Following the departure of former showrunner and legendary director Frank Darabont, it appears that more changes have been given to the upcoming second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead". The network has announced in a press release that it will expand its premiere episode, slated for an October 16th debut, to 90-minutes, echoing the length time of the pilot for the very first season last year.
Thing is, Season 2 is now cut in half, with episodes one through seven airing through October and November. A brief hiatus will commence from December to January, and the next half of the season will pick up starting February 12th with episode eight until thirteen.
Honestly, it's not too bad a compromise as it sounds. While it certainly keeps us fans in a cliffhanger for two months in between the end of this year and the beginning of the next, at least we know there's something to look forward to in until we can determine whether or not the future of the Walking Dead TV Series will still live on past the end of Season 2 as a whole even with Mr. Darabont's absence. Check out the full press release from AMC below. For more info on the story, visit IGN or Spinoff Online.