‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed by AMC for Season 6

Scott M. Gimple will return as the showrunner and executive producer

Last Updated: October 7, 2014 @ 9:44 PM

Mere days before Sunday’s Season 5 debut, AMC has renewed “The Walking Dead” for a sixth season.

Scott M. Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner and executive producer along with exec producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

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Over the past two years, “The Walking Dead” has been the top show on TV among adults 18-49. It’s also the highest-rated show in cable history.

The zombie apocalypse drama is very strong across social media as well, with the series boasting 30 million Facebook fans and 2.7 million Twitter followers.

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Globally, “The Walking Dead” will again be “First on Fox,” with Fox International Channels (FIC) bringing the show to international audiences within 24 hours after the U.S. launch. Given that timeframe, Season 5 will premiere elsewhere around the world on Oct. 13 in all of its 125-plus markets.

“We could not be more excited for Oct. 12 as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” AMC President Charlie Collier said in a press release. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert KirkmanScott 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.”

Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres Sunday Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. The live premiere of “Talking Dead” with host Chris Hardwick follows.