AMC is really getting ahead of itself where The Walking Dead is concerned — and who can blame them?
With the show’s fifth season set to premiere on Sunday, the cabler has already renewed its zombie smash for a sixth season.
Scott M. Gimple will continue on as showrunner.
“We could not be more excited for October 12 as we share new episodes of The Walking Dead with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier in a statement. “In advance of Sunday’s Season 5 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.”
The pickup comes as AMC is set to expand its Walking Dead franchise with a spinoff (the network formally ordered a pilot last month).