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The Walking Dead Season 5 Teases Tension And Terror

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We are now exactly one week away from the premiere of The Walking Dead season 5. Fans have been waiting on the edge of their seat to see the fate of the zombie apocalypse survivors after the cliffhanger ending of season 4, and we’ve been told the opening is so shocking that it even took the cast by surprise the first time they saw it edited together for the first time. And if you thought AMC was going to slow down the hype machine building up to the biggest show on TV, you would be wrong, and we’ve got three short new videos to tease the tense mood and atmosphere of the new season.

These aren’t really going to tell you much, each one just shows a key character, linking up with the “Hunt or Be Hunted” motif that the series has been pumping this offseason. While they don’t have much to offer content wise, they do certainly set the mood for the upcoming new episodes of the hit zombie drama.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Featurette Looks To The Future

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AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead is the biggest show on TV, a massive popularity that has always been a bit of a surprise considering how bloody and violent it is. Over the previous seasons, it’s been uneven, to put it mildly, but over the last eight episodes—the second half of season 4—it’s been better and more consistent than ever before. And with season 5 dropping in just over a week, on Sunday, October 12, the upcoming episodes are looking more and more promising. A new featurette with lots of cast and crew interviews has now appeared online, and my anticipation has never been higher for The Walking Dead, except for maybe right before the series premiere in 2010.

If you’ve read much of what we’ve written here about The Walking Dead, you probably know that I have something of a rocky relationship with the series. This video, however, feels like they’re talking directly to me. No joke, the cast and producers hit on just about every major issue that I have with the show, and it feels like they’re patting me on the head, saying, “It’s okay, little buddy, we got you on this one.” It’s actually quite reassuring, and while I’m trying to temper my expectations, I find myself getting legitimately excited as season 5 of The Walking Dead approaches.

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The Walking Dead Wants The Strain Actor For Fan-Favorite Role

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the strainAMC’s The Walking Dead is going to head in a pretty dark direction in Season 5…not that the last four years were filled with sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. But fans of Robert Kirkman’s comic series are keenly aware that this is all child’s play compared to the abominably heinous Negan, a villain that we sadly probably won’t be running into this season. But we now know that they’re trying to cast the part, and it all comes from an actor on The Strain who didn’t quite realize the bombshell he’d let loose.

Speaking on a conference call (via Nuke the Fridge), actor Kevin Durand was asked about other shows that fans want to see him in, and he presumably stunned everyone by saying he was at least one of AMC’s choices for the role of the sadistic villain. He said, “I’ve had a lot of people with The Walking Dead talk to me, mentioned that they see me for a character named ‘Negan,’ but I haven’t read the comic.”

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Cross The Streams: Catch Up On The Walking Dead Before Its Season 5 Premiere

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Good day, streamers. Is everybody ready to watch Nicolas Cage get Left Behind this week? Or would you rather watch Ben Affleck search for his wife, or possibly watch a possessed doll haunt people? Maybe you’d be interested in having a possessed doll haunt Ben Affleck. We’ll see what we can do. In the meantime, check out the five most appealing sci-fi streaming options of the past few weeks.

the walking deadThe Walking Dead: Season 4 (Netflix Instant)
Given The Walking Dead‘s penchant for abusing audiences with an extended midseason hiatus, it’s nice to have the entire fourth season readily available for uninterrupted binging. Relive the Governor’s non-glory days, Carl’s rage-fueled days, Daryl and Beth’s drunken single day, and many more. Season 4 featured some of the most gruesome and shocking deaths that the series has ever delivered — with Carol at the center of some, no less — and it’s only supposed to get worse once Season 5 begins. Just what exactly is Terminus, and why does everything smell like meat around there? The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday, October 12, so get to watching. Or just wait until AMC runs its next marathon.

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The Walking Dead: Where’s Beth And What’s The Deal With Her And Daryl?

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The Walking DeadWhen season 4 of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead wrapped up, the core group was still split up, but you at least know where they are and what they’re up to, in a general sense anyway. There’s one glaring exception, however, Beth (Emily Kinney). You have no idea where she is, who she’s with, or if she’s even alive to be honest, but now we’re getting a better idea.

There may be some SPOILERS for season 4 of The Walking Dead past this point, so, unless you don’t care about such things, you might want to sit this one out. But if not, or if you’re caught up, by all means, read on.

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Sci-Fi Happy Meals That Are Too Good To Be True

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BladeRunnerHow come adults don’t get meals that come with prizes? Some of my favorite rituals from childhood involved being elbow-deep in a box of cereal, feeling around for the prize, or dumping all the food out of my Happy Meal just so I could get to the toy. So how come we don’t get a grown-up equivalent? After-dinner mints and fortune cookies don’t count, damn it. I want to be able to finish my snazzy, five-star meal, and then have the waiter bring me out a Rocket Raccoon action figure on a silver platter. Sadly, I will probably never live in such a world, but at least pretending is a little bit easier thanks to these faux Happy Meals that were ripped right out of my Happy Place.

These awesome fake Happy Meals are the work of Los Angeles digital artist Newt Clements. (He mostly comes out at night. Mostly.) His Pinterest is full of a wide variety of crazy projects, but his Happy Meals collection is one of the most extensive. He’s got over 100 of the things by my count, and they’re all incredibly well done. Designing Happy Meal boxes to tie into Doctor Who, Aliens, or Escape from New York would have been worthy of a story in and of itself, but Clements goes the extra mile by imagining what toys might be included with each meal as well. And I don’t care what bounty McDonald’s has on offer, there’s no way it’s cooler than an action figure of Firefly’s River standing atop a pile of Reaver corpses.