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Fear the Walking Dead was a show that was handcuffed at the beginning by its own premise. Where the original show began after time had passed, allowing them to simply begin the story in an alien environment which would allow viewers to get to know the protagonists and bond with them immediately, Fear the Walking Dead had to endure introducing us to strangers we had no specific connection to, and waiting around till we became comfortable around them. It had to strain against the strands of knowledge that have to break before someone can accept that a zombie invasion is occurring.

It’s the same thing that has had Episode 4 and the series finale arrive like a breath of fresh air. Gone is the illusion that the cavalry have arrived, that there’s time for everyone to barbecue and explore their personal demons in connection with the world’s end. With the information tortured out of Ophelia’s boyfriend, we enter the season finale aware that there are a mountain of walkers, held back by chains and wood. Entering this episode, we know that if the family waits, they have less than 24 hours to live. We know, too, that the military has both abandoned them and signed their death warrants.

It is in this series finale that we see both the strengths and the weaknesses of the show. Every character has a scene where we see them at their best and at their worst.

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All too soon we have reached the season 1 finale of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and you have to wonder where the time went! This week’s episode is called ‘The Good Man’ and this does appear, to me anyway, to be a bit misleading (more on that in the analysis!). This week there will be a slightly bigger analysis. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the finale!


Remember, as always, this is a review/analysis and as such will contain possible spoilers. If you haven’t seen the show and/or don’t want to know what happens, then don’t read on.

We start with a helicopter overview of the city at night. We then focus on the stadium and we see the chained doors being violently pushed outwards. The dead are straining to get out.

Opening credits.

Madison and Travis are packing urgently. Chris and Alicia turn up and are told that the group is leaving. Travis says it isn’t safe for them to be there anymore and Madison adds they are back to plan A: Head East. Chris asks about Liza and Travis tells him they are going to get her and Nick on the way. As they walk out of the room, Chris asks how they are going to do that.

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

It’s October, so that means it’s time to peek into the spookier corners of comics, ones that star ghosts and goblins, devils and vampires, and that other one. That “Z” one. So this week we’re taking a look at The Walking Dead, the smash multi-media sensation from Image Comics by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. Find out what other zombie franchise was originally behind this comic, the lie that got the whole thing started, and the creepiest pieces of merchandise money can buy, as well as several other equally interesting facts.

Show notes:

  • If you’re somehow the one person who hasn’t read The Walking Dead yet, you can get the first six issues in paperback here.
  • Oh, that’s not enough for you? You want to go deeper? Okay, you can get a hardcover with the first twelve issues here.
  • Still not enough? You really love commitment? Well, you can get this oversized slipcased hardcover edition of the first twenty-four issues here.
  • You say you’re really all in? Like all the way all in? Okay, here’s a big fat paperback edition with the first forty-eight issues in it. Also doubles as a weapon in case the zombie apocalypse happens while you’re reading it.

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Sure, the West Coast prequel Fear the Walking Dead was a fine summer diversion (and may one day develop into a must-see show), but let’s be honest: Zombie-lovers have mostly been drumming their rotting fingers since March, waiting for the original to come back.

This Sunday night, Rick and Carol and Glenn and the rest of TWD‘s ragtag band of survivors finally return, for the first of 16 Season Six episodes (to be split, as always, into two eight-episode batches). And while the fifth season ended with most of the characters in one place for a change — and relatively secure — let’s take a moment to recall exactly where we left off, and to prepare for whatever horrors may await the living in the weeks ahead.

The old Rick is back…
The Walking Dead‘s main, morally tortured protagonist Rick Grimes was forced into a leadership role early in the series, then backed away from the helm as soon as he felt like his little circle of friends and fellow travelers had stabilized. But last season, when his group was invited to join a mini-society of sophisticated suburbanites in the well-stocked, well-fortified “Alexandria Safe Zone” — the old Rick reared his head again. Our hardened hero hatched a coup-plot, taking the job of constable so that he could gain access to an arsenal and work behind the scenes to save Alexandria’s dangerously naive residents from themselves.

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She may not be on the front lines of battle outside the walls of Alexandria, but Maggie Greene is learning one of the most important skills to keep the community safe on The Walking Dead: She’s being educated on how to lead under the tutelage of Deanna Monroe. But how will that leadership come into play in season 6? We went to the woman who plays Maggie, Lauren Cohan, for answers on that as well as imminent threats on both sides of the walls.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When you have a giant cast like this there are obviously going to be times where your story line is going to be more prominent and other times where it’s going to be a little less so just because that’s the natural cycle of things. That said, I wanted more Maggie than we got last season. What’s it like for you being on a show where you know it has a giant cast and there are going to be these moments where you’re really going to have a chance to really stand out and shine, and other moments where you’re going to have to fade back a little bit? 
LAUREN COHAN: Yeah, it’s a really good question because I was thinking about this earlier. If you step back and you say, “How has Maggie changed?” and if you look at that in the context of Maggie and Glenn, but also just look at them as individual people, the changes that have happened for her have been so fast. I think a lot of that comes from seeing how much the world has changed and then kind of zooming in on these characters and how they appropriate themselves to a new situation or to a new world.

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There was a lot of shooting by an overwhelmed military, a lot of walkers (though they don’t call them that) on the streets of L.A., and the death of a core character Sunday on the Season 1 finale of The Walking Dead companion series. There was also 6.86 million total viewers and a 3.37 rating in the 18-49 demographic for the 9 PM season ender on AMC on what became a steady conclusion — at least ratingswise.

On a night that saw the New Orleans Saints beating the Dallas Cowboys in overtime on Sunday Night Football, the Season 5 debut of Homeland on Showtime and various other openings and endings on cable and the Big 4, the Fear The Walking Dead finale, which clocked in at 1 hour and 11 minutes, was up 2.3% from the 6.7 million who watched last week’s episode. That penultimate episode of the six-episode first season drew a 3.44 rating in 18-49s with 4.4 million in the demo watching — a difference on the flip side of 2%.

As it has been in past weeks, FearTWD was the top show both in total audience and the key demo Sunday.

While walker-to-walker comparisons lack a certain bite due to the changing nature of the TV landscape, last night’s finale also topped the Season 1 finale of The Walking Dead. The end of the first season of what became the zombie apocalypse blockbuster — it also had a 6-episode initial run — pulled in 5.97 million viewers and a then-record-breaking 3.0/8 rating among adults 18-49 on December 5, 2010.

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 “The Good Man”

Well, that was… certainly a TV show. The final installment of the first season of a TV show, in fact. All the right pieces were moving, and it was tense (at least the music told you it was), as all the characters abruptly decide to flee their safe zone, retrieve the other characters and head east. Don’t forget, that’s been the big plan here this whole time. East.

So, after the miscellaneous members of the various families and step-families gather their things, their hostage soldier along for the ride, plan to head toward the compound to retrieve the other two characters left behind there. Despite the all the heavily armed military guards, they have one plan to resort to – the stadium full of the undead, conveniently located right next door.

I mean, sure, it distracts the guards, but there are now thousands upon thousands of roaming, flesh-eating zombies roaming the streets of Los Angeles. This simply did not seem like the most well thought out plan at all.

Of course, they all happen to run into one another despite the chaos of a fucking stadium’s worth of zombies attacking a military compound, including Gilbert Grape and his new friend, Strand, who is my favorite character simply for being the most well-dressed man who’s also prepared for the apocalypse. Is he evil? We don’t know. His cadence suggests he’s evil, certainly. And he leaves the soldier he’d been bribing to die, telling him “you’re well on your way,” which lends itself to the argument that he is, in fact, and evil, boat-owning, well-dressed man.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 6 SPOILERS: Major Character Death in Season Premiere?

By Brandon Katz | Oct 05, 2015 03:14 PM EDT

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Warning: The following contains possible spoilers for AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

It’s been one year since we last caught up with Rick Grimes and our very merry band of zombie killers in “The Walking Dead.” That means season six is finally upon us! I’ll give you a moment to do the Happy Dance…

The sixth season of AMC’s smash hit show “The Walking Dead” will debut this Sunday with “First Time Again.” For a spoiler-free review of the premiere, you can click here.

If you’re brave enough to wade into the spoiler-y waters, follow me…

According to hypable, someone important dies in the very first episode. Wait, what?

That’s right, we get a big character death right off the bat to keep audiences on their toes. If you caught HNGN’s interview with Josh McDermitt (Eugene), than you know that showrunner Scott M. Gimple is always trying to top himself in an organic way to keep the show fresh. Well, killing off someone at the start of the season certainly accomplishes that.

Without giving away who bites the big one, here’s what hypable had to say about the season six premiere:

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We’ve already had one major week of premieres, but we’re not done yet. This week, The Walking Dead is back for what will surely be a blockbuster new season, and The CW is rolling out new seasons of everything from The Flash to Supernatural.

Check out the week in TV below. What’s on your watchlist?


The Flash (CW) Tuesday, 8 PM – “The Man Who Saved Central City”

Season premiere! – Even before The Flash arrived on our TV screens, I was impressed with the comic-book ambitions of Arrow that set it up. I mean, this was a show that was teasing things like KGBeast and Lazarus Pits, and then its spinoff series decided to dive even deeper into comic-book lore, to great effect. Season 1 brought with it the introductions of Weather Wizard, Captain Cold, Reverse Flash and more, and Season 2 promises to bring us even more. We’ve already seen Gorilla Grodd in action; now we get the chance to see Jay Garrick speed his way into the proceedings, as a little TV Multiverse forms. The Flash is a show that thrives on ambitious storytelling, and Season 2 looks to capitalize on that in what could be absolutely thrilling ways. Check out a preview below.


American Horror Story: Hotel (FX) Wednesday, 10 PM – “Checking In”

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WARNING: We’re about to discuss spoilers from Sunday night’s
Fear the Walking Dead finale. If you do not wish to know what happened, zombie-crawl out of here immediately!

Sunday night’s Fear the Walking Dead finale was a roller coaster ride of zombie-fueled insanity!

From a heart-wrenching death, to our first full-fledged infected attack, and the potential for zombies at sea — which would be an awesome first for the TWD universe — we’re already going through Fear withdrawals.

To quench your thirst for more, ETonline called up executive producer Gale Anne Hurd to find out the decision behind Liza’s death, what’s next for season two, and why the show was named Fear the Walking Dead instead of The Infected. (Which we came up with and think is an undeniably awesome name!)

WATCH: Everything You Need to Know Before Watching ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

The Fear the Walking Dead finale was so incredibly insane, yet a great cap to these first six episodes. What was your goal in creating this episode?
Gale Anne Hurd:
It really was exactly what you said, to have a season ender that clearly established that — as the expression goes – we’re not in Kansas anymore. The zombie apocalypse is indeed upon us and that Los Angeles is no longer safe for them. Also, to see that there are prices to be paid in the loss of people who are dear to them and the loss of innocence.

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The Escapists: The Walking Dead Review

October 5, 2015
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As I write this I am stuck on a puzzle. I’ve been stuck for days (or, at least, in-game days). I am making incremental progress: a new route discovered; another shotgun with two ammo crates; more crafting materials which will allow me to upgrade my flimsy tools; another room cleared of walkers – but I just can’t seem to find the final piece of the puzzle so that my motley crew and I can escape from this particular hell-hole. A message flashes up: it’s the last head count of the day. I’d better get back, because I don’t want that threat level to increase. I will just have to try opening the air vent tomorrow to see if I can finally get in to the room that has had me barred for the past ten days. For now, I’ll rest, save my progress and plan the next step.

It seems every moment of The Escapists: The Walking Dead is like this: intricate layers of puzzles to solve which lead you to new areas, with new obstacles to overcome. The Walking Dead tie-in to the enormously successful indie Prison Breakout hit, The Escapists, works wonderfully with the mechanics of the original game. Loosely following the comic book plot lines, The Escapists: The Walking Dead sees you play the main character, Rick Grimes, in different locations from the world including the Memorial Hospital where Grimes first wakes up after being shot pre-Zombie days, to the Greene Farm where we meet Hershel and Maggie, to the prison, and on to Woodbury and even Alexandria. In total there are five different areas with increasing difficulty to plot and puzzle and fight your way out of.

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ShortsHD, an online channel devoted to short films, is celebrating Halloween by running horror shorts all month long in October. Leading the charge is a special block featuring seven shorts that star cast members from “The Walking Dead.”

Sound like a fun time?  Then read on for the full details, including info on their Halloween day “Zombiethon.”

ShortsHD ( is celebrating Halloween with “Horror Month,” featuring scary short movies and thrillers all month long. Headlining the network’s promotion is STARS IN SHORTS: THE WALKING DEAD, featuring seven different short films starring actors from AMC’s Emmy-winning television series “The Walking Dead.” The shorts will be available for viewing all month long on the channel.

Beginning TODAY, October 5th, STARS IN SHORTS: THE WALKING DEAD will feature the following shorts:

· THE PRO starring Andrew Lincoln
· THE QUIET ASSASSIN starring Lauren Cohan
· BUTTERFLY ORDER starring David Morrissey
· OUT OF TOWN starring David Morrissey
· LUCID starring Ross Marquand
· THE CONGREGATION starring Ross Marquand
· THE TRAIL OF BEN BARRY starring Lawrence Gilliard

During the week of Halloween, ShortsHD kicks things off on October 27th with eight Midnight Specials, Top Tens, and laugh-out-loud Short Cuts. Halloween night brings out the zombies with ShortsHD’s “Zombiethon,” a slate of creepy zombie-themed horror shorts premiering at 9pm and continuing until dawn.

For more info visit ShortsHD on Facebook and Twitter.



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We don’t know a lot about Bruce from The Walking Dead. We don’t even know his last name. (But I’m really hoping it’s Wayne or Springsteen!) When we first meet Bruce, Abraham is asking him about the timeline for the construction project. Not too far into their discussion, we hear Bruce tell Abraham, in most memorable fashion, that he needs to excuse himself, or more specifically, “send a fax to Cleveland”.

While the “fax” comment was humorous, this particular exchange was not Bruce’s most pivotal moment. Bruce turns the tide when he steps up and assists Abraham in taking out the walkers that are quickly overtaking the construction site. Furthermore, he pledges to help keep Abraham alive during the showdown with the walkers.

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In season 5, the “citizens” of Alexandria are certainly curious about the arrival of Rick’s group, but for the most part they have not embraced Rick’s ideology about survival. Aaron and Eric see value in Rick’s group, but they had the benefit of watching them for some time. Bruce is one of the first Alexandrians to side with our survivors, specifically, Abraham, in a crisis situation. He sees the value of fighting to save one another and not merely retreat to save your own behind. And for this, I give Bruce props. Well done, sir!

The actor who portrays Bruce is Ted Huckabee. He graciously allowed me to ask him several questions about himself, his character, and his experiences working on The Walking Dead. Here’s what he had to say!

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AMC has debuted the first part of “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” to sate fans’ appetites after the zombie show’s season one finale. The 16-part webseries will be available online as well as airing during commercial breaks for “The Walking Dead” season six, which premieres Oct. 11 on the cable network. Each episode will be around one minute in length.

The series will take place over the course of one flight, and is set during the same period as “Fear the Walking Dead,” exploring the initial outbreak of the virus that decimates humanity. The story follows a group of airline passengers who discover that one of their fellow travelers is infected with the virus, putting their lives at risk. One of the new characters who survives the zombie encounter will join the cast of “Fear” in season two, which will continue to explore what happened to humanity in the weeks before Rick Grimes woke from his coma in the first episode of “The Walking Dead.”

Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” is written by L. Signorino and Mike Zunic and directed by “Fear” director of photography Michael McDonough. “Fear” showrunner and executive producer Dave Erickson and co-exec producer David Wiener serve as EPs.

“Fear the Walking Dead” will return for Season 2 with 15 new episodes in 2016.

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We’re going to see some different visions for what Alexandria should be and how to survive when season 6 of The Walking Dead kicks off on Sunday. But what does katana-wielding warrior Michonne make of all of it? She was the one that wanted to find that sense of community and home in season 5, so where will she stand when things pick back up? We went straight to the source and chatted with star Danai Gurira in her trailer on set after a long day at work about what’s in store for season 6 in matters of life, death, and … love?

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s talk about Alexandria. How unified is this community now?
DANAI GURIRA: I think the jury is still out as to where everyone will fall, whether or not they are truly survivors, and whether or not they can make it there. That was the issue between Rick and Michonne last season, that she believed they could and that they should invest in this place, and he was skeptical, and so I think that that jury’s still out.

I think she’s still optimistic but it is the question of can we really mesh with these people and how are we going to be able to function as a really fine-tuned team, which is what we were out there? But they have something we need and we have something they need. So it’s still really in flux as to how it’s going to land. It’s a question of can these two very different groups come together and better each other because we need them, and they need us. There’s so much that we got from here. We were struggling. We were eating dog meat for God’s sake!

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