It’s not surprising news, but it’s news nevertheless. After breaking cable TV ratings records with 16.11 million viewers for the season four premiere “30 Days Without an Accident,” AMC’s The Walking Dead has received an order for a fifth season. The Walking Dead is by far AMC’s most popular and successful show, so it stands to reason that the cable network would want to keep the zombie gravy train going for as long as possible.
Although AMC president Charlie Collier stated that Scott Gimple would continue to be the TV series’ showrunner through this season, the question remains he will stick around through season five. AMC is famous for ditching showrunners on The Walking Dead, and Gimple is the series’ third showrunner in only four years. He followed after Glen Mazzara, who was fired at the end of season three, and Frank Darabont, who was fired in the middle of season two. Although we are only three episodes into season four, Gimple has done an extraordinary job on the series so far.
Gimple has made a few minor changes on The Walking Dead for the betterment of the series overall. He introduced a new deadly threat to the group with the mysterious infection and has managed to expand the characters on the show, many of whom have seemed two-dimensional for almost three seasons. While this season isn’t the most action-packed, in terms of zombie attacks, it has ramped up the character moments and drama.