The Walking Dead zombie marathon marches on

AMC will be screening all 19 episodes of its wildly popular Walking Dead series this weekend.

The undead marathon kicks off on July 7 at 11:30 a.m. EST and concludes Sunday evening with a sneak peek at season three, along with a “black and-white” re-airing of the show’s original pilot episode. 

“In the hour-long Talking Dead event, host Chris Hardwick will give fans a first look at The Walking Dead Season 3, including a scene from the new season, and brand new video interviews with the cast, a tour of the new set and a sneak peek at the props and wardrobes featured in Season 3,” AMC confirmed in an official statement.

“Hardwick will also sit down with in-studio guests including the show’s executive producers and other celebrity fans to discuss the show and answer viewer questions.”

Meanwhile, Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd warned the New York Daily News that viewers shouldn’t get too attached to specific members of the cast, as life expectancy on the show isn’t exactly stellar. 

“The first time I saw the scene where [a child member of the group] exits the barn as a zombie, I got teary-eyed. But we really wanted to give the audience that kind of gut punch,” she said. 

Hurd also commented on the surreal experience of standing on line at the craft services table in the middle of a horde of zombies.

“It [really] depends on the level of decay… The ones that are shown only in the background are not really a problem, but the ones who literally have half their jaw missing and congealed blood dripping from their mouths – you don’t ever get used to that. It’s a fantastic diet aid.”

In other Walking Dead News, showrunner Glen Mazzara recently noted that just because something happened in the comic series doesn’t necessarily mean it will be depicted in an orderly fashion on the screen.

“Just because we don’t play particular scenes upfront as maybe they were played in the comic book that doesn’t mean we may not play it down the road. Everything’s in play. I won’t say anything’s off limits,” Mazzara told TV Guide.

“I’m not interested in wrapping up The Governor, Michonne or the prison story line anytime soon. We are getting to the heart of the matter, I think the core of Robert’s comic book. We really have a lot of great material to explore. I hope to explore all of that for a long time.”