The Walking Dead hires new showrunner in Angela Kang


The new season will continue the apocalyptic adventures of the Clark family and, as previously announced, the first character from The Walking Dead, Morgan Jones (Lennie James), will join the cast.

She said: 'I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead.

Kang will take over officially starting with Season 9 of the series, which is expected to premiere in October. 'I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead'. Season 9 is set air sometime later this year.

Director Frank Darabont, who developed the show from Robert Kirkman's comic book series, served as showrunner for Season 1 before departing over budget issues.

Though The Walking Dead is still a massive TV juggernaut with the highest ratings in the coveted 18-49 year old viewership, those numbers have declined over the course of the show's seventh and eighth seasons. Gimple will be the person in charge of the direction of both shows as well as any future "Walking Dead" projects that might sprint up in the future. Gimple has reportedly been promoted to oversee the whole franchise, which will give him the time to tell new stories on different platforms or create more spin-off shows.

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The show also saw the change of showrunner from the controversial Scott Gimple to Angela Kang, who has been a writer on the show.

The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman has defended the impending demise of Chandler Riggs' Carl Grimes on the TV series, indicating that it's all part of an emotional long-term journey for his father Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his allies.

Season 8 of The Walking Dead continues on February 25, picking up where the series left off in 2017 with a major character's death looming - one that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has since. In Season 3, Carl had to put down his own mother after she died giving birth to his little sister Judith. Collier also recognised the leadership role of Gimple. "I'm excited to continue working with Scott and the wonderfully supportive folks at AMC and can't wait to share the next chapter of the story with our fans next fall".

The entire franchise is believed to be worth more than $1billion.

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