AMC Announces Return Dates for The Killing and Mad Men, Supersizes The Walking Dead Season 3

Rosie Larsen’s killer — whoever you are — consider yourself officially on notice.

AMC has announced the Season 2 premiere date for The Killing, which will pick up the Larsen case as well as delve into a new mystery starting Sunday, April 1, at 8/7c with a two-hour opener. That pits the rain-drenched cop drama against the Season 2 premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones (at 9 pm).

The Killing Season 3 Gets Help from Desperate Housewives Baddie

At the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, AMC’s VP of programming Joel Stillerman confirmed reports that Rosie’s killer would be unmasked in the show’s Season 2 finale. He also confessed that the network didn’t sufficiently manage expectations with regard to extending the mystery beyond Season 1.

The cabler also officially confirmed that which Jon Hamm let slip during a recent podcast interview: Mad Men‘s long-delayed Season 5 will launch on Sunday, March 25 at 9 pm, with a two-hour premiere.

Blind Item: Who’s Walking Off The Walking Dead?

For Walking Dead fans, there was news to be had as well when AMC held court at Saturday’s Television Critics Association press tour: Season 3 of the acclaimed zombie drama, which was ordered back in October, will consist of 16 episodes (versus the current cycle’s 13). All together now: Mooooore braaaainssssss!

The Walking Dead resumes its sophomore run on Sunday, Feb. 12. AMC will marathon Season 1’s half-dozen episodes on Saturday, Feb. 11 starting at 8 pm, then encore all of Season 2 to date on Sunday starting at 1:30 pm, leading into the new installment.