Once again, AMC's The Walking Dead had an incredible showing at Comic-Con, with the assembled cast drawing a massive crowd - and, I imagine, a number of ear-splitting shrieks - inside Hall H. A huge chunk of the cast (including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Michael Cudlitz) joined showrunner Scott Gimple and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and Dave Alpert onstage onstage, a new trailer for season six was shown, and a season premiere date was set.
Here are the particulars:
- The Walking Dead will return October 11th.
- The premiere will include a massive live debut from Madison Square Garden.
- Melissa McBride arrived on the Hall H stage holding a tray of cookies.
(Note: Melissa McBride's tray of cookies maintains no significance for me, as I bailed on the show back at the beginning of the third season (find out why here), but judging by the response the cookie gag received on social media/in the press, I'm guessing this was a clever nod to the series. So here's me extending a presumed "Well played, madame" to Melissa McBride.)
No one oughtta be surprised about The Walking Dead returning in October - that seems par for the course at this point - but the Madison Square Garden event is definitely an interesting twist. As I understand it, the event will happen concurrently with the televised premiere, and fans will be able to win tickets to attend the screening. That doesn't seem like the optimum way to watch a heavily-anticipated season premiere, but what do I know? Maybe the seats at MSG are ridiculously comfortable and roomy.
As for the trailer, you can find it below, but be aware that Gimple cautioned Walking Dead fans that "things may not be as they seem" in the footage (maybe the zombies are actually just exceptionally dirty, slow-moving hobos).
The Walking Dead returns October 11th. We literally mentioned that, like, three paragraphs ago. Do try and keep up.