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TV Tidbits: ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Twin Peaks’ & Freeform

The Walking Dead” will soon return to AMC for the second half of its seventh season. The popular post-apocalyptic zombie saga resumes its airing schedule on February 12th. AMC issued a synopsis for the back half of current season of “The Walking Dead” today and it sounds like Rick & Co. will have their hands full…

“The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.

Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose – to defeat Negan – it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria.

They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.

We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.”

On the “Twin Peaks” front, director/creator David Lynch spoke a little bit to Variety about the upcoming revival event series. While most of his responses were short and lacked any new information, he did let one intriguing statement slip: “The story of Laura Palmer’s last seven days is very, very important for this.” For those not aware, the events that Lynch is speaking of are covered not in the original series, but within its follow-up prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. If you are planning on finally visiting (or revisiting) the original show before diving into the revival on May 21st, I suggest you be sure to toss Fire Walk With Me into your viewing schedule. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot more important to the series than we might have thought.

According to TV Guide, Freeform has renewed both “Beyond” and “The Fosters“. The former debuted this year and became an instant hit for the channel formerly known as ABC Family. It has now been granted a second season, which is expected to arrive in 2018. “The Fosters” continues to be a ratings earner for the channel and has been granted a fifth season. In addition to both renewals, Freeform has greenlit “The Bold Type” to series. The Cosmopolitan magazine series will debut with a 12-episode inaugural season later this year.

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