The Walking Dead, like the zombie apocalypse its story is about, will never end. Or, at least, it won’t end in the next year.
Ahead of its presentation today at the Television Critic’s Association, AMC has announced that The Walking Dead, the hit television show about grimy men with beards and the zombies that want to eat them, is being renewed for its ninth season.
No surprises there, but the announcement also comes with a shakeup behind the scenes. Scott M. Gimple, who has been The Walking Dead’s showrunner since 2013, is getting bumped up to Chief Creative Officer to oversee the entire Walking Dead universe, while writer and co-executive producer Angela Kang is getting promoted into the showrunner’s chair.
The announcement also teases more of what AMC is calling “potential brand extensions,” which could mean anything from games to more spinoffs.
“Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before,” Charlie Collier, president of AMC, said in a press release. So long as those dreams are about zombies, presumably.