THE WALKING DEAD Trio to Get Expanded Roles in Season 5

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Chances are good you caught the season four finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead last night, since the record-breaking night netted 15.7 million viewers.  If you need a refresher, you can check out our finale recap and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section.  Without spoiling anything for those who haven’t seen it, the end of season four was bloody and brutal, with one of the more divisive endings in recent history.  Not everyone made it out alive, but for three cast members who did, they’ll be seeing an expanded role when the show premieres its fifth season this October.  Hit the jump to see who will be returning this fall, and be warned that there are spoilers from last night’s finale.

Sunday TV Ratings: THE WALKING DEAD Ends Season with Strong 15.7 Million Viewers, But Down from Premiere; BELIEVE and CRISIS Drop

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TV ratings for Sunday evening are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • AMC closed out its fourth season finale of The Walking Dead last night to the tune of 15.7 million viewers, which is a finale record for the show.  This is the first time in the series’ history that its finale numbers were lower than its premiere numbers, as the season four premiere scored 16.2 million viewers.  That said, 15.7 million viewers is nothing to scoff at—especially on cable TV.  Read Dave’s full recap here.
  • NBC’s new drama series, however, did not do so hot.  Believe dropped 8% to a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.81 million viewers, and Crisis was down 23% to a 1.0 rating and 4.32 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Sunday, March 30th, including Resurrection, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Once Upon a Time, and more.

THE WALKING DEAD Season 4 Finale Recap: “A”

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Even if you had your Dock Street “Walker” in hand as you watched the season four finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, you were likely too nervous to enjoy it.  While the first half of this season wrapped up some leftover conflicts of season three, the latter half promised the survivors (and viewers) a look at Terminus, the mysterious meeting place advertised as a sanctuary.  This episode did its damnedest to make you fear for the safety of everyone in the cast, and for 90% of the hour, the tension was quite well sustained.  Then came the last few moments, which will likely divide fans on either side of the rail line.  Hit the jump for my take on the season four finale, and season four overall.

Potent Potables: GAME OF THRONES, STAR TREK, and THE WALKING DEAD Beers Hit the Market

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I love beer, I love television, and I love creative cross-over marketing, so today’s bit of offbeat news is my holy trinity.  Some of these brews have been around for a while and others are being released this very weekend!  Here they are at a glance:

  • Game of Thrones – Ommegang Brewery has already churned out the Iron Throne blonde ale, and the Take the Black Stout for past seasons of HBO’s hit show, but their latest effort, Fire and Blood red ale, will release on March 31st.  Season four debuts Sunday April 6th.
  • Star Trek – The first official Star Trek beer, Klingon Warnog, will be brewed by the Indiana-based Tin Man Brewing Co.  You can only drink this dunkelweizen if you’ve successfully performed the Rite of Ascension and endured torture by painstiks.
  • The Walking Dead – Just in time for the season four finale of AMC’s hit series is this new brainy brew from Dock Street Brewing Co. in Philly.  This Walker’s an American Pale Stout brewed with smoked goat brains. YUP!

Hit the jump for more information on each of these delicious drinks.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Us”

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Last week’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead was pretty grim, so it was no surprise that the show lightened the tone considerably for season four’s penultimate hour.  That’s not to say everything was all sunshine and kittens.  Even a relatively pleasant and optimistic episode of The Walking Dead is expected to have Walker attacks, gruesome effects, and plot twists culled from the darkest side of the human condition.  In the case of “Us”, the positive vibes stem from the cooperative teamwork of strangers and the reunion of lost loves.  Hit the jump for my recap, and to learn why these groovy feelings aren’t likely to continue at the end of the line.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “The Grove”

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So far on season four of AMC’s The Walking Dead, every plot point has been driving our heroes on toward the mysterious Terminus.  Some travel there in search of their missing loved ones, others seek the promised safety and security of the gathering place at the end of the line.  Still others, like the unlucky travelers of tonight’s episode, head toward the unknown entity of Terminus because everything else is already horrific by comparison, and the desire to leave these nightmares behind them propel them forward to the promised land.  We’ll have to wait another couple of episodes to see if that promise is made good, but for now, we’ll reflect on “The Grove”.  Hit the jump.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Alone”

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For those of you who have been waiting for more friendly animals to appear on AMC’s The Walking Dead, I give you tonight’s episode, “Alone”.  While the presence of the furry, four-legged friend had little to do with the entire episode, its apparently solitary existence did speak to the episode’s theme established in its title.  We got to check in on a few of the survivors in their various new partnerships; some grew stronger together and were torn apart, while others went their separate ways only to find out that it’s better (and safer) to stick together.  Hit the jump for my recap and review.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Still”

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Forget the Oscars, AMC’s The Walking Dead is on!  While I wasn’t surprised to see the ratings juggernaut unwilling to flinch from its scheduled run against the 86th Annual Academy Awards, I was surprised by the episode itself.  And not pleasantly so.  I’m all for pairing characters off to more evenly portion out screen time and let their individual stories develop.  This tactic can be rewarding when those stories enrich the overall plot arc and draw viewers more deeply into the narrative; however, the inherent risks bubble to the surface when the on-screen characters lack chemistry or when their stories fall flat.  Tonight’s episode, “Still”, was unfortunately an example of the latter.  Hit the jump for my recap and review.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Claimed”

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On tonight’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, viewers got to meet a few new faces.  Some were well-intentioned while others were nothing of the sort, and all of them came in varying shades of intelligence.  More intriguing than even the new character additions, however, was a bit of intel as to the state of the post-apocalyptic world and, if the newcomers can be believed, the plan to set things right once more.  Hit the jump for my recap and review, unless you’re all amped-up and have an ignorance of rapid-firing weapons.

Toy Fair: Over 250 Pictures From Convention Floor Including FROZEN, BREAKING BAD, DOCTOR WHO, SONS OF ANARCHY, ANCHORMAN 2, and More

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As someone with a major soft spot for Funko products, their booth at Toy Fair 2014 was a standout.  The company came with dozens of brand new items including The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy bobble heads, and POP! collections for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghostbusters, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more.

Mattel showed off new Hot Wheels and Frozen products while Mezco Toyz previewed brand new pieces for Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad including a variety of six-inch Walter Whites (Bryan Cranston), a replication of the infamous pink teddy bear, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) figurines. Underground Toys had a huge assortment of Doctor Who products while Cryptozoic Entertainment put some of their new trading card series on display.  We even caught the Khaleesi trying to sell some dragon eggs (or rather, paperweights) on the convention center floor.  We also got a look at toy lines for Anchorman 2, Axe Cop, Daft Punk, and so much more.  We snapped over 250 photos while walking around, so you can see Toy Fair for yourself after the jump.

Toy Fair 2014: Over 70 Pictures of New Figures from THE WALKING DEAD, Marvel, GODZILLA, ALIEN, BATMAN, GAME OF THRONES, STAR WARS, and More

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Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York City is absolutely enormous.  There’s 412,000 net square feet of exhibit space and a whole section of it is devoted to action figures alone with high quality collectibles from Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Alien, Godzilla and so much more.

Dark Horse had a slew of Marvel Classic items on display, a bunch of Game of Thrones characters and even a bust of Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) from Grimm.  Kotobukiya came with loads of stunning Marvel designs including their April 2014 release, Nightwing, and also a Batman: Arkham Origins piece, but there’s still no debut date for that one.  The McFarlane Toys booth was loaded with Walking Dead characters with a 10-inch Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) as well as a statue of The Governor’s zombie fish tank.  Catch all of that and loads more after the jump.

THE WALKING DEAD Recap: “Inmates”

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Two episodes into the second half of season four of AMC’s The Walking Dead and each of the characters are being asked to make some tough decisions.  After the disastrous failing of the prison to protect and unify the group of survivors, each of them have gone their separate ways via a chaotic scattering into the woods.  While there’s some tension (and occasional comedy) to be found in these various odd couples, the real question that each individual must face is whether to go out in search of the others or continue on their own path.  The character bonds formed over the previous three-and-a-half seasons are put to the test in this episode, and long-time fans with keen eyes will be rewarded.  Hit the jump for my recap.

THE WALKING DEAD Episode Recap: “After”

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The mid-season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead made good on the season four poster’s warning: Don’t Look Back. After the devastating events at the end of the mid-season finale, Rick’s group of survivors has been scattered to the wind. After a brief glimpse of the aftermath at the prison, this episode – aptly titled “After” – focused on the paths of two sets of survivors, providing plenty of catharsis along the way.  Hit the jump for my review and to find out why “I’d be fine if you died.”

New Teaser for THE WALKING DEAD Is Not Afraid

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 AMC dropped the new year’s first mid-season trailer for The Walking Dead a few days ago, and now a near teaser is here to remind viewers that the second half of season four is on its way.  Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is looking pretty rough in this new cut, which is to be expected after the devastating events of the mid-season finale.  Now that the group of survivors is scattered to the wind, there’s no telling what will happen to them out in the wild.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 9th at 9pm on AMC.  Hit the jump to watch the new mid-season premiere trailer.

THE WALKING DEAD Mid-Season Premiere Trailer Features a Bad Moon Rising

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The anticipated return of AMC’s The Walking Dead just got a little more hype today with the release of the mid-season premiere trailer.  After the devastating events of the mid-season finale, we find the survivors scattered to the wind and attempting to survive out in the wild without allies and supplies.  As the trailer teases, new threats and difficulties will test them all, as they are left without the relative comfort and security of the prison community.  Your guess is as good as mine as to who makes it out alive.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 9th at 9pm on AMC.  Hit the jump to watch the mid-season premiere trailer.

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