After months of speculation over who Negan did or didn’t kill, The Walking Dead finally (finally!) returns for season seven on Oct. 23. It’s probably wise to rewatch the season six finale before then, but if you want to go back even further, like to the beginning of the series, AMC has you covered. Beginning on Sunday, Oct. 16, The Channel That Mad Men Built is airing an 88-hour marathon — that’s all 83 episodes, plus a two-hour retrospective.
It’s not all in a row, though. AMC needs time for its daily airing of Goodfellas, after all. According to Variety, “Season one and the first half of season two will air on Sunday, starting at 7 a.m. ET, leading up to a special two-hour retrospective on the series Sunday night… Throughout the rest of the week, each evening from 6 p.m. through the wee hours of the morning, the remainder of the episodes will run.” (Splitting up the farm-filled season two is a good call.) The marathon — which is part of AMC’s annual spooky, scary FearFest programming — concludes with the season seven premiere.
It’s hard to imagine someone saying to themselves, “I’ve heard good things about this Walking Dead show. I know it’s on Netflix Instant, but I’m going to watch every episode, with commercials, right before the seventh season starts.” But for the rest of us, who have been there since the pilot, the marathon is a chance to see how much things have changed over the years. Mostly Carl’s eyes. Then he had two; now he has one.