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'The Walking Dead' Season 7 Premiere Date Revealed, Chilling Trailer Released At Comic-Con

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(Photo : Gene Page/AMC) AMC has announced the premiere date for"The Walking Dead" season 7 and released the first official trailer for the upcoming installment.

AMC has revealed the premiere date for season 7 of "The Walking Dead."

During the show's San Diego Comic-Con panel earlier today, the network announced that the 16-episode season 7 of hit zombie drama will kick off on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET. According to Deadline, the new season will premiere internationally on Monday, Oct 24 on Fox channels in more than 125 countries.

"It's absolutely worth the wait," Robert Kirkman said of the upcoming season premiere, which was directed by his fellow executive producer Greg Nicotero.

"There might be some interesting non-human characters as well," added Gale Anne Hurd, who is clearly referring to Shiva, who made her first appearance -- along with her owner Ezekiel (Khary Payton) -- in the season 7 trailer, which you can watch below.

 

Series lead star Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, said that although the new season has a "really sh--ty" start, fans should hang on because the show is "heading to one of the greatest showdowns of the show."

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At the show's panel, Lincoln was joined onstage by his co-stars Norman Reedus (Daryl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Ross Marquand (Aaron), Josh McDermitt (Eugene) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan).

Melissa McBride (Carol), who was not present at the panel, appeared briefly via video. Hurd, however, previously told Deadline that fans shouldn't read much into her absence. "The truth is, the ... panel is -- for the most part -- the people who were where we left them in the last shot of season 6, that's sort of the lineup," Hurd said. This seems to be true as Lennie James (Morgan) wasn't also part of the panel.

Leading up to season 7 premier, AMC will air a behind-the-scenes "The Walking Dead Season 7 Preview Special" on Sunday, Aug. 14 and a two-hour retrospective with the working title of "The Walking Dead Recap Special" on Sunday, Oct. 16.

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