top of page
  • Writer's pictureAllan Major

Ernie Hudson Returns: Winston Zeddemore Takes Charge in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Featured Image for Ernie Hudson Returns: Winston Zeddemore Takes Charge in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire.  2024 movie poster of Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Winston Zeddemore stands front and center, proton pack blazing, as the Ghostbusters confront a monstrous ice entity looming over a frozen New York cityscape.
Winston Zeddemore is back as the Ghostbusters face a chilling threat in 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire'.

Get ready, folks, because if reports are true, we're about to see Winston Zeddemore get his time in the spotlight. Yep, the man who answered the call when the world was getting "slimed" back in '84 is set to suit up again in Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. Now, I don't know about you, but I'm ready to ditch the skepticism and go full believer for the return of the most grounded member of the original Ghostbuster squad.

Who You Gonna Call? Mr. Reliable!

Remember, Winston was the straight man, the voice of reason amidst Peter's one liners and Ray's exuberance. He had a steady hand on the proton pack and an even steadier head on his shoulders. Sure, back in the day, he was the hired help, but let's not forget – when the chips were down and the marshmallow men were wreaking skyscraper-sized havoc, it was Winston who uttered the immortal horror movie line, "Ray, when someone asks if you're a god, you say YES!"

Word on the haunted street is that Winston's been thriving in the years since we last saw him. Those scenes in Afterlife hinted at a man who's come into his own, successful and maybe even a little bit cocky. Well, I say it's about time! If anyone deserves to roll up to a supernatural showdown in a new tricked-out Ecto-1, it's Winston freakin' Zeddemore.

The Winston We Need in 'Frozen Empire'

This time around, Winston's not going to be the newbie. In Frozen Empire, we're talking about a seasoned veteran, a guy who's seen it all and trapped it all, from rogue spooks to interdimensional demigods. Picture him as a mentor figure to the Spengler grandkids and their crew, dispensing hard-earned wisdom alongside proton blasts. After decades in the ghostbusting business, he's sure to have some new tricks up his sleeve. Maybe he's even upgraded his gear with tech straight out of a sci-fi fever dream.

But what I'm really hoping for is to see Winston step into more of a leadership role. Think of him as the Nick Fury of the Ghostbusters, the guy with the plan, the connections, and the resources to take on this alleged "second ice age" threat. Let's ditch those scenes of Winston reacting to the situation and get him calling the shots, guiding the squad through the chaos with his unflappable cool.

The Bottom Line: Winston Deserves His Due

Look, I loved Afterlife for the modern horror comedy nostalgia trip, but it's time for Winston to take center stage. He's got the experience, the gravitas, and let's be honest, the screen presence (thanks, Ernie Hudson!). If Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire can tap into Winston's full potential, we might just see the most satisfying character arc in the whole franchise.

So, strap in tight, strap on those proton packs, and get ready to see Winston Zeddemore kick some spectral butt when Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire hits theaters on March 22, 2024. Because if there's one thing I've learned from years of watching things go bump in the night, it's this: never underestimate the power of the steady hand.


bottom of page