5 Days Later: Who did Negan Kill?

It’s been five days since a mystery character caught the unfortunate and brutal business end of Lucille on The Walking Dead season 6 finale. I’ve had time to come down from the immediate feelings of betrayal and anger that I felt toward TWD’s writers and producers. (Read my post-finale, freak out reaction at Game-Block and give them all of your loyalty as a reader.)

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Courtesy of AMC

Three things changed for me.

The first was reading an interview with Andrew Lincoln from Variety. Leave it to Andy to put my soul at ease. It’s what people with a British accent do, even though I read it in his Rick Grimes voice.

Lincoln details the feeling on set among his cast mates and the vision of writer and producer Scott M. Gimple. The cast doesn’t know who died. The moment was scripted as “point of view,” leaving Negan’s victim anonymous.

You think we’re emotional? A member of their family is about to unemployed/die what will arguably be the most horrific death since Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones that television has ever seen and they have no clue who it is. This death is supposed to change everything for the show.

The second thing that changed was reading an interview from Greg Nicotero, who is slated to direct the season 7 premier. That alone gives me hope. The 15 episodes he has directed are arguably among the best we’ve seen. Nicotero and Gimple have promised that season 7 will kick off with viewers finding out who died. This puts to bed our fear of three to four episodes of parallel stories and backstories prior to the reveal.

The biggest reason that I am officially all in for season 7 is the audio.

I don’t believe the audio is a giveaway that we are losing our beloved Glenn, as we do in the comics. The producers wouldn’t make such a bold mistake because as I stated, according to Gimple, Nicotero, and TWD creator Robert Kirkman, the cast doesn’t know who it is (as also confirmed by Andy Lincoln in the link above and confirmed by Norman Reedus on Talking Dead immediately following the episode.)

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Courtesy of…Google Image Search?

The reason the audio reeled me back in is because of the power in hearing the primal screams with the other noise removed. No music. No crickets. No ringing in the ears of the victim. I was flooded with every emotion one could feel in witnessing such brutality.

We know it isn’t Rick or Carl. For the story to work and to justify putting the death reveal off it almost certainly has to be Glenn. Not because of the audio, but because of the impact…but also perhaps because this is a case where the famous death warrents being carried over from the comics.

Glenn’s death has the power to change the trajectory of the show. Glenn represents hope in a hopeless world. We’ve watched this incredible growth of a sarcastic pizza delivery boy who was the bait and leverage for every dangerous situation in the first two seasons into a self-sufficient badass. Glenn is a survivor who never let go of his humanity. The influence of Hershel and love for Maggie created an unstoppable force.

Glenn’s death also moves along the story arcs of Maggie and Tara. It puts both Maggie and Tara in the position of losing literally everyone. Their entire families are gone. Losing Glenn and Denise would bring a great opportunity to take Tara’s character to the next level.

Who else could it be? To have roughly the same emotional impact, it would have to be Daryl. Daryl doesn’t exist in the comics, so his story has been completely fabricated. This season, it feels like Daryl is in limbo. His story doesn’t seem to be moving. Swapping his death for Glenn’s would be a prime way to write him off the show.

Daryl is another character that has been a pleasure to watch grow. He’s gone from an impoverished, bigoted red-neck to one of the respected heads of a diverse family. The problem with killing off Daryl though is that I don’t believe it changes the story.

Daryl is loved by fans, and certainly loved by the Alexandrians. This is his family, after all. But Daryl isn’t symbolic of hope like Glenn, a father-to-be. Glenn is the epitome of brightness in the dark and all that life can offer if you are courageous enough to let it happen. Look at the profound impact his pending fatherhood has had on Abraham and thus Sasha. Glenn and Maggie have changed Abraham’s entire outlook on what the future holds. Daryl does not weild that same power.

While killing off Abraham or Michonne would also have some weight in this situation, I still feel it has to be someone bigger. This moment was hyped and teased for an entire season. Killing off a B character like Rosita or Aaron would be an utter failure. Even Eugene, whom we anticipated dying in this episode simply would not work. It’s not enough.

It can’t be Maggie. The savagery of that act would turn off fans and would undermine Negan’s reputation. It’s too barbaric and revolting, even for this show. Negan is supposed to be a character that we love to hate or just love. Killing the ailing pregnant girl makes it difficult to empathize with him on any level.

Murder her husband though, and there you have a game changer.

Prepare yourselves. It’s going to be a gory, disgusting, and emotional October.

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The Magazines are Bullshit

By Rachel

Cosmopolitan Magazine is bullshit. I think around age 25 is when you first start to realize that “The Bible,” is nothing more than a 150 pages of propaganda and lies. If you’ve read one issue of Cosmo, you’ve read them all. Dick sucking tips that most men wouldn’t want you to try, pages full of outfits and accessories for a “woman on a budget” that aren’t the least bit affordable, and pictures of size zero models that are supposed to represent you.

Has your boyfriend ever asked you to put a scrunchie around his cock? Yeah. That’s what I thought.

Let’s rewind.

Today, I saw this posted on the almighty book of faces. (It’s the most accurate place to receive news, right?)

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Plus sized? I didn’t think this could be real. So I dug around. I found this. Browse through the photos. Here is another example:

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Can I be totally honest with you for a minute? The size and shape she is in this photo is the size and shape I was the summer before I had my son. Size 10. Had no issue wearing a bikini instead of a tankini, shopped in the juniors section still. I didn’t consider myself plus sized. I honestly felt really good about myself and thought I looked healthy. And I was healthy. I weighed about 165 pounds or so and I was content to stay at about that size.

The point of all this is that calling this clearly beautiful woman “plus size” is part of the reason that women suffer from body dismorphia. All this talk about “thigh gap” and calling this curvy, but very pretty woman “plus size” makes reaching your goals seem even more unattainable. Since when is a size 8 or 10 plus sized?

Can’t she just be a “model?” They put it out there that she is plus sized, making it seem like she is so brave to wear a two piece bathing suit in a magazine. It’s bullshit in the highest form. It’s an insult to really all women. We attach these extra descriptors to people that are completely unnecessary.

I have friends that are all sizes and they are beautiful. I don’t refer to them as my “skinny friends” and “plus sized” friends. They are just my friends. They are all gorgeous each in their own right, but I don’t love them because of their physical attributes.

What this added word in the headline of this photoset did achieved the opposite of what I’m sure was its good natured intent. What I’m certain Cosmo meant to do was empower women by saying that being plus sized doesn’t make you ugly. But when you attach a photo of an average sized woman with a body that most women would kill for even if they have to gain weight to attain it (yes, some skinnier girls wish they could gain weight and be more curvy), you’re sending a mixed message to your viewers.

Women who are “too skinny” are told to eat a cheeseburger and women who are curvy or overweight are sarcastically told to “have another cheeseburger.” It’s a never ending cycle of women attacking other women. rather than helping women to look past dress sizes and encourage women to accept one another and to look beyond size for what true beauty is.

Flipping through dozens of pages of women showing off their ribs followed by a page featuring a healthy looking young woman and calling her “plus size” (which let’s face it, we all read as “fat” or “overweight”) is setting women back. Cosmo doesn’t practice what they preach, and neither do many other magazines. Instead, they force images on us that seem impossible to mold ourselves into.

While trolling Cosmo’s FB page, I found this conversation. It’s about a “bullshit dating site” that is for skinny girls only. The comments are amazing.

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Pretty much sums up my thoughts. You display faux outrage because it caters to your audience, but in the process, you are losing because people aren’t dumb. They can see the hypocrisy simply by looking at the cover of your magazine.

If you want to see what most women consider “plus sized,” look at Forever 21’s website for their plus sized section.

Size zero, or size 18, it doesn’t matter what your size is. Cosmo isn’t going to stop being Cosmo, but we need to start being kinder to one another as women and that is the one thing we should all take away from this. Stop worrying about your friend’s thigh gap or lack thereof, and concentrate on if she is being a good friend.

And stop going to Cosmo for sex and make-up advice unless you want to get weird looks from your boyfriend (trust me, some of these positions will break the hips of even the most athletic couples) and spend $156 on a bottle of foundation. It’s for a woman on a budget!!!!!!!!!

50 Shades of Telling Men to Shut Up

By Rachel

This will be the first of several blogs inspired by the various topics and themes from the “controversial” book 50 Shades of Grey. After reading book one of the three part series and many reviews, I have some thoughts on the book and some other items to discuss inspired by the book that honestly should be talked about.

The first will be the whole notion that somehow men are not entitled to an opinion about this book series. That’s completely preposterous.

For those of you whom are not yet familiar, let me give you the run down on this book: A wealthy man enters women into contracts to be submissive to him in every way, shape, and form (most especially sexually). In return, he will lavish them with expensive gifts, but if they do not please him, he is allowed to administer corporal punishment.

Women are raving about the book and men are confused as all hell. Men see two things in this book: written porn and a bad, bad argument against men.

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