In the wake of Sunday’s much discussed, cliff-hanger of an episode, AMC announced that it has renewed The Walking Dead, the #1 rated show amongst television viewers age 18-49, for a seventh season. Additionally Talking Dead, the live after-show hosted by Nerdist CEO Chris Hardwick and arguably the catalyst that launched the after-show craze, has been renewed for a sixth season.
“Thank goodness someone had a Magic 8-Ball with them in our many long internal meetings about these renewals. When, on the third shake, ‘without a doubt’ filled the murky blue screen, we knew we had to proceed with new seasons of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Talking Dead,’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “All joking aside, we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged. We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. The result: More Walking and Talking. Hooray.”
Scott Gimple is set to return as showrunner for season seven and will continue to serve as executive producer alongside Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
Of course, you’re much better off working behind the camera when it comes to job security on The Walking Dead. The show has repeatedly proven to have no qualms about killing off its primary cast members – even the most beloved ones, as the end of Sunday’s episode suggests. It’s pretty safe to assume that Andrew Lincoln will stick around as the series’ main protagonist Rick Grimes, and it would be a shame to see Carl Grimes’s, played by Chandler Riggs, young life cut short, especially after the T.V. series spared the life of his baby sister Judith, who (spoilers) was killed shortly after she was born in the comics. Norman Reedus’s face is on too many T-shirts and lunch boxes as Daryl Dixon for me to believe that he’s getting killed off any time soon, but other than that, anyone is fair game to be the latest victim of the incessant onslaught of Walkers.
Who do you think will return in October 2016 when season seven premieres? Who do you want to survive season six?