The news is a no-brainer, of course. “The Walking Dead” remains TV’s No. 1 show among adults 18-49. Season 8 returns in late 2017 and also kicks off with the landmark 100th episode of the franchise.
As usual, Season 8’s 16 episodes will be paired with “Talking Dead,” hosted by Chris Hardwick.
AMC announced the renewal on Sunday via a special on-screen message at the beginning of a two-hour retrospective special, “The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far.” The seventh season of “The Walking Dead” premieres next Sunday at 9 p.m., followed by an expanded 90-minute episode of “Talking Dead” live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, featuring Hardwick, the cast members in Negan’s line-up, and Lucille.
“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring ‘The Walking Dead’ to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”