Editor’s note: The following is in response to this Hypable opinion piece by one of our writers.

I’d like to start out by saying that I am not a reader of Kirkman’s comic books, but I am an avid (and somewhat obsessive) fan of his TV show. The Walking Dead is an amazing show, and I like to believe that what makes the show addicting is that the characters are deep and three-dimensional. So why is it that viewers can accept all of Rick’s irrational flaws and mental instability, yet we cannot possibly understand Andrea’s current emotional state? We can blame Rick’s mental fall on Lori’s death, but the truth is that his collapse was a long time coming.

When our series began, Rick emerged as the ideal male figure; a strong protagonist with realistic emotional flaws that he was able to express while maintaining his image as the steadfast and strong leader. His downward spiral began as soon as he awoke in his hospital bed in the first episode. Rick struggled and survived and led the group as best he could and we viewers all accepted his choices (whether or not we agreed with them). Over the past few episodes we have seen Rick fall even deeper into insanity and depression. Even before Lori’s death, the “Rick-tatorship” had taken form.

Rick’s male character reacts to the zombie apocalypse and insane pressure by functioning in an overdrive of masculinity and power. He must take control in order to remain functioning. Is Andrea not the same? Her character flaws make her realistic. Do we want a perfect character?

Andrea’s spiral mirrors that of Rick’s. After an insane loss (that of her sister), she tried to control her fate and was thwarted by Dale in the CDC. She chose to take control and try to prove that she and the other women could do more than laundry and household chores, they could fight and hunt. She is not disillusioned by their makeshift home at the barn. When the walkers overrun Hershel’s and Andrea is separated from the group, she fights and fends for herself until exhaustion and lack of ammunition seems to seal her fate.

Michonne’s entrance provides Andrea with safety, comfort, friendship, and belonging, all things that women tend to desire in times of stress. When Andrea falls ill and is eventually brought to Woodbury, she sees all of the comforts that she has so missed, along with protection and a sense of purpose. Is it so wrong for her to want these things? Does is make her a weak character?

We could compare how Andrea views Woodbury to the way Lori saw Hershel’s farm, as a safe haven. But Andrea is not Lori. Andrea has not simply played the typical television female. She is not content washing dishes or being ignored. She still wants to fight and guard the border, and she is still our once beloved Andrea. She has simply lost her way, much like Rick. In order to function in this situation (nearly dying and losing her best friend), Andrea has been ignoring her instincts in the same way Rick has been ignoring his rationality and emotions.

Although Rick turned off his emotional switch (how often has he interacted with his newborn child? How often has he ignored the group’s interests in favor of violent zombie-slaying outbursts?), Andrea reacts to her new situation and to the apocalypse by trying to find comfort and hope in her surroundings. She wants to feel safe and protected, and wants to be a part of deciding her own fate.

The viewer sees the insanity of Woodbury, but Andrea can’t. Like Rick, she has blocked out what she can’t process. Can we really fault her for being human?

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21