Author: Brennan Dube

Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2019

Brennan Dubé | @BrennanForFilms

While still taking into account each movie’s potential in the money-making department, to compile these five films I looked past just dollar signs and also looked at their potential in terms of award-winning capability, nostalgia, and the huge upside if these films turn out to be great!

5. Captain Marvel

Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Main Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Jude Law

‘Captain Marvel’ is the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will come out on March 8th of 2019. The film holds a budget of $150 million dollars and will definitely be a spectacle on the screen. Brie Larson stars as lead in the movie and this will mark the first time a female character will play the sole lead in an MCU movie. This is significant as it will be a great test for the untitled ‘Black Widow’ movie and may potentially open a door for Marvel. We were initially aware of the film during the post-credits scene in ‘Infinity War’ which foreshadowed her arrival. The film is said to be an origin story and will take place in the 1990s.

4. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Main Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning

Director Quentin Tarantino is back, this time with ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’ The film is a mystery-crime movie centered around the Manson family murders which occurred in August of 1969. The film is sure to have its own flair and with an incredible cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, this film has enough intrigue already! The film is set for release on July 26th of 2019. The film definitely has award-winning potential as Tarantino has had great past success with almost every single one of his films having been at least nominated for an Academy Award.

3. Glass

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Main Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy

When this trailer dropped several months ago it sent the internet in a frenzy. This movie has a downside and a massive upside. The film will act as a sequel to Shyamalan’s critically acclaimed films, ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split.’ ‘Glass’ has the potential to be Shyamalan’s huge comeback, with an excellent cast this film definitely has award-winning potential if everything is conveyed perfectly. The movie has the capability to be eerily unique and twisted, as well as artistically astounding. If Jackson, Willis, and McAvoy all hit home runs, this could be one for the absolute ages.

2. The Lion King 

Director: Jon Favreau 

Main Cast: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen

Disney’s live-action remakes continue in 2019 with ‘The Lion King’ highlighting them all. Some skeptics may doubt the necessity of live-action remakes but with the star-studded cast and the same director that brought us ‘The Jungle Book’ (2016), this film is surely going to be a hit. The trailer garnered record-breaking views for Disney on YouTube and will definitely be a massive hit at the box office next summer. The film is set for release on July 19th, 2019.

1. Avengers: Endgame

Director: Antony Russo and Joe Russo

Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson

When ‘Infinity War’ came out it was more than a superhero movie, more than just a blockbuster. It was an experience. Massive amounts of people went to see it, it was the talk of the internet for weeks following and it ended up grossing over $2 billion worldwide, only the fourth movie to do so. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is set for release April 26th. For starters, the ‘Endgame’ trailer broke the record for being the most viewed trailer on YouTube 24 hours after release with 289 million views. This film will extend that experience and give us the answers we so desperately crave after ‘Infinity War.’ The entire globe plans on seeing this and that is why it is the most anticipated film of 2019!


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Clint Eastwood: Actor, Director, Musician, Politician, and Libertarian

By Brennan Dubé | @BrennanForFilms

Clint Eastwood Jr. was born May 31st, 1930 in San Francisco and his life journey has been remarkable. He will go down as one of Hollywood’s greatest legends and has been in films in each of the last 7 decades. Some of his best hits include films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz, Million Dollar Baby, and Gran Torino, also having directed the latter two. In addition to his 50 plus directorial credits, Eastwood has also directed over 30 films and has won several Academy Awards including Best Director on two separate occasions.

He is a man that has interests that often span across all spectrums of life. When Clint wants to get involved, he does. Throughout his acting and movie-making career, Eastwood pursued one of his biggest life interest. Music. Clint Eastwood did some work in music in his early career but as continuous success mounted Eastwood saw furthered opportunities to advance his career in the field. Eastwood began composing and in the 2007 film Grace is Gone, Eastwood got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Eastwood has a cemented legacy in America and will forever be remembered for what he has done in Hollywood, but some may not realize just how political Clint Eastwood was.

He didn’t pull an Arnold Schwarzenegger and run for governor, but Clint Eastwood was a very passionate ideological follower of politics and his roots lie in Libertarianism. After being a member of the Republican party from 1952-1974, Eastwood became an Independent and stayed as one until 1997. Following the 23 years as an Independent, Eastwood then registered as a Libertarian and has apparently been one ever since; he confirmed he was a registered party member in 2009. In a 2004 interview with USA Today, Eastwood stated he wasn’t conservative nor ultra-left winged, but more so libertarian. Eastwood went on to state his life-long belief in leaving everyone alone. On an Ellen interview in 2012, Eastwood reaffirmed his idealistic position in stating his firm belief in social liberalism and fiscal responsibility. Now his rhetoric doesn’t just stay put at just rhetoric, Eastwood has actually held public office before. Eastwood served as Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 1986-1988 and sat on the California State Park and Recreation Commission.

Some other celebrities who identify as Libertarians are, actor Vince Vaughn, former WWE wrestler Kane (Glenn Jacobs), Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, actor Kurt Russell, and American Idol Star Kelly Clarkson.

Clint Eastwood’s most recent film: The Mule, opened up in theatres on December 14thand it follows the true story of the eldest known drug mule in history. Clint Eastwood not only plays the mule but also directs the film. This is his first lead acting role since his supposed retirement in 2012 after he played the lead in Trouble with the Curve. Check out my review of The Mule here.


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How Canada’s Shifting Political Climate Will Impact its Parties

By Brennan Dubé | Canada

The Conservative Party of Canada

Result Last Election

After nine years in power in Canada, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were ousted from power and were relegated to second place with 99/338 seats (down from 166 in 2015).

Where They Stand Now

Party leader Andrew Scheer has taken steps towards speaking out against Trudeau’s Liberal government but many brand him as Harper 2.0. This has proven to hinder his ability to form his own identity within the mainstream realm of Canadian politics. The Conservatives are currently trailing Trudeau’s Liberal party in the polls, but only by single digits, and a lot can happen in the next 10 months.

How They Can Capitalize

All across Canada, Liberal provincial governments are collapsing and if this can translate, the federal Conservatives should see this as a positive. In June of this past year, the Ontario Liberals were decimated in Ontario and the Progressive Conservatives took power for the first time in 15 years. Not only did the provincial Liberals lose, but they also fell to third place in the provincial legislature as they now hold a mere 7 seats.

In comparison, the Progressive Conservatives won 76 seats, the New Democratic Party (more left-wing than the Liberals) won 40 seats and the Ontario Green party won their first ever seat in Ontario. In late September, the provincial Liberals in New Brunswick lost control of their previous majority government despite pollsters placing their odds to win at over 80%. The Conservatives beating the Liberals in New Brunswick was very eye-opening as it is commonly known as a Liberal stronghold when it comes to national elections.

Quebec is a place where Liberals have held power in the provincial government 13 of the last 15 years also, but in October the right-wing party, Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ), which was only formed in 2011, ended up winning a landslide majority against the Liberals. The CAQ took 74 seats, surpassing the 63 needed for a majority. The Liberals only managed to secure 31 seats, and a far-left party named Quebec Solidaire more than doubled its support from the last election and took 10 seats, tying for third with Parti Quebecois. This win for a conservative party in Quebec meant that a province which has been known to lean Liberal may now be up for grabs in 2019.

The Quebecers are against mass-immigration and have shown much reluctance to be accepting towards the Syrian refugees the Trudeau government has brought in over the past few years. Quebec has been a place that has posed many challenges for Conservatives in the past. If they are able to be more successful there, as well as in other areas like Ontario and New Brunswick where they have seen recent provincial level success, they can surely be competitive with the Liberals come election time.

The Liberal Party of Canada

Result Last Election

Following decimation in the 2011 election and for the first time ever a relegation to third place, the Liberals rebuilt in record time and by the time 2015 rolled around Justin Trudeau led the Liberal party to a majority government securing 184/338 seats.

Where They Stand

Despite approval ratings hovering around 40% and people on the left and right criticizing Trudeau and the Liberal government, they still manage to look like favorites early on heading into next October’s election.

How They Can Capitalize

Despite circumstances looking so poor for the Liberals, they look great. But how could that possibly be? On the negative end of things, the Liberals now face opposition from almost every province in Canada. Since being elected and forming government federally in 2015, the Liberals have lost leadership provincial in four provinces (British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick). Currently, no province from British Columbia to Quebec holds a Liberal government.

Moreover, Trudeau and the party have faced much criticism from both the right and the left-wing parties in Canada. The far-left New Democratic party has come out very hard against Trudeau criticizing the government’s recent tax cuts for major corporations and their decision in overriding the Canada postal service agency and forcing them back to work following a major strike. On the right, however, Trudeau has seen constant attacks from the Conservatives who are often critical of the Liberals every decision on social matters and carbon tax policy.

So how, despite the hate from both flanks, is the Liberal party still leading by 5-7 percentage points in most polls? The New Democratic Party is completely falling apart and new leader Jagmeet Singh (who does not hold a seat in the House of Commons), has not been able to reignite the New Democratic party’s energy that they had when they became the official opposition party in 2011. Even he has doubts about next year and many party operatives expect the party to get rocked in 2019, some even predicting they will lose half of their seats.

The Green party may benefit from some lost NDP support, but the Liberals will certainly benefit. The elephant in the room on the right end of the spectrum is Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada. The party is only a few months old but already has signed up over 35,000 members and has formed electoral district associations in 260 of Canada’s 338 ridings. Bernier’s plan to run People’s Party candidates in all 338 ridings is well on pace. If Bernier is able to get on the debate stage then the People’s Party will definitely continue its boom in support and continue to siphon off Conservative voters. The Liberals will potentially continue to benefit from the growth of the party and can be hopeful about their chances for re-election in 2019.

Another factor for the Liberals is Trump. Whenever Trudeau and Trump had their back-and-forth regarding trade over the summer the Canadian people felt a little more unified than usual, and Trudeau saw his approval ratings tick up. The more Trudeau looks like the leader to take on Trump the better for the Liberals as it makes Scheer and the Conservatives seem completely irrelevant.

The New Democratic Party of Canada

Result Last Election

Following their first ever 100 seat performance in 2011 when they became the official opposition securing 103 seats, the tragic death of party leader Jack Layton put them in rebuild mode. Liberals took much of their support in 2015 and the New Democrats fell to third place, as they won 44/338 seats.

Where They Stand

Current leader Jagmeet Singh is facing dark times as a leader. The party sits 20-25% behind the Conservatives and Liberals in most polls and some analysts believe the party will lose half its seats in the fall election. If the party wants to turn itself around in time for October, they must return to relevancy and change the narrative.

How They Can Capitalize

It was not even 8 years ago that Jack Layton led an orange wave across Canada that resulted in the Liberals falling out of the top two for the first time in Canadian history and it saw the New Democrats form official opposition for the first time in the parties 50-year history. A lot has changed in those 8 years, but not all hope is lost for the New Democrats.

Jagmeet Singh is youthful and when he was first elected as leader many thought he could rejuvenate the New Democrats, and he still can. Firstly, Singh must win his by-election which is taking place early in the new year. After this, he must lead the party back into the national discussion. He should take on Bernier, take on Scheer, take on Trudeau and take staunch stances against the Liberals to prove that his party is truly for progressives and hard leftists.

The People’s Party of Canada

Result Last Election

The party was announced by its leader and only elected official, Maxime Bernier, on September 14th, 2018.

Where They Stand

Former Conservative party leadership candidate Maxime Bernier decided to part ways with the Conservatives in August, citing the party was too ‘intellectually and morally corrupt’ to be reformed. Since September, the People’s Party has signed up a significant 35,000 members (15% of total Conservative party membership) and so far, have set up electoral district associations in 260 ridings. Bernier plans to have the party run candidates in all 338 ridings in 2019.

How They Can Capitalize

Bernier, the libertarian-leaning conservative who has sat in the House of Commons as a Member of Parliament since 2006, decided to start this party on the basis of forming a true conservative alternative to Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. Since its formation, the People’s party has not seen any other sitting elected officials join in, but this could be a good thing for what Bernier is trying to do. He stated that the party will use smart populism, and the rise of populist parties all across the globe as of late may give way for Bernier to pick up considerable support next fall.

Without any other elected officials joining the party Bernier truly looks like an outsider, and outsiders are becoming more and more successful in the age of anti-elitist election politics. While it is very unlikely that Bernier will win in 2019, the party has the potential to do some damage and become mainstream in Canada. To actually win a considerable amount of seats, Bernier must target more than disenfranchised Conservatives. The party needs to target independents and uninspired New Democrats if it wants to broaden its base and survive past 2019. The potential is there, the execution is what will await us.

The Green Party of Canada

Result Last Election

The federal Green party won a single seat last election marking the second time they ever did that. Elizabeth May and the Green party hope to win more seats in 2019.

Where They Stand

The Green party has always been significant in Canada, but never have they been so significant that they dictate hot topics during elections or challenge other parties for the government. They constantly get 3-4% of the popular vote federally while winning one seat each of the last two elections. Things may be changing: in 2017 the British Columbia Green party won 3/87 seats, which was good enough for third place.

They also managed to garner 16.8% of the popular vote in their provincial election. The 3 seats proved to be pivotal as the B.C NDP’s formed a coalition government with the Greens as they needed the Greens 3 seats added with their own to topple the Liberal government. This was huge for the Greens as they demanded hefty policy proposals before agreeing with the B.C New Democrats to merge to oust the Liberals.

In other provinces, the Greens have made major advances as well. In the Ontario election in June, the Greens won their first seat in provincial history in Ontario. In New Brunswick’s election in September, the Greens managed to win 3/49 seats and tally up 12% of the popular vote. Those 3 seats were the most they have ever gotten in New Brunswick history and it is important as it ended up resulting in the Liberals losing the election to the New Brunswick Conservatives. Also, in the province of Prince Edward Island (which is due for a provincial election next fall), the provincial Green party is leading the pack in the polls. While their lead in the polls is slim and still well within the margin of error with the Liberals, this is incredibly significant.

How They Can Capitalize

If the Green party of Canada can copy success from its provincial parties it can definitely make a splash and party history in 2019. Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have been criticized by many progressives for not sticking to his hardcore liberal promises he made on the trail in 2015. If some of these progressives decide to throw their vote to the Greens as a protest then the Green party will see significant boosts.

The party is seemingly getting smarter with how it campaigns as well, and the Greens will be very regionally focused in 2019. To ensure winning more than just one seat the party will focus much of its advertising and campaigning in areas where provincial parties have done well. If this strategy pays off then the Greens can surely win a handful of seats and stun the Canadian political establishment come October next year.

The Bloc Quebecois Party of Canada

Result Last Election

The Quebec separatist party managed to win 10 seats in 2015, which is one of its lowest ever since formation in 1991. Quebec has a total of 75 seats, and the Bloc Quebecois famously only fields candidates in these 75 ridings.

Where They Stand

Currently, the party is in a state of destruction. In 2015, the party won 10 seats and its leader Gilles Duceppe stepped down. Since the 2015 election, the party has gone through massive turmoil. In February of this year, 7 of the 10 Bloc Quebecois MPs quit the party, citing disagreements with the leadership style of new party leader, Martine Ouellet.

Following this, those 7 MPs formed a new party, the Quebec Debout. Since then, party leader Ouellet has stepped down and the short-lived Quebec Debout dissolved as the MP’s all rejoined the Bloc Quebecois. As things stand right now, the Bloc Quebecois do not know who their leader will be for the election in October, they are set to decide upon a new leader in February. This will be their fifth leader since 2011.

How They Can Capitalize

The odds are against the Bloc Quebecois, and if the leader that gets elected in February is divisive, this party will be in danger of potentially losing every single seat they currently have come election day. The first step will be to unify the party in October. The next step needs to be taking strong stances against the Liberals and Conservatives. If the Bloc Quebecois can translate an image to its base that no other major party is listening to Quebecers, then they can broaden their base and bounce back in October.


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Disney Will Break the Bank and Drain Your Wallet in 2019

By Brennan Dube | @Brennan_Dube71R

Disney has always been a successful studio. It has often branded itself through the heart of a child in terms of things little girls and boys love even when they grow up, whether it be Disney Princesses or Mickey Mouse. Over the last several years, however, Disney has not just been an insanely successful studio. It has also built a machine that has made it the most successful studio in the history of film, and 2019 will be the year Disney completes its takeover of the industry.

Disney owns a surplus of other film studios such as Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel and 20th Century Fox (this $71 billion-dollar purchase happened earlier this year). By owning these widely successful studios, Disney is able to expand its scope of the film industry. Pumping out franchises like The Avengers or Star Wars, they add to Disney classics that are still popular today. This machine that Disney has built over the past several years will come into full swing in 2019 as many of its great animated classics will get a live-action remake. Moreover, some of the greatest sci-fi franchises are entering a year that will forever change their paths. All of this lining up in 2019 means Disney will capitalize on the year like never before.

Marvel and Star Wars

Let’s break it down. Infinity War saw tremendous success this year and marched its way toward being the fourth highest grossing film of all time with tons of fan and critics praise. The film ended on a cliffhanger and the sequel drops on May 3, 2019. Also, Captain Marvel hits theatres March 8th and the sequel to the Tom Holland led Spider-Man film drops in July of next year. That is three mega Marvel movies all coming out in 2019. In other words, Disney will be looking at a full wallet.

Moving forward from this, despite the box office bomb that was Solo, the Star Wars saga will continue to dominate the screens when the 9th film in the main series and the end of this trilogy hits theatres in December of next year. Ignoring Solo, the other three Disney-released Star Wars films have all smashed the 1-billion-dollar mark. In fact, The Force Awakens is the third highest grossing film of all time. Expect Star Wars IX, directed by J.J Abrams, to be another huge sensation.

Disney Live-Action Adaptations

Riding off the success of the live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, Disney has decided to release a whole slew of live-action versions of their classic hits in 2019. The first, Dumbo, will release in March. The movie has received considerable praise for its early trailers and A-list cast. The next film is the live-action adaptation of Aladdin, which will land in May. Finally, in terms of live-action adaptations of Disney animated classics, The Lion King will also have its film hit the big screens in 2019 as it is slated for a summer release. The trailer dropped just last week and already has over 50 million views on Walt Disney Studio’s YouTube channel.

While there are a few out there that are not big fans of the live-action adaptations, viewing them as cheap, tacky or just plain old money grabs, the films will have undeniable success. The live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, which came out in 2016, earned just shy of a billion dollars. In addition, the Beauty and the Beast adaption garnered over $1.26 billion in earnings when it came out in March of 2017. Even Maleficent (a live-action take on Sleeping Beauty) earned over $700 million when it came out in 2014, despite scathing reviews.

A Multigenerational Effect?

It’s safe to say that these three films will be major successes based on nostalgia alone. Kids that went to see these films originally may now be taking their kids. Not to mention, they also may take their parents who took them to see these originals.

Live-action adaptations of absolutely classic films like The Lion King are a way to artistically revamp the story and tap into the generational nostalgia, which will guarantee a boatload of cash. If these films follow the success of The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, which early tracking shows they might, they could earn up to a combined $3 billion dollars. Even that estimate may be conservative, depending on who you ask.

Pixar will also release a film next year, the fourth installment to a familiar franchise that involves talking toys. Yes, that’s right: Toy Story 4 is coming out in June of next year. If it is anything like Toy Story 3 in terms of success, it will gross a lot of money. Toy Story 4 comes at a perfect time, ten years after the last film. When Toy Story 3 came out in 2009, it seemingly came out at a perfect time as well; the kids that adored the first two were grown up, with older kids perhaps having their own. Ten years after Toy Story 2, the third movie grossed a little over $1 billion at the box office. Toy Story 4 can definitely do the same, if not maybe even better.

Taking It Home: Frozen 2

That isn’t it, however. In terms of animation, Disney will also be releasing a highly anticipated sequel to Frozen. When Frozen came out in 2013, it didn’t only lead to an onslaught of catchy songs, but also several trips to the theatres. Frozen ended up being the highest grossing animated film of all time with total earnings at $1.29 billion dollars. Frozen 2 will come six years after its predecessor and if the success of the first is any measure, it definitely has potential to make a huge box office take.

2019 is going to be an epic year for movies and an absolutely golden one for Disney. The only question is, will fans be coming out to see these movies again and again? Will the average family make a trip to the theaters for all three live-action Disney classic adaptions, as well as Toy Story 4 in between?

I think it’s safe to say there’s a potential for a film to take a hit due to the sheer number of them due for release. I predict Dumbo, if any, will take this hit; Aladdin, Toy Story, and The Lion King seem to have nostalgic ties to more people. However, Dumbo will be the first film to release of those films listed. This is a smart release slot and the best move Disney could have made regarding their scheduling.

The Disney takeover is almost complete; in 2019, Disney will take in record numbers from moviegoers. Let’s just hope these films deliver in giving us the perfect dose of nostalgia, fresh feeling and quality that I believe we all want to see.


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The Walking Dead’s Ninth Season Has Returned the Show to Its Previous Level of Greatness

Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

AMC’s The Walking Dead just finished the first half of its ninth season and I can safely say this show is back to being great. It is no secret, seasons 7 and 8 received mixed reviews and were met with much dissatisfaction from many fans, and ratings saw a significant dip. While Jeffrey Dean Morgan offered an entertaining portrayal of Negan in those seasons, the overall writing and premise of the show lost its touch, and more importantly its charisma. I have been a fan of this show since I began watching it live in the fourth season after binging the first three… over six years ago. This show at one point was the biggest thing in TV pop-culture in North America, and while it still enjoys a great deal of success across the World, it has slightly lost touch here in North America with the last two seasons. I try to refrain from discussing TV too often as it is a World that is much more difficult to follow than film, but I must share my thoughts and continue to echo the message that is becoming louder and more consistent among the fan base and the average TV critic, this show is back to being great. New showrunner Angela Kang took the helm of this season and was faced with great difficulty regarding many complications leading up to it. The team promised a fresher season, it promised a better season and so far halfway through they have not failed to deliver on those promises. This is the first time in a long time that I can safely say that The Walking Dead has delivered eight, at the very least good, episodes to open up a season. Even in its glory days the show had an episode or two in the first half that dragged but with season 9 that is just not the case. What made the last two seasons hurt was how the writers developed the characters, or lack thereof. Season 9 takes fans back to the roots, what made this show great, and that is meaningful drama between the characters we root for. The show has really done a tremendous job this season at making characters who fell dry the last few seasons feel fresh, revitalized and absolutely more fun to watch. There is real development again, there is real thrill again and the new characters and arcs that have been introduced this season are all landing smoothly with great success. While this show still after nine years remains to be AMC’s number one show, it’s clear it probably won’t get back to the glory days when it was number one everywhere (ratings wise, that is), but this show is back in terms of quality and intrigue. I keep telling myself after every episode this season just how fresh that feels and I am officially hooked again.The Walking Dead has taken risks, managed to juggle many complications off screen, and introduce new characters that are interesting while still finding ways to freshen up the characters we know and love this season, and I applaud them for making it a success, so far. So, all I’m saying is this, if you are a past viewer, one who has turned it off, or one who just can’t seem to find the time to commit, give it a chance again… I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. The second half of AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 will premiere Sunday, February 10that 9pm EST.


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