In a move that comes as no surprise, AMC has renewed its smash hit series The Walking Dead for a seventh season. The Walking Dead's seventh season will consist of 16 episodes.
“Thank goodness someone had a Magic 8-Ball with them in our many long internal meetings about these renewals. When, on the third shake, ‘without a doubt’ filled the murky blue screen, we knew we had to proceed with new seasons of The Walking Dead and Talking Dead,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “All joking aside, we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged. We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. The result: More Walking and Talking. Hooray.”
This order will allow the show based on Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's comic book series to surpass Mad Men as AMC's longest running series, with 99 episodes to Mad Men's 97 by the end of the seventh season.
Additionally, the spin-off Fear The Walking Dead's second season -- which was greenlit before the show even aired -- is now pegged to be 15 episodes.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC.