New ‘Walking Dead’ webisode series ‘The Oath’ is out now, and it’s a prequel

Now you can watch all three Walking Dead webisodes for this year (they generally do it between seasons, so this is the third batch).  For the first series we had the gruesome, gut-wrenching (in more ways than one, but damn it was sad) Bicycle Girl backstory. The second was a stand-alone featuring some really good talent (and a grim, satisfying payoff).

This year we get a prequel, and here’s a small spoiler as to what iconic moment from AMC’s The Walking Dead –come to think of it, the comic had it too–check out the four words from the below image (copyright AMC):

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Buckle up and enjoy, these three new webisodes (ominously titled “The Oath”)  should hold you over until the season 4 premiere this Sunday …especially since Greg Nicotero created and directed them!

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The Good, The Bad and The Worse: The Walking Dead Finale

Yep. Sarah hit about every point I wanted to make in my list of reasons why the finale felt unfinished. Robert Kirkman also promised “the whole prison story arc will be resolved, we’ll see closure as it’s time to move on.” Really? I know Kirkman isn’t going to give out spoilers and not even get anywhere near them, but that was just insulting. Rumor is that he’s the one that made an 11th-hour change to the script to kill off Andrea, which lead to conflict with Glenn Mazzara, which lead to him getting pissed off enough to part ways with the show. Or, he could have gotten the rug yanked out from under him just like Laurie Holden did. Again, major props to her talent for keeping the character likeable (to us, anyway) and being gracious about her exit, even though it was a shitty situation.

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“Your reasoning was bullshit before. ‘Everyone you care about dies?’ Get in line. Who can’t say that? So we just resign ourselves to be miserable? I’ve lost people, we all have. We would just see whose curse is stronger, if mine kills you before yours kills me. We’re all going to die, Rick…that was true before the turn. I guess what I’m trying to say is…I’m glad you decided to stop being such a pussy. Tomorrow is a new day–and for the first time in a long time, I’m actually looking forward to it. So thanks.”

—Andrea to Rick in The Walking Dead comic… where she lives on.

Q&A with Sarah Wayne Callies on Sunday’s episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, The Suicide King (SPOILERS)

(SPOILER ALERT). For what it’s worth, even in HD I could see so little that I figured they just had a similar-looking female stand in for Callies (especially with that lighting and that wedding dress draped over her figure). Speaking of the state of Mr.  This Isn’t A Democracy’s  health… Wow, Rick is seriously losing his shit. I’m hoping they take a similar turn they did in the print version (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WALKING DEAD COMIC/GRAPHIC NOVEL) and basically vote that there’s going to be a group of leaders, an ad-hoc committee, or put someone else in charge. Vote on it, if the entire gang isn’t as mentally fractured as Rick is. In the comic– well, as I recall anyway– OK, let me back up for a minute. I did all my catching-up on the TWD graphic novels in a series of big greedy bites lasting six weeks (TOPS, probably closer to a month the way I was wolfing them down) in the summer of 2011, and I would have blasted through them in a week to ten days if I had been able to purchase all the compendiums at once. Now I keep up with the paperback volumes, but that’s going to have to stop. After “The Saviors” killed off a much-loved main character (there from the beginning) off shockingly, horribly, and graphically in the last TPB–an event which I’m surprised didn’t have to cause creator Robert Kirkman to pack his suitcase and move to Aruba until things settled down to escape angry fans coming at him with torches and pitchforks– I’m going to have to subscribe, because I want to see some serious payback… and, as usual, what happens next.. OK, where was I? Sorry for the digression, but if you’re a TWD comics reader, you know the event I mean, and understand; I’m betting I wasn’t the only one who actually had their day ruined it was so sad and brutal.

 

Back to the Rick prison-meltdown In the comics–and this was before the shit REALLY hit the fan with The Governor, and Lori was still alive and pregnant– Rick got more and more cold-blooded and ruthless, got in a huge physical fight with another male character bigger than him, and fell off the second-story railing of the prison and was in and out of consciousness due to his injuries long enough for everyone else to have gotten together, had a civilized discussion, and voted on a different system of leadership. [END THE WALKING DEAD COMICS SPOILER] I hope that’s what happens here. They need Michonne, they need Tyreese, and whoever else they can trust –especially with Daryl gone. Too bad Dale’s not around anymore.

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Rick getting those imaginary phone calls from Lori (also happened in the comic-but just Lori’s voice, not a few different people) I can actually excuse as a reaction to acute grief and shock. Shit, when you’re in that much pain, do whatever works do get through it, as long as you’re not hurting anybody. However, he lost his shit in front of the entire group, also doesn’t seem to be bonding to his infant “Little Ass-Kicker” daughter, looks like someone you’d cross the street to avoid if you saw them in public–and carries around a loaded weapon. Something’s got to change. Until next week, enjoy this interview with Sara Callies on the post-mortem cameos–voice and otherwise–by Lori. We’ll re-blog anything else of interest on EW.com’s “Inside TV”, especially when Dalton Ross writes it.