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The Walking Dead Post-Game: Inmates

Last week’s mid-season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead focused on a limited number of zombie apocalypse survivors. We saw what became of Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs), and Michonne (Danai Gurira), but the episode left you hanging when it came to everyone else. Personally, I thought this was a good move, as it allowed time to really dig into those three. This week’s offering, “Inmates,” catches us up with the rest of the gang. What have they been up to? Read on to find out, but beware, for there be spoilers.

The Walking DeadThe structure of “Inmates” is simple. Each segment of the show checks in with a different splinter of the leftovers of the group in the wake of the disaster at the prison. When you come back from a commercial break, you get the chance to hang out with someone else. You get why they play it like this, to bring everyone up to speed, but at the same time that you get to see how everyone is doing, you don’t get to spend much time with any of them.

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Giant Freakin’ Video Round-Up: Darth Vader’s Facebook Video, Gravity In 60 Seconds, And More

VaderIf there’s one thing we see a lot of here at GFR, it’s funny/cool/interesting videos. The problem is, there are too damn many of them out there and not nearly enough of us to write them all up. So every once in a while, when my blood pressure is particularly high and my hair is falling out in clumps and forming a debris field around my feet, it’s time to just round up a mess of them and throw them full-speed at your face. Welcome to the Giant Freakin’ Video Round-Up,

First up is Darth Vader’s “Facebook Look Back Video.” If you’ve got a Facebook account — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t at this point? — there’s a good chance you’ve seen your friends posting these “Look Back” videos, which Facebook lets you put together in honor of the social media giant’s tenth anniversary. They retrace your time on the site by showcasing some of your earliest posts, photos that got the most attention, that sort of thing. So what would show up if Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader had kept a Facebook account updated during his slide into the Dark Side? Unsurprisingly, there are lightsabers, there are revelations of surprising parentage, and there is choking — both Force and the standard variety.

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The Walking Dead Takes A Bite Out Of The Olympics

The Walking DeadWe already knew that zombies are hugely popular right now. Just yesterday I saw an ad for a collection of Nerf weapons that have the word “Zombie” prominently displayed on the packaging, despite the fact that nothing else even remotely related to this product has anything to do with the undead. The commercial was 30 seconds of kids running around, firing foam darts at imagination zombies. As big as they’ve become, I didn’t think they were quite this big, but the recent midseason return of AMC’s The Walking Dead this past Sunday clobbered the Olympics in the ratings.

Every four years, the world works itself into one fine hullabaloo for the Winter Olympics, which are currently under way in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics, winter or summer, are usually such massive ratings winners that everything else goes on a two-week hiatus. You may have noticed that your regular TV watching schedule has been full of reruns and repeats since the Games kicked off. Think of it like a mid-winter break for your favorite shows. But AMC decided to go head to head with the sports like snowboarding, ice skating, and curling (the ultimate sport) in a prime time duel, and walked away on the winning end.

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The Walking Dead Teasers Catch Up With Daryl, Glen, And The Rest

MichonneWhile the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead wasn’t the action-packed thrill ride we were all expecting, the episode managed to do something better, something fans and casual viewers of the AMC zombie series wanted from The Walking Dead for so long. The episode served up depth and rich character moments, and the episode’s writer, Robert Kirkman, also managed to reach these goals with two characters instead of one. Now AMC has released promos and a few sneak-peek videos for The Walking Dead‘s episode 410, “Inmates,” as well as a couple of making-of documentaries for its mid-season premiere, “After.”

SPOILERS FOR THE WALKING DEAD BELOW!

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The Walking Dead Post-Game: After

When we last saw our intrepid group of zombie apocalypse survivors on AMC’s The Walking Dead, they were, well, they were screwed, quite frankly. Their prison stronghold had just been violated, one of their own had brutally murdered in front of them, and in order to escape, they broke into smaller splinters and vanished into the surrounding countryside. That’s where we left them after the mid-season finale, up shit creek, and fans were left to wonder what would become of them. And tonight’s midseason premiere, “After,” catches us up, with some of the crew at least.

the-walking-dead-after-mid-season-premiere-carl-rickDon’t keep reading if you haven’t already watched tonight’s episode, it’ll just ruin things for you.

Wisely, at least in my opinion, “After,”—scripted by comic creator Robert Kirkmam and directed by special effects guru Greg Nicotero—doesn’t try to check in with everyone. That would be too much for a single episode, and wouldn’t provide enough space to really dig into anyone’s situation. Instead, “After” really belongs to Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Carl (Chandler Riggs).

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One Last Walking Dead Midseason Return Promo Shows A Mad World

We’re only a few hours away from the return of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead. That may not sound like much time, but what the hell, with the onslaught of promotional material that the network has thrown at us in the few months since the show went on a mid season hiatus, why not cram in one last short preview, and one last grim picture. If nothing else, it may whet your appetite for tonight’s episode, “After.”

This video definitely emphasizes the dour way the last episode, “Too Far Gone,” wrapped up. Things are not looking particularly rosy for the survivors. One beloved character met his end in an exceedingly brutal and gruesome way, the prison stronghold they’d been calling home lays in smoldering ruins, and the group has been splintered.