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The Walking Dead Recap: Triggerfinger

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Finally, The Walking Dead delivers unto us an epic zombie episode. Complaints about the slow pace of season two’s start are almost forgotten in the wake of tonight’s incredibly goretastic hour. Of course it wouldn’t be top level Walking Dead without intense explorations of character within the confines of a hellish new world order.

The tone is set as the episode begins with Lori out cold in the wrecked car as a zombie gnaws and claws at the vehicle. Then a zombie gets inspired by Terminator 2 and does a T-1000 through the window. Except with a lot more skin and flesh tearing, and far creepier as well. Back at the farm it’s dinner time and Shane insists that Rick, Glen, and Hershel will be fine until morning. Then he learns Lori is not around and goes out to find her. At this point there’s no question that Shane is motivated solely by his love for Carl, Lori, and what he believes to be his unborn child. Group be damned, this man has no remorse for the trials and tribulations of his fellow man.

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John Hawkes May Be The Walking Dead’s Big Villain

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John Hawkes is one of those actors who you’d recognize having seen but wouldn’t necessarily be able to name, which is how he prefers things.  He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Winter’s Bone, where his performance was superb and chilling.  His resume includes everything from high profile indies like Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene and television shows like Deadwood and Eastbound & Down to supporting roles in big flicks like Contagion and The Perfect Storm.  Now, he may be joining the cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead as one of the biggest non-zombie dangers from the comics: The Governor.

There’s been no official word from AMC execs or any of the creative team on who will play The Governor, but actor and make-up artist Tom Savini let it slip that Hawkes was being courted for the role.  Apparently, Savini has long been campaigning for The Governor based on the fact that he looks just like the character.  He says that the last time he brought it up to Greg Nicotero, the zombie make-up mastermind told Savini that they were going after Hawkes for the part.  Savini doesn’t seem terribly happy about it, seeing as he so strongly resembles The Governor and that “everyone I talk to, the people that read the graphic novels….They’ve all said that I would be the perfect Governor.  Because he is tough and brutal”.

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New Walking Dead Teaser Trailer

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AMC is doing everything it can to remind folks that The Walking Dead returns in February.  We previously let you know about a couple of preview clips from the next new episode that the network posted on its website, and now we have an official teaser trailer for the second half of the season that prominently highlights how fantastic newspaper critics have found this season:

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Video Sneak Peeks At The Walking Dead’s Mid-Season Return

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AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead doesn’t return from its winter hiatus for another month yet, but the network has posted a couple of sneak peeks from the next episode (“Nebraska”) on its website. The episode picks up sometime after the release and decimation of the walkers in the barn.

In this first clip, Shane and Rick do what they do best: argue about Rick’s decisions. Hershel tells them to leave, so Shane rails on about how terrible Rick’s decisions were and Rick tries to once again convince Shane that they can change Hershel’s mind.

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The Walking Dead Gets 16 Episodes For Its Third Season

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The Walking Dead is the highest rated show on AMC and one of the highest rated shows on cable right now so, of course, they want more of it. The network was quick to announce that they’ve renewed their zombie apocalypse show for a third season back in October, but now they’ve made an even bigger commitment.

Previous seasons of The Walking Dead, including the second season which resumes airing on February 12th, have only been 13 episodes in length. The big change here is that the third season will get bumped up to 16 episodes though, yet another reflection of AMC’s confidence in this series.

What remains to seen is whether they’ll actually give the show the kind of budget it deserves. Despite being the network’s biggest success, AMC actually slashed The Walking Dead’s budget in season 2, resulting in part, in the departure of series showrunner Frank Darabont. If they’re giving them sixteen episodes for the next season, will they actually give them the money they need to do more content and do it right? AMC’s track record suggests we shouldn’t count on it.

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Walking Dead Returns Soon, Here’s The Mid-Season Poster

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The Walking Dead’s mid-season hiatus is almost over. The show returns to AMC on February 12th, and there’s plenty reason to expect good things. It helps that the whole Sofia time-wasting plot is finally over. Things came to a head during the mid-season finale back in 2011 and the fallout, when the show comes back to explore it, should be pretty big.

To celebrate the return of The Walking Dead AMC has released a mid-season show poster. It’s not exactly groundbreaking. Actually it looks like every other poster you’ve ever seen for the show, but it’s The Walking Dead so be excited anyway. Take a look…