‘Walk­ing Dead’ hits a cen­tury

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HOL­LY­WOOD: Rat­ings jug­ger­naut The Walk­ing

Dead re­vealed on

Fri­day fans can ex­pect to see its in­creas­ingly ran­cid zom­bies sham­bling across their screens for years to come.

The AMC show, the most suc­cess­ful ba­sic cable TV se­ries in his­tory, tells the story of sher­iff’s deputy

Rick Grimes, who leads his son Carl and an ever-grow­ing band of sur­vivors in a zom­bie apoca­lypse.

Showrun­ner Scott Gim­ple re­minded fans on the open­ing night of Hol­ly­wood’s an­nual Pa­leyFest tele­vi­sion fes­ti­val that Oc­to­ber’s sea­son eight opener would be the 100th episode.

“The first episode, I think, is less about that we’ve reached 100 episodes; it’s more about set­ting up the next 100 episodes,” Gim­ple said.

View­ers will be able to wit­ness the mile­stone achieve­ment for AMC, which has aired the se­ries since its pre­miere on Oct 31, 2010, and dis­trib­utes it via a deal with Fox.

Join­ing Gim­ple and his team of pro­duc­ers were 11 of the show’s stars, in­clud­ing An­drew Lin­coln, who plays Rick, fan favourites Melissa McBride and Lau­ren Co­han and new­comer Tom Payne. AFP

Scott Gim­ple

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