Last night’s Walking Dead mid-season premiere put Rick, Michonne, and Carl in the spotlight, and it was the youngest of those characters who put people off.

During Rick and Carl’s scenes in Sunday night’s episode, the father and son would frequently spar over every little topic. Where to stay, what to eat, how to kill zombies, and more. The scenes were tense and made viewers feel like they were sitting in on an awkward day with a broken family.

Though it’s clear Rick has lost his mojo – so Carl does have reason to lecture him – the son was particularly annoying throughout episode 9 because of his childlike behavior. He wished his father dead. He refused to eat. He made stupid decisions when it came to conserving bullets, even when he’s been in this apocalypse setting for a while and should’ve learned his lesson by now.

Viewers took to Twitter to complain about Carl:

… And the tweets kept coming.

In Carl’s defense, he is a young teenager who’s been thrown into this horrible world without a proper childhood. He has no one around his age who he can bond with, but we can’t forget there were a couple of candidates at the beginning of season 4 before they died. Then again, even at the start he was more interested in taking on an adult role than spending time with kids.

So what can the show do about Carl? He could grow up a little bit. The end of the episode 9 – when he realized he didn’t want his father to die – may’ve been telling about how he’ll act in the future. On the other hand, it’s hard to argue he made progress in growing up when you consider that he was proud of his zombie kills despite being overpowered and nearly eaten.

Next week’s episode looks like it’ll only focus on Daryl and Beth (and maybe answer if she has Judith?), so if you’re sick of Carl and Rick, you’ll at least get a break this Sunday.

We’d like to see Carl become more mature and have a greater respect for his father now that he’s been in this apocalypse setting for a while and everyone he has loved has had brushes with death. We know it’s hard for a kid to handle, but he’s in a unique situation where lessons need to be learned in order to survive.

… But can we have more Michonne?

Has Carl become too annoying on ‘Walking Dead’?

Check out our recap in our previous article.

Brush up on your world history before you see Independence Day: Resurgence and find out what’s happened in the last 20 years before Independence Day 2.

Independence Day saw the Earth invaded by aliens in 1996. Thanks to a few brave souls, namely Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), their attack was thwarted and the mother ship was blown to smithereens.

But as Resurgence has shown us, these creatures are far from extinct. We’ve had 20 years to use the technology we salvaged from the first attack to prepare for a second one, and we put that time to good use. Will it be enough?

Between the prequel novel Independence Day: Crucible and the website WarOf1996.com, we can piece together the events of the last 20 years to find out how we got to where we are today, in 2016, for Independence Day: Resurgence.

The world rebuilds (1997)

Don’t expect to see the world you’re used to in Resurgence. It took a year, but the rebuilding began in earnest and I’m hoping we’ll get updated versions of all those famous landmarks that were destroyed in 1996. Before they’re destroyed again, that is. It would be cool to see an Earth that looks alien to us (pun intended), and it’ll help show how the world has changed since the first movie.

The Earth Space Defense program is established (1998)

The United Nations created the ESD to prevent any more alien attacks. The program is a global effort and world-wide recruitment launched at the same time. Here’s to hoping this means there will be plenty of diversity in the sequel. It will be nice to see the world working together in a concentrated effort against the aliens, especially given our own global issues, though don’t expect everyone to get along. We’re only human, after all.

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New weapons are developed from alien technology (2003)

Though there was some push against developing weapons using alien technology, they eventually proved fruitful. We defeated them once before without the use of this technology, so now that we have it, we should be better prepared, right? What I want to know is if they’ll have better control over the weaponry than we will, and if we’ll have to go back to the basics. All that time and effort wasted would be a disappointment, but we banded together using a simple virus and Morse code once before. We can do it again.

Rumors of an alien prison are circulating (2005)

In the original movie, a secret base was revealed to President Whitmore, who was shocked this sort of information had been kept from him. The ESD offers no comment on these rumors, making me think they’re not only true, but that the government is definitely involved. The trailer certainly provides footage that supports this idea. It’s good to know that a facility like this could provide valuable intel for Levinson and his fellow humans, but could this backfire on them too?

The last of the aliens are killed (2006)

The African Congo held the final alien invaders, who fought for their lives for 10 years until they were defeated by the local government. This also proves that not everyone was on board with the ESD. It also raises the questions, what were those aliens doing for 10 years and how will this impact what goes on in Resurgence? We see that they had set up a little base of operations there, so it’s likely they were continuing to call for assistance.

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Captain Steven Hiller dies (2007)

This is probably the most important piece of information you’ll need to know going into the movie. Will Smith’s character won’t be present — though his wife and son will be! — because he was killed testing a new fighter pilot with anti-gravity technology. The book implies that if more tests were run and David Levinson had been more involved, the accident could’ve been prevented. This is, perhaps, the saddest part about this development.

David Levinson is the director of ESD (2009)

David Levinson is the newly appointed Director of Earth Space Defense, and there is a new base on the moon, whose headquarters reside in China. The Moonbase’s purpose is to monitor space for potential alien threats, and new bases also crop up on Mars and one of Saturn’s moons. Resurgence already feels like a bigger movie than the first, given the human race has expanded beyond Earth.

Elizabeth Lanford becomes president of the United States (2013)

President Lanford is the current president of the United States, though it looks like Whitmore is still involved in the fight against the aliens. Lanford looks like a decisive, intelligent, strong-willed president. Plus, it’s pretty cool she’s being heralded as a forward-thinking president who also happens to become the first woman to take the Oval Office.

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Hybrid fighter planes become a reality (2014)

Despite Hiller’s death and initial issues with the technology, these jets are now being used as part of global defense efforts. With two years of working with these planes under their belt, the movie should see our heroes having no trouble using the machines to the best of their advantage.

We celebrate 20 years without incident (2016)

But all good things must come to an end. The aliens are back in Resurgence, and we can only hope that the new world leaders will put all this new technology to good use as we fight off the next wave of attack.

Are you looking forward to ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Cursed Child are a prequel and a sequel to Harry Potter, respectively. Yet an important magical creature may connect the two stories.

Note: This article contains mild, intentionally vague spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Specifically, we reveal which magical creature has symbolic value in the story, but we don’t reveal the character it is connected to. Proceed with caution.

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, protagonist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) gets on the American Magical Congress’ bad side when a number of his more-or-less dangerous magical creatures get loose in the city.

A few months back, Entertainment Weekly revealed a short list of familiar creatures “expected” to appear in the movie — one was the Niffler, which Eddie Redmayne confirmed had a special bond with Newt, and another was the Bowtruckle, which was confirmed in the latest featurette. Also mentioned were the Merpeople, the Lethifold, the Crup, and the Ashwinder.

Related: Fantastic Beasts to be re-released with new foreword by J.K. Rowling

One of the final creatures on EW’s list was lifted straight from Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts textbook, and didn’t strike us as particularly noteworthy… until we saw a preview performance of the Harry Potter stageplay Cursed Child in London earlier this month.

The magical creature in question is the Augurey, a sinister bird also known as the ‘Irish Phoenix,’ whose cry is said to foretell death.

In the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook by Newt Scamander, the Augurey is described as thus:

“The Augurey is a native of Britain and Ireland, though sometimes found elsewhere in northern Europe. A thin and mournful-looking bird, somewhat like a small and underfed vulture in appearance, the Augurey is greenish black. It is intensely shy, nests in bramble and thorn, eats large insects and fairies, flies only in heavy rain, and otherwise remains hidden in its tear-shaped nest.

The Augurey has a distinctive low and throbbing cry, which was once believed to foretell death. Wizards avoided Augurey nests for fear of hearing that heart-rending sound, and more than one wizard is believed to have suffered a heart attack on passing a thicket and hearing an unseen Augurey wail. Patient research eventually revealed, however, that the Augurey merely sings at the approach of rain. The Augurey has since enjoyed a vogue as a home weather forecaster, though many find its almost continual moaning during the winter months difficult to bear. Augurey feathers are useless as quills because they repel ink.”

Despite its sinister backstory, the Augurey is given a M.O.M. classification of XX, meaning “Harmless / may be domesticated” (although it is a predatory bird, counting fairies among its prey). This suggests Newt might use it in the fight against the more dangerous creatures he’s forced to contend with.

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An artist’s rendering of the Augurey by Verreaux on Deviantart

In the Fantastic Beasts textbook, the Augurey is also listed as one of the creatures that showed up to a summit for magical beings in the fourteenth century, after the then-Minister for Magic had declared the separation of magical ‘beings’ and ‘beasts’ based on whether or not they walked on two legs.

The Augurey, being a two-legged creature, was one of many unwelcome guests at the summit, after which contemporary wizards and witches narrowed the definition first to “those who could speak the human tongue,” and later to those who possessed “sufficient intelligence.”

Now, why is this relevant to Cursed Child? Because the Augurey is in fact used as both an alias and an, erm, style icon by one of the central protagonists.

The character in question is a newcomer to the Harry Potter universe, a sinister presence for whom it makes total sense to take the name of a bird whose cry is rumored to foretell death.

The character also has a lot in common with the Harry Potter series’ main villain, Lord Voldemort, in terms of both agenda and origin. It therefore has further significance that they’d envelop themselves in the guise of what is essentially the anti-phoenix.

Where Dumbledore had his Order of the Phoenix, Cursed Child presents a world in which ‘the Augurey’ is a force of ultimate darkness.

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But most telling of its significance to Harry Potter canon at large is the fact that the Augurey is displayed prominently on all Cursed Child promotional materials.

Despite the image’s strong resemblance to a snitch, based on what happens in the play, it’s safe to say that the black wings holding up the child in the nest are definitely the wings of an Augurey — and by extension, the nest itself is probably that of an Augurey as well (especially because of its thorny appearance).

Will the Augurey have a similar significance in Fantastic Beasts? By the way it’s described, we’d have thought this bird is in fact the one that emerged from Newt’s Pokeball in the first trailer, but Pottermore has classified that one as a Swooping Evil (one of the brand new creatures introduced for the movie).

The Swooping Evil may start out small, but it makes a big impression. Head to Pottermore.com now to learn more. #FantasticBeasts

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The Fantastic Beasts featurette released earlier today revealed that something will happen over the course of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that will have “implications for the whole Wizarding World.”

Would it be too out-there to assume that Newt Scamander in fact discovers the Augurey over the course of his travels, thus starting the wave that will ripple through history all the way to Cursed Child?

While those who have seen the play might wonder why this character needs further relevance to the larger Harry Potter canon at all, we can’t deny that — however they may be received — they’re a cemented part of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World now.

Since Rowling herself wrote the script for Fantastic Beasts (and has been heavily involved with Cursed Child, too), she may very well have been planning to justify the character’s presence by tying their story into Fantastic Beasts, circumventing Harry Potter’s own story to tie the Wizarding World’s past and future together through this brand new character.

Either way, we’ll look forward to seeing if the Augurey shows up in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in November — and how the creature’s presence may serve as foreshadowing to what happens in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

‘Fantastic Beasts’ hits cinemas on November 18

The producers in UnReal are ruthless, manipulative, and unfeeling. If you were on Everlasting which producer would you trust to tell your story?

If UnReal has taught us anything in the past year, it is that the producers on set are there to get ratings, make money, and dispose of anyone who prevents that from happening. There is no room for feelings or personal space. Everything in your life is at their disposal and if you are squeaky clean, they’ll make something up!

So far this season we’ve seen fake mothers brought in from central casting, girls tearing each other off of obstacle courses, suitors bribed with booze and ladies, and promises of a platform to speak for change ripped away. All of these pile on top of the incidents in season one– switching out medications, hiding a father’s death then lying at the funeral, and endless promises that each girl was “the one.”

With all of those great endorsements for the producing crew of Everlasting, who wouldn’t want to be a contestant on the show? Imagine you are chosen to be on the next cycle of Everlasting. Faced with Quinn, Rachel, Madison, or Jay, which producer would be best fit to tell your story?

Let us know which ‘UnReal’ would tell your story!