Surprise, suprise — The Walking Dead is coming back for a fifth season in 2014, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The news that AMC has decided to renew the drama is completely expected considering it is TV’s top show in the adults 18-49 demographic and its season-four premiere drew 16.1 million viewers. (That’s a lot of zombie fans.)
Even AMC knew the announcement wasn’t going to be a shocker:
“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,” AMC president Charlie Collier said, according to THR. “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 nonsports 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.”
AMC also announced thatScott M. Gimple, its newly installed showrunner, will return as executive producer.
The Walking Dead is currently in its fourth season and airs Sundays at 9 PM on AMC.