Can’t Stop Watching: ‘The Walking Dead,’ The Obamas Go Holiday Shopping & More

"The Walking Dead" (Photo: AMC)


I like to think that people have the ability to change for the better. But when the Governor resurfaced a couple of episodes ago on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” something told me this dude was still cray-cray. Last week’s episode proved my point and Sunday’s season 4 fall finale reminded me that’s he’s still very delusional. After senselessly murdering the leaders of the new group he joined, thus usurping the top position for himself, he convinced the flock to take over the prison where Rick and company were still recovering from the zombie-flu outbreak. He held Hershel and Michonne hostage to help with this effort. In the end, neither side won the location. The real victors were the zombies who were drawn by the combat’s noise. And while Rick and most of the main characters made it out alive, the battle wasn’t without casualties. The Governor decapitated Hershel, the beloved moral center of the prison group; Meghan, the daughter of the Governor’s girlfriend, Lilly–who wasn’t down with the prison takeover–was attacked by a zombie and finished off with a gunshot to the head by her mom’s new man; and most of the people who aimlessly followed the Governor met ruin. And yes, karma was present because the Governor, surviving a sword wound compliments of Michonne, was fatally shot in the head by Lilly. Hershel’s death was a shocker for many viewers (I thought his daughter’s boyfriend Glenn would die this season). And even though baby Judith is missing, and thought dead by her dad Rick and big brother Carl, I think she’s alive. Of course, we won’t know for sure until the series returns on Feb. 9. In the meantime, catch up on past episodes here.

Watch “The Walking Dead” Mid-season Finale
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Here’s what else is happening…
Did you see President Barack Obama doing some holiday shopping with daughters Sasha and Malia? On Saturday, the trio hit up Washington, D.C.’s Politics and Prose bookstore where the commander in chief purchased a “long list” of “outstanding books” for “every age group from 5 until 52.” As a fellow booklover, I appreciate his gift-giving choice though I’ve been warned to layoff gifting books and try for other things. Whatever … Watch the Obamas’ shopping trip here. In other holiday news, did you see “Black Nativity” over the holiday weekend? It opened Wednesday and though the reviews were mixed, I walked out of the theater feeling pretty good. Perhaps it was the rousing remake of Stevie Wonder’s “As”–one of my favorites–that played at the movie’s conclusion. I also chatted with the film’s director Kasi Lemmons last week who talked about why she retold Langston Hughes’ classic musical the way she did, how black Americans want to see themselves on screen and how she’d “absolutely” direct an episode of ABC’s Scandal.” Now that would be hot! Read more here. In other weekend news, several celebrities, including singer-actor Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and many others, are mourning the death of “The Fast and the Furious” actor Paul Walker. Walker died in a car accident Saturday while on the way to an event for his charity. Watch more here

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Almost Human”: Will catch tonight’s episode via XFINITY On Demand. It airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. [Watch here]
“Treme”: I’m still playing catch up with past seasons but the final season debuted Sunday night and I’m checking it out via XFINITY On Demand. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. [Watch here]

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Cyber Monday deals (Yes, any time you can save a few bucks on choice items, it’s a good thing!)!
NOT: The racist vitriol surrounding black actors portraying characters in “The Hunger Games” series (Thought people got over this with the last movie but apparently there some disappointment over Jeffrey Wright’s casting in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”).

HOT: Philadelphia 76ers star Michael Carter-Williams’ mother, Mandy Carter-Zegarowski, put his first-year salary in a trust fund that he can’t access for three years (Way to go, mom! I know he’s grown but given how many athletes go broke, I can role with this!).
NOT: Teens arrested in Rochester, N.Y. while waiting for a bus to attend a high school basketball game (Silly…).

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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