The Walking Dead fans can breathe a sigh of relief, after it was announced that the long-running series has been renewed for an eleventh season.

The announcement was made at New York Comic Con on Saturday, during which we also learnt that fan favourite Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Greene (the character hasn't been seen since season nine, prior to the series' six-year time jump), will also return in season ten.

Cohan made the announcement by running onto the stage mid-panel while wearing a mask, before surprising the delighted crowd.

Cohan previously left the show as a series regular during season eight, before returning for guest appearances during season nine.

It's not yet known how the character will return, but Maggie's reappearance was recently speculated after it was announced that the show would welcome the new cast addition of Dante, played by Juan Javier Cardenas, a character who has a romantic relationship with Maggie in the source comic books.

"All I can say about Maggie is she’s one of my favourite characters as well,” executive producer Denise Huth told “I adore Lauren Cohan and there’s always the hope and prayer that she’s coming back to us. So I’m very hopeful that we will see her again.”

The Walking Dead season ten will premiere on Monday 7th October at 9pm on FOX in the UK.