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The Walking Dead Book Club | Spoiler Discussion of “Knots Untie”

Rick Grimes, moments after killing Ethan in front of the Hilltop community

Rick Grimes, moments after killing Ethan in front of the Hilltop community

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WARNING: Spoilers from the WALKING DEAD comic books, and potentially TV show, are ahead!

Welcome to the WALKING DEAD BOOK CLUB podcast! This is the place to talk about the story of Walking Dead from the perspective of people who have also read the Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard comics on which the show is based.

In their third episode, hosts Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Jessica Liese (@HaymakerHattie) talk about “Knots Untie,” the premiere of the Hilltop Community and the first major step toward Negan since the midseason premiere. They discuss all the uncanny similarities between the comics and the show in season six’s eleventh episode, from the spitting image of the Hilltop to the nearly beat-by-beat brawl between Rick and Ethan in front of the other Hilltop survivors, and much more.

Links from the Show: | “They Shoot ‘The Walking Dead’ In My Town”

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  • I like the new media player on this one. the old one was kind of hard to adjust volume.

  • Pink Pearl

    I did some digging and it turns out the Hilltop buildings were built entirely from scratch on a set — in fact, it’s on the same set that used to house the prison.

    • Katrice Renee

      Right! No need to dig for info. The AMC website has a whole video about how they built it and how it’s a full functioning town. Everything is real, the plants are growing real food and the blacksmith could really make weapons there. That’s why I love to listen to posts how recaps, but I have to watch talking dead and the inside trailers to really understand what the show is telling us and what’s happening from their point of view.

  • HomerBrannon1

    Glenn is gone. It’s far more of a dramatic death with a wife and child on the way. Daryl dying would shock the audience, but I bet most of the characters assumed Daryl would die a brutal death at some point.

    • sonya

      Daryl will be the last man standing according to Beth.

  • Lance Davis

    SPOILER WARNING BEWARE: It looks like there was a leaked preview/recap for the Episode 13 opening from the channel Fox Netherlands, where we get a BIG nugget of information towards the end of this teaser. Here is the link if you want to watch it at your own peril…

  • Craig

    I don’t want to listen to this for fear of being spoiled but I was wondering if I could get the answer to just this question. Is Craig in the comics, and is he a good character. I really need the answer to this Josh and Jess. Craig’s are never portrayed well on television. They are either the nerds that even the nerds don’t like, or were the jocks that nobody likes, and since there has never been Craig’s on Survivor, TAR, Big Brother, or Big Brother Canada I really need this Craig to be a cool Craig. I need this Josh and Jess!

    • Pink Pearl

      No, there’s no Craig in the comix. Sorry!

  • David Alexander

    Please do an MSR about POI on PSR.

  • Reynaldo Hernandez Aponte

    Did the show just yada yada, what happens to Glenn by having Jesus describe what happened to their friend who was killed in front of them?

  • sonya

    The action scenes are sometimes directly mined from the comics but the characters aren’t. They can go anywhere and be composites of others characters so you can be weeded to the comics for clues. Carol is getting the bat. Richonne know each other. They live with each other and have shared some deep emotional stuff except for Michonne having a child. No awkwardness. These are two equals, two adults. It’s not a twentysomething coupling. This is after the end of the world. People are making conscious decisions.