‘The Walking Dead’ renewed for eighth season ahead of season seven premiere

Hit show will return to screens next week

The Walking Dead has been renewed for an eighth season, a week before the premiere of its seventh outing.

The Walking Dead will be returning to the UK on October 24 after launching on US network AMC a day earlier on October 23. Season six concluded back in April with a cliffhanger ending that saw an unidentified character being beaten by newly introduced character Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Entertainment Weekly reports that season eight will premiere in late 2017, kicking off with the show’s 100th episode.

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” said AMC president Charlie Collier in a statement, referencing lines uttered by Negan in the season six finale. “What a joy to partner with [creator] Robert Kirkman, [showrunner] 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.”

Meanwhile, the title and synopsis for the first episode of The Walking Dead season seven has been released.

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