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Fall seems so far away, but time will just have to shamble by like a Walker in a field until the next season of "The Walking Dead." While news of a returning Merle Dixon is certainly exciting, and anyone who loves the franchise knows the prison offers some potentially exciting plot points, one has to wonder about the new members sure to join Rick Grimes and company.

Most notably, there's Michonne. We only received a hooded glimpse of her in the season two finale, and if you're unfamiliar with the comics, you probably have a few questions about the creepy woman with zombies chained to her. Here's just five things to keep in mind about the show's latest addition – with only minor spoilers, not revealing story details.

5. Michonne Is A Badass
Seriously, Michonne just may be my favorite protagonist from Robert Kirkman's "Walking Dead" series. While the female characters in "Walking Dead" vary wildly in their apparent ability to defend themselves, Michonne is generally tougher than the biggest men when it comes to whacking zombies (or anyone else). She's a wonderfully empowered female character, and here's hoping the AMC series mimics the persona.

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So, how about that "Walking Dead" season two finale last night? It was certainly a doozy, including a lovely little nod to fans of the comics during the episode's conclusion. You can check out a thorough re-cap of last night's nail-biter over here, but beyond the big looming prison in the distance, there's even more season three news out this morning.

Apparently, Merle Dixon – everyone's favorite one-handed racist – will make a return to "The Walking Dead" when the show returns this fall.

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If you're a fan of AMC's "The Walking Dead," you might still find yourself reeling from the latest episode's emotional bomb. Of course, if you're anything like me – a fan of the comics – maybe you're just horribly confused about what in the world is going on. Regardless, the television adaptation isn't the only game in town, as Telltale Games is hard at work turning Kirkman's zombie franchise into a video game.

Telltale recently released the first episode of "Playing Dead," a web talk-show of sorts giving an inside look into the development of the game. Episode 2 released this morning, and this go around, AJ LoCascio sits down with story consultant Gary Whitta and lead designer Sean Vanaman.

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"The Walking Dead" is a show that sometimes creates more questions each episode than it answers. The same could be said for its comic-book source material, but one particular incident from last season has kept viewers speculating, due in no small part because the scene never happened in the books. Of course, I'm talking about "the whisper" – CDC scientist Dr. Jenner's last words spoken into the ear of Rick Grimes.

Well, it looks like Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick on the show, isn't going to give us any clues. Apparently, he hasn't even told his wife what Jenner said; that's some serious commitment.

"This is a scientist who seemingly held all the cards to what this epidemic is about and I do think, you know, you would imagine he would have something of value to say on that matter," Lincoln told The Washington Post. "Well, he chose to kill himself."

So, while the entire CDC scenario felt a bit out of place, maybe the whisper holds the secret to how the entire outbreak began. Supposedly, the details of the conversation will spill out this season, but in the meantime I've taken the liberty of speculating on what Jenner muttered.

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About a year ago, I ventured to San Francisco to check out Telltale Games' new title announcements. Sure, there was a "Jurassic Park" game and a "Fables" game (which we'll hopefully hear more about soon), but what I really wanted to see was the studio's "Walking Dead" adaptation.

Sadly, there was little in the way of eye-candy that night, and since then, news about the "Walking Dead" game has trickled out at a slow pace. Good news, though – it looks like the information drought is coming to an end. Not only are there three new screenshots of the game, but TellTale has also posted a lengthy talk-show-style video with the adaptation's writing team.

Somewhat similar to the format of AMC's "Walking Dead" talk-show, "Talking Dead," TellTale will continue to produce the "Playing Dead" (are you sensing a theme, here?) video series to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the game's production. The series will have nine episodes, and you can watch the first one right here.

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Almost five years ago, 2K Games and Starbreeze Studios released one of my favorite games of this console generation, "The Darkness." The game's gritty, gory world, mixed with just enough of the comic book source material's canon, led to a throughly enjoyable first-person shooter. After a long wait – too long, really – Jackie Estacado is back in "The Darkness II," available today.

If you're a member of the first game's cult following, there's a good chance you've followed the sequel's production. But just in case you somehow remained unaware of "Darkness II," or maybe you're new to the franchise, here's a quick rundown of what to expect.

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Hey, remember back in 1992 when the marketing wizards of DC came up with the brilliant idea to kill off Superman? Remember how it was super confusing to anyone who even remotely understood the basic constructs of Superman's mythos, and how it irrevocably marred the franchise forever? Yeah, that was an awesome idea.

Max Landis, whose new found-footage superhero film "Chronicle" appears in theaters this weekend, has a few opinions about the Man of Steel's demise – and subsequently inexplainable return – in his short film, "The Death and Return of Superman."

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"The Amazing Spider-Man" movie tie-in game is actually looking pretty decent – based on the little bit Beenox and Activision have shown so far. We've previously seen concept art and a brief trailer, but now there's an in-game screenshot. A single, solitary, in-game screenshot.

A wealth of info it's not, but I suppose you can stare longingly at it, making up what the rest of the game looks like.

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You know what I would really love to see right now? A big ol' new "Avengers" trailer; just filled to the brim with interesting little details and possible hints to the film's plot. I say that not only as a fan, just as excited as anyone to see the movie in May, but also as a writer. So far, almost everything divulged about the film has come from stills, brief interviews, and the occasional rumor – give me something juicy to write about!

Well, it looks like today's no exception to that rule. Marvel has released some official photos, and try as I might, flipping through them really fast doesn't create a video.

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Man, things really are going to be different in season 2.5 of "The Walking Dead." I mean, sure, there were bound to be some changes after the departure of Frank Darabont, but who could have guessed such a gritty, suspenseful show would turn into a "Growing Pains" spin-off? Actually, this might be scarier than the regular show.

Alright, so maybe I'm fibbing a little bit. But someone over at MovieWeb really did post this mashup of "Walking Dead" and the opening music from "Growing Pains." Watch it, it's amazing.

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