The Walking Dead is coming up on its 8th year of being in the horror zeitgeist. On October 7th, the 9th season will make its bow its on AMC. We’ve seen some highs and some lows in the past 8 seasons. Characters have risen to glory only to be taken away from us in brutal ways. Only 3 characters from the first season remain, and there are a handful of characters that we’ve received in seasons past. But how much longer can America’s top cable show last? AMC says they’re rearing to go for another decade.
Forbes reports that the statement was made by AMC CEO, Josh Sapan, this past at week at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
“The Walking Dead is a universe…and we have a plan to manage over the next decade, plus. That plan is a careful plan to respect the world of the fans of that world.”
Although ratings have dropped drastically from the show’s highest point (season 5’s premiere garnered over 17 million views over all platforms), the show is still cable’s highest watched series, let alone one of the highest watched series on Sunday nights. The universe has expanded with Fear the Walking Dead which performs pretty strong although not as strong as The Walking Dead. But AMC doesn’t want the universe to end with either show. While they plan for both shows to continue on, this writer something new must be on the horizon. Another spin-off, prehaps? There can’t be another viewpoint from another group of survivors. That’s been done. A fresher take on the apocalyptic, zombie-filled world would have to come about. Either way, AMC made it very clear they have plans for the titular show to always be present in their lineup.
With that, it has been promised with the upcoming ninth season that things will be a-changing. The premiere will start with a time jump of 18 months since the events of season 8’s finale. Other big changes include the eventual exits of lead characters Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), a handful of new characters to add to the already multitude of characters that the show has had troubles keeping up with, and behind the scenes, a new showrunner in the form of Angela Kang.
Hey, we’re all for another decade of zombie mayhem on the small screen, but there comes a definite time when we have to step past the “been there, done that” cycle that The Walking Dead has gotten stuck in the past few seasons. Perhaps new showrunner, Angela Kang, will take us out of that cycle, and into fresh ideas that will last the next 10 years and beyond.
Are you down for many more years of The Walking Dead? Or has it begun to lose the spark that it once possessed? What sort of ideas do you have for a universe expansion? Let us know over on our Twitter or on our Facebook group.