You read the headline. You know the deal. Now the question remains: will AMC's "The Walking Dead" continue to pull in the big ratings that would allow for it to run until the year 2022?
Speaking at the 'Produced By' panel at the PGA over the weekend, "The Walking Dead" producer David Alpert revealed that AMC’s wildly successful zombie drama could last a very long time if the viewers stick around. Seven more seasons, to be exact.
Alpert was asked if he enjoys working from Robert Kirkman's source material on the zombie-themed series, to which he answered:
“I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what season 10 is gonna be. We know where season 11 and 12…we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we’re lucky enough to get there.”
With close to 130 issues in print to mine storylines from, and with the series straight up killing it in the ratings, it’s no surprise that "The Walking Dead" could have a long lifespan. The surprise is that this amount of material is already mapped out, according to these new comments. But will the show hold viewers interest long enough for it to see that 12th season?
We shouldn't forget that AMC is also planning a "Walking Dead" spinoff, which is slated to premiere in 2015. The new series will be produced by the original show’s team: Kirkman, Albert, and Gale Anne Hurd. While information about the new series is still under wraps, one report suggests that it will be a prequel with new characters and set in an entirely different area of the United States. Will too much of a good thing burn out fans of "The Walking Dead"?