Although AMC was quick to renew its adaptation of The Walking Dead for a 13-episode second season, fans may have to wait a long time to see it -- possibly as long as 10 to 11 months. So you may want to savor these three remaining episodes.
Citing unnamed "sources," The Live Feed reports that the cable channel likely will wait until October to launch Season 2 so it can again take advantage of its month-long Fearfest horror marathon and higher audience levels in the fall.
The Hollywood Reporter blog also notes that AMC has Breaking Bad and Mad Men returning in the summer, and The Killing debuting at some point -- add to that the possibility of a pickup for Hell on Wheels -- which leads to a crowded slate for a network that's been easing into original programming since 2007. Holding The Walking Dead's second-season premiere until fall, then, makes sense from a promotional standpoint.
The Live Feed cautions, however, that the October plan isn't final -- in fact, production hasn't even begun on the second season.
Still, even the possibility of a grueling wait is a bit of a downer, following the creative and ratings highs of the first half of this season. As Comic Book Resources reported earlier today, this week's episode saw an increase of nearly a half-million viewers.