Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels Recap and Review ‘FIGHTER FLIGHT’

Legion contributor Sabina-Lissette Ibarra recaps and reviews Star Wars Rebels each week! Follow her on Twitter @Wicked_Phoenix!

Looks like Ezra won’t stop reminding Zeb that he saved his life. From the last episode to this episode, seems like Zeb’s pride has been taking a beating from a teenager. The two are still endlessly bickering on the Ghost and everyone on board has had it. This recapper has too.

Hera decides to send the pair out for groceries on Lothal, specifically to seek out a fruit called the Meiloorun. At the marketplace, they decide to go separate ways and Ezra runs into a farmer he knew. Both Zeb and Ezra discover that the fruit they seek does not grow on Lothal and just about when they’re going to leave, bump into a crate filled with the elusive grocery. When Zeb asks if he could purchase them at any price, he’s told that it’s impossible as Imperial forces have taken them. This begs the question, did Hera know they were in the hand of the bad guys and think it a good bonding moment for the two to team up? That’s pretty risky. Alternatively, if she didn’t know and they happened to come into that situation….it’s kind of a stretch.

This week’s episode was a total change of pace. You’ve got two characters who’ve come from a serious place in the last episode and find them completely changed and back to fighting sibling mode. Okay, we get it; teaching kids not to fight like their brothers and egged on by a sister (Sabine in this case). Kanan and Hera are the parents apparently and their function in this episode is just that. I’m really hoping Hera won’t just serving as the mother on the show and we get so see her storyline more in action.

When Zeb and Ezra get involved with the Imperial forces to get the fruit, they stumble across them harassing Ezra’s old friend. Turns out, that they used to know his family and seeing them in danger motivated Ezra to help them. Zeb begrudgingly helps out, they commandeer a Tie-
Fighter and work together using each other’s skills. Zeb’s fighting and Ezra’s force–which by the way have not been trained. They have some comical moments during the ‘save Ezra’s friend’s farm’ fight that are reminiscent of the universe’s trademark wit but it’d be nice to see them establish their own humor. After ridding themselves of the bad guys, they go back on board Ghost with the fruit and the knowledge that they can get along after all.

This episode has definitely been the weakest of what we’ve seen but with the previews of future scenes we can hope that it picks up again soon. Can’t wait to see more Jedi training and more about Hera and Sabine’s backstories. It would help to not see them relegated to Hera being the doting mom and Sabine just Ezra’s spunky crush. It is just episode 2 so we’ll likely be getting episodes on the two.

What did you think of this week’s episode? And what are you hoping to see more of on the show? Hit me with some comments below or tweet me @wicked_phoenix

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 5: Pics Show a BIG Change From the Books!

Today we have some new pics from Season 5 of Game of Thrones and they promise a big change from the books. Two characters are meeting (and clearly more than just meeting) that haven’t in the George R.R. Martin series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’ Before you scroll down, please know that there are BOOK SPOILERS in here. You’ve been warned.

Okay, moving on. As you may recall from the books, Danerys is finding that conquering cities isn’t so hard, but ruling them is pretty problematic. To help with the rather large household duties, she marries Hizdahr zo Loraq. The wedding is celebrated with games, which you see below.

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Wait, who is that sitting with Dany and her new husband? Why, it’s Tyrion Lannister! Though Tyrion does head over to Meereen in the books (and earlier pics have shown Peter Dinklage in costume on the Meereen sets), he hasn’t (yet) met Dany. Are we moving ahead? Are we changing things? Who knows?

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Well, well! If it isn’t Ser Jorah, fighting in the games! Will he win back his Khaleesi? Go ahead and speculate below!

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The Flash

The Flash Gets a Full Season Order From The CW

Fans of The CW’s The Flash will be pleased to learn that the show has received a full season order from the network. It’s news that really isn’t going to surprise anyone, but it’s certainly nice to hear. In addition, according to Deadline, the network’s Jane the Virgin, the story of a girl who is accidentally impregnated has received a full season order as well.

Have you been watching either show? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Don’t miss Legion contributor Shaun Rosado’s weekly recaps of the show right here. Follow him on Twitter @pneumaz.

Chris Kluwe

Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe: ‘Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off’

Today in Allies: Former NFL player Chris Kluwe is a gamer of 26 years and he can’t stand #gamergate. He just wrote a piece for TheMedium entitled ‘Why #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off.’ Yes, there is profanity in there, some of it rather magical.

Here is an excerpt, where he talks about the people who say things like, “I’m not one of the bad #gamergaters”: “Every time I see one of you slackjawed pickletits link me something like ‘I’m a moderate #Gamergate’r,’ or ‘#Gamergate in sixty seconds YOUTUBE CLIP,’ or “Here’s an anecdotal story from this one woman we found that completely negates an entire history of misogyny and abuse of woman, not just in videogaming but in the entirety of human existence so support the REAL GAMERS,” it pisses me the fuck off because you are ruining something I enjoy. When people — everyday people who watch the coverage on CNN of Anita Sarkeesian having to cancel a speaking engagement due to death threats — think of ‘gamers,’ they are going to think of you, and that irritates me. It enrages me. I want to punch down a wall, and I like my walls. They’re nicely painted.”

There is also this one, where he calls on #gamergaters to take on the members of their group who harass women: “… #Gamergaters, if your concern really was ethics, the very first thing you would be saying about this whole mess is, ‘Holy shit, get these fucking misogynistic creeps away from us. Let’s find a different hashtag to assemble under RIGHT FUCKING NOW.’ You’d be doing everything in your power to make sure the legitimate cause you’re concerned about wasn’t hijacked or used as a shield by those with no other agenda than to make women and minorities afraid, simply because they can. You wouldn’t defend the oppression of someone simply based on their gender (because let’s be real honest here, I haven’t seen a single #Gamergater go after Activision, or Ubisoft, or Rockstar), and you definitely wouldn’t concoct ever-more wild conspiracy theories to support your increasingly flawed view of reality.”

Definitely read the whole letter. It’s wonderful. Mr. Kluwe, sir, thank you for this.

(via TheMarySue)

The Originals

THE ORIGINALS RECAP: SEASON 2, EPISODE 3 ‘EVERY MOTHER’S SON’

Legion contributor Dorina Arellano recaps and reviews The Originals each week! Follow her on Twitter @evildorina!

This week’s episode opens with some creepy music and an even creepier Cassie (Fake Esther) making some weird magic gift stuffs to send to her “estranged” sons. It’s basically an invitation to dinner. At their own place. Because that’s how she rolls, like that annoying friend everyone has who invites themselves to everything. Except, in this case, you can’t say no because she’s a thousand year old witch and, you know, your mom.

So while the good (or not quite as bad?) Mikaelson clan is making preparations, we flashback to Viking times where everyone is practically a baby, Elijah isn’t wearing a suit, and Finn is a younger narc who tells Esther that Niklaus is hiding in the woods. We, unsurprisingly, find out that he’s hiding from his insane dad, so Esther calms him down while jealous Finn watches from afar.

In present time, Elijah (thankfully, in a suit again and of legal age. Schwing!) is looking for a new witch to figure out which body Esther will jump into next, so Marcel (Vampire Lando) has new violin playing vampire Gia help him out. She hesitantly takes “Captain Condescension” to see Lenore, who turns out to be a cool, no-nonsense witch who’s also Kima from The Wire! She agrees to help him and asks for two things: an item Esther spelled, and (because the writers hate me) a friggin’ python! Why’d it have to be snakes?! So Klaus asks Marcel for a necklace that Esther gave him when he was a child, which had a talisman that was supposed to protect him. And Elijah sends Gia to find a bloody python. (I hate snakes! I hate ‘em!)

Meanwhile, Fake Finn meets with Oliver (who’s been showing up way too much this season to not have a nickname and has long, flowing, golden hair, so I’m calling him Werewolf Thor now) and does some weird voodoo crap on him. Finn basically orders him to capture Lenore, but we all know he’s on Hayley’s side, so things will turn out ok, right? Heh.

Speaking of Hayley, she’s pissed at Elijah because he’s been giving her the cold shoulder since apparently that’s what vampires from the planet Vulcan do to people they care about, while Klaus is all: “This is awkward”, then explains to Hayley, and us, why the hell his mother is so cray. It turns out that their younger brother Henrik was killed by a werewolf pack, which is why Esther turned them all into immortals (sounds reasonable so far). Additionally, because this show is basically a Mexican telenovela, the werewolf pack leader actually turned out to be Klaus’ biological father (and Esther’s lover) who was later murdered by Mikael, of course. Hearing all this, Hayley actually shows a bit of sympathy for Esther for a split second, then decides they should kill the bitch, anyway (good choice).

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It’s finally dinner time and because Kol is somewhere not in this episode looking for Davina, Fake Finn shows up first and reveals himself to be their brother, and, shockingly, not as boring as we all thought he was. They sip wine and elegantly chat about killing each other. Then Finn whines about being staked for 900 years for being a vampire hating douche, to which Elijah replies in the coolest, smoothest, most vampire James Bond way possible that Finn’s become “pretentious and dull, much like this meal.” And that’s when mama Mikaelson shows up.

Meanwhile, Hayley is “saving” Lenore from Werewolf Thor who asks her not to hit his pretty face when she fake beats the crap out of him (because the man probably has shampoo commercials to film in the morning). Then Lenore finally starts doing some magic with the talisman and holy crap! There is a python on my television. Sorry, you guys, I mostly closed my eyes through this scene. Oh, wait. She totally just stabbed the snake! Yeah! Take that you ugly thing with no feet! Long live Kima! Best show ever! #hero

Back at the best/worst dinner ever, Klaus finds out that the necklace his mother gave him wasn’t spelled to protect him at all. It actually weakened him. Esther claims she was “protecting” him so he wouldn’t kill someone and trigger the werewolf curse. But Klaus sees through this crap and gets really pissed off, blaming her for turning him into the weakling his stepfather always hated him for being. As soon as he confronts her about this, Cassie’s body faints and Esther wakes up in Lenore’s body. And, because Sonja Sohn is such a fantastic actress, Esther is now a million times scarier.

As we start fearing for Hayley’s safety, New Fake Esther tells her she wants to give her an “opportunity” to leave her hybrid body and start a new life with a new family, which is actually tempting for her. Then Vampires Spock and Hulk show up in an attempt to protect Hayley, but Lenore explains that she has not come to harm her family. Instead, she wants to “heal them.” Suuuuuure. She later tells Finn that she will destroy them and that they will “beg her to release them from their pain.” Even creepier, she ends this with, “and because I love them, I will.” Awww, thanks, mom!

And the award for the Character Who Most Needs To See A Shrink goes to the original witch, Esther Mikaelson!

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GOTHAM RECAP AND REVIEW: SEASON 1 EPISODE 5 ‘VIPER’

Legion contributor Christina Janke is recapping and reviewing Gotham for us this season. Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

‘Gotham’ gets after school special on us in this week’s episode as we see an early version of a certain strength-inducing drug. Needless to say, don’t take drugs, especially from a weird stranger in a trench coat who doesn’t leave any information on how you can get more.

“Viper” starts off with young Bruce Wayne looking over piles and piles of files on Wayne Enterprises. He’s still mulling over how two of the city’s biggest crime bosses were even allowed to take stock in Arkham in the first place. (Does this kid even go to school?) For a kid, his eye for detail is becoming quite marvelous. “Well I suppose as hobbies go, this is damn sight better than grilling yourself like a bloody pork chop,” says Alfred, remembering Bruce’s penchant for holding his hand over a flame and burning himself.

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Elsewhere, a homeless guitar player is given a vile of green liquid labeled “Breathe Me.” Doing so gave him a touch of madness, an insatiable appetite for dairy products, and, oh yeah, super strength. He hits a bodega by beating up the clerk, drinking all of the milk, and ripping the ATM right out of the wall.

Not far from where this is all taking place, Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock are doing lunch at a food cart. In the one minute you see them interacting, they actually seem to be getting along as real partners. Gordon gets distracted when he sees Selina Kyle trying to pickpocket a guy across the street, but she gets away. Immediately after that, they here the alarm go off at the bodega.

Gordon and Bullock do a bit of canvasing near the convenience store, trying to find anyone who can identify the “strong man.” A woman says his name is Benny and tells them where he stays.

The detectives find Benny, who is starting to come down from the drug. They try to take him in, but he’s still too strong. Then Benny raises the ATM machine over his head with an intention to throw it at them. However, something happens from inside his body and he crumbles under the machine’s weight. Like a crunchy pancake.

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“God help us if that drug gets out,” mutters Gordon. Good news! The “guy with the mangled ear” is doing just that!

Soon the whole precinct is bringing in people who’ve taken the drug, now nicknamed Viper. Comic book fans’ ears definitely pricked up at this mention. Edward Nigma reports in after finishing his analysis of the drug. It taps into unused DNA in the victim, using calcium as its fuel. That explains the extreme craving for milk. But since the no one can replace the amount calcium as quickly as the drug is burning off, the victim’s bones crumble and break from the inside within the few hours after first consumption. This is way too sophisticated for any ol’ lab to create. Someone with access to a state-of-the-art lab would had to have made this. The biggest and best lab in Gotham is in WellZyn, a Wayne Enterprises subsidiary.

Taylor Reece, a public relations representative for WellZyn, preempts the detectives at the precinct and tells them of a former, disgruntled employee, Stan Potolsky. Potolsky was a biochemist who worked in personal care products (toothpaste, shampoos, etc). He grew disgruntled over the fact that we wasn’t doing more important work and went as far as trying to cut off his own ear.

Bullock and Gordon find a close associate of Potolsky’s, a philosophy professor at Gotham U. According to him, Potolsky had trouble with the morality of making pharmaceutical weapons for WellZyn to be used by combat troops. In other words, a super serum. Turns out that Viper was the first batch. Before Potolsky left WellZyn, the formula’s kinks were ironed out. This second batch was called Venom. Cue the ominous music. Potolsky tried to appeal to his bosses to end the program. When they refused, he went over their heads to Thomas and Martha Wayne and convinced them to shut it down. When the Waynes died, it only makes sense that the program was restarted. That’s when Potolsky took matters into his own hands and passed Viper out to civilians to show the world what WellZyn has been up to. How he plans to do that is to infiltrate a Wayne Enterprises charity event and make a statement. There he’ll release the drug into the vents and kill the entire party.

After all of that, the old professor takes a vile of Viper and throws Bullock threw the front door.

Hey, guess who’s also attending the charity event? Why, it’s young master Bruce and his butler Alfred. Bruce intends speak to his company’s board members and find out about the irregularities he found in the Arkham project. Alfred directs him to a Ms. Mathis who used to work closely with Thomas Wayne. The back and forth between them is amusing. She adopts an upbeat tone one would take when speaking to a 12-year-old, and Bruce sounds like a polite yet concerned CEO who is on the verge of catching someone in a lie. Unfortunately, none of the board members are at the event, nor have they ever attended any of the events in the past.

Before he could bring down the verbal “pwning” on Mathis, Potolsky introduces himself via remote video feed in a pre-recorded message. He announces that he created Viper for WellZyn. This catches Bruce’s attention and he starts questioning Mathis about that.

Gordon and Bullock arrive on the scene just as Potolsky releases the Viper gas in the vents. They find him on the roof where Gordon shoots at the canister containing the gas where Potolsky gets a big whiff. Trying to hold on to his mental faculties, he tells the detectives to look at what’s inside Warehouse 39 and then jumps off the building.

The duo follow up on Potolsky’s lead, but find nothing but empty tables and hanging tarp. Watching them from a distance is Mathis who is on the phone with a mystery someone. No doubt it’s a board member from Wayne Enterprises telling her to keep an eye on them in case they get any closer to incriminating evidence against them.

In Cobblepot’s storyline, he’s trying to gain Maroni’s trust even more. Still riding a high on gaining a piece of Arkham, Maroni wants to mess with Falcone even more. This time he wants to hit one of Falcone’s casinos. Maroni’s right-hand man is skeptical, but Cobblepot is sure he can get them in successfully.

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And then Cobblepot spills the beans on the fact that he worked for Fish Mooney, who works for Falcone. A little ticked off, Maroni beats the living crap out of Cobblepot and then summons Jim Gordon to his restaurant to clear a few things up. I don’t quite understand why they bagged Gordon on the way to Maroni when they end up sitting inside the dining hall of the restaurant and then let him leave un-bagged. Silly mobsters.

Gordon admits to Maroni all about Pepper getting set up for the Wayne’s murders, how Cobblepot snitched on Mooney and Falcone to the MCU, and how he himself was ordered to kill Cobblepot but didn’t. Maroni lights up like a kid on Christmas morning. He now has a new weapon to use against Falcone: Cobblepot and his many bits of useful information possibly stored in that brain of his.

Meanwhile, Fish Mooney is training the new hire to be just like her. At least, that’s how it looks. Mooney’s actually grooming the girl to be Falcone’s new love interest. This is Mooney we’re talking about. Of course she’s not doing this out of kindness for her boss. She wants a gal close to Falcone so she can take him down from the inside. At the same time, Mooney herself is seducing another branch in the crime family to gain some leverage over Falcone when the time comes.

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Mockingjay: New Viral Videos from CapitolTV Will Make You Shudder

There is nothing creepier than government-created propaganda videos. Amirite? Today Lionsgate and Google have teamed up to bring a series of five YouTube videos from the Capitol to promote Mockingjay. Today we have the first one for you, featuring very, very clean versions of each of the 12 Districts (there is another — yes, I got a Star Wars reference into a Hunger Games article), and telling Panem citizens to have pride in their work.

Watch it below and let us know what you think. Does anyone else think this film franchise has one of the best viral marketing campaigns of all time? Mockingjay will hit theaters on November 21

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No, Game of Thrones — Sand Snakes Boob Armor With Nipple Points — Did Batman Teach Us Nothing?

Today we got some pictures of the Sand Snakes (the daughters of Oberyn Martell) from the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. These ladies are some of my most anticipated characters from Season 5, so it is with giant sighs of ‘oh, come on’ that I present to you, boob armor.

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These come to us from Twitter (via TheMarySue). Let me say for the zillionth time that I don’t have a problem with boobs (hey, I have two of my own), nudity, sexuality … you’ve heard me say this over and over. But boob armor with nipple points? Did Batman teach us nothing? This is just stupid. Looks like leather in the photos, but if it turns out to be metal … well, just read this.

Just, ugh.

Moana

Disney’s Polynesian Princess ‘Moana’ To Hit Theaters in 2016

Today we have an announcement about the next Disney Princess to grace the big screen, and she sounds like she’s going on an adventure. I like this trend. Moana comes to us from Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin) and will hit theaters in late 2016.

“John and I have partnered on so many films—from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Aladdin’ to ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said Clements. “Creating ‘Moana’ is one of the great thrills of our career. It’s a big adventure set in this beautiful world of Oceania.”

Here is the official synopsis: “In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.”

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Recap and Review: ‘Strangers’

Legion contributor Mike Spring is recapping and reviewing The Walking Dead for us this season. Follow him on Twitter @TheMikeSpring!

After escaping from the cannibal haven of Terminus, Season Five of The Walking Dead’s second episode, “Strangers,” opens with our survivors back on the road. The whole gang is back together, and we see them walking through the woods in search of safe haven.

In a few brief character scenes, we see Rick talking to Tara, explaining that he’s okay with her despite the fact that she attacked the prison. Tyreese tells Carol that the other people in the group need to accept what she did at the prison, and Rick and Carol have a heart to heart. Rick tells Carol that he owes her everything and asks for her acceptance, which she gives.

Darryl and Carol have a conversation of sorts, in which Carol insists that she “doesn’t want to talk about it,” referring to what led to her split from the group. Darryl senses something in the woods, and from the camera perspective, we learn that someone is watching them from afar.

The next morning, as the crew walks through the woods, Sasha and Bob are playing the lovebirds and flirting and kissing when they hear cries for help. Rick hesitates, but Carl implores him to help the person in trouble. They find a man dressed as a minister on top of a large rock, surrounded by walkers. The crew make short work of them, and the man introduces himself as Father Gabriel, telling them he has a church nearby. It’s clear the group is wary of him.

They decide to go to the church to get some rest and shelter. After inspecting it for an ambush, they decide it’s safe enough. Abraham wants to get on the road right away to get to Washington, but the rest of the group tells him in no uncertain terms that they follow Rick. After regrouping, the crew splits up to forage for supplies in a nearby town, and Rick has Tyreese and Carl stay behind to watch Judith. Rick gives Carl a speech telling him that he’s “never safe,” but Carl counters by telling Rick that they are strong enough to overcome whatever gets thrown at them.

In town, Rick, Bob, Sasha, and Father Gabriel venture into a food bank that Father Gabriel hasn’t cleaned out because it’s overrun by walkers. Inside the building, they realize that the food is all down in a basement that’s been flooded and overrun with soggy walkers. Descending into the water, they fight with the walkers and kill them all, and Father Gabriel panics and tries to run away. Bob gets pulled under the water by a walker but comes up seemingly unscathed, and the walker is dispatched.

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Meanwhile, Carol and Darryl find an abandoned car while out on a water run. There’s a spare battery in the trunk, and they decide to leave it there in case “things at the church go south.” Meanwhile, Glenn, Maggie and Tara scavenge a gun store where Glenn is attacked by a mop and bucket. He finds three silencers stashed in a mini-fridge.

As they are all making their way back to the church, Rick asks Michonne if she misses her sword. She says that “I miss Andrea. I miss Herschel. I don’t miss what was before. I don’t miss that sword.”

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Rick meets up with Carl out back of the church, where Carl has found some interesting things. There are knife marks by the windows, as if somebody was trying to get in, but more eerily, there is a message carved into the side of the church: You’ll burn for this. “I don’t know what happened,” Carl says, “but whatever it is, we can handle it. It doesnt mean Father Gabriel’s a bad guy, but it means something.”

That night, the entire group is having a little celebration with the food they’ve scavenged. Abraham gives a toast, calling the group survivors. “Here’s to the survivors!” He then asks them if that’s all they want to be, or if they want to be more by getting Eugene to Washington and helping to cure the plague. Rick decides that the group will go, and everyone seems pleased by the idea.

Tasha reveals to Maggie that she was at the prison when the attack happened, and Maggie forgives her. Rick tells Father Gabriel that he knows he’s hiding something. “These people, these people are my family,” he says. “And if what you’re hiding hurts them in any way, I’ll kill you.”

Carol and Darryl are back at the car when another car drives by on the adjacent road. Darryl runs after it to see that it has the same cross marking on the back of it as the car that abducted Beth. He jumps in the car with Carol and they drive off after it.

Bob seems melancholy, and after kissing Sasha, he wanders outside where he starts to cry while standing by a tree. Right as he does, a hooded figure knocks him out from behind. There’s an odd marking on the tree, but it’s unclear if it was made by Bob or was there already.

When Bob wakes up, he’s tied up and Gabriel from Terminus is sitting over him. He taunts Bob and tells him that it’s nothing personal. “You and your people took away our home,” he says. “Now we’re out here like everybody else, trying to survive. And in order to do that, we have to hunt.” The camera pulls back and Bob looks down in horror to realize that his leg has been cut off.

Gabriel tells him that, “If it makes you feel any better, you taste much better than we thought you would.” As the camera plays over the group of Terminus residents, we see that they’re all eating meat, and the camera comes to rest on what’s left of Bob’s foot on a spit over the fire.