'Walking Dead' mid-season finale: Rick goes to war against the Governor

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Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) take up arms in "Walking Dead."

It's the mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead," people: Time to rustle up all the zombie extras! And what else? Well, how about a few new characters to ratchet up the intrigue? And, of course, some creeptastic antics by TV's man you love to hate: The Gov (David Morrissey)!

Who will live? And who...will...die? Let's find out. 

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WHAT WE LEARNED 

Ricks' Group Isn't Alone: Geez there are a lot of living survivors for a zombie apocalypse. And a new group of them is sneaking into Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) prison. The fresh humans include a guy named Tyrese, and a lady who's been bitten by a walker. What could possibly go wrong? 

The Governor Has a Heart: He's still trying to maintain a relationship with his undead daughter Penny. He puts ribbons in her hair and sings to her and all this. He also feeds her bowls of raw flesh; it's real sweet.

The Governor Is a Total Bleephole: The Gov sentences Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) to death in the Screamer Pits! We don't know what the Screamer Pits are, but we suspect it isn't a staged arena fight with toothless zombies. Luckily, Rick & Co. brought their flash-bangs. They disrupt the execution and spirit the kids to safety. It's quite a relief, except we kind of wanted to know what the Screamer Pits are.

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Seriously, a Bleephole: Once Woodbury is breached, Andrea (Laurie Holden) volunteers to guard the town, not knowing that the invaders are her long-lost friends. Gov won't let her fight; Andrea's all insulted and starts shooting anyway. There's a smoke-filled gunfight in the middle Woodbury's main drag. It's Gov and Andrea vs. Daryl, Rick & Co. Oscar (Vincent M. Ward) gets capped.

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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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Judith Is Still a Baby: So, there's that. But Carl (Chandler Riggs) becomes a man. He hears screaming coming from one of the cell blocks, discovers the newbie humans beset by walkers, and brings them all to safety, including that lady who got bitten. She dies and it's sad, but Carl locks them in a cellblock anyway. Like father, like son.

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Michonne Knows Everything Now: During Rick's raid, the sword-wielding loner creeps into the Gov's house and preps for a showdown. She discovers the severed-head decor and undead Penny. The Gov steps in and begs Michonne (Danai Gurira) not to katana the kid. She does anyway. There's a brawl and the Gov loses an eye before Andrea intervenes. Andrea finally sees the secret side of the Gov, but somehow likes him fine anyway. Michonne escapes to rejoin Rick.

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The Brothers Are Reunited. Sorta: Meanwhile, the Governor's one good eye gets the angry glint of the revenge-hungry. He gathers the people of Woodbury and spins another lie: He accuses Merle (Michael Rooker) of being Rick's inside man. Then Gov then presents a captured Daryl (Norman Reedus) to the crowd. Will the brothers be forced to fight? Or will one be executed?

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