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The Walking Dead’s greatest character death scene that ended up not being one, the day Nicholas said ‘Thank You’ to Glenn Rhee.

Breathing slows to a crawl, the mind wants to act but the body won’t obey as death is fingertips away. Picture The Walking Dead’s Nicholas on top of a garbage dumpster, frozen in place. One wrong step and agony is promised from every corner. Walker arms outstretched, reaching for their dinner like a juicy steak being teased in front of a lion. Nicholas realizes his present company has no answer for his fate, no exit door, no rabbit to pull out of a hat. Glenn attempts to reason with him amidst the chaos but it might is well be white noise. The nihilistic, rapid decay of Nicholas’ mind is in full swing.

An ‘impulsive’ decision has already been pre-made, Glenn just doesn’t know it yet. Still hopeful, Glenn pleads with Nicholas to “Look at me!” but the days of bravado are over. All that stares back are lifeless eyes that have seen their destiny. The journey has come to its final stop as Nicholas is in acceptance of his imminent departure. No end to stay the whole movie, he’s leaving this theater on his own.

He politely whispers “Thank You” to the last person he’ll ever see, then shoots himself point blank. All the while, Glenn is powerless to save Nicholas from himself despite being inches away. A crimson mask of misery paints Glenn’s face, stunning him. Before Glenn can fully process and react to what has happened, a forsaken Nicholas falls directly into him. The two take a spill off the dumpster into the abyss. In that moment, it appears Glenn is about to meet his maker as a ravenous horde tears every limb and organ.

“Thank You” in Retrospective

Walking Dead episode, as you watch the dead feast from Glenn’s own viewpoint. Michael Slovis [Breaking Bad] directed the chapter with now-showrunner Angela Kang [Terriers] penning the script. It wasn’t the first time the series has dealt with a character feeling the way Nicholas did, as Andrea experienced similar emotions in season 1 episode 6 [“TS-19”].

It is one of the rare times however, that a character went through with the it despite not having a walker bite. If you recall back in season 4’s premiere, Clara, a destitute woman Rick Grimes meets in the woods, stabs herself to be with her undead husband.

Despite viewers being familiar with the possibility of the dire concept on The Walking Dead… “Thank You” was jaw dropping all the same. The scene was exceptionally powerful, definitely above the call of duty of a regular television episode. From Nicholas’ ominous ‘Thank You,’ to pulling the trigger without warning, to the sudden realization for the viewer that a series original had ‘met their end.’ Although Tyreese’ final episode was brilliant with The Governor’s iconic return, this scene would top it in terms of shock value.

Glenn fans were traumatized from the event to such an extent, they seemingly appeared to will him back on the show through massive social media backlash. Of course, it’s probable Glenn surviving the dumpster horde was always planned. Or at least some kind of audience testing ground. As he was not featured during the ‘In Memoriam’ spot on Talking Dead falling the episode. This all lead to obvious, immediate speculation and theories that Glenn had survived under the dumpster.

The ‘Glenn pulls himself under the dumpster’ theory becomes reality

It was amusing to see photoshops of the theory circulate online, until the show actually went with this exact idea verbatim! Which inevitably damaged the scene’s overall credibility a fair bit. A good portion of fans now remember the scene more for Glenn’s escape rather than the spectacle and picturesque horror.

Nowadays, anytime a major character death is teased on The Walking Dead, you’ll find no end of YouTube one-liners and memes that start off, ‘He slipped under the dumpster!’

No cheating fate for Glenn Rhee

If it was indeed a testing ground for future character deaths, bringing Glenn back did not work out the way fans hoped. As Glenn would again be at the receiving end of a shocking moment in season 7’s premiere. Negan unexpectedly took him out as a second victim post-Abraham, seemingly out of nowhere! The show had been promoting just one person would be chosen by Negan for months after season 6’s cliffhanger.

It stayed true to the comic, as Negan’s Lucille picked Glenn there too. Although season 7’s character death for Glenn Rhee after Abraham was an instant jaw-dropping scene on its own… It’s still second to the perceived dumpster end for him. As TWD creator Robert Kirkman once mentioned, the bigger the character, the more grand and impactful the end scene.

Ironically, in terms of television twists and cinematography… The character end scene that never was, still reigns as what would have been the show’s greatest.

“Thank You” took place in The Walking Dead season 6, episode 3. Purchase “Thank You” digitally on Amazon to relive the whole sequence that led up to Nicholas and Glenn Rhee getting trapped in the first place.

Negan fans, be sure to check out the pros and cons of letting Sanctuary’s former head honcho out of his cell in Alexandria!

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Austin Amelio talks Dwight’s return at Split Screens Festival (Interview)

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Austin Amelio as Dwight in Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green / AMC
Photo Credit: Ryan Green / AMC

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!

Always!

(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.

Thanks man!

Absolutely, thank you!

Be sure to follow Austin Amelio (@austin_amelio) on Twitter!

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!

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The Walking Dead #TBT: Negan asks Daryl ‘Who are you?’

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The Walking Dead #TBT - Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Season 7 Episode 3 "The Cell" - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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.

“Daryl.”

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.

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Pollyanna McIntosh & The Heapsters to reunite at Senoia Fan Tour on 5/26

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Pollyanna McIntosh & The Heapsters - Pictured from left to right: Sabrina Gennarino (Tamiel), Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis/Anne), and Thomas Francis Murphy (Brion) - Photo Credit: Gene Page / AMC
Photo Credit: Gene Page / AMC

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.)

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.

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