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The Walking Dead Post-Game: The Season 5 Midseason Premiere Delivers Another Blow

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The Walking DeadWell damn. The other day Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on AMC’s zombie hit The Walking Dead, promised the first two episodes back from their hiatus were going to be brutal, and he wasn’t lying. The second half of season 5 just kicked off with “What Happened and What’s Going On,” and not only does it pile tragedy on the already abused group of survivors, it’s also likely the most stylized episode in the show’s entire run. We don’t know about the next episode, but if it’s in the same ballpark as this one, it’s going to be a rough go for fans, as the midseason premiere delivers a stout gut punch.

If you haven’t watched tonight’s episode yet, seriously stop reading, there are SPOILERS beyond this point.

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5 Things The Walking Dead Season 5 Needs To Do Over The Next 8 Episodes

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Walking DeadSeason 5 of The Walking Dead is about to return from a long winter’s nap for the back eight episodes of what may be the strongest season yet for AMC’s hit zombie drama. While it is a different world from a couple of years ago (I was so frustrated with season 3 that I almost stopped watching), there is still room for improvement, and some things the series needs to do to maintain the momentum they’ve built and deliver a satisfying conclusion.

The way The Walking Dead stages things, each half of a season, while connected to the overall narrative, serves as a kind of soft reboot, a separate arc—this seems to stem from the episodic nature of Robert Kirkman’s comics that serve as the source material. The rest of season 5 looks to follow this trend, and in that spirit, here are some of the things we want to see Rick and the rest of the survivors do and experience throughout the rest of the season.

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The Walking Dead Plumbs The Depths In This TV Spot And Featurette

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Like a rotting corpse, the second half of season 5 of The Walking Dead is shuffling towards us and will be here before we know it, like on Sunday. To mark the return, AMC has released another tense new teaser, and a behind-the-scenes featurette of the cast and crew talking about what’s in store for the zombie apocalypse survivors.

Yesterday, we heard that Andrew Lincoln, who plays group leaders Rick Grimes on the show, assure fans that the first two episodes back will be especially brutal, and that we’re in store for what he thinks is the best run in the series. This new spot seems to agree, quoting reviews that call season 5 the best season ever. And if you look at this, you know that Lincoln wasn’t joking around.

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The Walking Dead’s Star Promises The Next Two Episodes Will Be Brutal

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Walking DeadThe Walking Dead generally uses each half-season to tell a single story. They’re obviously not entirely standalone installments, and there are larger things that play out over more time, but each section definitely has its own distinct arc. Showrunner Scott Gimple has talked about this strategy quite a bit, and it’s served them well, as every time the show comes back from an extended break, like the current midseason hiatus, you start anew in many ways, keeping things fresh. This latest instance is no exception, and when the zombie drama returns for the rest of season 5 this weekend, expect some big changes.

There may be some spoilers beyond this point if you’re not caught up, then again, if you’re not current, why do you want to know what happens next?

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Watch The First Two Minutes Of The Walking Dead’s Midseason Premiere Here

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When The Walking Dead embarks on its annual midseason hiatus, it always feels like it takes forever to get back. Granted, it’s usually around a two-month gap, which is substantial, but it also goes to show you how effective they are at endings, as they always leave you with a “holy shit” moment or a cliffhanger that leaves you dangling, wondering what the hell is going to happen now. AMC’s hit zombie drama returns for the rest of season 5 this weekend, and now you can watch the first two minutes of “What Happened and What’s Going On.” If you’re not caught up, there are spoilers.

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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: