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The Walking Dead renewed for eighth season

The Walking Dead

Story by Jack Foley

ZOMBIE drama The Walking Dead has been renewed for an eighth season.

AMC announced the decision a week before season seven premieres with the franchise’s most highly anticipated episode yet.

Season six of the series ended on a massive cliffhanger as newly introduced villain Negan (played by new series regular Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was on the verge of killing at least one of 11 core characters lined up before him.

In announcing the news, AMC President Charlie Collier even nodded to Negan’s famous line from the comics (and that season finale) by saying: “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.”

Season eight will almost certainly debut in October 2017 and will kick off with The Walking Dead‘s landmark 100th episode.

Also confirmed for renewal is Chris Hardwick-hosted after-show Talking Dead.

The renewal for The Walking Dead is not really a surprise given its continued popularity with viewers. It continues to be the No. 1 show on TV among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic – a position it has held for the past four seasons.

Season seven debuts on Sunday, October 23 in the US and can be seen on the Fox Channel in the UK.

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