Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Daryl Dixon Watches the House Burn in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 12: “Still”

We know, we know, The Walking Dead Season 5 hasn’t even kicked off yet (that happens on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET) but it’s never too early to start planning ahead with an action-packed show such as this one, so that got us thinking about the midseason finale, which almost always leaves us at the edge of our seat. More specifically, when can we expect the TWD Season 5 midseason finale to air? Read on for our theories and best guess!

As we said, Season 5 formally kicks off on October 12 after a tough nearly seven-month absence, and based on what AMC has done in years past we’re fairly confident we’ll get seven additional one-hour installments following the highly-anticipated season opener. The first eight episodes of the season typically run uninterrupted (as they did last year) but there’s always a small chance AMC might elect to air a two-hour episode and/or then decide to air a rerun one week. Remember, there were rumors that the Season 5 premiere might be supersized, though it now appears that was just wishful thinking on our part.



Season 5 runs uninterrupted in two eight-episode halves as we suspect, the calendar of TWD events should look something like this:

Season 5, Episode 1 (season premiere): October 12 at 9 p.m. ET

Season 5, Episode 2: October 19

Season 5, Episode 3: October 26

Season 5, Episode 4: November 2

Season 5, Episode 5: November 9

Season 5, Episode 6: November 16

Season 5, Episode 7: November 23

Season 5, Episode 8 (midseason finale): November 30

For some additional context, remember that TWD Season 4 kicked off on October 13, 2013 and the midseason finale aired on December 1.

While we don’t have any episode titles yet (though we can expect the premiere’s moniker to be revealed any day now) this certainly seems like a reliable schedule for the first half of the season. What’s more? Our tentative calendar puts the midseason finale just three days after Thanksgiving, making for one hell of a week!

Speaking of the overall structure of the fifth season, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd recently said, “We always have one sort of overarching arc, but there are distinct natural ends to particular arcs that fall during the midseason finale and pick up again in the midseason premiere.”

Does our proposed schedule make sense to you, or did we forget something? Tell us your own thoughts and theories below!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.