‘The Walking Dead’ 2016 Schedule: Season 6 Episodes List, Season 7 Filming Dates & More
Update (10/12/15): The Walking Dead midseason premiere is scheduled to air on February 14, 2016, which puts the Season 6 finale on April 3, 2016. Happy TWD watching!
Original Story (10/1/15): With The Walking Dead Season 6 finally debuting on October 11, we thought it would be high time to put together a TWD 2016 schedule —complete with an episode list, air dates, filming info on Season 7, and so much more.
Keep in mind many of these dates are tentative, but all of the unconfirmed intel here is based on how AMC has run things in seasons past, so it’s safe to assume they will follow a similar schedule going into 2016.
We’ll also be updating this as the year progresses, so be sure to keep checking back for new info.
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Get out your calendars, because we’ve got plenty of crucial dates headed your way!
The most important event in October is, of course, the premiere of Season 6, Episode 1: “First Time Again” on October 11 at 9 p.m. ET. The season opener is 90-minutes and precedes the premiere of Talking Dead, so be sure you’re well rested leading up to premiere day.
Episode 2: TBD airs October 18.
Episode 3: TBD airs October 25
Filming for Season 6 will likely end sometime before Thanksgiving, as it has in years past. Once the cast and crew wrap filming there will almost certainly be a party of some kind in Atlanta, after which the cast will head home for several months before descending on Georgia again next spring.
Keep your eyes peeled for some vague finale spoilers around this time as well. The set is usually very closely guarded, but you never know what could leak!
November will also feature several early episodes of Season 6 to be aired on the following dates:
Episode 4: TBD airs November 1
Episode 5: TBD airs November 8
Episode 6: TBD airs November 15
Episode 7: TBD airs November 22
Episode 8 (midseason finale): TBD airs November 29
Episode 8, which doesn’t have a title yet, is poised to be a big one. It’s the midseason finale so heightened drama is expected, and we have it on good authority several characters may not make it to the end of the hour.
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Not much here since the show will be on hiatus, but you can expect some brief teases for the Season 6 midseason premiere, which will likely bow in February 2016. We may get a midseason premiere date on the Talking Dead finale.
As a tease for the second half of the season, it’s likely we’ll be getting some episode titles around this time, and maybe some casting announcements as well, Negan, anyone?!
Always one step ahead, the TWD writers might also start early prep for some Season 7 scripts in the new year as well.
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We now know the Season 6 midseason premiere will air on Sunday, February 14, 2016, a week later than normal. For reference, the Season 5 midseason premiere first aired on February 8, 2015.
Episode 9: TBD airs February 14
Episode 10: TBD airs February 21
Episode 11: TBD airs February 28
Episode 12: TBD airs March 6
Episode 13: TBD airs March 13
Episode 14: TBD airs March 20
Episode 15: TBD airs March 27
Episode 16 (season finale): TBD airs April 3
Season 7 pre-production: It’s possible the crew may begin returning to Georgia in late March/ early April and scout out locations for Season 7. We may still be in the Alexandria Safe Zone, but it’s obviously too early to tell at this point.
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The cast traditionally begin heading to Georgia in mid-late April each year to get situated before filming on the new season starts up again.
Season 7 Filming Starts: Filming for the new season usually kicks off within the first week of May. Episodes typically take about 8 days to film, but if the Season 7 premiere is also 90-minutes filming will likely take a bit longer. The cast continues to shoot new episodes throughout the month.
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Filming Continues: By June the cast and crew are in the swing of things and hard at work on set. With the first few episodes “in the can”, as they say, Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero, Scott Gimple, and others may start to give vague teasers about Season 7 in various interviews. Word to the wise: Don’t expect much more than “This season is our best ever!”
San Diego Comic-Con: The con usually takes place towards the end of July, and the TWD cast is always one of the annual event’s biggest draws. Several members of the cast take part in a packed panel discussion, and of course there’s the…
Season 7 Trailer and Premiere Date: What better way to tease the upcoming season than by debuting the trailer (complete with a Season 7 premiere date) to fans? It’s also likely we’ll get a trailer and premiere date for Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead as well.
As if all that wasn’t enough, July is usually when AMC begins sharing some on-set videos. They won’t tell us much, but we’ll take ‘em!
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Season 7 filming is still underway at this point, so scattered spoilers may emerge here and there. The cast and crew are usually shooting the midseason finale at this point, so if we’re lucky some juicy intel might be headed our way.
Towards the end of the month, we may also get a confirmed title for the Season 7 opener.
General intel will likely be released, and more episodes will be filmed for the second half of the season.
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Season 6 Premiere: Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 all premiered in October, and AMC should be sticking with the undead timeframe for Season 7. TWD Season 1 premiered on Halloween 2010. Season 2 kicked off on October 16, 2011. Season 3 premiered on October 14, 2012. Season 4 premiered on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Season 5 premiered Sunday, October 12, 2014. Season 6 premiered on October 11, 2015.
We'll throw down the guess that Season 7 will premiere on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Circle the date now! And uncircle it later, if they change things up.
The Walking Dead Season 6 premieres with a 90-minute episode on October 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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