The Problem with The Walking Dead’s Maggie

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Maggie is one of the more popular characters in the Walking Dead, and she has certainly come a long way from the unassuming farm girl in season 2. However, recently the writing for Maggie has caused her to become a lackluster, and even slightly frustrating, character.

She’s just an add-on for Glenn at this point
Maggie, as a character, has not had many character traits outside of loving Glenn and wanting to be with Glenn since about the middle of the show’s fourth season. The death of Hershel has only compounded on this trait, making Maggie’s sole goal to be reunited with her husband—and nothing else. She doesn’t care if she has to travel on her own and risk her life, she is going to get back with Glenn. It’s not a bad thing for a character to have a relationship that drives them—but when their sole character trait consists of getting to that person, and staying with that person, it becomes very boring.

Maggie is now just an add-on for Glenn with very little traits of her own. The writers need to give Maggie more to do and care about outside of Glenn.

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She doesn’t seem to care about her sister being missing
This particular problem is caused by the fact that the writers have made Glenn Maggie’s sole goal in the show. She briefly mentions her sister to Daryl after the group is reunited after Terminus, but she does not seem upset, worried or even a little bit sad about the fact that her younger sister Beth is missing—not just missing, but kidnapped by unsavory characters. This is very unlike Maggie, who has always been about family prior to the middle of the show’s fourth season, and it does not make any sense that she would essentially abandon Beth.

Her roots are being forgotten 
It’s normal for characters to evolve from where they used to be, especially in a show like the Walking Dead which constantly deals with death, separations and other huge losses that can drastically change a person. However, the current Maggie has completely lost the roots of what made her character so originally compelling. She doesn’t have to be the rough-and-tough farm girl anymore, but there should be a shadow of the old Maggie—who loved her family, who loved to help others—somewhere in there.

 

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Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bingo

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Dog films have always been popular, but the 90s was a particularly good decade for films starring or featuring dog characters. In 19991, the film Bingo was released; Bingo is about a dog (named, of course, Bingo) who runs away from the circus and befriends a young boy by saving his life. Bingo and the boy strike an unlikely friendship, since the boy’s parents dislike dogs, and soon Bingo and his newfound friend find themselves in the midst of a dangerous criminal ring that must be exposed.bingo-friends

The film combines comedy, adventure, and even a little drama to create an interesting—if a bit ridiculous—final project. Although Bingo wasn’t the most successful of the dog movies of the 90s, or any decade, it did enter into pop culture due to its over the topic dog antics. Whether you grew up with the film or are just interested in some 90s dog movie nostalgia, consider the following things that you probably didn’t know about Bingo.

A popular line of plush Bingo toys was released alongside the film
Commonwealth Toy & Novelty, a toy company active in the 1990s, created a line of plush Bingo toys to be released in conjunction with the film. The plush toys were quite popular and came with a number of different accessories, including one plush with a blue backpack, which can be seen in promotional material for the film but is never actually seen on Bingo in the movie.

Voice actor Frank Welker provided Bingo’s vocal effects
Frank Welker, who is well known for his voice acting work a, provided some of the special vocal effects for Bingo in the film. Welker’s other work in “dog cinema” include voicing Scooby-Doo as of 2002; voicing Droopy in Tom and Jerry; and voicing Santa’s Little Helper in The Simpsons. It is also rumored that Welker voiced Zero in The Nightmare before Christmas.

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Bingo was played by a female dog
Although the character of Bingo is male, he was actually played by a female dog named Lacey. Lacey was adopted from a shelter by the Hollywood Animals agency and trained for use in film. It is actually common for female dogs to play male dog characters in film, usually because they are easier to train and because some male dog breeds experience shedding during certain months, which can create consistency issues.