‘Walking Dead’: Here’s What Exactly the Whisperers Just Did

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(MAJOR spoilers ahead for the March 24 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

(No really, we’ve got huge spoilers below)

Wow. With only one episode remaining in season 9, “The Walking Dead” just hit us with one of the biggest emotional bombshells in the history of a series full of them. The Whisperers finally made their big statement, and that statement left a bunch of folks from the Kingdom, Alexandria and Hilltop dead.

In a sequence ripped nearly straight from the pages of the “Walking Dead” comics, Alpha (Samantha Morton) and her Whisperers managed to capture Daryl (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Carol (Melissa McBride) and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), held them captive overnight and then Alpha delivered a speech to Daryl about how the Whisperers can live peacefully alongside the communities so long as they stay out of Whisperer territory. And if they don’t abide by those rules then the Whisperers will sic a massive horde of zombies on them.

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Alpha then notes that they’ve marked the borders of their territory very clearly, and sends Daryl and the others away. And as they head home they encounter said border markings — ten spikes, each with the zombified head of a protagonist character on it.

If you read the “Walking Dead” comics you knew this was coming, though the character involved are completely different on the show — with Daryl taking Rick’s place as the receiver of Alpha’s big speech, and an almost entirely different group of characters being killed off here.

It turned out that Alpha and presumably other members of the Whisperers had infiltrated the trade fair and snatched these folks, with some others being added later when they made a rescue attempt.

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Considering the fact that so many character deaths were revealed so quickly — combined with how some of these folks are either relatively minor figures or have been less prominent this season than in the past — it might be tough to keep track of who all actually died this week. So let’s run down the list of newly murdered characters real quick.

There were three characters who you might consider primary protagonists who were killed: Tara (Alanna Masterson), who has been the leader of Hilltop since Jesus died in the first half of season 9; Henry (Matt Lintz), who has filled Carl’s role from the comics in this plotline thus far; and Enid (Katelyn Nacon), the medic from Hilltop who has been around forever — she was living in Alexandria when Rick’s group moved there.

The next most prominent character killed was Tammy Rose (Brett Butler) from Hilltop — she happens to be the only character killed in this sequence in the comics who also died here on the show.

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Then we have two members of the recently introduced Highwaymen who were helping to keep the roads clear for the Kingdom’s trade fair — Ozzy (Angus Sampson), their leader, and Alek (Jason Kirkpatrick). They, along with the former Savior-turned-Alexandrian DJ (Matt Mangum), had tracked the Whisperers and tried to rescue the folks the Whisperers had kidnapped. That trio obviously did not succeed, and were added to the group of folks to be killed.

The Whisperers also snatched up two of the other teens from Hilltop, Addy (Kelly Mack) and Rodney (Joe Ando-Hirsh). These two, as we’ve seen over the course of season 9 of “The Walking Dead,” have had a bit of a rocky relationship with Henry — though Addy has had a crush on him the whole time.

Last on the list of the dead is Frankie (Elyse DuFour), who you may have forgotten about because she has not been around much this season. Frankie was on of Negan’s wives, introduced back in season 7, who befriended Eugene (Josh McDermitt) when the Saviors captured him. Frankie appeared for the first time this season just last week — she moved to Alexandria after the war with the Saviors — and popped up briefly again in this episode at the trade fair.

That’s one hell of a body count for the Whisperers, and it could have been worse — in the comics, Ezekiel and Rosita were among those whose heads ended up on those spikes, with twelve characters in all being killed by the Whisperers for their crude border marking.

So while this development is devastating, it could have somehow been moreso. It hurts to think about. I’m almost scared to watch next week’s “Walking Dead” season finale after this.

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Does Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Writer/director/producer Jordan Peele made one hell of a splash with his debut “Get Out” back in 2017, and he’s showing off his filmmaking chops once again right now with “Us,” another heady horror flick with a lot to say.

But “Us” is a little bit less straightforward than “Get Out” was, offering up what appears on the surface to be a fairly simple but ingenious twist on the home invasion formula — our protagonist family of four, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, is forced to face off against their own evil doppelgangers. But the further you get into the film, the clearer it becomes that there is so much more going on here than you could have imagined.

So as the credits begin to roll and you’re trying to figure out what it was you just saw, you’re gonna want help from any place you can get it because “Us” really is quite a doozy.

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So you’re probably going to wonder — or hope, as I did — that Peele would bestow “Us” with a stinger or extra scene during or  after the credits that might shed some light on the revelations that the film dropped as it reached its climax. So does “Us” have a mid-credits scene or post-credits scene or anything like that?

While we here at TheWrap would always encourage any and all moviegoers to stick around through the end credits of a film to show some small amount of appreciation for the many, many people that were responsible for bringing whatever you just watched to life, you can rest assured that “Us” does not feature any extra scenes during or after the credits. So if you’ve got to get out of the theater quickly or are in dire need of a visit to the restroom, you can head out knowing that you won’t be missing any extra content or clues to help decipher the film by leaving when the credits start.

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Is Danai Gurira on the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Poster Because Okoye Is the New Black Panther?

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There was an interesting real-world subplot that developed last week when the “Avengers: Endgame” trailer dropped. Marvel Studios also released a poster for the film, and every actor whose character was featured got their name listed at the top, save one: Danai Gurira, who plays the Wakandan warrior Okoye from “Black Panther.”

This bit of info understandably irked some folks — Okoye is a great character and Gurira is awesome in the role. So it made perfect sense to question why her name was left off the top of the poster if her face was important enough to be included on the thing in the first place.

Disney quickly put out an updated version of the post with Gurira’s name on it, and the furor died down as everyone resumed parsing every frame of the “Endgame” trailer for clues to how this whole “Avengers” story is going to end. But I say that the fact that Okoye is even on that poster is a big clue about her importance in this film.

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Her inclusion on the poster is particularly interesting because she is the only character on it who hasn’t been seen at some point in one of the two trailers or the Super Bowl commercial. So why in the world would she be on the poster if she isn’t a key character in the film? The answer, we can’t help but think, is that she actually is a key character.

It’s impossible to guess just how important she will be overall, given how secretive Marvel is being in general about “Avengers: Endgame” and the fact that Gurira has not been featured in any of the leaked set photos that have come out. And, of course, the fact that Marvel has not even really suggested that Okoye will be a key figure in “Endgame” at all.

But, again, there has to be some reason why they would put her on the poster, and I can’t help but think that it’s because Okoye will take up the mantle of the Black Panther after T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes one of the victims of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) deadly finger snap.

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But what does that mean for her involvement in the plot of “Endgame”? She hasn’t been included in any of the team shots from the marketing, but then again neither has Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and there’s no question he’s going to figure in heavily to everything that goes on in the movie. But if I had to guess about the specifics of Okoye’s involvement, I would think that Wakanda would certainly be involved in whatever plan the Avengers eventually cook up since it has by far the best technology on the planet.

Since Shuri (Letitia Wright) is also a victim of Thanos’ snap (she’s listed as one of the missing in the first “Endgame” trailer), our heroes won’t be operating at peak efficiency — but just having those stores of vibranium will no doubt be helpful. And if the Avengers are doing stuff in Wakanda, then Okoye will by extension definitely be around.

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Making any guesses beyond that would be very difficult since we know so little. But you can be sure that Okoye is not the type to want to take advantage of the situation in order to keep her Black Panther powers — T’Challa was her close friend and she, like all our other surviving heroes, will definitely be up for doing whatever it takes to undo the unfathomable damage Thanos caused.

But to find out what exactly “whatever it takes” will involve for Okoye specifically, we’ll probably just have to just watch “Avengers: Endgame” when it hits theaters on April 26. Not long now.

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‘Walking Dead’: We Need to Talk About Jocelyn and Michonne

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(Spoilers ahead for the March 17 episode of “The Walking Dead”)

“The Walking Dead” has not generally spent much time exploring what happened during the six-year time jump that occurred in the first half of this season. I assumed, generally, that we were meant to think that it was relatively uneventful. Aside, of course, from Maggie (Lauren Cohan) leaving Hilltop to go hang out with Georgie (Jayne Atkinson).

But it turned out there was at least one pretty significant event that took place fairly early on in that time period we skipped over, and that incident is the reason why Michonne (Danai Gurira) has been a bit more harsh and cautious than she had been before. Michonne had a nearly catastrophic run-in with an old friend named Jocelyn (Rutina Wesley) while she was pregnant that changed her.

That story was detailed in this week’s episode, which was split between the present narrative and the past. It’s a pretty “Lost”-esque way of fleshing out who Michonne is now, making this episode squarely focused on developing her character over progressing the main plot — the war with the Whisperers didn’t move very far this week.

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Interestingly enough, the character of Jocelyn is original to the show and is not someone who Michonne has mentioned before. She’s not a loose interpretation of a comics character repurposed for this arc. She, and this story, are brand new. It’s a fascinating addition, given what we know about the changes the show already made to Michonne’s story from the comics and the fact that we know she’ll be leaving “The Walking Dead” next year.

Let’s talk about who Jocelyn is for a second. She simply showed up one day at Alexandria, severely injured and babbling about other survivors she needed to save. The Alexandrians take on that rescue duty while Jocelyn recovers, and it turns out that she had been shepherding a bunch of children.

Adding a compelling layer to this story is that Jocelyn was a friend of Michonne’s from college, and thus was someone Michonne felt pretty strongly she could trust. But that didn’t last long. After Jocelyn recovered she would hold sleepovers for the other kids who lived in Alexandria, and one night they stole a bunch of food and sneaked out of town — with the Alexandrian kids, including Judith Grimes.

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The situation ended very poorly, with a pregnant Michonne and Daryl (Norman Reedus) mounting a rescue that ended with Michonne having to kill all the older children under Jocelyn’s care. It turned out that Jocelyn was indoctrinating the kids in a philosophy that was actually pretty similar to that of the Whisperers — you gotta be strong and not soft, trust no one, etc. And the kids worshiped Jocelyn in a very cult-like fashion. But Michonne managed to rescue Judith and the other kids from Alexandria, and also took in some of Jocelyn’s kids. But from then on she was significantly more wary about accepting outsiders, as we’ve seen many times this season since the time skip.

The changes to Michonne’s backstory on “The Walking Dead” show have been largely incidental thus far — she only had one son, instead of two daughters, and that son is very much dead when she first appeared on the show. In the comics, one of Michonne’s daughters ended up at a place the Commonwealth, which is a major plot thread in the next big storyline from the books after the Whisperer War.

Absent that major thread, Michonne sort of naturally becomes expendable in the near term, and this new wrinkle to her personal arc makes her vulnerable because she’s sort of echoing the Rick’s arc before his exit from “The Walking Dead.” A harsh, life-altering situation hardened them before he tried to change for the better — but it was clear that after the war with the Saviors Rick’s worldview did not quite fit with how things really were, and that’s why he knew he had to sacrifice himself.

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Michonne has always been a character that carried a particularly large amount of baggage, with the death of her three-year-old son in the early days of the apocalypse. That detail in particular makes this new story strike a nerve all the more. It appears by the end of this episode that Judith has softened Michonne’s heart a bit, but this story feeds into the instincts that she’s had all along — that she can’t trust anyone and that she has to handle everything herself. With Rick she was able to share the burden a bit, but he’s long gone now. It’s not hard to imagine Michonne reaching her breaking point sooner than later, especially if the creative powers-that-be behind “The Walking Dead” are choosing this moment to reveal this key plot detail.

With her baggage both from the death of her first son and from this incident with Jocelyn, Michonne feels like she’s headed for a similar situation Rick faced — where she finally feels like she knows what direction she and the people in her charge should take but the reality doesn’t really line up.

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10 Major Takeaways From That Super Exciting New ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer

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Here we are, just six weeks away from “Avengers: Endgame.” This is it. This is the climax of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Marvel Studios has blessed us with what we can only assume is the final new trailer we’re going to get for this thing, and our hype levels are at maximum. While of course this trailer is still very light on important details — they’re going to keep this thing as under wraps as possible until it actually hits theaters on April 26 — there are some things we can glean from it. So let’s do that right now.

1. Reflecting on the past

The first large chunk of this trailer is spent reflecting on how the good guys ended up here, with flashbacks to “Iron Man,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” from Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We also get some narration from Peggy Carter that is actually something she said to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) back in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” as well as a shot of Steve carrying Peggy’s casket at her funeral in “Civil War.” And, of course, a few flashes of old heroes who died when Thanos snapped his fingers at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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It follows that “Endgame” will be heavy on that sort of sentiment since it represents the end of the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, and we’re all kind of expecting at least one or two of the main heroes to die before the movie is over. So here’s hoping “Endgame” itself is sentimental in this way as well, instead of this just being a trailer thing.

2. No Thanos

We don’t see Thanos. Nobody mentions Thanos. The Avengers are obviously fighting to undo the thing that Thanos did, but are they going to actually be fighting against Thanos to do it? There’s long been a theory that Thanos will not be the main villain of “Endgame,” though who knows who or what else could be the big bad here. But the fact that Thanos does not get even an indirect shoutout in this trailer will no doubt fuel that theory.

3. This face Rocket makes

There’s not a lot of happiness in this trailer, as mostly we just see folks making sad faces or determined faces or angry faces. But not Rocket (Bradley Cooper). No, in this shot where he’s perched up there on War Machine’s shoulder he looks like he’s excited to ruin somebody’s life. He is HYPED. It’s so nice.

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4. Ant-Man is searching for someone?

There’s this one random shot of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) looking at a light pole that’s been plastered with missing persons posters. Could this be a a glimpse of Ant-Man’s early arc, where he tries to find his family after returning from the Quantum Realm? We do know that Hope Van Dyne, Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym were all victims of the snap at the end of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which was how he himself got stuck down there. Or maybe this scene is just right after he returns to Earth and is learning about what happened for the first time.

5. Hawkeye/Ronin on an exploding space ship?

Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) is no longer just Hawkeye — he’s apparently taken up the mantle of the character Ronin at some point before the main events of “Endgame” get going. And we get some shots of him, alone, in what looks like a big action sequence where he’s running down a hallway away from an explosion. And then, later, in that same hallway wielding his bow.

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The tunnel looks very much like something we’d see in a spaceship, but that’s just a guess since we have no context. But since he’s the only one we see in that environment in this trailer I find this bit very interesting. Perhaps moreso than it actually deserves.

6. Those snazzy white suits

Last year some toy designs leaked that showed some members of the Avengers wearing white uniform suits, and indeed that leak turned out to be legit as we see a bunch of the surviving folks wearing those suits in this trailer. Are these just uniforms, or is there some more practical reason that they’re wearing them? Could they be time travel suits? Suits to allow them to traverse the Quantum Realm? We have more thoughts on this topic here.

7. Steve and Tony are together again!!!!

It’s a small thing because we knew they would reunite in “Endgame,” but after we got through all of “Infinity War” with no scenes of Iron Man and Cap together we’ve been pretty eager to see them get back together. And we finally get to see them share a scene in this trailer, with that part where they’re wearing the white suits.

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8. They might slipping in shots from the end of the movie again

We finally got to see some glimpses of what appears to be a big “Endgame” action sequence, and the location is curious. It’s a totally ravaged landscape, and we see Captain America, Nebula and Rocket and War Machine there. And maybe Ant-Man too, since that bit where’s tiny and pushing a lever looks very aesthetically similar.

I can’t help but wonder, given the precedent set by the “Infinity War” marketing (they literally put Tony Stark mourning Peter Parker in a trailer), if this sequence is from the end of the movie. They’re obviously fighting somebody but we can’t see who it is, and Steve has the angriest look on his face we’ve ever seen. So is Marvel Studios teasing us by sneaking the climactic battle from “Endgame” in this trailer?

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9. Captain Marvel shows up real early in the movie

There’s one bit with Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in this trailer, way at the end. And what I find very interesting about this bit is that we briefly see the back of Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) head, and she’s sporting the same hairstyle she had in “Infinity War.” Whereas in the rest of the trailer she’s back to being a redhead, which means all that other stuff happens later on. This backs up our read that the scene from “Endgame” that Marvel put in “Captain Marvel” as the mid-credits stinger does take place pretty soon after the fight with Thanos.

10. Kate Bishop?

So, uh, a lot of folks seem to think that this trailer is introducing a new hero, one Kate Bishop. This thought is inspired by this shot of Hawkeye seemingly teaching this young girl archery — Kate Bishop in the comics takes on the Hawkeye mantle after Clint dies. So there is reason to believe that’s what’s happening here. But if they’re just casually bringing her in like this, uh, wow, that wild. But, hey, I guess they did just do something similar in “Captain Marvel.”

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Let’s Talk About Why the Avengers Are Wearing Those White Suits in the New ‘Endgame’ Trailer

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So a few months back we spotted some leaked toy designs that indicated that our heroes would be sporting some very future-looking white uniforms in “Avengers: Endgame,” and that leaked turned out to be completely legit as the third trailer for the impending megablockbuster (you can watch it here) ends by showing  most of the surviving Avengers wearing exactly that.

Specifically, we see Captain America (Chris Evans), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) wearing these new suits. It’s particularly notable that Rhodes is actually wearing his War Machine suit, just modified in the styling of the uniforms.

It’s also notable who we don’t see wearing them: Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Bruce Banner aka the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). We have no context for this scene, whether it happens early on or late in the movie, but it’s worth pointing out that in the brief shots we get of our heroes fighting in what looks like a thoroughly war-torn landscape –which feels like a climax-ish situation — none of them are wearing these things.

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Now, you may be tempted to think these uniforms are just an aesthetic choice, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think there’s an actual practical reason for the Avengers to pop these things on, and it involves travel into the Quantum Realm and/or through time.

It’s fairly well known at this point among the nerds that “Avengers: Endgame” will delve into some previously unused fantastical comic book mechanics to try to undo Thanos’ snap that killed half of everyone in the universe — specifically, time travel. And so they would likely need some kind of suit tailored to that use since that kind of thing isn’t an innate ability. Like how Ant-Man has to wear his suit that was specifically made for shrinking and enlarging himself if he wants to, you know, shrink or enlarge himself.

And if the Avengers are going to travel through time, perhaps by using the Quantum Realm as a shortcut (remember that line about a “time vortex” from “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), then it stands to reason that they would need special suits to actually do that.

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But this is all still speculation, of course. Marvel is doing a pretty great job of not giving away anything even while including all these seemingly revealing shots. But that’s par for the course — they literally put Tony Stark crying over Spider-Man’s ash pile in one of the “Infinity War” trailers and nobody was the wiser about it.

So we’ll see. We’re only a month and a half away now. “Avengers: Endgame” lands in theaters, as you probably know, on April 26.

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Marvel Studios has been putting out footage from “Avengers: Endgame” at barely a trickle thus far, with the first trailer and the Super Bowl LIII spot avoiding anything that could resemble action, and the tease at the end of “Captain Marvel” just showing our heroes hanging out at Avengers HQ.

But that trend has finally ended, as this third trailer and fourth look overall at “Avengers: Endgame” finally brings us some action. It’s all out of context and we have no idea what we’re looking at, but nonetheless there’s action.

“Avengers: Endgame” is just that — the endgame of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, bringing us the conclusion of the story that began in earnest in “Marvel’s The Avengers” back in 2012. This new trailer makes a number of nods to that history, opening with clips from the original “Iron Man” movies that started all this off back in 2008 as the present-day Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ponders the path he’s taken that ended with him getting marooned in space in the wake of “Infinity War.”

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The trailer also looks back at “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Thor,” other origin movies from Phase 1.

The big moments from this trailer, though, show us some heroes fighting in just an absolutely torn-up environment that we have not seen before. In that location we see: Rocket (Bradley Cooper) perched on Iron Man’s shoulder in that place; Nebula (Karen Gillan) charging at somebody or something; Captain America (Chris Evans) doing that dramatic tightening of one of the straps on his shield that we saw in the Super Bowl trailer; and perhaps the shot of Ant-Man pulling some kind of lever is also in that place, as the aesthetic is pretty similar.

We also get a few new shots of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), which is always exciting because it seems like he has some kind of mysterious new role to play in this story given that he has clearly taken on (returned to) the identity of Ronin now.

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Anyway, you can catch “Avengers: Endgame” in theaters on April 26.

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‘SNL’: R Kelly Is Upset That Gayle King Asked Him Real Questions in Interview Parody (Video)

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This week’s “SNL” cold open skipped delving in to the political landscape, instead opting to parody R Kelly’s interview with Gayle King on CBS this week in which Kelly tried to salvage his image and really, uh, did not. Kelly was played by “SNL” regular Kenan Thompson, and Leslie Jones played King.

“I guess my first question for you, Robert is, why exactly are you doing this interview?,” Jones’ King said to open the interview after refusing R Kelly’s request to be called “victim.”

“Because people think I’m some kind of a monster. I’m here to remove all of that,” Kenan’s R Kelly said before referencing his own own song lyrics. “My lawyer was telling me no. But my ego, my ego was telling me yes.”

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Several times during the sketch he actually slipped into song, as he did during one point when he was discussing the Lifetime documentary series about him.

“Look, I made a lot of mistakes in my life. Maybe I can’t read or write or math. I’m still a person. I put on my pants one sleeve at a time just like everybody else,” Kelly declared.

“What about the Lifetime docuseries that interviewed numerous women, family members and your former tour manager, all saying the same things?” King asked. To which R Kelly replied in song.

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“It’s 10 o’clock in the morning. And I’m talking to Oprah’s friend. If I can just get through this, everybody’s gonna love me again.”

King tried to get him back on topic by reminding him that they were talking about the documentary series.

“Oh, right. These people made a six-part documentary about me. Six. That’s almost ten!” Kenan’s Kelly said. “And not one of them said a nice thing about me. They made it seem like I was the devil. I’m not the devil. And even if I was, you can’t think of one nice thing to say about the devil? I can. Nice horns. Gives good advice.”

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“So why do you think people are making these lies up about you?” King interjected.

“For money, obviously. I’m a very rich man. And people are always trying to take advantage of me.”

“Well, if you’re so rich, why did it take so long to pay $160,000 you owe back in child support?”

“Damn, that’s a good question,” Kelly said, in song again. “I wasn’t expecting that. Now I have to switch directions and get some sympathy back.

And then Kelly gave his answer: “Because I’m a very poor man.”

The sketch ended with a rare fourth-wall break on the “Live from New York” exclamation, with Kenan as R Kelly turning the wrong way and yelling it at the back wall of the set before Jones as King set him straight.

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It’s Super Weird that ‘Captain Marvel’ Doesn’t Have Anything to Do With ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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(Spoilers ahead for “Captain Marvel’”

Last summer, we here at TheWrap wrote a bunch of speculative pieces in response to the completely insane “Avengers: Infinity War” cliffhanger. The most popular of those — and by far the longest at 2200 words — was about how “Captain Marvel,” hitting theaters less than two months before the then-unnamed “Avengers: Endgame,” would likely have some deep ties to the Avengers’ battle against Thanos.

And yet, somehow, it just doesn’t. “Captain Marvel” has absolutely no apparent relevance to the current greater plot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that is extremely weird.

It was tough, last year, to imagine that “Captain Marvel” wouldn’t be hugely relevant to “Infinity War” and “Endgame” beyond just introducing us to Carol Danvers. Thanos in the comics, after all, was a longtime enemy for Mar-Vell — you know, the person from whom Carol takes the Captain Marvel moniker. This movie could naturally work not just as a prequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, but also specifically to Thanos’ crusade.

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And there were a few tangible reasons from the movies themselves to think that “Captain Marvel” would function that way. In “Infinity War,” Thanos indicates his crusade began about two decades prior, making the mid-90s setting for “Captain Marvel” very conspicuous. In another scene he says “I ignored my destiny once,” a comment you could interpret as referring to the fall of Titan. But I don’t buy that interpretation, because that sentiment doesn’t quite jive with how he described that situation. What would his destiny have been in that situation? To institute his death lottery by force? No, the vibe there is that the fall of Titan turned him from someone who tries to convince into someone who imposes his will. If that line was referring to the fall of Titan, then it did so clumsily.

Maybe the hardest evidence we had that “Captain Marvel” would hold meaningful relevance to “Infinity War” and “Endgame” is the inclusion of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) in the cast of characters. Ronan was of course first seen in “Guardians of the Galaxy” working for Thanos as part of Thanos’ crusade to exterminate half of all life in the galaxy.

Remember this was in the years before Thanos finally acquired all the Infinity Stones, when he or his underlings invaded one planet at a time and murdered half the population. Ronan was in charge of the invasion of Drax the Destroyer’s homeworld, and personally murdered Drax’s family. But Ronan only worked for Thanos because rejected a peace treaty between the Kree empire and Xandar; Thanos promised to destroy Xandar if Ronan would serve him.

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We knew months in advance that in “Captain Marvel,” which takes place in 1995, Ronan is still part of the Kree military. Which means at some point between 1995 and 2014, Xandar and the Kree ended their war, and Ronan left the Kree empire in outrage and pledged himself to Thanos. It would have been easy for “Captain Marvel” to include something that sets these events in motion, even if only a reference or a conversation.

Yet, bafflingly, Ronan is only in “Captain Marvel” as a reference to another MCU movie, and there’s nothing here that even begins to point at why he would abandon his people to join Thanos. He’s just kinda in this movie, barely participating, and you’d be forgiven if you didn’t even realize he was a character you’d already seen because he’s not at all significant even just in the context of this movie.

And don’t even get me started on the pager thing. One bit I felt was key coming in to this movie was that there had to be a real reason why Carol had not come back to Earth before now, and why Fury had not tried to call her in during one of the world-ending threats the MCU heroes had faced before now. Instead, Carol just give Fury the upgraded pager and said to call only in an “emergency.” They needed to rationalize in-universe why nothing in the past decade of MCU stories qualified as an “emergency,” and that’s not it. They didn’t even make this movie relevant in that way.

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And then, like, how do you put this movie on the calendar just six weeks before “Avengers: Endgame” and have it be so irrelevant to the greater story? We’re all gripped by #EndgameFever right now, and so the absence of any meaningful nuggets that provide some kind of meaningful context to the ongoing story is kind of deflating if you’re emotionally invested in this franchise. Part of the excitement for “Captain Marvel” — a not-insignificant part — was that it felt like it was going to be an important new installment in the MCU.

Instead, it’s just a side story, moreso even than the other MCU movie we got during this interlude, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” — that movie, while certainly acting as a light side plot to counter the grimness of “Infinity War,” was laying down important groundwork for “Endgame” with all the Quantum Realm stuff. Plus, it had a mid-credits stinger that leads directly into this next “Avengers” movie. “Captain Marvel,” by contrast, just has an actual scene from “Endgame” in lieu of setting anything up.

And look — I can admit that it’s entirely possible that my read on this is wrong and that it will turn out that something or some things we saw in “Captain Marvel” is in retrospect actually tangibly related to “Infinity War” and “Endgame” beyond just showing how Carol unlocked her full potential. Like sure, it’s important that she’s got full command of her Tesseract-given abilities — it certainly means something that she’s got some Infinity Stone powers in her. But actual plot setup for “Endgame” would be showing how those powers will be specifically meaningful in the upcoming fight, and that did not happen here.

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But yeah, sure, maybe there are some key plot details in “Captain Marvel” that are important parts of the ongoing story and it won’t be obvious what they are until after we see “Endgame.” I don’t know why they would have done it that way. These movies are, ultimately, advertisements for each other, so it doesn’t make sense to buries those details and make the advertisement aspect less effective.

At this moment, though, I’m a bit confused as to how Marvel would choose to introduce this character right now, in this manner — as if the Avengers wouldn’t be able to stop Thanos in without her, as if there was some specific reason why she stayed away from Earth for 24 years — and then just give us a movie where nothing that happens in it appears to be relevant to “Endgame,” the movie that will end the story of the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I just don’t get it.

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(Spoilers ahead for “Captain Marvel”)

While “Captain Marvel” may generally be devoid of anything that could be considered direct plot setup for “Avengers: Endgame” — aside, obviously, from introducing a character who will have a major role to play in that film — it does bring in a pretty huge change from Carol Danvers’ comic book origin story that could have major ramifications for “Endgame” and the future of the MCU.

In the comics, Carol gets her Captain Marvel powers by accident, just like in the movie. But in the comics version she falls into a machine that, more or less, can bring thoughts to life. And since she was knocked into the machine during a fight between Mar-Vell and Yon-Rogg, what she was thinking about caused the machine to turn her into a Kree-human hybrid being with fantastical abilities.

In the movie, Carol still gets her powers during a fight between Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) and Mar-Vell (Annette Bening), but the mechanism is totally different. Back in the ’80s, Mar-Vell disguised herself as a human scientist and was working with the Tesseract to try to build what is referred to as a “lightspeed engine.” It’s not totally clear what that means, since the Kree and everybody else already can do faster-than-light space travel, but we’ll come back to that.

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The big detail here is that this engine is powered by energy derived from the Tesseract, like those Hydra weapons in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” And so when Carol shoots the engine (to keep Yon-Rogg from possessing it) it explodes in her face, infusing her with Tesseract power, much like Scarlet Witch and Vision, whose abilities come from the Mind Stone.

It’s not clear yet what exactly it means that Carol’s power comes from the Tesseract — for most of the movie her powers are limited by a piece of Kree tech on the back of her neck. Once she’s free of that device at the end of the movie we mostly just see her utilizing the standard array of Captain Marvel abilities. Mostly.

At the very end of the movie, we see her do something that might be new: she herself sort of becomes the lightspeed engine and takes the refugee Skrulls — who are inside a space station — to some distant place, possibly another Galaxy. Whether or not this is one of Carol’s standard abilities depends on what exactly happened there — the ship flies off like a ship in “Star Wars” jumping to hyperspace. Is that standard MCU space flight or, as implied by the fact that she got her powers from the engine that’s supposed to be some advanced thing, a new type of space travel?

Either way, traveling between star systems is not a standard Carol Danvers thing. Sure, she can fly really fast but not fast enough to cross galaxies on her own without a ship. The original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell, in the comics did have something that would make that level of travel possible: the Nega Bands, bracelets he would wear that would allow for teleportation to pretty much anywhere he would want to go.

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And since the movie version of Carol is infused with the powers of the Tesseract — aka the Space Stone — it would follow that she would now have a similar ability to that teleportation granted by the Nega Bands without actually needing them. Just like how Thanos uses the stone to travel quickly to wherever he wants to go in “Infinity War.”

With that being the case, the MCU version of Carol remains something of an unknown quantity because it’s tough to guess what all would be involved with her Tesseract powers. There hasn’t been a character with powers granted by the Space Stone in the MCU before, but we’ve seen both Vision and Scarlet Witch do all sorts of things that you wouldn’t necessarily assume they could do  given their powers originated from the Mind Stone.

But if there’s one thing that you could naturally assume Carol could do based on what we know about the Tesseract, it’s the ability to create wormholes to travel wherever she wants. But since she only got her full powers about ten minutes before the end of “Captain Marvel,” she probably doesn’t have a full handle on what she can do by the time the movie is over.

But by the time “Avengers: Endgame” rolls around? She’s probably got a better handle on things by then, judging by the mid-credits stinger, which is just a scene from “Endgame.” In that scene Carol pops up out of nowhere in the middle of Avengers HQ. Did she teleport in there? It’s tough to say.

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But I feel like Carol getting her powers from the Tesseract backs up, to some degree, a theory I crafted last summer in which I guessed that Carol would be given some of the powers of the superhero Quasar. Quasar is another one of these cosmic heroes, but he’s got the strange distinction of being powered by quantum energy from an alternate dimension he refers to as the Quantum Zone.

Quasar also is able to travel anywhere in the universe using wormholes, but his wormholes don’t directly link to locations like those of the Space Stone in “Infinity War.” Instead, Quasar uses the Quantum Zone as a shortcut — he goes to the Quantum Zone, and then he can return to our dimension in any location he wants. Or he can just hang out in that Quantum Zone if he wants to. Or hide things there, which he occasionally does.

But what feels most relevant to Quasar’s abilities is that in the MCU we have the Quantum Realm, which is poised to play an important part in “Avengers: Endgame.” And it would be very useful if Carol’s Tesseract-infused abilities allowed her to travel at while not just anywhere in the normal universe, but also to the Quantum Realm. The Tesseract being involved in her powers provides an easy way to grant her such an ability.

Or maybe I’m way off on this. But if there’s anything here I feel extremely confident about, it’s that it’s hugely significant to the plot of “Endgame” that Carol got her powers from the Tesseract in this version of her origin. Since the MCU loves to take massive liberties in bringing the comics to the big screen, there’s no way to know specifically what it means until the moment we know.

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(Spoilers ahead for the ending of “Captain Marvel”)

Heading into “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame,” we had some questions about Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) inspired by the post-credits stinger in “Infinity War.” But there are two that are most pressing. Where the hell is she? And if Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) knows her and is able to call her for help, then why hasn’t he done that already?

And yet after having watched “Captain Marvel” we still don’t know the answers to those questions — they’ll have to come in “Avengers: Endgame” in April if they do at all. But just because we don’t know that doesn’t mean we can’t make some guesses.

So at the end of “Captain Marvel,” there are two relevant scenes. The first sees Carol return a pager to Fury that she took from him earlier in the movie, but with some modifications. Now, she says, he should be able to contact her if she’s within “two or three galaxies” from Earth. She tells Fury he should use it for “emergencies only,” though she doesn’t specify what constitutes an emergency. And that’s that.

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And in the second, she uses her newly-unlocked powers — which it turns out she received from the Tesseract, AKA the Space infinity stone — to physically move the star cruiser that carrying Skrull refugees out of our solar system and toward an unknown location. And that is also that.

Carol’s explanation for the pager does provide a potential reason why Fury didn’t called her in to help when Loki (Tom Hiddleston) invaded New York with his Chitauri forces, or when Ultron tried to kill everyone on Earth — maybe he did try to use the pager but she was somewhere the pager couldn’t reach.

That is somewhat more plausible than it may initially sound. The Kree Empire is actually based in the Large Magellanic Cloud rather than the Milky Way, and the Kree are clearly capable of traveling to other galaxies since they do so in “Captain Marvel.” So in order to take the Skrull refugees someplace the Kree can’t get to them, they would  have to go beyond the Milky Way.

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And maybe they even ended up traveling to a different plane of existence to find shelter, like the Quantum Realm. Despite the totally out there way it’s depicted in the “Ant-Man” movies, the Quantum Realm is in fact home to entire civilizations — in the comics it’s called the Microverse and it’s more or less just another place in the universe. Though communication between our world and the Quantum Realm is clearly possible (as we see in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”), Fury’s pager may not be equipped for that.

It’s possible that Carol could travel to the Quantum Realm because her powers in the MCU came from the Tesseract. If any Infinity Stone could allow travel to the Quantum Realm it would be the one that can open wormholes to anywhere in the universe. And I previously speculated that the film version of Carol Danvers might obtain some of the powers of the quantum-powered superhero Quasar, who is able to tunnel from our universe to a place he calls the Quantum Zone as a sort of shortcut when he’s traveling from planet to planet. That method of faster-than-light travel is not exclusive to Quasar in the comics — the Fantastic Four travels that way as well — and so the “lightspeed engine” thing that Mar-Vell was trying to use the Tesseract to create in 1989 could also work that way.

You can read plenty more about why I think Quasar’s dimension-hopping abilities are relevant right here.

As for why Carol wouldn’t have at least poked her head back in to check on Earth every once in a while, that would depend on what kind of adventures she got into while out wherever she took the Skrulls. We were vaguely expecting that the plot of “Captain Marvel” could tie into Thanos’ backstory in some way — both because Mar-Vell and Thanos were arch-enemies in the comics and because you’d think there would be a reason for placing this movie where it is on the calendar — it’s conceivable that Carol has some kind of run-in with Thanos while she’s escorting the Skrulls around the universe. Thanos’ Sanctuary is purposefully hidden in a remote corner of the cosmos, so Carol could try to hide the Skrulls there only to be met with a rude purple surprise.

If that’s the case, then that bit of history would likely be explored in “Endgame.” But that’s really just a wild guess since “Captain Marvel” doesn’t hint at anything like that. But given how crucial the Quantum Realm appears poised to be in “Endgame,” Carol spending some time down there in this two-decade interlude seems like a distinct possibility.

Now of course, the real world answer to where Carol was and why Fury didn’t call her during, say, the Chitauri invasion, is that Captain Marvel was not among the heroes Marvel Studios wanted to highlight in the first two phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But once, four years ago, they decided to pull the trigger, they scheduled “Captain Marvel” for the interlude between “Infinity War” and “Endgame,” or as it was known at the time, “Infinity War part 2.”

It’s easy to assume that this means Marvel had a specific reason for introducing her at that point in time. And, if you follow that thread, once they decided to set the movie in 1995 they would have come up with an explanation for where she’s been this whole time. Here’s hoping we’ll get one come April.

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(Spoilers ahead, obviously, for the end of “Captain Marvel.”)

In standard fashion for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain Marvel” does contain some extra content after the credits. Every single MCU movie has had something extra for fans after the credits roll, and in the last few years there’s usually two extra bits (or more than two, in the case of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”). “Captain Marvel” doesn’t buck that trend, but it does buck tradition with regards to what kind of content those scenes typically contain.

The standard thing at this point is for each movie to have two bonus bits — one being a tease for an upcoming MCU movie during the middle of the credits, and the other being a funny little extra at the very end. There are exceptions, like how “Avengers: Infinity War” having only one extra scene at the very end of the credits showing Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) putting out a distress call to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

“Captain Marvel” bucks the norm by not just teasing an upcoming film, but actually containing a scene from it. Some past movies have done this before — “Ant-Man” had a scene from “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Doctor Strange” showed us part of Strange’s appearance in “Thor: Ragnarok” — but it doesn’t happen often. Usually the bonus content during or after the credits is unique.

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But for “Captain Marvel,” they straight up put in a scene from “Avengers: Endgame” as the mid-credits scene. This is apparently the scene in which some of the surviving Avengers — Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) specifically — meet Carol Danvers for the first time. This is not, I repeat, just a look ahead at “Endgame.” This is actually a scene from that movie.

The scene shows us that our heroes have retrieved Nick Fury’s pager and have plugged it into some kind of array, but they have no idea what its purpose is. Judging by the fact that they’re all staring at screens counting the casualties of the snap, with those numbers going up in realtime as they watch, this scene happens fairly soon after the snap.

At the beginning of the scene, the pager shuts off, an upsetting development since they know the thing is important even if they don’t know who it’s trying to contact. So they’re about to try to figure out what’s wrong with it when, out of nowhere, Carol appears in the room, asking where Fury is.

It’ll be interesting to find out what exactly happened there. Did Carol just materialize out of thin air? Did she teleport in from someplace far away? Neither of those things are abilities she demonstrated she had in “Captain Marvel,” but 24 years is a long time to hone your abilities. So we’ll see.

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Who Is This Guy on the Greyjoy Ship in the ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer?

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We’re a little over a month away from the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones,” and we just got our first real trailer for the upcoming season. Those hoping to glean some major insight into what’s going to go down this season will come away disappointed because this carefully assembled trailer avoids anything that appears to be a major spoiler. It’s just lots of shots of nearly every surviving major character, and some hype shots of folks getting ready to do battle with the Night King and his Army of the Dead.

So there’s not much here in the way of new information — or at least not that we can tell until we see the context. But the trailer does appear to introduce us to at least one new “Game of Thrones” character. We just aren’t sure who it is yet.

The person in question you can see in the header image above. At first glance, we thought that was probably Jaime Lannister, until we remembered that Jaime doesn’t do his hair that way anymore, and also noticed this guy doesn’t have a gold hand. And he’s carrying a sword that doesn’t look like the one Jaime wields.

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So we’re left to speculate. The most logical guesses would be Euron Greyjoy or Theon Greyjoy, but it’s not either of them. So who else might be sporting that hairstyle and hanging out on a Greyjoy ship? There’s no logical answer among the characters we already know. But there is a logical guess we can make based on the other people on that ship and something Cersei mentioned at the end of Season 7.

Aside from the guy who looks an awful lot like Jaime did in earlier seasons of “Game of Thrones,” the most notable aspect of that shot is what the soldiers on the ship are wearing — golden helmets that are unlike any we’ve seen previously on the show. Which reminds us that at the end of last season Cersei mentioned to Jaime that Euron was heading back to Essos to hire the mercenary Golden Company to fight for the Lannisters in whatever war they were about to get involved in.

So it makes sense that what we’re looking at here is a Greyjoy ship ferrying members of the Golden Company across the Narrow Sea back to Westeros. This does not tell us whether that guy in the front of the ship is going to be a new major character, but it’s safe to assume that he’s a Golden Company leader.

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And to find out anything more about this we’re likely just going to have to wait until the final season of “Game of Thrones” actually airs beginning on April 14.

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‘Walking Dead’: Daryl’s Big Move Takes the Whisperer War In A Very Different Direction From the Comics

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(Spoilers ahead for the March 3 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

We’re really only a few episodes into the TV show version of the Whisperer War on “The Walking Dead,” and thus far it’s gone largely according to the way the story was laid out in the comic book course material.

There are, obviously, some major differences in personnel with Carl dead and Rick out of the picture thanks to that helicopter, but showrunner Angela Kang and the writers have deftly swapped other characters into those roles. In particular, Henry has stepped into Carl’s shoes and assumed almost exactly Carl’s role in this story.

But if the ending of this week’s episode is anything to go by, the days of the show following the template set by the comics for this whole Whisperers thing are over, with Daryl (Norman Reedus) taking the story in what feels like a new direction.

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But Daryl’s move was just one of a few bits from this episode that seems to indicate a big upheaval int he storyline could be on the way. Obviously I don’t know what the rest of the season holds, but since the war with the Saviors went very different on the show than it did in the comics, it stands to reason that they’ll continue to stray from the established path now to keep things interesting.

Anyway, let’s get into the details a little bit. In the comics, Carl befriended Lydia and then followed her back to the Whisperer camp, where he was captured and had a few big ideological debates with Alpha about the Whisperers’ troubling philosophy. And Carl was held captive for a while, until Rick found out he was missing and tracked down the Whisperers himself and got into a few ideological debates of his own with Alpha as they discussed how they might settle this budding conflict peacefully. Eventually Alpha lets Rick and Carl leave, and orders them to take Lydia with them because Alpha decides she no longer fits with the Whisperers.

On the show this week we skipped pretty much all of that. Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Henry barely talk to each other, and Henry’s captivity is ended when Daryl and Connie (Lauren Ridloff) use the Whisperers’ own tricks against them by leading a heard of zombies into their camp and pull Henry and Lydia out. This is the sort of development that could just be a shortcut through a slow part of the plot, but I don’t think so. Lydia leaving the Whisperers this way — by escaping rather than being banished — is a huge shift that could have major ramifications.

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In particular, Rick’s meeting with Alpha leads to a sort of informal ceasefire between the communities and the Whisperers — a “you stay out of our territory and we’ll stay out of yours” handshake agreement. And that holds until  a newly free Negan — freed by a character who is already dead on the show — murders Alpha and causes Beta to declare war.

But there’s no way there will be any kind of immediate peace after Daryl and Connie attacked the Whisperer camp, and Alpha is likely to want to get Lydia back again. Instead of having a bit of a lull before this new war really gets going, it looks more like it’s about to get going right now.

I can’t help but wonder if this means that the Whisperer War could actually wrap up this season instead of being drawn out the way the war with the Saviors was. Though with only four episodes left in the season it feels like it could be a tall talk to bring this story to its conclusion that quickly. But we’ll see soon enough, I guess.

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‘SNL’: Ben Stiller’s Michael Cohen Faces Off Against Bill Hader’s Jim Jordan (Video)

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Though Alec Baldwin didn’t pop up as Donald Trump on this week’s “SNL,” that doesn’t mean the cold open was without star power. Indeed, we got Ben Stiller popping in to reprise his impression of Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen, and then “SNL” cast member Bill Hader showed up as Republican representative Jim Jordan.

“Thank you for inviting me here today to correct the record under oath. Of course, the first time I testified was also under oath. But this time, I like really mean it,” Stiller’s Cohen said to open his testimony. “I’m here today to tell you that Mr. Trump is a racist.”

Stiller paused for a moment, then continued after realizing he wasn’t going to get the response he wanted. “Wow. I thought that would get a really much bigger reaction.”

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“I know that I was wrong. And I know it, ’cause I got caught,” Stiller’s Cohen continued. “For too many years, I was loyal to a man when I should not have been. Now I know how Khloe Kardashian feels. But now, I’m all out of faith. This is how I feel. I’m cold. And I’m ashamed. Lying naked on the floor. Illusion never changed into something real. I’m wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn. Thank you.”

That last bit was a lyric from the song “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia.

“Now I’d like to open the floor so the Republicans can get angry at everyone except the president,” said longtime “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson as the House Oversight Committee chair Elijah Cummings. “The chair recognizes the congressman from Ohio, Mr. Jordan.”

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Then came former “SNL” cast member Bill Hader as Jordan.

“Good afternoon, Mr. chairman,” Hader said before turning to Stiller. “Good afternoon to you, you lying piece of human trash!

“Mr. chairman, you’re right. I’m angry. I’m angry that I have to sit here through this two-bit dirt bag flee circus. I’m so angry I couldn’t even wear a jacket today. You know something, Mr. Cohen. I’ve never even heard of you!”

“Your mother has,” Stiller as Cohen retorted.

“Hey, hey, hey. You don’t scare me with your liar mouth,” Hader continued. “Oh, I’m about to pop off! You have been working in some of the sleaziest circles in America for years. What other criminals and lowlifes have you worked for?”

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“I was the deputy finance chairman for the Republican party, sir.”

“What?” Hader’s Jordan exclaimed. “Is that true? Oh, damn it. I yield of the rest of my time.”

The bulk of the rest of the sketch saw other members of the committee yielding their time back to Jordan so he could continue to embarrass himself.

Watch some clips from the cold open below:

Let’s get this hearing underway. @RedHourBen #SNL pic.twitter.com/IfPy1DPXQ7

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) March 3, 2019

The chair recognizes the congressman from Ohio, Mr. Jordan. #SNL pic.twitter.com/fLsgqGraC6

— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) March 3, 2019

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After a long and shockingly wide open campaign, Hollywood’s awards’ season is finally drawing to a close this weekend with the Independent Spirit Awards and the Oscars. The Spirit Awards, a celebration of many of the year’s best independent films, is taking place on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT live from Santa Monica, Calif.

The ceremony will be carried live by the cable channel IFC, and the online streaming option for the Independent Spirit Awards comes in two flavors.

The first is the one you come to expect for pretty much everything: the online stream available on IFC’s official site here, as well as the IFC app for mobile devices and streaming boxes for your TV. This stream requires you to log in with an applicable TV provider.

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But if you don’t have one of those, fear not because there is also an official stream of the Independent Spirit Awards that will be completely free. That stream you can find on Facebook, on the Film Independent page right here. Easy as pie.

If you miss the show when it happens live, you can check out an encore at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump Returns to Tell Us How His ‘Personal Hell of Playing President’ Will End (Video)

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Alec Baldwin didn’t show up on “SNL” much to deliver his Donald Trump impression all that often in the early part of the season, but he’s been popping up with more regularity of late. And on this week’s episode, Baldwin’s Trump delivered a tour de force parody of Trump’s press conference this week in which he explain why he was declaring a national emergency to try to pay for his border wall.

Baldwin, who last appeared on “SNL” Jan. 19, came right out of the gate spewing standard Trumpian nonsense at breakneck speeds, delivering a monologue before taking questions from assemble reporters played by “SNL” cast members. Here’s how his insane opener went:

“I’m here to declare a very urgent, important national emergency. This is a big one so I don’t want to waste any time. That’s why first I would like to blow my own horn a little bit,” Baldwin’s Trump declared as he headed off on his first series of tangents of the sketch. “I just had a great health exam. I’m still standing 6-foot-7, 185 pounds, shredded. We have another summit coming up in Hanoi with the North Korean leader, chairman Kim, who by the way is a very cool, misunderstood guy. I’m looking forward to seeing him next week as his dinner for shmucks, as he calls it.”

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And then he finally got to the main topic: that darn border wall.

“Let’s cut to the chase, folks. We need wall. Okay? We have a tremendous amount of drugs flowing into this country from the southern border, or the ‘brown line’ as many people have asked me not to call it,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “That’s why we need wall. Because wall works. Wall makes safe. You don’t have to be smart to understand that. In fact, it’s even easier to understand if you are not that smart. You can all see why I have to fake this national emergency, right? Because I want to. It’s really simple. We have a problem. Drugs are coming into this country through no wall.

“I asked President Xi if they had a drug problem in China. I’m not going to do the voice, but he said ‘No, no, no, me no like drugs. Me like death penalty.’ It sounds better with the voice, I think. But imagine if we used the death penalty for nonviolent crimes here. You shoplift, bing, bing, two in the back of the head. Something to kick around. I’m basically taking military money so I can has wall. So I’m gonna sign these papers for emergency and I will immediately be sued and it will not go in my favor and it will end up in the Supreme Court. And I’ll call my buddy Kavanaugh and I’ll say ‘It’s time to repay the Donny,’ and he’ll say ‘new phone, who dis?’ And the Mueller report will be released, crumbling my house of cards and I can plead insanity and do a few months in the [unintelligible] factory and my personal hell of playing president will finally be over.”

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And after all that, we were only about a third of the way through the sketch. From there, Baldwin’s Trump took questions from reporters played by “SNL” cast members Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner and Mikey Day, with a bonus appearance from Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr, as played by “SNL” regular Beck Bennett.

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