Yes, we're finally ready to play Survivor: The Walking Dead, with two distinct tribes set up and Andrea as the swing vote. (How disappointed would you be if Beth turned out to win the whole thing?)

The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 8 aired last night, which means the second half of the season will start in two months, on February 10.

Showrunner Glen Mazzara gave Entertainment Weekly some exciting teases on Episode 9 and beyond, including how The Governor is going to get even more nasty, Rick will continue to lose his mind, Michonne is firmly Team Prison, Daryl and Merle ... will do something in Woodbury, and Tyreese is the new guy adding fuel to Rick's problems, since he and his crew are now part of the prison world too, even if they are not true alliance mates at this point.

Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Maggie and Daryl on The Walking Dead

"We’re on the road to war," Mazzara said. "Now that everything is set up, now people have to make choices. Andrea becomes the focal point. She’s the connective tissue. She has to make choices about how she’s going to deal with this. She’s caught between a rock and a hard place and she has to make choices to pick one side or the other or bring the groups together. We now have Merle, who obviously cannot live with Rick because Rick was the one who handcuffed him to the roof, and there’s Daryl. So in both groups, everything starts splitting apart. Everybody forms different alliances."

This next part is very upsetting, mostly because haven't they been through enough?

"Even the Glenn and Maggie relationship is put into disarray because of what transpired in Woodbury and what Glen thinks maybe happened and what actually did happen. Everybody’s traumatized at this point. Everybody’s at their weakest point, and now that have to start challenging each other and building each other up. And meanwhile, the two groups are gearing up for war."

Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Walking Dead Carl, Rick, Maggie, Baby Judith

That's frustrating — but we also have a mini finale coming before the real finale! "I’m very proud of the second half of the season," Mazarra continued. "It’s just as intense as the first half. There’s one episode in the middle of the run that feels like a finale and has just as much as action as you’ve seen here in this. We are just charging straight ahead. It doesn’t slow down. It doesn’t get softer."

Bless their hearts for it. Where's your head at, after the midseason finale? Watch some promos and sneak peek videos below, as we prepare for Season 3, Episode 9, “The Suicide King,” on February 10 on AMC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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