Speaker: Ruthie Rink

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Coming Soon – The Star Trek Picard Cast!

The Star Trek Picard Cast, with Brian Meloche & Ruthie Rink, coming soon to a podcast near you!

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STDP 043 – Season 2 Roundtable

it’s finally time for our Post-Season 2 roundtable! We hope you will enjoy this Season 2 Roundtable episode, which was recorded on Saturday, June 22, 2019. We are joined by our man with the screen captures and voicemails, Fred from The Netherlands, as well as James (The Augmented Sailor) Robbins and Laurence Todd (LT from NC), who have all been contributing their feedback all through the season!

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STDP 043 – Season 2 Roundtable

STDP 042 – Nana Visitor at Soonercon

Ruthie interviews Nana Visitor, who played Major Kira Nerys on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She also goes over her experiences attending Soonercon earlier this month. We also talk about the Picard teaser trailer and go over some recent iTunes reviews.

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STDP 041 – Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2 (S2E14, 3 of 3)

Ruthie and I complete our discussion of Season 2 Episode 14 of Star Trek: Discovery, Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2. This episode, our third of three, we go through voicemails and other general feedback, our notes, and news. We recommend you start our coverage of the season finale by listening to episode 39 and then listen to episode 40 if you haven’t already done so. In episode 39, we go over feedback from the previous episode, as well as ratings and Yeses. In episode 40, we cover Nos and Hold Your Horses.

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STDP 040 – Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2 (S2E14, 2 of 3)

It’s episode 40 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, and Ruthie and Brian continue their analysis and discuss your feedback for Star Trek: Discovery – S2E14, which is titled Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2; this time, focussing on No’s and Hold Your Horses. This episode was written by Michelle Paradise & Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman, and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. Like last week, this episode is a shining example of an episode being greater than the sum of its parts, but we isolate the parts that aren’t as good or at least make us question.

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STDP 039 – Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2 (S2E14, 1 of 3)

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2, Episode 14: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2 For episode 39 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and I conclude our discussion of Season 2 Episode 13 of Star Trek: Discovery, which is titled, Such Sweet Sorrow, and…

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STDP 039 – Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2 (S2E14, 1 of 3)

STDP 038 – Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1 (S2E13)

It’s episode 38 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, and Ruthie and Brian analyze and discuss your feedback for Star Trek: Discovery – S2E13, which is titled Such Sweet Sorrow. This episode was written by Michelle Paradise & Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman, and it is directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. We finally get to see the bridge of the Enterprise, as an armada of Section 31 ships, close in, and Burnham and a skeleton crew prepare to send Discovery into the future. We both loved this episode, even with its flaws. It’s a shining example of an episode being greater than the sum of its parts.

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STDP 037 – Through the Valley of Shadows (S2E12)

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2, Episode 12: Through the Valley of Shadows For episode 37 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and I discuss Season 2 Episode 12 of Star Trek: Discovery, which is titled, Through the Valley of Shadows. This…

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STDP 036 – Perpetual Infinity (S2E11)

Ruthie and Brian discuss Season 2 Episode 11 of Star Trek: Discovery, which is titled, Perpetual Infinity. We both loved this episode that explored the relationship between Michael Burnham and her mother, and how it ties into Section 31 and the Red Angel.

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STDP 035 – The Red Angel (S2E10)

It’s episode 35 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, and Ruthie and Brian analyze and discuss your feedback for Star Trek: Discovery – S2E10, which is titled The Red Angel. This episode was written by Chris Silvestri & Anthony Maranville, and it is directed by Hanelle M. Culpepper, who has been announced as the director of the first two episodes of the new Picard series. We learn a lot this episode, like who the Red Angel is, who developed Project Daedalus, and how Leland was involved in Burnham’s parents’ death.

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STDP 034 – Project Daedalus (S2E9)

For this supersized episode 34 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and Brian discuss Star Trek: Discovery – S2E9, which is titled, Project Daedalus. This episode was written by the new co-showrunner for Season 3, Michelle Paradise, and it is directed by Jonathan Frakes, whose name you might recognize. 🙂 Pike and Cornwell rendezvous to infiltrate Section 31 Headquarters, only to encounter some unexpected results. We finally get to know Airiam, but is it too late?

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STDP 033 – If Memory Serves (S2E8)

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2, Episode 8: If Memory Serves For episode 33 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and I discuss Season 2 Episode 8 of Star Trek: Discovery, which is titled, If Memory Serves. This episode was written by Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie, and it was directed by TJ Scott….

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STDP 032 – Light and Shadows (S2E7)

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2, Episode 7: Light and Shadows For episode 32 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and I discuss Season 2 Episode 7 of Star Trek: Discovery, which is titled, Light and Shadows. This episode’s teleplay is by Ted…

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STDP 031 – The Sound of Thunder (S2E6)

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2, Episode 6: The Sound of Thunder For episode 31 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and I discuss Season 2 Episode 6 of Star Trek: Discovery, which is titled, The Sound of Thunder. It was written by co-producers…

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STDP 030 – Saints of Imperfection (S2E5)

For episode 30 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie is back, as we discuss Star Trek: Discovery – S2E5, which is titled, Saints of Imperfection. This episode is written by Kirsten Beyer, and directed by David Barrett. This episode continues the search for Spock (no pun intended), but comes up with a dead end, as Georgiou and Section 31 appear. Stamets and Burnham enter the network to rescue Tilly but end up finding another long lost character, too. By the way, we LOVED it!!!

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STDP 029 – An Obol for Charon (S2E4)

For episode 29 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie is out sick, but we have special guest co-host Wes Huntington of the Minnesota Star Trek Nerd Podcast to co-host in her place, as we discuss Star Trek: Discovery – S2E4, which is titled, An Obol for Charon. The episode’s teleplay is by Adam McElroy and Andrew Colville. The episode’s story is by Jordon Nardino & Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts. It is directed by Lee Rose. The search for Spock (no pun intended) hits a snag, as the Discovery encounters a big entity in space, the size of a small moon. The entity seems to bring on vaharai, the final cycle of life for Saru’s species, or so we think. Meanwhile, Tilly, Stamets and Reno work in Engineering, as May has retaliates.

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STDP 028 – Point of Light (S2E3)

For this supersized episode 28 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and I discuss Star Trek: Discovery – S2E3, which is titled, Point of Light. This episode is written by Andrew Colville, and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. This episode continues the search for Spock (no pun intended), Tilly’s new imaginary friend takes a wrong turn, we return to find L’Rell’s being challenged as Chancellor, reveals a secret to Tyler, and an unexpected ally comes to her rescue, as we get a taste of another Star Trek series!

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STDP 027 – New Eden (S2E2)

For episode 27 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and I discuss Star Trek: Discovery – S2E2, which is titled, New Eden. The teleplay is by Vaun Wilmott & Sean Cochran, and story by Akiva Goldsman & Sean Cochran. It was directed by none other than Picard’s Number One, Jonathan Frakes, who of course played Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He masterfully directs this nearly standalone story that still fits in the arc, yet feels like classic Star Trek!

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STDP 026 – Brother (S2E1)

We love Captain Pike! For episode 26 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and I discuss the Season 2 premiere of Star Trek: Discovery – S2E1, which is titled, Brother. It was written by Ted Sullivan & Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts (the latter two were the showrunners at the time this was filmed), and it was directed by the current showrunner and co-creator, Alex Kurtzman. We both loved this supersized movie-like premiere! If you haven’t given Discovery a try, this epic episode is one you can jump right in!

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STDP 025 – Season 2 Preview and Other News Roundtable

As we get ready for Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, we sat down for a marathon session with repeat panelists Steve Brown of the Panels to Pixels Podcast, Wes Huntington of the Minnesota Star Trek Nerd Podcast, and new panelists John McGrail of GSM’s Maid of Steel Podcast and Martin Donison of GSM’s Arrow Squad Podcast, Tomorrow’s Legends (@tomorowslegendsFacebook Group), and Sibercast (@Sibercast and Facebook Group) to discuss the Short Treks, news about the Picard series and Lower Decks, discuss other possible shows (including one that has since been announced) and then discuss what we expect for Season 2.

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STDP 024 – Short Treks Episode 4 – The Escape Artist

The Star Trek Discovery Podcast – STE4 – The Escape Artist

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STDP 023 – Short Treks Episode 3 – The Brightest Star

Star Trek: Discovery – Short Treks, Episode 3: The Brightest Star Ruthie and I are back with the third Short Trek! We recorded episodes for the first three Short Treks on Tuesday, December 18th in back to back to back fashion, and this is the final…

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STDP 022 – Short Treks Episode 2 – Calypso

Star Trek: Discovery – Short Treks, Episode 2: Calypso We’re finally back! Ruthie and I are back with the second Short Trek, titled Calypso!

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STDP 021 – Short Treks Episode 1 – Runaway

We’re finally back! Ruthie and I are back with The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, with the first of four mini-episodes, covering the Short Treks. We recorded the first three all on the same night, and we’ll be releasing them over the holidays. For this one, episode 21, we discuss the first Short Trek, with a focus on Ensign Sylvia Tilly, titled Runaway. Ruthie loved it, whereas I liked it but found a couple things to take issue with, one thing in particular.

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STDP 020 – Season 2 and Picard Show News Roundtable

After a five month hiatus, we finally bring you the long awaited roundtable episode, covering news about Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 and the Picard TV series! Joining Ruthie and I are Mark Steve from the Panels to Pixels podcast.

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STDP 019 – Season 1 Roundtable

After a hiatus, we finally bring you the long awaited Season 1 Roundtable episode for Star Trek: Discovery! Joining Ruthie and I are my former co-host from this show, Adam, whom you can still hear on The Nerfherder Council Podcast, and Steve of the Panels to Pixels Podcast. We learn about his… well… let’s say Steve REALLY loves Denise Crosby! 🙂

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STDP 018 – Will You Take My Hand? (S1E15)

There was a lot to say about the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, S1E15, titled Will You Take My Hand? We also got more feedback about S1E14 The War Without, The War Within. Ruthie & I analyze the episode, discuss your feedback,

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STDP 017 – The War Without, The War Within (S1E14)

There was a lot to say about S1E14 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled The War Without, The War Within, and we also got a lot more feedback about S1E13 What’s Past Is Prologue. So, sit back, put on your favorite set of headphones or take your favorite driv…

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STDP 016 – What’s Past Is Prologue (S1E13)

A lot of BIG STUFF happened during S1E13 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled What’s Past Is Prologue, so if you haven’t watched the episode, Ruthie and I would suggest you stop reading this now and don’t listen to us until you do!!!

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STDP 015 – Vaulting Ambition (S1E12)

Ruthie and I discuss Star Trek: Discovery S1E12, titled Vaulting Ambition. Our heroes continue to try to make it back home from the dog eat dog Mirror Universe, but get deeper and deeper. We both LOVED Vaulting Ambition!

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STDP 014 – The Wolf Inside (S1E11)

Ruthie and I discuss Star Trek: Discovery S1E11, titled The Wolf Inside. Our heroes continue to try to make it back home from the dog eat dog Mirror Universe. We see new but familiar races, several alternate versions of people we know,

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STDP 013 – Despite Yourself (S1E10)

On this episode of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, new co-host Ruthie and I discuss the mid-season premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, S1E10, titled Despite Yourself. In the long standing tradition, Discovery travels to the Mirror Universe. Go Captain Killy!

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STDP 012 – Season 1A Roundtable

Star Trek Discovery returns on January 7th, but we return a bit early for a roundtable discussion on the first nine episodes of Season 1. Joining Adam and Brian are Mark Des Cotes of Solo Talk Media and my former co-host of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Ruthie Rink. With that, we have an important announcement.

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TWDTT 066 – Monsters (S8E3)

Monsters is the third episode of season 8 and the topic of our discussion this week. A season 1 character returns that can’t compete with the return of Morgan, but he gets killed off anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.

This is the final episode with Ruthie as co-host. She announced this week that she is stepping down, effectivel immediately. Brian will continue to do the show with guest hosts until a co-host can be chosen.

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TWDTT 065 – The Damned (S8E2)

Ruthie returns to the podcast! Ruthie and Brian discuss the non-stop action that was in The Walking Dead’s S8E2, titled The Damned.

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FTWDTT 024 – 100 (S3E4)

Daniel Salazar is Back!!! (And Ofelia is not). Join us as we discuss Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 4, titled 100, and the ups and downs of Daniel’s psyche, his pain, his thirst for forgiveness. And like the Holy Intervention of a Lightning Strike. Ruthie has graced us with her divine presence to give her insights of this episode and season so far.

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TWDTT 063 – The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (S7E16)

As The First Day of the Rest of Your Life is the last episode of season 7 of The Walking Dead, there is one thing for sure we can all agree on: there are no more episodes in season 7! This show has definitely taken us on a roller coaster this season, with plenty of ups and downs for all fans. Whether you liked or disliked this latest episode, no one can really say for sure where future seasons will take us. Another character’s journey has come to a close, and what a shocking ending it was. Why did Negan say she had him wrapped around her little finger? Must have been the beach ball sized lady nuts.

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TWDTT 062 – Something They Need (S7E15)

Something They Need is the penultimate episode of the seventh season and is the one where they finally go to Oceanside. It’s also the one where Sasha has to make a decision about her future. And it’s also the one where we get a character named Rapey Davey. But, this isn’t Friends, it’s The Walking Dead where the future is uncertain. Rick and the gang go to Oceanside and take all of their guns, but promise to bring them back. Will they be able to keep this promise? Sasha tells Negan that she will join him, but then tells Eugene that she doesn’t want to be used to hurt her friends and asks for his help. How will she get out of the situation she has created for herself?

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TWDTT 061 – The Other Side (S7E14)

The Other Side, also known as the antepenultimate episode of season 7 of The Walking Dead, was a rather middle of the road episode for the two of us. While it wasn’t terrible, it didn’t really knock our socks off either. This episode mainly focused on the unlikely–and reckless–pairing of Sasha and Rosita, with a little bit of the Hilltop sprinkled in for good measure. While we know what it is that motivates them, it’s hard to understand why they are making such rash decisions. It also seems unlikely that Sasha will survive her decision.

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TWDTT 060 – Bury Me Here (S7E13)

Bury Me Here is the title of the 13th episode of The Walking Dead this season, and it was also what one character wanted, and, in the end, got. That character was Richard, and the one who buried him, both literally and figuratively was Morgan. Although the previews lead us to believe that this was a Carol-centric episode, it was really all about Morgan. Morgan was the one who arguably had the biggest character change this episode, a change that was brought about ultimately by Richard, the one he buried. What a circle of life and death this episode was; and it also brought a little rearranging and mind-changing.

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TWDTT 059 – Say Yes (S7E12)

Say Yes is the next episode of The Walking Dead and there was a lot of yes in this episode. Michonne and Rick said yes to each other, Jadis said yes to Rick’s deal, Sasha said yes to Rosita’s ridiculous plan, and Tara said yes to herself when she (we think) decided to tell Rick about all the guns at Oceanside. What will be the result of all this yes? Probably something pretty spectacular, but we won’t find out next week! Next week looks to be a Carol-centric episode, which is quite alright with this podcaster. I hope she has a come to Jesus moment and will be ready to join the fight against the Saviors.

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TWDTT 058 – Hostiles and Calamities (S7E11)

Hostiles and Calamities is the next episode of The Walking Dead, and it is an all Saviors all the time episode. If you couldn’t tell, neither one of us really cared too much for this episode. However, one bright spot, for at least one of us, is that Dwight gets beat up. Even though we didn’t, we always like it when our listeners enjoy the show!

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TWDTT 057 – New Best Friends (S7E10)

New Best Friends are what Rick and the gang found in this episode, as well as a porcupine walker and a wire cat statue. While Winslow didn’t survive the encounter, hopefully the cat found a new home with Michonne. Also hopefully,

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TWDTT 056 – Rock in the Road (S7E9)

What an episode back from hiatus! Rock in the Road showed us all the things we wanted, and none of the stuff we didn’t. Like Brian said, it was Negan without Negan. Unfortunately, even though I love Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a little Negan goes a long,

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TWDTT 055 – TWD News & Other Stuff

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Yup… just shy of two months! But, in a few more days, our beloved show, The Walking Dead, returns for the second half of Season 7!!! We can’t wait to talk about it with you! We have news for The Walking Dead, read what we know about 7B, and if you don’t mind to listen, we also talked about some of the other TV and movies we watched during the hiatus!

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TWDTT 054 – Hearts Still Beating (S7E8)

There are many Hearts Still Beating after the mid-season break for season 7 of The Walking Dead, but a few that have been stopped forever. Thankfully it was Spencer, unfortunately, it was also Olivia. Some characters weren’t on the road to learn the lesson that Rick learned, but some were and didn’t learn it good enough. I’m looking at you, Rosita, and now Eugene is paying the price for your stubbornness. I hope she has now learned her lesson, the lesson he tried to tell her when he told her that it might not be her that pays the price for her actions. Hopefully she will remember those words and how mean she was to Eugene and work extra hard to get him back.

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TWDTT 053 – Sing Me a Song (S7E7)

Sing Me a Song is the title of the next episode of The Walking Dead, also known as season 7 episode 7, and the penultimate for this year. It is also another way that Negan shows his prickishness because he makes Carl, our little serial killer in training, do just that. While the seemingly budding bromance between Carl and Negan was the main focus of this episode, we also checked in with Rick and Aaron, Spencer and Father Gabriel, Rosita and Eugene, and Michonne. It seems that our characters are going off in all different directions, both literally and figuratively while they all try to cope with their new Savior situation. Michonne and Rosita are both hell bent on getting themselves killed…er, I mean going after Negan.

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TWDTT 052 – Swear (S7E6)

Swear means we only have two more weeks of The Walking Dead this year, but it also means all Tara all the time. The sixth episode of season 7 caught us up on what happened to Tara and Heath after that fateful night at the Savior outpost.

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TWDTT 051 – Go Getters (S7E5)

What a difference a week makes! Go Getters, episode 5 of season 7 of The Walking Dead, was a welcome departure from the previous week, and we both liked it so much more than the one before. Brian had some weak sauce this week, but honestly, I was so happy to not see Negan again, I probably gave them a pass where I normally might not have. But that’s the way these things go sometimes. It was great to see Maggie again, and the path that she’s on with the Hilltop. Hopefully, Gregory will not be in charge for very long, although Xander Berkeley is quite divine. As Sonequa Martin-Green said on Talking Dead, Gregory cares more for his own safety than for the safety of others, and that is what makes him dangerous. How very right she is, and I think Jesus is starting to recognize this as well.

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TWDTT 050 – Service (S7E4)

Episode 4 of season 7 of The Walking Dead, Service is all about Negan visiting Alexandria and taking their stuff, or as he says, providing service. More than that, though, it’s about making sure the Alexandrians understand their place in the grand Savior scheme of things. Negan wants to make sure they are demoralized and that they won’t ever try to fight back. I’m really hoping that fighting back happens very soon because I’m not sure how much more of this kicking them when they’re down that I can take.

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