‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed for a Fifth Season by AMC

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Rick and Daryl in The Walking Dead The Walking Dead Renewed for a Fifth Season by AMC

The Walking Dead has occasionally wavered in quality during its past seasons, with the plot sometimes dragging along far too slowly, but so far the fourth season is off to a gripping start. Without giving away major spoilers for those who aren’t caught up yet, the last three episodes alone have featured plenty of zombie action, some brutal human-on-human violence, a worryingly high death count and the introduction of a brand new threat that’s dangerous enough to wipe out every single survivor in the prison.

Numbers are just as important as reviews, however, and in this area The Walking Dead continues to be a flagship show for AMC. The show broke all its previous records when an updated total of 20.2 million viewers tuned in for the season 4 premiere earlier this month. It didn’t take long for these ratings to impact upon AMC’s future plans for the show.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, AMC announced today that The Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season, with Scott Gimple returning as showrunner and comic book author Robert Kirkman maintaining his executive producer role, along with Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. AMC president Charlie Collier made with announcement with the following statement:

“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season. This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”

The Walking Dead season 4 zombie The Walking Dead Renewed for a Fifth Season by AMC

Like the zombies that lend their name to it, The Walking Dead is going to be a tough show to ever kill off, and earlier this year AMC Networks CEO Josh Kaplan said that he expects the show will still be around in 2022. Striking all the right chords of drama, horror and gore, The Walking Dead may well continue in the spirit of the comic book series, which has already been running for over a decade.

Last month AMC also announced that a companion series to The Walking Dead is currently in development and is set to air in 2015. The spin-off would feature entirely new characters and be separate from the comic book fans, so even those familiar with the source material would have a hard time guessing what might happen next.

Today has been a big day for announcements related to The Walking Dead; over in gaming news, Telltale Games today revealed the first trailer for the second season of The Walking Dead video game, with fan-favorite character Clementine returning to the dangerous world of post-zombie outbreak America. Meanwhile, issue #116 of Kirkman’s comic book series is set for release on November 13th.


The Walking Dead continues next Sunday with ‘Indifference’ @9pm on AMC.

Source: AMC

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  1. Awesome!!!

  2. expected

  3. …./acts completely shocked. -.-

  4. Rock on. They deserved it in my opinion. I just hope that they don’t drag too much of the same.

    • the theme of the show will never change, so eventually it’s going to get repetitive. And there also catching up with the comic somewhat so there’s that.

  5. expects to be still running by 2022!?

    • 2022 is a bit far but i expect it will be on air for at least another 5 years.

    • Well, it’s one of those shows where you can actually wipe-out the entire leading cast and start off fresh with a completely new one. I admit, that has to be hard on the seasonal contract negotiations.

  6. this is shocking news… shocking….

  7. It actually will be shocking news to some of the posters over on the weekly episode review site who are predicting an early cancellation for the series based on their not liking the show (they give it one more season tops). They seem oblivious to the reality of the fact that it has become increasingly popular with each new season.

    • I think the fact there are viewing parties and people huddle with family members plays big in the increase. everyone has their favorites and become invested in their journey. this season’s deepened effort into character building should serve to further viewer interest and ties. I’ve also heard the same concerning the governor’s personal arc and makes sense considering the creators knew where they were taking him from before the third season.

  8. I am just shocked, LOL. I expected it after the ratings for the 1st episode this season. The ratings went down to normal now but it’s still an impressive number. I am actually more excited that Gimple is expected to continue being the showrunner for next season as well. So far the show has had some issues here and there but overall it’s done great and deserves another season. I saw an article last night that said they got to see some of the Governors work this season and they were pretty impressed with this years version of the guy (more in line of what the comic people expected)

  9. Has AMC sent Netflix a thank you card yet?
    Just like Breaking Bad owed a thank you to Netflix I feel the same goes for TWD and a lot of other series. Having all the episodes streaming helps people between seasons catch up on a show that they have heard a lot about but haven’t seen yet.
    Heck, it’s even another source of income outside of the usual advertising and merchandise dollars so it’s a win win for the network because Netflix pays them for the rights…
    I’m not trying to knock the show because no matter how people watch they wouldn’t stick around if it was bad and I like TWD more now than ever before but if this were 5-6 years ago before streaming the numbers would be different and I don’t think you can argue with that.

  10. come one… end it already… it draggy and boring with each episode.. like day time soap drama…

    • Keep it coming. Riveting suspense, quality human drama, tv’s most entertaining hour. You can easily end it for yourself. DON’T WATCH.

  11. “Like the zombies that lend their name to it, The Walking Dead is… ”

    Actually, I believe the title “The Walking Dead” refers to the survivors, not the zombies.

    The survivors are “The Walking Dead” because even though they are still walking around, they are emotionally dead inside from utter demoralization.

    And if that isn’t enough, they are also already infected, probably through airborne transmissions, even if they haven’t been bitten.

    Then again, one could reasonably argue that the title is deliberately ambiguous, and refers to both the survivors and the zombies. The survivors are emotionally dead but still walking. The zombies are brain dead but still walking.