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The stages of grief during the mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead".

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Sunday, December 1, 2013 will forever go down in history as the night that 12.1 million fans of "The Walking Dead" collectively watched together in horror, as they witnessed what was left of society and humanity crumble before their very eyes in the zombie-apocalypse drama on AMC. What came next was confusion with just how to move on with life, after everything us viewers ever believed in disappeared, along with Hershel's head.

1. Denial

As the episode begins, one believes that the Governor might be telling the truth as he explains to his new Woodbury-esque army that the prison can be taken peacefully. Sure, we know that he is withholding the fact that he used to be an evil dictator, but people can change right? Wrong. So wrong. We keep on denying the reality of what is about to unfold, even after the Governor shoots the little girl we believed he was beginning to love, right in the head, without any hesitation. We think that Rick's calm speech may sway the Governor's emotions and make him see the error of his ways.

2. Anger

The calm smile on Hershel's face can't help us now. With not one, but multiple hacks at Hershel's neck while he is trying to drag himself to safety, the Governor sends us spiraling into a white-hot rage as we react along with the characters in the show, even if we can't raise our weapons to the Governor and his people. So we let out our emotion in any way that we can. We scream, cry, release ourselves into a fit of reckless fury.

3. Bargaining

The time has come for us to focus on the characters that we have left. We pray to the almighty creators of "The Walking Dead" to save us from this sorrow. They have already taken away Santa, can't they just leave us alone? Then the Governor begins to beat Rick into a bloody mess on the lawn of the prison. They have every kind of military weapon available to them, but please, continue to fist fight just to draw out the inevitable and torture us more. Take anyone AMC! Just don't take Rick! For a moment it seems that our bargaining has worked. Michonne the Mighty comes out of nowhere and sticks her sword right through the Governor's chest. Happiness ensues. Then Rick and Carl are reunited. Thank "The Walking Dead" gods.

4. Depression

Suddenly we realize that our bargaining came with a price, as we look down along with Rick and Carl at Judith's bloody, empty car seat. Everything is lost and nothing matters. How cruel can this show continue to be to us? Zombies eating babies? Our souls are crushed, as we figuratively limp through the forest along with Rick and Carl. "Don't look back, Carl." Don't worry Rick, we won't.

5. Acceptance

So the episode ends and we know that this is the one night that we NEED to watch "The Talking Dead" because we simply can't be alone after what we've just been through. Lauren Cohan gently rests her head on Scott Wilson's shoulder as she cries real tears because her fake father's head just got chopped off in front of her. Chris Hardwick tries to calm us down with his exclusive interviews and previews. We begin to realize that these people are actors and have not actually died or gone through the misery and hardships that we witness each Sunday night. A lovely segment at the end of the show heaves a load of acceptance onto our hearts as we get to remember everyone that we have lost this past episode. We are finally reaching closure.

Just when we think we have finally reached the end of our suffering, we are told that the show won't return until February 9. Is there no end to the torture?!



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