The Walking Dead Renewed for Season Six Before Season Five Even Starts
They're certainly not lacking for confidence. AMC announced today that they have renewed zombie hit The Walking Dead for a sixth season, to be aired in 2015-2016.
Although it seems early, it makes sense that AMC would put all of their eggs in the Walking Dead basket, especially considering the recent demise of Breaking Bad and the upcoming end of Mad Men. As a result, The Walking Dead is their last tentpole series, and it helps that the show always kills it in the ratings. Last season, it was the top rated show among the 18-49 demographic, and broke multiple ratings records. So needless to say, it's not quite as ballsy as the Star Wars Rebels renewal, which came a day before the show's first season had premiered.
Scott Gimple will return as showrunner (the only showrunner to last more than two seasons) for season six, and executive producers Robert Kirkman (who wrote the comics on which the show is based), Gale Ann Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse will also return.
AMC also recently ordered the pilot for a Walking Dead spin-off series that will follow a different group of survivors in another part of the world battling the same zombie plague.
Look out for our coverage of the premiere of The Walking Dead season five, which will premiere this Sunday at 9 pm.