Michael Ausiello
August 11, 2009 AT 07:44 PM EDT

Zach Gilford has scored more playing time on Friday Night Lights. Sources confirm to me exclusively that the actor’s season 4 farewell arc as Matt has been expanded from five to seven episodes.

According to my Panthers mole, Gilford’s run will likely fall during the first half of FNL‘s 13-episode fourth season, which premieres on DirecTV Oct. 28 with an episode directed by series creator Peter Berg.

Does this news make you more or less pumped for FNL‘s new season? I pretty much know the answer to that question but I figured I’d ask it anyway. Oh, and this seems like a good time to plug my recent interview with Gilford’s FNL leading lady, Aimee Teegarden (below). There’s some good Matt-Julie stuff in it!

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