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AMC reveals season 5 trailer, premiere date for 'The Walking Dead'

As revealed by TV By the Numbers on July 25, Friday was a huge day for fans of “The Walking Dead.” That’s because AMC released its very first full-length trailer for season five and revealed the premiere date: Sunday, October 12. The big announcement was made during Friday’s session at the hugely popular Comic Con convention in San Diego.

The cast of "The Walking Dead" talks about season five at Comic Con 2014.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

AMC president, Charlie Collier stated about the highly anticipated fifth season of “The Walking Dead”…

From the opening tease in the premiere onward, season 5 is without question the most ambitious and satisfying season this amazing team has ever crafted. In the zombie apocalypse, event television is alive and well, and I am proud to acknowledge that this uniquely talented writing staff, production team and cast have once again raised the bar (and the crossbow).

Since its premiere on Oct. 31, 2011, “The Walking Dead” has amassed a huge base of loyal and dedicated fans across the globe. The series, a ratings monster hit for AMC, has been nominated for numerous awards including a Golden Globe for Best Drama TV Series and the Writer’s Guild of America Award. According to Wetpaint, “The Walking Dead” was awarded with two Emmy noms (Sound Editing and Special Effects) in 2014, but its cast of talented actors was ignored.

Despite the snub, “The Walking Dead” is a huge hit in the all-important ratings game. Last year’s season four premiere drew in a whopping 16.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history. The finale dropped a bit, but was still hugely impressive with 15.7 million fans tuning in.

For the fifth season, Seth Gilliam joins the cast as a new series regular. He will portray Father Gabriel Stokes from the comic book series. Scott Gimple returns as showrunner. The new season will include 16 new episodes, which will likely air in two batches (8 episodes in 2014 and 8 more in 2015, with a break in between).

When season four concluded, Rick and his group (Michonne, Carl, Daryl) finally made their way to Terminus. They were forced into a railroad car. Once inside, they discovered that Glen and Maggie’s group was also being held against their will. The finale ended with Rick declaring, “They’re gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out that they’re screwing with the wrong people.”

To find out what happens next at Terminus, be sure to tune into the season premiere, slated for 9 pm EST/PST on Sunday, Oct. 12 on AMC. TV critics are already buzzing about the big season 5 debut. On July 25, Chris Harnick from E!Online wrote about the new trailer, “It’s explosive, filled with zombies and has us so ready for Oct. 12.” Be sure to check it out above.

So, "The Walking Dead" premieres on Oct. 12…that’s just 78 days (plus 122 minutes) away, but hey – who’s counting?!?! Hurry up already, October…

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