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Saeed Adyani/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Get excited, Gilmore Girls fans. The new trailer for the four-part Netflix revival series, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, has arrived -- and it has everything your Stars Hollow-loving heart could want.

There are the show’s signature pop culture references and witty banter, as well as a slew of appearances from all your favorite characters -- including Rory’s ex-boyfriends Jess, Dean and Logan. There’s even a glimpse of Melissa McCarthy as quirky chef Sookie.

The trailer suggests some big changes are brewing for Lauren Graham’s Lorelai and Alexis Bledel’s Rory. Lorelai is contemplating her relationship with diner owner Luke, while Rory grapples with the state of her career.
Gilmore matriarch Emily is also seen dealing with the death of her husband, Richard, who was played by the late Edward Herrmann on the original series.

The four 90-minute installments -- “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer” and “Fall” -- premiere November 25. 
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Lane Savage/Comedy Central (NEW YORK) -- Abbi Jacobson is gearing up for the fourth season of her show Broad City, but she's now showing off her side project, her new comedic book of illustrations called Carry This Book.

"Every spread is a different famous person or famous fictional character's contents of their bag," she explained to Good Morning America on Tuesday.

Jacobson, who went to art school, told GMA After Hours that the cheeky book gave her a chance to unplug fromBroad City, and also stretch her creative muscles. "I really wanted to get back into illustrating," she explained, noting that each celebrity's hand-illustrated contents, are based on reality, at least.

"There are some actual facts about each person -- I did basic research, and then I sort of elaborated in a comedic way on what I thought they would have. So like, when I got into their to-do lists, and reminders, and datebooks...that's where I got to really got to expand and talk about what I thought."  

One of the subjects of Jacobson's new book is Hillary Clinton, who appeared on Broad City -- much to the shock of Jacobson and her co-creator Ilana Glazer. "It was unbelievable," Jacobson recalled. 

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Artist: Elizabeth Torque/Marvel - 2016(NEW YORK) -- Ariell Johnson has been collecting comic books for more than a decade, but she'll soon add a very personal one to her collection.

The 33-year-old founder and president of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc. will appear on a variant cover of "Invincible Iron Man #1."

The first image of the book, which goes on sale next month, features Johnson having a meal with new Marvel superhero RiRi Williams -- the young African American woman who has stepped into Tony Stark's shoes as Iron Man. 

Like Williams, Johnson is a trailblazer. She opened Amalgym last December, becoming the first black, female comic book store owner on the East Coast. However, her obsession of all things geek really began around age 10 or 11, when she discovered "X-Men" character Storm.

Johnson credits the character, one of the first black, female superheroes, with being, "the bridge that got me into this world."

"To think I made it a decade-plus and I had never seen a black, woman superhero is crazy because little white boys have so many [with whom they identify]: 'I want to be Iron Man!' 'I want to be Batman!' 'I want to be Superman.' 'I want to be Han Solo!' When you are a person of color, you're scraping the bottom of the barrel to find someone you can identify with. I always felt like I was watching other people's adventures," she explained. "Being introduced to Storm was a pivotal moment for me because had I not come across her, I might have grown out of my love for [comics]."

After graduating from cartoons to comics in high school, Johnson began buying her own books in college. Her Friday routine was comforting: She'd go to the comic book store to get her weekly stash, and then take the books across the street to her favorite coffee shop, where she'd read them over a hot chocolate and piece of cake.

When the coffee shop was forced to close some 10 years ago, Johnson decided it was up to her to create a space that gave her the same feeling of warmth.

"The goal is to be an inclusive geek space," she said. "So it’s not just comics; it’s gaming, it’s sci-fi, it’s horror, whatever you geek about, we want to make room for you!"

She's also proven to be a role model for girls and women. Johnson, who points to Marvel's diverse cast of characters and story lines as proof that the industry is evolving in a positive way, said that she's worked hard to make sure that everybody feels welcome at Amalgam.

"I had a girl tell me I had an excellent book selection and she was 7 or 8. I don’t know how welcome she might feel in some other spaces," she said. "Women exist in this space! We’ve always been reading comic books, we just may not have been as open about it. I definitely get very positive feedback from not just little girls, but grown women too."

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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AMC/Gene Page(NEW YORK) -- Fans tuned in in droves to see just who fell in the Season 7 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead.

According to Variety, the episode that had Jeffrey Dean Morgan's bat-wielding big bad Negan braining two of Rick Grimes' gang drew some 17 million fans -- down slightly from the series high Season 5 premiere of 17.29 million viewers -- but still by far, the biggest show on TV, and more than two million more viewers that watched the Season 6 premiere.

What's more, the show that followed, a 90-minute edition of AMC's Talking Dead, drew more than 7.5 million viewers, who processed their grief over (SPOILER ALERT) Glenn and Abraham during a live show held at a rainy Hollywood Forever Cemetery. During the broadcast, host Chris Hardwick noted it hardly ever rains in L.A., as it was as if "Jesus was crying" along with the fans for the fallen heroes.

The trade notes that not wanting to be spoiled by social media may have led more people to tune in, night-of, which is increasingly rare nowadays. 

Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, whose Daryl Dixon was spared the wrath of Negan's barbed wire covered bat Lucille -- but not a terrible future as his captive by the show's end -- told ABC's Peter Travers the lengths that the cast and crew goes through to keep the show's secrets secret. 

"It's changed every year. We used to get a lot of scripts in advance, and then show got more and more popular, and now we know right at the last minute. It's even kept from us 'til the last minute."

Reedus says, and the episode proved, that "no one is safe" on The Walking Dead -- not even fan favorites.

The secrecy bleeds, so to speak, into the actors' process. "It's actually kind of helped us, I think...It's a lot like life: you always feel like you have more time with people, and you never think it's gonna come, and when it does come, it's a shocker."

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, October 30, at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC. 

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2016 - Dos Equis(NEW YORK) -- Back in September, Dos Equis revealed identity of the replacement for Jonathan Goldsmith, the suave, silver-haired pitchman whose "Most Interesting Man" character virtually tripled the beer's sales since his introduction nearly nine years ago.

Now, the new Most Interesting Man, French actor Augustin Legrand, is starring in a brand-new commercial, just released at 8 this morning.

While Goldsmith is gone, his Most Interesting legend lives; his successor is shown fan-boating on sand dunes, fighting a samurai, and staging a helicopter RV tailgate in the Serengeti, kicking a field goal with a coconut he whittles into a football through "the uprights" of two giraffes. 

The bearded, 41 years old, actor is said to have. "… cheated death, and death was perfectly OK with it." 

"If life were to give him lemons," the ad says, "he’d make a spinach fettuccine with a shiitake mushroom glaze."

Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Lloyd Bishop/NBC(NORTH DAKOTA) -- Actress Shailene Woodley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal trespass and riot charges that came following her arrest earlier this month while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Woodley faces a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $3,000 if convicted, according to court docs from the district court in Morton County, North Dakota.

Woodley was arrested on October 10 for protesting the four-state crude oil pipeline that has courted controversy since earlier this summer, when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued to block its construction, claiming the pipeline threatened the tribe's water supply and traversed culturally sacred sites.

Woodley broadcast her arrest on Facebook Live.

Amy Goodman, a journalist for "Democracy Now!," was also arrested while covering the protest last month and charged with criminal trespass, according to a statement from the Morton County Sheriff's Department.

Goodman's arrest garnered outrage from many who claimed that it infringed on her First Amendment rights as a journalist. The Morton County Sheriff's Department later dismissed the criminal trespass charge against Goodman but said in a statement that other charges were still being considered against her.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- President Barack Obama visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night and spent the entire show talking baseball, politics, and joking with host Jimmy Kimmel.

Following his monologue, Kimmel introduced the second-ever Presidential Edition of “Mean Tweets,” marking the second time President Obama has agreed to read mean tweets about himself. Among the highlights:“Barack Obama is the Nickelback of presidents;” “Obama couldn’t negotiate getting a Whopper without pickles”; and “My mom bought new conditioner and it sucks -- it isn’t even conditioning my hair. I blame Obama.”

The president closed with a tweet from Republican candidate Donald Trump: “President Obama will go down in history as perhaps the worst president in the United States!” to which Obama replied, “At least I will go down as a president,” before dropping his phone like he would a mic.

The Kimmel conversation started with a discussion of the Chicago Cubs advancing to the World Series. Obama said he would root for his hometown team, even though he’s a White Sox fan, not a Cubs fan.

Kimmel also asked Obama if he ever laughs when he watches Donald Trump. Obamasaid he does.  He also confirmed he'd watched the leaked video of Trump with Billy Bush, and acknowledged he'd known then that it was going to become a sensation.

Obama also stuck up for Hillary Clinton when Kimmel asked why he thought she was so disliked, and later encouraged Americans to get out and vote regardless of their political affiliations.

President Obama ended his appearance by declaring that even though he’s leaving office, he’ll still be alive and would like to come back on the show. Kimmel joked that this appearance would be his last, but then thanked Obama for being president.

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Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev; ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Maureen McCormick, the actress best known for playing Marcia Brady on the iconic TV sitcom The Brady Bunch, was voted off Dancing with the Stars lasst night after she and her fellow competitors each performed an individual routine inspired by various eras, then delivered a team dance for extra points from the judges.

This was the first time this season that the competitors had to perform two separate dances in one night.

McCormick’s performances during the season -- the show’s 23rd -- have consistently put her near or in the middle of the pack. She earned her highest score -- 31 out of a possible 40 points -- last week for her samba, but it wasn’t enough to save her from elimination.

McCormick, 60, looked disappointed when her fate was revealed at the end of the broadcast. Her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev, hugged her.

The actress spoke highly of her experience, telling co-host Erin Andrews, “You know, there were times where I felt like I was floating, and so beautiful ... the crew, the coolest, most loving people work on this show, I love you guys.”

The Team Dances
The eight stars were divided into teams of two, with each performing a separate routine to secure extra points from judges. The score earned by the team was added to each member’s overall total for the night.

Team Past: Ryan Lochte, Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe and Maureen McCormick performed a Viennese waltz. The team earned 38 points.

Team Future: Laurie Hernandez, Jana Kramer, Terra Jolé and Marilu Henner earned 35 points for their routine that mixed elements of Argentine tango and paso doble. The team had a few hitches in its performance, including a failure to remain completely in synch and a mid-routine fall by Henner.

Standout moment: Calvin Johnson’s 1950s-era jive and James Hinchcliffe’s 1940s jitterbug were tied with 36 judges’ points each, the highest individual judges’ scores of the night. Both routines earned standing ovations from the ballroom audience. Judge Julianne Hough called Johnson’s performance “amazing,” and Bruno Tonioli said the former football player’s routine was “big, bright, optimistic, spot on.”

Speaking of Hinchcliffe’s jitterbug, Carrie Ann Inaba said the IndyCar racer immersed himself in the routine “like a really good actor.” Len Goodman, the head judge, said he would have like to see more jitterbug content in the routine. Despite that, he praised the performance, calling Hinchcliffe “a major contender in this competition.”

Tonight’s Scores (Individual dance, team dance. Total.)
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold: 36; 38. Total: 74
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: 36; 38. Total: 74
Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 34; 35. Total: 69
Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber: Total: 34; 35. Total: 69
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Total: 34; 35. Total: 69
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: 29; 38. Total: 67
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: 28; 38. Total: 66
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: 28; 35. Total: 63 (Eliminated tonight.)

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L-R: Coach Miley Cyrus, guest coaches Faith Hill & Tim McGraw; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- It was the first night of the knockout rounds on Monday’s edition of The Voice, a night that saw coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine each snatching an artist from the other.

Artists from coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys’ teams also duked it out to see which ones would make it to the live rounds.

The coaches got some help from country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

First up, it was Team Blake’s Josh Gallagher performing Brooks & Dunn’s version of B.W. Stevenson’s “My Maria,” challenged by Sundance Head, who made a risky song choice with Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” Blake warned Gallagher about staying on pitch during the falsetto parts of his song.  Faith Hill’s advice for Sundance was to perform the song with only his acoustic guitar as an accompaniment.

Sundance’s won Miley’s seal of approval, and Blake’s as well, as he named Sundance the winner of the contest.  However Adam stole Josh, assuring him he was in good hands with him because “no one for the last six years has wanted to take a country singer…and beat [Blake] over the head.”

Team Alicia’s first knockout battle of the night was between Kylie Rothfield, singing Big Mama Thornton’s version of Elvis’ classic “Hound Dog,” and sister duo Whitney & Shannon tackling Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up.” Tim advised Kylie her to keep it “thick and swampy” and “keep the smoke in it.” Whitney & Shannon, on the other hand, needed to stand out individually, instead of relying on their harmonies.

Miley, Adam and Blake called the match a toss-up, but Alicia, noting Kylie’s potential, proclaimed her the winner.

Next, Miley pitted Ali Caldwell, performing “No Ordinary Love” by Sade, against Lauren Diaz, singing Andra Day’s “Rise Up.” Faith compared Ali’s voice to a “freight Train,” likening it to the late Whitney Houston. Tim had essentially the same advice for both big voiced singers, which was to “sell” their songs.

While both artists impressed the judges with their powerful voices, Adam, Blake and Alicia gave Lauren the edge due to the “desperation” and “urgency” of her performance. However the judge whose opinion counted was Miley, and she gave the decision to Ali.

Team Adam’s Dave Moisan, singing Sam Smith’s “Like I Can” faced off against Simone Gundy with “Midnight Train to Georgia,” by Gladys Knight & the Pips were next. Tim and Faith agreed with Adam that Dave picked a tough song for his voice and needed to concentrate on his technique. Their only critique for Simone was to maintain eye contact with the audience.

Blake gave the edge to Simone for seizing the opportunity. Alicia didn’t think Dave picked the best song for his voice. Adam agreed, declaring Simone the winner.

Keys next match featured two 17-year-olds -- Courtnie Ramirez, singing Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy,” against Wé McDonald, tackling Mary J. Blige’s "No More Drama.” Alicia, Tim and Faith agreed Courtnie needed to “finish [her] phrases,” as well as sing the song in a lower key to bring out the bottom in her voice. Faith urged McDonald to “keep it real and don’t over-dramatize” the tune.

The other judges called the contest a tie. Alicia noted she was proud of both singers and joked that she picked both artists. However, Wé was ultimately declared the winner.   

The final match belonged to Team Adam’s Riley Elmore, singing Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet,“ and Jason Warrior with “I Want You,” by Luke James. Levine noted that jazz artist Riley would go from a great singer, to someone who could win the competition by really “selling” the performance. Jason, according to Faith, needed a “bridge” between the high and low ends of his range.

The judges liked Riley’s “Genuineness,” but were blown away with Jason’s range. Adam went with the artist that was most unlike any other person in the competition, which he felt was Riley. However Blake stole Jason, citing his emotion.

The Voice battle rounds continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(AUSTRALIA) -- Thor series star Chris Hemsworth poked fun at rumors that he wife Elsa Pataky are separated, using a healthy dose of sarcasm.

"Looking for a new wife according to @womansdayaus and other misleading outlets!" the 33-year-old Instagrammed, along with a picture of the two of them together. He's saluting on board a boat, his wife right next to him. "Honey you still love me right?! @elsapatakyconfidential #thanksfortheheadsup."

The Spanish model, 40, responded to her husband of six years with her own Instagram message. "Ahora y siempre ! Always and forever!!" she wrote in Spanish and English beside another loving photo of the couple.

The couple's status update comes after a report by Woman’s Day Australia that their marriage is “on the brink.”

"They’ve decided they need space, and they’ve been taking a little break from each other," a source told the magazine.

The Marvel movie star and the Spanish model wed in 2010 and are parents to 4-year-old daughter India Rose and 2-year-old twin sons Sasha and Tristan.

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Myles Aronowitz/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- In an attempt to buck the unfortunate reality that women are the minority when it comes to calling the shots on sets, Melissa Rosenberg, the executive producer of Marvel's Jessica Jones, has announced that all 13 episodes of the acclaimed Netflix series will be helmed by a woman. 

Variety points out that only one other show, Queen Sugar, which airs on OWN, can make such a claim: Ava DuVernay's show had only female directors during its debut season.

Rosenberg made the announcement during her panel at "Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment," which was held Friday at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The showrunner tells the trade that Marvel was "completely" on board with the decision. 

The sophomore series of Jessica Jones, which centers on Krysten Ritter's super-powered, super-flawed retired superhero-turned investigator, will start shooting next year. 

The character will also appear in the Netflix hero team-up series The Defenders

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- With two Academy Awards, and more nominations than he can shake those trophies at, you'd figure no performing would rattle Tom Hanks, but you'd be wrong. It's doing Saturday Night Live.

Hanks earned positive reviews for his most recent -- ninth -- turn hosting the show this past weekend, which saw him open by spoofing both presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace from Fox News and playing a sure-to-be Halloween cosplayed character called David S. Pumpkins -- in a sketch he admitted to not understanding.

As he told Kelly Ripa and her guest Live with Kelly Co-host Michael Buble, the work behind the scenes of the comedy show is no joke. "It's petrifying, because...you have this vision of everyone you have ever known in your life sitting in their living room watching it...That's crazy."  

Ripa joked that the debate itself was so bizarre that it basically "wrote itself" as a sketch. "It truly did," Hanks agreed. "It was a bonanza, man. Between 'bad hombre' and 'nasty woman,' I think all the world was like, 'I'm just gonna wait and see what Alec does.'"

The opening sketch once again pitted Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump against Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton. 

Hanks added, that for all the work, "There's nothing like it in the world."

The hard work paid off: the Oct. 22 edition of Saturday Night Live delivered season-high ratings, and the best results for any October telecast in eight years, NBC touted.

Hanks will be seen next in Inferno, his third go 'round as The Da Vinci Code hero Robert Langdon; the movie opens Friday.

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AMC - Gene Page(LOS ANGELES) -- (SPOILER ALERT) After last season's gut-wrenching cliffhanger that left us wondering who fell victim to Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan, fans finally bid farewell to not one, but two heroic favorites on Sunday’s premiere of The Walking Dead.

Just like the fans this morning, Danai Gurira, AKA Michonne, is in mourning. She stopped by Good Morning America today to discuss the shocking outcome, plus the aftermath of saying goodbye two beloved cast members on the show.

Sunday night's episode revealed that Michael Cudlitz' Sgt. Abraham Ford was defiant to the end, even after he was struck the first time by Negan's barbed wire bat, "Lucille."

However, even though his death was forecast in the comics, the death of Steven Yeun's Glenn came as a shock -- it was Negan's swift punishment for Daryl's punching the bat-wielding baddie in the face after he murdered Abraham. 

"Maggie, I'll find you," were a mortally wounded Glenn's devastating last words to his pregnant wife, Maggie. Much of the episode's closing focused on Lauren Cohan's character processing the loss.

"The heart and soul of the show, to lose them, I thought it was very important to see and to feel that loss because that loss transforms everybody," Gurira said. "It's devastating and I thought it was beautiful that we walked through it together, though it's the most horrible thing to walk through. ... Everyone's response is utterly valid.

She added: "It was horrifying to sit through that experience … the transformation that it causes us as a group couldn't really have been experienced unless you walked through that experience with us."

Gurira said the audience will see a change in her character, Michonne, in the wake of both characters’ deaths.

"The loss upon loss and then what almost happens to Carl, to her it was the most devastating thing because she's doing the math as she's sitting there," she said. "She cannot help in any actual way. She tries everything she can do.

She talks to Negan and tries to talk him down, which she's the only one who tries that tactic because that's how desperate she gets. But there's no way around it and to be that disempowered, and that helpless to her this is a woman who gets up and gets it done."

At the end of season 6, Michonne develops a romance with the group leader, Rick Grimes.

Gurira said the introduction of Negan as the show's newest villain could affect the relationship between Michonne and Rick.

"We'll have to see what the aftermath will be for these two," she said. "They are very much in a committed, love-filled relationship. They fell in love as best friends but they are in a moment of complete and utter transformation and what will happen as they pick up the pieces. Nothing's the same.

"This man [Negan] has changed everything. He's walked in their lives and everything they knew and everything they thought they knew is completely transformed."

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Bill Murray received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center Sunday night, as well as razzing from friends in the business, including a rare appearance from David Letterman.

However, it was Miley Cyrus' attempt to honor him musically -- with a rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" -- that made headlines, because the singer screwed it up. "F***, I f***ed up," Cyrus was reportedly heard saying, adding to the celeb-heavy crowd, "Sorry guys, I got too stoned."   

To Paul Shaffer, the band leader, she apologized, saying, "We worked on this. He told me not to smoke too much and I forgot." 

Miley reportedly walked offstage, and her pal Murray attempted to cover for her, throwing jokes from his balcony seat. "This is happening right now in Washington DC, the 51st state in the union!" he exclaimed to laughs.

Eventually, Cyrus came back out, and the second go-'round went more smoothly. 

Other guests there to honor -- and gently roast -- Murray were Ghostbusters his co-star Sigourney Weaver, along with Jimmy Kimmel and Aziz Ansari.

Before the show, Murray -- who also got to meet President Barack Obama over the weekend -- was asked what the two of them talked about. "Putting," he replied.

The ceremony will air on PBS October 28th at 9:00 P.M.

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Gene Page/AMC(LOS ANGELES) -- (SPOILER ALERT) Season seven of AMC's The Walking Dead promised to be a dark one, and on that front, it didn't disappoint.

Fans were left hanging at the end of season six as to whom Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan executed with his barbed wire bat, Lucille. 

Long story short: it was Abraham.  Longer story? It was Abraham AND Glenn.

When the show begins, the executions have already happened, and Rick, still kneeling, vows he's going to kill Negan. In response, Negan drags Rick away, into the RV, and takes him for a ride, tempting him with his own hatchet within reach.

Rick reaches, but Negan holds him at bay with a rifle, then beats him into submission before parking in a walker-infested area.

As flashbacks of every hero flash by Rick's eyes -- the victims still unknown to the viewer -- Negan says of the hatchet, "This is mine," and of Rick, "You are mine. Those people out there are mine."

Negan then throws the axe into the walkers and forces Rick to fetch it. Rick fights off the walkers and scrambles to the top of the RV, axe in hand.

Then at the 20-minute mark, the episode flashes back to the execution, revealing Negan killed Abraham. After the first blow, Abraham stands up tall and tells Negan, to put it politely, to suck a certain part of his anatomy. 

Negan smashes Abraham's head into pieces.  He then teases Rosita -- Abraham's ex -- with the bloody Lucille .... until Daryl gets up in a rage and punches him. Negan's thugs grab Daryl, but Negan orders them to not kill him.  Instead, as punishment, Negan spins around and brains Glenn, who manages to say "Maggie...I'll find you," before Negan delivers the coup de grace.

And with that we return to the present, with Rick on the RV roof. Negan fires through the roof, forcing Rick to jump to a walker, hanged from a bridge. Rick is surrounded -- walkers at his feet and the walker's neck about to give way, sending Rick into a sea of them.

But Negan starts shooting, covering him. As he does, Rick sees visions of Rosita, Maggie, Aaron, Michonne, Carl, and the rest getting clubbed by Negan, as Rick scrambles into the RV. 

Negan reveals who was killed -- the rest were Rick's imagination -- and cleans the hatchet with alcohol, making it seem Rick's hand is next. Instead, Negan gives him the axe, telling him it's his to use to work for him.

Back at the campsite, Negan tells Rick that despite it all, he still sees defiance in Rick. He orders guns trained on the heads of the survivors and Carl to the ground, then wraps his gun belt around the boy's arm.  He uses a marker to draw a line on the boy's arm and orders Rick to chop it off with his own hatchet -- to prove Rick's obedience and spare the others, as well as those at Alexandria.

Rick struggles; desperate and trapped. "Dad: just do it," Carl whispers.

Rick and Michonne plead for another choice. Negan offers none.

As Rick's axe is about to fall, Negan spares him from making the terrible decision. It was all about breaking Rick -- finally, Negan gets the submissive look he's been wanting.  He orders Daryl into a van, promising Rick he'll cut pieces off of him if he ever disobeys. 

"Welcome to a brand-new beginning," Negan tells the gang, before telling them he's leaving them a truck with which they're going to get him his stuff. 

Negan and his gang decamp, the heroes are left to mourn in slow-mo. Maggie starts flipping out, understandably, demanding the rest leave her to bury Glenn and get ready to fight Negan's Saviors.

"They have Daryl, they have an army," Rick protests.

They all agree they won't leave Maggie, who says she won't leave Glenn where he was killed. Rick and the others prepare to take Glenn, while Eugene, Rosita, and Sasha take Abraham.

The show ends with an idyllic what-if: Glenn and Abraham are still alive, eating with the rest of the gang in sunlight.

Rick gets into the RV and drives away, as a lone walker snacks on the two red pools left behind.

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, October 30 on AMC.

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