Before the season five premier on Sunday Oct. 12, AMC’s zombie drama the Walking Dead has already renewed for a sixth season. This is great news for the fans of the highest-rated show in cable TV history. The news that the Walking Dead is being renewed does come as a bit of a shock because for almost a full year fans were told that season five would be the final season.
With the ratings being as high as they are, and being the number one show in the coveted 18-49 year old male demographic, it should not be too hard to believe that AMC would be bringing back the show for at least one more season.
The sixth season of Walking Dead will still have its executive producer and show runner Scott Gimple in charge of everything. AMC has not yet announced how many episodes the sixth season will be, however. Season one was only six episodes, season two was thirteen, season three, four and the yet to be premiered season five are all sixteen episodes long.
Announced along with the extension of the main show was a spin off/companion series for the Walking Dead with Robert Kirkman and Robert Erikson taking the lead on the that project. The spin off series will shed light into what is happening in the rest of the country, possibly the rest of the world, during the Zombie apocalypse. Fans have always been curious about what is going on in the rest of the world, beyond asking for cameo appearances, which is the question AMC President Charlie Collier said she gets asked the most.
The pilot episode for the spinoff will start filming later in 2014 in a completely different location with all new characters. No date is set for the release. There is also no news on when the filming of season six will take place, although it is official that the Walking Dead has been renewed for a sixth season.
Actor Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn on the Walking Dead, is excited for the fifth season premier. He told E! News that it is grounded and real though.
Fans of the show are going to have to wait at least a year for season six, and the new spin off. Season five however premiers in less than a week.
Season four saw most of the core group of characters separated and all trying to deal with being alone in the new world. In the finale those who had survived reunited in a place called Terminus, which was said to be a safe haven for all. “Those who arrive survive,” was written on abandoned buildings and on signs all throughout the area. The season ended, however, with Rick, played by Andrew Lincoln, and the rest of the gang being corralled into train cars.
In a show that has been known for its cliff hangers since it started in 2011, season four left fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation. The fourth season of the Walking Dead saw the group separated for most of the season. Season five looks to have them all needing to work together again.
Season five premiers Sunday, Oct. 12., with the new spinoff series to start filming by the end of 2014. With Walking Dead renewing for a sixth season, fans of the AMC hit series have a lot to be excited about. The future of the show looks much brighter than the future of its characters.
Opinion by Andy Lapic
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