Favorite 40 TV Shows of 2017

For those wondering if the golden age of television is over, it’s far from it.

We were treated to many new series that met their hype, and several more that surprised the heck out of us. There were also plenty of current shows that continued to remind us why we consider them appointment television.

While TV is completely subjective and difficult to rank, as my tastes may be different than others, I refer to the following as my 40 Favorite of 2017.

 

40. Supergirl, CW

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CW has been a perfect home for Kara Danvers and company, after the relatively disjointed first season on CBS. What has separated Supergirl from the other DC Universe shows on the weekly slate has been its courage to not hold back on relevant social issues, nearly on a weekly basis.

 

39. Riverdale, CW

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Yes, I’m going back-to-back with CW shows to start this list, but somehow they were able to make Archie and company one of the best guilty pleasures from the past year. Like The O.C. of murder mysteries, but even more binge-worthy.

 

38. American Vandal, Netflix

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Funny or Die did some great spoof work of Making a Murderer and The Jinx. The crime itself is about as ridiculous as you would guess (vandalized cars in the teacher parking lot, with spray-painted penises), but the seriousness of the investigative work is too funny to not watch.

 

37. Ray Donovan, Showtime

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Truthfully, this season took too many steps backwards (sometimes stuck in quicksand) for the audience to enjoy fairly, but Liev Schreiber’s performance defied that to make it worth the watch. There’s a reason Schreiber is nominated on an annual basis, and one of these years he will get his due with one of the most complex antiheroes in television history.

 

36. Taboo, FX

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The first season of Taboo started great and finished even better. Everything in between was a bit too slow and uncomfortable for my liking, but the continuous intrigue around Tom Hardy’s “Man in Black and Mystery” was worth tuning in for.

 

35. Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon

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The comedy took a bit of a cheesy turn in its 3rd season, but the music, humor and passion portrayed by Gael Garcia Bernal remind you started watching it in the first place. You may not necessarily be a musician, but it hits home for those who are passionate about their craft and creativity.

 

34. Into the Badlands, AMC

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Season 2 of the best modern Kung-Fu series on American television was a step up over first, thanks to the light-hearted and intriguing addition of Nick Frost. It’s Mad Max meets Game of Thrones meets Crouching Tiger, and visually stunning. However, it’s viewed better in binge-format.

 

33. The Tick, Amazon

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You may recall Patrick Warburton’s sitcom, back in 2001 (who produces Amazon’s new iteration), but the latest live action incarnation was a delightful surprise thanks to Peter Serafinowicz’s go in the big blue suit. The early episodes of the show were fun for superhero fans, enhanced by baddie veteran Jackie Earle Haley and the voice work of Alan Tudyk (very similar to his K-2SO in Rogue One).

 

32. Longmire, Netflix

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Fans of the modern western/crime series should be very satisfied with how it wrapped up with their final season on Netflix. It began on A&E, was cancelled with an insane cliffhanger, and was given new life by the streaming services’ original content team. Great run by Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and company.

 

31. Preacher, AMC

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It doesn’t seem like AMC put any restrictions on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s adaptation of one of the weirdest comic series ever. The continuous action is what you tune in for, but the unpredictability and humor is what you stay for.

 

30. Runaways, Hulu

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A show that was on the outside-looking-in for this list was The Gifted, Fox’s X-Men universe series that does a great job with new characters and themes of the outcast-ed mutants. Marvel’s Runaways does an even better job from a YA perspective, pitting teenagers who find their talents against their legit evil super villain parents.

 

29. Brockmire, IFC

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A year after Vin Scully retires, IFC brought Hank Azaria’s Funny or Die veteran baseball announcer to the masses. If you have any connection to baseball, the minors, or just love outrageous comedy, this show is fantastic and I can’t wait to see where Azaria goes with it next.

 

28. The Defiant Ones, HBO

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I don’t normally include docu-series in this list, but The Defiant Ones was so great for music fans. It was an honest look at Dr. Dre, that we didn’t necessarily get in Straight Out of Compton. And the connections to music legends like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and more, with their own stories, made it too fun to watch each night in a row that it aired.

 

27. Peaky Blinders, Netflix

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Season 4 of Peaky Blinders was a much-needed adrenaline shot back into the series. Killing off a regular character (not really a spoiler) shook the “untouchable” aspect of the Shelby family, added suspense and intrigue episode to episode. Adrian Brody makes for a great villain. It’s also fun to imagine that Tom Hardy’s Taboo being a part of the show’s lore, with creator Steven Knight being attached.

 

26. The Punisher, Netflix

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Marvel’s The Punisher was much more entertaining than critics gave it credit for, and picked up momentum (like most Netflix series do) in the back half of the season. Jon Bernthal also turned in the best acting in the Netflix/Marvel Universe since Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk in Daredevil S1.

 

25. Catastrophe, Amazon

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Part of my appreciation for Catastrophe is the show’s ability to take on more and more serious challenges while never losing the level of humor that drew me to it in the first place.

 

24. Silicon Valley, HBO

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Despite the latest season being it’s worst, Mike Judge’s writing still makes Silicon Valley one of the smartest and funniest shows on television. It felt like a season long wait to send off TJ Miller, which is turning out to be an even better decision than it appeared on the surface before. Kumail Nanjiani’s rise outside of the show seemed to mirror his character “Dinesh’s” boost in exposure in the arc as well.

 

23. Sherlock, BBC/PBS

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I hate that we only get 3 installments each season of Sherlock, but it’s also what makes the show so great. High profile actors (Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman), condensed arcs with great storytelling, plus hour and a half long, visually stunning mysteries are why we watch.

 

22. Legion, FX

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It’s no secret that I love Noah Hawley’s brand of storytelling, directing and writing. Before the aforementioned Gifted series on FOX hit the air, Hawley took the X-Men universe and made something both beautiful and horrifying with Legion. Dan Stevens as the title character, Aubrey Plaza in his head (won’t spoil more), and a cinematic experience of psychological thrillers every episode is what made it one of the best new series of the year.

 

21. The Deuce, HBO

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Any show with Wire alums will get my attention. With James Franco playing twins, Maggie Gyllenhaal as a sex worker, and many more David Simon ‘Dickensian’ arcs, The Deuce started excruciatingly slow but finished VERY strong…thanks in part to Anwan Glover aka “Slim Charles” (The Wire).

 

20. American Gods, STARZ

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Bryan Fuller brought his visual genius from Hannibal to Neil Gaiman’s epic story about Americana meeting it’s own Mythology, and created something that you wish you didn’t have to wait week to week to watch. Ricky Whittle was what I envisioned when reading about Shadow Moon and Ian McShane completely nails the character of Mr. Wednesday. Orlando Jones also pulls off one of the better appearances and monologues TV lovers have seen in a long time, and Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Lucille Ball, David Bowie and more media icons are more than worth the tune in.

 

19. Game of Thrones, HBO

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You can go both ways on the penultimate season of the HBO fantasy saga. Could you poke holes in every little bit of the plot? Yes. Did viewers get moments they’ve waited years to see come to life. Oh yes…At the end of the day, it’s die hard fans (and those who even hosted recap podcasts) were given a lot of what made them fall in love with the show in the first for the better part of 7 years.

 

18. BoJack Horseman, Netflix

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Some of the best comedy writing you’ll find on a yearly basis, coupled with an incredible cast (and appearances) and a story that makes you keep hitting “next episode”. I’m in for however long Netflix wants to roll with BoJack.

 

17. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon

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If Rachel Brosnahan isn’t getting serious Emmy consideration for her performance, then I quit trying to understand how award shows work. It’s a great telling of a late 1950’s standup comedy story, with the influence of Gilmore Girls creator/writer Amy Sherman-Palladino. We’re also reminded why Tony Shaloub is amazing, and the rest of the cast is also fantastic.

 

16. Ozark, Netflix

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This nice little surprise from Netflix set an “anything can happen” precedent from the start of the series. The crime driven thriller, starring and directed by Jason Bateman, felt like a nice fix for most Breaking Bad fans and moves along well with great suspense and surprises. Also, a fun nod to the “NaperThrill” for Chicago suburbanites.

 

15. Sneaky Pete, Amazon

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From the creativity of Bryan Cranston, Sneaky Pete is an incredibly easy to binge heist series with an excellent cast led by Giovanni Ribisi. Cranston himself plays the villain/mobster and he seems to be having as much fun as he’s had in a while. Fans of one of my all-time favorite, Justified, will enjoy by the casting and the pacing of the story.

 

14. Fargo, FX

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Season 3 wasn’t Fargo’s best, but it still had the murderous suspense, witty writing and impactful music that fans have grown to appreciate from the show. Tie-ins to past seasons, great performances by Carrie Coon and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, plus an entire episode set to “Peter and the Wolf” are why it remained one of my favorites.

 

13. The Crown, Netflix

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One of the most elegantly shot series fits its title. Claire Foy proves episode why she’s one of the best actreses today and Vanessa Kirby steals hearts as Princess Margaret. The JFK and Jackie episode is a perfect example of the show at its best.

 

12. GLOW, Netflix

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This show perfectly portrays why people get so into pro wrestling. Drama, humor and action all wrapped up into a nostalgic show run by women who are badasses in their own right, and Marc Maron being…well, Maron.

 

11. This Is Us, NBC

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While it hasn’t captivated as much as the first season, the acting, tear-jerking moments and Toby’s romantic gestures remain top notch. Sterling K. Brown also continues to be as good as anyone in acting today.

 

10. Master of None, Netflix

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Every episode was like it’s own small indie film, and ones that I as an indie film fan would love. The ‘Thanksgiving’ episode will go down as an all-timer in TV history as well.

 

9. Mindhunter, Netflix

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Serial killer true crime storytelling and David Fincher’s influence made this one of the best surprises of the year on Netflix. The development of each of the main characters are just as compelling as the murderers they interview.

 

8. The Good Place, NBC

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This is currently the best comedy on TV and Ted Danson is a national treasure. Also, take not that the show’s Twitter account only follows the Jacksonville Jaguars and their quarterback Blake Bortles.

 

7. Billions, Showtime

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I’ve been a huge fan of this show since episode one and it hasn’t slowed down since. You can’t look away from the chess match between Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. The performances by Maggie Siff and Asia Kate Dillon are as good as it gets as well.

 

6. Stranger Things 2, Netflix

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There was no sophomore slump with one of the best shows from a year ago. Season 2 was much more cinematic with higher stakes, an expanding of their universe, amazing 80’s music and pop culture references, great development of surprising characters (STEVE!) and dancing David Harbour (Hopper!). Oh yeah, and Sean Astin rules.

 

5. Big Little Lies, HBO

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They had me at Michael Kiwanuka playing the open. Although I worried about how overwhelmingly caddy things could get between these moms in Monterrey, I couldn’t get enough of the twists, pacing and crumbs of evidence to the very end.

 

4. The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

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I didn’t get to one of the most talked about series of the year until the very end, but it was certainly worth the hype. Elisabeth Moss’ acting alone captivates you, with her expressions, eyes, and inner monologue. It also resonates with the current climate, horrifyingly well.

 

3. Better Call Saul, AMC

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Better Call Saul has separated itself from just being a very good spinoff to Breaking Bad, but it’s great standing alone by itself. Comedic actors like Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean have put together some of the best dramatic work in recent television while the signs of danger keep growing and growing from familiar characters in every direction.

 

2. Narcos, Netflix

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How does a show get even better without its two leads from the previous 2 seasons? I don’t know but Narcos figured it out with Pedro Pascal taking on the Cali Cartel, and suspense that was as strong as the first two seasons combined.

 

1. Godless, Netflix

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From the opening scene, the tone was set that no one was safe on this show. Jeff Daniels plays a character more than worthy of it. Every scene is intentional and leads to a climax in the final episode that can make you every bit as emotional as it is powerful. If you love Westerns especially, you’ll understand why this was undoubtedly my favorite watch in 2017.

 

I watched A LOT of TV last year, but not all of it. So if your favorite show wasn’t mentioned above (The Leftovers, Halt and Catch Fire, etc), let me know on Twitter at @Mike_PiFF03 and I’ll try to get to it as soon as possible.

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Game of Thrones Character Power Rankings: After Season 7

Previously, in the Power Rankings…

Considering that the entire epic season was packed into 7 episode, it seemed fair to wait for the whole thing to play out before ranking each of following 60+ surviving characters.

For those new to the Power Rankings, these are based on each character’s significance on the show, power moves made, status and more importantly…safety.

1. The Night King

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At this point, The Night King is exactly who everyone fears. He has an undead army that’s 100,000 strong (with giants, beasts, others like him on horseback). He has blue fire breathing dragon. And he just took down The Wall…If you currently live in the North, maybe reconsider.

2. Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen)

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AeJon (as I’m now referring to him, pronounced like Akon) is the rightful heir to the throne. He also is the key to Daenerys finding acceptance among the Northerners. Whether or not his standing in Winterfell changes, he’s currently the King of the North and he’s aligned (in more ways than one) with the Mother of Dragons. He also knows how to kill White Walkers.

3. Cersei Lannister

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Does she have anymore moves to make after burning her fake alliance and hiring The Golden Company? Outside of the literal nuclear option that she keeps under King’s Landing, not really. But when you play Tyrion like a fiddle all season long, leave the opposing faction to deal with Winter, and defy the odds of most Season 7 deadpools…You’ve earned the Throne you sit upon.

4. Daenerys Targaryen

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One “Dracarys” and it’s over for just about anyone, right? Jon has bent his knee to Daenerys, she has 2 dragons, two armies, and a “Dream Team” of advisors. So why do I rank her 4th?

Heading North, she needs Jon’s influence to win over the northern houses. Even Sansa sees Daenerys as an enemy and it will take some doing to convince her otherwise.

5. Sansa Stark

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The Lady of Winterfell just took out one of the game’s most dangerous players, and with the support of her very powerful siblings. In Jon’s absence, Sansa has also won the favor of the houses pledged to hers. Conflict certainly awaits the King of the North and his dragon-riding lady friend.

6. Bran Stark

Bran: “I’m the Three Eyed Raven.”

Sam: “Oh…I don’t know what that is.”

It’s okay, Sam. Even we knew what it was and didn’t really get Bran’s deal. Bran knows more than anyone on the show, and knowledge is power (as we’ve seen with Varys and the newly departed Littlefinger.” However, Bran seems to pick and choose when it’s necessary to share what he knows…and sometimes it’s unnecessary (like Sansa’s wedding night to Ramsay). Still, he was the one person to know Jon’s true parentage and has the power to warg into ANYTHING. Fingers STILL CROSSED for a dragon.

7. Arya Stark

All 3 Stark siblings are lined up perfectly in this final ranking of the season because of what they showcased when they are all align. Sansa rules, Bran knows and Arya kills.

The Dexter Morgan of Westeros still has some work to do and now she has the support to get it done.

8. Drogon

Khaleesi’s favorite child can take out entire armies (as Jaime knows too well) and has so far survived 2 different spear attempts on his life. The battle will be epic when he has to face his undead brother fire and ice clash.

9. Zombie Viserion

Yes, the zombie dragon just took down the last thing that was keeping the White Walker army out of Westeros, but…the moment the Night King is taken out, so is Viserion.

10. Rhaegal

When will we see Jon ride Daenerys’ OTHER weapon of mass destruction? It’s hard to separate the 3rd lizard sibling from the pack, considering how important each one is to their respective side.

11. Euron Greyjoy

“The Joker” of Game of Thrones villains currently owns the season with his Ironborn fleet and it’s pretty next to Cersei, especially with Jaime out of his way. (Still not Cersei’s type, but he’ll take what he can get.)

12. Davos Seaworth

Davos has the adopted the role of Jon’s Hand at this point, and continues to be the king of one-liners. He is also still the calm voice of reason among several big personalities, and will be needed again when Jon and Daenerys head to Winterfell.

13. “The Hound” Sandor Clegane

Each character to survive “Beyond the Wall” should have a ton more respect points than they already had. They fended off hundreds of Wights and The Hound held is own as well as anyone. Finding his purpose is one thing, but having free will gives him the edge over his equally skilled zombie brother.

14. Qyburn

Hand of Cersei, weapons engineer and director of intelligence. One wonders when he sees fit to jump ship when the eventual Mad Queen finally loses it.

15. “The Mountain” Gregor Clegane

What The Mountain has over The Hound is zero consciousness for anything other than killing and protecting his queen. The Hound has relationships that may distract him in an upcoming “Clegane Bowl”, but at least he’s free to do as he pleases.

16. Bronn

Bronn may have the best situation of anyone. He is owed by the Lannisters and can remain with Cersei’s side if he pleases, but he also has Jaime, Tyrion and Podrick to vouch for him if need be.

17. Brienne of Tarth

Brienne didn’t have much of a role in Season 7 but she was exactly where she needed to be. She can finally fulfill her promise to Catelyn Stark and protect her daughters, but she also had the opportunity to reason with Jaime when it was most crucial. And who didn’t love seeing her act like a proud parent telling The Hound that Arya was alive?

18. Jorah Mormont

Jorah has been through a lot. He redeemed himself from exile from his queen, fought his way out of slavery, and survived grayscale. Back alongside Daenerys is where he wants to be. Will he also get back into the good graces of his House in the North?

19. Grey Worm

Daenerys’ top general pulled off an impressive win at Casterly Rock, but didn’t have much to do after that. To be honest, I thought Euron’s fleet had him cornered and that he could have been done for when we didn’t hear from him again. The commander of the Unsullied also has Missandei still glowing, so that’s worth a Top 20 spot in itself.

20. Lord Varys

Before the season began, Varys was in a position that was even more prominent than his counterpart, Littlefinger, after uniting Daenerys with Dorne and The Queen of Thorns. Both pieces fell off the board very early in the season and The Spider hadn’t contributed much since. I wouldn’t count him out when the diplomacy begins between Daenerys and the Northern houses. And, to be fair, he’s the only one whose main concern is for the people of Westeros…not those who rule them.

21. Tyrion Lannister

It’s fine. We can still love Tyrion. But wow did he get his ass kicked by his Lannister siblings. He’s still the Hand to the Mother of Dragons though, and can be reunited with his brother on the “right” side very soon.

22. Samwell Tarly

Sam essentially held the key (thanks to Gilly) to Jon’s destiny when he helped Bran discover the truth about the “new” dragon’s lineage. Being reunited with his best friend Frodo…I mean Jon…will be the best thing ever as well.

23. Yohn Royce

For a while, Yohn Royce seemed like a puppet to both Baelish and Robin Arryn, but the commander of the Vail army held his own in the final confrontation between Littlefinger and the Starks. With his lord being about as passive as Eeyore, Royce becomes Sansa’s most important supporter with the North’s biggest army at his command.

24. Archmaester Embrose

Maester Jim Broadbent knew exactly what he was doing by giving Sam the scrolls that coincidentally held the most important information in the entire story so far…

Well played, Broadbent. Well played.

25. Tycho Nestoris

Yes, this is basically Game of Thrones‘ Mycroft Holmes. And yes, he plays it very similarly. But wow did the Iron Bank make things much more interesting for Cersei…

26. Lyanna Mormont

We’re long overdue for another Lady Mormont verbal-smackdown, right? Looking forward to her eventual meeting with Ser Jorah.

27. Missandei

Who else is going to remember ALL of Daenerys’ titles when she meets the Stark siblings?

28. Gendry

The bastard of Robert is not only vital to helping produce dragon glass weapons in the upcoming great war, but he’s also THE FASTEST PERSON IN THE WORLD. You saw those cross country skills in “Beyond the Wall.” Arya’s going to be so impressed.

29. Lord Commander Edd

The Night’s Watch may have taken a huge L for the wall coming down, but Dolorous Edd is still Lord Commander…and that matters to somebody. He also knows what it’s like facing the Night King and will probably be the next line of defense against his army.

30. Gilly

Gilly is BAE, and deserves way more credit from Sam…especially when she was the one that discovered the annulment info.

31. Jaime Lannister

Jaime will EVENTUALLY be much higher on this list, but for now…he’s in very dangerous territory. Brienne was his only protection when he last ventured the north on his own. “The North Remembers” the Red Wedding still and being a Lannister puts a big red target on his back. A Lannister always pays his debts, and joining Daenerys to fight Winter is exactly what he’s sworn to do…with some vouching from Tyrion and Brienne.

32. Qhono

How cool was it to finally see the Dothraki army in action against an enemy? It’s crazy that Qhono went from threatening to do terrible things to Daenerys with the khalasar, and is now her Dothraki general.

33. Jaqen H’ghar

The many faced god is now done with Arya and it’s fair to believe that everything she has done is according to Jaqen’s plan…

34. Melisandre

The Red Woman isn’t too shy to brag about bringing “Ice and Fire” together. She also seems to have gotten under Varys’ skin, and should be returning to see some things come to fruition in the final few episodes.

35. Kinvara

The Red Priestess should be returning to the story with Melisandre soon, and there’s a mysterious about her that I can’t wait to see unleashed.

36. Podrick Payne

When do we get a spinoff for Pod and Bronn adventures?

37. Theon Greyjoy

Well, now we know that kicking Theon below the belt gives him confidence…and he’s using that to go save his sister.

38. Ser Beric Dondarrion

Many of us are wondering if the flaming sword-wielding knight is still alive after the Wall came down. Like Tormund (below), I think we would have seen the 6-time returning character die much more dramatically than that.

39. Tormund Giantsbane

Tormund HAS to be alive. Because #Briemund HAS to happen.

40. Aeron Greyjoy

One wonders if Aeron will have anything to with Yara’s escape, or if he’ll just go along with everything Euron commands of him.

41. Daario Naharis

I don’t know how, but I can’t imagine Daenerys will go up against both the Night King and Cersei without the help of the leader of the Second Sons…especially when another sell-sword company is joining the fight.

42. Robin Arryn

Only thing odder than watching Bran grow up is watching watching Robin Arryn grow up. Unsure if he’s matured at all, but he does have the North’s biggest army pledged to him.

43. Robett Glover

Always a heel in Northern “committee” meetings, but at least he’s been more outspoken than his fellow lords.

44. Wyman Manderly

We haven’t heard from Wyman since he began the “King of the North” chant at the end of Season 6. Still think he has Jon’s back when he returns.

45. Cley Cerwyn

Not really a factor in season, but likely valuable when needing to unite the North for Daenerys and Jon.

46. Meera Reed

You have to feel bad for Meera after getting the literal cold shoulder from Emo Bran. But at least she’s home. Her experience against the Night King should come into play, as well has her father’s relationship with Ned.

47. Alys Karstark

The Karstark and Umber lords have to keep a look out for the other northerners, no thanks to their kin who aligned with the Boltons. But they are still lords with influence.

48. Ned Umber

Samesies.

49. Maester Wolkan

Probable the most confused Maester on the show. He’s had to help the Boltons, Littlefinger, and now the Starks.

50. Melessa Tarly

Now the Lady of Horn Hill.

51. Talla Tarly

How pissed is she that Gilly stole her dress?

52. Hot Pie

Alive and happy baking.

53. Baby Sam

Shockingly, growing up way quicker than Judith on Walking Dead. And was born after her…?

54. Bernadette

If you don’t know who Bernadette is, she has lasted as long as anyone in King’s Landing. More here.

55. Marei

One of Qyburn’s “Birds” that helped kill Maester Pycelle, and I don’t think she’s done.

56. Ghost

WHERE WAS GHOST IN SEASON 7?! IS HE OKAY!?

57. Nymeria

I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Arya’s direwolf, which weirdly shares the same name as one of the late Sand Snakes.

58. Yezzan zo Qaggaz

Still happy to not have been killed, unlike his fellow “Masters”.

59. Edmure Tully

Did anyone ever let Edmure out of his cell after Arya butchered the Freys?

60. Yara Greyjoy

If there’s anything worse than being Euron Greyjoy’s prisoner…

61. Septa Unella

…it’s being Cersei Lannister’s prisoner…

62. Ellaria Sand

…and Ellaria has it the worst.

Anyone ranked too high or too low? Let me know on Twitter at @Mike_Piff03. If you haven’t yet, subscribe to the Nerds in Sports Podcast to hear week-to-week recaps of each Thrones episode!

 

Favorite 35 TV Shows of 2016

The Golden Age of Television lives on, even after Walter White and Don Draper. Storytellers and innovators are finding new and exciting ways to keep us at the edge of our seats, wanting more after the closing credits of every episode. Sometimes we have to wait a week. Sometimes we just hit “next episode” until we’re met with the disappointment of the season being over.

I listed out every TV show I watched in the last year and it came out to being upwards of 50 (yes I watch a lot of television). It wasn’t easy cutting the list to only 35. I also say “Favorite” instead of “Top” because I’m just not that full of myself…I

t also may come as a surprise, but I haven’t watched EVERY TV show that aired this past year. So recommendations are more than welcome on the Facebooks or Twitters.

35. The OA

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Netflix – Brit Marling, Emory Cohen and Jason Isaacs

The OA is a very weird show. It’s complicated, hard to follow, strange, and sometimes fights you when you want to keep spending time on it. Somehow, someway though, every episode gives you a reason to continue binge-watching. The last 5 minutes of the first season make it all worth it, on an emotional level. Emory Cohen also gives a performance that makes you wonder why he wasn’t chosen to be “Young Han Solo”, with an excellent follow up to his part in Brooklyn.

34. Banshee

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Cinemax – Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic and Ulrich Thomsen

I have to admit, I was pretty late to Banshee but I did binge watch the entire series in nearly a month’s time. I wouldn’t call it a “good show” but it’s so absurd that you can’t look away. Banshee is like a lovechild of True Blood and Into The Badlands, and it’s supremely more fun than both.

33. Orange is the New Black

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Netflix – Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew and Taylor Schilling

So far I’ve felt that OITNB’s best season was their 2nd, but their latest certainly knew how to throw the haymakers to your emotions. Some of your favorite characters became easy to turn on. Others became more important than the original stars, including Piper. And then there was the one that completely tore your heart out…

32. Ash vs. Evil Dead

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STARZ – Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless and Ray Santiago

This show is gross, cheesy, and kinda REALLY dumb…but that’s also why it’s so much fun. It’s hard to deny that when Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi team up on either big or small screen. Warning: There is blood…LOTS OF BLOOD (That’s for the kids who didn’t like how gory The Walking Dead premiere was).

31. Supergirl

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The CW – Melissa Benoist, David Harewood and Mehcad Brooks

If there was a Most Improved Player category for TV shows, Supergirl could be at the top of the list. The move from CBS to CW was more than necessary for its tone and overall quality.  The show hasn’t held back on it’s commentary of topical social issues and it did something that the DC films have failed to as of late…make Superman likable.

30. Vice Principals

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HBO – Danny McBride, Walton Goggins and Kimberly Hebert Gregory

It should be noted that our two stars play absolutely terrible people on this show. Danny McBride is an expert at making bad guys almost worth rooting for (i.e. Kenny Powers) and Walton Goggins is simply one of the best actors in television today (watch Justified, if you don’t believe me). The under-the-radar sweetness of Shea Whigham, which is a complete opposite of McBride’s character, is reason enough alone to watch this show.

29. House of Cards

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Netflix – Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Michael Kelly

House of Cards lost a bit of mojo once Frank Underwood made it to the oval office. Once he became president, he was no longer hunter but rather playing survivor instead. Robin Wright carries the 4th season much more than her male counterpart and Joel Kinnaman makes for an awesome heel as the adversary candidate in their race for reelection. What makes me hopeful for the 5th season is how scary both Francis and Claire are by the end of 4th.

28. Preacher

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AMC – Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Jackie Earle Haley

Preacher had of the best pilots of the year, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It matched the crazy and action that’s packed in the comic series, and set the tone for what should be a wild ride of a series. The season itself had its ups and downs, sometimes standing in place and other times with the pedal to metal. It never lacked suspense or humor though, due to the unpredictable nature and writing of the characters.

27. The Crown

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Netflix – Claire Foy, Matt Smith and John Lithgow

The Crown is absolutely stunning. The cinematography, the costumes, the pageantry, and the acting are all top notch. The real life story of Queen Elizabeth and her royal family are fascinating too but there was a disconnect for me…It’s hard to be emotionally invested and sympathetic in the problems of British Hierarchy. But Lithgow as Winston Churchill is inspiring.

26. Black Mirror

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Netflix – Bryce Dallas Howard and Michael Kelly

This British anthology series is the modern Twilight Zone, with technology, and it’s terrifying. Excellent and recognizable actors in each story/episode and themes that make you question your own behavior when it comes to, well, everything…

25. The Flash

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The CW – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton and Tom Cavanaugh

Everyday I wonder why Warner Bros. doesn’t just let the TV DC universe carry over to their film universe…Grant Gustin belongs there and they are making a big mistake by not capitalizing on the charm, fun and popularity he has brought with Barry Allen.

24. Insecure

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HBO – Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji and Jay Ellis

Issa Rae is awesome. The show is comfortable and honest. It doesn’t try hard to speak on behalf of its audience yet is still relatable. It was also refreshing after every half hour following Westworld episode trying to blow your mind.

23. Grace and Frankie

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Netflix – Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterson and Martin Sheen

I love Grace and Frankie. Ever since Sam Waterson and Martin Sheen chose to come out to their wives (Fonda and Tomlin) in the show’s first episode, it’s been an absolute delight. Can’t wait for the third season.

22. Veep

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HBO – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky

It shouldn’t be news to anyone at this point that Veep is really good, and will probably be especially relevant in the next couple years. When you have Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Diedrich Bader and HUGH LAURIE as recurring supporting characters, what’s not to love?

21. BoJack Horseman

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Netflix – Will Arnett, Alison Brie and Aaron Paul

BoJack is Netflix’s best comedy and that’s really saying a lot. All I have to do is point to the episode that was set in 2007 (WOW, TEN YEARS AGO NOW) and how effective every episode specific to that year was.

20. Last Chance U

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Netflix

It’s the one docu-series that I have listed here but it’s a great one. Following a junior college school of student athletes trying to overcome their personal and academic issues and catch the eye of D1 programs (while also dealing with their egotistical head coach) is some of the most compelling television you’ll find in the last year.

19. Bosch

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Amazon – Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector and Lance Reddick

Related to the Lincoln Lawyer universe of novels, Bosch is an adapted Michael Connelly detective series that plays like a modern noir. Titus Welliver has always been “that guy” on TV shows, usually a supporting or guest villain, but shines when given the spotlight as the title character. If you were a fan of The Wire, then you are going to LOVE all the alums who star and appear on the show.

18. Mozart in the Jungle

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Amazon – Gael Garcia Bernal, Malcolm McDowell and Lola Kirke

How this series hasn’t received love from the Emmys is beyond me (at least on thing the Golden Globes gets right). One of the easiest binge watches you could ask for, with great writing and soul-searching music. Bernal is also one of the best actors you’ll find on television today and makes you feel as romantic the maestro he portrays.

17. Ray Donovan

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Showtime – Liev Schreiber, John Voight and Steven Bauer

Now that we’re moved on from Bryan Cranston’s Walter White and Jon Hamm’s Don Draper, it’s time to start recognizing Liev Schreiber’s Ray Donovan as one of the most complex and well-acted characters on current running series. It took a few years, but the show is now hitting its stride in writing, acting, and casting…while the soundtrack to Season 4 could be pound-for-pound as good as any.

16. Billions

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Showtime – Damian Lewis, Paul Giamati and Maggie Siff

Maggie Siff is the x-factor to a show that already features two heavyweight lead actors. Don’t get me wrong, Lewis and Giamati definitely fit the bill. But Siff goes well beyond what we remember from her character, Tara, on Sons of Anarchy, and deserves as many nominations as she can get. The show itself is like if The Big Short didn’t treat its audience like a bunch of idiots and faster paced. Great Metallica appearance too.

15. The Americans

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FX – Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich

I’ll be honest, I’m still catching up on The Americans. It’s well-regarded as being one of the best shows today, if not THEE BEST, but it took me a while to get interested enough to check it out. I’m sure by next year it will be significantly higher on the list.

14. Silicon Valley

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HBO – Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller and Kumail Nanjiani

I don’t know if there is a show that has a better sense of humor than Silicon Valley. Every episode oozes with Mike Judge’s cynicism, nature and experience in the industry and it’s fantastic. Is it a little exhausting that guys of Pied Piper continue to get crapped on after they find success? Yes…but that’s the heart of its story: overcoming the continuous struggle.

13. The People vs. OJ Simpson

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FX – Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta and Courtney B. Vance 

The very first episode of American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson reminded us how great Ryan Murphy can be as a director and storyteller. You knew what was going to happen, but the suspense was absolutely killer and he let the evidence tell the story. The acting was superb by a great cast, but then Murphy couldn’t get out of his own way. Yes, Robert Kardashian’s friendship was significant to Simpson, but did they have to be so gratuitous with the attention to his ex wife and daughters? And why was every extra or background actor more annoying and awful than the next? Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown and John Travolta made the miniseries every bit as compelling as it was though.

12. Daredevil

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Netflix – Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal and Deborah Ann Woll

Season 1 of Daredevil was an absolute adrenaline rush that was capable of doing what the Marvel Cinematic Universe hadn’t accomplished yet: like give us a memorable and even sympathetic villain (Vincent D’onofrio). This time, it was an antihero that took The Defenders series to the next level…Jon Bernthal’s variation of The Punisher is dark, brooding, heartbreaking, badass, and even more interesting than the title character.

11. This Is Us

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NBC – Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia

One of the best new shows on television, This Is Us has this uncanny ability to make you laugh, cry and repeat over and over every episode. It’s honest, it’s smart, and it’s one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. The show also never ceases to keep you on your toes.

10. The Night Manager

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AMC – Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki

Sexy, suspenseful and super unpredictable, The Night Manager was unbelievably good, even by AMC’s standards. If it was an audition for Tom Hiddleston to play James Bond, he passed. If Hugh Laurie was trying out to be a Bond villain, he’d be way better than most…Rather than go with the obvious Bond girl comp, I’ll just say Elizabeth Debicki is my new TV crush and I feared for her life the entire miniseries.

9. Narcos

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Netflix – Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal

The best way I can describe how good Narcos S2 was, I literally couldn’t close my laptop while streaming it…I actually let it play on top of my washer while I did my laundry because I couldn’t hit pause on the action that was cranked to 11, compared to season 1. Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar is more than award worthy as well.

8. Atlanta

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FX – Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry and Keith Stanfield

Donald Glover is making a really strong case for coolest dude on the planet. Even cooler might be Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Straight Outta Compton) and everything his character does on Atlanta. Every episode is different in its own way but they are all consistently real and also surreal at the same time.

7. Better Call Saul

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AMC – Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Michael McKean

Better Call Saul is proof of 2 things: Vince Gilligan is a genius and comedic actors are brilliant in dramatic settings. It’s incredible to see how enthralling the stories can be of Breaking Bad’s supporting characters. The shows are very different in tone, but the suspense, cinematography and classic Gilligan wit are all there…sometimes better. Oh, and it look’s like Gus is coming next season.

6. Luke Cage

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Netflix – Mike Colter, Rosario Dawson and Theo Rossi

While watching Luke Cage, I couldn’t help but think it was my favorite of The Defenders  series. Mike Colter’s Luke Cage isn’t afraid to be the hero, nor does he hide behind an alias and that avoids the unnecessary drama that you find in Daredevil. The show doesn’t hold back on facing social issues and the women on the show are all complete badasses in their own way. Also love the music and how Harlem is treated like a character itself.

5. Westworld

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HBO – Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins

The mystery of Westworld’s end game throughout the first season was so enthralling that you couldn’t help but keep watching until it came to fruition. Every twist kept you on your toes, the setting was gorgeous, and the music was haunting. Almost every character was dynamic, man or machine, and whom you were rooting for was entirely up to you.

4. Stranger Things

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Netflix – David Harbour, Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown

Stranger Things was the new show that many of us geeks needed over the summer. Sci-fi, horror, 80’s references, adventure, action and all the wonderment through the eyes of kids of that era made this show worth binge watching over an entire weekend.

3. Game of Thrones

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HBO – Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey

Television’s most talked about show gave us its biggest payoff of a season. Every episode gave fans a win, whether it was characters being reunited, the advancement of a few others, or the death of a few hated ones…Don’t forget, I had Power Rankings for the entire season too.

2. The Night Of

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HBO – Riz Ahmed, John Turturro and Bill Camp

After every episode, week to week, I couldn’t help but say that The Night Of was the best show of the summer. It was. From the premiere, which made you scream “NO NO NO NO NO!” with everything Riz Ahmed did, to John Turturro’s amazing performance, to the back-and-forth “Serial Podcast” style guessing of who-done-it…every episode was worth the wait. Would have loved to see what the first one would have been like with James Gandolfini in Turturro’s role.

1. Goliath

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Amazon – Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt and Maria Bello

I haven’t seen it on many year-end lists, but here I have it as my #1. Why? If you’re a Billy Bob Thornton fan, everything you like about him is on display in Goliath. He’s funny, commanding, and unbelievably easy to root for. The battle between a giant corporation and the “little guy” victims was too good to pause during a weekend to myself. It was also the most fulfilling of any series I have listed above. It’s the first thing I suggest to anyone who asks for a recommendation too.

 

If you have any thoughts or recommendations for next year’s list, let me know on Twitter or Facebook. Stay tuned for the Favorites of 2016 Movie List. 

The Walking Dead Power Rankings: S7 E1 “Right Hand Man”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe…and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

After the Season 7 premiere, showrunner Scott Gimple told the live Talking Dead audience that the show was “looking for a way to break the audience”…Judging by social media reaction, they certainly accomplished that.

We spent nearly half a year waiting for the answer to the Season 6’s cliffhanger of Who would meet Lucille first and even that didn’t seem like enough time to brace for impact. We’re talking about a series where zombies and humans alike are mangled, torn to shreds, decapitated, curb-stomped even…and the way our two fallen characters died STIL made fans declare that they are “ex fans”. Yes, the bashing of their heads made Noah’s face-ripping death seem PG-13 but in my opinion…

A) I’m really happy to see this series and Game of Thrones haven’t completely desensitized people.

B) Here’s your reminder that The Walking Dead is a horror series. You’re not supposed to be comfortable.

Before we get to the rankings, a quick moment for the fallen.

Abraham

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The tell for Negan, when he decided to absolutely obliterate Abraham’s head, was when he immediately thought he needed a shave after seeing the ginger handlebar mustache. I think we all knew that Abraham wasn’t going to grow anymore in this story. He also seemed to come to grips with that well before his exit. Sasha and everything were just gravy to his arc.

In his last moment though, telling Negan to “Suck my nuts” was as poetic a way Abraham could go out.

Glenn Rhee

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“Hey, dumbass.”

When Glenn literally dodged his near-death last season, it seemed too obvious because it wasn’t a fitting end for him. I know that he died in the books that way, but THAT was the way a character like him should go. Ironic that Glenn was pardoned for his outburst by Negan, and then killed because of Daryl’s.

Lastly, there’s beauty to the brutal way Glenn left the show. While we could see the dent in his forehead and his eye popping from its socket, the only thing Glenn could do was tell his wife “I will find you.” Maggie and their unborn child were his purpose. Those final words before his last breath could be a theme for what’s to come this season…being there for each other when things look the darkest.

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*wipes tears from cheek*

1. Negan

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The N.W.O (Negan World Order) is off to a hell of a start. Besides shortening this list by 2 characters, Negan broke Rick…and the audience.

How often does a character’s actions force fans to take to Facebook and declare they have quit the show? Not since that time the “Lannisters sent the regards” do I recall a reaction like that. What may be even more messed is the fact that I…kinda love him? What keeps me intrigued is waiting to see how he could possibly be dethroned (It has to happen at some point, right?).

2. Morgan Jones

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Before you freak out, think about it…Morgan is the key to helping Rick and well, everyone, right now. He’s in control of his situation. He’s capable of killing again (thanks to saving Carol). And he’s heading to a place where people where street hockey pads and ride horseback with spears. To beat an army, you need an army…and Morgan could be aligning with one at The Kingdom.

3. Maggie Greene

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Maggie was the de facto Matriarch of Alexandria after Deanna was killed. She was strong and diplomatic, even when held hostage by some of Negan’s people (the first time). She has lost the most on the show and lost even more, after watching Glenn’s head be smashed to pieces. Even in the most peril, as someone who desperately needs to see a doctor, Maggie still stood tall after Negan left and said “Fight them.”

She feels responsible, but we know there are plenty more reasons why the group is in the situation that they are in.

4. Rick Grimes

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Rick thought he could be like Negan before ever even meeting the man. People who wouldn’t fall in line with his ideas became expendable to him. It was his idea to deal with The Hilltop and poke the Negan bear in the first place. Despite his mistakes that helped get the group to where they are now, Rick as dangerous as anyone on the show and the leader of the group.

You can tell that Negan finds him useful too, otherwise it would like have been Rick’s brains dripping from “Lucille”.

5. Simon

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You would think the 2nd-in-command to Negan would be 2nd on this list, right? While Simon clearly has power in the NWO, it’s only because Negan allows it…and apparently needs a marker handy from time to time. We’ve seen Simon before, and I do mean before the S6 finale…He was there on the hunt for Dwight, who had obviously tried escaping from Negan’s camp. Simon had a machete handy and cut off one of his men’s limbs that had been bitten. At least he cares about preserving manpower, right?

6. Dwight

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Dwight may prove to be the most interesting of Negan’s group. We know he has defied the “supreme leader” and clearly paid for it with the insane scar on his face. He has the upper-hand in his rivalry with Daryl, but perhaps he can be swayed to go against Negan and align with his current mortal nemesis? He’s done it once before…

7. Carl Grimes

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The Carl Haters Club needs to sit down for a little bit. Not once did Carl seem phased by Negan’s barking and the threat of losing his arm. Carl gave Negan that defiant glare that we had seen him give his own father in the past. You also have to give credit where it’s due, as he told Rick to just “do it” when the choice was losing an arm or another member of the group.

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If anyone knows how to adjust and survive in the NWO, it’s Jesus. Rick will not only have to rely on him for advice but also for any chance of keeping the alliance with The Hilltop to stay strong against Rick. As mentioned earlier, in order to beat Negan’s army…Rick and Jesus will have to build one of their own.

9. Michonne

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#Richonne lives on!…for now. Negan doesn’t appreciate people speaking up while he is in the middle of a soliloquy but he did let Michonne speak up when Rick was being told to cut off his son’s arm. Why? In Negan-speak, he did almost compliment her for understanding the gravity of their situation. With Daryl literally in a cage, Michonne is the group’s strongest warrior. How will she be utilized next?

10. Sasha

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Sasha has come a very long way since both Bob and Tyrese were killed. Rather than shutdown while watching Abraham be brutally murdered, she stood up with a purpose to help Maggie. While the premiere was meant to break the group down, I think it has also brought them together more. Initially, it seems Sasha is reacting better than most would with the trauma.

11. Carol

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If you followed along with the Power Rankings last season, then you know there was a love-hate relationship with Carol (much like the one she has with just about everyone outside of her group). Her rivalry with Morgan was such a distraction for everyone involved, but somehow it’s led to their new partnership that is heading to The Kingdom. Carol has saved the group multiple times in the past. Will she come back riding in with the horse guys to do it again?

12. Tara

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As far as we know, Tara and Heath have not been picked up by Negan’s henchmen. The more allies Rick has on the outside, the better. And when she finds out what they did to her girlfriend…OH MAN, IS SHE GOING TO LOOK FOR VENGEANCE. All-caps were necessary.

13. Horse Guy

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Horse Guy doesn’t have a name yet, but he does have a horse, a spear, and a community that could help the Alexandrians. He also looks ready to kick ass in roller derby.

14. Father Gabriel

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Father Gabriel has gone from wet blanket to turncoat to protector of Alexandria in a very short time. Among the group that was left behind, I trust him the most to hold his own and protect Baby Judith…as he has sworn to do.

15. Aaron

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I am very unsure how Aaron is going to deal with the trauma of seeing two people he cared about murdered in front of his face. However, he has evolved with Rick’s group, killed for the first time, and remains the most capable of the original Alexandrians. Aaron is almost an adopted member of the group, and seems to be at their level now having experienced the introduction to Negan with them.

16. Heath

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In a better spot than most for being on the outside with Tara. However, he’s replacing Jack Bauer on 24. So how much longer will he be on the show?

17. Doctor Harlan

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Currently the most important person in Maggie and her unborn child’s life.

18. Gregory

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Speaking of 24 alums, you shouldn’t trust Gregory. But at least Gregory knows what it’s like living in the NWO. The bargaining chips may be pushed into his favor when Rick needs to deal with The Hilltop going forward.

19. Enid

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Enid is not going to take the news about Glenn very well, considering the family dynamic she built with him and Maggie. Enid is a survivor though, and seems to have committed to the Alexandrians’ effort to thrive. She won’t be too happy with Carl for locking her into a closet, but you can see them making a formidable team in the long-term.

20. Eugene

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I was so sure Eugene would be killed. He gave up his value by giving Rick the recipe for making bullets, which may still mean his time on The Walking Dead will be cut short. He was also the only one with his face in his hands for most of the episode. Eugene can either fold or step up into Abraham’s role. What do you think will happen?

21. Rosita

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Rosita is partially responsible for this mess, running out and looking for revenge with Daryl. We also know that she isn’t particularly independent (Abraham, Spencer, you get it). I can see her getting close to Negan, like Andrea had with The Governor. That could prove either useful for the group…or just for her.

22. Daryl Dixon

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Daryl was #1 on our list for much of last season’s rankings. Now he’s in the back of a van, and could put chopped into pieces. While the guilt of Glenn’s death may way heavily on him, Daryl always finds a way…

23. Tobin

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Did anyone see the Jack Reacher ads? Tobin was a crooked sherif getting busted by Tom Cruise. It was awesome. For now, he’s one of the few you trust to fall in with what Rick wants in Alexandria…and really misses Carol, I’m sure.

24. Baby Judith

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Being Rick’s baby girl carries more weight than most on this show. You’ve seen #RickRage before, right?

25. Spencer Monroe

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One of the show’s biggest wild cards. Will he hang tough with Rick or align with Negan?

26. Eric Raleigh

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I’m sorry but Eric’s gotta be in the running for people who don’t last much longer on this show. Aaron’s going to be happy to see him when he returns, but he’s not built for NWO.

27. Olivia

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Still counting jars.

28. Andy

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Have to think Negan will be looking for payback, as Andy did help lead the raid on the base last season…

29. Cal

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Remains the least threatening on this list with a spear.

30. Freddie

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Also not built for the NWO.

31. Craig

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Are you still alive, Craig?

 

Coming soon…Ezekiel and Shiva.

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Comic-Con 2016 TV and Movie Trailer Party

Comic-Con San Diego was a blast to follow this weekend. Big casting news, epic first-looks, crazy cosplay costumes…

And trailers that made you feel like we’re in for a great rest of 2016 and 2017. Here is a collection of the best trailers to come out of Comic-Con San Diego and what you should be looking forward to…coming soon.

 

Luke Cage (Netflix)

 

Iron Fist (Netflix)

 

The Defenders

 

Agents of Shield: Season 4 (ABC)

 

Doctor Strange (Marvel)

 

Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.)

Wonder Woman (Warner Bros.)

 

The Justice League (Warner Bros.)

 

The Lego Batman Movie (WB)

 

The Flash: Season 3 (CW)

 

Arrow: Season 5 (CW)

 

Gotham: Season 3

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (WB)

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (WB)

 

Kong: Skull Island (WB)

 

Sherlock: Season 4 (BBC)

 

American Gods (STARZ)

 

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Netflix Takes Mixtapes to a Whole New Level with ‘Flixtape’

While you’re taking trips down memory lane watching Netflix’s new original, Stranger Things, you make mixtapes again as well…of movies and TV shows.

Say hello to Flixtape, a feature that allows users to create quick and easily accessible playlists of their favorites on the streaming service that can also be shared with friends via Facebook, Twitter, email and text.

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Netflix can either recommend selections for you or you can simply let it know what you’re in the mood for. Just type in a genre, title or keyword of any sort and you can add it to your list of up to 6 moves, shows, standup specials or documentaries.

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Once you’ve created your Flixtape, you can share it with that friend who keeps asking for recommendations in your Facebook newsfeed. Or you can show your crush what you’re into, and see if they dig it too…If not, I’m sorry. I’m sure someone out there likes that thing that you like too.

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A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Game of Thrones’ from Samuel L. Jackson

Game of Thrones scored big Thursday with 23 Emmys nominations, the most of any television show this year.

Hearing such news may make you interested in binge watching the entire badass 6th season, which we did weekly power rankings for this year. Maybe you want to start from the very beginning, when Ned Stark as making examples of deserters and Daenerys had a jerk brother. Perhaps you’re one of the very brand new people to the wild world of Westeros all together…

Fear not, young Thrones n00b (that’s gamer speak, I think), Samuel L. Jackson has you covered.

 

He’s not necessarily reciting Ezekiel 25:17 like in Pulp Fiction, or telling you why they called him Mr. Glass, but he’s doing us all a great favor by giving one of the biggest shows on television the Snakes on a Plane treatment.

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