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Creator Robert Kirkman said a lot of things about Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly. He said it was going to be “big.” He said you “absolutely had to watch.” And he said “it’s definitely one people are going to talk about.” Now we know why. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.] READ FULL STORY
It’s been a pretty quiet back half of season 4 for The Walking Dead‘s Beth (who’s been featured in only one episode since she and Daryl were separated from the rest of the group), but star Emily Kinney had plenty to say about what’s coming up on the hit series — not to mention what goes down when she’s not on screen.
Kinney proved her cultural cred while taking EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test. When she wasn’t confessing a long-held “acting crush” on Leonardo DiCaprio or spitting RUN-DMC rhymes, she dropped hints about the final few eps of this season on Dead.
Watch the video below, then see what’s up next for Beth and Daryl. READ FULL STORY
I like The Walking Dead, I guess? What is The Walking Dead, really? I’m not trying to be flip or abstract. For a show built on the fairly straightforward thrill of constant prosthetic headbashing, AMC’s undead melodrama has been weirdly difficult to pin down, both for the viewers and for the rotating band of producers. It began way back in 2010 as a horror-flavored neo-western, with a six-episode season that buffered very occasional zombie attacks with long stretches of explicit existential yammering. The second season premiere featured not one but two scenes where characters talked to God via crucifix. The same episode featured an appearance by a deer that served as a clear metaphor for life or whatever, which was confirmed a couple episodes later when lead character Rick tried to explain to his wife that the deer was a metaphor for life or whatever.
That version of The Walking Dead faded away in the second half of the season, when a showrunner shake-up replaced Frank Darabont with Glen Mazzara. We’ll never quite know what happened; it doesn’t seem like the break-up was amicable for anybody. There’s one read on the Darabont era, the Kurt Sutter theory, that he was suffering from budgetary constraints. There’s the counter-read that lots of shows have low budgets and none of them have come up with anything as boring as The Search for Sophia. READ FULL STORY
It seems like everyone, with or without HBO, knew about the Game of Thrones Red Wedding episode — which could explain why the show once again tops TorrentFreak’s annual list of the most pirated TV shows. Per the site, GoT‘s season 3 finale bloodbath was downloaded an estimated 5.9 million times via BitTorrent. After the show topped the charts in illegal downloads in 2012, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told EW he considered it, “a compliment of sorts”: “The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.” READ FULL STORY
The cyborg historians of the future will claim that 2013 was the year that television stopped being television. Not because there weren’t great TV shows. In fact, there was a greater diversity of good shows than ever before, on broadcast and cable and beyond. But I do mean “beyond”: This was the first year when some of the best TV shows weren’t properly on TV.
Netflix launched big with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black and the mosiac reboot of Arrested Development. (Adorably, they’re still producing Lilyhammer, the Remember WENN of this particular revolution.) READ FULL STORY
Did you miss Sunday night’s episodes of The Walking Dead, The Good Wife or Homeland? Catch up with EW’s TV Recap below.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead. Do not read if you have not seen The Walking Dead!
Discuss Sunday’s episode below! Here’s a breakdown of what went down during the fourth midseason finale… READ FULL STORY
What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? The first week of December means holiday programming is in full cheery swing with an SNL special, a CMA caroling fest, and a Sound of Music live reboot. But it’s still early, so don’t let the Christmas fever get out of hand. Casey Affleck fights to the bone in Out of the Furnace, in theaters this Friday. And you’ve got zombies to deal with in the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead tonight.
All times listed are Eastern.
The Walking Dead, 9 p.m., AMC mid-season finale
Will slow and steady win the zombie race for TWD‘s mid-season finale? Will a Governor/Rick prison face-off give fans a thrilling (albeit familiar) end? Be sure to catch up on all of this season’s slow-growing action with Maricela Gonzalez’ recaps.
CMA Country Christmas, 9 p.m., ABC
Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts this holiday special featuring country stars performing treasured Christmas tunes. The lineup includes Sheryl Crow, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, and more.
Concerned about shortening attention spans? Take heart! The highest-rated show on television is also one of the slowest shows in recent TV history. The first five episodes of The Walking Dead‘s fifth season constituted a miniseries about a plague; the most recent two episodes are a mini-miniseries, The Ballad of the Governor. Neither of them had enough plot to fill half of your average episode of Scandal. The overall sense of stasis is heightened by the fact that — as EW’s Walking Dead recapper Maricela Gonzalez pointed out on Monday — tomorrow night’s midseason finale looks suspiciously similar to the third season finale.
Clearly, audiences are responding to The Walking Dead‘s let’s-call-it-gradual pacing. So we got to wondering: What if you applied the narrative innovations of this season of Dead to other TV shows past and present?
Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod and Abbie take a drive upstate to investigate some mysterious deaths. They’re joined by boring new character, Rob Stokely, played by The Wire‘s Wood Harris. The drive takes three episodes, which mostly focus on Rob’s struggles with alcoholism. (Will they ever arrive at their destination? What tension!) After that, there’s an two-episode story arc featuring a long Headless Horseman flashback. In the first episode, the Headless Horseman grows a head and moves to Nyack. In the second episode, he cuts his own head off and moves back to Sleepy Hollow. READ FULL STORY
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