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The Walking Dead renewed for seventh season

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Like death and taxes, AMC's annual announcement that it's renewed The Walking Dead is a guaranteed certainty.

The network announced today that the show would indeed return for a seventh season next October. AMC also confirmed the talk show dedicated to recapping and discussing the events of each episode, The Talking Dead, would also be renewed.

Charlie Coller, president of AMC, said in a statement that the network was pleased to share the show with such an engaging audience and were excited to continue working with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple.

The news comes after one of the show's key characters was allegedly killed off during last week's episode and the announcement that Norman Reedus (who plays fan favorite Darryl Dixon) would host his own weekly motorcycle show for the network. What this means for the future of his character has yet to be determined and the network has yet to comment on it.

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9 p.m. ET.