The Walking Dead season two extended première episode

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2nd September 2011 10:00 AM

Darren Allan

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Zombie lovers – or haters, perhaps, or just folks who like to see the undead get hacked, shot and generally exploded – will be glad to hear that The Walking Dead is set to shuffle back onto our screens with a feature-length initial episode.

Yes, the much awaited season two opener will be a ninety minute episode instead of the usual hour instalment.

However, there’s also a bit of not so great news, namely that – as with many sci-fi series lately, witness this year’s Doctor Who – the series is to be split into two parts.

So while the Walking Dead does indeed return this autumn, it’ll only be for half a dozen episodes. The next six will be screened in early 2012, February in the States and hopefully the same month over here.

There has already been concern over the show, which got off to a cracking start, but after season one lost showrunner Frank Darabont (of Shawshank Redemption fame). He’s been replaced by his number two, Glen Mazzara, and we can but hope that he can manage to keep up the good work.

Mazzara’s previous credits include executive producing Crash and Hawthorne. He also penned the script for episode 5 (“Wildfire”) of The Walking Dead’s first season.

So we can probably expect two cliff hangers for season two, one at the mid-point to keep folks in suspense over the Christmas period.

Let’s just hope that unlike many other sci-fi series lately, The Walking Dead doesn’t end up canned at the close of its second series.
 

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