This just in: AMC really likes “The Walking Dead,” though you probably knew that to be certain already.
Today, before the series even premieres on Sunday night for its fifth season, the network confirmed that they will be bringing back the zombie drama for at least one more season, with showrunner Scott Gimple seemingly staying on board. Here is what network president Charlie Collier has to say on the subject in a statement:
“We could not be more excited for Oct. 12 as we share new episodes of The Walking Dead with fans around the globe. In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who bring this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”
There was no specific episode order announced, which does make us wonder whether or not the show could run for less than 16 episodes once its upcoming spin-off eventually joins the party. One other thing we wonder at present is whether or not we are nearing a key point for some of the actors on the show to decide their future. Typically, contracts run through the end of season 6 or 7, and this is the time when some could decide to walk away and do other things if they really wanted to. If we were them, though, we would try to use this to negotiate some sort of raise to stay on board.
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