'The Walking Dead' has plenty of gore -- and even better emotional moments

Rotting zombies. Gushing blood. Spilled guts. Crushed brains. AMC's hit drama "The Walking Dead" has these things in spades, but the show isn't just about the gory scenes featuring the undead and unlucky humans. Many of "Walking Dead's" best moments are emotional ones among the survivors, whether Rick is crying tears of joy, Carol is screaming in despair or Daryl is quietly singing to an infant.

As the series progresses, "The Walking Dead" has presented more and more of these moving scenes as it moves closer to Sunday's midseason finale, which will likely feature more emotional moments of its own. The promo for episode eight teases the showdown between Rick's gang of survivors and The Governor and his Woodbury thugs, which means brothers Merle and Daryl will find themselves on opposite teams, and Andrea will (unknowingly) take aim at her long-lost pals.

But before that action kicks off, take a few minutes to revisit some of the emotional moments the show has already offered:

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    'Walking Dead's' emotional moments

    The AMC drama isn't all about blood and guts — there are plenty of tears, too. From the Grimes family reuniting to the death of characters, we look at the show's emotional scenes.

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    Grimes family reunited -

    Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) reunite in episode three of season one. The series opened with Rick waking up alone in a hospital bed and discovering that the world is overrun by zombies and that his family is missing.

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    Amy dies -

    Andrea's (Laurie Holden) sister Amy (Emma Bell) dies in episode four of season one after a zombie bites her as the survivors' camp is surprised by the unexpected walkers while Rick is away. Carol's husband is also killed by zombies in this episode. In the next episode, Amy reawakens as a zombie, and Andrea kills her.

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    Carl is shot -

    Shane (Jon Bernthal), Rick, Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince), Patricia (Jane McNeill), Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Hershel (Scott Wilson) watch over Carl after he is shot by Otis during a hunting accident in episode two of season 2.

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    Cherokee Rose -

    In episode four of season two, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) searches for Sophia alone and comes across a Cherokee Rose. He later gives the flower to the little girl's mother, Carol, and tells her that the rose symbolizes mothers' tears on the Trail of Tears. In season three, Daryl places the same flower on Carol's grave after he believes her to be dead.

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    Sophia re-emerges -

    In the mid-season finale of 2011, the group of survivors finally find Sophia when Shane releases a group of walkers trapped in Hershel's barn, and the little girl emerges as a zombie. Rick reluctantly steps forward and shoots Sophia.

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    Goodbye, Dale -

    Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn), who fought for the group of survivors to maintain their humanity, met his end in episode 11 of season two after a walker -- the same one Carl failed to kill earlier -- wanders to the farm and rips the man's belly open. Daryl rushes to help, but ends up shooting Dale in the head to end his suffering.

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    Quick resurrection -

    In episode 12 of season two, Shane lures Rick into the forest with the intent to kill his best friend, but Rick ends up stabbing and killing Shane. As Rick turns around, he sees Carl aiming his gun at him. As the camera pans out, it is revealed that Carl is pointing it at Shane, who has risen as a zombie. Carl shoots and kills Shane.

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    End of a dream -

    In the season two finale, a herd of walkers, drawn by the sound of gunshots, swarms the farm. Rick and the gang try to destroy as many zombies as possible by burning down their once-safe farm. Jimmy and Patricia die during the escape, and Andrea is separated from the group.

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    New hope -

    In the season three premiere, Rick and the gang find the prison, which offers them a glimmer of hope for a safe place to live at last.

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    Hero -

    T-Dog (Robert "IronE" Singleton) is bitten in episode four of season three, but tells the group that it was just a scratch. Later, as walkers swarm T-Dog and Carol, he tells her he was actually bitten, then sacrifices himself so she can escape.

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    Life and death -

    Lori says goodbye to Carl in episode four of season three, as Maggie prepares to give her a C-section after complications arise when Lori goes into labor. Lori doesn't survive, and Carl shoots her before she can turn.

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    Sad beginning -

    Maggie and Glenn hold each other in episode four of season three after she emerges holding Lori's newborn daughter.

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    I'll always be your daddy -

    The Governor (David Morrissey) brushes daughter Penny's (Kylie Szymanski) hair as episode five of season three opens. As the camera pans around to show her face, it is revealed that Penny is a zombie.

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    Rampage -

    Rick goes on a zombie killing spree inside the prison in episode five after learning of Lori's death. Rick finally finds himself in the boiler room where his wife died, but her body is missing. As he looks up, he discovers the bloated zombie who devoured her remains, and repeatedly stabs the walker in the belly before collapsing.

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    'Hey, little ass kicker' -

    With Rick busy taking out his anger and sorrow on the zombies in the prison during episode five, Daryl steps up as a daddy figure to the new baby, feeding her and cooing, "Hey, little ass kicker" to the infant.

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    Alive -

    Daryl finds the previously assumed dead Carol alive in episode six, and carries the exhausted and dehydrated woman back to their group of friends.

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"The Walking Dead" airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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