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The post-apocalyptic drama series The Walking Dead, starring Andrew Lincoln, has been renewed for a sixth season.

The renewal, by broadcaster AMC, comes ahead of Sunday’s fifth season premier for the Zombie drama. The renewal is not surprisingly given the ratings The Walking Dead attracts; it commands mighty audiences which many cable shows can only dream of.

TV Line reports that Scott M. Gimple will remain as the showrunner for the sixth season. The renewal comes after AMC formally ordered a pilot for a new ‘companion’ series to The Walking Dead. The new series would, strictly speaking, not be a spin-off as it would not feature any characters from the parent series but would be set in the same universe.

AMC have been eying an expansion of The Walking Dead universe for some time and a spin-off was widely anticipated.

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