The Walking Dead’s “Bounty” was chuck full of intricate details for the keenest of eagle eyes to spot and ponder.
This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead season 9, episode 11.
- Daryl’s Angel Wing Vest missing half a wing is symbolic
- Oceanside, Sanctuary spotted on charter for signatures
- Movie theater in Alpha’s lands
- Enid is aware Henry likes her
- Daryl’s tasteful scar over eye, Carol’s half-grown hair
- Alpha’s crew whispers to her as well, hierarchy in place
- Daryl acted as The Hilltop’s leader
- Addy is tattletale, enters Henry’s room without permission
- Tara’s abandonment of Alexandria
- Alpha/Daryl reminiscent of Beth trade, Governor at Prison
Daryl’s missing wing on his leather stitched vest was first noticeable post Rick Grimes time jump in season 9. It wasn’t made clear whether the ripped off patch of wing was intentional or the product of wear and tear initially. However, tonight’s episode “Bounty” subtly hinted that the missing wing was not an accident without any direct verbiage about it.
After turning over Lydia back to her mother Alpha, an individual responsible for the bruises on her arm and promptly slaps her post-trade, Daryl makes a bold statement. “I did what we had to do today. We all did.” He tells Henry to “Live with it,” quite a departure from his sleepless nights crawling up the walls over the inadvertent death of Denise. Right after, Daryl turns away from Henry as his half wing is explicitly noticeable to the viewer for more than a few seconds. It appeared to symbolize the fallen angel, perfectly meshing with Daryl’s apparent icy personality changes. Reminiscent of the “One Winged Angel” of Sephiroth for Final Fantasy 7 fans.
Ezekiel was handed the ‘Multi-Community Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ from Paul “Jesus” Rovia and Tara Chambleron tonight’s Walking Dead. A distinguished eye likely caught the signature lines for Oceanside and Sanctuary before the camera panned away. While we know Sanctuary went ‘bust’ post-time jump, the whereabouts of Oceanside’s residents has long been a topic of interest. Did Michonne have them all executed or exiled after Rick’s disappearance? If so, was it punishment for causing the events that led up to the end of the bridge or something else? A thinly veiled response to Maggie’s singular decision to hang Gregory?
The rift between Maggie and Michonne might indicate as such. That said, Oceanside’s appearance on the charter means they were at least part of the greater plan initially. Michonne keeping the charter she originally proposed on ice might be due to Oceanside’s inclusion post-Rick disappearance. Perhaps, Maggie’s reluctance to sign was due to Sanctuary’s inclusion. Nevertheless, if there was a stalemate, it caused the dissolution of both communities.
Just as Ezekiel, Carol, Jerry and the rest of the Kingdom’s group were riding off into the sunset in victory, with Ezekiel commenting about them not losing anymore… The camera showed a sign exhibiting an ‘A’ with a line over it! Alpha stated The Hilltop’s people had been into their lands during the trade off but promised no conflict if Lydia was to be returned. When Alpha and The Whisperers realize The Kingdom had ‘sullied’ their lands by entering their cinema, will they come for retaliation?
Enid openly told Daryl she knows Henry likes her when volunteering to change his mind about giving up Lydia. It appears Henry isn’t so good about hiding his feelings for Enid to be so blunt about it. Though a high-pressure life and death situation caused the trade…
At its core, Enid essentially asked Henry to give up his potential girlfriend so she could have her potential boyfriend back. Lydia volunteering to leave is likely the only reason Henry went along with it. The love-struck Kingdom-ite has eaten a live ground worm for Lydia prior and would likely have done anything for her even before the kiss. Post kiss, all bets are off.
Daryl has a 300-style tasteful scar going across his eye Gerard Butler’s King Leonidas would be proud of! Meanwhile, The Walking Dead kept up continuity by having Carol’s hair be only half-grown in length in tonight’s flashback with Paul “Jesus” Rovia and Tara. The long locks were given symbolic reasoning by Henry last episode.
Carol and Ezekiel’s adopted son mentioned she used to be afraid of Ed pulling her by the hair when she would try to run away to escape. Hence, cutting it short to begin with. Now, that she feels comfortable around Ezekiel she’s let the hair flow once again like an ad for Pantene Shampoo.
Alpha slapped Lydia for calling her momma in front of the group instead of Alpha “like all the rest.” The others whisper to Alpha rather than speaking at a normal level, indicating a type of submissiveness to the Alpha of the group. Though previously it appeared they whispered to avoid confrontation with the zombies they occasionally blend into, it seems whispering is also part of a hierarchy of classes within the group.
Daryl was the first to ask “the hell does it matter” when Alpha requested to know who the leader of The Hilltop was in tonight’s episode… Yet, he is the one to go out of the gate to speak to Alpha and the one to ultimately make the decision to give Lydia up. Daryl has unofficially been appointed leader by the group rather than Tara, who leads in title only. It’s Daryl that’s rose to the occasion in place of Maggie and Paul “Jesus” Rovia.
Not only does Addy eagerly give up Henry’s location to Daryl, she goes into his room post-Lydia trade without invite. Addy seems like the type you don’t tell secrets to quite frankly. Is all this stemming from a crush Addy has on Henry? Is she trying to ‘save him’ from Lydia or just being the good samaritan?
Or is it Daryl she secretly has her sights on? Addy sure had a long stare at the shrouded in darkness Daryl before informing him of Henry going AWOL.
In the flashback during he onset of tonight’s Walking Dead episode, Tara makes it clear she took more than her share of supplies upon leaving Alexandria… And also doesn’t plan to go back and be ruled by Michonne’s law and order. Tara along with Maggie and Daryl didn’t see eye to eye with Rick’s dream of fulfilling Carl’s vision for a new world.
She was originally on board with Daryl wanting to smash a truck into The Sanctuary, thereby ending the community… Regardless of the innocents inside. It appears this thought process has followed Tara into her current mind state at The Hilltop. One wonders if she’d drop her weapon had she met The Governor in the current era of The Walking Dead.
Alpha showing up at The Hilltop’s doorstep with a battalion, felt like a homage to The Governor’s infamous arrival at The Prison during season 4. Even right down to having two hostages in Alden and Luke like The Governor’s Michonne and Hershel.
The scene also recalled Daryl’s trade for Beth with Officer Dawn Lerner, albeit without tragedy striking mid-trade. The Hilltop’s impromptu leader is certainly no stranger to hostage standoffs, and what can arise within seconds of misjudgment or even the perception of such. Just as he’s told Henry dozens of time now when confronted over his decision making, “You don’t know a thing about me. Not really,”
The Natural Aristocrat spoke with Fear the Walking Dead’s soon to debut Austin Amelio (Dwight) at NYC’s IFC Center during Split Screen Festival.
Austin Amelio is about to make his Fear the Walking Dead official debut and relishing the opportunity to create ‘something deeper’ with Dwight. Amelio was in the Big Apple along with fellow Fear cast mates for the Season 5 Premiere at New York’s IFC Center and living in the moment. The Natural Aristocrat initially asked Austin off-camera how happy he was Dwight got to live on in Fear and didn’t get killed off by Daryl after all… Which Austin replied comedically deadpan, “Careful, Scott Gimple could be around here somewhere,” (shifting eyes from side to side) drawing laughs from Gimple and everyone around close by.
Austin would later comment at Split Screens Festival Fear the Walking Dead panel that when he was told he was riding with Gimple he was worried about having ‘the talk.’ The character end talk to be exact. Fear castmate Colman Domingo remarked, ‘Well you still have to ride in the same car with him back!’ which brought big laughs from the rest of the cast. The Walking Dead star and former Daryl Dixon rival discussed the initial pressure of being on the grand stage in the role, relaxing more now, and if he thinks he’s ever getting that vest back…
Watch the interview video above or read the full transcript below!
Interview with Austin Amelio on Dwight
The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: Austin, how does it feel to transverse and do your own crossover? The first semi-villain to come over to Fear the Walking Dead!
Austin Amelio: I’m really excited about it because I get to keep playing with this character and create something a little deeper with him. So it’s been nice.
We spoke off-camera about how you’re afraid of Scott M. Gimple over there killing your character off!
(Gimple laughs in the background)
Are you guys always watching your back when he’s around?
Of course, it’s part of the show! (laughs) Whenever you’re turning the script pages, and you see a walker, you think “Oh no! This could be the episode where I go!”
How do you feel your character has changed over this season?
It’s changed a lot, that’s about all I can say. I don’t want to talk about it too much or give it away… But he leaves on a pretty emotional note and the troubles rise up on the show I’m on now.
Do you feel you prepare differently after you’ve gotten experience on The Walking Dead than when you first came on the show, acting wise?
Oh, a little more relaxed now. I was pretty stressed out the first couple of years but after playing the guy for a while… I just sort of sunk into what he’s about. So yeah, I’m not as stressed out anymore.
Why do you feel you were stressed out?
It was just such a big thing for me, it was a big show… It’s not like it’s just your grandma and grandpa watching, it’s millions of people. There’s a little pressure with that. But yeah, I’m just sort of relaxing now.
I’m wondering where you’re going to go forward with your career. Are you getting offers to do movies now in-between or after Fear?
No idea, I just take it day-by-day. This business is pretty unpredictable. So it’s just day by day and if something comes around and I jive with it, then great. Sort of where I’m at, no pressure.
My last question is… You ever going to get that vest from Daryl back?
(smiles)I don’t know. I think he took that for good! (laughs) I think it’s gone.
Absolutely, thank you!
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Check out The Natural Aristocrat’s interview with Fear the Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo ahead of Fear the Walking Dead’s Season 5 sophomore episode tonight!
On today’s Walking Dead #TBT, we reminiscence about the time Negan had but a simple question for ole Daryl Dixon, “Who are you?”
Picture Daryl Dixon laying helpless on the ground like a maimed buck freshly hit with a round. Crossbow-less and therefore dehorned, being kept alive against its will, past an honorable expiration date. Filth highlights every corner as a bittersweet symphony blares across the room’s speakers on repeat. Dante’s Inferno playing a Liquorice-scented encore again and again with no crowd request. “We’re on Easy Street and it feels so sweet!” The only ticket out suddenly flips ajar, it’s rival Dwight serving up lunch sans the chef hat. Dog food. Yet, Daryl has eaten worse and indulges with no hesitation.
The Walking Dead’s “The Cell” asked viewers the question, does dignity have a price? How many in the same mentally deformed situation as Daryl would have thrown in the towel? For as much fan backlash as Eugene later took on social media… He did what 99% of people would have done. It was the mirror reflection back that haunted viewers and brewed resentment. An uncomfortable looking glass. The gritty reminder they would not rise above either given the predicament.
They too would likely say whatever a despotic regime demanded. Not even paying empty lip service but fully embracing its foundations. Engaging in the belief and rationale… That you are Negan.
Negan’s juxtaposition of Dwight to Daryl
From the onset of “The Cell” Dwight is seemingly living the good life in the heart of Sanctuary. Luxury food, premium items like cigarettes, his own secure room and board. Not to mention the honor and respect of being a prime-time Savior lieutenant. A made man one can say from the outside compared to his Alexandria-bred counterpart. Demeaned, dehumanized, stripped of all decency.
Negan recalling the origins of Dwight’s membership into Sanctuary to Daryl was obviously no small talk. It was meant to convey that the past can stay in their rearview mirror. Negan has always been about looking forward and maximizing his roster’s talent to the benefit of the team. The Savior team that is.
Telling the plight of Dwight and how he sacrificed his loving marriage was meant to foster two goals. Willing camaraderie to the fact that the team always comes first and obvious intimidation of what can happen when a member falls out of line. In Negan’s words’ you know how Lucille is a stickler for the rules!’ Thus Dwight had to give up half of his reflection as punishment for abandonment of the rules.
Easy Street requires Easy Words…
At the same time, Negan promised rewarding good team-oriented behavior. Those who fall under the umbrella of Negan enjoy the grander things in life. They get to see daylight whereas Daryl sees walls. They get to enjoy dijon so-to-speak while Daryl receives tinned pet food. Even rising up the hierarchy is an option on the table for Daryl if he just speaks the all mighty exit words.
The defining pardon that will end Daryl’s hardship and bring the beam of the sun through a newly built window. Emphasis on new. Negan believes in forming new relationships, new partnerships and new team seasons. A one time rival can become a teammate through roster trade or free agency to Negan. Last season was last season, there’s a new championship to build towards this year.
“Who are you?” Negan asks expecting to hear the answer he’s heard a thousand times before. Yet, one strays. This buck still has the vigor of life in it and is willing to endure. Its memory of a greener horizon where it lives free intact… Even through excruciating pain. The specter of riverbeds, fertile soil, and most importantly, its treasured herd. The wounds might fester but this buck will never give the desired signal to its captor.
Fun Fact: “The Cell” was penned by current Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang! The Kubrick-esque episode was directed by Alrick Riley, who also directed episode 13, “Bury Me Here” in season 7.
Check out The Walking Dead #TBT: Nicholas says ‘Thank You’ to Glenn Rhee to revisit more ground of the show’s all-time mementos.
The Scavengers are back and ready to rumble this Sunday when Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis), Sabrina Gennarino (Tamiel), and Thomas Francis Murphy (Brion) take fans on a Big Zombie Tour to remember.
Imagine Simon never descended upon a certain junkyard, breaking up The Heapsters’ record deal with Negan’s Easy Street. No Jadis going solo under the rebranded Anne. This Sunday, May 26 you don’t have to close your eyes to visualize the band getting back together! Pollyanna McIntosh & The Heapsters will reunite for a gig in Senoia, Georgia as part of Atlanta’s Big Zombie Tour 3 at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Fans can join the tour bus and reminiscence about their all-time favorite Rick Grimes betrayals, new acts like Madelyn’s Matron Saints, and how Murphy found religion in Darlin’.
The action will begin over at Jacob’s Table, when Pollyanna McIntosh & The Heapsters depart with fans on a 3-hour tour from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Every attending fan will receive a signed photo, selfie with their party, and one of a kind group shot memento. Jacob’s Table is a European-style cafe located at 15 Barnes St #1C, Senoia, GA 30276. The price per attendee is $199 with two buses available. According to actress Sabrina Gennarino’s Twitter, there’s only a few tickets left as of May 23 (9:50 a.m.)
Heading your way ATL!!! Looking forward to hanging out w/ #TWDFamily this weekend in Senoia @camp_marimac_charity_bash_! Jump on the @atlmovietours bus w/ me, @pollyannamcintosh & #thomasfrancesmurphy for even more fun! ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT! pic.twitter.com/yh7mHE3cdz
— Sabrina Gennarino (@girlsgottaeat) May 23, 2019
Official Atlanta Movie Tour Description:
Pollyanna & The Heapsters sounds a bit like a band name, but in this case, it’s a bunch of TWD fun! Big Zombie Tour 3 Sunday morning in Senoia is another for the record books! This time we have Anne/Jadis, played by the lovely Pollyanna McIntosh, along with Sabrina Gennarino (Tamiel) and Thomas Francis Murphy (Brion) so chock full o’ fun!
The tour will be 3 hours and everyone will get a signed photo. There will be plenty of time for questions and a selfie with your party. There will be 2 buses and the guests will pop between them. Plus everyone will be together for approx. 35 minutes at the stops! And we will be sending you a group shot that will include your AMT Insiders and special guests! The tour price is $199/person and will depart from Jacob’s Table in Senoia at 10:30am!
McIntosh, Gennarino, Murphy to attend Camp Marimac Charity Bash
Walking Dead’s Tamiel, Sabrina Gennarino, will also be at Camp Marimac Charity Bash this Saturday, May 25 (4 – 11 p.m.) along with Thomas Francis Murphy for solo photo-ops. Pollyanna McIntosh will join for Heapster group photos (12 – 12:45 p.m.) on Saturday then again on Sunday (2 – 2:45 p.m.).
There’s a $10 dollar discount on Gennarino’s official website for autographs/selfies as a pre-sale offer for the event. They’ll be $40 at the door. Pollyanna McIntosh will return for solo photo ops on Sunday (4 – 4:45 pm).
The Hilltop’s former chairman Xander Berkeley will even be doing live sketches of guests on Saturday. * Sketches must be booked in advance. Lydia fans can catch Cassady McClincy in only her second U.S. event appearance on Saturday (4 – 4:45 pm) and Sunday (11 – 11:45 am). A full list of Camp Marimac’s featured guests is available at this Eventbrite link with details.
Visit this Atlanta Movie Tour link for more info about tour festivities this weekend featuring Pollyanna McIntosh & The Heapsters! Tickets for Ross Marquand’s (Aaron) tour on Saturday, May 25 at 9:30 p.m. are currently sold out.