'Walking Dead' Season 6 Cancelled? Nope, It's a Prank

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As shared on Facebook, June 14, 2014:

Walking Dead season 6 cancelled by AMC
Netlore Archive: Viral post (example above) claims AMC has decided to cancel the sixth season of its popular zombie series "The Walking Dead.". Facebook.com

Description: Online prank / Hoax
Circulating since: June 2014
Status: False

Analysis: (June 2014) No, a potential sixth season of the hit cable television show The Walking Dead has not been pre-emptively cancelled, as anyone who has clicked through to the source of this "news flash" has already found out. It's a hoax generated via the prank website fakeShare, where you, too, can invent annoying fake news stories and share them with thousands by following a few simple instructions and pressing the "Create Prank" button.

Yes, it's just that easy to get loads of attention in the 21st century.

Although a sixth season of has yet to be officially announced (as of this writing), season five is in production and the executive producers say they have enough story ideas to keep the series alive for another seven years.

Update: (August 2015) Rumors of the cancellation of The Walking Dead are circulating once again, but they remain false. It was announced in July that the series will return with a 90-minute episode on Oct. 11, 2015 (see the trailer).

Sources and further reading:

AMC Offers Peek at Season 5 of 'Walking Dead'
USA Today, 13 May 2014

'The Walking Dead' Producers Hope to Keep the Show Alive Through Season 12
HitFix.com, 10 June 2014

'The Walking Dead': Exclusive First Photos and Intel on New Characters
Entertainment Weekly, 29 July 2015

Last updated 08/01/15