It’s good news for zombie fans as AMC have announced they’ve renewed The Walking Dead for a ninth season. The series will take on a new showrunner as Scott Gimple steps down from the role and moves on to be Chief Content Officer for the Walking Dead universe, including Fear the Walking Dead. Angela Kang, who has been a writer with the show since 2011, will stand as showrunner in his place and said in a statement her fangirl dream has come true.
She said: ‘I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead. ‘Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me.’ Season eight started with the 100th episode and saw its All Out War story come to a dramatic climax. Now season nine will kick off with episode 116, and will watch Rick Grimes and his team battle it out with the Saviors.
A premiere date for season nine is most likely to be revealed in July at the San Diego Comic Con, along with a trailer. Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, promised to dream bigger and more broadly than ever before with the new season. He said: ‘This is an enormously important day for the entire ‘The Walking Dead’ television universe.
‘We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. ‘Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe.’
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