The AMC show is renewed before the seventh season premieres.
Walking Dead fans have had a pretty frustrating summer. The cliffhanger leftover after last season has been eating away at people, just in time for the answer to come this Sunday. However, one thing has been answered: AMC announced that the season will return for an eighth season in 2017.
During a Walking Dead retrospective that aired on Sunday, the network revealed that there will be 16 episodes in season eight, and each would be followed by the beloved Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Eeny, meeny, miny, more," AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement, a reference to the infamous taunting by the villainous Negan during the Season Six cliffhanger. "What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, 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."
Spinoff Fear the Walking Dead has also been renewed for a third season that will premiere in 2017.
After the season 6 finale, where several fan favorite characters seemed to be facing a certain end, they knew it was important to have something for people to cling to.
"We knew that people might be upset, but come on! Everybody wants to see what happened. That's what a cliffhanger is," Kirkman said. "I'll probably get crucified for this, but I feel like there's a culture of instant gratification now: Netflix, social media, everything is on demand at all times. Nothing is withheld. You can't do 52 episodes a year. It's just not feasibly possible. If you can do something that has people talking about your show in that gap between seasons, that's great. We just ask that if you've enjoyed the show so far, just know, Season Seven is going to be pretty great."
For more information about what made it through the fall slaughter, see our TV: Cancelled or Renewed Guide.