Season seven doesn’t even start airing until next week, but that hasn’t stopped network AMC renewing its zombie-apocalyptic ratings winner The Walking Dead for another series already, and its partner programme, talk show The Talking Dead, has been renewed too.
Season eight, consisting of 16 episodes, is thought to premiere late next year and open with the drama’s 100th episode.
In a statement, AMC president Charlie Collier said of the shows’ renewal:
“Eeny, meeny, miny, more. What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”
Despite ratings slipping a little last season, The Walking Dead remains considerably ahead of its TV rivals, and while a viewing record was set during season five, season six still averaged 13.5 million viewers. The season six finale also ended on a cliffhanger, leaving fans wondering which one of the much loved characters on the show met their demise at the hands of Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Season seven of The Walking Dead premieres next Sunday in the US at 9pm.