Watch the First Three Minutes of <i>Walking Dead</i> Midseason Premiere

AMC has been making the hard press for the Feb. 12 return of The Walking Dead, rolling out a poster, a preview clip, a teaser trailer, and now the first three minutes from the midseason premiere.

If you were concerned the writers might cop out by putting some distance between the emotional punch to the gut of the midseason finale and the start of the new episode, "Nebraska," you can stop your worrying. As you can see below, the action picks up mere seconds after Rick Grimes fires his pistol, with everyone reeling from the bloodbath at the barn. And just in case anyone had begun to regain their wits, they're traumatized all over again. It's tough to watch, raising my hopes for the second half of the season.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.

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