It’s time for all you budding Daryl Dixon’s and Rick Grimes’ (or perhaps you’d rather be Phillip Blake ‘The Governor’) to get your The Walking Dead hats on. Because starting on Thursday July 4 at 1PM/12c AMC is inviting fans of the show to tune into their The Walking Dead Season 4 Preview Weekend and catch up on the series that has been hailed by USA Today as “one of the season’s best series,” by letting The Walking Dead shamble into your home over the July 4 weekend.
The Walking Dead rules the airwaves as the number one show in entertainment for the viewing audience aged 18 to 49. AMC are celebrating the Independence Day Weekend by having a The Walking Dead marathon, which will be hosted by Comic Book Men executive producer Kevin Smith from the Atlanta-based set where the cast and crew are currently filming Season 4 of the hit series.
The Jay and Silent Bob star (yes he’s that Kevin Smith) talks to the cast and crew and will be sharing some behind-the-scenes footage from the highly anticipated upcoming fourth season.
Then the first season of The Walking Dead will air twice on July 4, featuring marathons of both the original and special black-and-white editions. These are followed by Season 2 on Friday and Season 3 on both Saturday and Sunday. Each day of this four-day event will start at 1PM/12c.
AMC have explained that the black-and-white editions will only apply to Season 1 on July 4, Independence Day. But despite this one limitation, The Walking Dead will come shambling into your home with all three seasons in a “zombie-tastic” marathon over the weekend.
For those of you who might have been living under a rock the last few years, The Walking Dead is an American horror television drama series developed by Frank Darabont. It’s based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to find a the world has become a post-apocalyptic flesh-eating zombie filled nightmare. He sets out to find his family and comes into contact with many other survivors, and zombies, along the way.
The title of the series refers to the survivors, and not the zombies.
The Walking Dead premiered on October 31, 2010, on the cable television channel AMC in the United States. It then went on to premiere internationally during the first week of November 2010 on the Fox International Channels. Due to the overwhelming reception from viewers, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes, which premiered on October 16, 2011. Again, due to audience reception of the program, two episodes into the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season of 16 episodes, which then started airing on October 14, 2012.
On December 21, 2012, AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a fourth season of 16 episodes.
The Walking Dead returns this October with brand new episodes. The new season will see our favourite group of survivors who are still travelling in search of a safe and secure home in the months and years following a zombie apocalypse. The series stars Andrew Lincoln and David Morrissey, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney.
So make sure you tune into AMC on July 4 to see the marathon kick-off premiere of the Kevin Smith “guided tour” of the behind the scenes footage of season 4 of The Walking Dead. And then let The Walking Dead shamble into your home and watch a different kind of fireworks!
By Michael Smith