It should come as no surprise when I tell you that AMC has renewed the hugely popular zombie apocalypse series The Walking Dead for a fifth season.
The Season 4 Premiere of The Walking Dead brought in over 16 million viewers, besting the Season 3 Finale episode ‘Welcome to the Tombs’, the series’ previous ratings record holder.
As part of the press release, AMC announced the showrunner Scott Gimple will return for the fifth season. Should he remain in place, he will be the longest running showrunner the series has had. Both Frank Darabont and Glen Mazzara served in that capacity for about a season and a half a piece.
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.”
Things have gotten even more perilous this season with new threat, one that they can’t kill with a kitana or a crossbow. A sickness has spread throughout the prison that inevitably causes people to pass and turn into zombies, feasting on their fellow prison residents.
In addition to Season 5 of The Walking Dead, AMC is also in the initial stages of developing a companion series for the show. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert will serve as Executive Producers on the Project.