AMC to Air ‘The Walking Dead’ Marathon July 4th–7th

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The Walking Dead Rick in Atlanta AMC to Air ‘The Walking Dead’ Marathon July 4th–7th

What better way to celebrate the birth of the United States of America than to watch a TV series depicting its total collapse?

As depressing as that may sound, American fans of The Walking Dead have more to look forward to over Independence Day weekend than just barbecues and the inevitable minor burns from cheap fireworks. AMC has announced that it will broadcast the entire current run of the zombie drama starting 1 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on July 4th.

According to a press release distributed by AMC, the network plans to show all three completed seasons of The Walking Dead in a multi-day marathon from July 4th to the 7th. Featuring inter-episode segments hosted by nerd icon/Comic Book Men producer Kevin Smith (Clerks 3), the marathon will not only show all the episodes of the series, but will also premiere interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the set of The Walking Dead season 4.

Spread over four days, AMC’s special broadcast of the series will begin with two showings of season 1 on July 4th – one in color and a follow-up in black-and-white. Season 2 will be shown in its entirety over July 5th, and all but the final five episodes of season 3 will air July 6th. On July 7th, AMC will wrap up The Walking Dead’s (fairly crazy) third season.

The Walking Dead Battle of Woodbury AMC to Air ‘The Walking Dead’ Marathon July 4th–7th

While it’s obvious that the marathon of The Walking Dead is intended to drum up interest in the upcoming fourth season of the series, it’s also a savvy programming move. Like many holiday weekends, Independence Day is often considered a write-off for networks – a time when whole swaths of the population are expected to be outside and/or enjoying other summertime pursuits.

By scheduling almost the entirety of the period with a single program, AMC not only heightens awareness of their premier series with drop-in viewers, but also gives an enticing reason for existing fans to take some time out to watch their favorite episodes – all while helping to maintain ratings.

Of course, none of this will mean a thing to our non-American readers. At the very least, you can look forward to the marathon’s behind-the-scenes segments to make their way online – either officially or through diligent viewers and their DVRs.


The Walking Dead will claw its way back for season 4 in the fall of 2013.

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  1. dat pic is bad ass rick and daryl ftw

  2. This is great news, now everyone will be able to see what a load of garbage seasons 2 and 3 really are. The only great footage in seasons 2 and 3 is the opening credits sequence done for season 1. Frank Darabont made a truly amazing first season which was a cinematic treat. Seasons 2 and 3 represent the pinnacle of melodramatic meanderings and gratuitous violence without a sense of fear.
    Also, the zombie’s are so slow I would have thought they could have been cleaned out in half a day with all the guns in America. Guess no one that good a shot.
    Rant complete.

  3. They should do a Breaking Bad marathon in anticipation for the final 8.

    • Absolutely. The best show I have ever seen. Boardwalk Empire a close second.

  4. It would actually be great to celebrate the 4th of July if my state didn’t ban me from shooting fireworks off in the backyard.

  5. Missin The Walking Dead so I am Happy that I will get to see a couple of the episodes I missed.

  6. This is going to be awesome cause I and brother and mom love the walking dead so much