With Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead winding down, the network announced today that the season finale on Sunday, March 29 will be 90 minutes long, starting at 9 PM ET, adding a half hour of zombie mayhem. While no official plot details have been released, Entertainment Weekly reports that Daryl (Norman Reedus) "finds himself in trouble while out on the run" and back in Alexandria, "Rick and his group continue to feel like outsiders as danger lurks near the gates."
The series finale of AMC's live after-show Talking Dead will debut directly after The Walking Dead's 90-minute season finale at 10:30 PM, with EW also teasing that host Chris Hardwick will "bid farewell to fallen characters." Granted, Talking Dead does have a regular "In Memoriam" segment, where they pay tribute to all of the "walkers" and other characters who passed away in The Walking Dead, but it's possible that there may be a main character or two who will not make it to Season 6.
The Season 5 finale will only be the show's third 90-minute episode, following the Season 1 and Season 2 premieres, so it's likely safe to assume that this will be a monumental episode. It's possible that the extra 30 minutes could be used to help set up the companion series Fear the Walking Dead, since the show is slated to debut later this year on AMC, but that's only speculation at this point. There are still five episodes left in Season 5, which continues this weekend with "Remember" on Sunday, March 1 at 9 PM ET on AMC.