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‘The Walking Dead’ Returns February 10

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It’s that show about zombie-killing badasses

If you don’t already watch The Walking Dead, then you need to re-evaluate your life choices. The show has grown leaps and bounds from its second season, which suffered from slow storytelling, insufferable characterization, and simply not enough zombies. (You can’t have a zombie show without zombies.)

Season 3, which takes place the winter after Rick & co. — our main characters — escape from Hershel’s farm, really revved up the action (meaning lots of gore and lots of kicking ass) and introduced us to some fascinating characters. There’s the katana-wielding Michonne (played by Danai Gurira) who speaks very little, but to make up for it has honed in the art of the perfect “side-eye”. If looks could kill… and don’t be mistaken, she will kill you.

David Morrissey gives his character, aptly named The Governor, the right amount of menacing stare and Southern flair. He seemed gentlemanly enough on the outside to Andrea, but there was something much more sinister brewing underneath that Michonne picked up on right away. The menacing factor kicked up a notch after his fight with Michonne — who was determined to prove that The Governor was crazy as f**k — left him with only one good eye and a dead daughter… more dead than she already was, anyway.

That zombie daughter represented the last bit of sanity The Governor had left. Now it’s gone, and I’m anxiously waiting to see what he does next. The last episode of the season left us with a cliffhanger: Daryl and Merle were at the mercy of The Governor. Not good.

And finally, we were introduced to a popular and much clamored-for character: Tyreese, a character that originated from The Walking Dead comic books. At the beginning of “Made to Suffer,” Tyreese and his crew stumble upon the prison where Rick & co. are staying and tragedy quickly strikes when one member is bitten. We begin to learn more about Tyreese by how he deals with the situation and the way he treats people. Although he’s an intimidating figure, he’s protective of his crew and appears to be loyal and good-natured. He’s not overly pessimistic like some characters and there’s a sense of moral righteousness about him, which makes for a refreshing addition to the show.

It’s not great that it seems to be impossible to have more than one black man on TWD at a time, but here’s hoping Tyreese gets more lines than T-Dog ever did.

The Walking Dead comes back from its two-month hiatus this Sunday (February 10) at 9/8 central on AMC.