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The Walking Dead: "Hounded" (Season 3, Episode 6)

Merle is still a jerk, Michonne is still a badass, the Governor is still a bad guy, and Andrea is still a truly dreadful judge of men. Meanwhile, Rick conducts a therapy session with himself. Yet despite these repetitions of theme, a lot actually happens in this episode. And, to use a science fiction pun, we finally see worlds colliding at the end.

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The Walking Dead: "Say the Word" (Season 3, Episode 5)

We open with the governor brushing a girl’s hair. When a piece of her scalp comes off, she snarls and just like that we meet his dead daughter, Penny. So the Governor, who up to now has been a more successful version of Rick, becomes an echo of Hershel as well in trying to salvage walkers.

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The Walking Dead: "Seed" (Season 3, Episode 1)

Ten million viewers. 10.9 million to be precise, with 7.3 million in the coveted 18-49 age bracket. So yeah, it seems like the zombies will be with us for a while.

You may recall that when we last left our intrepid band of survivors, they’d just been cast out of paradise as Herschel’s farm became overrun by a herd of walkers. We pick up several months later. Lori, Rick’s wife, is noticeably pregnant and everyone is kind of tired and bummed (post-Apocalyptic life is not for the whiners among us).

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Alcatraz: "The Ames Brothers & Sonny Burnett" (Season 1, Episodes 8 and 9)

Two episodes back-to-back this week. It’s kind of hard to take, and I suppose I could blame the Daytona 500 for preempting it last week, but that’s hardly fair. This sick, boring excuse for a show earns its nauseating qualities the old fashioned way—it doesn’t give a ****.

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