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Kirkman Believes The Show Could See A Twelfth Season

by on 12/28/2016
 

The Walking Dead hasn’t officially been renewed for five more seasons, but the creator thinks the prediction is not far-fetched.

Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has made many comments regarding how long his creation could last. In the case of the TV series, Kirkman now believes it’s got at least five more seasons’ worth of material. In his most recent issue’s letter section, Kirkman says “It took us 6 seasons to get to 100. It won’t take us 6 years to get to 200 and that will take us to season…TWELVE. And we’ll still be ahead of the show at that point.”

AMC executives have publicly wished it could last forever, but that is simply not how the business works. Ratings for this most recent season have been in decline, though not enough to topple TWD’s position as #1 Cable Drama. Fear The Walking Dead receives a pittance of those numbers and it’s still enough to keep it on the air. It’s not far-fetched to envision TWD entering double-digit seasons, but the real question is if it can continue to hold audience interest without a definitive end goal to its story.

If Bones of all things can stay on for this long, surely The Walking Dead can crawl to a Season Twelve. But would it remain as fresh?

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  1. Rapscallion
    The wake up calls were dumpstergate and the Lucille cliffhanger, but Gimple and Kirkman defended their storylines. Even if the ratings continue to fall, the show will still bring in more viewers than any other show on AMC.

    It's disturbing that they didn't recognize their mistakes after the Dumpster Dive and the cheesy cliffhanger, but the march into the abyss continues. The bottle episodes are killing the show too. We saw Ezekiel once and Carol and Morgan only twice in the first 8 episodes. And by the time they returned to the Kingdom what seemed interesting at first felt distant, irrelevant and disconnected from the overall narrative.

    Even the core characters are hurt by these bottle episodes. Rick is broken by Negan and they loot all their guns etc, then we detour to other places and he's suddenly got his mojo back after Spencer's death. There's no continuity and natural progression for anyone and the choices they make. Character decisions are forced into the larger overarching plot and the result is an uneven and unbelievable mess.

    I for one look forward to the show lasting 10 or even 12 seasons. Mainly because I'm such a fanboy of the show and the lore. But I have to agree with and . The writers have fallen off because they have taken the commercial success of the show for granted. So it's starting to just go on based on ratings and popularity versus quality and substance. Hopefully things can turn around somehow by S8.

    Stealth
    Things have gotten too out of hand over the past season or so. They've ridden the wave of the show's popularity and relied on too many gimmicks. It's difficult to fix it now, but that's where their focus should be. The loss of audience in 7A should be their wake up call.

    The wake up calls were dumpstergate and the Lucille cliffhanger, but Gimple and Kirkman defended their storylines.

    Even if the ratings continue to fall, the show will still bring in more viewers than any other show on AMC.

    tink
    Personally I see this sort of thinking as everything that is wrong with TWD at the moment. He's more concerned with longevity than he is with quality. This is going to lead to more cliffhangers and sloppy story telling.

    Things have gotten too out of hand over the past season or so. They've ridden the wave of the show's popularity and relied on too many gimmicks. It's difficult to fix it now, but that's where their focus should be. The loss of audience in 7A should be their wake up call.

    Personally I see this sort of thinking as everything that is wrong with TWD at the moment. He's more concerned with longevity than he is with quality. This is going to lead to more cliffhangers and sloppy story telling.

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