As Comic Book Resources reported earlier, AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a 13-episode second season. That shouldn't come as a surprise, given its recording-breaking debut, followed by impressive ratings for last night's episode.
"I wish all programming decisions were no brainers like this one," said Sharon Tal Yguado, the cable network's senior vice president for scripted programming. "The Walking Dead is a TV masterpiece on so many levels. We want at least 10 seasons, if not more. Kudos to AMC!"
No dates were given for the start of production for Season 2 or its premiere.
Last night's second episode, "Guts," drew 4.7 million viewers for its 10 p.m. airing, down only slightly from the 5.3 million who tuned in to the series premiere (subsequent broadcasts brought the pilot's audience up to 8.1 million).
In less headline-making news, AMC also released a video clip and photos for next week's episode of The Walking Dead, which bears the curious title "Tell It to the Frogs." Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield), the episode is written by Frank Darabont, Charles H. Eglee (The Shield, Dexter) and Jack LoGiudice (Sons of Anarchy). Here's the synopsis:
Rick makes a decision to go back to Atlanta to retrieve the bag of guns and save a man’s life. Lori and Shane must deal with the surprising return of someone they thought was dead.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST/PST on AMC.