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The Walking Dead 130 Discussion

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Issue 130 is out!!! Once you have it, this is the place to talk about it! The preview tag is: “There were whispers and I was afraid.”

Read the issue, mull everything over, and come back here to discuss the issue. If you bring the best comment we’re going to give you a signed 130 and a two-pack of Skybound Minis!

I’ll be back tomorrow with some thoughts of my own, but really I think there’s just ONE big thing to discuss…

Ok, I’m back. A couple days late, sure. But back. The one big thing to talk about that you didn’t need me to point out: TALKING ZOMBIES. What the f? Has Kirkman lost his mind? Are the walkers evolving? Or is it something else entirely?

And what’s Carl going to do now that Earl got a sidekick? That situation is a little…

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UPDATE: Our favorite comment belonged to Carrie, who said,

HOLY WHAT. Oh my grimes. This issue. One of my favorites in a while!! So glad Magna didn’t buy into Negan’s crap. Baby Hershel couldn’t be more adorable but I still miss my Glenn :'(

I’m not sure how to approach what happened with the talker-AHEM I mean walkers. Could there have been people camoflouged within the walkers just like Michonne did once? Possibly. But rereading the speech bubbles again I notice they aren’t complete sentences (“Where they go.”) which is EXACTLY how a walker would communicate. ARRRG I gotta hand it to Kirkman, did not foresee this development!

Congrats, Carrie!

  1. Michaelangelo Coppa August 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    WE WANT TWO ISSUES PER MONTH…..PLEASE 🙂

  2. AJ Leslie August 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    OH MY GOD.

    BEST ISSUE EVER.

    RIP MICHONNE

    #jk

    ((Haven’t read it yet 🙁 ))

  3. Madison Keegan August 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Zombie evolution is a dangerous (cliche) path, please let it be either hallucinations or other people in the vicinity. Possibly a bit anticlimactic but that wouldn’t be a first for RK.

  4. ThatEpicBeast U Know August 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    (SPOILERS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE ISSUE, BRO)

    Damn….Magna (AKA, Magda to sleepy Brian and Lizzy) saw through his lie like that, damn. That was cool. And how Negan just gave up like that?! That’s not the Asian killer I know!
    Ken and Marco…..fuuuuuck. They heard the dead speak?! AWESOME!!!!! But seriously? “Where they go?” “Don’t know. Keep moving.” “Okay.”?!?! These dead fucks need to go back to Kindergarten again, goddammit!!
    Carl can seriously put a damn tennis ball into that hole of his (The hole in his eye, not any other holes in his body) and not washing his hands after pissing? Gross. Even I don’t do that!
    HOLY SHIT. FUCK GLENN[‘s name]! HERSHEL GREENE Jr.!!!!!!!!! Holy shit, that made my night (It’s currently 12:43 a.m. and I read the issue around 12:12)! I was almost tearing up, because of that and Robin Williams’ death (NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!). And Maggie seems A LOT more hotter. Probably because of that baby being out of that belly of hers. And I thought that was Redneck Sophia for a second until I read the panel above saying that’s it’s just a boy named Rolland. Damn.
    Gregory is still alive. Marco came ALONE?!?! NO WAY!!!!! The dead spoke?!!!! WOWOWWOWOOWOWOWO!

  5. ThatEpicBeast U Know August 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I think the “ONE big thing to discuss” is Rick eating that Snicker’s Bar off-panel between Issue 129-130. I’m happy for him, otherwise he would’ve went berserk on that Guard that was escorting him to the Hilltop.

  6. Guest August 13, 2014 at 12:36 am - Reply
  7. Ollie Whittall August 13, 2014 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Wow, Hershel pulled a bit of a Benjamin Button.

  8. Ollie Whittall August 13, 2014 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Looks like the title of the book needs changing to “The Talking Dead” now.

  9. Ollie Whittall August 13, 2014 at 2:33 am - Reply

    It’s also a shame how quickly #FreeNegan crashed and burned, I completely didn’t expect that.

    • Bastet August 13, 2014 at 7:33 am - Reply

      I’m still thinking about Carl having something to do with Negan’s upcoming freedom.

      • Ollie Whittall August 13, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

        Maybe, they wouldn’t have shown them talking otherwise, although geography makes that a bit difficult now, Carl coming back so quickly would be odd after such a permanent seeming move for him, although I doubt Rick would object.

        • Bastet August 13, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

          Yeah, but he’s got a friend in Negan. Rick has been too busy to listen/talk & Earl has brought in competition in the workforce….maybe the chick Carl has his eye on has found someone else to like. There’ll be some major upset there in the Hilltop. Where will Carl go? He’ll come home to talk to the one man who listened to him & that he could confide in.

          My imagination running wild.

          • Ollie Whittall August 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

            No, sounds about right, that new apprentice (was Roland his name?) clearly isn’t in the story as a new friend, obviously Carl is going to come into conflict with him. Even if Negan did escape, then what? Some kind of weird serial killer arc again? Or does he try and get back with the Saviors?

          • Bastet August 13, 2014 at 9:01 am

            Rolland….Kirkman comes up with some oddball names here & there.

            I took that jealousy/disappointment as Carl is looking for someone to be his friend (mentor) & maybe he was hoping Earl would play the part. Sets him right back up with going a little rogue, if you ask me!

            If (when) Negan escapes, I don’t picture it being a big shebang like AOW but I do think it could mean a major, major death….as in Rick’s. What you think?

          • Ollie Whittall August 13, 2014 at 9:55 am

            I think he’ll be out to get Rick, on the one hand he’s smart and knows his capabilities most of the time, so might go straight for Rick, on the other hand he hates the guy, so he might draw it out, and slink in the shadows, go after Andrea or Carl as well, and perhaps others who brought him down. But it could well end with him killing Rick, I’m so glad Kirkman didn’t free him right off the bat, I was worried.

          • Carly Hudson August 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

            If/when Negan gets free he will slowly destroy everything Rick holds dear.

            Kill Andrea, burn the town to the ground, turn Carl (walker or trader).

            Rick will be the last person he tries to kill.

      • Neutral Grey (Jonathon) August 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

        Disagree. I think he’s smarter than that. Young or not. He’s bright.

        • Bastet August 14, 2014 at 3:20 am - Reply

          He’s definitely a bright one! But I know emotions, especially in the pre-teen & teenage years, have a way of dimming the bulb for a bit. We’ll see.

        • Claudio Frollo August 14, 2014 at 5:04 am - Reply

          He is bright and brave, but still immature, hasn’t yet become a full man like his father, and is capable of feeling envy, jealousy and fear….powerful tools to commit a mistake.

          • Neutral Grey (Jonathon) August 14, 2014 at 1:28 pm

            Perhaps. But he has a high sense of responisbility. I think he would know when not to cross into “oh my God, this is so fucking stupid why am I even doing this” route. I think he can put common sense before his own possible feelings.

            But who knows. Whatever happens with Carl I’ll drink it up because I love his character. But I have faith in the boy.

      • Claudio Frollo August 14, 2014 at 5:01 am - Reply

        It is pointing that direction, all the hints are clear, and something really messy eventually will happen in this new found haven, and Carl, Negan and the new Walkers breed will have a lot to say in it..

  10. Branden Cadarette August 13, 2014 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Does anyone know where I can download the latest issue online? I tried Comixology but it doesn’t look like they have it up yet.. 🙁
    Really wish I had a local comic store or something like that where I could just pick up a copy.

  11. Robvious23 August 13, 2014 at 6:36 am - Reply

    I hope its just Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Seriously, evolving zombies is dangerous territory. Kirkmans never let us down before, but this issue has left me slightly worried.

  12. Carly Hudson August 13, 2014 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Damn it Carl, even as the world is ending we wash up after we touch our wang! Hygiene!

  13. Carly Hudson August 13, 2014 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Let’s not shit our collective pants yet guys. Articulate walkers would also be savvy enough to look in a ditch. Maybe Marco’s just trippin’.

  14. Bastet August 13, 2014 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Today on Comic Issue Hump Day:

    #RickTheLegend (Douglas disguise explained).
    Ken & Marco found a patch of funny mushrooms.
    Carl whittled a boar into a pig.
    Arc title finally applies.
    And some people thought Magna was stupid….. SHAME!

    Loved this issue!

  15. Carly Hudson August 13, 2014 at 7:07 am - Reply

    I don’t know if I believe in the talking dead, but I BELIEVE IN RICK GRIMES!

  16. JMY August 13, 2014 at 7:09 am - Reply

    I think this is the best issue out of this current arc. I mean, we all predicted the time jump after AOW (??? I think ???) but the end revelation to this issue was quite shocking. I hope the zombies can’t actually talk though, that would just make them look like PUSSYS, right? We all love the “GRAHHHHH” instead of (the potential?) “I’m gonna rip your f***ing head off human!!!”

    Oh, and I have a huge level of respect for Magna now that she saw through Negan’s bulls**t!

  17. Ishmael Murray August 13, 2014 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Wow! Yet another great issue! Everyone was predicting that Magna & co would free negan, yet she didn’t. She said she knows how torture is, but from the looks of it Negans been treated well. “Also I know when someone’s is lying” Most of all, THE DEAD CAN TALK!?

  18. Richard J. McKay August 13, 2014 at 8:09 am - Reply

    I predict…. The Zombie King!!

  19. Nathan Kotyk August 13, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply
  20. Bastet August 13, 2014 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Wednesdays are the most unproductive work day of the week!

  21. Caleb Haywood August 13, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Zombies can beatbox now too!

  22. Michaelangelo Coppa August 13, 2014 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Looks like Carl is going to kill another little kid….uh oh. So much respect for Magna, shes going to be a great character once we get to know her more. And whats up with these whispers?

  23. Carly Hudson August 13, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Can we please take a moment to appreciate how utterly adorable baby Hershel is!! Awwww.

  24. Sammie August 13, 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

    HOLY WHAT. Oh my grimes. This issue. One of my favorites in a while!! So glad Magna didn’t buy into Negan’s crap. Baby Hershel couldn’t be more adorable but I still miss my Glenn :'(

    I’m not sure how to approach what happened with the talker-AHEM I mean walkers. Could there have been people camoflouged within the walkers just like Michonne did once? Possibly. But rereading the speech bubbles again I notice they aren’t complete sentences (“Where they go.”) which is EXACTLY how a walker would communicate. ARRRG I gotta hand it to Kirkman, did not foresee this development!

  25. Deadhead216 August 13, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Somebody call Chris Hardwick , 130 marks the start of the talking dead comic

  26. Alan Minkovich August 13, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

    best issue in volume 22. getting good. i’m kinda worried about what carl’s gonna kill that kid. and i even wanna begin on talking walkers

  27. Christopher Hadley August 13, 2014 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I’d say that it’s not walkers gaining the ability to speak. But rather a couple of people who are walking among the walkers as Michonne did. Maybe they were following Ken & Marco in hopes of seeing where they’d return to camp at. Walkers gaining the ability to speak over time would seem silly. You’d think as time went on they’d get more decayed and less mobile, or even dumber rather than evolve. Who knows?

  28. Troy C August 13, 2014 at 9:57 am - Reply

    not sure i like the Talking Dead! hope it’s just people hiding in the heard.

  29. Shaun August 13, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Could be a group that’s figured out how to heard walkers. Get it 🙂
    No really

  30. ThatEpicBeast U Know August 13, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Hey guys. I just wanted to post this colored Panel from #130 because I’m awesome and Bastet is too. NOTE: You all are awesome too, except hobbs.

  31. Kyle Berkley August 13, 2014 at 10:59 am - Reply

    The idea of the walkers talking makes sense. If the human brain develops from the back to the front and for the longest time the back part of the walker’s brain being the only thing to work it would make perfect sense for the brain to redevelop itself overtime.

    • Bastet August 13, 2014 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Interesting theory but the only thing that has me hung is the fact that they’re dead. A growing child’s brain develops & a living person can heal from brain trauma….but the dead decays. These guys are just doing it at a super slow pace. I like your thinking outside the box, tho!

  32. Chris Jamieson August 13, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

    So either Marco is insane, the walkers can talk, or there are some cleverly disguised humans walking around. I kind of hope Marco has just gone bonkers though, it would be kind of funny to see people go on a pointless journey and get killed because a crazy man told them there were talking walkers and they were dumb enough to believe him.

  33. Chris Courtney August 13, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I just got to say… I HATE TALKING ZOMBIES. It’s not very logical and really really hope they don’t actually exist in the book. The only thing I see good coming out of talking zombies is that The groups can now study them and get a little more insight on the dead’s actions. Decent issue.

  34. Pvessel August 13, 2014 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Oh gosh, and cue my anxiety that Kirkman has jumped the shark. Although i’ve had these fears before and they’ve never been justified….YET. Please please don’t let the zombies start speaking. Arrrgh, that would be so terrible. But I don’t think Kirkman would do that. I think its a few people walking around in the horde, which would be cool.

  35. Poot August 13, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

    The dead are speaking??? Is Ken delirious and this is another Kirkman twist plot point to throw us off?? Will Carl kill the new apprentice and make it look like an accident? First off as for the dead speaking I gotta assume its not true but say it is. Will the dead work together to become better hunters? Does this mean if one of the main characters get bit their friends will become enemies? ?? Stay tuned for more of Kirkman’s genius….Awesome issue! #TheWalkingDead

  36. Jake Maese August 13, 2014 at 11:52 am - Reply

    I like this issue.
    I can talk about Negan disappointment to get out of his jail, Walkers were speaking English in this issue, or baby Hershel Green Jr but nope. I don’t want to… I want to talk about the artwork in this issue. It’s been over ten years that we got rain in this issue. I got to admit. I got to adore the small detail in the artwork of this issue. I’m convinced… It does look like rain.

  37. theerichalstead August 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Lets all hope that the stinger at the end of this issue is not real. I can’t deal with that kind of change to the canon after 130 issues. It would cheapen everything that has come before this issue.

    • Neutral Grey (Jonathon) August 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      How? It’s something new. It doesn’t magically invalidate anything before it.

      • theerichalstead August 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

        The premise of the book is the story of the survivors. The zombies have been (and should always be) an obstacle to there survival like finding shelter or food. The suspension of disbelief is the fact that the dead walk around and attack the living. To now give the zombies a voice implies that they have more than just a reptile brain and don’t just follow there instincts. It wont be long before we enter the dangerous and ridiculous territory of Land of the Dead where zombies play instruments, pump gas, and use guns. What makes zombies an interesting enemy is that they are relentless and single minded. They only follow there basic urge for food and nothing more. Communication is a tool for the human survivors to over come the masses of shambling corpses not something the both use. I really hope that they don’t take the book in this direction. I think it would be a bad move for the story and the brand as whole as it could sadly make its way into the show at some point.

      • hobbs August 14, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

        but it does seem magical or fantasy, doesn’t it? I mean, the zombies brains are ever deteriorating, so how could they evolve? I imagine that after a few years, the zombies would dissipate to mere bones. No brain, no speech.

        • Neutral Grey (Jonathon) August 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm - Reply

          The fact that corpses several years old are walking at all is also very fantasy, I think. The reality of a zombie apocalypse is that it it would be put down or immediately or the truly terrible part of it would be over in months. So you must suspend your disbelief for any of the story to work, really. But like I said: patience. Let’s just see what happens for now.

          • Bastet August 15, 2014 at 6:28 am

            When you put it in that perspective…..you just scrambled EVERY DAMN THING UP!!! Now I don’t know WHAT these creatures are that are whispering!! Thanks, Neut!!
            LMAO!!

            Seriously, you are dead on here!!!

          • hobbs August 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

            great point, i guess its just that i know the laws of the zombie apocolypse in this story and something new just drags us further down the rabbit hole. It might please some hardcore fans, but probably make it harder for newbies to catch on and become TWD addicts. Sure you gotta temporarily suspend your disbelief, but kirk-man didnt really make it all that crazy, there are similar things in nature now, like rabies(have you seen a dog with rabies??) The laws of nature just shouldnt change this late in the game. I just cant reconcile the fact that the zombies brain matter is ever deteriorating, with maggots feeding and such, and now they evolve? Dead tissue evolving instead of decomposing? That would take some extreme story telling in order for my brain to digest, compartmentalize, rationalize and accept as fact(temporarily) so i can enjoy my favorite characters….michonne, carl, aaron and jesus

  38. Mike Huntsman August 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Talking walkers? Hmmmm. I want to thank RK for not taking the easy way out by having Magna let Negan put. All my buds thought that was going to happen but I know RK is much, much better than that. Also love Maggie named her son Herschle!

  39. Mike Huntsman August 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    No one talking about talking walkers? Maybe breathers disguised as walkers is what they heard or hallucinating?

  40. Thiala Mathis August 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    That baby is adorable . He looks almost just like Glenn! I was so happy to finally see Maggie and the baby. I have to also say that I was actually surprised when Magna didn’t fall for Negan’s bullshit story and free him. I thought that that was for sure where her groups storyline was going. I wonder how Negan is going to escape now since Carl moved to the Hill Top? Maybe an extremely huge hored of zombies attack Alexandria and he somehow escapes while that is happening. Of course Magna and her group could still have something to do with his escape. I can’t wait to see the rest of the survivors and see what they are like after the time skip.

  41. Jeff Spurlock August 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Interesting. I can pretty much guarantee you that Kirkman is not going to change his zombies, hes already stated that he doesn’t want to explore the zombies any further, they’re just there as a constant threat, but this is a book about the living not a bppl about the dead, which we all know, so I think the talking walkers and whispers were meant to make us think Marco is crazy, but Kirkmans done the crazy thing before… I think were going to see living people dressed up and acting like walkers as a means of camoflauge, that’s why they could talk. This Ken guy has probably been taken by people imitating walkers and I think were going to see Rick over react and scare Magna and Co. Into thinking rick and co. are bad people.
    Disclaimer: I know the camoflauge was done in volume one with rick and Glen in Atlanta but I’m talking about camoflauge from other people, not camoflauge from the walkers. We’ve seen that Rick and Co. don’t hardly even bother killing walkers anymore… What better way to ensure your survival than a group of loving people dressed up like walkers?

  42. hobbs August 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Why cant i download the issue from image comics?? every time i do, it says the file is only 0kb and it wont open. WTF, this has happened the last 3 issues!!!

    • Bastet August 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      If you’re going for DRM-free, Comixology is on board now!

      • ThatEpicBeast U Know August 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm - Reply

        I have to say this: Or do I not?

      • hobbs August 17, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

        whatre u talkin about ? whats drm and why would i want it free? by the way i got it downloaded, the image comic site isnt all that user friendly…

        • Bastet August 17, 2014 at 10:35 am - Reply

          I’m familiar with the Image site. It can be hard to deal with. I was once getting my comics from there because it was the only way to get DRM-free…. which is why I thought you had a preference for DRM-free. DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. If you purchase something that is DRM-free, it means you own it instead of your paying for permission just to read it on someone’s server. For instance, I download my comics & save them to a flash drive. Once I learned Comixology offers DRM-free, I switched back over so I could subscribe.

          • hobbs August 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

            thats what i do, i have them all save on my hard drive, on my i pad and on an external hard drive, same as all the tv episodes. So now you know why I didnt understand DRM. When it comes to digital content, Im a horder, Ive got several 3 TB externals that are slap full of full seasons of shows and tons of movies. I would never want to rely on someone elses server to watch my shows. It kinda dovetails with my TWD addiction. Im from Pensacola florida, we have giant storms sometimes that knock out the power for weeks (sometimes). So Im big on being self sufficient. Entertainment is a necessity, just after ammo, food, water, generator, and gas.

          • Bastet August 18, 2014 at 5:53 am

            You a digital junkie & didn’t know what “DRM-free” meant?!

            Well, either way, Comixology’s got files you can download now.

  43. Carly Hudson August 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I know some of you are scared of the talking dead, but…

  44. hobbs August 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply
  45. hobbs August 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    i wonder if carl is so spurned by earl sutton getting some other kid to be his apprentice that carl ends up being Ricks apprentice, and totally becoming the bad ass future leader that he should be….

    • Mark Jackson August 13, 2014 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      He did immediately say he was gonna go find his dad, who knows what for since Marco showed up that same moment. Mighta been about to tell him “Nevermind dad, he’s already got some douchebag apprentice.”

  46. hobbs August 13, 2014 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    i doubt that the dead are actually talking, im pretty sure he was hallucinating. I really hope kirk-man doesnt go all supernatural magical x-files on us.

  47. hobbs August 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    will rick ever go back to hair on head & shaved face??

  48. Dylan Willey August 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    So, I guess this means that the dead are evolving enough to learn or remember how to talk and communicate with each other. Which means in time they will become smarter and more deadly then the four communities combined, because they will be able to strategize and plan. I also suppose this means they are driven by a phantom hunger for flesh which means they would never be peaceful with humans.
    Or is this all a trick? Is someone duct taping walkie talkies to zombies, thus making them The Walkie Talkie Walkers? Was someone walking with the herd at the time and they were the ones that were talking?
    Thank you, Robert Kirkman for adding this new twist that will surely mean doom to all the people we love in The Walking Dead if it is true.

  49. Felix Mitchell August 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Who knew that “Talking Dead” was a foreshadowing for the comic book! :/ lol

  50. rofldrg August 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Once the word about the Talking Dead gets out, Chris Hardwick is going to show up and free Negan, making him his second in command as he takes his place as the next big villain.

  51. Neutral Grey (Jonathon) August 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Fucking Hell, whatever is going on with those “whispers” I’m willing to go for it! Looking forward to what comes next.

  52. Felix Mitchell August 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I don’t mind the talking zombie–er– ‘scuse me roamers lol I flipped my lid when that happened. Twist of the year! lol

  53. Niko Miller August 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    When are we going to see a tornado? And then have something like Sharknado with walkers- a Walkernado! That would be the coolest thing ever. Tornado full of walkers. Just think about it.

  54. Ollie Whittall August 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    In Kirkman’s original draft, Carl’s boar was still a boar, but Charlie insisted it was changed to a pig after the popular reception the pig’s ass got in Issue 126.

  55. Mark Jackson August 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Here’s an interesting theory, though I haven’t thought it that far through yet… What if they’re in some kind of human walker purgatory, not quite one or the other? Still human enough to talk, but infected enough to crave flesh. You know how sometimes you hear about folks being dead, but then coming back to life after their heart stopped and everything? How would that work when someone was bitten? Admittedly, it would be odd if the first two walkers this ever happened to were in the same herd able to talk to each other, but like I said, I didn’t think it through very much. Just an idea. That was a cleverly hidden plot twist how Kirk knew we’d think of the “guts” disguise, but doesn’t really work since it was raining. So WTF? Can’t wait for next issue, and next issue, and next….

  56. Rick Grimes August 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Dawwwww, Lil’ Hershey. Or Lil’ Glenn. Lil’ something, at least. Great issue, and it’s freaking AWESOME to see Maggie back in the comic series… Things are REALLY getting good 😀

  57. Sam August 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Today, as soon as I got this comic, I just couldn’t wait to read it. I didn’t think that Magna would be very gullible, but still, I had to know what was going to happen with Negan. Knowing this comic, I should have figured out that Magna would just say “Ehh, no…” and walk back upstairs, but it wasn’t any less enjoyable to read. I don’t see what’s wrong with having two apprentices, by the way. I’m sure that metal products are in high demand in the apocalypse. Any way, I like the baby’s name, but the stand out moment was obviously the “whispers.” Obviously, it could have just been a hallucination, but when I looked back at the panel, Ken and Marco both looked up with shocked expressions at the same time, so who knows? Are there shared hallucinations? That would definitely keep the story interesting if the zombies started talking, I suppose… Anyway, with all of this exciting stuff going on, this was definitely my favorite issue in the “A New Beginning” story arc so far. I really can’t wait for 131. The obvious thing to do is to read the entire series over again this month, and then finish Season 2 of the video game.

  58. Lichti91 August 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    My thoughts while reading issue #130: It’s raining men! Hallelujah! It’s raining men! … WTF?!?

  59. Kal. August 13, 2014 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Marco & Ken made my favorite characters list since last issue, the bond between them is just great, and I couldn’t interpret the whispers at first, the first thought that occurred to me is that there was somebody out there, humans. But omg, best issue yet! The dead…. talking?! this is huge! it could change everything!
    However, maybe Marco & Ken where just hearing things. Or maybe there WAS someone out there. But how could it be possible for dead creatures to develop the ability to speak? I guess we’ll find out.

  60. Jimmie Edwards II August 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I could see the talking dead being feral people who act like zombies because they have lost their grasp of reality. They may even travel with herds, practice cannibalism, and see themselves as the walking dead.

  61. Brandon Marklin August 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I’m hoping that Marco is just having a fevered dream. Zombies talking kinda makes them, well, not zombies. I was really glad that Maggie chose to name the baby after her father, and poor Carl has some competition. I’m also glad that they didn’t have Negan freed in the issue, but I’m still waiting for a situation to rise with Magna’s group.

  62. Ronny Haze August 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I GOT IT! A clever group of survivors stay alive and travel by “blending” in with the giant herds of walkers and that is what Marco heard and maybe they even rescued Ken!!! Robert Can’t let them actually talk, he said before that that is Georges thing and I agree with him, I don’t like the Zombie who can pump gas… lol and way. I started ramping up my Walking Dead videos on YouTube, come check them out I love talking with fans! youtube.com/makeapathpresents

  63. shaXXam August 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Little Hershel looks EXACTLY like a mini Glenn!!!!! SO CUTE! i cant wait to see him be a little badass Carl!!!!! and then at the end make clay pigs………………….. WAIT SORRY BOARS!!!!!!!……. clay………. boars…………

  64. Mitchell Krassin August 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Guys I don’t think we fully grasp this. Now the walkers can join civilization again! Obviously they can contribute to society now and be the new working class! So long as they don’t start taking people’s jobs. Because that would be rude.

  65. Kaydan Howison August 13, 2014 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Well done for the WTF moment. I must say that i find the dead being able to possibly speak entirely plausible. Technically there’s been roughly four years since outbreak, i could see the dead being able to evolve. Well done.

  66. Mike cronin 5 August 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    So it’s awesome that we got too see little Hershel but what about the holy shit ending. Now this decision can easily destroy this series or it could be the coolest idea ever. I’m hoping for the latter but I’m getting the sense that the guy was just hallucinating and it’s just kirkman teasing us.

    • Kaydan Howison August 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      How can it destroy the series exactly? So what if they dead can actually talk? Is that idea really THAT bad? They’ve been talking in zombie movies for years.

      • Madison Keegan August 14, 2014 at 4:56 am - Reply

        My favourite part about TWD is that Kirkman doesn’t go down that cliche path of zombie evolution with that talking and such

        • Neutral Grey (Jonathon) August 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm - Reply

          “Cliche path.”
          The concept of zombies themselves are a cliche now. Whatever path Kirkman takes will be good not because of avoid cliches but because he’s a good enough writer to justify those cliches.

          • Madison Keegan August 16, 2014 at 3:39 am

            No one can justify zombie evolution. Its a plot hole that will affect how the 129 previous comics read and it defeats the purpose of killing so many when if they were given the chance to evolve no one would have to die. Kirkman is a good writer but this could be where he jumps the shark.

          • Madison Keegan August 16, 2014 at 4:11 am

            No one can justify zombie evolution. It would defeat the purpose of so many zombies dying previously when given the opportunity to evolve they wouldn’t have had to die. Not only that but it would change so many things in the 129 previous issues. Yes, Kirkman is a good writer but this could be where he jumps the shark, you never know.

  67. J. Moore August 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Total fake out on the talking zombies. No way. To quote Magna, “…not buying it”.

  68. Chris Bigger August 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Not a bad read I was really expecting more from Negan. I know he has something plotted out. The whole talking walkers thing not really buying it. It has got to be someone walking with the walkers all blended in because talking walkers just won’t work. Walking with walkers sounds like a romantic comedy coming out this fall on AMC. Heck I guess i would watch it. Then right after that would be the walker whisperer.

  69. Kiernan August 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    “Fuck.” -Negan finding out the zombies can talk.

  70. Elden Nielson August 13, 2014 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Hahaha. First, Chris Hardwick. Now, issue #130. #talkingdead

    I’m sure just the ramblings of a crazy man, but this would be quite the development. I’m guessing there were some of the living amongst that horde. Or it could have just been in his head. Way to keep us interested, Mr. Kirkman. Well played.

  71. Stephen Foster August 14, 2014 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Definitely I’m gonna say that it is either bullshit that they are talking and he is crazy, or someone is in the process of turning because I believe they purposefully made it rain so we couldn’t just go “zombie guts”. With either situation I don’t know where to go with the information because either they go after ken/marco (I get them mixed up) who is left behind and either
    A) They find ken/marco or
    B) Find somebody half turned and have to deal with a conscious thinking zombie.

    or they just dismiss it as crazy talk
    I just hope we don’t get another fakeout with Negan and Magna.

  72. Marcus Rocha August 14, 2014 at 1:59 am - Reply

    The best thing in the last issues is by far the father and son relationship among Rick and Carl. It really make us think about “real life drama”. The Walking Dead shows that even in the horror of war (of zombie apocalypse) our nature don’t change that much.

    How about the whistleblowers zombies? It’s possible have people undercover among zombies? Anyway, I bet there’s no great shift in the “nature of walkers” as seen until now.

  73. Jason Thomas August 14, 2014 at 3:48 am - Reply

    Marco is shady ! If I was Ken I sure wouldn’t be his friend anymore . Well Marco made it sound like he left him to die not left him to get help . If he left to get help we could still be cool .

  74. Matthew Heasley August 14, 2014 at 4:03 am - Reply

    I asked my boss if I could leave work early so I could get The Walking Dead 130 before the comic shop closed. And he said yes!!!! This comic was totally worth a couple hours of missed wages. The title of this comic says it all! “There Were Whispers And I Was Afraid”.

  75. JW Coombs August 14, 2014 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Not for nothing, but concerning the talking zombies. At the SDCC 2014 TWD Comic panel; Kirkman mentions that he will be revealing some big details of the mythology of the series and the zombies; he said that there will be a lot of “strangeness” in arcs to come. He gave us a little tidbit concerning the strangeness–“There appears to be a wounded zombie found by the gang, which is strange because they don’t usually respond to pain…..and that’s where I’ll leave that.”

    Food for though; but my money is on the fact that the dead are finally changing. For better or worse, I can’t be sure. But it will definitely shake things up.

    • Bastet August 14, 2014 at 5:44 am - Reply

      With that being said, how does that sit with you….if we have Talkers?

      • JW Coombs August 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

        Me personally, I’m on board with zombie evolution. But not this fast, I mean, these guys are having coherent conversations, and tracking living humans, and searching in an organized manner. That’s too much after five years, if they’re capable of that, they should be using weapons and building shelters as well.

        If you take what we learned in #130; and couple it with that tidbit from the SDCC panel, as well as the #134 cover and tagline; which definitely appears to be the zombie who feels pain, that Kirkman mentioned in the panel. As it appears Jesus was slaying zombies, when he slashed one and it screamed a blood curdling scream, and fell to it’s knees, clutching it’s wounded shoulder and screaming in agony. Hence Jesus’s look of utter shock and disbelief.

        But, I don’t think they’re zombie at all; but this type of feral-zombie-pretender that has been addressed in several other works of zombie fiction. These deranged folks, who’s pysche and every other part of their being was crushed by the events of the outbreak. They lost it, completely slipped their tether, and for one traumatic reason or another, they think “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” is there best bet, and choose to live amongst the dead. The completely assimilate, and regress to a primal, feral state of existence. They even eventually go so far as feeding on human flesh, as that is their only means of sustenance when living as part of a herd. Anything else would cause alarm amongst the actual dead. The ones from World War Z, and other books,(they had a specific name for them, but I can’t remember)would even attack the living just like the actual zombie would. They were so far gone when people found them and tried to rehabilitate them, that they didn’t even remember how to speak. One thing that held true about these people, across all the different novels, was that they were damn creepy. And people struggled to understand their choice, as do I. It was a really cool aspect of the apocalypse, as well all know, a ZA would definitely create some strange circumstances, and completely new things. It was one of those unnerving, skin-crawling abominations manifested by the plague. Also, it’s really not that far fetched at all. I could definitely see Kirkman taking this route; I had hoped we would eventually see some feral children or something; but this is even better if it’s true.

        What do you think??

        • Cassi August 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm - Reply

          I was going to mention the World War Z psychotic break human-zombies too but couldn’t remember what they were called. That occurred to me as a possibility too. I honestly didn’t know that was zombie-lore because my thought was Kirkman wouldn’t do that if it’s been done. But if it’s part of legend he could. I’m still not sold on evolving zombies so I’m more likely to go with the psychotic break zombie-humans.

        • Bastet August 15, 2014 at 7:01 am - Reply

          I think I’d accept a feral human quicker than a reanimated corpse….BUT, we are already in a fictional world of zombies, so anything goes & Kirkman hasn’t disappointed me yet!!

  76. JW Coombs August 14, 2014 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Now were getting to the good stuff! I knew it! I called it back when we got the tag line for this issue. I knew those dead-alive f*cks were going to evolve eventually. It was bound to happen, as long as they stayed “alive”, and kept the numbers in their favor, it was only a matter of time until they began to adapt and regain some cognitive abilities. It was kind of inevitable.(There’s actually this really good series of zombie books by Joe McKinney; where the zombies adapt over time, like the course of a decade or more. There are stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3 zombies, each having more cognitive abilities and capabilities than the next. They can hunt in packs, use decoys, set traps, things like that; albeit rudimentary it makes them exponentially more dangerous. Eventually a stage 4 zombie evolves, and can speak, and even remember his life before becoming infected. The stage 4 also had a sort of mind control over lower stage zombies, making them minions at his disposal. I think it would be cool if they did something along these lines, but different).

    Moving on–I also called it on Magna! LOL I’m glad I was right; and I’m proud of her. I had a feeling it was going to go this way; that they were using this encounter with Negan as a plot device to build trust in Magna. Needless to say, it worked. Now more than ever I agree with the sentiment of Magna being a female Rick. She’s definitely leader material, and now we know she’s got a god head on her shoulder and a good eye for a liar and criminal, and a good nose for bullsh*t. She won’t be manipulated, which is good. Now, I also think Magna will begin to loosen up and trust Rick more, after seeing he’s not some evil tyrant. I think the fact Negan tried to describe him as such with actually cause Magna to think the opposite now; because she knows a lying maniac would try to paint Rick as the opposite of what he truly is. I can’t wait to see how she and her crew begin to fit into the ig picture. I think Kelly could possibly join the ranks of our more badass zombie fighters(eg. Michonne, Jesus, Abe, etc.). Above all, I’m so glad we didn’t have to suffer through some “Negan Rises Again” jailbreak subplot. It would have been tired and redundant.

    It’s funny how quickly Negan dropped his victim act. That along with the “You guys are new right?” line, causes me wonder how many other new comers he’s tried this little dog-and-pony show on? I’m sure many.

    Also, I’m still loving the father-son-dynamic between Rick and Carl. You can tell their bond is strong, unbreakable. Carl apparently has overcome his angst and resentment toward his father, you can tell he understands and respects him now; and there’s nothing Rick could do now to make Carl feel differently. Rick also seem to be overcoming his overprotective behavior toward Carl, as well as his fear of losing him, and he seems to have finally gained a more genuine confidence in his sons abilities and capabilities as a man on his own. I think he finally understands that Carl can hold his own, that he’s not just a man, but a good one. I just wish someone would give the kid a damn melee weapon. It’s time he starts getting up close and personal with the undead. Another thing; what the hell is wrong with Earl Sutton? That broke my heart, and not to mention Carl’s. I don’t care if he was sick of waiting for Carl to ask his father, or if he didn’t think Rick would allow it; either way, when Carl finally showed up for the apprenticeship, Earl Sutton should have dropped Rolland, or whoever else may have been working there like a bad freaking habit. This is the son of Rick Grimes, if he wants to apprentice as a blacksmith, then Sutton should go out of his way to make that happen. Carl seemed pretty upset, and he was going straight for his father. I’d like to think he’ll have Rick go give Sutton a talking to, but Carl will probably just brood, and tell his father he changed his mind and wants to go home immediately. Either way, Earl Sutton, you’re a prick.

    I’m really digging Rick’s celebrity status. He’s literally been raised to the status of legend amongst men. The man, the myth, the legend, every woman wants him, every man wants to be him, every little boy idolizes him. All thanks to Maggie and her “I believe in Rick Grimes”; that was too funny. Rick hazing her for that. That shows that he’s modest and humble, which is good. I wouldn’t have liked a Rick like the one in issue #75 when he was on a power trip and Michonne had to cut him down to size. Something else a though was pretty cool, albeit a minor detail, but Rick actually gave us a reason for his new style. While most of us assumed is was a “getting old” kind of thing, or maybe he was trying to emulate Douglas, or attempting to adopt a more coiffed and “professional” appearance for his new role as apocalyptic politician, it was none of the above. In fact, Rick states that he shaved his head, and grew his beard to try and get some peace. Peace from the growing fame, and celebrity status he had obtained. People swarm him like Justin Beiber at a girl scout convention; even people who had never met him before recognized him by his long blonde hair and burly thick beard. So a change of appearance bought him some temporary anonymity; but it didn’t last long.

    I’m very curious what’s going on with Gregory. When Rick asks Maggie-“How’s Gregory doing these days, anyway?” and she responds-“He’s still the worst”; it makes me wonder what he’s been up to. After his fall, and Maggie’s rise, and then the end of the war, and Rick’s victory, you would think Gregory would have fallen so far that he wouldn’t be in any position to cause anyone any grief. In my opinion, he’s a traitor, a collaborator, he aided and abetted Negan during the war, and should be sharing a cell with the maniac for his war crimes. But, I still wonder what he’s become now. The way Maggie disdainfully refers to him, makes me think he’s become a town drunk of sorts; or some similar sort of harlot, or vagabond, a beggar.

    Something else worth mentioning, was that moment, when Rick admitted how terrified he was of Carl leaving ASZ. In that single panel, that expression on Ricks face, it was very nostalgic for me for some reason. It really took me back to the prison arc, and the times after the prison fell. That look of terror on his face, there was just something about it, Rick hasn’t appeared that shocked or worried in a very long time.

    Apparently the brother Carson chose to not stay together as one happy nerd family at the Hilltop. I have a hard time believing that Carson willingly chose to go back to that hell that was the Sanctuary, even if Negan was dethroned. So it makes me wonder if he was strong armed, I have a feeling Dwight may not be a much better leader of the Saviors than Negan was. Not to mention, a lot of those guys were just flat out mean and unsavory; the repeat offender, career criminal types. Beyond help.

    And last but certainly not least; we had a pleasant and early surprise this month! We thought we weren’t meeting Maggie’s baby until October; but there he was, fast asleep in this issue! And I absolutely love that he is name Hershel! That’s awesome! Also, I have to commend Charlie Adlard for how he drew Hershel, he looks amazingly like both his parents, but like his own individual person at the same time, the resemblance is uncanny. Great work! Can’t wait to watch his story unfold over a long period of time. That little boy is the future of the series, between him and Carl, can’t wait to see how it all turns out down the line. Something that sort of disappointed me was that we only got a mention of Sophia. I wish we could have seen her, but from the way Maggie spoke of her, it seems like she hasn’t gotten much better when it comes to the crazy denial, and helplessness, and all those emotional issues. She’s damaged goods I guess.

    So, all that being said; next month “A Journey Begins”. Can’t wait to see what that means. Also, I’m guessing that talking herd of evolved walkers is heading straight for the Hilltop. That has me extremely worried, because judging by just how thoroughly bugged out Marco was(eye’s bulging out of his head, and clamping the pillow around his head like he could still hear them), I feel like these walkers have more cognitive abilities than just speech alone. They may be organized, and capable of staging a rudimentary strategic attack. Either way; it’s going to get interesting! I’m so glad they decided to go this route; if done right it will be very cool and interesting. Like they said in the Hacks, “Now we’re getting to the good stuff!”

  77. Maniakpt3 August 14, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

    There were people disguised as walkers walking
    amongst the walkers, and that is where the whispering was coming from. Or
    Bastet is right Ken and Marco found some shrooms

  78. Kiernan August 14, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

    My Speculation:
    Zombie 1: *Whispering* Hey, dude?
    Zombie 2: What do you want now?
    Zombie 1: I, uh, I have to pee.
    Zombie 2: Dammit, I think there’s a gas station like 10 miles from here. Just hold it ’til
    Then.
    Zombie 1: Dude, we’re Zombies. We move about 2 Miles per day!
    Zombie 2: Shit. I have to pee, too.

  79. Drew August 14, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

    There is no way that the walkers can suddenly talk now. It was just like last issue where everyone thought that the new people were going to let Neagan out of his cell. Kirkman is just giving us some cheap thrills.

  80. Seanem44 August 14, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Carl needs a new hobby. He’s pissing off the community with crappy animal carvings.
    Negan… gotta love him for trying. And you all thought Magna was bad and about to open Pandora’s box. I’m telling you. She’s good. And they’re going to need her in the battle against the talking-dead.

  81. Glens head August 14, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Did the zombie say loom at the flowers to Ken

  82. Glens head August 14, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply
  83. Michael J. Scoggins August 14, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

    I don’t see why survivors hiding in a zombie horde would risk whispering and betraying their disguise. Perhaps they’ve found a cure and they are recovering zombies?

  84. Mike Davis August 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Magna is too smart to let Negan out but a part of me wanted her to #FreeNegan

  85. marco August 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    WEEKLY RELEASES !!!!! This is my wet dream !

  86. Cassi August 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Finally got my issue today! Freaking phenomenal. Loved seeing baby Hershel. Loved seeing Maggie. Loved seeing Magna call bullshit on Negan. Now to those whispering walkers. Any chance some scientist genius has hooked them up on one a them translator collars like the one they put on the dog, Dug, in the movie Up!? Probably not. Please reply with your best walker collar translation anyway.

  87. Jacob August 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I think Dwight is running with the zombies , and he is the one talking. Or has Michonne gone back to her zombie pet ways ?

  88. brazzers August 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I love how negan tries to fool the newbs and when it fails he acts like nothing happened, and he wants to chat! Damn it!

  89. revenantmedia August 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Here’s my 2 cents. Kirkman isn’t going to have talking walkers. It’s another faction of survivors who use the “Guts” disguise to blend into the herds for safety. We’ve seen this used before in the comics and the tv show.

  90. Carlos Mendoza August 15, 2014 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Jeezz, Magna!!! That was so goddamn close!!!!

  91. ThatEpicBeast U Know August 15, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply
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  94. AJ Leslie August 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I bet there are humans in the herd that Ken and Marco encountered and that they are scoping out the communities in hopes of taking over / destroying them because they are part of a much larger community or even a government operation. I personally believe the whole apocalypse is a scheme set by extra terrestrials in hopes of skimming out the toughest people on the planet in hopes of joining an intergalactic army… but thats just me! 😛

  95. Dylan Daniels August 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    As unbelievably cool as talking zombies are, another still very much cool possibility is that there were an unknown amount of people( at least two from the conversation) who might have been caught off guard by a herd and had nowhere to run, thus giving them no choice but to cover themselves in zombie guts and to join the herd undetected.

  96. Hallvar Jonny August 16, 2014 at 2:23 am - Reply

    I think that the walkers that Marco thought were speaking, may be regular people covered in blood and guts from the walkers or maybe even dressed in dirty clothes and made to really look like walkers. They were probably trying to blend in with a herd or something

  97. bobe94 August 16, 2014 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Talking zombies.. Directly from Michael Jackson’s ”Thriller” video! Ahah

  98. Thewalkerhunter August 16, 2014 at 8:13 am - Reply

    What’s the big deal with this issue, I mean I haven’t read it so can someone explain

  99. Calii Budz August 17, 2014 at 2:49 am - Reply

    i think the talking zombies thing will do good if they dont go into details and leave people guessing. almost like them never revealing where the zombie plague even came from. i thinks its kinda creative. what are they talking bout is the question

  100. Thomas Sidoti August 17, 2014 at 5:20 am - Reply

    After discussing this with Co workers we have came up with a logical conclusion. Not people hiding in the crowd been done. Not using walkers with no arms or jaws been done before. What if he is a MEDIUM but never knew it until now for whatever reason. So he is the only one who hears what he calls whispers.

  101. Bastet August 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    “Hawkward”….. that’s….. a good one….. NOT!!

  102. Bastet August 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I was thinking that maybe, just MAYBE, there are actually aliens walking among the walkers & that’s what Ken & Marco heard! They come to see if they’ve done enough damage with the zombie virus to take over the planet & finally turn it into a Disco Inferno!

  103. @whitegreengray August 19, 2014 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Aw, didn’t get to update the Negan swear jar this issue, which still stands at 534.

  104. Lupienne August 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Ok,my .002 on #130! I tend to get long-winded so tl;dr if you must!

    Just gonna follow the issue..
    The first panel made me laugh; damn, I just love Negan XD Unfortunately
    his dramatic personality really works against him here. He was way
    over the top. ‘Even the sound of his name…it’s…TERRIFYING!’ LOL
    C’mon Negs…
    He did pull off the scared faces quite good though.
    Magna reacted pretty much how I thought she would. I thought it’d be along
    the lines of ‘nice try, buddy’ or she’d simply laugh and leave (she
    seems too serious to laugh). Who knows what the two guys think
    though…? Negan’s dumbfounded expression when she disses his
    Emmy-award winning acting cracked me up all over again. And then they
    just leave! XD
    I think Negan’s words of being ‘mighty lonely’ are the absolute truth,
    and another reason why I think Rick keeping him alive is worse
    punishment than death. Negan is a very extroverted guy, he likes
    attention and even in his spare time he seemed to spend it with the
    wives and it couldn’t ALL have been sexy-time (Dwight said he ‘never
    slept alone’ for instance) And Carl is gone too… Poor lonely
    Negs… 🙁 (And if you examine his cell, he doesn’t appear to even have books, pencil and paper or anything at all to pass the time.)
    As for Magna’s claim of ‘knowing when someone is lying’… ehh. Why
    didn’t she believe Rick then? I am curious to know when and where she
    witnessed horrific torture or whether she was tortured herself…
    I was a little sad there wasn’t more to the Negan conversation. I do think Magna should’ve at least asked what he was in prison for, after all she would ‘know’ if he was lying about it, right? I’d be curious as to what could get someone locked up forever, especially in a world where killing is almost a fact of life.

    Ok…the talkie walkies! Heh. I’m not sure what to think. I really don’t think
    the Walkers are talking. I’m leaning more towards the ‘people
    camouflaged as Walkers’ idea. The speech was kind of ‘dumb’ sounding,
    but it could be just people using as few words as possible or Marco
    not hearing correctly. As to whether Ken heard it too…I’m not
    sure… he looked scared…but there was a shit-ton of Walkers above
    them too XD

    Someone mentioned feral people acting like Walkers and I really like that
    idea. I would be cool with something like that. I was also
    thinking…couldn’t there be some people out there who are immune to
    the Walker fever?? As long as they didn’t get devoured, they could
    travel amongst Walkers without worrying about the occasional bite. OR
    even… what if there is something the Walkers SMELL in living
    humans… like..they SMELL the virus and they’re attracted to it?
    (There are dogs being trained to smell cancer in humans!) And what if the
    immune people don’t smell to Walkers, and as long as they are quiet
    enough they can hang around Walkers all day if they wanted? Or
    Walkers aren’t even interested in them at all even with noise? Hmm…

    Did Carl really not wash his hands? The mystery will never be solved…
    I wonder if Carl could wear a glass eye. Then again, those things are
    creepy.

    Does the Hilltop have a gate or is it just open like that? Yikes. They
    still got their spear-men, I see.
    Rick’s celebrity treatment was funny, but it seems kind of crazy that it’s
    still going on after 2+ years XD I guess people like their
    celebrities, even in the post-apocalyptic world. I do hope this means
    Rick goes back to his sexy long-hair and stubble again. PLEASE? 😛

    I wanna see Gregory…hahaha. But he should be in Alexandria on
    Negan-shit-bucket duty! LOL

    BABY HERSHEL AWWWWWW! Little Hershey kiss! 😀 <– Wow, that was unforgivably corny.

    Carl's boar kind of looked like a hippo?
    Carl was pretty upset about there being an apprentice already; but I don't
    see why Earl can't have two. Also, did Earl even know Carl wanted to
    be his apprentice, or was this something Carl (or Earl) mentioned in
    passing? When Earl asked 'how long are you here for?' he obviously
    didn't think Carl would be staying. Maybe Carl just assumed he could
    get the gig because he and Earl got along well and Earl helped him
    with his carving.
    Also, some people have been saying Carl is going to kill the Rolland kid?
    Wha…? Maybe if he's following his buddy Negan's advice…XD ('why not just kill
    him and take the fuck over?' :P)

    Nice to see the title finally connecting with the issue. Oh, and the Hilltop doctor is still around! Yay. Doctors seem to die left and right in TWD! 😛
    As always, looking forward to the next.

  105. Lupienne August 20, 2014 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    ‘Nother post because this rant is a little off-topic. But it WAS inspired by
    Letter Hacks! There was a letter that mentioned Dwight and Sherry,
    and whether or not they’re back together. I’m curious to know too.
    And it also mentioned Negan’s other wives; ‘they turned their backs
    on their husbands and children’. Now this is something that kind of
    peeves me because it seems everyone assumes this…

    Why does everyone think ALL of Negan’s wives had significant others?? We
    know for a fact that Sherry and Amber did, but we know absolutely
    nothing of the other three (or more), not even their names. It’s like
    some dumb S.A.T analogy; ‘All wives are women; therefore all women
    are wives’. Answer: FALSE. XD

    I personally can see many of them being single. They want protection
    from the other Saviors, or the easy life, or maybe they’re attracted
    to men of power and influence (as Negan is in his twisted little
    world) or they were simply scared/bullied into it. I could see a
    woman like Comic-Carol jumping at the chance to be a wife…she was
    desperate to belong, to feel protected and a sense of love even if it
    meant giving herself sexually to others (ie: Tyreese, Lori, Rick,
    Billy…)

    Minor rant done! I would LOVE to know more on the whole wives thing,
    really. The whole Savior community actually really intrigues me but
    we didn’t see much into it unfortunately.

  106. Bastet August 21, 2014 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Cassi….Cheryl Anne….LOOK!!! Dude looks like our man, Big Time:

  107. Zane August 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Touching on the “broken english” concept: has anyone else thought there could be small children hiding among the walkers?

  108. Brett Davis August 24, 2014 at 4:51 am - Reply
  109. ApexofVortex August 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I think he was delirious and hearing things. I really hope he was. If we get a Big Daddy scenario going on with talking zombies that can coordinate and show intelligence. you can tell Kirkman I’m done with his book. For real, Land of the Dead was shit. I don’t see how talking zombies can be “cool” as a number of comments have said. That is not cool! It is bad and