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Walking Dead gets early season 8 renewal

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And why not? AMC is giving an early renewal to its blockbuster series The Walking Dead

The zombie drama has been renewed for an eighth inning a week before the debut of its eagerly awaited seventh season. After-show Talking Dead has been renewed as well (fun fact: Talking Dead ranks as TV’s highest-rated talk show).

Season 8 will premiere late next year and kick off with the drama’s 100th episode. Current showrunner Scott Gimple is on board too.

The pick-up order was announced at the start of a two-hour retrospective on the show that aired Sunday night, The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far, which caught up viewers on the show’s storylines.

The seventh season of Walking Dead premieres next Sunday at 9 p.m., followed by an expanded 90-minute live episode of Talking Dead.

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” said AMC president Charlie Collier in a Negan-riffing statement. “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 the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”