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Will Walking Dead Return In July — With Breaking Bad, No Less?

If a potential 10-month wait for the second season of The Walking Dead seems interminable to you, actor Bryan Cranston may have some good news for you.

In an interview with Vulture, the Emmy Award-winning star of AMC’s Breaking Bad reveals that when his show finally returns in July, more than a year after the conclusion of the third season, it may be paired with The Walking Dead. That’s of course contrary to an earlier report, which suggested the second season of the horror series could debut in October to again take advantage of the cable channel’s month-long Fearfest marathon.

“It was a decision from AMC that they wanted to position us in July, along with Mad Men,” Cranston told Vulture, waving off speculation that the July debut, which makes Breaking Bad ineligible for an Emmy was orchestrated to secure an award for Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. “And I believe they’re going to put Walking Dead in July as well. I think it’s just a sensible thing — they want to attract as many eyeballs as possible, away from the heavy competition of the September, November, January start. Also, Jon is fantastic. I’m a big fan of Mad Men. I certainly couldn’t complain if any one of the other actors had won those awards instead of me. I’m glad it was me, but I think it’s great that I’m not eligible for an Emmy next year. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”

That’s obviously not the final, or official, word on The Walking Dead‘s return, but it’s certainly a promising sign that we may see Rick and the other survivors sooner rather than later.


  • TastyGreens

    Sh*t! I don’t know if I’m happier that TWD might return sooner than expected, or more upset that Breaking Bad won’t come back until July. We have to wait more than a *year* to see that cliffhanger play out??? BOO!!

  • Anonymous

    Pleeeease, let it be true! They could have the final episode air at the end of October, which would be perfect!

  • ATK

    My only issue here is they would have to kick production of Walking Dead into high gear to meet that date. I’m all for it but I’m concerned that a quick start might lead to less quality, but I’ll be more than happy if they prove me wrong.

  • Jacob

    Except there’s no way that would work. The season isn’t long enough.

  • Latin369

    I’m marking my calender! This show was amazing. I never had the need to use my DVR until now!!

  • Bricktop_nemesis

    If the 13 ep. season starts July 31, and skips Labor Day Weekend, the final ep. will air Oct 30.

  • NNn

    Wow what a cool guy-if u noy watching b bad start!

  • Hjaf247

    they might be re airing season 1 again in July…to lead up to October’s season 2

  • Jacob

    Why would it skip Labor Day weekend?

  • homelessbaby

    This is why I think it’s not true. Breaking Bad (and Mad Men, I think, for that matter) should start filming in the next month or so to meet a July airdate. To make this even more consistent, True Blood (which airs from June) has already started filming this very month. It would appear that cable TV shows have a pattern, and I really doubt The Walking Dead could (or would, given the ratings they’d get in October vs. July) start in the summer.

    I’d love it though, I’m not a fan of how AMC scatters what few shows they have throughout the year. Be nice to have a summer where Sundays through Thursdays were full of AMC shows each night. I need to hear more about this Hell On Wheels thing.

  • Joseph Colon

    I’d definitely be happy to have TWD return sooner but, you gotta admit, starting it off at the end of Fearfest is pretty sensible. .. .