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'Walking Dead' goes black and white on Valentine's Day

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Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon on "The Walking Dead."

Blood racing through the veins of a pounding heart. Clutching your lover (or dog, cat, beer, pillow -- take your pick) close as you snuggle on the couch. It's all very Valentine-y, no? "The Walking Dead" will be helping to set the mood on Thursday when AMC begins airing season one of the survival drama in romantic black and white.

Yes, yes, we know "Walking Dead" overflows with the guts and gore of zombies (and an unfortunate horse or two), but don't forget about the sweet reunion for Rick and Lori in season one, back when viewers still liked her. A then-saner Shane even stepped back -- albeit with a broken heart -- as he watched husband and wife reunite. Besides the clearly lovey-dovey scene, the scary bits can also drive viewers into one another's arms. (Guilty!) So romantic!

To celebrate the airing of season one in black and white, AMC shared an exclusive photo of Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) in the same color scheme. Sure, Merle didn't have any romantic scenes back then (or at all, for that matter), but enjoy anyway.

AMC will air the pilot and second episode beginning at 6:30 p.m. Episode three will kick off at the regular time of 8 p.m. Thursdays next week.

Valentine's Day also marks the kickoff of the network's Real Original Thursdays, a block of unscripted programs -- "Comic Book Men," "Freakshow" and "Immortalized" -- beginning at 9 p.m.

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