. That will change on Sunday.
Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver
Lee Smith, Dunkirk
Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya
Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water
Jon Gregory, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
I always had a theory that the film that won Best Editing goes on to win best Film. It hasn’t held up well lately. I’m going with Shape Of Water.
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro ids going to win this.
Call Me By Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
This could go any number of ways. Just think about last year. Is it La La Land or Moonlight? Thankfully, Warren Baetty and Faye Dunaway will be back to announce best Picture again! This time they will get it right! I hope! And the winner is……Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri!
Enjoy the show and good luck in your Oscar pools!
“I’m gonna make it real. Carl, I promise — I’m gonna make it real.” Rick
Well, I hope everyone had a good cry! I got teary eyed a few times last night. We lost another original cast member! Carl Grimes got bit and there was no miracle to save him. Rick and Michonne were pretty much shell shocked the entire episode and stayed with carl to the very end. Elsewhere, Morgan continued his Terminator-like behavior and killed everyone in his line of sight! Except Carol and King Ezekiel – but just barely.
“Mom told me I would beat this world. I didn’t. You will.” Carl to Judith
In the cold open we see how Carl got bit while escorting Sadiq back to Alexandria. We see the moment in slow motion as it registered on his face! Then he had a very productive day! He wrote everyone a goodbye letter, he played with Judith and took selfies with a polaroid, he got Sadiq settled in the tunnels and brought him food and candy bar. Then, of course, we saw what happened that night.
Everyone was still hiding in the tunnels and had to wait for The Saviors to stop blowing up Alexandria and leave before they could safely lift their heads and make their way to The Hilltop. Everyone said their goodbyes to Carl. Daryl took Judith and told Carl they were all safe because of him. I thought for sure Rick was going to grab Sadiq and shake him to death for being responsible for Carl getting bit but Rick showed a lot of restraint. I think he was just in shock and misery the whole time.
“It’s not too late to walk back from something decided.” King Ezekiel
In the cold open we saw how The Saviors fought their way out of the walker infected Sanctuary and see Morgan trail them back to The Kingdom.
Carol leads the remaining Kingdom subjects back to her cabin. Little Henry, whose brother was killed by The saviors wants to go with her but she refuses to let him come along. You know what that means? He’ll show up anyway because no one looks after kids in the zombie apocalypse! Carl always went missing it seemed!
Carol joins with Morgan to try and rescue Ezekiel and is taken aback by how easily killing has come to Morgan now. He has become a ruthless and efficient killing machine. He seems to be in ‘clear’ mode. This part of the episode spends way too much time with Gavin and Ezekiel having the same conversation several times over. Gavin feels bad about how things have gone and he likes Ezekiel and so on. Ezekiel keeps trying to turn him but once Carol and Morgan have killed everyone they corner Gavin in the theater. This is where one of the best kills takes place courtesy of Morgan. He reaches into the belly wound of a Savior and pulls out his intestines! Yowza!
Gavin gets away but Morgan pursues him despite Carol and Ezekiel pleasing with him to let him go. Morgan corners Gavin and just when it seemed that Ezekiel and Carol had convinced him to spare Gavin’s life, a spear goes through Gavin’s neck. Of course, little Henry has disobeyed carol and came to help. Morgan taught him ‘the stick’, you see.
“Carl, it was all for you right from the start. Back in Atlanta, the farm, everything I did was for you. And that prison? It was for you and Judith. It still is, and nothing, nothing is gonna change that.” Rick
Carl has to spend the entire oversized episode dying slowly and being a good sport about it. Rick and Michonne get him out of the sewer tunnels and get him to the church, the only building not on fire. Carl tells Michonne that she was his best friend and thanks Rick for ‘bringing him here’, for making him the man he became. He tells him that he had a vision of how things could be. Alexandria can be rebuilt and made a home for everyone, including it seems, a certain fella called Negan!!!! Rick promises him that he will make it real. Carl then tells them that he doesn’t want them to have to finish him off. He takes the gun and does it himself as Rick and Michonne wait outside. Terrible! Then they dig him a grave.
The last scene shows Rick sitting by a tree with some stained-glass windows floating around him. I wasn’t sure if this was a different time or what. I’ll have to take another look. It seemed odd.
“I know you can’t see it yet — how it could be. But I have.” Carl
So, in the “Old Rick’ sequences we see find out for sure that the little girl is Judith. We also see Sadiq and Jerry there as well as a very friendly Eugene and Negan! Is this really going to be true! Is Rick going to show Negan ‘mercy’? Well, we know that, in the comic, he does, so it goes to follow he will here as well. That would be interesting, I have to admit; seeing Rick and Negan as allies and not enemies.
Lauren Cohan is in talks with AMC to get a raise or she will bail. She has already signed on to do a pilot for the networks. They better pay her what she wants. I don’t think the show can afford to lose her.
Morgan will be on Fear The Walking Dead next season so it has been unclear how TWD will deal with his absence. I have my own thoughts. See below.
Morgan disemboweling that savior was awesome!
Chandler Riggs did a great job on the show and in this episode particularly. Well done and best of luck with the rest of your career, young man!
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Negan may live but Simon won’t be so lucky.
2 Morgan will be killed off as well.
3 With Carl gone it looks like Enid will need some comforting. Enid meet Sadiq!!
4 The war with The Saviors will be decided by the end of this season.
5 Season 9 will be the 5 year time jump which could help explain why Morgan isn’t around and Maggie too if need be (though I hope not)
“If I told you about her, what would I say? That they lived happily ever after? I believe they did. That they were in love? That they remained in love? I’m sure that’s true. But when I think of her – of Elisa – the only thing that comes to mind is a poem, whispered by someone in love, hundreds of years ago: “Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere.” Giles
The Shape of Water is a love story. It’s a darker version of Splash (1984). It’s a monster movie slash romantic thriller. Sound intriguing? It should. It is unlike any movie you will see. It reminded me, not only of Splash but also those wonderful French films, Delicatessen (1991) and City of Lost Children (1995), directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierret Jeunet.
It is light hearted and romantic while also being dark, edgy and gritty and a bit unsettling. It comes from the mind of Guillermo del Toro, a Mexican director with a love of ‘monsters’. He has a unique vision and his enthusiasm and love for cinema really shines here.
“The natives in the Amazon worshipped it. Like a god. We need to take it apart, learn how it works.” Colonel Strickland
Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is a sweet mute woman who works in a top-secret government facility during The Cold War. Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) has captured a humanoid fish creature (Doug Jones) and has brought it to this facility for further investigation. The Americans want to vivisect it to see how it can be used in the ‘space race’. Dr. Robert Hofstetter (Michael Stuhlbarg) is against this and wants to keep it alive to study. Hofstetter is also a Russian asset and has been given orders to destroy the creature. Elisa, discovering the creature, strikes up an unusual relationship with it.
They both are outsiders that cannot communicate with others very well. They develop an affection for one another.Elisa decides to protect her friend and with the help of Hofstetter and her cleaning woman friend, Zelda (Octavia Spencer) they hide the creature at Elisa’s apartment. Her next door neighbor and father figure Giles (Richard Jenkins) helps her care for the creature. Of course, Strickland is in hot pursuit and the pressure builds to an exciting finish.
“When he looks at me, the way he looks at me… He does not know, what I lack… Or – how – I am incomplete. He sees me, for what I – am, as I am. He’s happy – to see me. Every time. Every day. Now, I can either save him… or let him die.” Giles [interpreting Elisa]
Elisa and The Creature of course, fall in love. This is bestiality some would say. Well, of course it is! What was Beauty and the Beast? The same type of relationship happens in Splash but in Splash the mermaid is only half fish and she could become full human on dry land for a period. This creature is full fish. It’s a little weird, I must admit, and here is where the dark bit comes in. But, it’s a movie, a fantasy. You either roll with it or not.
Sally Hawkins is great. She conveys an otherworldly quality that The Creature must sense. Michael Shannon plays creepy really well. He’s a great villain and you sense he is attracted to Elisa as well which adds a pinch of jealousy to his fervor. Michael Stuhlbarg seems to be in every Oscar nominated film this year! He’s one of the best character actors of our time. Richard Jenkins, another great character actor. You may not know his name but you know you’ve seen his face. I can remember him as Veronica Cartwright’s besieged husband in The Witches of Eastwick (1987). He was also the ghost father in Six Feet Under. He’s been great for years and he’s really wonderful here as Elisa’s gay bestie, netting his 2nd Oscar nomination. Octavia Spencer earns her third Oscar nomination for her work here. She just keeps getting better and better.
But this is Guillermo Del Toro’s show through and through. His vision and love of ‘monsters’ and movies is a contagious passion that leaps off the screen. It may be a little too dark and disturbing for some but if you are a little more open to the dark side of love you may find this to be a delightful journey to a new and never before seen world.
“It’s comforting to think the dead are watching over the living. I don’t find that spooky at all.” Reynolds Woodcock
I’ve been a Paul Thomas Anderson fan since I first saw Hard Eight (1996). Then, Boogie Nights (1997) came out and I thought it was simply amazing. Magnolia (1999) was his Robert Altman-esque masterpiece. Punch Drunk Love (2002) was his attempt at romantic comedy which showcased Adam Sandler in an eye-opening performance.
It was five years before his next movie, There Will be Blood (2007), came out. It marked a significant change in style and scope than his previous films. It was a dark film about men with dark souls. It was his first collaboration with Daniel Day Lewis and Johnny Greenwood. Greenwood’s score fit Anderson’s visuals beautifully and Day Lewis won another Oscar for his magnificent performance.
Anderson followed up with his meditation on Scientology, The Master (2012), featuring an Oscar nominated performance by his longtime friend and collaborator Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It would sadly, be their last film together. The Master was another character study like There Will be Blood and it was complicated and demanding but fascinating and mesmerizing. Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice (2013) came next. It was a zany detective yarn set in 1970s Los Angeles. I considered this one his only miss so far.
I had seen a special screening of There Will Be Blood before it was released. Anderson and Day Lewis were there and spoke after the film. It was obvious that they liked each other and had enjoyed making the film. They had said they would like to work with each other again. When Day Lewis announced that he was retiring from acting it made sense that his last film would be with Anderson. Phantom Thread, like There Will Be Blood and The Master, are character studies but it has a very different tone and style than those films. It is lush and graceful and delicate. It is a love story. A very different kind of love story.
“Marriage would make me deceitful and I don’t ever want that.” Reynolds
Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day Lewis) is a celebrated fashion designer. He lives in a large, multi-floored house with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) and a team of women who sew together his beautiful creations. He is very fastidious and sticks to his routine religiously which lives little room for anyone to take up time and space in his life. His current ‘girlfriend’ seems to have disappeared from his life while still being around. Cyril asks if she should ask her to leave.
“She’s getting fat sitting around waiting for you to fall in love with her again.” Cyril
Reynolds just nods his head in the affirmative. He heads out that evening for the country and at a small restaurant he meets Alma (Vicky Krieps), flirts with her over ordering his breakfast and takes her to dinner that night. She accompanies him back to his fashion lair and becomes his muse, his model, his assistant and perhaps his girlfriend? Sometimes lover? Alma is different from the others. She will not just disappear. She wants to be an active part of his life and soon his routine is being disturbed.
“I cannot start my day with a confrontation. I simply have no time for confrontations.”” Reynolds
She brings him tea while he is working and Reynolds flips out and demands she leave.
“I’m taking it away!” Alma
““The tea is leaving, but the interruption is staying right here with me.” Reynolds
The power struggle continues and they have terrible fights but she doesn’t relent.
“Were you sent here to ruin my evening and possibly my entire life?” Reynolds
It’s very unsettling to watch because it reminded me of relationships I have been in. It reminded me of being in love. You resist anything new in your routine, you expect the other person to make due with the corners you’ve left for them to exists in. If someone really loves you they don’t settle for that and demand more, more space, more time, more commitment. Sometimes these relationships break and sometimes they strengthen. I wasn’t sure until the very last moments which would be the case for Reynolds and Alma.
“I want you flat on your back. Helpless, tender, open with only me to help. And then I want you strong again. You’re not going to die. You might wish you’re going to die, but you’re not going to. You need to settle down a little.” Alma
Phantom Thread is a beautiful film. It’s beautiful to look at. Johnny Greenwood’s score is lush and gorgeous. The acting is spot on. Daniel Day Lewis is amazing and Kriep and Manville match him in scene after scene. Anderson again surprises with something different and new. It may not be to everyone’s taste but it will have you thinking and talking about it long after you’ve left the theater. Like love, you may resist Phantom Thread but it does not relent. Indeed, ‘the tea may leave’ but the interruption will stay with you.