AMC has handed out a seventh season renewal to ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead, the network announced on Friday. Sixteen episodes have been ordered for season seven, which is set to premiere next fall.
Today’s renewal had long been expected, even despite the slight drop in ratings that The Walking Dead has suffered this season, especially as the franchise, including prequel Fear, is still a huge commodity for AMC. Alongside renewing TWD, the network has also picked up companion series The Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, for another season.
“Thank goodness someone had a Magic 8-Ball with them in our many long internal meetings about these renewals. When, on the third shake, ‘without a doubt’ filled the murky blue screen, we knew we had to proceed with new seasons of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Talking Dead,’” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.
“All joking aside, we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged”, he continued. “We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. The result: More Walking and Talking. Hooray.”