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The Walking Dead has stories plotted for at least seven more seasons

Jun. 9, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Last year, AMC's CEO made comments that they envisioned no end for THE WALKING DEAD and could see the series airing until 2022 and beyond. With the ability to add and kill off characters each season, the world of THE WALKING DEAD could regularly be restocked and recast. But, could the show sustain such a run from a writing standpoint?

Executive producer David Alpert took part in a Producer's Guild of America panel and shared just how far the writers have major story benchmarks plotted to.

"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."

The recent finale of the fourth season may have introduced a group of cannibals reminiscent of a story arc in THE WALKING DEAD comic book that took place around the 60th issue. With the comic now approaching it's 130th issue, there is still quite a bit of pre-existing material to base the series off of. The show has taken liberties with the story and moved in other direction's than the comic, but if five season equals about 60 issues, reaching twelve seasons is not impossible. Plus, with the ratings as high as they are now, that is seeming more realistic than ever.

What do you think about seven or more seasons of THE WALKING DEAD?

Source: IndieWire

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12:49PM on 06/11/2014
I loved the first and second season. I still watch it because I love the characters, settings, and stories. But I think this show has been falling flat over the past couple seasons. For all the hype he got, the Governor did nothing for me, and I was actually happy when the blonde girl died. This past half season seemed like basically all filler. Character development is important in any theatrical show sure, but the relationships have to be exciting. The whole thing with Darryl and the
I loved the first and second season. I still watch it because I love the characters, settings, and stories. But I think this show has been falling flat over the past couple seasons. For all the hype he got, the Governor did nothing for me, and I was actually happy when the blonde girl died. This past half season seemed like basically all filler. Character development is important in any theatrical show sure, but the relationships have to be exciting. The whole thing with Darryl and the other blonde girl kinda bored me too. I will continue to watch because its still better than 90% of what I see on TV in general, and I think that it has huge potential. But here's hoping that they bring in some real talent to help with the next 7 or so seasons.
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6:40PM on 06/10/2014
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10:43AM on 06/10/2014
Been with the comic since day one and they have lots of great source material. Negan, Issue 100, Dwight, Ezekiel, The Saviors, and even Carl's, uh, new haircut would be great to see. I hope the show goes back to following the comic more though. So far, other than the Dixon brothers, I haven't liked a single decision they've made against the source material yet. Gimple seems to want to go back to the established stories, so hopefully he stays with that.
Been with the comic since day one and they have lots of great source material. Negan, Issue 100, Dwight, Ezekiel, The Saviors, and even Carl's, uh, new haircut would be great to see. I hope the show goes back to following the comic more though. So far, other than the Dixon brothers, I haven't liked a single decision they've made against the source material yet. Gimple seems to want to go back to the established stories, so hopefully he stays with that.
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10:01AM on 06/10/2014
Honestly I've stopped watching every week post farm episodes and instead watch a marathon at the end of the season. I'd imagine by the time of that last season, my interest will have been long gone
Honestly I've stopped watching every week post farm episodes and instead watch a marathon at the end of the season. I'd imagine by the time of that last season, my interest will have been long gone
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10:36AM on 06/10/2014
I think that entire four episode arc on the farm turned a lot of people off, which is understandable...
I think that entire four episode arc on the farm turned a lot of people off, which is understandable...
7:52AM on 06/10/2014
Considering where they are compared to where the novels are, they easily have a bunch more seasons to go. Main part is keeping the suspense high and the writing consistent. Still love the show, so bring it.
Considering where they are compared to where the novels are, they easily have a bunch more seasons to go. Main part is keeping the suspense high and the writing consistent. Still love the show, so bring it.
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4:24AM on 06/10/2014
12 Seasons for The Walking Dead only or including the spinoff?
12 Seasons for The Walking Dead only or including the spinoff?
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7:05PM on 06/09/2014

Bring it on!

I've been reading the comics for ten years, I'll have no problem watching the show for ten plus
I've been reading the comics for ten years, I'll have no problem watching the show for ten plus
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10:28PM on 06/09/2014
Ditto
Ditto
6:55PM on 06/09/2014
They should make some theatrical films. I could see them pulling an X-Files and making a movie that would bridge two seasons. Either that or end the series after a few more seasons and go to theatrical films.
They should make some theatrical films. I could see them pulling an X-Files and making a movie that would bridge two seasons. Either that or end the series after a few more seasons and go to theatrical films.
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6:29PM on 06/09/2014
Telltale Games' The Walking Dead is a better written series than this abortion of a show.
Telltale Games' The Walking Dead is a better written series than this abortion of a show.
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6:13PM on 06/09/2014
One of my favourite shows - can't see myself getting bored of it but 7 years is a long time. I'm sure if ratings drop they'll just cram as much of the story arc as they can into the final season.
One of my favourite shows - can't see myself getting bored of it but 7 years is a long time. I'm sure if ratings drop they'll just cram as much of the story arc as they can into the final season.
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6:09PM on 06/09/2014
I'm a fan of the show, but my biggest problem with the show is the inconsistent writing and no payoffs after so much build up. The show does a great job of building up suspense with each season and then when it gets to the finale, the show absolutely sucks (the finales to season three and four were terrible).

And also, I feel like the show did no justice to The Governor after reading how badass and sadistic he is in the comics. I'll keep watching, but I just don't anticipate this show as
I'm a fan of the show, but my biggest problem with the show is the inconsistent writing and no payoffs after so much build up. The show does a great job of building up suspense with each season and then when it gets to the finale, the show absolutely sucks (the finales to season three and four were terrible).

And also, I feel like the show did no justice to The Governor after reading how badass and sadistic he is in the comics. I'll keep watching, but I just don't anticipate this show as much as I used to back then. I still consider the first two seasons to be better then the last two.

But I've also always said that if the show ever kills Daryl, I'm done watching completely.
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6:14PM on 06/09/2014
I took a shot every time you said "the show". Tahnks for taht! :D
I took a shot every time you said "the show". Tahnks for taht! :D
7:53PM on 06/09/2014
Ha. Poor writing on my part.
Ha. Poor writing on my part.
10:02PM on 06/09/2014
It's all good. I just think it was amusing. We all do it at some time or another.
It's all good. I just think it was amusing. We all do it at some time or another.
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5:53PM on 06/09/2014
Well, it's not as if they're short on source material, seeing how far the books have gone compared to the show.
Well, it's not as if they're short on source material, seeing how far the books have gone compared to the show.
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5:44PM on 06/09/2014
As long as the quality remains high, I'll be watching.
As long as the quality remains high, I'll be watching.
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5:40PM on 06/09/2014

yup

as long as they end up outside washington and they do the saviors story line
as long as they end up outside washington and they do the saviors story line
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5:36PM on 06/09/2014
I'm a fan of the show and of the characters. If some characters are killed off, I may not stick around for the new ones.
I'm a fan of the show and of the characters. If some characters are killed off, I may not stick around for the new ones.
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5:25PM on 06/09/2014

Most fiction shows that last that long...

... are sitcoms:

wiki: List of longest-running United States television series#12.E2.80.9313_years

That's because they don't have season-long storylines. This is one of my favorite shows ever, but the concept isn't that expandable (is that a word?). I'll say 2 or 3 more years maximum.
... are sitcoms:

wiki: List of longest-running United States television series#12.E2.80.9313_years

That's because they don't have season-long storylines. This is one of my favorite shows ever, but the concept isn't that expandable (is that a word?). I'll say 2 or 3 more years maximum.
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5:10PM on 06/09/2014
Love the show. But I do want it to have a good solid ending. I don't think I want to watch it for "at least" seven more seasons. If seven is the LEAST that's a little much. But hey I guess if they keep it interesting, then bring it.
Love the show. But I do want it to have a good solid ending. I don't think I want to watch it for "at least" seven more seasons. If seven is the LEAST that's a little much. But hey I guess if they keep it interesting, then bring it.
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5:08PM on 06/09/2014
Does anyone else think that this show is really THAT interesting to last for 12 SEASONS, or more?
Does anyone else think that this show is really THAT interesting to last for 12 SEASONS, or more?
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5:06PM on 06/09/2014

Overkill

This show is completely overrated. I've tried in numerous occasions to watch it, and after most episodes I'm left wanting that hour of my life back
This show is completely overrated. I've tried in numerous occasions to watch it, and after most episodes I'm left wanting that hour of my life back
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5:00PM on 06/09/2014
It's cool that they've put that much work into plotting it. I just don't think they'll be able to sustain the interest that long. The zombie craze will end eventually. And replacing characters all the time will get old bc it will eventually turn into using the same character profiles but with different actors.
It's cool that they've put that much work into plotting it. I just don't think they'll be able to sustain the interest that long. The zombie craze will end eventually. And replacing characters all the time will get old bc it will eventually turn into using the same character profiles but with different actors.
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4:59PM on 06/09/2014

It's the SAME SHIT over and over again!!

Doesn't anybody else notice this?!
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!
Doesn't anybody else notice this?!
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!
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8:36AM on 06/10/2014
Blue Steel!
Blue Steel!
4:55PM on 06/09/2014

Bring it...

...I love the show.
...I love the show.
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4:37PM on 06/09/2014

Yes but.......

I am a little tired of this state that they're in. I think its Georgia. How about seeing what the fuck the rest of the world is up to. Just saying. Norman Reedus rocks.
I am a little tired of this state that they're in. I think its Georgia. How about seeing what the fuck the rest of the world is up to. Just saying. Norman Reedus rocks.
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5:03PM on 06/09/2014
I think that's what they're doing with the spin off.
I think that's what they're doing with the spin off.
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