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3 Things In The Walking Dead’s “Self Help” That Just Didn’t Work

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The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’ was one of the most anticipated episodes of the season, due to the fact that many fans—rightfully—believed it would be the episode when the build-up around the character of Eugene paid off. As it turns out, Eugene—like his comic book counterpart—was lying about having a cure for the virus and had led the group across state lines for absolutely nothing. The episode was a great one, but not everything about the episode really worked. The following are three things that the writers of Self Help could have improved upon!

Why do the characters keep flipping cars?


It’s understandable for the show’s writers to introduce complicates that make it impossible for the group to travel by vehicle all the time. Fuel can easily run out, cars can break down, and accidents can even happen. But it seems that the characters in the Walking Dead just can’t stop flipping cars! In this episode, Abraham flips the bus after taking his eyes off the road for just a moment—in fact, the flipping bus sequence seemed almost exactly like the ridiculous sequence in season 2 where Lori flipped her own car! The writers would have been better off having the bus run out of fuel than causing yet another flipped vehicle scenario.

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Maggie’s lack of self-reflection


It was nice to have Maggie and Eugene in a scene together, but the writers should have used the character’s downtime (such as their banter on the bus) to allow Maggie a moment of self-reflection about the death of her father and her missing sister.

The kills were a little too easy


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The scene where Eugene dispatches with a group of walkers using nothing but a high-pressure fire hose was a great little humorous touch to an otherwise bleak show—but the walkers in this episode seemed a little too easy to kill. So easy, in fact, that many viewers wondered why the group didn’t decide to just plow through the road where the walkers were fenced in! After the bus flipped, the walkers were killed with such skill and speed that it made their potential escape from the situation completely void of tension. It’s normal for the characters to become better at killing walkers, but there needs to still be some element of force behind the walkers for them to be truly threatening.

What did you think about this episode?

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How Carol Went From “Blah” to “Best”

In the first two seasons of the show, few fans could have predicted that Carol—the unassuming wife of an abusive husband—would become one of the most badass characters on the show. Carol is currently one of the most popular characters on the show, in line with Daryl and second only to Rick. But how did Carol go from house wife to butt-kicking anti-hero?

She learned to shoot—and shoot well

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In the beginning, Carol did not really know how to shoot or kill walkers. She was one of the members of the group who had to be protected by the more experienced marksmen such as Rick and Shane. However, the death of Sophia caused a shift in Carol’s personality and made her focus on surviving—and part of surviving in the world of the Walking Dead is knowing how to kill, and how to kill well. Carol learned to shoot, stab and even kill with her own bare hands. This greatly increased not only her asset to the group but her personal inner and out strength as well.

She became the most practical member of the group

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The hope of finding Sophia, to viewers, was the opposite of practical. A young girl roaming in the woods is not a likely candidate for survival in the normal world—much less a world where zombies exist. Yet Carol continued to cling to the hope that Sophia would be found, despite the fact that it wasn’t realistic, and despite the fact that stopping and searching for her was using up resources.62d8e21c50171489002a936036d28e33

After it was discovered that Sophia had long since been a walker, Carol lost that sense of naïve hopefulness and became much more practical. She killed Karen and the others when the flu outbreak occurred, because she believed that killing them would stop the disease from reaching the rest of the group. She did not want to bring back the two young people in town to the prison because they did not have any essential skills to add to the group and would only be two more mouths to feed. And she knew that killing the Terminus man who threatened them was the only way to ensure that he would not get to attack them—or baby Judith. Carol’s practicality has led her to become stronger, and led her to make tough—and sometimes debatable—decisions.

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5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Baxter the Dog

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The Anchorman films would be nothing without Baxter—the loveable, adventurous, and even multi-lingual pet companion of Will Ferrell’s character, Ron Burgandy. The character plays a pivotal role in both films, but how much do you really know about this famous movie dog character? Take a look at the following five things that you (probably!) didn’t know about this comedic movie dog.

Baxter is named after Ted Baxter from the Mary Tyler Moore Show

The writers behind the film decided to name Ron Burgandy’s dog Baxter after the fake newsanchor Ted Baxter from the popular Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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Baxter had to be recast for the sequel

In the original Anchorman film, Baxter was played by a female dog named Peanut. Unfortunately, Peanut passed away in between 2004 and 2013 (her exact date of death is unknown) and the role of Baxter had to be recast. The dog who was newly cast in the role, Quince, is a male.

Quince did not have much experience in acting prior to Anchorman 2

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Although most “movie dogs” have plenty of experiencing and training in the field, Quince was fairly new to the industry. He knew a few basic commands, such as “go” and “walk,” but had to be trained more extensively during filming in ordre to perform the myriad of tricks and actions required of him. The only major experience Quince had prior to Anchorman 2 was performing as the Grinch’s dog in a stage adaptation of the show.

Three dogs were cast as Baxter for Anchorman 2, but only one was needed for the final film

The producers behind the film cast three different dogs as Baxter in order to make sure they would have enough dogs on hand to perform the role. However, Quince picked up his new tricks very quickly and ended up being the only dog to perform in the film.

Quince had to do “press tours” for Anchorman 2

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It’s not just the human actors who have to make appearances for the press! For his role as Baxter in Anchorman 2, Quince the dog was required to make several appearances and even give ‘interviews’ where he barked on cue in response to questions asked by reporters. Quince’s trainer noted that he often got tired towards the end of these interviews and would refuse to answer any more questions.

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