Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Dark Damon is Back

When The Vampire Diaries Season 7 returns for its final season, Damon and Enzo will still be under the murderous influence of the unknown evil that had been lurking in the Armory's vault. And although we have precious little time left with our favorite TVD characters.

Julie Plec has said this season is all about bringing TVD back to its roots, and for Damon, that means reconnecting with his dark side. When The Vampire Diaries began in 2009, Damon wasn't the brooding, tortured anti-hero fans stan for now. In fact, he wasn't the hero at all; he was the Big Bad. Within the first eight episodes alone, Damon turned Matt's sister Vicki into a vampire, attempted to seduce Stefan into drinking human blood, ruthlessly murdered at least three people Stefan's best friend Lexi, included and violated Caroline mentally, physically and possibly sexually.

In short, Damon was not a good dude. But as The Vampire Diaries continued, the show began to focus heavily on the reasons behind Damon's behavior and, more specifically, the reasons why he was so convinced goodness wasn't something he deserved. That's not to say that understanding the pathology behind Damon's actions makes them any less abhorrent, but by exposing Damon's internal struggle over the type of man he wants to be versus the type of man he thinks he is, The Vampire Diaries turned Damon into an endlessly complicated figure who has never stopped challenging the audience's limits when it comes to empathy and forgiveness.

That's because while Damon has grown exponentially since he first returned to Mystic Falls, he still remains his own worst enemy. When faced with a tough decision, viewers never know which Damon will respond: the noble Damon, who will sacrifice everything to help those he loves, or Dark Damon, who will lash out at or abandon his loved ones when he doesn't want to face his reality. It's a battle Damon is still fighting to this day, and this new evil is primed to take it to the next level.

By taking control away from Damon, this villain also takes away Damon's ability to run away from his decisions. That means there are no distractions, no bottles to hide in or means to atone that have previously provided Damon with avenues to avoid confronting himself. There's just the truth, which is that although Damon is currently being forced to murder under this woman's command, he has no such excuse for his past sins. It's possible that by being forced into a literal fight between the evil controlling him and his own humanity, Damon will gain that previously elusive perspective he's always needed and finally find peace with himself.

That may seem overly optimistic, but with the end of the series nigh and Nina Dobrev's imminent return, if Damon really wants a chance at his happy ending with Elena, he needs to truly become the person he's always said he's wanted to be.

At the very least, Dark Damon is sure to give us lots more scenes of Somerhalder's signature sass and smirk. And at the end of the day, do we really need much else?

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Walking Dead Season 7 Everything that We Know So Far

With one of television's biggest weekly audiences, The Walking Dead is coasting along, possibly past the point where the only thing likely to end it is an actual worldwide apocalypse where the dead rise up and turn humanity into a grungy skeleton of what it once was. But, instead of having the "Which one of your friend group would be Rick?" conversation, we're going to look into our barb wire-wrapped crystal ball to look as far as we can into the future, focusing specifically on Season 7 of The Walking Dead, which nabbed its renewal when Season 6 was just three episodes deep. Here's everything we know about that upcoming season.

For the past four years, The Walking Dead has kicked its seasons off on the second Sunday in October, just in time for AMC's Halloween-themed marathons. At Comic-Con in San Diego this summer, it was announced that The Walking Dead Season 7 would debut October 23, 2016. Get those costumes ready, kiddos, because Halloween Monday is going to be full of chatter about whatever happened on the show.

With the impending premiere still a ways off, AMC has yet to deliver anything that shows us footage of any of the characters whose futures are on the line, thanks to Negan and his bat Lucille. But, thankfully, the network unleashed the first full Season 7 trailer at Comic-Con, giving viewers a good idea of what to expect from all of the new aspects of the show we'll be getting to see, such as the Kingdom and its leader Ezekiel. My favorite moment is when everyone takes a knee as Negan walks past, indicating just how strong of a hold he has over his Saviors. Chilling shit.

Other than that, though, there has just been a full shot of King Ezekiel, as played by Khary Payton. But we expect there will be much more to come as far as footage goes in the weeks leading up to the premiere, even if a lot of it just reuses dark and blurry footage from Negan's big scene.

When Season 7 is unleashed upon viewers, there are definitely going to be new survivors coming into contact with Rick and the rest, with some sharing virtuous ideals and others...not so much. First up, we know we're getting a lot more out of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan, so that counts. Some characters' live-action existences have been revealed, while others hinted at by casting calls remain a mystery. Let's go through some of them.

Aside from the foul-mouthed tyrant Negan, arguably the most important character we'll likely meet is "King" Ezekiel, as seen above looking oh so sharp on his throne. Rumor has it Episode 3 is when viewers will first get to see his home zone, dubbed The Kingdom, which was seen in small chunks during the trailer. That's also where those armor-laden guys that Morgan met in Season 6 come from. Without getting too deep into where Ezekiel's story goes, we can just say he's another man-in-charge, and a very likable one at that.

A recent casting notice shared that a new character named "Jennie" would be introduced in Episode 6, and that she would be a perky teenager who has remained optimistic, despite all of the awfulness surrounding her, but she isn't as naive as that description might imply. Also during Episode 6, we'll get to meet another older survivor by the name of "Naomi" that has watched just about everyone she knew and loved die, which gives her an unexpected edge and grip on survival. There's someone named "Rodgers" coming, too, and he'll be a horseback-riding hardass who is determined to keep everyone he knows safe; this is most likely The Kingdom's Richard from the comics.

It's unclear if any of the others will correspond to comic characters, but speaking of, there are a couple of Hilltop Colony residents that viewers will hopefully get the privilege to meet soon. One is the local blacksmith -- yes, a blacksmith -- named Earl, who's a genial guy that makes weapons and could possibly play a role in Carl's future. Karen Ceesay's Bertie, who has already made an appearance, is probably a stand-in for the comic character Brianna, who becomes one of Maggie's closer friends; but if she isn't, then expect that character to pop up. The Saviors also bring out some more noteworthy characters as time goes by, such as Mark, who suffers a facial fate similar to Dwight, and Amber, the girl on the other side of that awfulness. There's Carson, another higher-up in the villainous group who has a pretty important function at some point in the future. And there's another memorable scene in the comics that involves a douche named David, so he might show up.

The trailer shows us some of these new faces, especially through the Kingdom residents and Negan's Saviors. But it's unclear if any of these will remain notable or if they're largely just background actors.

And in Season 7? From Rick, we can definitely expect a lot of drama with Negan, and not always of the "guys standing around having conversations about their feelings" kind of drama. Though that does indeed happen, since Negan likes to talk a lot. Rick will likely find more allies for his cause outside of what he's used to, and though things might not always go his way, sometimes that can have its advantages. Expect him to kick things off as a pretty broken individual, though, as he'll have just lost one of his closest compatriots.

Carl will continue on a path to being a more interesting character, now that he's been changed by his injury. We can expect him to mesh with Negan in a completely different way from other characters, although their comic relationship will take some detours, as other characters may get parts of that storyline.

The Flash Season 3 Joey King Teases us Magenta

Their are so many faces that are coming in the upcoming The Flash Season 3 both heroes and villains alike. After the Flashpoint story arc comes to an end this season, there will be plenty of episodes left for Barry Allen to face off against his Rogues. The show has generally introduced at least one new villain or dangerous metahuman for each episode. This season, the two big bads have already been revealed as Dr. Alchemy and Savitar, but Central City will be seeing more threats including, a new female version of Top, Mirror Master, Black Flash, Gorilla Grodd, and Magenta.

In the comics, Magenta is a member of the classic Rogues, but also plays the role of Wally West/Kid Flash’s love interest. Details on her live-action debut have yet to be known, but it’s possible that she may have a recurring role as Wally’s girlfriend as opposed to being a Flash villain. Joey King is playing the role and has now taken to Twitter to share a first look at her purplelicious character.

Based on the photo, Joey King certainly pulls off Magenta’s younger look very well. Frances Kane (Magenta) met Wally West when he was just seven years old and they grew up together as friends. When she reached adulthood, she started to exhibit strange magnetic powers. Wally did his best to teach her how to use her superpowers properly. After Wally West took on the mantle of The Flash, the two were a power couple for quite a while – until she left him.

After their break-up in the world of DC Comics, Magenta returned to Central City with a vengeance, stronger powers, and an evil personality with the sole purpose of getting Wally’s attention. The good memories she had with Wally were twisted, creating quite a battle at a local baseball game. One again, she left for a while only to return nastier than ever.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Magenta plays a hero, a villain or maybe both on The Flash TV show since, as mentioned, she switches back and forth between those extremes in the comics. Although Wally West will be a bit younger than usual in The Flash season 3, Joey King is quite young too. So, it’s possible we may yet see the nice girlfriend version of Magenta instead of the magnetized supervillain. Either way, King is a welcomed addition to the ever-growing cast of The Flash.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 9: “The Wrath Of Kahn” Preview

Brace yourselves, dolls, because it just so happens that one of our favorite characters is going rogue in Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 9. When her usual sleuthing methods no longer produce legitimate clues about A.D.’s identity, Hanna Marin decides to take matters into her own hands in order to solve this mystery once and for all. Will her vigilante investigative tactics prove to be badass and daring? For sure! However, as much as we appreciate a strong, independent woman who shows initiative and isn’t afraid to take risks, we also don’t like to see our beloved Rosewood residents in grave peril and when you mess with Uber A, that’s exactly what happens.

That being said, interested in learning more? Enjoy more spoilers about “The Wrath of Kahn” in Freeform’s official synopsis right below.

One of the PLLs goes rogue to prove that Noel Kahn is Uber A, while the others try to find evidence to back her theory and worry about her emotional state. Emily unexpectedly turns to Paige for comfort in her time of need, which causes tension in her other relationships. Jason and Aria team up to look into Mary’s past and what she might be hiding.

Pretty Little Liars episode 7×09 airs Tuesday, August 23 at 8:00pm ET on Freeform.

Catch up the Promo Below!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Flash Season 3 Casting Mirror Master, The Top & Thorn?

These days you can’t throw a stick without hitting a superhero, but no matter how many do-gooders flood the big and small screens, good villains are always hard to find. For the minds behind The CW’s take on The Flash, that problem’s being solved by making their hero the real problem in the show’s third season by revealing that it’s his selfish re-writing of history that’s posing one of the biggest threats of the so-called ‘Flashpoint’ timeline. But it won’t be the only threat he faces.

Thanks to some insider information, we may now know the names and descriptions of the latest batch of new cast members. It’s not yet official, but from these breakdowns it sounds like comic book fans will soon get not one, but two classic members of the speedster’s Rogues Gallery: Mirror Master and Top. Not only that, but Barry and Wally may have another meta human antihero to deal with in the split-personality Rose and Thorn.

The details come courtesy of The Hashtag Show, who managed to get their hands on casting breakdowns for the three characters (along with the same for Caitlin Snow’s mother, a role since given to Susan Walters). With three of the DC Comics hero’s most well-known Rogues having already shown up in the show Weather Wizard, Captain Cold and Heat Wave the fan demand for Mirror Master a.k.a. Sam Scudder has only been growing. But assuming that plenty of fans of the TV series will want to get the details and some context, we’re breaking each of the roles being cast and their almost-certain comic book counterparts starting with the reflecting Rogue himself.

The Flash Season 3 Star Grant Gustin Teases Back to the Future Moment

We already know things are going to be very different for Barry Allen in The Flash Season 3, and just like in the Back to the Future series (a staple for the executive producers of the show), not only will Barry find himself in a strange world but he might start to forget about the one before.

“Barry’s the only one that knows the timeline is different,” Grant Gustin said in the latest episode of DC All Access. “His memories are starting to get replaced from the previous timeline with new memories of graduating high school and graduating college, just moments with his family, and when he realizes that those memories are replacing other memories, that’s when he starts to realize how selfish of a decision this was and maybe he should find a way to put things back to how they were… In the same sense that he’s forgetting a lot of memories, it means he’s forgetting his powers too. It’s like he’s having a full Back to the Future moment where essentially his hand is disappearing in front of him.”

The Flash also stars Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramo, Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West. Season 2 of the series also introduced Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West and the Earth-2 version of The Flash as played by John Wesley Shipp (who also played Barry’s father, Henry Allen). The Flash Season 3 premiere is already set to debut on The CW on Tuesday, October 4 at 8 PM ET.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Flash Season 3: Barry Allen will Forget His Powers

When The Flash season 3 returns, the events of Flashpoint will change everything we know about the Scarlet Speedster. In the finale of season 2, Barry Allen made the decision to travel back in time to save his mother from certain death, changing the entire timeline as we know it. Even though series star Grant Gustin already told us that the Flashpoint story arc won’t take up the entire season, we can expect a huge fallout with permanent ramifications, even bleeding over into the rest of the Flarrowverse.

The Comic-Con 2016 trailer offered a few glimpses of what’s to come on The Flash season 3: Wally West will become Kid Flash, Cisco Ramon is “the richest man in America,” and Barry Allen is a complete stranger to both his adopted father Joe and his best friend Iris West. Barry also seems to be having some serious memory problems in this new alternate universe that he created. But, at least his parents are still alive, right?

In the most recent episode of DC All Access, Grant Gustin explains that his memories aren’t the only thing Barry is having trouble with, but that he will also forget his speedster powers:

“In the same sense that he’s forgetting a lot of memories, it means he’s forgetting his powers too. It’s like he’s having a full ‘Back to the Future’ moment, where essentially his hand is disappearing in front of him.”