Walking Dead Season 8 confirmed – anyone surprised?

The undead will live on (?) in Season 8 of the Walking Dead

In what definitely ranks among the least surprising pieces of news of the year, it has been confirmed that The Walking Dead has been renewed for an eighth season, to air in October 2017.

All in all, there are no surprises to be found here. The Walking Dead has continued to be a ratings smash for both AMC and FOX, so it’s a no-brainer to see it renewed. Moreover, there’s the fact that Season 7 is due to make its premiere next week, so if nothing else it raises expectations for what is sure to be a massive piece of event TV as we wait to discover who the victim of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Lucille is.

In their crosshairs are Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Glenn (Steven Yeun), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), Eugene (Josh McDermitt), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Aaron (Ross Marquand), and while a recent preview showed that Rick is safe (at least for now), it’s still too close to call for everyone else.

Season 7 of The Walking Dead will consist of 16 episodes, and will retain current showrunner Scott M Gimple, with sister show Talking Dead also being renewed for another season.

The Walking Dead: Season 7 will air on FOX from 24 September 2016. For all the latest TV news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.