The Walking Dead typically debuts its new seasons around the second weekend in October, with the exception of the first season which aired the series premiere on Halloween.
Season 7 had a later start than its predecessors, kicking off on October 23 to allow for a "Journey So Far" special to air the week ahead, and preserving the momentum of Negan's victims being revealed for seven more days. Season 8, however, might be pushed back to a date more familiar to the first season.
With Fear the Walking Dead set to air its two-hour midseason premiere on Sunday, September 10, the sibling series to The Walking Dead will have six episodes remaining in its third season. Those episodes will air on the following Sunday's, leading to a finale on October 22, assuming no more episodes are aired back to back. A Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 finale would put The Walking Dead's Season 8 premiere on October 29, assuming there is no "Journey So Far" recap type event taking place between the two series.
Fear the Walking Dead, however, has proven two-hour back to back episode finales are not uncommon. The second season ended on a two-hour finale with a set of episodes paired, the Season 3 premiere featured an episode pairing, and the midseason 3 finale was also two hours long. If Fear the Walking Dead is to air the final two episodes of Season 3 on the same night, this opens the October 22 slot for AMC to either debut The Walking Dead Season 8 or a recap special.
The bottom line, however, is that The Walking Dead won't be arriving until October 22, at the earliest, or November 5, at the latest. An official premiere date with be announced at San Diego Comic Con when the AMC conquers Hall H and premieres its first Season 8 trailer.
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Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 pm ET on AMC. The Walking Dead will return for its eighth season in October with a trailer coming in July at San Diego Comic Con. For complete coverage and insider info all season long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter