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Watch This Promo For The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere

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After another crazy, heartbreaking midseason finale, The Walking Dead is in the middle of its annual hiatus. As popular as it’s ever been, the return is a highly anticipated affair, and AMC just released this new promo for the next episode, which shows off some fresh footage and hints at the new direction for the group of zombie apocalypse survivors.

Heads up, we might get into some spoilery talk beyond this point if you’re not caught up on season 5 of The Walking Dead.

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The Walking Dead Might Get Banned In China Next Year Because Of This

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the walking deadI’m not sure how many of our readers, if any, are Chinese citizens, but there’s a good chance they won’t be catching up one of the most popular series on television, The Walking Dead, five months from now. And The Walking Dead is only the tip of the gore-soaked iceberg, as the Chinese government is cracking down on online streaming sites, both legal and illegal.

Last month, TV viewers all over the country were shocked and disappointed to find that Chinese authorities shut down two of the nation’s most used file-sharing sites, meaning access to hundreds of U.S. TV episodes (along with their Chinese subtitles) were completely vanquished. Moving forward, the government has made it clear that, starting in April, they’re tasking broadcast regulators with only approving less mature content to go through their legal streaming sites, such as Sohu, a site where over 103 million views have been tabulated for Netflix’s flagship political drama House of Cards. That show, with its sex-for-power plot points and negative talk about China’s communism, will definitely be on the cutting block. It seems like even the words “cutting block” will be removed.

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The Walking Dead Could Bring Back This Unexpected Character

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The Walking DeadAs massively popular as The Walking Dead is, AMC’s zombie extravaganza only offers a very limited view of this particular world. With the new companion series, Cobalt, coming down the pipeline, one of the things we’re looking forward to is seeing something besides one small group of survivors wandering endlessly through the Georgia wilderness. Reportedly set in a different time—starting at the beginning of the zombie outbreak rather than jumping into the middle—many have speculated that we could encounter earlier versions of the some of the characters, or perhaps even see a few that died. It’s starting to look like they’re bringing back one character, but it probably isn’t who you expect.

You might remember Morales, played by Juan G. Pareja, from the six-episode first season of The Walking Dead. He and his family were a part of the group that Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) joins up with after he wakes up from a coma in a hospital and discovers the world has been overrun by walkers. While we haven’t seen him in a while, Morales, at least as far as we know, is not dead. When the group decides to go to the CDC, a move Robert Kirkman says he regrets, Morales and his family strike out on their own, heading instead to Birmingham, Alabama to look for other members of their clan. Not being dead definitely makes it easier to bring someone back and provides more options as to how.

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The Walking Dead Spinoff Cobalt Casts This Gone Girl Actress As Its Female Lead

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Kim DickensThe Walking Dead may be on its annual midseason hiatus, but we’ve definitely had plenty to talk about in regards to AMC’s involvement in the zombie apocalypse. We’ve been hearing about the spinoff, or companion series as they appear to prefer it be called, now titled Cobalt, for some time, but the network has recently revealed details and pieced together the core cast, and they just added another actor. The upcoming zombie drama will feature Kim Dickens as the female lead.

Dickens is the forth of the major part to be cast and, according to Deadline, she joins Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey. I don’t know much about the two younger actors, but you’ve seen Dillane in one of the Harry Potter movies playing Tom Riddle, and Aussie Debnam Carey made her American debut last summer with Into the Storm, and can be seen playing a Grounder leader on The CW’s The 100. Curtis and Dickens, however, are more known quantities, and should serve as a solid anchor for this new series.

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The Walking Dead: Did Robert Kirkman Just Say This Major Character Is Next To Die?

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Walking DeadIf you’ve ever watched AMC’s mega-hit The Walking Dead, then you know that no one is safe. That’s kind of their jam, that anyone can die at any time. Robert Kirkman’s comics are the same way, but even though the series follows the same rough pattern as the source material, that doesn’t mean characters that are still alive in on the pages can’t die off on screen. They’re not afraid to kill of kids, the elderly, people you love, people you hate; you name it, they’ll kill it. Kirkman even recently hinted that one fan favorite could be next on the chopping block.

There are SPOILERS beyond this point if you’re not 100% caught up on The Walking Dead.

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The Walking Dead Spinoff Isn’t Set Anywhere Near Georgia

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the-walking-dead-infected-season-four-11The Walking Dead has been going strong for four-and-a-half seasons at this point, but we’ve really only ever explored Georgia. No offense to the Peach Tree State, but we’d like to see what’s going on elsewhere in the world, to check out how other folks cope with being overrun by hungry undead cannibals. That’s where the long-gestating spinoff comes in. We know that it is called Cobalt, we even know a couple of the main actors, but we weren’t sure where it is set, until now. And the setting couldn’t be any more different from rural Georgia, as the action takes place in Los Angeles.

TV Line reports that the zombie apocalypse is indeed spreading to the City of Angels. Not only is that more than 2000 miles away from Atlanta, but it’s also a totally opposite environment. Sure, the core series has ventured into Atlanta a time or two, but they primarily stick to the small towns and less densely settled areas. Setting the series in a major urban center, in such a population center, automatically makes this a different kind of narrative, which is exactly what we want out of a new show.