The show is unsurprisingly set to make a return for season 9.
In some unsurprising news, 'The Walking Dead' has been renewed for a ninth season at AMC. Though it's something the majority of viewers expected, there are some big changes happening behind-the-scenes that nobody predicted, with current showrunner Scott Gimple moving from his role on the series to the new one of Chief Content Officer for the 'Walking Dead' franchise. This includes spin-off show 'Fear The Walking Dead' and any other extensions of the series that may happen in the future.
Ross Marquand stars as Aaron in 'The Walking Dead'
That means there's a position for a new showrunner during the ninth season, and that's something writer Angela Kang will be stepping into. As a writer on the show since 2011, Kang picked up a co-executive producer role in 2013, and again now expands on her work for the series.
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The franchise creator stands by Scott Gimple.
'The Walking Dead' once again saw huge controversy in its season 8 midseason finale, when longrunning character Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) showed off a zombie bite on his abdomen, signalling his time on the series coming to an end. Though he hadn't succumbed fully to the wound by the end of the midseason episode, it was confirmed that there is no way to save Carl, and he would be dying in the very near future when the series made its return.
Robert Kirkman promises the future will pay off despite Carl's death
The decision - made by showrunner Scott Gimple - was one that set a very vocal portion of the fan base into a rampage, even setting up an online petition demanding that Gimple was sacked from the entire franchise. Of course, AMC and those working behind-the-scenes stood alongside Gimple, not warranting the survey with any sort of official response.
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He doesn't think it's down to the show becoming irrelevant.
Though it's delivering some of the biggest twists and turns the show has ever seen, AMC's zombie apocalypse series 'The Walking Dead' is still suffering from declining ratings in America, with numbers going down week on week and the action-packed episodes failing to bring the high ratings of seasons gone by back to the network.
David Alpert has a positive outlook on declining ratings
Now, don't get us wrong, 'The Walking Dead' is still one of the most successful shows on television, but when it averaged an incredible 18 million viewers back in season 6, but went into a midseason finale with just 12.13 million total viewers in the current eighth season, there's something not quite right.
The American showrunner has made enemies of fans following a twist in 'The Walking Dead'.
The season 8 midseason finale of 'The Walking Dead' earlier this month saw a huge twist in the story, deviating wildly from the comic books on which the show is based once more in a move that nobody saw coming.
Scott Gimple serves as showrunner on 'The Walking Dead'
It was an episode that saw a number of big moments, but one in particular - and, if you've not yet seen the episode, turn back now - saw Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) reveal a zombie bite to his abdomen, signalling that he would be leaving the series in the near future.
The season 8 midseason finale saw a huge twist that nobody saw coming.
'The Walking Dead' went through one of its biggest changes to-date during the midseason finale of season 8, with one leading character clearly written out of the future of the show because of a zombie bite to their abdomen. It was a move that nobody saw coming and a clear deviation from the path of the comic book series, in which the character still exists to this day.
Andrew Lincoln takes on the lead role of Rick Grimes in 'The Walking Dead'
The character we're talking about is Carl Grimes, played in the series since the very start by young actor Chandler Riggs who, in June of this year celebrated his 18th birthday. Carl has never been a fan-favourite character who appeals to the masses in the show, but viewers were beginning to think he may one day take over as leader of the survivors in the series, placing their bets on Andrew Lincoln's character and Carl's father Rick dying, rather than his son.
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The series will be waving goodbye to one of its original characters.
'The Walking Dead' will be going through one of the biggest shifts in the shows history, it's been revealed, as a major character was revealed to have been bitten by a zombie, which will surely bring their time on the show to a screeching halt in the very near future.
Rick and Carl in the fourth season of 'The Walking Dead'
Distracting The Saviors so that his fellow survivors in Alexandria could escape an attack, Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) let his guard down for a split second, leading to him being the victim of a zombie bite after months of battling them and becoming a fully-fledged hero in the undead apocalypse.
Eugene's still in the show, but for how long is anybody's guess...
When Josh McDermitt first made an appearance in 'The Walking Dead' as the rambling and socially awkward Eugene Porter, many fans felt sorry for the character. Now though, having left Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) group of survivors and now working under Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) alongside The Saviors, it's hardy to find sympathy for the man who has consistently sold his friends down the river.
Josh McDermitt has opened up about how he wants Eugene to die
In the future, it's clear that Eugene will eventually succumb to the zombie apocalypse taking over the land. Whether he's killed off by a zombie or a fellow survivor of the traumatic event remains to be seen, but it doesn't seem likely that there's end-game for the character.
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The reveal will be made on 'Talking Dead' following this week's episode of 'The Walking Dead'.
Earlier this year, 'The Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman announced that a character from either the original television series or its sister show, 'Fear The Walking Dead' would be crossing over to the other series in an undisclosed capacity. Though the rumours had in the past come thick and fast surrounding a crossover, the idea was always shut down by show bosses, so it came as somewhat of a surprise when Kirkman revealed that a crossover would indeed be going ahead.
Exactly which character and from which show will be making the jump remains to be seen, but the reveal is something that's now right around the corner. In fact, AMC announced that the unveiling would be taking place on this week's edition of 'Talking Dead' on their Twitter account, in a message you can see below:
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The show's in the midst of an 'All Out War' between Team Rick and Team Negan.
Fans of 'The Walking Dead' have been treated to three action-packed episodes of the series since the show's eighth season debuted in October, and it looks as if that's something that will continue into the foreseeable future, as showrunners have had to nearly double the running time of this season's upcoming midseason finale.
Norman Reedus stars as Daryl Dixon in the long-running AMC series
Usually, episodes will last around 42 minutes, but instead of that usual hour (including adverts), the midseason finale will be 88 minutes in the United States, including adverts. We imagine the reasoning behind the added time will be revealed in due course, but in the past midseason finales have included many twists, turns, deaths and a lot of destruction. With 'All Out War' taking place between Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) band of survivors and Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) loyal group of Saviors, that's something we imagine will crop up once more.
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The series' eighth season got off to an explosive start.
When it comes to 'The Walking Dead', the fan base can certainly agree on one thing - Gregory (Xander Berkeley) is a weasel. Having left Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) for dead in the season 8 premiere of the AMC zombie apocalyptic series, stealing his car in the process and driving away from the chaotic scene, many wondered just where he'd end up. Now, fans can see that he's made his return to the Hilltop with his tail between his legs, begging for sanctuary from Maggie and the rest of the survivors that are housed there. You can check out the clip below:
From the preview, it's clear that Gregory expects Father Gabriel to be dead, as he instantly lies about his whereabouts, claiming he doesn't know what happened to the survivor. Whilst that could be the case, we last saw Gabriel locked up in a trailer with none other than the villainous Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who pretty much told him he could expect a rough ride from here on out.