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Alyssa is a freelance writer who has worked in almost every field of writing. But no genre is more enjoyable than snarking on the latest episode of her favorite TV shows.

'Game Of Thrones': Essential Answers From 'The Red Woman'

4/25/2016 8:43am EDT
'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Premiere: Essential Answers From 'The
For nearly a year one question has plagued loyal fans of Game of Thrones. “Did Jon Snow really die?” With clickbait articles, vague interviews, and diligent spoiler hunters, we never got any closer to the answer. This question seemed to overshadow many of the other questions, from the identity of Cersei’s new protector to Sansa’s fate. As the new season premieres, viewers hope to get the answers to his vital question and many more.

Unfortunately, this particular question remains a mystery. Is Jon Snow dead? Yes. Will he stay dead, however, is up in the air. But that doesn’t mean there were...
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Epic Moments From 'The Walking Dead' Finale

4/4/2016 8:29am EDT
'The Walking Dead' Finale: Epic Moments From 'Last Day On Earth'
Should we just accept by now that The Walking Dead finales will never live up to their hype?

Did this episode really need to be 93 minutes? Did Scott Gimple think we were going to be riveted by Rick driving the RV for 45 minutes? Was there not a single person in the writer’s room or AMC that said, “Maybe having a cliffhanger for a huge pivotal moment is not a good idea?”

“Last Day on Earth” is further proof that the show will never learn from the mistakes of the past. Finales where nothing interesting happens will continue to happen. Audience-jerking cliffhangers won’t stop. As long as th...
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'The Walking Dead': 5 Epic Moments From 'East'

3/28/2016 8:43am EDT
The Walking Dead
With only two episodes left in the season, it’s only fitting that “East” puts most of the characters out of their comfort zone. It’s typical Walking Dead fashion for people to make life a million times worse by attempting to make it better. Carol’s journey, Daryl’s guilt, Morgan’s mission, and Rick’s leadership, among others, manages to put the group and all of Alexandria in a much worse position than before. It begs the questions whether good intentions even matter anymore.

“East” does what only the worst episodes of “The Walking Dead” ever does: feature too many speeches about what the c...
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'The Walking Dead': Pivotal Moments From 'Twice As Far'

3/21/2016 8:33am EDT
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead was on such a roll until “Twice as Far” came along. Instead of the high stakes, fun, and attention-grabbing episodes that have preceded in this last half of the season, we were left with something stalled, soulless, and pretty boring. A lot of the problem has to do with the mix of characters used. Rosita, Denise, Eugene, and Abraham still feel like characters on the periphery, no matter how hard the show tried to say otherwise. Really, does anybody care about Eugene’s love life? Or if Eugene feels respected? Or how Rosita is dealing with her breakup?

Even adding Daryl to t...
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'The Walking Dead': 5 Badass Moments From 'The Same Boat'

3/14/2016 8:37am EDT
'The Walking Dead' Recap: 5 Badass Moments From 'The Same Boat'
“The Same Boat” is as close to a bottle episode as The Walking Dead gets. It, once again, proves that the last part of season 6 is on a good track. The action has yet to settle, even in episodes that seem lower key than typical TWD-fare. Gimple and the rest of the show’s writers continually illustrate their committal to moving the plot forward without forgetting about character development.

In “The Same Boat” we get a glimpse of the internal turmoil of both Carol and Maggie. These two characters have rarely interacted in the past, so this new dynamic feels fresh and exciting. In fact, this...
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'The Walking Dead': Badass Moments From 'Not Tomorrow Yet'

3/7/2016 8:40am EST
The Walking Dead
Carol has been mighty quiet these past few episodes, so it was only a matter of time we got an episode centered on her. We never got to see how Carol reacted to Sam’s death. After all, she is partially responsible for the terrible outcome of the attempted escape from Alexandria. If Carol hadn’t told Sam she’d tie him up in the woods to be torn apart by walkers, he wouldn’t have felt such newfound anxiety about leaving the top of those stairs, he wouldn’t have called out for his mom in the middle of a walker horde, he and Jessie wouldn’t have died, and Carl never would have been shot in the ...
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'The Walking Dead' Recap: Memorable Moments From 'Knots Untie'

2/29/2016 9:28am EST
The Walking Dead
The episode before “Knots Untie” was a very different feeling for The Walking Dead. There was more focus on humor and character relationships. Now we’re back to a typical episode of the show, but somehow it feels refreshed. We’re moving into a new chapter of the Alexandria storyline. We’ve already seen them settling in and fighting to survive. Now we’re on to the part where we discover how they’ll achieve sustainability. It somehow feels fresh with potential for so much excitement in the future. Kudos for the show starting on a positive path, after such a disappointing first half of the sea...
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'The Walking Dead': 5 Badass Moments From 'The Next World'

2/22/2016 8:27am EST
'The Walking Dead' Recap: 5 Badass Moments From 'The Next World'
Can you imagine what The Walking Dead would be like as a sitcom? “The Next World” takes a peek into the more comedic sides of our favorite characters, relying on more than just a funny one-liner every once in a while. The episode finally cuts through the droll darkness of the increasingly depressing show for a look at the lighter side of these important characters. It was definitely a welcome relief.

The episode expertly moved forward the plot, introduced a pivotal character, and definitively ended a chapter in The Walking Dead history. Hopefully, the show will continue exploring the light...
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5 Badass Moments From The 'Walking Dead' Midseason Premiere

2/15/2016 8:13am EST
'The Walking Dead' Recap: 5 Badass Moments from 'No Way Out'
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with the return of the most gruesome program on television? The Walking Dead is back, making the most of its cliffhangers from way back in November. When we last left the show, Maggie was hanging off some scaffolding, Rick and company were menaced by an annoying kid shouting “mom” again and again, Carol and Morgan were fighting over ideological differences, and Daryl was about to get all his stuff stolen. Usually a resolution to a Walking Dead cliffhanger is miles better than a season-ender, and “No Way Out” is no exception.

Here’s the 5 most b...
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'Scream Queens': The Disappointment Of 'The Final Girl(s)'

12/9/2015 8:52am EST
Scream Queens
The final two episodes of Scream Queens give a strong indication that there was never any plan. Ryan Murphy and co just wrote minor scenes of mayhem in between their zingers and constant political statements that had no bearing on plot. While a lot of these whodunit TV shows focus too heavily on plot and ramping up the bloodiness, Scream Queens had the exact opposite problem. It became more about showcasing witty speeches and over the top character moments than anything to do with the mystery of the Red Devil killers and the babies in the bathtub.

Not once in the finale did these character...
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