While it's no surprise that The Walking Dead will be back for a ninth season, AMC made it official today and also announced changes to the creative team. Scott Gimple, who has been showrunner of The Walking Dead since the 4th season is moving to the role of Chief Content Officer, overseeing the entire franchise for AMC, while Angela Kang will takeover showrunner duties for the upcoming season. Angela Kang is no stranger to the series, having been a writer and producer on The Walking Dead since 2011.

The full announcement from AMC is below and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details on The Walking Dead Season 9:

"AMC today announced The Walking Dead is being renewed for a ninth season, to premiere in late 2018 and that current Showrunner Scott M. Gimple is being elevated to Chief Content Officer, overseeing the entire Dead universe, including The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and potential franchise extensions on a variety of platforms.

Executive Producer Angela Kang, who has been a writer/producer on the show since 2011, is being promoted by Gimple to showrunner of The Walking Dead, beginning with season nine.

“The Walking Dead 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 Kirkman’s brilliant comic book,” Gimple said.

“As the show closes in on its tenth year, I can’t wait 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 of The Walking Dead with new narratives like Fear the Walking Dead and a whole host of truly cool stories ahead. Angela is a big part of the heart and soul of The Walking Dead, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate her vision of the show’s next era.”

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25 at 9/8c on AMC."

Source: AMC