With one week remaining until the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC made a big announcement Sunday night.

The network announced that it had renewed the zombie apocalypse drama for an eighth season.

The eighth season of The Walking Dead will consist of 16-episodes and will debut in late 2017, most likely October.

““Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” said AMC boss Charlie Collier today in a statement in an homage to the threat given by Jeffrey Dean Morgan-portrayed Negan in the Season 6 finale earlier this year. “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.”

The Season 6 finale of the series left fans with a major cliffhanger with at least one of the cast members death at the hands of Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The Season 7 premiere episode, entitled The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be, will pickup right were Season 6 left off and fans will find out which character was killed by Negan.

The Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead airs October 23 only on AMC.

**Photo courtesy of Gene Page/AMC**

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