The next three episodes of The Walking Dead are granted extended running times
AMC has reportedly granted longer running times to the next three episodes of The Walking Dead. According to comicbook.com, the mid season 7 premiere will run for 73 minutes, from 9:00 pm ET to 10:13 pm ET. Episode 7×10 will run for an extra six minutes on February 19, making it a 66 minute episodes from 9:00 pm ET to 10:06 pm ET. Episode 7×11 will run for an extra eight minutes, making it a 68 minute episode on February 26. This has been commonplace throughout season 7, and in fact more episodes have been extended than not.
Directed by Greg Nicotero, the mid season premiere is titled “Rock the Road” with the official synopsis reading “Rick is introduced to a new community.” This is likely referring to The Kingdom group led by King Ezekiel who were introduced earlier this season. Furthermore, a new group is rumored to be introduced in the coming episodes. Titles and synopsis have yet to be revealed for the remaining episodes, however it’s been reported that 7×10 is directed by Jeffrey F. January and episode 7×11 by Kari Skogland. Nicotero returns for episode 6×12.
In a recent interview with EW, Andrew Lincoln disclosed his feelings regarding the negative feedback the series has received this season, stating “I mean, look, that’s the whole point of when you create something. It opens the discussion, doesn’t it? And ultimately you have your own individual reaction, whatever it may be. And you know, obviously, you don’t want it to be negative, but if you’re endeavoring to make something different and unique and challenging — and hopefully dangerous and new — sometimes it might provoke different reactions from people. And I stand by everybody telling this story, particularly the writers and everybody directing it. I think it’s a very brave, bold, and also challenging story that we’re attempting.” Lincoln’s commitment to his character and the narrative are certainly admirable and always have been, however it remains to be seen how fans will regard the remaining episodes of the season.
Season 7b synopsis: The first half of Season 7 saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.
Rick’s group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s much bigger than anything they’ve seen so far. While they have a singular purpose – to defeat Negan – it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gregory (Xander Berkeley) do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable.
We’ll meet new survivors in incredible places. We’ll see Rick and the group tested in ways we’ve never seen before. We’ll see treachery from people we trust. Rick is confident as he will see his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army.
The Walking Dead returns February 12th on AMC.
Image credits: AMC, EW
H/T: Comicbook.com, EW