The Walking Dead season 4, episode 9 only followed three characters but had several interesting twists.

Our recap of The Walking Dead mid-season 4 premiere traced Rick, Carl, and Michonne in the days after the disaster at the prison. We’ve separated our recap into two sections: Michonne’s journey and Rick and Carl’s.

Michonne, her two new friends, and her two old friends. We begin tonight’s episode at the prison, where the zombies have taken over. The Governor lies dead, smoke still rises from the former safe house, and we see that Michonne is watching the scene from the sidelines. She turns two zombies into armless, mouthless figures – similar to the ones she had when we first met her. On her way out, we see Hershel’s head showing signs of zombie-fication. She sends her katana through him to put him out of his misery. Bye, Hershel.

Later, we enter a dream sequence which looks like the early days of the apocalypse. Michonne is with “her lover” named Mike, their child, and a friend. She keeps her katana in the kitchen with the other knives (this is one of those strange dream occurrences). Things start turning sour when the two men are talking about how to have a life in this apocalyptic world, and go from being dressed nice, to being dirty, to being armless. Michonne screams and snaps out of the dream to see she’s been sleeping in a car.

Further on in the episode, Michonne is walking with a pretty big group of zombies – under the protection of her two zombie mules – and can’t help but notice a zombie who looks similar to herself. She decides to kill it, which naturally makes the other zombies come after her. She kills every single one of them with the katana.

She picks up on a trail and comes across Joe & Joe Jr.’s BBQ Shack, which Rick and Carl have already been through. She starts talking to herself. “Mike, I miss you. I missed you when I was with you.” She says that she was wrong, because she’s still here, and he could still be here too. It’s not clear what exactly she’s talking about, but perhaps more will be revealed in the future.

Carl and Rick. Papa Grimes is in awful condition and can’t say with certainty if they’re going to be okay. Carl is leading the charge as they try to find shelter on their own. The two have some tension between them, and Carl seems interested in making decisions on his own. The two frequently spar over things like securing their new safe house, when to eat, etc.

The next morning Carl wakes before Rick. After getting tired of waiting for dad to wake up, he tries to stir him but can’t (because he’s in such poor physical condition). His screams at his dad stir up a couple zombies outside. He goes outside to chase them away and runs into another zombie, and the walkers bring Carl to the ground. He wastes a few bullets killing them, and to us it looks like could’ve easily been killed. “I win,” he tells them. This kid has built an ego.

Carl comes back in and talks to his father – who’s still sleeping – to tell him about his zombie kills. He tells him he can’t protect anyone anymore. “They’re all gone now, because of you. [Referring to Hershel, mom, etc.] They counted on you. You were their leader! But now, you’re nothing,” he says with tears in his eyes. “I’d be fine if you died.”

With fresh confidence thanks to his zombie kills, he goes out on his own and enters another house to pick up more supplies. Being a kid, he can’t resist picking up the chocolate pudding. He goes upstairs and encounters another zombie, but this time he runs out of bullets and narrowly escapes (at the cost of losing a shoe). Apparently satisfied with his latest escape, he sits on the roof eating that pudding.

Back in the house with dad, Carl is resting next to him when he starts breathing, and he thinks Rick has turned into a zombie. He almost shoots him but can’t, and luckily his hesitation yields the fact that his dad hasn’t been turned. “I’m scared,” he admits to his still-sleeping father.

Rick finally comes to and proudly tells his son he’s a man now.

A reunion! Finally, some nice news. At the end of the episode Michonne spots the pudding tub and comes up to the house it leads to. She looks in and sees Carl and Rick, then with a smile knocks on the door. Rick looks through the peephole and starts to laugh. He tells Carl, “It’s for you,” and our guess is that Michonne is holding up the pudding tub.

Today’s episode focused on three characters, so we suspect the next couple may continue this trend of only following particular people. Because of the small group, episode 9 felt like it was moving pretty slow. On the other hand, there were interesting revelations: Carl realized he needs his father after all, and viewers got a glimpse into Michonne’s past. Her boyfriend/partner/love we see is named Mike, which is the same name her boyfriend has in the comic series. Mike’s best friend Terry is not specifically mentioned in this episode, but we can assume that the friend we see is him.

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Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

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If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

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Uh oh — fans of Nick and Jess aren’t going to like this news! Megan Fox is returning to New Girl in season 6 for a major arc.

Last season, Megan Fox stepped in to fill in Jess’ place while Zooey Deschanel was on maternity leave. During that time, Fox’s character Regan grew quite close to Nick! They even ended up going to Cece and Schmidt’s wedding together and made plans for the summer. With awful timing too, since it seemed like Jess was just about ready to admit her feelings for Nick.

Now TV Line is reporting that Fox will be returning for a huge story arc in New Girl season 6. It’s believed that Nick will return home from his summer with Regan alone, but she will appear around the middle of the season. The timing of her appearance is due to Fox’s own pregnancy with her third child.

If we had to guess, we’d say that the writers will definitely be throwing some angst into the script. It always seems like either Jess or Nick is pining for the other while they’re in a relationship. Will Jess try to get over her feelings for Nick with someone else? Or will she just try to show him why they should be together? Fans will have to wait and see when the show returns!

New Girl season 6 returns to Fox on September 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET!

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