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Sunday, September 12, 2021

[Episode 146] Season 11, Episode 3 of The Walking Dead, "Hunted"

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๐ŸคฏYou do NOT know what's coming your way (talk about Hunted, right?): Rachael & Dave are about to blow your mind with some incredible predictions that you won't get anywhere else. @MegTheGeek & @BlazyGardener phone-in some great insights that Rach & Dave dissect along the way. Either way, #TWD gave us some incredible concepts to play with this episode! ...We can only hope the 18 remaining episodes are just as playful!
Not much pre-show and post-show in the Unedited Recording of this Episode; HOWEVER, we do regale you with some personal stories and some observations that didn't quite make it into the final edit that you may find valuable if you are interested in going a little deeper (both on #WalkingDead & SQUAWKING DEAD)! For that and so much more, head here:

David Cameo:
Rachael Burt:

  • Rachael’s Instagram Photoshoot by Jeff Hildebrant @iamjhil
  • Sherrandy’s take: The Four Horsewomen of the ApocalypseCarol Peletier, Kelly, Magna, and Rosita Espinosa.
  • Rosita’s dream about Abraham Ford: What's he trying to tell her? 
  • Why Magna pleads with Carol to stop giving Kelly hope of finding Connie.
  • We all missed Greg Nicotero take a bite out of Agatha! Sherrandy was giddy at the thought Maggie Rhee might've been the one who got bit.
  • Rachael feeling unsettled about Father Gabriel losing his faith: we are getting our What If scenario as a result of him surviving The Water Tower (from the Comic Book).
  • When the utterance BOPE-BARKED-EWE is as legendary #Ekekiel (never forget).
  • The Reapers are definitely a religious group. What will it mean for Gabriel when he truly encounters them? 
  • What if the Reaper "Nichols" isn’t real? Is Gabe is hallucinating/killing his faith?
  • Faith is a heavy theme throughout this episode: finding the horses & leaving Alden behind (hopeful he survives). Even Negan saving Maggie (Maggie having taken a chance on Savior Alden) proves that, with faith people can change.
  • The Reapers are perhaps the scariest group we’ve met so far, besides Civic Republic Military.
  • King Ezekiel may be the one to peek behind The Commonwealth's curtain (taking on Dwight's role in the Comic Book).
  • Meg's take: Legendary action-packed opening minutes. Is there a Judas in our group? 
  • Rachael is very mad that Cole died, after shipping Aaron and he (replacement Paul "Jesus" Rovia)
  • @fftcocoon says what most of us were thinking: Maggie’s people were not supposed to last (and the impact was supposed to accentuate Maggie's loss even further). Even Duncan points out how lucky everyone has been:  
  • Please stop the Maggie hate: our friend from Insider, Kirsten Acuna, spoke with Angela Kang and they are not trying to vilify her.
  • Meg's critique over the use of the close-up shots with Maggie in the opening scene (lighting, close-up, vs darkness in wideshot). Rachael & Dave still felt what Maggie must've felt.
  • Judith Grimes, Gracie, Hershel Rhee, and R.J. Grimes eating horse and speaking like little adults. Hershel's from "the streets". Saying "I'll be home soon" as a relic or comfort (for whom?).
  • Will Alden (who was a former member of The Saviors) pull through? Perhaps receive Father Gabriel’s comic book death?
  • The mystery of the dead horses by the river bank. Yet again, our short-lived friend, Sanjay (from Fear The Walking Dead 6x02 Welcome to the Club) teaches us about what walkers are attracted to the most.
  • Even the back up plan of getting supplies from Georgie's drop, is ruined by The Reapers.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

[Episode 145] Season 11, Episode 2 of The Walking Dead, "Acheron: Part II"

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We stroll further down the (Greek) "River of Sorrows" as we highlight what true cowardice looks like and what it might take for larger communities to survive. There's a tremendous amount of both contrasting events and philosophies and we're getting pretty nervous about what might happen should they collide. And, either way, things are looking fairly grim (and, for #MaggieRhee, seems like it's been nothing but dark for so long).
WE CUT OUT SO MUCH from this episode! It ranges from yelling at one another, haphazardly, to facts and details that just weren't captivating enough to make the finally cut (but we're undoubtedly sure you more hardcore fans will appreciate). To get that (and so much more), while supporting this #podcast, head here: https://ko-fi.com/post/DOWNLOAD-NOW-Unedited-Episode-144-TWD-11x02-Ac-O5O4613I9
David Cameo:
Rachael Burt:
Sherrandy Swift:
AKA @BlazyGardener
@MegTheGeek:

๐ŸŽ–SURVIVORS TIER MEMBERS:
Aliza J:

  • Meg returns to ATL for Power Rangers con: visited some filming locations from The Walking Dead with Carrie Sagel Burns of (now defunct) Atlanta Movie Tours
  • Callback to Season 1: Daryl Dixon finds a note written on $100-bill from a child to their father, that resembles Rick Grimes’ promise to radio Morgan Jones at dawn.
  • Easter eggs: Duane Jones Whiskey (๐Ÿ™„), and Gorbelli Foods Company (where Tara Chambler’s father worked)
  • Maggie Rhee’s horrific story and what happened with Mays family (in Season 10c, "One More") are examples of the norm.
  • What are Negan's "bad memories", exactly?
  • Is trust building between Negan and Maggie, in the way he returns her pistol?
  • AMC Premier vs. AMC+ player.
  • The sharpest knife in the world cut off Cole’s hand and became embedded in his leg.
  • Goodbye Gage; not a coward just a terrified kid. Maggie did the same thing to Gage that Negan did to her.
  • Maggie is a changed woman: emotionally disconnected, purely mission-driven.
  • Gage's self-disposal method was intentional.
  • Father Gabriel calling Gage a coward is super troubling.
  • Too Much Information: Terrified Eugene Porter is giving us Chunk from Goonies vibes.
  • Yumiko doing the assessing.
  • Will the real Stephanie please stand up? Margot Bingham was credited as the voice in the Season 9 finale.
    Credit: CinemaBlend

  • Quotable Princess lines: "...that fine ass man in the orange suit..." , "Toilet paper? I’m excited!" and why Coffee (and toilet paper) is a big deal.
  • Shout out to Beauty and the Beazts: Why Duncan can't just throw his weight around.
  • Will we ever see Georgie/Jayne Atkinson, again?
  • "His people": Was Elijah a former member of The Reapers (judging from his mask/weapons)? 
  • What’s the game plan, now that they're in The Commonwealth?
  • Where is Connie and Virgil? Luke and Jules?
  • Approximately 29 days since Eugene and Co. set out to get help.
  • The mural in the tunnel represents the fall of society (pre & post apocalypse).
  • What makes a settlement safe/secure, the facility, itself, or its dwellers?
  • Acheron: the river of woes in Hades.
  • The Commonwealth's caste system.
  • Meridian: possible Neutral Zone
  • Meg The Geek has recruited @Aidan_Atkin_  into the cult of I Quit!
  • The time Mercer referenced The Articles of Confederation, The Constitution of The United States of America, and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights to welcome the gang to The Commonwealth.
  • Aliza J points out the writers are addressing current events. Eugenes in Cages with space blankets.
  • TEOTWAWKI = The End of The World As We Know It: a reference to Fear The Walking Dead's 3rd Season, represented in the Subway Mural, as well.

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[Episode 144] The Walking Dead: Season 11, Season Premiere, "Acheron: Part I"

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! Well, who can blame us?! We just interviewed Mo Collins, as well as released a brand new segment titled, #TWDFamily Branches, featuring our phenomenal cousins on the #TWDFamily tree. The final Season Premiere of #TWD starts off a lot like #TWDSeason9 (a heist!). What becomes increasingly clear is how much we've all experienced on #WalkingDead is going to end up playing into these 24 episodes. Meanwhile, enjoy the small breaks for humor and sweet callbacks to seasons past amidst what is increasingly turning out to be a fairly dark season. If we're going down, we're going down, together.
Though this episode is coming out fairly late, the Unedited Episode Recording was released far ahead of time, last week! Lend us your insights during our next recording session via the realtime chat OR join our SURVIVOR tier and join us on camera! Either way, just follow us here, so you're aware of all the cool things that are happening with this podcast: https://ko-fi.com/post/DOWNLOAD-NOW-RAW-Episode-144-TWD-11x01-Achero-U7U55X7DB
David Cameo:
Rachael Burt:
Sherrandy Swift:
AKA @BlazyGardener
@MegTheGeek:

๐ŸŽ–SURVIVORS TIER MEMBERS:
Aliza J:

  • Watch the DAVE REACTS to the Season Premiere Episode of The Walking Dead's 11th and final season:

  • We rolled out Membership Tiers at Ko-fi.com/SQUAWKINGDEAD and Aliza J. heard the call and joined the top tier! ...which is why she's hosting along with us.
  • Our thoughts on The Walking Dead flagship show reaching the end of the road.
  • The trauma of covering two episodes a week is coming upon us again, after last year's fiasco.
  • Discussing AMC's choice to air all 8 episodes of (at least) Season 11a a week in advance and how the ratings are tabulated/massively skewed
  • How TWD might (not really) end and why it might not be so bittersweet: Because franchising.
  • #TWDFamily infighting (mostly within Fear The Walking Dead) and harassment of cast-members, like Lauren Cohan, finally returning.
  • It's implied that Maggie Rhee's people know Negan's relationship to her: was killing him part of her mission? Do they really need him?
  • Were the bodies in the subway tunnels from the fall, though? Comparing those walkers to those in the initial Fort Connors heist scene. And if not from the fall, where from?
  • Did Maggie et al belong to The Reapers? And what if Maggie was the big bad?
  • The woman that left six years ago is the only reason that's keeping Negan alive and comparing Maggie to Sherry('s rage).
  • Comparing Maggie's determination with Carol's quest for vengeance during Season 10.
  • Try as she might, Maggie has not have much success in leadership, and is perhaps being super reckless.
  • The irony of Negan being the only one to step in to save Gage, emboldening Gage to flee with Roy (C. Thomas Howell's character) in tow. Roy was a Hilltopper who knew of Maggie's tremendous leadership at The Hilltop, too.
  • Opening scene is also a heist, just like in Season 9's Season Premiere. Comparing Maggie's judgement in S9 with S11.
  • Comparing Princess' episode in Season 10C, "Splinter", to her cognitive mastery in this episode. Reinforcing that at least 98% of what transpired in Splinter didn't actually.
  • The possibility of Maggie dying: shitty Hershel Rhee emerges? Hope Maggie didn't leave him with Carol Peletier...! Wait, what: shipping Negan & Maggie?
  • The repeating theme of what it means to bear witness to all these past wrongs, never forgetting, but having to confront those who've wronged you - now that we're in the final season.
  • Challenging the chat participants in their first Live Stream together as Beauty and the Beazts (formerly BMNY DeadCast Live, covering this episode as this new outfit) by telling them that Maggie was more capable than Rick Grimes.
  • Something we never spoke about: the title sequence changes from Seasons 1-8 to Seasons 9+. The differences between just last season to now.


  • Why finding out how Eugene Porter, & Yumiko, King Ezekiel, and Princess getting The Commonwealth solider uniforms (in order to escape) is completely unimportant. Also, their uniforms are better than those of The Kingdom.
  • The Science of Walkers: a walker's 5 senses (redux) and why communities may never be safe.
  • Callbacks to Season 1 with Lurkers and why Dave is side-eyeing Angela Kang because of them. Shout-out to Brian Castrillo for starting this thought process.
  • The Wall of the Lost / To Be Flagged for Expedited Assessment. Who the faces may belong to, but also when Heath is not a Heath... maybe.
  • Machine Gun Swords and Mulder & Scully (The Z-Files). Eugene reverting? Callbacks to Deanna and O.G. Alexandria Safe-Zone. But what if the assessors are all actors...?
  • Feelings towards the eventuality of Mercer & Juanita Sanchez knocking boots. Will Negan & Princess never meet?
  • Discussing minor Easter Eggs: Stuffed Bunny Rabbit & America Does Not Tolerate Racism flyer.

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Monday, September 6, 2021

[Episode 143] #TWDFamily Branches: Linda Peck Athens (AKA Fan Art Lindy)

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Welcome to a NEW segment we're hoping to do a lot more with. It's a terrific opportunity to chat with the cast & crew of our favorite #TWDUniverse shows, but it's a whole other thing to shift the the spotlight over to our friends and fellow creators. Linda's ascension to creator notoriety seemed fairly recent, as you'll hear in a moment: the appearance of #Negan / #JeffreyDeanMorgan on #TheWalkingDead being her catalyst/muse. You can find her artwork in many a #giveaway, but consider supporting her work (and commissioning her to do more work with colored pencils)!
A lot was cut out of this episode, would you believe it (being the inaugural #TWDFamily Branches episode)?! If you want the unedited version of this #podcast, as well as the ability to join future recording sessions, all while supporting this podcast, well head on over here: https://ko-fi.com/post/DOWNLOAD-NOW-NEW-SEGMENT-TWDFamily-Branches-Q5Q25HD16
Linda Peck Athens:
AKA Fan Art Lindy
Rachael Burt:
Sherrandy Swift:
AKA @BlazyGardener
David Cameo:

  • Introductions: Who is your daddy and what does he do (where she's come from, what her occupation is/was)?
  • Lindy Origins: How she got her artistic start.
  • Her signature pieces (click to see them on her Ko-fi page!):
  • Then everybody just started whipping out their favorite pieces...
  • Along with Scott Wilson's Hershel Greene, Garret Dillahunt's John Dorie was also very difficult.
  • What medium she got her start with (Colored Pencil? Graphite?) and the various accounts of Linda Peck Athens.
  • Lipchitz and not being afraid to redo a previous work you know you can do better.
  • How do you choose your subjects?
  • How did you stumble into #TWDUniverse? How #TWDFamily got her into Fear The Walking Dead.
    She likes Martha (from Fear The Walking Dead)!
  • (Not so) Favorite Characters? Or, we should've asked, "Who do you want to die, already?"
  • Character she most identifies with. (Hint: She's from The Walking Dead's Alexandria Safe-Zone)
  • She's read most of the comic books.
  • Tries not to get involved in ships and theories (it's either uninteresting, unnecessarily passionate, or because of her hot/odd takes)
  • What she rates herself as a TWD fan and why. Not originally a horror fan and typically a year behind (cut the cord).
  • The pandemic has made it so that she couldn't attend her first convention, but who she'd line up for, first, for autographs/photo-ops.
  • Some crossover with Mo Collins, as they both went to the same high school!
  • What she's most proud of in the last year.
  • How to support Fan Art Lindy (of course she does commissions! Like this Negan, below!): Ko-fi.com/FanArtLindy
  • Why she chooses to make her art available for many giveaways, not just the ones we (@BlazyGardener & @Cosmomom09) throw. Fellow #TWDFamily members that also regularly host giveaways: @reneenee652003, @itsjustalex13, and @rebeccaTWDlife. Let's not forget The Camp!
  • Not only is Linda turning 50 years-old, but so is Sherrandy and - none other than - Alex Skuby (husband of Mo Collins, comedic actor in his own right, and podcaster).
  • The varying degrees responses/responsiveness from #TWDUniverse cast members.
  • Why we don't harass cast-members to follow us and how Linda has her own bubby/farm dreams.
  • Other fanart she's created:
  • If money was no object, how would you spend it and what would you take care of first? What would go towards your creativity? Catch Linda's amateur photography on @stuff_and_thangz (on Instragram)
  • New Commission she's working on: Kuill (from The Mandalorian).
    As in, "Kuill? ...I guess this interview is over!"

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