The show's eighth season saw audience numbers drop
AMC has revealed when The Walking Dead will return for a ninth season after the show’s controversial eighth series.
Fans of The Walking Dead started a petition last month to get showrunner Scott M. Gimple fired.
The petition was triggered by fans getting upset over the decision in season eight to kill off Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), son of main character Rick Grimes. Season eight also saw the show’s viewing figures slump, drawing below eight million US viewers for the first time in over five years.
Now, AMC have revealed that the show has been renewed for a ninth season but it will be handled by a new showrunner.
Writer and co-executive producer Angela Kang has been promoted to take on the role, with season nine set to air in late 2018.
Scott M Gimple is still heavily involved with the series, taking on the role of Chief Content Officer. He will oversee the whole Walking Dead TV universe, including spin-off Fear The Walking Dead.
President of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios Charlie Collier 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 recognise 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.”