‘Walking Dead’ Season 7 Premiere Date Revealed at Comic-Con

AMC is also set to air preview special on Aug. 14

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not keep reading if you are not caught up on “The Walking Dead”)

“The Walking Dead” Season 7 premiere date was officially announced during the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday.

Fans in Hall H went wild when it was announced that the hit zombie apocalypse series will return on Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

As in previous seasons, the show’s seventh season of 16 episodes will air in two parts, with the first eight episodes kicking off Oct. 23 and the final eight returning Feb. 2017.

AMC also announced a new “The Walking Dead” preview special hosted by Chris Hardwick. The special, which will air on Aug. 14, will give fans an early look at what to expect in the upcoming season, including exclusive interviews with the cast and executive producers and behind-the- scenes moments. A recap of the first six seasons is also set to air on Oct. 16.

Fans are eagerly — or angrily — awaiting the return of the show after the Season 6 finale ended on a major cliffhanger with several key characters in danger of being killed off.

The story had built for weeks toward the arrival of Negan, the new main villain played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. From the comics, fans know Negan killed a member of Rick’s group upon his arrival. The problem? The show did not reveal who died.

It’s clear Negan killed someone, but clever editing prevented the audience from seeing the victim, leaving viewers on the hook to tune in for the start of Season 7.