AMC seems pretty confident in its flagship series, The Walking Dead. At the beginning of season seven, the premiere episode got a lengthier run time, and a couple of other episodes have also run past the show’s usual hour mark.
Well, don’t expect the longer episodes to end anytime soon. Next week’s episode, “Swear”, will be an extra ten minutes longer than usual, coming in at seventy minutes total. The week after that, with the episode “Sing Me a Song”, the show will go for a total run time of ninety minutes.
Episodes three and four of season seven have already followed a similar extension in length. The question ultimately is whether the show is giving fans more time with the characters, or more time with commercials.
Tonight’s episode, titled “Go Getters” will be airing for exactly sixty minutes, as is usual, and will then be followed by the live after-show, Talking Dead, with host Chris Hardwick and guests Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, and director Kevin Smith.
What do you think, The Walking Dead fans? Do you like that the episodes are longer? Is the extended time a play for more ads, or is there actually more story being told where the characters get more time to develop?
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The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.