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Jeri Jacquin

If there ever was a reason to be crazy excited for THE WALKING DEAD it would be Season Six as AMC and Anchor Bay Entertainment release THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete Sixth Season.

The season opens in spectacular fashion as Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is up to his quarry in zombies! Trying to lure them away, Rick’s group and the other Alexandrians take a plan step by step to save the town. That might not matter in the slightest when a blaring horn changes their plans.

The “W” found on the foreheads of others is finally revealed as the Wolves hit Alexandria hard. While Rick and the others taking care of Walkers, it is up to the town to come together as Morgan (Lennie James), Carol (Melissa McBride), and Carl (Chandler Riggs) do what it is they have learned to do – protect their own. The one exception is Enid who decides to take off.

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As Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) try to change the course of the herd of zombies, they are caught and separated leaving Glenn and Nicholas trapped as the others get away. What happens next is still one of the most talked about episodes and if you haven’t seen it I’m not about to give it all away.

After the Wolves in Alexandria, Rick gets there in time to gather up those he can. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) keeps her composure when she learns Glenn is among those who hasn’t returned, especially since she has news for him.

Back on the road, Daryl (Norman Reedus), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Abraham are still leading the pack away and they don’t expect to be attacked by a group they have never seen before. Taking what the three had collected, but not before meeting The Saviors who tell them everything now belongs to the mysterious Negan!

Glen finds the runaway Enid and convinces her to return to Alexandria. What Carol discovers about Morgan brings nothing short of a confrontation between the two. Caught in the middle is Denise (Merritt Wever) who has taken over the role of town doctor.

Once the Walkers find their way in to Alexandria, Rick and the group head to Jessie’s house but not before realizing Deanna is in trouble. Also in trouble is Carl who is injured in a harsh way. It is the fuel brought back by Daryl, Sasha and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) that stop further invasion.

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Then the arrival of Jesus (Tom Payne) introduces the Alexandrians to the Hilltop where Negan is finally explained to them. The Saviors are Negans’ group who go around taking from everyone. Maggie has a meeting with the Hilltop’s leader Gregory (Xander Berkeley) and a deal is struck – in exchange for food and supplies, Maggie’s group must take out The Saviors.

A plan is formed with Rick and a group deciding how to handle this group of unknowns. Maggie and Carol are on the outside when Daryl hears that they have been taken by a group of fairly insane individuals. What the captors don’t know is that Maggie and Carol aren’t about to take their captivity without a fight.

Daryl, Rosita (Christian Serratos), Eugene (Josh McDermitt) and Denise are looking for medical supplies for the injured but Dwight (Austin Amelio) and The Saviors are waiting for them. The group that is left lock Alexandria down but not before Carol decides she has had enough and leaves. Rick and Morgan go after her while Daryl decides he isn’t going to take killing his people lying down.

What none of the suspect is that The Saviors are waiting all round them and in a finale that is still causing a stir with fans – Rick, Michonne, Carol, Eugene, Abraham, Rosita, Glen, Maggie and Daryl are on their knees before Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and one will feel the wrath of Lucille.

One swing of that bat changes everything!

Did I tell you everything? Absolutely not! That is the best part of this series; there is no way to tell anyone everything as the creepy fleshy stuff is in the details. Of course THE WALKING DEAD has zombies and some of the best undead I have ever seen on television, or in film for that matter.

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Lincoln as Rick can do no wrong and if you don’t believe me just as the thousands of howling fans when that man enters Hall H of Comic Con every year. He may have his ‘Rick-tator’ moments but we all love him! This season he is up against the craziest sorts trying to control as much of this uncontrollable world as possible.

Gurira as Michonne has finally come to terms with how this chaos is and still manages to give fans what they have suspected for a few seasons now. There is chemistry that finally brings love among the corpses. Yes, I’m going to talk in zombie terms as much as possible. Gurira gives this character such depth and yet still manages a smile occasionally and I’ve watched that smile change things up.

Riggs as Carl has certainly grown up right before our eye (pun intended) yet he still is showing signs of definitely being his father’s son. He is also big brother who isn’t about to let Wolves, Saviors or any other creepy thing get near his baby sister! Yeun as Glenn continues to get out of bloody situations while continuing to be a supporter of the group that keeps Maggie safe.

McBride as Carol is secretly my favorite because she is the only woman I know who can look like June Cleaver until it’s time to rip off the housewife-baking sweater and wield a weapon. Cohan as Maggie has taken on a leadership role that frees Rick up to be the muscle. Now with her own secret know that it won’t be a secret for long! Cudlitz as Abraham shows me once again what I’ve already known – redheads are badasses! McDermott as Eugene has me wondering this season whether his character is going to do something significant or end up a zombie happy meal. Serratos as Rosita is also showing her chops and Wever as Denise learns what chops can do. James as Morgan is a character I can’t talk about without wanting to throw something at him whereas once I trusted Morgan – now I don’t.

Reedus as Daryl can never be messed with – both in character and out. I just enjoy his performance as Daryl because he doesn’t necessarily need dialogue to get his point across. Losing his bike and bow are reason enough to be afraid of him but this season he has some introspection that I think is going to serve him well in Season 7.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: Are you kidding? Of course I give THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete Sixth Season five tubs of popcorn out of five. There is absolutely nothing about this series I would change (even when I’m screaming my head off saying “that’s so wrong I can’t stand it! or “oh no they didn’t!” or “this is just b.s.”) and legions of fans would probably agree with me.

Yes we get emotional, yes we get crazy, yes we think that creator Robert Kirkman is systematically trying to drive us insane with cliffhangers and season breaks but yet we will come back – time after time. Why?

Because the characters are intense, the storylines are epic, set designs are nothing short of amazing, the cinematography is breath-stealing and SFX-god Greg Nicotero knows exactly how to make us freak out with epic zombies. Does that answer your question?

The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season on Bluray includes Inside The Walking Dead (on DVD), Episode 616: Last Day on Earth – Extended Version (on Bluray), Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes (which I LOOOOOVED), The Making of “The Walking Dead, In Memoriam, 601: Out of the Quarry, Guts & Glory: The Death of Nicholas, Strength in Bonds, Negan: Someone to Fear and The Face of Death: Iconic Walkers of the Season. Three hours of extra content is just the beginning of what can be the most amazing marathon watching!

THE WALKING DEAD is a series that is worthy of being a part of anyone’s home media library because fans of the comic book and series will never get tired of revisiting the beginning of this storyline up until the Negan line up! This fall fans will be glued to their television on the premier of Season 7 and yes, I am one of them.

In the end – sometimes it isn’t the Walkers they need to fear!

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