AMC confirmed that The WALKING DEAD will return for another season later this year, along with a new showrunner.
Angela Kang, who has been working as a writer and co-executive producer on the post-apocalyptic drama since 2011, will step into the role from the season one premiere which is expected to premiere October 2018.
Kang will be taking over for Scott Gimple who has been the showrunner since season 4. Season 8’s first half has been terrible to say the least. And I’m not the only one that feels that way, just look at the ratings. To date season 8’s ratings have been decreasing every episode.
But bad news if you wanted Gimple out completely. AMC actually promoted him to “Chief Content Officer” which will see him oversee the entire Walking Dead universe on AMC.
AMC president Charlie Collier, had this to say about the behind-the-scenes shakeup:
This is an enormously important day for the entire ‘The Walking Dead’ television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before. I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play ‘Dead.’”
‘The Walking Dead’ is a special show which started in an entirely different era of TV, and continues, in this new era, to confidently take chances to tell compelling stories that excite audiences and make them deeply connect with its characters, adapting Robert Kirkman’s brilliant comic book. As the show closes in on its tenth year, I’m honored to keep working with the talented, dedicated people behind and in front of the camera to make it all it can be, while expanding the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ with new narratives like ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”
New showrunner Kang also shared her thoughts on her promotion:
I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with ‘The Walking Dead’. Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me. I’m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and can’t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.”
The next episode of The Walking Dead – the midseason 8 premiere – will mark the final appearance for Chandler Riggs whose character Carl was revealed to be mortally bitten by a walker in the closing moments of the previous episode.
I hope Kang can steer this Zombie ship back on course. Maybe finally get away from the Neegan storyline and back to some of the stories that made the comic so great.
Season Nine is set to air sometime in October.