TV tonight: ‘Walking Dead’ finale and last episode of ‘The Bible’

Will the governor finally die tonight on “The Walking Dead?”

Photo: AMC/The Walking Dead

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2013Who knew that five weeks ago when History Channel aired episode one of “The Bible,” it would be popular enough to keep up with “The Walking Dead” in the ratings race? With the last episode of each airing tonight, the race is dead even with “The Bible” winning two nights and “The Walking Dead” matching it with two nights at the top of the weekly cable ratings.

The ending of the “The Bible” is no mystery, but a new telling of The Resurrection on Easter Sunday certainly has its share of symmetry. Each episode of this epic mini-series has improved. With the last episode depicting something so familiar and beloved, expect “The Bible” to deliver to its 10 million plus fan base.

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On the other hand, “The Walking Dead” season ending episode is anything but predictable.

Andrew Lincoln, who plays “Rick,” has already revealed in a “Rolling Stone” interview that 27 people will die in tonight’s battle.

Merle would have been a natural to kill off tonight, given his propensity for evil. But last week, just as he was starting to show a speck of humanity, Merle died at the hands of the governor. That leaves a lot of slots to fill to reach the predicted body count of 27.

We can assume the majority will be nameless faces of Woodbury’s population, but the show’s writers are notorious for killing off key players. Daryl, Rick and Carl are probably the safest in terms of making it through the season finale. But beyond that, no character is safe from elimination. If the opinions of fans have any weight with the writers of “The Walking Dead,” look for the governor and Andrea to meet their maker tonight. A scenario that includes the two killing each other would certainly sweeten their exit for viewers.

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The fact that most of season three has been about conflict among the living rather than slaying dead walkers is a bit depressing. The show’s portrayal of what will happen when society breaks down is anything but uplifting. Will survivors of a real Earth shattering calamity spend what time they have left killing each other off rather than banding together?

It may not be a formula that provokes hope, but it sure makes for compelling TV. For hope, watching the last episode of “The Bible” is the best bet. But strictly for entertainment value, “The Walking Dead” finishes the race in first place. Either choice is a winner, so pick one to watch and record the other. What a pleasant dilemma.

For those fans of “The Walking Dead” that would like company as the episode unfolds,  Communities is hosting an online chat tonight starting at 8 p.m. Please join us.

Gayle Falkenthal will also be hosting a live chat for “Game of Thrones” tonight.  If you’re a fan, please join her.

And please, vote in our online poll and let us know which you will be watching…

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST:

7 p.m.

CBS: 60 Minutes: (New) Damning testimony from a crucial witness and modern methods of investigating arson present new evidence that could free a man in prison after nearly 42 years.

NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) The blind auditions kick off in the Season 4 opener. Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton are the season’s coaches.

8 p.m.

ABC: Once Upon a Time: (Repeat) Hook and Cora face off with Emma and Mary Margaret in a race for the compass; Mr. Gold and Regina plan to kill anyone who enters the portal.

CBS: Amazing Race 22: (New) The race continues in Botswana.

FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) With the end of the world looming, Homer decides to join an off-the-grid group of survivalists who’ve set up a secret sanctuary outside of Springfield to prep for the apocalypse. However, a skeptical Marge is suspicious of the plans.

History Channel: The Bible: (New) Peter denies Jesus and Judas hangs himself; the crowd clamors for Jesus’s death; Jesus is crucified, but when Mary Magdalene goes to his tomb, a figure walks towards her–he is back; Jesus commissions the disciples to “go and preach to all creation,” but their godly mission meets with hatred and even death; Paul has a vision and experiences a miraculous change of faith on a journey to Damascus; John receives a revelation–Jesus is coming back, and all who keep the faith will be rewarded.

8:30 p.m.

FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) The new health inspector proves to be a decent fellow, until he blackmails Bob into being allowed to perform his atrocious music at the restaurant, which drives away the customers.

9 p.m.

ABC: Revenge: (New) Emily decides to bring Victoria’s skeletons out of the closet during the Graysons’ masquerade ball; Jack finds a surprising ally to help with his revenge plan; Aiden’s actions yield gruesome results.

CBS: The Good Wife: (New) Alicia and Will go to trial unprepared when they learn that an impending Supreme Court ruling could result in Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) being jailed for life. Also, Diane reunites with Kurt McVeigh (Gary Cole) but is forced to reevaluate the relationship.

FOX: Family Guy: (New) Phyllis Diller provides the voice of Peter’s mother, who shows up and announces that she’s leaving his father. Soon she’s in bed with Quahog anchorman Tom Tucker, who becomes a father figure to Peter.

NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) The blind auditions continue.

AMC: The Walking Dead: (New) With the Governor’s attack looming, Rick and his people need to determine if the prison is worth defending.

HBO: Game of Thrones: (New) In the Season 3 premiere, Jon meets Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, as the rest of the Night’s Watch survivors move south. Meanwhile, in King’s Landing, Tyrion wants his reward, Cersei hosts a royal dinner and Littlefinger makes Sansa an offer she may not be able to refuse; and across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys travels to Slaver’s Bay in search of a ship and new alliances.

SHOWTIME: Shameless: (New) Lip tries to distance himself from Mandy, and Fiona takes the kids on a camping trip with her new work friends.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: American Dad: (Repeat) While on a tropical vacation getaway with the family, Stan gets an assignment to kill the hotel’s activities director, who, according to the CIA, is an ex-war criminal.

10 p.m.

ABC: Red Widow: (New) Marta fears the worst when Natalie goes missing, and turns to Schiller for help; Irwin tries to comfort Andrei’s girlfriend.

CBS: The Mentalist: (Repeat) In the fifth-season opener, Jane tries to uncover Lorelei’s link to Red John. Meanwhile, the CBI team up with the FBI to investigate a hotel employee’s homicide.

NBC: The Celebrity Apprentice: (New) The all-stars are tasked with creating and selling 3D art. The Blue Man Group guest stars.

SHOWTIME: House of Lies: (New)  Clyde sees his star meter rising when the Dushkin twins turn to him to extend their brand, and Marty learns privileged information about Tamara.

10:30 p.m.

SHOWTIME: Californication: (New) Hank and Faith join forces to track down Atticus, and Karen has an epiphany about Becca.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Wicked Tuna: Hooked Up at 8 p.m. on NGC

Trip Flip at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel

Cupcake Wars at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

Finding Bigfoot: Untold Stories at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet

Kourtney and Kim Take Miami at 9 p.m. on MTV

Worst Cooks in America at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

Army Wives at 9 p.m. on LIFE

Wicked Tuna at 9 p.m. on NGC

My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding at 9 p.m. on TLC

Finding Bigfoot at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Vikings at 10 p.m. on History Channel

Mudcats at 10 p.m. on NGC

Bar Rescue at 10 p.m. on SPIKE

Storage Hunters at 10 p.m. on truTV

Mob Wives at 10 p.m. on VH1

Welcome to Myrtle Manor at 10 p.m. on TLC

Talking Dead at 10:05 p.m. on AMC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Major Payne on ENC

The School of Rock on FLIX

The Twilight Saga: New Moon on FMC

Megamind on FX

Game Change on HBO

Pope Joan on REELZ

Van Helsing on STARZ

Casino Royale on Syfy

The Robe on TCM

Timeline on TMC

The Bourne Ultimatum on TNT

9 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast on ABCFAM

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on HBO

Later tonight:

Brokeback Mountain at 9:05 p.m. on SHO

Bad Teacher at 9:40 p.m. on ENC

The Rundown at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Mr. Wrong at 10 p.m. on FLIX

Bend it Like Beckham at 10 p.m. on SUND

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