The Walking Dead season 8

The Walking Dead returns in February with an extended episode

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Jan 25, 2018, 4:08 PM EST (Updated)

Spoiler alert! If you are not caught up with The Walking Dead, you may want to turn back. Or just catch up with our handy-dandy recap.

When The Walking Dead returns from hiatus, it will get a jumbo-sized episode. The show usually runs for 60 minutes (with commercials), but when the midseason returns, it will be with an 82-minute episode. That's like 168 percent more zombies! (We can't do math.)

This will be Chandler Riggs' swan song with the show. The series veteran, who plays Rick's son Carl, has seen the end. In the final minutes of Episode 8, Carl revealed that he had been bitten by a zombie. Death is imminent — but he did not die in that last episode. Carl is getting a major send-off in the Feb. 25 episode.

This took many people by surprise. Carl is still alive in the comic books, and has major storylines. Series and comic creator Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly, however, that this won't create a problem.

“There are big, huge stories coming up that you might think will be massively altered because of the absence of Carl,” he said. “But we have known these story lines have been coming for years. There are plans in place to make it all work. The loss of Carl doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re going to be losing big swaths of the comic book story. It means that there will be some differences to them.”

Riggs also promises that Carl will leave behind a lasting legacy, noting that he’s "turned out to be a really well-shaped leader."

The Walking Dead returns to finish its eighth season on Feb. 25 on AMC.

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