Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Teaser Trailer
Season 6 Preview

"I was there. Until the very end."
—Melinda May

It's been a week since this spectacular teaser for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 came out and I missed it completely. Where was I? Why did no one tell me? You turn off notifications for a minute and forget to turn it back on for six days, and suddenly you've missed something huge that you've been waiting for on pins and needles.

Avengers: Endgame

"When I drift off, I will dream about you. It's always you."
—Tony to Pepper

I have been pressed for time for far too long. I don't post much here anymore, though I desperately want to. When I do have the chance to write, I don't know where to stop. My brain likes to give me a hundred thousand different ways to say how much I love something. So I'm on a deadline right now, as always, but I had to take a moment to bring you this. If Chris Pratt gives you a brand-new trailer to the fourth Avengers movie, officially subtitled "Endgame," you pay attention.

Most Haunting Moments
Multiple Seasons, Various Episodes

Andrew Lincoln | © AMC

So, Rick's last episode is here. After all my worries about him since "Days Gone Bye," all these years to prepare, I'm still not ready. I'll survive, because there are so many other good people to continue on, but I will be broken for a while. Going through all these scenes again will probably just make it harder, but @WalkingDead_AMC asked about our favorite most haunting moments and four scenes immediately sprang to mind. Then they just kept coming. There are so many moments in The Walking Dead that are haunting and astonishing and deeply emotional. The list could go on for days. I'm sure there's one for every episode there is, but I'd never be able to get this done in time.

Fleece Blankets and Hopes for Rick
Season 9 Preview

You're not saving the world.
You're just getting it ready for me.
—Negan to Rick

It has been a terribly long time since I posted anything on this site. I haven't even watched the Comic-Con panel for The Walking Dead this year, let alone have a chance to talk about it. Things weren't meant to be this way. Life got insanely busy and frustrating, with work piled on top of work; and this summer I was laid up every single day of July, August, and September with a super annoying health problem out of nowhere that just now, knock on wood, may be clearing up in October.

Even though I'm still down for the count, I'm feeling somewhat better (knock on wood), possibly well enough to get back to resuscitating my small business. If you'd like to help with that, you can treat yourself to something nice with these Walking Dead fleece throws I have for sale from Regal Comfort. Perfect for this time of year, though not quite in time for the premiere tonight.

Michonne: These super soft, warm, queen size blankets (96" x79") depicting TWD's kick-ass katana-wielding warrior are stored at various Amazon warehouses, so they're eligible for and will be shipped via Amazon Prime. Cuddle up under these during every episode and be comforted while the show plays with/completely destroys your emotions.

Rick, Daryl, and Negan: All these wonderful guys are not yet available from me via Amazon Prime, since I haven't had a chance to send them into a warehouse. They will be available at some point, but for now they're waiting for me to pack them off to new, loving homes. Until then, you can buy them from other sellers.

By the way, when I put Negan in the same sentence as the word "wonderful," I'm actually talking about Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who brings Negan to brutal, egomaniacal life. That's the power of the writing and acting on this series, giving us a glimpse into the emotions and thoughts and rationalizations of even someone so monstrous. I'll never forget what he did, but he's mesmerizing and terrifying, even behind bars.

Speaking of mesmerizing performers, I don't know how I'll cope with Rick's death. And let's be honest here, I know there's no way they'd let him go without killing him off. Death is the only option 99.9% of the time. This is too big a loss, and Rick would never just leave the group. He stuck it out through everything, survived it all. Even after Carl died, he picked up the pieces and carried on with his vengeance, even while his grief was consuming him and he probably wished it would finish the job. That his vengeance in the end turned softer as the last words of a fine young man who understood that the fighting had to stop solidified his determination to bring his group into the future rather than to give up and strike out on his own.

After Negan's defeat, we finally saw Rick start to heal, and we see him moving forward with Michonne and Judith in the previews. As the beating heart of the series from the first moment, I have always wished and hoped that Rick whould have an ending that suits him that also leaves room for his return; not as a ghost or only a director, but on screen as a living, breathing character. Now I'm just wishing and hoping that Rick gets an ending like Madison Clark from Fear the Walking Dead had, something so brave and necessary and that doesn't feel like it could have gone any other way. They would want to give him something as definitive and final. Madison's exit felt like the first line in the saddest parallel, a prequel and companion to the pain of another fierce, inspirational leader's end.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 4, Episode 3

Clark Gregg (fg), Jason O'Mara, and Alexander Wraith | © ABC Studios and Marvel Television

Unless we take some kind of drastic measure, we'll lose her.
—Simmons, about May, to Coulson and Director Mace

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I don't think there's ever been an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that I haven't loved for one reason or another...or many others. By the end of the season, we'll see where "Uprising" falls, but I liked it a lot. ***Rewatching just the moments where Jemma said that May wouldn't last another day unless they did something drastic and Mace telling Coulson he has to deal with the blackout instead, those were small but powerful moments that turned my "liked it a lot" into "loved it a ton."

Any time Clark Gregg gets to do even the smallest thing, he's just golden, bringing so much emotion to a look, showing Coulson as both determined on the outside and scared as hell inside. Clark brilliantly and subtly conveys the concern of a man trying to keep it together while the person he knows best, the person he loves the most, is dying. He wears his heart, Coulson's heart, in every worried line on his face.