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AMC announced today that The Walking
Dead’s second season premiere would have the same treatment as
the first season with a 90 minute extended episode. The network also
stated that the second season would be split in half. The first seven
episodes will air this fall as planned, beginning on October 16 and
kicking off AMC’s annual Fearfest lineup. The season will finish its
run with the final six episodes beginning on February 12.
It is commonplace for cable networks to
divide their show’s seasons, though this marks the first occasion for
AMC. It won’t be their last, as the network will likely also be
splitting Breaking Bad’s final sixteen episode season. The
network’s newest series, Hell on Wheels, which begins November
6, will be airing along with The Walking Dead’s first half,
and will maintain AMC’s presence on Sunday nights until the the
second half begins.
Though the extended premiere will please
fans, a change to the scheduling will always be met with some
opposition. And with AMC’s latest decisions regarding The Walking
Dead -as well as their other series- generating quite a bit of
negative feedback, the network should tread lightly.
The Walking Dead’s 90 minute
premiere airs on October 16 at 9:00PM EST.