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Not surprisingly, the dead will rise again: The Walking Dead has been renewed for a ninth season, AMC announced on Saturday.

The hit zombie drama — which returns with the second half of season on Feb. 25 — will kick off season 9 later this year.

Co-executive producer Angela Kang is being promoted to showrunner for season 9, while Scott M. Gimple has inked an overall deal that will make him Chief Content Officer. He will oversee the Walking Dead TV franchise, including the companion series Fear The Walking Dead and future brand extensions.

“This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe,” said AMC president Charlie Collier in a statement. “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. I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play ‘Dead.’”

Kang, who’s been a writer on the series since 2011, becomes the fourth showrunner of The Walking Dead, following in the footsteps of Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara, and Gimple. While the show remains a ratings powerhouse, ranking as TV’s No. 1 show among 18-to-49-year-olds, it has recently seen ratings decline.

To read what Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman had to say about killing Carl, click here. For a sneak peek at the second half of season 8, click here.

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