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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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

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