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“The Walking Dead” web series announced, will tell the infamous Bicycle Girl’s backstory

“The Walking Dead” web series announced, will tell the infamous Bicycle Girl’s backstory (photo)

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Get your shotguns and baseball bats ready, because “The Walking Dead” is coming back sooner than we all expected. While AMC’s hit series is scheduled to return to television on October 16 after a 10-month hiatus, the network is rewarding its fans for waiting so patiently with a six-episode web series that follows the life of season one’s Bicycle Girl zombie leading up to the apocalypse and her unfortunate demise.

The web series could be more adequately described as “The Crawling Dead,” since its principal character became famous on the show for being a half-mutilated zombie dragging herself across the ground. She’s the first creature that leading man Rick Grimes met in the show, and she looked so decrepit and pathetic that he gave her the gift of mercy. Fans responded to the Bicycle Girl character following the show’s premiere, and it makes sense for AMC to flesh out her backstory, both literally and figuratively.

The webisodes are premiering on Monday, Oct. 3 at 5pm EST. They were the brainchild of “The Walking Dead” co-executive producer Greg Nicotero and were written by John Esposito, who is also a writer on the TV series. Lilli Birdsell will play Hannah (aka Bicycle Girl) in the web series, taking the reins from Melissa Cowan, who played the emaciated zombie in “The Walking Dead” premiere episode. Hopefully Birdsell’s make-up process wasn’t as intensive as Cowan’s.

If that still isn’t enough “Walking Dead” goodness for you, AMC also released a series of season two cast photos yesterday. They might not be as gorgeously composed as the season two poster, but at least you get Norman Reedus with a crossbow.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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