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Concerned about shortening attention spans? Take heart! The highest-rated show on television is also one of the slowest shows in recent TV history. The first five episodes of The Walking Dead’s fifth season constituted a miniseries about a plague; the most recent two episodes are a mini-miniseries, The Ballad of the Governor. Neither of them had enough plot to fill half of your average episode of Scandal. The overall sense of stasis is heightened by the fact that — as EW’s Walking Dead recapper Maricela Gonzalez pointed out on Monday — tomorrow night’s midseason finale looks suspiciously similar to the third season finale. »

- Darren Franich

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