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Season 5 coming to an end... though good, I don't think it topped last season's. I know they intentionally make this show over-the-top and borderline it a black comedy, but I wish they would settle on the darker side and make it a little more serious. They tackled some heavy issues/themes this season, and sometimes when it drifted off into the thin layers of comedy, the show struggled and seemed annoyingly silly (Frank getting his fortune and blowing it all in one night; a young medical doctor who has a later stage of cancer and now wants to live life to the fullest. It's interesting but very unrealistic). The acting is always good on here; I think the girl who plays Debs has blossomed into fine-young actor and it showed this season. The kid who plays Carl was also good, though a bit one-dimensional. Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy are all well-derserving of awards. Jeremy Allen White and Steve Howey all bring it. I look forward to Season 6. I think the British version lasted 8 seasons, and am wondering if the American version will make it that long. Hope so.

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I'm over the Paige/Drew thing already. The next two episodes are going to be worse. Don't understand why she'd ever trust him, even if she isn't thinking anything with Walter would be a good idea, because wasn't he gone for 7 years or something? And the implication was she was Ralph's sole support financially during that time as well. So he's been back a few months - what has he done to earn any trust, liking, support, whatever? Or have I missed something?

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@ Lilly77

I completely agree. Sure, Drew is trying to amend and spend time with Ralph but the only reason why this has been successful is with Walter's help. The fact that Drew wants to move to Portland and play more in minor leagues, possibly uprooting a child who is finally beginning to fit in, seems a bit irrational. It's essentially why he left Paige in the first place- history repeats itself? It's as if he really doesn't care about what happens to other people's feelings, as long as he get's his way. In no way other than he wants to spend time with Ralph does he seem dependable, and even then he usually fails miserably (a volcano science project? Ralph does way better, Drew). That could also be because I don't like him and think Paige should put her foot down, though.
I want more opinions from Ralph. In the next episode I really hope we see what he wants, does he even view Drew as a father? Would he like to stay with the Scorpion crew?
I also think Paige needs more interaction with her feelings on Walter. We keep seeing Toby pester Walter and his feelings develop (yes, I'm aboard the Walter/Paige train), but other than the episode forever ago where Paige had the steamy Walter dream she hasn't relayed much feeling. I cheered a bit last night when Walter finally recognized he has feelings for her. I knew the Paige/Drew scene would happen the moment he pulled up (because why not add more drama for the finale?) but the improvement he's made has been great. Now we need to see Paige do the same, and finally shoot Drew down like the scum he is.

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The script writers put thus line in based on the psychoanalytic theory that smokers smoke because they have an oral fixation in their adult life, due to denial of breast milk from their mothers in their infancy.

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Elis face at the end when Alicia said the line he thought her about taking 48 hrs to decide... Priceless!

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 16 Review: Conquer

Is there nobody out there that figured out that Rick didn't shoot Pete????? After going through the trouble of shooting the scene where he finally comes clean to Michonne? He clearly didn't go off the deep end like everyone thought, and with the theme of the episode basically being that Rick's group weren't the bad guys after all. Examples being Glenn not Killing Nicholas and Sasha not killing Gabriel. Don't forget one of the last scenes where Sasha, Gabriel and Maggie are sitting in a circle praying. If Rick had killed Pete, there is no way that Rick could ever come out of that not looking evil in season 16. So my point is here that when Deanna told Rick to "do it", she meant put a bullet in her dying husbands head so he doesn't become a walker! But, of course, cleverly shot to make us think that Rick had succumbed to his baser instincts. No, you heard it here first from Django that come next season Pete will be alive and well, albeit in a makeshift cell. And he'll most probably play some part in some f-up where he inadvertently helps the wolves when they finally do come to huff and puff and blow the door down.

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@ Django

Thud. Way to bring things back down to earth, Django. Now we have to wait and wait to see if we have to put up with Pete again next season. But you're right, of course. It did occur to me that the other Alexandrians standing around watching were probably stunned and thinking, "What do we do now? Is this caveman going to be our own personal executioner? What happens when the next person gets out of line?"

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@ Django

Mmmmm.....that is a very interesting possibility! We didn't actually see Pete's head get blown off; we just assumed. Maybe he did shoot Reg to keep him from turning. Makes things more interesting for next season!

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@ Yinzer Lynn

Sorry to spoil it, but if you have read the comics, Rick shoots Pete right in the head at the behest of Deanna (or at least the character Deanna is based on). Show has been following the comics pretty closely lately. Nice change with Pete using Michonne's sword. In the comics it was just a regular knife.

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@ palesoul

Was it really necessary to spoil it for the rest of us, palesoul? Uncool.

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@ Django

we had this conversation after the episode, too, with the same ideas. My reason for thinking that Rick shot Pete is twofold: One he was looking at Deeana when she asked him to do it and he turned away to shoot (and her tone did not seem as if she was asking him to keep her husband from turning). Secondly the look on Morgan's face when he saw Rick suggested that something more than shooting a dead man. If he shot Pete I don't think Rick will come out looking evil, it's more likely that Deeana's ordering it out of anger would cause confusion about the underlying ethics of Alexandria.

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I loved the scene with Mickey and Deb in the living room, it was hilarious! the way Mickey said "it's a little too late for that...", oh my god! he was funny.
you think Sammi would have been a little smarter, than staying there after what she did...I guess not! oh Lip...don't you see the husband is a weirdo??? Ian made the wrong choice here. yeah, it was unkind to hear all the stuff he did, but his family was trying to help him, not to judge him!! Monica is a disaster, she is not the answer!

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 16 Review: Conquer

I was waiting for Sasha to just take care of Father Gabriel. Maggie knew he betrayed them all so why stop her he is a threat to everyone. Why did Maggie never say anything to anyone even Glenn about his conversation to Deanna. Her character has changed so much. I am so glad Glenn didn't die but he sure looked like he would be bitten by the walkers! Certainly hope he wasn't. I think he should have left Nicholas behind this time around but that's not in his character. Carol has become so mean! To threaten a child she was pretty scary in that episode! I wonder if Morgan is still crazy. He looked very shocked Rick killing Pete when he arrived. Sad for Deanna that she lost her son and now her husband. The next season should be very interesting to see how it plays out with the wolves introduced to the storyline. Questioning though why they killed the guy in the red poncho Why not recruit more people?

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For me, this episode was not quite on the level of Tamerlane nor Face the Nation. Maybe I just can't really understand cults. I just hope Matt getting cocky would mean the character being kicked out of the show, otherwise, pointless storyline. I also like that Elizabeth's anxieties were not resolved in just one episode. It didn't feel that it was too easy that Henry was sent out to Bolivia. He has no experience in hostage situations. As far as I understand, he was a pilot? not involved in ground situations. Then again, he was also a marine captain. So, out of all theology/religious representatives, maybe he was the best choice. Still feels too easy...

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This show sucked me in & never let me go!