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‘The Walking Dead’ Officially Renewed for Season 9 With a New Showrunner

Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Walking Dead!  On Saturday, AMC confirmed that the hit series has officially been renewed for a ninth season but, there’s a catch.

Behind the scenes, there are some structural changes taking place.  Co-Executive Producer and long-time writer Angela Kang will be promoted to Showrunner for the 9th season.  Current Showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, will now be Chief Content Officer overseeing the entire Walking Dead franchise including both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead.

AMC boss Charlie Collier said today.

“This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe.  We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWDuniverse.  Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before. I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead.”

The series celebrated its monumental 100th episode last year at the start of the 8th season.  The mid-season finale delivered the biggest shock of all time when it revealed one of the main and original characters had suffered an untreatable bite from a walker.  How will the group deal with this devastating and surprising loss?  We’ll find out when The Walking Dead returns with all-new episodes on February 25th at 9 PM EST.

Are you pumped for the second half of season 8 and beyond?  Sound off in the comment section below!

 

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Source: Entertainment Weekly/Deadline

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