One day before the Season 5 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the blockbuster series’ EP Gale Anne Hurd announced at New York Comic-Con that the second half of its new season will premiere February 8. The international premiere will be February 9. The zombie drama typically splits its seasons, as AMC has done with Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick moderated the panel with Hurd, showrunner Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkland and Greg Nicotero. (Watch the Season 5 trailer above.)
The resumption of Season 4 on February 9 this year drew 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million in the adults 18-49 demographic. It outperformed NBC’s Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday night in the demo. Last season’s midseason return might have lost an edge ratings-wise when some Xbox users got an unscheduled, free sneak peek of the premiere the previous morning on Xbox Video. It subsequently was made unavailable; AMC confirmed the slip-up but declined to comment on how the incident occurred.