As if this comes as any surprise, AMC announced today that it has renewed its record-breaking hit The Walking Dead for a sixth season – which is kind of funny, since Season 5 hasn’t even started airing yet, let alone finished filming.
“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of The Walking Dead with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “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.”
Scott Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner/executive producer for Season 6 along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
The AMC series has been the No. 1 show on TV in adults 18-49 for the past two years and continues to break its own viewership records. Season 4 wrapped in March drawing 15.7 million viewers, up from the 12.4 million who watched the then-record-breaking Season 3 finale. The Season 4 premiere broke cable viewership records with 16.1 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49, and for the season Walking Dead averaged 13.3 million total viewers and 8.6 million adults 18-49, up 24% and 22%, respectively, over Season 3.
With no end in sight, and viewership continuing to increase, how many seasons do you think The Walking Dead will last? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.