ByElise Jost, writer at Creators.co
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Will The Walking Dead ever die? Shortly before Season 7 kicks off next week, AMC have announced they renewed the popular zombie show for an eighth season, planned for fall 2017. That means the show will continue past the 100-episode mark, an impressive feat for a TV series — but not so surprising when you consider the comics that inspire the show have already reached their 159th issue.

We Still Need To Find Out What Happened At The End Of Season 6!

In a statement announcing the renewal, AMC president Charlie Collier included a play on the favorite catchphrase of The Walking Dead's new big bad, the bat-wielding Negan.

"Eeny, meeny, miny, more. What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us."

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan / AMC
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan / AMC

Negan's introduction at the end of Season 6 was a major cliffhanger, since fans knew he was about to kill off one of the main characters with his wire-wrapped baseball bat affectionately named "Lucille," but the episode never actually showed us who was on the receiving end.

In the comics, the unlucky winner was Glenn, but all of the 11 candidates have been the object of fan theories arguing for their demise. From analyzing the walking pattern of Negan to discerning the shape of the shadows on his face, nothing seems too far-fetched to determine who has been killed; yet another sign of the passion of the Walking Dead fans.

What Will Be The Main Theme Of Season 8?

With the reveal next week and the announcement of Season 8, however, we can already start speculating on what this new era of the show will bring about. Since the comics are still running, there'll be plenty of new material by next fall: Another community? Another tiger?

What's certain is that neither the start of the story nor the ending are set in stone: While creator Robert Kirkman has stated that he'd never really address why the zombie apocalypse started in The Walking Dead, insisting that the reason for the outbreak wasn't the focus of the story, he's also made a point of keeping the ending of the comics to himself. That way, he feels the TV show can go its own way and leave fans surprised — even when they've already powered through the comic books. Because what would a show be without its cliffhangers?

In the meantime, you can watch our video about why The Walking Dead is the best show on TV:

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[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]