Walking Dead Renewed for Season 8

Michael Ausiello

AMC is jumping the gun on another year of The Walking Dead, ordering an eighth season of the zombie smash one week before the debut of Season 7.

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Additionally, the Chris Hardwick-hosted companion series Talking Dead has also been picked up for another season.

Walking Dead Season 8 — which will once again consist of 16 episodes — will launch in Fall 2017 with the series’ 100th episode. Scott M. Gimple will return as showrunner.

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Borrowing a phrase from Lucille-wielding Negan, AMC president Charlie Collier cracked, “Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” before adding, “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.”

The Walking Dead‘s seventh season kicks off next Sunday at 9/8c.

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