The Walking Dead Renewed for 5th Season!

The cast of season 3 pose for a silly behind-the-scenes photo.

AMC announced recently, to no one’s surprise, that The Walking Dead has been renewed for a 5th season. The fourth season premiere drew a horde (haha, see what I did there) of viewers, breaking the record for any non-sports cable telecast and totaling over 32 million viewers (just be thankful this horde isn’t made up of walkers).

“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,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “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.”

Many showrunners and producers will be returning for the 5th season, including Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. AMC also announced that a companion show based on new characters from Robert Kirkman is currently under development, though no other specifics have yet been released.