"The Walking Dead" producer launched the AMC hit's San Diego Comic-Con panel Friday by announcing the start date for Season 2: 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.

"It picks up with about 5 seconds in overlap with the end of Season 1, with them driving away from the CDC" said creator-exec producer Frank Darabont "There's none of this bullshit 6-months-later stuff."

As you can see from the special trailer that was shown, it's going to be a bigger and badder Season 2. They showed the trailer twice, giving me chills both times. Check oput my Twitter feed @Showpatrol with hashtag #TWD #SDCC for my live-tweeting of the panel, and come back for more later.