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The Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season

Oct. 29, 2013by: Alex Maidy

As fans continue to flock to AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, it seems almost unnecessary to announce that it will be returning for a new season. But, as most television shows can lose an audience quickly, and with AMC pondering a second WALKING DEAD series featuring an all-new cast and story, it seems cautious to make sure the numbers are still there.

So, three episodes in and record ratings compared to the prior three seasons and it is official: THE WALKING DEAD will be back for a fifth season! AMC President Charlie Collier made the following statement.

“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season. This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history.”

Despite losing multiple showrunners since the series premiere, AMC announced current showrunner Scott Gimple will be returning for the newly renewed show. Season 4 has presented the survivors with their deadliest threat, a virus, which they cannot control and has pitted them against each other. It remains to be seen exactly who will make it to the end of this season, but there are already some characters who are probably on the chopping block.

I enjoy THE WALKING DEAD and look forward to many years of the show. Hopefully other series will take a cue and deliver high quality horror and drama without sacrificing one for the other. THE WALKING DEAD airs Sundays on AMC.

Source: Deadline

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12:57PM on 10/30/2013
I'm loving the show. I know there were a lot of ppl angry with how season 3 ended, but I'm loving the contrast in story lines for S3 vs. S4. I like how last season it was all about defeating/overcoming external threats to building their sanctuary in the prison. Now in season 4 they have their home, but it's threatened to be destroyed from the inside out. I'm curious about who will survive the season too, I think it's safe to say Rick and Darryl are safe, but who else?
I'm loving the show. I know there were a lot of ppl angry with how season 3 ended, but I'm loving the contrast in story lines for S3 vs. S4. I like how last season it was all about defeating/overcoming external threats to building their sanctuary in the prison. Now in season 4 they have their home, but it's threatened to be destroyed from the inside out. I'm curious about who will survive the season too, I think it's safe to say Rick and Darryl are safe, but who else?
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6:14AM on 10/30/2013
I hope they get better writers.
I hope they get better writers.
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2:49AM on 10/30/2013
I LOVE the show, and am glad to hear it is renewed! I would welcome a new show based in the Walking Dead world, as long as it doesn't take anything away from the original show or spread the writing talent too thin. It would be cool if they introduced some celebrities into the show as themselves. They could do it as it was done in Zombieland with Bill Murray, but it doesn't have to be comedic. Christopher Walken, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger as themselves might be interesting. Maybe that would
I LOVE the show, and am glad to hear it is renewed! I would welcome a new show based in the Walking Dead world, as long as it doesn't take anything away from the original show or spread the writing talent too thin. It would be cool if they introduced some celebrities into the show as themselves. They could do it as it was done in Zombieland with Bill Murray, but it doesn't have to be comedic. Christopher Walken, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger as themselves might be interesting. Maybe that would take too much away from the show though.
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7:45PM on 10/29/2013
I already like season four much more than season three. Season three had a terrible season finale after a lot of good build up and the Governor wasn't as menacing as much as I thought he would be
I already like season four much more than season three. Season three had a terrible season finale after a lot of good build up and the Governor wasn't as menacing as much as I thought he would be
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2:42AM on 10/30/2013
I don't believe we have seen the last of the Governor.
I don't believe we have seen the last of the Governor.
7:37AM on 10/30/2013
I can see the Governor turning up in the closing moments of either the mid-season or season finale.
I can see the Governor turning up in the closing moments of either the mid-season or season finale.
9:28AM on 10/30/2013
It was awesome up until the finale & if the Gov. wasn't menacing I don't know the true meaning of the word.
It was awesome up until the finale & if the Gov. wasn't menacing I don't know the true meaning of the word.
12:53PM on 10/30/2013
I agree with what you're saying. But I think the writers have bigger plans for The Governor and we'll definitely be seeing him show up at some point during this season. My assumption is that the virus situation is over by mid-season and a new arch with the Governor shows up. Or at the mid-season mark, the group finds some hospital/med-zone and go there for supplies only to find out it's run by The Governor, something like that.
I agree with what you're saying. But I think the writers have bigger plans for The Governor and we'll definitely be seeing him show up at some point during this season. My assumption is that the virus situation is over by mid-season and a new arch with the Governor shows up. Or at the mid-season mark, the group finds some hospital/med-zone and go there for supplies only to find out it's run by The Governor, something like that.
4:35PM on 10/29/2013
There's a lot more story to tell from the graphic novel, so who knows when they'll call it quits. You just don't want the show to grow stale with lack luster writing. So far so good this year though...
There's a lot more story to tell from the graphic novel, so who knows when they'll call it quits. You just don't want the show to grow stale with lack luster writing. So far so good this year though...
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4:30PM on 10/29/2013

well...

considering the comic series is still ongoing and waaaay ahead of the show's timeline, theres tons left to be seen
considering the comic series is still ongoing and waaaay ahead of the show's timeline, theres tons left to be seen
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4:17PM on 10/30/2013
also consider most of it is in comic form....meaning that it wont translate well, like Rick losing his arm (which would be impractical to film), which he did in the comic and his baby was killed as well (but that wont go over well with PC America). Basically most of it is beyond the realm of belief, so not as much to pool from and hence why the show is so much different than the comic
also consider most of it is in comic form....meaning that it wont translate well, like Rick losing his arm (which would be impractical to film), which he did in the comic and his baby was killed as well (but that wont go over well with PC America). Basically most of it is beyond the realm of belief, so not as much to pool from and hence why the show is so much different than the comic
4:20PM on 10/29/2013
Love the show, but c'mon. Wrap it up . . .
Love the show, but c'mon. Wrap it up . . .
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2:50AM on 10/30/2013
NEVER!
NEVER!
4:08PM on 10/29/2013

The ending?

This news isn't surprising at all. With Breaking Bad over, AMC is going to hold onto The Walking Dead like grim death (pun intended). Honestly I don't see how this show can finally end on a satisfactory note (not that I'm saying it should end anytime soon), but it's pretty much a given that AMC will have the show last an extra 3-4 seasons that it should. So I'm enjoying this surprisingly good season while it lasts, because it's most likely going to go downhill as it gets closer to the end.
This news isn't surprising at all. With Breaking Bad over, AMC is going to hold onto The Walking Dead like grim death (pun intended). Honestly I don't see how this show can finally end on a satisfactory note (not that I'm saying it should end anytime soon), but it's pretty much a given that AMC will have the show last an extra 3-4 seasons that it should. So I'm enjoying this surprisingly good season while it lasts, because it's most likely going to go downhill as it gets closer to the end.
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