When you show up late to work because you were watching the The Walking Dead premiere.
Priorities, people. Priorities. ^_~
It’s now 7:15 in the morning and I just finished watching the season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead (100th episode). Normally, I’d watch The Walking Dead with my younger brother, on a Friday (after he comes back from praying at the mosque), in the Cinema Room. If not, I’d wait until I got back home (after the end of a work day), finish up all my chores (so they don’t weigh on my mind while I’m trying to watch the show), order in some pizza (Solo Pizza Napulitana via Carriage because I’m always starving mid-episode), and have a nice long shower (because it takes about an hour or so for the food to arrive, which is just about as long as my shower). At 11pm every Monday (Sunday for people in the U.S.), when everyone has gone to sleep or is in the process of getting ready to sleep, I can kick back and relax and fully immerse myself in The Walking Dead and then Talking Dead (which I only started watching after the episode where the zombie ate Rick’s wife Lori at the prison) right after, without any distractions or interruptions.
I actually discovered The Walking Dead with my older brother when we watched the pilot (he wanted to watch a sci-fi show called Terra Nova which was good but I advocated for The Walking Dead because… zombies, and won) and then the entire first season together but then I got engaged and had to prep for marriage and then I got married and moved out for a bit but then came right back home and eventually got a divorce. I tried getting my parents into it (my dad said that in his entire 74 years on this Earth, he’d never seen anything more terrifying and disgusting in reference to that zombie from the first episode, you know the one) which didn’t pan out and my siblings scolded me for subjecting my dad to that. I’ve tried watching it with my girls, on several occasions, but one seems to think everyone is hot for everyone else (“oh he totally wants her”, in reference to Dale and Andrea having a conversation, even though I kept explaining that it was a father-daughter relationship) and the other two never stop talking, one narrating the show in real-time and actually talking over it (“Oh, he’s trapped. Uh-oh he’s opening that door. He shouldn’t open that door. She’s totally gonna’ get killed. Look, she made it.”) and the other constantly asking us questions as if we’ve got some sort of insight and aren’t watching the episode for the first time (“What’s going to happen? Are they going to make it? Is it a trap?”). People yapping during a movie or a show annoys me in general but to do it during The Walking Dead which is practically sacred to me, is unforgivable. Thankfully, the rest of my girlfriends are either too scared to watch it or lost interest after a certain point. I haven’t even attempted watching it with my favorite cousin because every time we get together we start giggling like little kids (We went to see Logan (4D) together at the theater which was a big mistake because it was a really good movie but the harder we tried to stifle our laughter, the more we laughed) so I’m definitely not watching The Walking Dead with her.
That’s why I’ll either watch The Walking Dead alone or with my younger brother (because we barely even breath while watching the show and only discuss what happened after the episode ends) but he refuses to watch Talking Dead and I can’t really fault him for that. I mean… Chris Hardwick is annoying as hell – he keeps hinting at things, pretending he doesn’t really know, but he clearly does (he’s either watched the episode before it aired or been told by the execs or something to that effect) because the things that he hints at are usually very, very specific (“Oh, it seems like Madison Clark has a dark past and she’s been through some serious stuff”). I like the guests that he brings on the show though, from Greg Nicotero, Scott M. Gimple, etc…, to one or two surprise members of the cast, to random celebrities like self-proclaimed The Walking Dead Super Fan Yvette Nicole Brown (it took some time but she grew on me and now I simply adore her). I haven’t watched it yet because I’m busy “working”… at work. However, I can’t wait for the 2-hour special of Talking Dead when I get back home. Supposedly, Rick and Daryl (and a surprise cast member, here’s hoping it’s Negan) are going to be on the show tonight!
Anyways, I figure it’d be fun to do a weekly post on each new episode of The Walking Dead (and possibly Talking Dead), right after watching it. Obviously, it’s going to contain spoilers so consider yourselves warned and steer clear, until after you’ve watched the latest episode. There aren’t going to be any earth-shattering revelations. It’s just my thoughts and opinions (likes, gripes, hopes and predictions). It goes without saying, but everyone is welcome to share their own thoughts too.