AMC Officially Renews The Walking Dead For Season 5, Confirms Showrunner

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Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead will be glad to hear, you can expect the zombies to stay hungry for another year. 

We’ve passed our The Walking Dead recap duties over to Geekosystem this season (have you been reading them?) but have certainly been keeping up on the latest news. This time, it’s the official renewal announcement.

“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,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. “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 nonsports 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 Hollywood Reporter notes Season 4 ratings hikes, “The recent season four premiere drew 16.1 million viewers and a 8.3 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day viewing alone. Within three days of DVR use, the episode became the biggest non-sports broadcast in cable history with 20.2 million viewers.”

Not bad, and certainly a boost for current showrunner, Scott Gimple. But has Robert Kirkman’s comic adaptation finally found someone they can live with for more than a season or so? Yes. AMC said Gimple will return as showrunner for Season 5.

While Season 4 plays out, we’re still waiting to hear what Other Walking Dead, the officially announced spin-off, will entail. Last we heard, they didn’t actually have a concept yet.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."