The Walking Dead

And this, my friends, is what we call a monstrous success.

It should come as no shock to hear that "The Walking Dead's" second season premiere on Sunday night (October 16) was huge. After all, the comic book adaptation arrived on AMC almost a full year ago to a massive audience of 5.3 million viewers, a number that got as high as 6 million viewers by the season one finale. With behind-the-scenes difficulties like budget cuts and Frank Darabont's departure looming, not to mention so much time passing between seasons, how on Earth could "Walking Dead" top its previous numbers?

Who knows how, but they did it: the "Walking Dead" season two premiere obliterated its own previous record with 7.3 million viewers on Sunday evening, making it the most watched drama in the history of cable television.

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The long wait is finally over: "The Walking Dead" returned tonight (October 16) for its second season on television. Despite the tremendous attention focused on original showrunner Frank Darabont's departure earlier this summer, it feels safe to say that based on this opening number, "Dead" is just as good as it ever was.

Hit the jump to chew on everything we loved about the season premiere. Spoilers ahead!

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Fans of "The Walking Dead," returning this Sunday night (October 16), may be waiting with bated breath to see how the second season of the zombie survival series unfolds after a summer of behind the scenes drama. When AMC and executive producer Frank Darabont abruptly parted ways this past July, it was uncertain whether the hit show would remain the same without the driving force behind it.

Rest assured zombie fanatics. Robert Kirkman, writer of "The Walking Dead" comic series and executive producer on the show, stopped by MTV News and assured viewers that when the second season premieres this Sunday (October 16), it will be the same "Dead" we love and that the issues stayed behind the camera.

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It's a great week to be a geek. We started things off with the first official "Avengers" trailer, and we're closing out with the second season premiere of "The Walking Dead" this Sunday evening (October 16). On top of that, New York Comic Con is going on for those of us fortunate enough to be hanging in the Big Apple. Really, does it get any better?

Why, yes it does, thank you for asking!

"Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman is in town for NYCC this weekend, and he swung by MTV News headquarters earlier to chat about the season premiere and his new "Dead" novel, "Rise of the Governor." But while we had him in our clutches, we couldn't let Robert, a lifelong comic book reader and one of the top writers in the field, get away without talking about the new "Avengers" trailer. What ensued was a full-blown "Avengers" trailer commentary filled to the brim with Kirkman's unique and hilarious insight into the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster.

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"The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor," the new novel from comic book creator and show executive producer Robert Kirkman and co-author Jay Bonansinga, is grotesque. This is a good thing, mind you; when it comes to the realm of flesh-hungry creatures of the undead, guts and gore are par for the course.

Specifically, fans of "The Walking Dead" are well adjusted to seeing brutal violence unfold, whether that's stemming from the pencils of comics artist Charlie Adlard or Greg Nicotero's brilliant FX work. But now, the post-apocalyptic blood has spilled out in prose in the form of "Rise of the Governor" — and to hear Kirkman tell it, the novel's bloodshed is just as horrifying, if not more so, than anything you "Dead" fans have seen before.

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"The Walking Dead" returns to television this week, but you don't have to wait until Sunday for new adventures set in the post-zombie apocalypse.

Robert Kirkman and co-author Jay Bonansinga are the men behind "The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor," a brand new prose novel hitting stores tomorrow (October 11). As the title implies, the new book shines the spotlight on one of the franchise's most notorious villains — Philip Blake, better known as the vicious Governor of Woodbury, a man who makes even the rotting undead look civilized. But was Philip always such a ruthless, soulless shell of a man? What drove him to commit such atrocities?

"Rise of the Governor" pulls the curtain back on Philip's early days as a survivor of the zombie apocalypse, and before the book hits stores, you can get a first look — or listen, rather — right here on MTV Splash Page. Click on the player for an exclusive sneak peek at an excerpt from the audiobook version of the new "Walking Dead" novel, as read by actor Fred Berman. Warning: the excerpt is not for the faint of heart!

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Breaking Bad

What do "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad" have in common? Other than the fact that they both belong to the same network, and that "Dead" creator Robert Kirkman is a noted "Breaking Bad" enthusiast, there's an additional link between the two shows: and it has everything to do with last night's season finale's most thoroughly disgusting scene.

Major spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the "Breaking Bad" finale!

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"The Walking Dead" is just a little over a week from shambling back onto television, but it's already here on the Internet. Greg Nicotero's series of "Walking Dead" webisodes — titled "The Walking Dead: Torn Apart" — landed online on Monday (October 3), giving you brain craving zombies your first taste of the undead in almost a year.

With a successful transition from paneled page to small screen, how does "The Walking Dead" translate to an original web series? Check out our thoughts on the webisodes past the jump — but be warned, there are spoilers ahead!

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With the premiere for the second season of "The Walking Dead" slowly limping toward us, most fans are hungry for any bit of zombie goodness they can get their hands on. Luckily, a brand new webseries, "Torn Apart" started up on online today and should serve as a tasty appetizer to tie us over until the October 16 premiere.

The newly appointed co-executive producer and the show's FX guru Greg Nicotero directed the six-episode series of shorts about Hannah, the mom who will be the notorious Bicycle Girl, the legless zombie Rick mercy-killed in the first season.

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For those in need of a zombie fix, AMC has unveiled more "Walking Dead" season two teasery goodness today, courtesy an action-packed, minute-and-a-half trailer.

The teaser opens with the crew on the run, and a voiceover by Rick.

"We're facing a long hard journey, maybe even harder than we can imagine," says the fearless leader, as we see images of each of the cast members, their faces and body language full of anxiety. "I don't know what our chances are, slim I guess," Rick continues, and we see him alone on top of a roof, speaking into a walkie, followed by a shot of him aiming his rifle at something.

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Cover Artist

Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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