The Walking Dead is, without question, the biggest show on television right now. Every week, the show pulls in upward of 15 million viewers, and that doesn’t account for people watching it through iTunes, over-the-top services or those watching it illegally, either. As the show gets ready to enter its seventh season, AMC is trying to make it a little easier for those who want to get caught up but may have felt intimidated by how far in the series has already gotten.
Today, the network announced that it would be running a Walking Dead marathon — of sorts — as a part of its annual Fearfest programming block leading up to Halloween. The so-called marathon will begin on Oct. 16 with the first season and half of the second season airing over the course of the day. It will then stop to allow current shows to air in their regular time slots before continuing on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. ET for the rest of the week. During the day, however, AMC will play Halloween movies, so the marathon will only take place from 6 p.m. onward.
The marathon will conclude on Oct. 23, with the season six finale leading right up to the premiere of the new season. Last season ended on a cliffhanger, with the introduction of the horrendous Negan and the fate of many characters at stake. Season seven has become one of the most anticipated premieres in the show’s history because of how last season ended.
If you’re looking for an authentic marathon experience, however, all six seasons are available to binge on Netflix.
The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season on Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.