“The Walking Dead” Renewed for Season 9

The walkers live on as The Walking Dead will continue for another season.

AMC’s announced Saturday that their post-apocalyptic horror series has been renewed for a 9th season. However, these are not the only big news coming from the network: Angela Kang, who served as a writer on the show since 2011 and executive producer since 2013, has been named the series’ new show runner.

The announcement was made by current show runner Scott Gimple, who is moving up the ladder to become Chief Content Officer.

“I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead,” Kang said in statement. “Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me.”

Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, said in his statement, “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. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before.”

Gimple, as CCO will oversee the entire Dead universe including TWD, Fear the Walking Dead, and possible other extensions on other platforms. Gimple spoke of his new role and possible future expansion, “I’m honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear the Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead.”

The Walking Dead season 9 will premiere in late 2018.