The zombies aren’t going anywhere. On Friday AMC announced that “The Walking Dead” was renewed for a seventh season. The hit series, starring Andrew Lincoln and Rick Grimes,” is currently three episodes deep in its sixth season.
The pickup means that "The Walking Dead" will be returning for Season 7 in Fall 2016. "Talking Dead," hosted by Chris Hardwick, was also renewed. The renewal will mark the sixth season of the fan-favorite talk show.
“Thank goodness someone had a Magic 8-Ball with them in our many long internal meetings about these renewals. When, on the third shake, ‘without a doubt’ filled the murky blue screen, we knew we had to proceed with new seasons of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Talking Dead,’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “All joking aside, we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged. We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. The result: More Walking and Talking. Hooray.”
The renewal comes less than a week after "The Walking Dead's" shocking episode 3 conclusion. Fans were left with their jaws on the ground after watching Glenn (Steven Yeun) get knocked into a horde of walkers. While the situation looks grim, viewers are holding heated debates about whether or not the character, who has been on the show since Season 1, could have possibly died. The episode, titled "Thank You," raked in 18.2 million viewers.
This isn't the only exciting news that fans of "The Walking Dead" received this week. AMC also announced that star Norman Reedus is getting his own unscripted reality show, tentatively titled "Ride With Norman Reedus." The series will follow the 46-year-old actor as he explores motorcycle culture across the country.
Meanwhile, each week viewers are tuning in for the "Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462" webseries. The webseries, which airs online and during commercials of "The Walking Dead" Season 6, is about a zombie outbreak on an airplane. One of the characters from "Flight 462" will be incorporated into Season 2 of "Fear the Walking Dead" when it returns in 2016.