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'The Walking Dead' Renewed For Ninth Season With New Showrunner

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15 January 2018

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The show is unsurprisingly set to make a return for season 9.

In some unsurprising news, 'The Walking Dead' has been renewed for a ninth season at AMC. Though it's something the majority of viewers expected, there are some big changes happening behind-the-scenes that nobody predicted, with current showrunner Scott Gimple moving from his role on the series to the new one of Chief Content Officer for the 'Walking Dead' franchise. This includes spin-off show 'Fear The Walking Dead' and any other extensions of the series that may happen in the future.

Image caption Ross Marquand stars as Aaron in 'The Walking Dead'

That means there's a position for a new showrunner during the ninth season, and that's something writer Angela Kang will be stepping into. As a writer on the show since 2011, Kang picked up a co-executive producer role in 2013, and again now expands on her work for the series.

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Robert Kirkman Defends Decision To Kill Off Carl In 'The Walking Dead'

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 13 January 2018

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The franchise creator stands by Scott Gimple.

'The Walking Dead' once again saw huge controversy in its season 8 midseason finale, when longrunning character Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) showed off a zombie bite on his abdomen, signalling his time on the series coming to an end. Though he hadn't succumbed fully to the wound by the end of the midseason episode, it was confirmed that there is no way to save Carl, and he would be dying in the very near future when the series made its return.

Image caption Robert Kirkman promises the future will pay off despite Carl's death

The decision - made by showrunner Scott Gimple - was one that set a very vocal portion of the fan base into a rampage, even setting up an online petition demanding that Gimple was sacked from the entire franchise. Of course, AMC and those working behind-the-scenes stood alongside Gimple, not warranting the survey with any sort of official response.

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'The Walking Dead' Executive Producer Addresses Season 8's Declining Viewership

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 02 January 2018

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He doesn't think it's down to the show becoming irrelevant.

Though it's delivering some of the biggest twists and turns the show has ever seen, AMC's zombie apocalypse series 'The Walking Dead' is still suffering from declining ratings in America, with numbers going down week on week and the action-packed episodes failing to bring the high ratings of seasons gone by back to the network.

Image caption David Alpert has a positive outlook on declining ratings

Now, don't get us wrong, 'The Walking Dead' is still one of the most successful shows on television, but when it averaged an incredible 18 million viewers back in season 6, but went into a midseason finale with just 12.13 million total viewers in the current eighth season, there's something not quite right.

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'The Walking Dead' Fans Sign Petition Calling For Scott Gimple To Be Fired

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 18 December 2017

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The American showrunner has made enemies of fans following a twist in 'The Walking Dead'.

The season 8 midseason finale of 'The Walking Dead' earlier this month saw a huge twist in the story, deviating wildly from the comic books on which the show is based once more in a move that nobody saw coming.

Image caption Andrew Lincoln takes on the lead role of Rick Grimes in 'The Walking Dead'

The character we're talking about is Carl Grimes, played in the series since the very start by young actor Chandler Riggs who, in June of this year celebrated his 18th birthday. Carl has never been a fan-favourite character who appeals to the masses in the show, but viewers were beginning to think he may one day take over as leader of the survivors in the series, placing their bets on Andrew Lincoln's character and Carl's father Rick dying, rather than his son.

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'The Walking Dead' Changes Forever With Zombie Bite In Season 8's Midseason Finale

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 11 December 2017

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The series will be waving goodbye to one of its original characters.

'The Walking Dead' will be going through one of the biggest shifts in the shows history, it's been revealed, as a major character was revealed to have been bitten by a zombie, which will surely bring their time on the show to a screeching halt in the very near future.

Image caption Rick and Carl in the fourth season of 'The Walking Dead'

Distracting The Saviors so that his fellow survivors in Alexandria could escape an attack, Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) let his guard down for a split second, leading to him being the victim of a zombie bite after months of battling them and becoming a fully-fledged hero in the undead apocalypse.

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'The Walking Dead' Actor On How He Wants His Character To Die

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 05 December 2017

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Eugene's still in the show, but for how long is anybody's guess...

When Josh McDermitt first made an appearance in 'The Walking Dead' as the rambling and socially awkward Eugene Porter, many fans felt sorry for the character. Now though, having left Rick's (Andrew Lincoln) group of survivors and now working under Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) alongside The Saviors, it's hardy to find sympathy for the man who has consistently sold his friends down the river.

Image caption Josh McDermitt has opened up about how he wants Eugene to die

In the future, it's clear that Eugene will eventually succumb to the zombie apocalypse taking over the land. Whether he's killed off by a zombie or a fellow survivor of the traumatic event remains to be seen, but it doesn't seem likely that there's end-game for the character.

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'The Walking Dead' Crossover Character To Be Revealed On Sunday

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25 November 2017

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The reveal will be made on 'Talking Dead' following this week's episode of 'The Walking Dead'.

Earlier this year, 'The Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman announced that a character from either the original television series or its sister show, 'Fear The Walking Dead' would be crossing over to the other series in an undisclosed capacity. Though the rumours had in the past come thick and fast surrounding a crossover, the idea was always shut down by show bosses, so it came as somewhat of a surprise when Kirkman revealed that a crossover would indeed be going ahead.

Exactly which character and from which show will be making the jump remains to be seen, but the reveal is something that's now right around the corner. In fact, AMC announced that the unveiling would be taking place on this week's edition of 'Talking Dead' on their Twitter account, in a message you can see below:

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'The Walking Dead' Season 8's Midseason Finale Gets Extended Runtime

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 November 2017

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The show's in the midst of an 'All Out War' between Team Rick and Team Negan.

Fans of 'The Walking Dead' have been treated to three action-packed episodes of the series since the show's eighth season debuted in October, and it looks as if that's something that will continue into the foreseeable future, as showrunners have had to nearly double the running time of this season's upcoming midseason finale.

Image caption Norman Reedus stars as Daryl Dixon in the long-running AMC series

Usually, episodes will last around 42 minutes, but instead of that usual hour (including adverts), the midseason finale will be 88 minutes in the United States, including adverts. We imagine the reasoning behind the added time will be revealed in due course, but in the past midseason finales have included many twists, turns, deaths and a lot of destruction. With 'All Out War' taking place between Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) band of survivors and Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) loyal group of Saviors, that's something we imagine will crop up once more.

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Gregory Returns To The Hilltop In 'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Preview Clip

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 05 November 2017

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The series' eighth season got off to an explosive start.

When it comes to 'The Walking Dead', the fan base can certainly agree on one thing - Gregory (Xander Berkeley) is a weasel. Having left Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) for dead in the season 8 premiere of the AMC zombie apocalyptic series, stealing his car in the process and driving away from the chaotic scene, many wondered just where he'd end up. Now, fans can see that he's made his return to the Hilltop with his tail between his legs, begging for sanctuary from Maggie and the rest of the survivors that are housed there. You can check out the clip below:

From the preview, it's clear that Gregory expects Father Gabriel to be dead, as he instantly lies about his whereabouts, claiming he doesn't know what happened to the survivor. Whilst that could be the case, we last saw Gabriel locked up in a trailer with none other than the villainous Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who pretty much told him he could expect a rough ride from here on out.

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Ruben Blades at the Madrid photocall and press conference for 'Fear The Walking Dead' held at Callao Cinema - Madrid, Spain - Monday 24th July 2017

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Greg Nicotero at The Walking Dead Euro Tour held at Cine Teatro Tivoli - Lisboa, Portugal - Thursday 9th March 2017

The Walking Dead Euro Tour held at Cine Teatro Tivoli - Lisboa, Portugal - Wednesday 8th March 2017

Steven Yeun seen at a special edition of 'The Walking Dead's Talking Dead' presented by AMC - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 24th October 2016

Zoe Bell - Premiere of AMC's 'Fear The Walking Dead' Season 2 at Cinemark Playa Vista - Arrivals at The Walking Dead - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th March 2016