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The Walking Dead Recap: Beside The Dying Fire

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Major spoilers follow! You have been warned.

Season two of The Walking Dead ends with an explosion, but that’s mostly from fans of the graphic novel who likely lost their minds when we finally got a glimpse of the prison, or maybe it was the hooded figure that gave you chills. We knew it was coming, and now we’re ready to see what happens when The Governor makes his entrance onto the show. But that’s for next season, right now we have to deal with an episode that was chock full of surprising and incredible moments.

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Don’t Ruin The Walking Dead: Sci-Fi Stars Lay Out Spoiler Rules

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Spoilers are a problem. Get a few episodes behind on The Walking Dead and some jerk is sure to ruin the plot for you on Twitter. It happened to me, last week, when someone broke spoiler etiquette and revealed that **** was about to be zombie food. It’s time we all got on the same page with spoilers.

The stars of your favorite genre shows have gotten together in an attempt to create a spoiler code of conduct. It may or may not involve knife fights. Watch as cast members from The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, True Blood and others lay down the spoiler law…

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The Walking Dead Goes Out With A Bang This Week in Science Fiction

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The Walking Dead: “Beside the Dying Fire”
AMC, Sunday 9/8c

The uneven second season of AMC’s zom-dram hit has the farm under attack and Rick’s leadership being questioned yet again. The show has been (rightly) criticized for a leisurely pace throughout its first half, but things have definitely picked up since its return from winter break, and I very much doubt it will slow down for this finale. At the very least, critics who are sick and tired of Hershel’s farm can likely look forward to new locales next season, and recent casting announcements will give fans of the comic a hint as to what is to come. Taking into accounts the events of the past few episodes, whatever the next season of The Walking Dead has to offer, it will most definitely be a different show. And it will, hopefully, spend less time with the characters twiddling their thumbs on a farm.

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The Walking Dead Recap: Judge, Jury, Executioner

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When we look back at The Walking Dead this episode, “Judge, Jury, Executioner,” may be regarded as a moment in time that is life altering for the series. This is the moment when the show says that not only is everyone’s life at risk, but that the sanctity of what each person holds dear hangs upon a single silk thread. For the most part what we have is the fight between Rick and Shane last week spread throughout the group.

Let’s get the little niggling things out of the way first this week. Carl is a stupid kid, not only for telling Carol she’s an idiot for believing in heaven, but also because he’s just a kid. I’m not a fan of the character on the show, but I honestly don’t blame him for what happened at the end of the episode. How in the world can Rick and Lori, or anyone at the camp, let a child wander about in the woods? He’s going to do really stupid things, get in the way, and be a nuisance. Kids do that because they’re curious and unaware of the true meaning of their actions. So I blame the adults for this one.

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The Walking Dead Recap: 18 Miles Out

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This week is all about resetting the situation. The Walking Dead picks up a week later as Shane and Rick take Randall out 18 miles from the farm to drop him off. All of the personal intensity from the last episode has dissipated, only to be replaced by an impassioned and careful concern. The result is a deeper building of tension between many characters. Decisions and discussions are had by all, and yes there are zombies. But more importantly lines are drawn.

”The pain doesn’t go away, you just make room for it.” – Andrea

The Walking Dead was bare bones this week, and that makes for an intimate episode. I don’t know that we would have gotten so much time with Beth with the entire cast involved. Beth’s attempted suicide, and Andrea’s stance that it was no one’s decision but the girl’s, showcased a dividing line in the group. We’ve watched as the idealogies of Shane and Rick have conflicted as some people have chosen sides. Sure, there’s yet to be a moment where the group begins standing behind one of the two men, but the worldview of each character is being tested this season. Are you willing to do whatever it takes, or is there room for a selfless act to benefit your fellow man?

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The Walking Dead Gets Its Governor In Doctor Who Alum

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It was pretty exciting and intriguing news when the rumor that John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, Deadwood) might be playing the Governor in AMC’s The Walking Dead hit the internet. He is extremely talented and has more than demonstrated his ability to depict characters capable of shocking cruelty. However, as is often the case with internet rumors, it turns out not to be true. Yesterday, AMC announced their actual casting decision for the ruthless character: British actor David Morrissey.

Sci-fi fans and anglophiles will no doubt remember Morrissey from the 2008 Doctor Who Christmas special “The Next Doctor”, in which he played a Victorian era man mistakenly believing himself to be The Doctor. Morrissey’s performance shown through what was a rather lackluster plot involving steampunk cybermen and was equal parts manic, sweet and heartbreaking. His long resume also includes a hefty string of roles in BBC period dramas like South Riding and Sense and Sensibility (2008).