While this shouldn't come as a huge surprise, AMC has officially renewed The Walking Dead for a fifth season. The Walking Dead Season 4 premiered to a series ratings record, and viewership numbers have remained strong in subsequent episodes.
AMC president Charlie Collier said, "We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season. This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead."
It was also confirmed that Scott Gimple will return as showrunner for Season 5. The Walking Dead Season 4 is currently airing on Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on AMC.