There's just over a month to go before the second half of The Walking Dead's eighth season launches, and AMC has picked up the zombie drama for another batch of sixteen episodes. News of an early renewal isn't much of a surprise, but long-serving showrunner Scott Gimble will be stepping down from his role once season eight concludes.

Scott Gimble took over as showrunner from Glen Mazzara for the fourth season back in 2013. Gibble will remain a big part of The Walking Dead franchise in the new role as Chief Content Officer and will be involved creatively in the main show and its spin-off. Here's what Gimble had to say;

"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. As the show closes in on its tenth year, I’m honored 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."

Longterm Walking Dead writer Angela Kang will take over as showrunner, and she had this to say about her new role;

"I am beyond thrilled to be stepping into this new role with The Walking Dead," adds Kang. "Working on this series and having the opportunity to adapt Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic has been a fangirl dream come true for me. 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 Walking Dead has suffered a bit of a slump in the ratings over the last two years. While it remains hugely popular, the show is becoming a shadow of its former self and dare I say, a tad dull. Thankfully, Fear The Walking Dead continues to go from strength to strength and its recently concluded third season was the best yet.

The Walking Dead returns for the second half of season eight next month, and Fear The Walking Dead's fourth season kicks off in April.