When one considers just how successful AMC's The Walking Dead has been over the course of its six-year run, it begs the question of why it took so long for anyone to try doing a full-on zombie apocalypse series on TV. Sure, various shows had done zombie-related storylines, but it wasn't until TWD that a show focused entirely on the fallout of a George Romero-esque undead takeover of the civilized world. Of course, some of TWD's success is no doubt owed to franchise creator Robert Kirkman, who has personally penned the entire comic book series that AMC's televised product draws on for inspiration.
As The Walking Dead prepares to kick off season 7 later this month, the talk of the TV world still largely revolves around which member of Rick Grimes' survivor group won't make it out of the premiere episode alive. Despite all the vocal hate that season 6's ending cliffhanger drew at the time, it's hard to argue that it didn't accomplish the intended goal of keeping fans invested in what's to come all these months after Negan first raised up Lucille with the intent of slaughtering one of the helpless people at his feet.
That said, with just about any popular show, each new season draws in new viewers that are curious to see what all the continuing fuss is about. Ready availability of past seasons for many series - including The Walking Dead - on streaming platforms like Netflix certainly contribute to this phenomenon. Still, some people prefer to rely on the cable service they pay for as the primary means for getting their TV fix. For those folks, AMC has announced that it will air an 88-hour marathon of TWD, encompassing all 83 prior episodes, plus a 2-hour retrospective look at the series. This will naturally lead right up to the season 7 premiere.
For those wondering how 83 episodes and a 2-hour retrospective add up to 88 total hours, TWD has aired a few "super-sized" episodes over the years that have ran longer than one hour. Unlike FXX's recently announced Every Simpsons Ever marathon though, AMC's Walking Dead extravaganza will not air uninterrupted. The festivities will commence on Sunday, October 16 at 7am EST with TWD's series premiere. This will be followed by the rest of season 1, and the first half of season 2. The night will be capped off by the aforementioned retrospective special.
From Monday, October 17 on, the TWD marathon continues each night at 6pm, culminating in the season 7 premiere on Sunday, October 23 at 9pm. Surrounding the TWD saga will be AMC's annual Fearfest programming block, consisting of various popular fright flicks like Halloween, Alien, and The Omen. For horror fans, AMC has crafted quite the fun week indeed.
The Walking Dead season 7 premieres Sunday, October 23 @9pm on AMC.