The Zombie apocalypse is far from over. AMC has renewed their flagship drama The Walking Dead for an eighth season, the network announced last night during a special two-hour retrospective.
This eighth season renewal, which is for a further sixteen episodes, further extends the run of AMC’s longest-running original drama and comes a week before the seventh season is set to premiere on both AMC in the United States and FOX channels across the world, including the UK.
“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” said, AMC President Charlie Collier, referring to the final line spoken by Negan in the season six finale. “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 follows a group of people, led by deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, who are attempting to survive after an outbreak has led to the rise of the undead (known colloquially as walkers). The opening episode of the show’s seventh season is poised to pick up from the season six finale and reveal which member of Rick’s group was murdered by Negan.
Based on the graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman, the drama series is produced by AMC Studios and stars Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Khary Payton.