The Walking Dead Will Arrive This Halloween

Start stockpiling canned goods, shotgun ammunition, and water, and for God's sake get some plywood over those windows. The Walking Dead is/are coming.

AMC has announced the anticipated series' premiere date, and it's oh-so fitting: Halloween. October 31st. That's when we'll see the first episode of Frank Darabont's (Shawshank Redemption) take on Robert Kirkman's comic book series about the zombie apocalypse.

And for those of you disappointed that the first season will only be six episodes long, there's some good news. The first episode will run an extended 90 minutes. That's 30 extra minutes of watching survivor Rick Grimes shoot out the brains of the lumbering undead.

The extended trailer that premiered at this year's Comic-Con has been recut and is finally officially available in all its non-shakycam glory. Check it out below (and don't forget to pop that sucker into full-screen mode)!



Are you as excited about this series as I am? I just finished book three and really hope the show gets that far because there is some totally messed up s*** that happens that I want to see on television.

In anticipation of the premiere, let's get some zombie apocalypse discussion going. Here's the scenario: After tangling with a group of the undead, your loved one/soul mate is bitten on the wrist. Infection can happen at any second. You're in the safehouse with ragtag medical supplies, an axe, guns, and several frightened survivors. What do you do with your loved one (who happens to be really hot, btw)? Bonus points for creativity! Answer in the comments section below!


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I am SO excited about this show. Zombie movies are among my favorite movies, I always get so excited when a new one (that actually seems worth watching) comes out, now my wait is over. I can have my zombie fix on a weekly basis. Ahhhh...life is good...lol...or should I say dead...undead?...lol
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Pee on it
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reminds me of the zombie shows from the fifties and sixities not bad .
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Its like the TV version of Zombieland. Awesome
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This show is gonna be legen- wait for it -dary.

TRUE BLOOD sucks!
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awesome
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This is the only new show this fall show that I am looking forward to at all (OK, maybe Boardwalk Empire). A serialized Zombie show? I'm enthusiastic about the concept. Let's hope they do it justice.
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If history teaches us anything it's that no matter how virulent a disease may be there is a small portion of the population that remains uneffected. With this in mind you segregate the bitten party and wait it out. On a side note, you could never keep the virus out of the rest of the body through amputation because once bitten the virus enters the bloodstream. Cutting the arm off does no good because you could never get ahead of it. If the person is infected and does turn, a bullet to the head is quick, merciful and required. Anything else is just the plot line that leaves everyone asking, "Why would they do that?"

This series has the potential to be huge as long as they do it right. Here's hoping they do and so far it looks great!
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Can't Wait for this show which is looking so awesome
i feel it's gonna be the new TRUE BLOOD
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screw and screw for the last time, tie up. incapacitate other survivors to provide food for my bondaged corpses bride. Eventually when i run out of survivors to feed her, turn myself into a zombie and go on a rampage of sex and killing with my bride at my side. precious
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Say bye and I love you then Shoot!! them in the head and at a later date change my will?
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I know the TV show won't be exactly as written in the graphic novel, but I do have high hopes that it stays true as possible to the original source material. The comic is fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone who seems interested in this show and has never read them before.
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The trailer for The Walking Dead is amazing. It's about time we got a zombie television show...and thankfully AMC is making it!
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I like the idea of cutting off all her limbs, but if she doesn't turn, then I'd have to do all her chores. On the plus side, I can make one of those Yoda backpacks out of her!
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Hard call. One thing nobody is really mentioning is that there are other frightened survivors with you. Taking a chance with just *your* life that your spouse isn't going to go zombie is one thing. Taking the chance on a number of lives is another.
It's one of those tough calls, like "if you can save a single baby or 10 strangers in a group, what do you choose?"
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WooHoo! We zombie lovers finally get ours! Can't wait!!!
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cant wait for premiere, and as a special effects man i have to say hats off to the effects team!!
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First off, in the comic getting bit doesn't turn you into a zombie. The bite of a zombie will kill you, but any cause of death that doesn't destroy the brain will have you coming back as a zombie. Everyone is seemingly already infected with what causes zombification.

Also, joostin, I gotta say your way doesn't seem all too merciful or loving. Cutting off her (or his) hand to keep them from dying is fine, but cutting off all extremities so you can keep them around as a legless/armless zombie seems a bit demented. Do you think THEY would want that? Really what is the point of that anyway? They are, for all intents and purposes, dead. Just their body doesn't know it. Whatever made them them is gone.

A character is the story did something similar to that, he kept her around but removed her teeth so she couldn't bite him. He is NOT a good guy... in fact, he is probably the most hated character in the story at this point.
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I love horror movies and horror shows, so this one should be a treat!
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The question actually happened in the comics, well if i really love her as soon as she got bitten i would immediately chop her hand or arm off (depending on the time that has passed) and hope for the best, then put her somewhere we can all check if she is going to turn, if not lucky me...
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Oh I am so there. I may have to take some little goblins trick or treating, but they go to bed, it is going to be just me and the DEAD. LOL

Thanks so much for the premiere date.
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get tim burton and make him do a mystery/supernatural series... with his wonderfull ambient scenes it will be great...
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I'd start off like you Tim, but if you really loved her you would cut off all of her extremities so she couldn't attack you if she still turned zombie. The bonus is you wouldn't have to kill your soul mate. Just make a damn mess!

I think that is keeping in fashion with this graphic novel.
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good potential especially since it came from AMC
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jay, exactly what I was thinking :D
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The scenario you described actually took place in a round about way in the Romero movie Day of the Dead...guy got bit, female lead looked to stop the turning by cutting off the arm above the bite. However, guy went nuts, unlocked things for the zombie horde surrounding the safe bunker and laid down to be, well, dined on in a suicide move.
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if this were made by HBO.... i would be in heaven!
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I am in with this one....@ shartman63..I agree with you.....
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I haven't been particularly impressed with the trailers but it still sounds it's going to be good nonetheless.
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Can't wait!!!
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Don't think I've ever been this excited for a new show. The comic is pure excellence (and I'm not a comic book person) and I think it will translate to television very well. Since I live in Atlanta, I went by the set when they were filming one weekend. It was a really huge production (They even had the horse there!) and just made me even more excited for the show.
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Since no one else has answered the question yet, I will start. I would chop off her hand with the axe and hope the infection didn't get past the wrist. But if I suspect her of turning into a zombie in even the slightest fashion, I will blow her brains out with the shotgun.
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Hey Shartman63 I love u 2
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OMG i need this show now!
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HOLY F***ING SH*T!!!!!!!!
this looks AWESOME!!!!!!
that trailer gave me chills!
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Hi Tim, I LOVE all ur articles, especially ur LOST ones. UR AWESOME. Anyway, This showw looks really cool, I can't wait for it.
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