AMC promises jumbo Walking Dead premiere. That's the good news ...

AMC has announced that the second season of The Walking Dead will kick off with a 90-minute premiere—a full 30 minutes longer than the average episode. But there's also a "however" attached to that news.

According to The Wrap, the hit zombie series' sophomore year will be split in half. The season premiere will air on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 9:00 p.m. ET, followed by six more weekly episodes. Then the show goes away until Feb. 12, when the next six episodes begin their run.

That means we're looking at a roughly two-and-a-half month gap between the season's two halves, and it also means that the show's writers better come up with one hell of a cliffhanger to keep us all anxiously waiting for the second set of shows to start.

Now, of course, this was just done on Doctor Who, but that show has not had the turmoil that The Walking Dead has encountered lately, with showrunner Frank Darabont being shockingly shown the door in July.

His replacement, Glen Mazzara, recently did a puff piece ... sorry, interview ... at the AMC site in which the subject of Darabont's exit unsurprisingly did not come up. He does talk a little about the second-season storyline without revealing anything major. It's worth a read—but he's still got a huge challenge in front of him, and now he has to do it in two parts!

What do you think about the second season of The Walking Dead being split in half?

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