Walking Dead "The Walking Dead" was renewed for a sixth season by AMC. Photo: AMC

The zombie apocalypse won't be over any time soon. AMC has announced it's renewed “The Walking Dead” for Season 6 with Scott Gimple staying on board as showrunner. The news comes just days before Season 5’s premiere on Sunday.

AMC President Charlie Collier released the following statement to TV Line:

“We could not be more excited for October 12 as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe. In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”

Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” is set to pick up after the Season 4 cliffhanger that left Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group locked up in a train car at Terminus. The synopsis for the new season teases that viewers will learn the “true motives of the people of Terminus,” and see how their story connects to the “hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C.”

But that’s not the only thing that “Walking Dead” fans have to look forward to. As we reported in early September, AMC officially ordered the pilot episode for “The Walking Dead” companion series. The new show will feature a brand new cast and will be set in a location apart from Georgia. A leaked cast list potentially sets the spinoff series in Dodge City, Kansas.

Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” will premiere on AMC on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. EDT. Are you excited about the Season 6 renewal news? Tweet your thoughts to @AmandaTVScoop.