The Walking Dead: Ross Marquand Live Q&A


"It's the apocalypse. Don't let it get you down."

While I was working this morning, I just happened to look at my notifications at the exact moment @RossMarquand (Aaron on The Walking Dead) tweeted that he was about to do a Facebook live stream.

The Walking Dead: Hearts Still Beating

Image copyright AMC: Andrew Lincoln

"I was there. I saw what happened on the road. What we're doing is gonna keep people living. We get to do that. It doesn't matter what happens to us."
—Aaron
"Michonne doesn't think this is living."
—Rick
"Well, committing to a choice like this, after living how we did -- free -- I get it. It's hard. It's giving up everything, right up until your own life. But either your heart's beating or it isn't. Your loved ones' hearts are beating or they aren't. We take what they give us so that we can live."
—Aaron

"We're still alive, Rick. So much has happened, so much that we shouldn't have lived through. And in spite of it, or maybe because of it, we did. We're still here, the two of us. We're still standing and we're gonna keep standing."
—Michonne to Rick

You were right...right from the start. You told us to get ready to fight. I didn't listen, and I couldn't. I can now.
—Rick to Maggie

I love quotes. They succinctly sum up a beautiful scene or episode, sometimes an entire season or series. They remind you of what it felt like to hear those words, or give someone who has never seen it a taste of what they're missing. So, I always try to start with a quote. I even have those quote banners above that I wish I could get to making more often. Reload the page to find the one I used for this episode.

These three quotes were some of my favorites of all of The Walking Dead. Aaron and Michonne's words are the most inspiring, most important things anyone has ever said to Rick and at a time when he needed to hear them the most. The final words, from Rick to Maggie, were an acknowledgement of her need for retribution. They were both devastated, but while Maggie wanted to hit back immediately, Rick turned to inaction from the terror of what more punishment would come if he made another wrong move. Now, having seen that there is no way to avoid the humiliation and degradation and sadistic nature of the Saviors, Rick's heartbreak, which will never heal right, has been overpowered by the realization that playing along may save a few for a while, but that Negan could decide at any time to finish what he started. It's not a question of if, but when. Rick is ready to be a leader again so that everyone can live and live free.

The Walking Dead: Pick Up the Pieces Featurette

It's after 4 AM and I need to be asleep. Tweeting about Supernatural and The Blacklist kept me up all night, because they both air on Thursdays. Then right before I was about to finally get to bed, I saw this sneak peak for the second half of season 7 of The Walking Dead and had to share. Enjoy.

Doctor Strange T-Shirts: The Sorcerer Supreme

It has been far too long since I last posted anything. Been a busy bee doing so many other things and then got sidelined with a terrible neck pain. And how could I possibly follow up speculations on the heaviest ever episode of The Walking Dead that had been about to premiere in the upcoming season? Well, I wrote my thoughts down (through shock and tears) after watching "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be," but still haven't posted them, and I'm sure I'm going to have a few words for tonight's finale, "Hearts Still Beating." But not just yet.

So, what to do? What to do? I have so many tweetcap drafts I haven't posted of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (again), The Blacklist, and Supernatural. I'm just not in the right mood, nor do I have the time. But I know now. The answer came to me last night. My answer to blogger's block, or when I only have a few minutes, is always to talk about a t-shirt and the thing that inspired it. So, following the lastest TWD posts is the polar opposite: a more lighthearted, epic, fantastical escape into a brand-new Marvel movie with the character I most recently fell in love with.

The Walking Dead: New York Comic Con 2016


"This premiere is so big that we are doing Talking Dead live from Hollywood Forever Cemetery for 2000 fans..."
—Chris Hardwick, New York Comic Con 2016

I realized a few days ago that New York Comic Con came and went, because The Waking Dead panel was in my YouTube recommended videos. This close to the premiere, and both anticipating and dreading it, I had to watch and be reassured and terrified that out of every unbearable thing that has happened, this moment would be the one to permanently haunt me. That this season would be somehow more unrelenting than ever, if that's even possible. That this unrepentant villain would eventually be the most satisfying to end. And because this is one extraordinarily talented and tight-knit cast that I could listen to all day.