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The Walking Dead Season 4 The Governor

[SPOLIER ALERT: If you are not caught up on the first half of The Walking Dead Season 4 and do not wish to know what has happened to that point, please read no further.] Has it kept you up nights, Walking Dead fans — wondering what will become of Rick Grimes and Co. now that Hershel’s lost his head, The Governor’s a goner and the Grimes gang is splintered, grieving and on the run? Or maybe you’re pondering Carol’s sudden advantage, what with her car, her food, her weapons and her meds — even if Tyreese doesn’t know it was she … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead recap Season 4 episode 6: ‘Live Bait’

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Well, well. Maybe ol’ Hershel is right after all and you really can come back from the bad things that happen to you here in the walker-pocalypse. Because of all the gents I expected to remain the epitome of ice-blooded, comrade-killing evil, Philip “The Governor” Blake is it. And yet, there he was, the most sinister guy we’ve yet to encounter on The Walking Dead, broken, abandoned and facedown in the street before the vision of a little girl in a window brought him back to his feet and back to life as a — gulp! — lion-hearted family protector … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead Season 4: David Morrissey on the return of The Governor

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The moment that hordes of The Walking Dead Season 4 fans have been waiting for — even if they had forgotten now that we’re already several episodes in — finally arrived last night with a last-second shot of The Governor (David Morrissey) quietly, menacingly, observing the chaos at the prison. He didn’t say a word, and we couldn’t really see his expression, but you have to know that if he could have been aware of all the sickness and carnage going on inside those walls, it would have only warmed his black heart. It’s a testament to how effective Morrissey’s … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead recap Season 4 episode 5: ‘Internment’

The Walking Dead recap Season 4 episode 5: ‘Internment’

Given everything that happened during last night’s claustrophobic, emotionally draining, completely nerve-jangling episode of The Walking Dead — aptly called ‘Internment’ — it seems kind of a shame to jump right to the end. But, really, how do you not? The Governor’s at the gate. In those few seconds, the tidy bit of episode assessment I was about to do about parents and children, hope for the future versus hope for the day and the notion of sacrifice suddenly took on a dozen more tentacles when the cameras went sidling off to the woods and the man lurking there turned his … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead recap Season 4 episode 4: ‘Indifference’

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How you feel about “Indifference,” the latest episode of The Walking Dead, likely depends on what you believe makes a good leader, coupled with your idea of what drives the prison crew to solider on: the hope of a return to some sort of civilized and thriving society, or a day-to-day struggle to stay one step ahead of a horrible demise that will eventually catch up. If you have no hope for the former, how do you muster the will to take on the latter? At the heart of this tale are two leaders — one quietly but resolutely working … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead Season 4 episode 3 recap: ‘Isolation’

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The prison is a complicated place these days. Just a few episodes back, the populace was divided neatly in two — Grimes gang and not‚ and only at night. Now people are isolated because they are sick … and sicker still. The young and still healthy are over here. The grown and still healthy are over there. Pods of people everywhere, kept from one another as best they can manage. It’s no longer about who is outsider and who is not. It’s about who is harboring a killer in his or her bloodstream. And if anyone is not. After three … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead wins Spookiest Series in Channel Guide’s 2013 Viewers Voice Awards

The Walking Dead wins Spookiest Series in Channel Guide's 2013 Viewers Voice Awards

The Walking Dead wins the 2013 Viewers Voice Award for the “Spookiest Series,” in Channel Guide’s annual reader poll. Even if you put the series’ spot-on commentary about societal ills and human nature aside, Dead creator Robert Kirkman and special effects guru Greg Nicotero’s combined knack for making the living and the undead equally creepy makes this a shoo-in to feed our nightmares week after gloriously gut-wrenching (and gut-splattered) week. Spookiest Series — Winner: The Walking Dead The Walking Dead/AMC 25.8% American Horror Story: Asylum/FX 23.1% Bates Motel/A&E 19.3% True Blood/HBO 18.2% Falling Skies/TNT 13.6% Percentages may not total 100 … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead wins Best Drama in Channel Guide’s 2013 Viewers Voice Awards

The Walking Dead wins Best Drama in Channel Guide's 2013 Viewers Voice Awards

The Walking Dead wins 2013 Viewers Voice Award for the “Best Drama,” in Channel Guide’s annual reader poll. AMC’s iconic zombie show has braaaaaains and brains to spare, never allowing the most ardent student of show creator Robert Kirkman’s comic book series that inspired it or the most avid viewer of the show to figure what’s going to happen next. Or who is going to die. Simply put, though we’ll never experience what the Grimes Crew endures, The Walking Dead’s ability to make us endlessly contemplate our own actions in the direst of circumstances is utterly unnerving — and completely … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead Season 4 episode 2 recap: ‘Infected’

The Walking Dead Season 4 episode 2 recap: ‘Infected’

After the mortifying revelation that something awful is in the air — or the water, or somewhere — in last week‘s Season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead,  we open episode 2 in the dead of night, at the fence, where a flashlight-toting someone is feeding rats to the walkers through the chain link. Inside the prison, Karen and Tyreese are cuddling. Even with such a comely girl in his lap, Ty can’t keep his mind off of Zack’s horrific demise at the big box store the day before. Fingering the awesome ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS bracelet on Karen’s wrist (get your very … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 1 recap: ‘30 Days Without An Accident’

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Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead have been readying themselves for a whole new world at the prison ever since we watched the busload of Woodbury residents arrive at the end of Season 3. Some six months later, what a world it is — comparatively speaking, anyway. Solid steps back toward civilization. The Rick-tator (Andrew Lincoln) — brought to the brink by the brutality of his new reality and its effect on him and his family — is now Farmer Grimes with pens of ponies and piglets and thriving vegetable gardens. He’s also refusing to carry a gun, throwing one … Continue reading

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