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Watch the First Three Minutes of Walking Dead Midseason Premiere

AMC has been making the hard press for the Feb. 12 return of The Walking Dead, rolling out a poster, a preview clip, a teaser trailer, and now the first three minutes from the midseason premiere.

If you were concerned the writers might cop out by putting some distance between the emotional punch to the gut of the midseason finale and the start of the new episode, “Nebraska,” you can stop your worrying. As you can see below, the action picks up mere seconds after Rick Grimes fires his pistol, with everyone reeling from the bloodbath at the barn. And just in case anyone had begun to regain their wits, they’re traumatized all over again. It’s tough to watch, raising my hopes for the second half of the season.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.


  • Alistair Hocker

    I would watch, but after the first half of the season i’m concerned two of the minutes will be repeating the first minute, only with slightly more angst.
    ‘The Walking Dead’ has to pull something pretty spectacular out of the bag if it wants me to return as a viewer next season. The first half of season two pretty much killed all the good will the series generated in the first season. 

  • Jesse,

    Amazing how quickly that can happen when you start axing your show-runners. Everyone knows the best way to get a stellar job out of your cast and crew is to throw them into a panic by spontaneously firing their boss. Or give them cake. Or both.

    This is Hollywood though, and rational decision-making has never been their strongest suit. Good thing we don’t have those shoot-from-the-hip sorts running the country.

  • ohmygodjohntravolta001

    Episode 8: “Nebraska”
    The episode starts at the exact same spot the previous one left off. One of the walkers who got shot (the stepmom) tries to grab Beth (Hershel’s youngest daughter), but is killed by Andrea with a swift hoe through the head. Shane shouts some more and Hershel tells the group to “LEAVE MY FARM!” for the umpteenth time. Maggie finally slaps Shane right in the face and things cool down somewhat.

    Sophia is buried along with Hershel’s dead family members from the barn. T-Dog, Andrea, and Shane pile the other corpses on a truck, drive to a nearby field and burn the bodies in a pyre. Hershel has something of a mental breakdown as he slips out of the farm and goes to a bar in the town to get shitfaced. Beth goes into catatonic shock from the ordeal at the barn, so Rick and Glenn head to town in order to bring Hershel back.

    Meanwhile, Dale tells a skeptical Lori about his suspicions that Shane killed Otis and his belief that Shane will sooner or later kill someone else. Daryl snaps and shouts at Lori when asked to bring Rick and Hershel home quicker, stating he’s “done looking for people”. Lori heads out by herself, hits a random walker on the way and flips the car into a ditch. It’s not shown what happened to her. That’s the second (and the last) actual walker we see in the episode.

    Glenn and Rick find Hershel in the bar. After a five-minute rant by a drunk Hershel, two dudes (Tony and Dave) enter the bar. They are bad guys. They inform Glenn, Rick, and Hershel that Fort Benning is overrun and they’re heading for Nebraska, which is supposedly safe. “Low population, lots of guns,” as they put it.

    The two quickly deduce that Rick and company must have a farm nearby and want to go there because “they’ve got people to look out for”. “That’s not gonna happen,” says Rick. There’s a tense situation, since both guys are armed and threaten to take the farm by force. This culminates with a Clint Eastwood-style gun draw and Rick shoots both guys dead. The scene then cuts to bodies of walkers burning in the pyre. End episode.