While a return never really seemed to be in doubt, The Walking Dead fans can breathe a little easier as AMC will allow the zombie apocalypse continue for another year. According to EW, the network has officially renewed the series for a ninth season which will as usual run in the last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019.
The highly-rated series is always about change, as characters and locations have changed greatly over the years, and the new season will see some big change.
Since losing two showrunners early on in the run, the show has seen some stability with Scott M. Gimple in the role since season three but that will no longer be the case with season nine. Longtime series writer & co-executive producer Angela Kang has been promoted to showrunner for season nine while Gimple has signed a new deal that makes him the chief content officer overseeing the Walking Dead franchise, which includes the main series and its companion Fear the Walking Dead.
Other changes coming include the fact that Lenny James Morgan departs the main series at the end of season 8 to leap over to the upcoming fourth season of Fear and the upcoming departure of one of the big main cast members at the start of season 8’s second half.
That second half of season 8 returns for a 9 episode run on February 25.