Just ahead of the Season 7 premiere of AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD, the blockbuster post-apocalyptic series based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman, has been renewed for an eighth season. The news came as the network was airing a retrospective episode of the show on Sunday night.
The network also announced the renewal of the Chris Hardwick-hosted The Talking Dead live recap show (incidentally Hardwick’s @Midnight was renewed by Comedy Central last week). The eighth season will see the show reaching an important milestone – its 100th episode, which will be its premiere – with 16-episodes in total.
The show stars Andrew Lincoln as police officer Rick Grimes who, after waking from a coma in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, fights the living and the dead in an effort to keep his son safe while leading a group of survivors through the terrifying new world. Season 6 ended with the arrival of the villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) – a popular character from the comics – and what an arrival it was: Negan proceeded to kill one of the core members of Rick’s group, though the identity of the victim remains an open question, one that is expected to be answered in next Sunday’s Season 7 premiere.
Last week, AMC unveiled “A Look Ahead” promo spot for Season 7.
The show has earned massive ratings for AMC over its successful six seasons, breaking viewership records and serving as a flagship program for the network as critical favorites Mad Men and Breaking Bad left the air. Season 7 premieres on Sunday, October 23 with an episode written by showrunner Scott Gimple.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor