And now for the least shocking news of the fall TV season: The Walking Dead has been renewed.
AMC announced on Friday – just in time for Halloween – that the zombie drama will return for a seventh season next October. The show has been killing it in the Nielsens; it’s the No. 1 series on TV among 18-to-49-year-olds, and the Oct. 25 episode drew a whopping 18.2 million viewers (with 12 million of them coming in that key demographic).
The network also renewed Talking Dead, the aftershow hosted by Chris Hardwick that joined the line-up for Walking Dead’s second season. The last Talking episode drew 7.3 million viewers and is a top-10 show in the 18-to-49 demo.
“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,’” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. “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.”