Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Greg Nicotero Talks to Steven Yeun in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 11: “Claimed”

The long wait is always painful, but it’s here again. The Walking Dead Season 4 ended Sunday, March 30 with the season finale, “A,” and now it’s radio silence until the October 2014 premiere of Season 5.

Thankfully, there's already some good S5 intel out there, and there should be more filming updates and Comic-Con appearances over the summer to feed our TWD addictions, but it won’t be the same until we see new footage. When will Season 5 premiere? Season 4’s official start date was revealed during Comic Con in July of last year, so that may be around when we hear about Season 5 too, but there are only four Sundays in October, so it’s going to be one of them.

Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4 all premiered in October, and AMC is sticking with the same undead timeframe for Season 5. 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. No one is forcing us to throw down a Season 5 premiere guess, but we’ll go with Sunday, October 12, 2014. Circle the date now! And then cross it out and circle October 19 if they decide to switch gears and go for the third Sunday in pumpkin month.

You never know what AMC and the producers may decide to do differently in Season 5, but we figure if it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it — and the only thing “broke” about the 16-episode mid-October to late-March set-up of TWD is that we have to wait so long between seasons and during that awful midseason finale break.

Don’t forget, though — next year should be a bit different since the TWD spin-off is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2015, which means it will be timed either with the second half of Season 5 or the first half of Season 6. Or maybe the zombie gods will hear us and schedule the spin-off to air during the summer when there’s no TWD content.

Here’s a schedule of potential filming and content dates for the rest of 2014, based on what they did last year. We’ll get through the sad, empty wasteland together!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.