By Dalton Ross
October 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM EDT
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Finally! Seven months after the gang fled the farm and a Ricktatorship was born, The Walking Dead returns tonight for season 3 of the zombie drama.

Curious as to what’s in store for the survivors? Be curious no longer! On the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast, I break down the five things you need to know heading into the season. After watching the first two episodes, visiting both the prison and Woodbury sets, and talking to all the actors and producers involved, I have condensed all that information into a handy-dandy five points that will have you perfectly primed and ready for tonight’s premiere.

That’s not all! Jessica Shaw and I have also seen the next two episodes of Showtime’s Homeland. We talk about the aftermath of Saul’s discovery of the Brody tape. What does it mean? And where does it go from here? We offer hints and teases without spoiling anything. But allow us to say this: It is off the hook.

And we start things this week with what may just be the most psychologically revealing reality-show exit interview of all time. Russell Swan went off on a few tirades during his time on Survivor: Philippines. But as rough as things were out there for him on the island, what has been even rougher for Swan is having to watch it unfold all over again on television in front of millions of people. Listen in on what is at times a painful and heartbreaking conversation with a man still looking for answers on how it all went wrong.

To get your full Walking Dead, Homeland, and Survivor scoop, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you.

No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Looking forward to the return of The Walking Dead? Is Russell from Survivor being too hard on himself? And what do you want Saul on Homeland to do now that he has seen the Brody confession video? The message boards are open for business!