Almost two years after the initial zombie outbreak in The Walking Dead, there aren’t a whole lot of nice people left. After being burned (almost literally, in some cases) one too many times, Rick and the group have learned to be extremely distrustful of strangers – even ones who seem friendly – but the latest developments on the show have given them cause to wonder if a reprieve might be in sight.
There are now just 5 episodes left in the fifth season of The Walking Dead, which has seen its weekly ratings continue to climb compared to the previous season, starting from a premiere that set a new series record. The Walking Dead can’t rest on its laurels, though, and after indulging in slower-paced episodes like ‘Them’ the pressure is on to build up to a finale that will bring audiences back for season 6.
There will at least be plenty of opportunity for that, as EW reports that The Walking Dead season 5 finale will be an extended 90 minute episode (including commercial breaks), kicking off on March 29th at 9PM on AMC, and followed by an episode of Talking Dead at 10:30PM. There’s mention of “bid[ding] farewell to fallen characters” in Talking Dead, but it remains to be seen whether that’s just the characters who’ve died so far this season, or if more bodies are going to pile up by the end of the finale.
This marks the third episode of The Walking Dead to receive an extended running time, with the two previous instances being the season 1 and season 2 premieres. The show continues this weekend in ‘Remember’, in which the gang struggle to find their place within the newly discovered sanctuary of Alexandria.
In addition to the main series, a spinoff of The Walking Dead that is rumored to be titled Fear the Walking Dead is expected to premiere on AMC in 2015. It will be set in the same universe as the main show, but with a narrative that kicks off at the very start of the zombie outbreak and a whole new cast of characters.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays @9PM on AMC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly