After a long wait, The Walking Dead season 9 is now official over at AMC — and with a new showrunner to go along with it!
As first reported by Variety, Angela Kang, who has been with the show for the past seven years, has been officially named in charge of the zombie drama moving forward. Yet, this doesn’t mean that current showrunner Scott M. Gimple is leaving; instead, he’s being promoted to a new position known as “chief content officer” where he oversees both shows in the franchise. We like to think of the position as somewhat similar to the one Greg Berlanti holds across the Arrow-verse, where he contributes in some capacity, but is not in charge of much of the day-to-day work.
While The Walking Dead is clearly on a slow descent at the moment, AMC recognizes that there is still a lot of value in the property. It remains their most-watched and top-rated series and all signs suggest that the series could make it to season 10. Beyond that, though, the waters start to get a little bit murkier. Many cast members would need new deals and the longer the show lasts, the more expensive it will be to make. Also, who knows what the ratings at that point will be? One of the biggest challenges for The Walking Dead in the immediate future is convincing viewers that they should still watch after a super controversial decision to kill off the character Carl, who was enormously popular with most fans. (Technically Carl’s not dead yet, but all signs seem to suggest that the moment is coming.)
Kang becomes the fourth showrunner in the history of The Walking Dead. Frank Darabont first brought the series to the air and after that, he was replaced with Glen Mazzara. Meanwhile, Mazarra was later replaced with Gimple.
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