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The Walking Dead Returns To Put One Of Its Own In The Dirt: This Week’s TV Picks

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AMC’s The Walking Dead returns from winter hiatus this week, digging up an episode with the cumbersome title of “What Happened and What’s Going On.” We join Rick and company in the aftermath of tragedy, putting one of their own in the ground and once again alone in the wilderness with no sign of sanctuary. The enigmatic official episode synopsis doesn’t provide many clues as to what to expect: “After the recent trials the group has faced, a slight detour could be the solution they’ve been searching for.”

Here’s an equally vague teaser video:

Rumors suggest the “detour” Rick and company will be taking is to a place called “Shirewilt Estates,” which I’m willing to bet isn’t as peaceful and pastoral as the name might suggest. And given that the synopsis for next week’s episode begins “The group feels beaten after living life on the road,” it’s pretty clear Shirewilt isn’t going to be any more welcoming than anywhere else Rick and the survivors have sought a safe haven. It’s a feel-good show, really…

The Walking Dead returns Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.

MONDAY

Gotham (Fox, 8/7c) — “The Fearsome Dr. Crane”

Maroni tests Fish Mooney’s loyalty; Gordon and Bullock hunt a killer who targets victims with severe phobias; Bruce Wayne confronts Gordon for failing to make progress on his parents’ murder case.

Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 9/8c) — “Spellcaster”

A warlock who was involved in the Salem witch trials escapes purgatory and finds a book of spells. Meanwhile, Abbie struggles to trust Frank again; and Henry has an identity crisis.

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD, 9/8c) — “Vision of Hope”

The crew attend a gathering for those who oppose the Empire and learn something unexpected.

TUESDAY

Face Off (Syfy, 9/8c) — “Royal Flush”

The first individual Spotlight Challenge of the competition finds the 13 remaining artists tasked with making playing cards come alive in the whimsical style of Tim Burton.

The Flash (The CW, 8/7c) — “Crazy for You”

Caitlin takes Barry out to a local karaoke bar to help them both find new loves. Caitlin strikes out but Barry meets a sports reporter and asks her out for a date. Meanwhile, Cisco considers Hartley’s dangerous offer; and the team search for Shawna, a meta-human with teleportation powers who just busted her boyfriend out of Iron Heights.

Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC, 9/8c) — “The Iron Ceiling”

Peggy requests backup after she receives her first mission.

Person of Interest (CBS, 10/9c) — “M.I.A.”

Reese and Root search for Shaw in a small town in upstate New York where it becomes apparent that not everything is as idyllic as it seems. Meanwhile, Fusco partners with a former POI to tackle the newest number.

Supernatural (The CW, 9/8c) — “About a Boy”

Sam and Dean investigate when people suddenly disappear into thin air with only their clothes left behind. Their probe reveals that Hansel, from Hansel and Gretel lore, is kidnapping people and turning them into their younger selves to placate an evil witch. Unfortunately, Dean finds the information out the hard way when he becomes Hansel’s next victim and reverts to being his 14-year-old self.

WEDNESDAY

Arrow (The CW, 8/7c) — “Uprising”

Team Arrow considers Malcolm’s offer to help shut Brick down, but Felicity is against the idea, even though the team could use help to save the innocents of the Glades. Meanwhile, flashbacks chronicle Malcolm’s descent from kind-hearted father and husband to cold-blooded killer after the murder of his wife.

The 100 (The CW, 9/8c) — “Coup de Grace”

Brutal consequences are faced by Bellamy and Lincoln. Meanwhile, Abby fights to stay in control; and Jasper confronts President Wallace.

THURSDAY

Archer (FX, 10/9c) — “Vision Quest”

The gang get to work early in a bid to spend quality time together.

FRIDAY

Constantine (NBC, 8/7c) — “Angels and Ministers of Grace”

An unwitting Manny helps John investigate a mysterious attack in a hospital; at the same time, a health scare forces Zed to consider the source of her visions.

Grimm (NBC, 9/8c) — “Maréchaussée”

Nick and Hank investigate a series of murders that lead to a mysterious Wesen bounty hunter; Juliette’s meeting with Henrietta results in more disturbing news than expected; and Viktor makes his way back to Portland with Adalind.

Helix (Syfy, 10/9c) — “Densho”

Michael struggles to keep the abbey under control as the CDC team move closer toward tracking the source of the pathogen; at the same time, Alan fights the urge to rejoin his former colleagues and comes to terms with the reality about Peter’s allegiances. In the future, Walker takes a risk attempting to escape her delusional father.

12 Monkeys (Syfy, 9/8c) — “Atari”

A fight for the future ensues when a dangerous band of marauders hunting for Cole and Ramse threaten the mission to save the past.

SATURDAY

Black Sails (Starz, 9/8c) — “XI”

Flint encounters a problem upon returning to Nassau; an unlikely source provides Eleanor with help; Rackham tries to repair his reputation; Vane discovers a surprising prize.

MythBusters (Discovery, 9/8c) — “Transformers”

Mechanical myths are tested.

SUNDAY

Better Call Saul (AMC, 10/9c) — “Uno”

The opener of a prequel tracing the evolution of Breaking Bad lawyer Saul Goodman finds Jimmy McGill working his magic in the courtroom. Then, unexpected inspiration leads him to an unconventional pursuit of potential clients.

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