‘Walking Dead’ Midseason Finale Ends With a Gunshot — Why You Should Watch

It's the last new episode of the zombie drama until February

The best thing about Sunday's midseason finale of "The Walking Dead," the series' last new episode until February: While it leaves you wanting more, it also provides some satisfying, if heartbreaking, closure on a couple of season two's big plots.

Specifics on which storylines would be to spoil what is a great viewing event, so, given the holiday season, far be it from us to play Grinch on your TV fun.

But it's spoiling nothing to say that the tension between Dale and Shane, Rick and Hershel, Glenn and Maggie and Shane and Lori bubbles up — and over in a couple of cases.

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Add in the dilemma of the walkers in Hershel's barn and the continuing search for MIA kiddie Sophia, and the episode ends with a bang.

Literally.

"The Walking Dead" airs Sunday at 9/8c p.m. on AMC.