AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for Season 9.
The network announced the continuation of the series, but also announced current showrunner Scott Gimple will not be returning for The Walking Dead Season 9,Â with long timeÂ TWDÂ writerÂ Angela Kang taking over.
Scott Gimple will now be theÂ Chief Content Officer of The Walking DeadÂ universe, andÂ AMC may have also hinted at more spinoffs for The Walking Dead as Gimple will also serve as theÂ Chief Content Officer of "potential brand extensions."
"Current showrunner Scott M. Gimple is being elevated to Chief Content Officer, overseeing the entire Dead television universe, includingÂ The Walking Dead,Â Fear the Walking Dead, and potential brand extensions on a variety of platforms," the AMC press release states.
â€śThis is an enormously important day for the entireÂ The Walking DeadÂ television universe,â€ť Charlie Collier, AMC President and General Manager, said.Â â€śWe are proud to acknowledge Angelaâ€™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 Scottâ€™s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels ourÂ The Walking Dead universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before.â€ť
"The Walking DeadÂ 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 Kirkmanâ€™s brilliant comic book,â€ť Scott GimpleÂ said in a statement. â€śAs the show closes in on its tenth year, Iâ€™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 ofÂ The Walking DeadÂ with new narratives likeÂ Fear the Walking DeadÂ and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul ofÂ The Walking Dead, and Iâ€™m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the showâ€™s next era.â€ť
â€śI am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role withÂ The Walking Dead," AngelaÂ Kang said, who has been a writer on series for the past seven years. â€śWorking on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkmanâ€™s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me. Iâ€™m excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC, and canâ€™t wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall.
The Walking Dead Season 9 will debut this coming Fall. More than likely AMC will also make further announcements and release a trailer at this Summer's Comic-Con.
Current plans for The Walking Dead include that it returns with its mid-season 8 premiere on February 25th featuring the controversial death of Carl and the last episode for Chandler Riggs; there will be a crossover between The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, andÂ Lennie James and Morgan moveÂ to Fear The Walking Dead.