The Walking Dead is Returning for Season 8 with 100th Episode

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There's still a good week left of waiting, but AMC delivered some pretty good news ahead of The Walking Dead season 7 reveal.

AMC announced that the show has been renewed for season 8, and already sees its release sometime in late 2017. AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios president Charlie Collier announced that the next season after this coming one will be kicking off with the 100th milestone episode for the series.

"Eeny, meeny, miny, more. What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott M. 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."

For fans who have been following The Talking Dead, you can also expect a new season featuring 16 episodes of the live after-show. Chris Hardwick will be coming back for this run as well to complete you're The Walking Dead fix.

This announcement isn't really a surprise considering how the show is moving forward. If the hints of a dramatic, intense, and downright game-changer of a seventh season delivers, then we may be looking at a much-needed next season, if only perhaps to give Rick and the gang (and, to be honest, us) some breather following the shock we're about to get.

The Walking Dead will premiere on Oct. 23, Sunday on AMC. It will be immediately followed by a 90-minute long episode of The Talking Dead from Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with guest-stars from Negan's death row lineup and his favorite Lucille.

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