Walking Dead "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on October 12. Photo: AMC

“The Walking Dead” is taking over San Diego Comic-Con this week. The highly anticipated convention is running from July 24- 27, and the hit AMC show has released its Season 5 banner ahead of Friday's panel.

The 2014 Comic-Con banner was release by the network on Monday. The first Season 5 promo poster features series regulars Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan). Fans will also be surprised to see Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), one of the newer additions to the cast, made the cut.  All the characters can be seen handcuffed inside the Terminus train car that Gareth and the other Termites locked them inside at the end of the Season 4 finale. While no premiere date for the new season is indicated on the banner, it does say viewers can expect the series to return to AMC in October 2014.

“The Walking Dead” Comic-Con panel will take place in Hall H on Friday at 12:20 p.m. PDT. The cast will be in attendance, along with showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero. “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick is the moderator.

Fans of the show can get the full “Walking Dead” experience through exciting booths and contest opportunities. Check out the full list for “The Walking Dead” at San Diego Comic-Con below (Click HERE for map):

-“The Walking Dead” exclusive guitars by Artist Series Guitar will be on display at the 5th Avenue entrance at the Hard Rock Hotel.

-The official “Walking Dead” booth is #4237.

-“The Walking Dead” T-shirts, bags and belts will be available to purchase at Stylin’ Online booths #5029, #5545 and #415.

-Visit Anchor Bay Booth #4037 to preorder Season 4 BluRay Limited Edition of “The Walking Dead.” Limited Edition copy features the prison key, soundtrack and Comic-Con exclusive sheriff badge.

-Her Universe Booth #2913 will have “Anatomy of the Dead” tank tops available for purchase.

-The Hallmark Booth #2913H will provide sneak peeks at “Walking Dead’ greeting cards and ornaments.

-Insight Editions Booth #1318 has a “Walking Dead” poster book available for purchase.

-The McFarlane Booth #2729 has a first look at figures and building sets for “Walking Dead” fans.

-Michonne Pet Zombie figure toys from ThreeZero are available at the Diamond Booth #2401.

-Gentle Giant Booth #3513 will allow you to personalize “Walking Dead” figures, statues, busts and prop replicas with a 3DMe scanning system.

-“The Walking Dead" T-shirts are available at Gold Label Booth #4116.

-Funk Booth #5343 has exclusive San Diego Comic-Con Hershel POP! Figures … with a removable head.

-Autograph sessions will take place on Friday, July 25, at “The Walking Dead” Booth #4237.

- “The Walking Dead’s” BBQ allows fans to “Tweet to Eat” for a chance to gain access to the BBQ event on July 25 or 26. [Click HERE for more info on how to enter.]

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