AMC has unsurprisingly renewed The Walking Dead for a sixth season. The news comes just days before the fifth season premiere of the zombie show hits screens. 

The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead is returning for season 6

"We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of 'The Walking Dead' with fans around the globe," said AMC president Charlie Collier.

"In advance of Sunday's season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There's plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort."

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The show remains the number one show on television in the adults 18-49 demographic and is now the highest-rated cable show of all time. Season six will see the return of Scott M. Gimple, along with producers Robert Kirman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotera and Tom Luse.

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Though the show almost certainly has a couple more seasons left in the bag, there are indications that AMC may be thinking ahead for possible alternatives to its prize-asset. The cable channel is moving forward with its Walking Dead companion series, featuring new characters in a different location. 

"There are many corners of 'The Walking Dead' universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill," Kirkman said. "I know the fans are anxious to hear what Dave and I have been cooking up for this new universe of 'The Walking Dead,' and I'm happy to be one step closer to sharing it with them."

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 12 at 9pm.

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