With Comic-Con 2013 underway, EW takes you on a tour of the convention center floor.
Watch as we encounter The Walking Dead zombies, and Black Sails pirates, and a special My Little Pony fan. Check out the video below: READ FULL STORY
The zombies are back! Okay, to be fair, they never really left. But after a season in which the survivors on The Walking Dead were more concerned with the human threat of the Governor than the flesh-eaters right outside their prison gates, the biters will be taking center stage again when the AMC hit returns in mid-October for season 4. “The first episode, we had days where there were 150 walkers,” brags exec producer and zombie makeup guru Greg Nicotero.
But while herds of zombies may be attacking from the outside, there will also be a mysterious menace to deal with from the inside. What is it, and how will the prison gang defend themselves against it? “The new threat is something you can’t just stab in the face,” says new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. “You can’t talk sense to it. You can’t make a truce with it. It’s beyond all that. It would be a threat in any world, but in this world it is much more terrifying.” Yikes!
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If you’re a fan of binge-viewing, odds are you’ve experienced a side effect at one time or another. Once, I found myself looking at puddles and thinking about how I’d make the water drinkable after watching too many consecutive Man vs. Wild episodes on Discovery. Another time, I was jumpy on the street walking home from a friend’s house where we’d been marathoning CSI on Spike.
Over the Fourth of July weekend, I decided it was time to finally watch The Walking Dead and plowed through the first two seasons — 19 episodes — in two days. At the end of the second day, I was raiding my sister’s fridge for sodas to take to my mother’s house for dinner and felt pretty badass loading up my backpack — like I was one of the characters on The Walking Dead pillaging supplies from an abandoned house or pharmacy or staying on the move. My sister lives on a mountain, off an unpaved road, with a fence around her property to keep animals from dining on her husband’s gardens and their dogs, which I was pet-sitting, from running away. It felt like the kind of remote place that would be safe from zombies — for a while — should a zombie apocalypse ever begin. Perhaps that’s why I maybe sorta freaked out the night her retriever Duke, who rarely barks, ran out to the fence and made a lot of noise. (I have no idea what it was, because he trotted back inside before I summoned a flashlight/the courage to check.)
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Happy 237th birthday, America — let’s celebrate with TV marathons and specials!
Although we encourage enjoying the sunshine with a hot dog and a cold beverage in hand, you never know when some channel-flipping assistance may come in handy. With this list of choices, there is something for everyone — kid-friendly binge-watching, cable favorites such as The Walking Dead, and Independence Day classics like … Independence Day.
In the event of gloomy weekend weather, a nasty sunburn that sends you indoors, or simply the need for new drinking-game inspiration, check out all the TV marathons and specials happening this Fourth of July weekend:
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Yes, there are a few season finales to go, but with the rush of surprise twists, cliffhangers, and exits behind us, it’s now time for EW.com’s fourth annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards. After taking your suggestions under advisement — and extending the cutoff date to March 31, because so many of you wanted to (dis)honor the passing of The Walking Dead‘s Andrea — here are this year’s nominees. UPDATE: Polls are now closed. Winners will be announced Friday. READ FULL STORY
The Walking Dead’s Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) took refuge from walkers in the Conan audience last night. However, things got violent pretty fast. Let’s just say Merle is not too fond of Andy Richter’s comedic timing. The audience loved the whole bit and Rooker really went for it. He even grabbed a woman out of the audience and shouted, ”I finally got me some action,” as he ran out of the theater.
Watch the clip below:
[UPDATE: My full season finale recap is now live!] My Walking Dead stumbled into its third season finale covered in blood and gore, after fifteen episodes that featured a steadily-building main-character body count. It was all building towards the ultimate showdown between the ragtag gang led by Rick Grimes and the kindly citizens of Woodbury led by the homicidal Governor. Expectations for a cosmically bloody final act were high. And sure enough — SPOILERS AHEAD READ FULL STORY
Even the best TV shows go wrong. A misconceived plotline winds up bogging down a whole season. (Wait, Landry killed somebody?) A new character fails to gel with the rest of the cast. (See: Every new desperate housewife not played by Dana Delany.) The writers just start repeating the same story beats — oh look, Marissa’s falling in love with the wrong guy again! — or, even worse, they conjure up a potentially exciting twist that pushes the show too far outside of its comfort zone. (See: Abu Nazir, in the tunnels, acting less like a terrorist and more like a horror movie monster.) Most of the best shows of the last two decades have been good because they’re willing to make bold moves — and sometimes, those bold moves backfire. READ FULL STORY
[UPDATE: My full Walking Dead recap is now live.] We all knew that the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead‘s third season was probably going to ratchet up the tension, since the back half of this season has been building up to the war between the Governor and Rick. Also, it’s been weeks since anybody died on this show. Well, tonight’s episode definitely ratcheted up the tension, because [SPOILER ALERT] READ FULL STORY
“Rick: We’re eating his food now?
Michonne: The mat said ‘welcome’. ”
– Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) on The Walking Dead
Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Sunday March 3 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!
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