One of the most popular shows on TV, AMC’s zombie apocalypse epic The Walking Dead just recently kicked off its eighth season, crossing the 100 episode mark along the way. While recent times have seen TWD take a few ratings hits, it’s still near the top of the pack, and will likely remain there for some time to come.
It’s impossible to predict when The Walking Dead will finally end for good – after all, the comic that spawned it still continues on – but one thing fans probably wouldn’t ever expect is for the televised TWD story to keep going on for decades. Well, brace yourselves folks, as that’s exactly what AMC wants to happen.
According to Deadline, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan recently said on a conference call that he sees the potential for Walking Dead to keep shambling onward long after many of its current viewership has either kicked the bucket or become old enough to qualify for Medicare insurance. Here’s what he had to say.
“The use of the word ‘franchise,’ we don’t take lightly. It’s not a sloppy or casual word,” Sapan said. “We’ve studied the best. Some have been around 30, 40, 50 years. We have a chance for a lot of life in the franchise.”
One part of Sapan’s quote worth focusing on is his repeated use of the word franchise when referring to TWD. While it may be unrealistic to expect the story of Rick Grimes, Daryl, Michonne, etc. to itself carry on for decades, there’s no reason that the larger TWD story couldn’t.
For just about every series regular character that gets killed off, another joins the cast, so there could conceivably go on to be a revolving door of actors forever willing to populate the TV version of Robert Kirkman’s zombie-filled landscape. Of course, that presumes that TWD’s ratings eventually quit dropping, or go back in an upward direction.
It’s also worth noting that even if the TWD mothership eventually does wrap up its run, there’s still spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, and the potential for even more spinoffs to come. After all, each region of the world will have its own survivors, with their own story to tell.
What do you think, iHorror faithful? Do you want to grow old watching new episodes of The Walking Dead? Or should the franchise get shot in the head before its quality decomposes?