Yes, "The Walking Dead" will be alive and kicking far into 2017.
A week before "TWD" fans began revving up for its highly anticipated Season 7 premiere, AMC announced that their No. 1 show has been picked up for its eighth season, which premiers in late-2017 and will kick off with the 100th episode of the franchise.
Word of renewal was released through a special on-screen message at the beginning of tonight's two-hour retrospective special, "The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far."
"Eeny, meeny, miny, more," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "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."
Although who dies a horrible death and who lives another day to dine on brains in the Season 7 opener is top secret, "TWD" star Norman Reedus, gave a hint of things to come while appearing on "The Tonight Show."
"I imagine a lot of people will be kicking their television sets," Reedus said. "I mean, it's heavy. It's really, really heavy."
If one fan theory is to be believed, Reedus' Daryl could be the one who gets killed by Negan and his trusty barbed-wire baseball bat, Lucille.
Season 7 of "The Walking Dead" premieres Sunday, Oct. 23, at 9 p.m., followed by an expanded 90-minute episode of "Talking Dead" live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, featuring Chris Hardwick, the cast members in Negan's line-up and Lucille.