Zombie overload! AMC presented two back-to-back panels for its hit show The Walking Dead and its companion series Fear the Walking Dead on Friday at Comic-Con to finally reveal their premiere dates. The flagship series kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9/8 on AMC with an extended 90-minute episoode. Check back with TVGuide for more details on the spin-off.
Cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz and Lennie James joined executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple for the first session. Executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero rounded out the panel.
Beyond the return date, fans in Hall H were also treated to the world premiere trailer for Season 6. We get a look at the people of Alexandria, and once again Rick Grimes is being challenged over his Ricktatorship. What else? Michonne slashing walker butt, Morgan looking pretty sane, Glenn shooting his gun, Daryl shooting his mouth off and lots of gore and heavy breathing. Check it out here:
Here are a few other things we learned from the panel:
Guest stars From the trailer, you may have gotten a glimpse of Ethan Embry (Can't Hardly Wait, Empire Records). Also: Nurse Jackie's Merritt Wever will also drop in on our survivors for a role that was not revealed.
Biting the Big Apple Gimple also announced that fans will be able to see the premiere in a huge arena: Madison Square Garden. Cast and producers will be present to answer questions. More info can be found at www.amcthewalkingdead.com.
Time to howl The new season will play with time, incorporating several flashbacks, with one entirely flashback episode. Also: Gimple confirmed that the wolves will be part of Season 6 in a way that we may not expect.
Rick's beard Lincoln said that his wife doesn't miss the beard, but Yeun thought the shaven look made it look like he had a shrunken head. "I miss that beard and I'm going to grow it back as soon as possible, Scott Gimple," Lincoln said.
Morgan's lost time What's he been up to this whole time? James joked that he had been painting. But really, he's been trying to find Rick this whole time. The two of them have "this kind of man-love," James said.
Home Sweet Home? Riggs said that Carl sees Alexandria as a home and a chance to restart. It's probably also better that Michonne doesn't know that Carl followed Enid out into the woods. But "you can't imprison him... that's a disrespectful way of treating him," Gurira said.
Carol's challenge Carol pretending to be a sweet, unassuming housewife is dependent on "not having her cover blown," McBride said. As for Tyreese's death, Carol misses him, but it fuels her to fight harder to keep everybody safe. "Everything is fueled by the loss of people. That's why she's doing what she's doing," McBride said. "She's willing to pay the price: go to hell, whatever."
How to be Daryl Reedus said that he gets into character with "a lot of Motorhead, a lot of coffee. I play Candy Crush a lot. I'm so into it. I spend hundreds of dollars." Randomly, a fan also asked what his favorite emoji was. It's the red balloon. So there's that.
Things we hope to show you soon The Comic-Con crowd also saw a hilarious blooper reel (killing zombies requires levity!) and stills of some of the new, beautifully decayed walkers that Nicotero created for this season.
The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c on AMC. Check back with TVGuide.com for scoop on Fear the Walking Dead.