‘The Walking Dead’ Releases First Season 6 Trailer, Sets Premiere Date (Video)

Ethan Embry, Merritt Wever joins the AMC zombie drama when it returns this fall with a 90-minute episode

Last Updated: July 10, 2015 @ 5:09 PM

The sixth season of “The Walking Dead” will premiere Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. with a special 90-minute episode, AMC announced Friday. The network also released the first trailer for the new season and welcomed actors Ethan Embry and Emmy winner Merritt Wever to the cast.

Season 6 will be comprised of 16 episodes, with the first eight beginning in October. The second half of the season will premiere in February.

“The Walking Dead” was the highes-rated entertainment show on television last season, averaging an 7.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 14.2 million total viewers.

After-show “The Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick, will debut its new season immediately following the scripted series’ premiere. AMC has scheduled a “Talking Dead” preview special for Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.

The network also announced that a new season of “Comic Book Men” will premiere Oct. 18 with back-to-back episodes beginning at midnight.