This should hardly come as a surprise given the success of the series, but AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a sixteen episode eighth season a week before the show returns for its seventh (and finally addresses that cliffhanger which has been driving us nuts all summer).

Funnily enough, The Walking Dead season eight will actually begin with the show’s 100th episode, so it’s definitely not too soon to say that it will probably be a massive episode.

It has also been confirmed the Chris Hardwick’s The Talking Dead is also going to return.

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” said AMC boss Charlie Collier today in a statement not too different to Negan’s in the season six finale when he lined up Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors. “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 fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 23rd and will air the following night on Fox. It’s titled, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” a homage to the season one finale.