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The Walking Dead season 10: Why isn’t The Walking Dead on this week?

The 10th season of The Walking Dead is currently eight episodes in and has certainly delivered on its promise to shock viewers. With high-profile deaths already occurring in the form of Siddiq (played by Avi Nash) and Dante (Juan Javier Cardenas), fans are desperate to see the repercussions they’ll have on the communities. However, they’ve been left waiting as episode nine didn’t air in the show’s typical weekly slot on AMC this week.

For each of the eight episodes of season 10 so far, The Walking Dead has aired on a Sunday evening on AMC.

Only in the USA, each episode would begin at 9pm ET on AMC.

Fans in the UK have been waiting for the following Monday each of the past eight weeks to watch the new episodes across the Atlantic on Fox.

However, TWD wasn’t on this week (Sunday, December 1) and there’s a good reason why.

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Why isn’t The Walking Dead on this week?

Season 10, episode nine didn’t air on AMC or Fox UK this week because the series is currently on its midseason break.

Midseason hiatuses aren’t uncommon among US TV shows and TWD is no different.

In fact, every season since season two has been subject to a brief break at the halfway point.

However, season 10 is currently on one of the longest midseason breaks in the show’s history.

This is because all of the previous season’s return dates are as follows:

  • Season 2 return date: February 12, 2012
  • Season 3 return date: February 10, 2013
  • Season 4 return date: February 9, 2014
  • Season 5 return date: February 8, 2015
  • Season 6 return date: February 14, 2016
  • Season 7 return date: February 12, 2017
  • Season 8 return date: February 25, 2018
  • Season 9 return date: February 10, 2019

The release date for season 10, episode nine is not until Sunday, February 23.

This means only season eight returned later in the year than season 10.

While show bosses are keeping spoilers and leaks well under wraps, AMC has released a promo for the second half of the series to tease what’s in store.

Gamma (Thora Birch) has built up quite a relationship with Aaron (Ross Marquand) this series.

This looks set to continue in 10B as she arrives at Alexandria to tell the group about Daryl (Norman Reedus) and co being trapped by Alpha (Samantha Morton).

In the promo, fans also get a glimpse at the group as they try to escape the cave they found themselves trapped in by Alpha in the midseason finale.

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There also appears to be tough times ahead for Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) who stabbed Dante to death in episode eight.

Gabriel’s problems don’t stop with the guilt he feels but even more so when his girlfriend Rosita (Christian Serratos) leans in for a kiss with Eugene (Josh McDermitt).

Elsewhere, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) appears to be integrating himself into the Whisperers even further in the second half of season 10.

He appears to inform Alpha about Gamma’s betrayal – but how will it all come to a head?

TWD fans will have to tune in in February to find out.

The Walking Dead season 10 returns in February 2020.

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