'The Walking Dead' Renewed for Season Eight
If the news surprises you, then I'm not sure what to say. The Walking Dead has been given a renewal for an eighth season by AMC, which will air presumably about a year from now, as season 7 kicks off next Sunday.
The eighth season will, as has been the norm since season 3, return with a sixteen-episode order. It will kick off with the 100th episode. That will suit the show just fine, as it is notable the show tends to pull out all the stops for its premiere and finale (almost exclusively).
Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick's aftershow, will also return to accompany the new episodes in 2017 and going into 2018. Whether or not the show is your kind of thing, or you think it has earned it, it's an accomplishment nevertheless for a series to be going strong into its seventh and eighth season with no end in sight, for better or worse. It's structure and story allow for changes to the status quo that can ensure the show remains fresh.
“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” said AMC boss Charlie Collier. “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 fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”