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Mace & Crown | April 22, 2018

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Gearing Up For War

The Walking Dead Season 3.5 is Right around the Corner

AMC’s hit TV show is returning for the latter half of season three on Feb. 10. After the midseason finale of “The Walking Dead” left fans with multiple plot climaxes, including the introduction of major comic book character, Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman), the mutilation of the Woodbury Governor (David Morrissey) and the star crossed reuniting of the brothers Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Merle (Michael Rooker) Dixon, the series is set to return and things are shaping up to be much more violent and exciting than in any previous season.

In Woodbury Andrea (Laurie Holden), who could be seen as a comparatively weaker character this season than in others, is shown in multiple trailers as more aggressive, more questioning and more dangerous. The Governor is depicted as angry, violent and menacing in promotional materials and trailers. Daryl and Merle have ended up on two different sides of the zombie apocalypse and are shown in a gladiator style brawl organized by the Governor in one released trailer.

Shots of the prison are of a different caliber, however people are questioning Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) authority, and with the new tension of added characters, it might be hard for him to keep control. Fans are getting anxious and tempers are flaring on all sides of this predicament, and it seems something has to give soon. If you haven’t watched the last few seasons, don’t worry; AMC is known to marathon seasons during the weekend leading up to the premier of the next season and half season.

“The Walking Dead” has skyrocketed into public success in the last two years, boasting above an 8.0 score by all demographics on IMDB and a 9.3 average for men under 18. The show has doubled its audience from episode one, which premiered at 5.35 million viewers, as compared to the season three premiere, which saw 10.87 million. The show has spawned several meme’s on the Internet, made appearances at Comic-Con and hosts its own action figures and video game off-shoots.

“The Walking Dead” has wowed critics and won 11 awards in its short lifespan and was nominated for 46. The awards won were at events such as The Golden Reel awards, The Satellite Awards, The Saturn Awards, The Eddie awards and two Emmys. It has even spawned a companion show hosted by Chris Hardwick called “Talking Dead,” which brings in media experts and celebrities to talk about the newly premiered show.

The television show has come from The New York Times bestselling comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, who also serves as a lead producer on the television series. Though the television series has been known to diverge from the comic series to break monotony and explore separate story arks, the two might be coming to a major plot point from the comics, but how the writers may arrive there and what will be different when they do is still largely unpredictable.

By: Sean Burke

Staff Writer