Questions Raised From ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 SDCC Trailer

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 [Credit: AMC]


After months of waiting, fans of TV’s most popular zombie series were relieved when AMC finally debuted the first trailer of The Walking Dead‘s latest season at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, before it was simultaneously released online.

At the end of the Season 7 finale, we saw Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes leading the Alexandrians, The Kingdom and Hilltop colonies, taking on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan head-on. Hence it was expected that Season 8 will feature much of the “All Out War” storyline as depicted in the comic book series.

And true enough, the action-packed Season 8 trailer gives an indication that there will be many intense confrontations and battles between the communities and key characters up ahead.

Check out the trailer below:

Questions from ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Comic-Con Trailer

It’s just five minutes long but the  trailer already provided much fodder for fans to chew on, not to mention tons of questions that need to be answered. These include:

(Note: Possible spoilers from the comics ahead; then again, the TV show doesn’t always adhere fiercely to the comics in terms of certain characters or incidents. Either way, you’ve been warned…)

1. Will Father Gabriel be the first to die?

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 [Credit: AMC]

Being asked by big bad Negan himself whether he has “shittin’ pants” can’t be a good thing. Being alone in a room with Negan surrounded by walkers on the outside doesn’t make it much better. Will Father Gabriel make it out of that situation alive? In The Walking Dead comics, the character did eventually die but it doesn’t happened till long after the “all out war” with The Saviors. Last season, Father Gabriel has redeemed himself somewhat by giving support to Rick whenever the Alexandrian leader needed it and even advising Rosita when she was hell-bent on going on a suicide mission. It would be thus a shame to see him go so soon.

2. Who gave the “tomorrow” note to Dwight? Is he still on Team Rick?

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 [Credit: AMC]

To take on Negan’s men at The Sanctuary, Team Rick definitely needs an inside man and Dwight could still be that man. There were two other scenes that show Dwight hanging around the walker compound at The Saviors’ hangout. Maybe the plan is for him to let the unchained walkers out by “tomorrow”, the time the “all out war” will kick off? Let’s hope so. In the comics, Dwight did go on to become the new leader of the Saviors.

3. Why is Morgan fighting with Jesus?

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 [Credit: AMC]

In The Walking Dead‘s earlier seasons, Morgan was a fan favorite and it was easy to understand why ‘cos the man who doesn’t believe in killing was fascinating. In the world of the walking dead, his philosophy may be unrealistic yet nonetheless it has kept him alive thus far. In Season 7 however, his behavior has been highly illogical and fast became a character who has long worn out his welcome. Though part of The Kingdom unit – see his red wristband – the scenes of Morgan fighting with Jesus from the Hilltop seem to indicate that he may have finally lost his marbles more than the fact that he is teaching the Hilltop man new fencing moves. If so, that won’t bode well for Rick and gang.

4. Will Morgan’s “I don’t die” remark comes back to haunt him?

Which bring us to “famous last words”: will Morgan’s “I don’t die” statement issues a warning that his character will have to eat his words sooner or later? In the comics, Morgan is long gone. For the TV show, it seems his passing is already written on the wall…

5. A silver-haired, bearded Rick Grimes awaking from sleep. Will there be a time jump or is it all a dream?

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 [Credit: AMC]

There is a fan theory bouncing around that Rick has been dreaming the entire zombie apocalypse all this while, even though creator Robert Kirkman has long denied it to be so. Well, The Walking Dead producing team better not give us a Dallas‘ Bobby Ewing moment and expect us to buy a dream sequence premise because that is really highly unbelievable. What is expected is that, just like in the comics, there will be a time jump of about 2-3 years after the “all out war” ends. Rick is expected to survive but is not as mobile as before having badly injured his leg in the fight against Negan (hence the shot of a walking stick in the trailer). Whether this scene will appear at the start of the Season 8 premiere – which is also the series’ 100th episode – or in the mid-season finale remains to be seen.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 [Credit: AMC]

There are many other questions that we love to ask from the Season 8 trailer but I guessed we just have to wait till October to find out. Whatever is happening, expect an “all out war” on the new season of The Walking Dead!

The Walking Dead will return with its Season 8 on October 22, 2017 in the US on AMC (and possibly within 24 hours later in the rest of the world).

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2 Treats in 2017 for ‘Frozen’ Fans

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Since its launch in 2013, Disney’s Frozen has become the highest-grossing animated feature of all-time, grossing more than $1.27 billion in box office sales worldwide. Yet, its much-anticipated sequel is seemingly still on ice (pun intended).

But a #Frozen2 there will be, as #Disney has officially confirmed it in early 2015, just that we are unlikely to see it before *gulp* 2019, as it was not included in the House of Mouse’s theatrical schedules for 2017 and 2018.

Of course, there was the 2015 short film, Frozen Fever, but let’s face it: That was just an appetizer (plus we were rather distracted by Queen Elsa’s bad cold and her mischievous snots, cute as they may be.)

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There was also the LEGO Frozen Northern Lights series of shorts on the Disney Channel, which featured building block versions of key characters Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven on a quest to restore the Northern Lights before they disappear from the kingdom of Arendelle’s sight. It’s a cute (and extremely corny) series, meant for very young kids, but it’s not quite like the real thing.

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Till the eagerly-awaited sequel comes along, here are two things Frozen fans can look forward to in 2017:

1. OLAF’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

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This Christmas, a Frozen TV special, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, is set to air on the ABC network in the US of A. Focus will be on the lovable snowman, with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Sven also set to return, including the original voice cast of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad. New songs can be expected too, woo-hoo!

2. ‘Frozen’ Goes to Broadway

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There’s already Disney on Ice Presents Frozen, now meet Frozen — The Broadway Musical. The stage musical adaptation of the hit movie will take its bow at the St. James Theater in New York in Spring 2018. Prior to that, a two-month test run will take place at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in August 2017.

Much is expected from the musical, as it is written by the same Oscar-winning team behind the 2013 film — book by Jennifer Lee, screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck), and music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, responsible for the film’s brilliant songs including the stirring “Let It Go.”

The cast has yet to be confirmed, but just for the fun of it, which current pop star do you think is best to play either Elsa or Anna? For instance, Dove Cameron, who was impressive playing Amber in Hairspray Live!, could make a nice Elsa. Let me know in a comment below!

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Obi-Wan Kenobi returns in ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Mid-Season Trailer

Fans of #StarWarsRebels were already elated when no less than 4 Easter Eggs that made references to the #Disney animated series appeared in the blockbuster, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

And now, with the release of Season 3’s mid-season trailer, more joy is in store as it is officially certain that Master Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi will be (re)appearing in the series to take on his adversary from Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace (1999), Darth Maul (or just Maul, as the ex-Sith is known on Rebels).

Watch the trailer here:

Cool, aint it? Complete with Obi-wan’s trademark opening strike stance at that (pictured below). Till now, Anakin Skywalker’s mentor was mainly seen as a hologram on a holocron, sounding a warning to any member of the Rebellion who would listen.

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Obi-wan Kenobi is ready for Maul (Credit: Disney)

Other than the fact that it is arguably the most exciting trailer for an animated series to come along for some time, here are 5 other exciting tidbits – just to name a few – of what we can expect from the rest of Season 3:

1. Loads of #RogueOne connections such as Death Troopers 
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Grand Admiral Thrawn flanked by Death Troopers (Credit: Disney)

2. Rebellion leader Mon Mothma’s first appearance on Rebels – and could that be Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna in Rogue One) sitting behind on her right?

3. Sabine meeting her Mandalorian warrior mother with the darksaber (previously owned by one Darth Maul) in hand
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Sabine with the darksaber (Credit: Disney)

4. Grand Admiral Thrawn exhibiting some serious kung-fu moves. Not as stoic and rigid as we thought he was…

5. Freedom fighter Saw Gerrera (played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One) making his much-anticipated appearance. The character previously appeared in The Clone Wars.
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Saw Gerrera will be voiced by Forest Whitaker in ‘Star Wars Rebels’  (Credit: Disney)

For every Rebels fan, these are great stuff to look forward to. Especially it is a clear indication that Rebels will soon be leading into Rogue One territory, tying up loose ends hopefully, which would only make the Star Wars Extended Universe that much more enjoyable.

See also my other Star Wars-related articles below:
* Princess Leia’s 10 Most Iconic Quotes from Star Wars
* 4 Star Wars Rebels Easter Eggs in Rogue One
* 7 Great and Not-So-Great Surprises from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
* Star Wars Rebels 3: Bring On The Empire

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 returns on Disney  X D on January 7.

TWD’s Glenn Rhee’s Top 5 Lines

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I knew he would be the one to get whacked but that still didn’t stop me from crying my heart out after the Season 7 premiere last night, something I haven’t done since Bobbi and Lance sacrificed themselves and had to leave the team in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Season 2’s “Parting Shot”.

In a way, I’m glad the TWD writers didn’t cop out just because he was a fan favourite ‘cos with death of Glenn Rhee – which was foretold in the graphic novels – various stories arcs can go forth in the TV series.

Still, it’s hard to fathom not seeing the brilliant Steven Yeun on my favourite TV drama series anymore.

Here’s the Top 5 lines from the coolest pizza delivery guy whose company we’d enjoyed since Season one in 2010:

5. “Nice moves there, Clint Eastwood. You the new sheriff come riding in to clean up the town?” – To Rick, after saving the latter from a mob of walkers on the street in Season 1, Episode 2.

4. “God probably got the gist.” – To Maggie after she interrupted him praying for the first time on her front porch in Season 2, Episode 3.

3. “You honor the dead by going on. Even when you’re scared. You live because they don’t get to.” –  To Enid, explaining why she needs to return to Alexandria in Season 6, Episode 7.

2. “I’m supposed to be delivering pizza, man…” – His retort to Alexandria resident Health outside the tractor store in Season 6, Episode 1.

1. “Maggie, I’ll find you…” – His last words directed at Maggie after being whacked on the head by Negan’s Lucille so hard that one of his eyes literally popped out in Season 7, Episode 1.

RIP Glenn. It was really nice knowing you…

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Star Wars Rebels 2 – The Dark Side Cometh

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Star Wars Rebels Season 2
returns in October and I’m seriously looking forward to it. Must confess that it took me a long while to warm up to the motley crew of the starship Ghost. Granted there was a lot of backgrounding stories that need to be told, yet still there’s something about everyone – bar Hera, the matured, wise-cracking pilot – that irks me and it was very hard-pressed to have warm feelings for any of the key characters.

“BACK THEN, THERE WERE 10,000 JEDI KNIGHTS…
NOW, THERE’S JUST YOU AND ME…”

The animated series, which runs on Disney X D, however eventually got better and much more engaging towards the end of the debut season, especially from the episodes where renegade Jedi Kanan Jarrus finally acceded that he – the last of the Jedis – simply have to teach wayward teen Ezra the ways of the Force properly ‘cos, well, since the Force is indeed “strong” with the lad. The storyline by then was also strengthened by the appearing of Star Wars characters who have more, for want of a better word, “backbone”. First it was Master Yoda, or rather, his voice of reason, when he gently lectured Kanan at the Jedi Temple on Lothal in the episode, “Path of the Jedi”. The other is one of the cool characters from the previous and really good Star Wars animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars – fan favourite Ahsoka Tato, the former Jedi Padawan of one Anakin Skywalker…

                                                                                  ***possible spoilers ahead***

“HUNT THE REBELS DOWN…”
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Ahsoka, who appeared in the last episode of season 1 (“Fire Across The Galaxy”), kinda gave a new hope (pardon the pun) that Star Wars Rebels Season 2 is not only going to bring the excitement up a few notches, it will also tie the series closer to classic Star Wars roots. And my oh my, judging by the 1-hr premiere  episode, Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal (which was first telecast in the US in June, premiering in Asia in October) with the mind-blowing appearance of the Father of all Space Villains himself, SWR2 is already off to a great start! I mean, let’s face it, even in animated form, Darth Vader is seriously one intimidating dude. In TSOL, after The Inquisitor’s mission failure, the Sith Lord is assigned by Grand Moff Tarkin, Commander of the Outer Rim Territories, to hunt the rebels down and needless to say, Vader’s not the kind to take any prisoner alive…

“THE FEAR, THE ANGER, THE HATE…”
Star-Wars-Rebels-Season-Two-Darth n JedisIf Kanan and Ezra thought the Inquisitor was a handful, they ain’t seen nothing yet. One of the most hair-raising sequences in TSOL is when the not fully-trained Jedi and his not-quite-there-either apprentice come face-to-face with the Sith Lord himself on Lothal, after the duo and their team tried to rescue Minister Maketh Tua (of the Imperial Security Bureau) who had sought the rebels’ help to deflect from the Empire. Cue the Lightsabers!

“THE APPRENTICE LIVES…”
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Also in this episode, the Force seems to be strong in a good many people. But for the ones that matter, namely Kanan and Ezra, they just want to know who the scary dude in black is. This is where Ahsoka comes in… On board the Ghost ship with Hera as they fight alongside the Phoenix Squadron against the Empire, Ahsoka tries to use the Force to identify the Sith Lord who had terrified the lads, only to get chills down her spine when an all-too-familiar voice (albeit with a much deeper tone) senses her presence just as easily…

2015-08-17 18.33.30 (800x427)If you haven’t watched Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal, the hour-long movie will premiere on Disney X D on Sat October 3 at 8am (Singapore time). If you have, it’s worth a second viewing I’m sure you will agree. The rest of Season 2 should follow suit every Saturday thereafter. (And look out for the Star Wars Lego short films, Star Wars Chronicles: Droid Tales on weekends as well – they are brilliant and downright hilarious!)

You can also enact fun adventures with the Star Wars Rebels – and other Star Wars heroes – in the Disney console game, Disney Infinity 3.0 (see https://musingsonthem49.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/star-wars-hyperspeeds-into-disney-infinity-3-0-and-beyond/).

Meanwhile, here’s the trailer for SWR2:

May the Force be with You.