The premiere of The Walking Dead Season 9 is just around the corner, and slowly but surely, more information about how this exciting season will go down is rolling out to the masses. The show will have a lot of ground to cover as it prepares for some pretty major character exits, which might be why news is circulating that the premiere will supposedly be a lot longer than the series' usual runtime. Allegedly, the Season 9 premiere of The Walking Dead will run for around 86 minutes.
The run-time, if accurate, is just short of the standard length of a feature film. Of course, there will probably be commercials figured into that, but nevertheless, it would seem The Walking Dead is taking a page out of Game of Thrones book and throwing traditional television episode lengths to the wayside. Comicbook reports the alleged elongated episode will be followed by a new episode of Talking Dead, although it did not mention if its standard run-time would be affected by it in any way.
The news that The Walking Dead could be kicking off Season 9 with an extended episode isn't totally surprising, as the series will have to work a lot of things out to prepare for Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan's upcoming exits. In addition to that, there's also a significant time jump between the end of Season 8 and the beginning of Season 9; so, we're not sure that time will be put to use bringing fans up to speed on what's happening with everyone or if it'll focus on a smaller number of characters. Not much has been revealed about the premiere, although Lincoln has said in prior interviews that portions of the opening feel very similar to the pilot episode.
What that means is completely up to interpretation. The Walking Dead pilot primarily focused on Rick and moments that flashed between his life before and after the Walkers over-ran the world. Andrew Lincoln's statement could mean viewers will see a story similar to that in the Season 9 premiere, where another character is isolated and brought into the currently existing faction of survivors. It could also just be scenes that feature callbacks or references to the pilot as if to signal a new beginning to a franchise that will attempt to find new life following its lead's exit. Much of the upcoming season has been shrouded in mystery, so it's really anyone's guess, although the pro is that AMC should confirm the news about the extended premiere before too long.
The Walking Dead will kick off Season 9 on AMC Sunday, October 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Check out what's happening throughout the rest of October and other fall months via CinemaBlend's fall premiere guide.