With Breaking Bad over and the second half of Mad Men’s final season poised to wrap up next spring, AMC has struggled a bit to find original programming to match its early successes. That said, one new show hit really, really, really big. Entering its fifth season this fall, The Walking Dead is not only a ratings juggernaut on cable television, it also gives network favorites like The Big Bang Theory a run for their money in terms of viewership. Despite a sort of revolving door of showrunners and behind-the-scenes skirmishes, the ratings have continued to grow and its commercial popularity remains higher than ever. With a spinoff series in the works as well, The Walking Dead franchise is likely to keep AMC afloat for quite some time.
As they do every year, much of The Walking Dead cast (yes, even Norman Reedus) and executive producers Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero made the journey to Comic-Con earlier this Friday to preview the upcoming season and reveal the first trailer. Watch the first The Walking Dead season 5 trailer after the jump, along with my full Comic-Con panel recap. The series returns on Sunday, October 12th on AMC.