LIVE CHAT: Walking Dead mid-season Episode 409: After, 9pm Eastern

Rick and Carl - Season 4
Rick and Carl - Season 4

WASHINGTON, February 9, 2014–After waiting what seems like an eternity, fans of “The Walking Dead” can celebrate the mid-season return of the series tonight on AMC. Referred to as “The back eight,” the rest of season four will dig deeper into our favorite characters and their individual struggles to maintain humanity in the face of overwhelming evil.

From the start “The Walking Dead” has painted a dismal picture of how the survivors of an apocalypse would behave in the aftermath. Each season we lost key characters, and each season we watched as any sense of morality gave way to the instinct to survive.

The result is a cast of characters so jaded and world weary that we have learned to accept their inhumanity despite ourselves. There are no heroes on the show, just survivors. All of the survivors have made choices to sacrifice others to protect themselves. This is the one common denominator between all of the roles that makes the audience wonder if we would do the same.

Last December the record-breaking mid season finale featured the destruction of the prison and the death of some key characters. The conflict scattered Rick and company to the four winds, a fact that will be explored starting tonight when we realize each character has assumed they are the only survivors.

Expect the rest of the season to be about bringing them all together again, but not without the trademark curve balls that makes “The Walking Dead” so mesmerizing to watch.

For the individual viewer it is hard to catch all the nuances of a single episode. The show invites speculation where none is warranted and slips in details that we often miss because there are so many.

This is why watching it in the company of others in a live chat is so enjoyable. If we miss something potentially important, the chances are good that another chatter will point it out in discussion.  We invite the millions of “The Walking Dead” fans from around the globe to join us tonight at 9 p.m. right here.

Let the zombie slaying begin.

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