Hit US drama The Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season, in what an exec has joked was the most "anticlimactic" announcement of the year.
The show has continued to blossom from strength to strength both crticially and in terms of its viewership, so it's no surprise whatsoever to learn that it will be back for a fifth run of episodes in the 2014/15 year.
Scott Gimple, who recently took the reigns as showrunner, will stay in the job, despite regular changes to the role in the past.
Norman Reedus stars in The Walking Dead (WENN)
"We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever. The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season," AMC president Charlie Collier said today.
"This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast."
He went on: "Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently - and most notably - with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history.
"On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here's to more Dead."
The series, which stars Brit Andrew Lincoln, is currently airing Season 4 on AMC in the US and on FOX in the UK.