Sunday, November 30, 2014
The Walking Dead Episode 8 Coda
Photo: Emily Kinney, from 2014's San Diego Comic Con. From her Wikipedia page.
I didn't have much to say about last week's episode, so...I didn't say much. It felt like a transition episode. Having said that...
--I expected Beth to get it, but I was also surprised because I read somewhere recently that Emily Kinney had just gotten a promotion to full-time status. You know, her name on the screen with the main actors, not afterwards with the other supporting actors.
--I'm going to miss her a lot because she was the only kind, gentle character. I mean, the only one.
--Sad to also see Emily Kinney cry on Talking Dead afterwards. A lot. Good to see that the show means as much to the actors as it does to the fans. I don't say this much about celebrities, but Emily Kinney comes across as someone who's most probably a very nice person in real life, too.
--Though Holden Caulfield pointed out that people who cry a lot may also be a harsh, terrible person.
--But I'm guessing that's not true in her case.
--Overall I was more surprised with Rick purposely hitting Bob with the car. And then telling his corpse to shut up. I mean, damn.
--What did the guy say on Talking Dead that shocked the hell out of Robert Kirkman and Chris Hardwicke? It got censored out, and it seemed long. Takes a lot to throw off a comedian who talks a thousand miles an hour, but that's what happened to Hardwicke. Anyway, I rewound it and tried to figure out what he said, but I couldn't. I have a guess, but...If someone can leave a comment and let me know (and use asterisks, etc. if necessary), I'd be much obliged.
--I figured Beth was done because her character had finished her arc. She went from emotionally shutting down in Season 2 in the prison, to being incredibly positive and kind, to becoming more harsh and in survival mode now. I mean, there wasn't much of an arc left for her character. When that happens--and when their death would mean more to the show than being left alive--then their time is up. The fallout from Darryl and Maggie will dominate for awhile.
--Though, correct me if I'm wrong, but Maggie seems to have largely forgotten about Beth for awhile.
--Robert Kirkman comes across as someone who is all business. A little like that autistic-like guy with the mullet who lied about being able to save the world.
--Here's to hoping Emily Kinney gets another job real soon. Some, like Jon Bernthal (Shane) do, and some, like the woman who played Lori, don't. But I hope Kinney does.
--Surprised to see that the aforementioned liar and the priest made it through this episode.
--Though I'm also pulling for Father Gabriel. And for a silly reason: Seth Gilliam, who plays him, was an extremely nice, energetic and friendly guy at the Comic Con. He's been a good actor for a long time, notably in The Wire and a few other things on HBO. And I just saw him yesterday when I happened to come across a few segments of Starship Troopers. He looked exactly the same, just much younger.
--Speaking of such things, I also came across a younger Norman Reedus today when I watched Robert Redford's very good The Conspirator, about the U.S.'s puppet show trial of Mary Surratt, a woman who housed the conspirators behind the assassination of Lincoln, and the attempt on Seward.
--Well, that's it until February, 2015. Thanks for reading this blog. See you then.
--Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!