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If you're invested in a TV series, it can be tough watching the protagonist making a decision you know to be dumb. If three protagonists all make a dumb decision — the same dumb decision — it can be agonising. The latest episode of The Walking Dead features three of our "heroes" all enacting doomed, stupid plans. And despite it being yet another needlessly 90-minute episode, only one of them even got close enough to actually fail.

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When it comes to cool geek stuff, Mads Mikkelsen has a stellar resume. He's been an iconic serial killer, a James Bond villain and played in the Marvel Universe — and soon, he'll build the freaking Death Star. But there's one genre he still really wants to get into.

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Actually, I know what they're doing, I just have no idea why they're doing it. I don't know who, when planning the aftermath of WhoDoesNeganKillGate, decided to spend a quarter of season seven dividing the main characters into four almost wholly separate groups, forget about telling a story for an interminable amount of set-up and then still go, "You know which character deserves an entire episode to herself? Tara."

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I really thought that after the brutal, annoying season premiere, the follow-up episode introducing the Kingdom, Ezekiel and his tiger would be the extent of the show's absurdity. It turns out I was wrong. Absolutely, delightfully wrong.

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Having spent the previous episode exploring the goofy magnificence of Ezekial's Kingdom, The Walking Dead finally showed us Negan's true compound, and what life is like under his rule through the eyes of two characters - Daryl, his prisoner/hostage, and Dwight, his scarred lieutenant… who's a prisoner just as much as Daryl.

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Whenever things get too dark on TWD — usually when a main character dies — the show likes to follow up with a light-hearted episode. Case in point: While last week's episode was unbelievably brutal and horrific, yesterday's "The Well" was easily the most delightful The Waking Dead has ever been. But there was a lot more to it than just trying to cheer the audience up.

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The Walking Dead had a major obstacle to overcome in yesterday's season seven premiere. After leading up all of season six to the arrival of Negan and the promise of a main character's death, the show decided to postpone the reveal of who died to season seven. Could the show possibly live up to its own hype and expectations? Short answer: No. How could it?

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Our ragged group of survivors shifts nervously, ready to cut and run at the first sign of danger. A horde of zombies ambles slowly towards us, a distraction from the lone runners slipping around the sides to try and catch us off guard. "Hold the line!" someone shouts, but we all know that if it came to it, we'd turn on our fellow survivors if it helped us get out alive. This is Zedtown.

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Namely, there's a lot of new footage of Ezekiel (played by Khary Payton) — the biggest new character to be joining the upcoming season, and not just because he has a pet tiger. Most what's more important is that TWD is finally showing us the new season has more going on than that damned Negan cliffhanger.

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This likely makes more sense if you remember that Warm Bodies, the 2013 film starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, is based on a book by Issac Marion. Marion has announced The Burning World will be released in 2017, continuing the tale of R the zombie's and Julie the living girl's star-crossed (flesh-crossed?) romance.