AMC Renews The Walking Dead for Season 5

By Tim Surette

Oct 29, 2013

The world's biggest television series has been renewed for another season in what can only be described as a sound business decision for AMC. The Walking Dead will be back for Season 5. Yes, the same The Walking Dead whose Season 4 premiere drew more than 16 million viewers and the same The Walking Dead that just beat Sunday Night Football in the ratings a few days ago. In other words, we can probably pencil in The Walking Dead for another 29 seasons as well. 

But if you simply must have some semi-surprising news as well, new showrunner Scott Gimple will return as boss. Gimple took over for Glen Mazzara between Seasons 3 and 4, and Season 4 has gotten off to a fantastic start, showing improvement all across the board. The Walking Dead and AMC have a reputation for firing showrunners willy-nilly, with three showrunners (Frank Darabont, Mazzara, and Scott Gimple) in just four seasons.

AMC did not announce an episode count for Season 5, which could mean the network is considering going beyond the 16-episode order the show's had for the last two seasons. Or it could mean an intern forgot to add those details to the press release.

And one more thing, I have inside information that says Season 5 will include zombies.

Bonus reading: I not only reviewed this Sunday's episode "Isolation," I also tracked all the kills in its big zombie slaughter scene

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  • mi_tom Nov 05, 2013

    i am in for a life time...i will watch this as long as they make it.

  • alexandraburnell3 Nov 04, 2013

    Just wish Rick would quit making stupid decisions or get killed. I'm fed up with them getting rid of the strong female characters.

  • mi_tom Nov 05, 2013

    don't think so rick made the right decision....he knows what he does.

  • Mysterv Oct 30, 2013

    No Brainer.

  • Phoenix8686 Oct 30, 2013

    Please forgive my perversion. But look at dat ass bounce in the gif.

    Anyway no surprises here.

  • anacletoagent Oct 30, 2013

    As long as they keep pulling in ratings like that, they can keep going forever, specially considering the show's characters are always on the verge of death. If anyone from the cast wants to leave the project...well, the writers can get creative. All characters in TWD are expendable.

  • LucaMaltaglia Oct 30, 2013

    Totally didn't expect that! woow! :P
    (even AMC president made fun of that)

  • Air-man77 Oct 30, 2013

    One word for that: Amazing!

  • current Oct 30, 2013

    Someone call PETA For Zombies Sake PLEASE!

  • sleepy-sonic Oct 30, 2013

    With this kind ratings who can blame them.

  • smithinjapan Oct 30, 2013

    It is amazing how far TV has come. The Walking Dead is definitely the best series. I love that they have taken the obvious 'walking dead' as a metaphor for those still alive -- especially given the 'flu' that's going around. I find myself pretty depressed come Monday because Sunday is done -- the best day for television.

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