The Walking Dead could last 20 seasons says showrunner

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Fans of both The Walking Dead comic book and its television adaptation know that after almost seven seasons, the show is still pretty far behind the comic book. It would take several more seasons to cover all that material and apparently several more seasons is what we’re going to get. In fact, the plan sounds a lot more ambitious than that. Showrunner Scott Gimple spoke with fans about the series during a panel at Paley Fest in Los Angeles and he shared his vision for the show, one that would see it lasting until 2030 and possibly beyond.

“We are trying to do twenty years,” he said. “The (Walking Dead) comic has certainly done it, and I look forward to every issue.”

It’s rare that a show lasts this long or even close to this long. Shows like ER and Law & Order have had extremely long runs, but they’re exceptions. And, of course, there’s The Simpsons which has been on since 1989. Gimple even mentioned the show saying, “The Simpsons has been on 26, 27 years, so that’s a challenge — so OK, challenge accepted. Done.”

Gimple explained the philosophy of creating the show in greater depth and explained how they go on so long.

“We try to reinvent the show every eight episodes,” said Gimple. “We have this story that is a fidelity to the comic book, but we’re also exploring original stuff, and those things help us go on every year. We want to try do it better, do things we haven’t done, take risks. It’s scary as hell, but as long as we keep doing that the show can go on and on.”

Robert Kirkman, the comic’s writer, has said in the past that the show has the potential to go on for a long time, supporting Gimple’s claim.

“It took us 6 seasons to get to 100,” Kirkman wrote to fans. “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.”

Of course, that’s a great thing if everyone on board is still loving the product. But will the show’s actors want to go on that long? Are the fans going to be as enthusiastic that far down the road or will they start to lose interest? Perhaps, only time will tell.


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Glen has been reading comic books and playing video games his whole life. His unhealthy passion, however, is for film. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.