Series from “The Walking Dead” universe usually have a running time of 40 to 50 minutes per episode. The first episode of “The Ones Who Live”, which incidentally is entitled “Years”, will delight audiences for much longer – at least that’s what AMC’s current schedule suggests.
You can see what awaits you in the new zombie spin-off in the official trailer:
Fans are currently eagerly awaiting the premiere of “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live”. The spin-off about Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his great love Michonne (Danai Gurira) will start exclusively on AMC on February 25, 2024. US broadcaster AMC originally announced the series with six one-hour episodes. However, at least the opening episode could deviate significantly from this.
Rick Grimes kick-off in movie length?
A look at AMC’s broadcast schedule reveals that the opening episode of “The Ones Who Live”, which incidentally is entitled “Years”, will have a running time of 81 minutes. This makes the episode nine minutes shorter than originally announced by Rotten Tomatoes and justwatch, but still significantly longer than an average episode from the zombie cosmos.
However, it is questionable whether “The Ones Who Live” premiere can actually shine with an almost 1.5-hour episode, or whether advertising time has to be deducted from it. At least that was the case with the first episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” and the opening and finale of the parent series. Despite the 90-minute announcement, these episodes only lasted between 64 and 68 minutes each. In principle, it can therefore be assumed that “Years” will also be within this range. Nevertheless, the episode has the potential to go down as the longest opener in the history of the “TWD” franchise.
What the title “Years” tells us about the content of episode 1
The title of the opening episode could hardly be more fitting. With the exception of the big “TWD” finale in November 2022, the last time we saw actor Andrew Lincoln in the role of former officer Rick Grimes was at the beginning of the ninth season, in October 2018. But it’s not just years that have gone by for the audience; Michonne’s involuntary farewell to her lover was also years ago.
Accordingly, it can be assumed that the first episode of the spin-off will focus on this period. This theory is supported by the other known sequel titles: Episode 2 is called “Gone”, Episode 3 “Bye” – in summary, “Years Gone By”. What happened after Rick was rescued and kidnapped by the Civic Republic Military (CRM)? Why was he unable to contact his family and allies? And what dangers did Michonne have to brave as a result of her farewell to Judith (Cailey Fleming) and RJ (Antony Azor)? We are expected to get the answers from February 25, when “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live” on AMC.