‘The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Says Series Could Possibly Last 10 Years or More

By April 22, 2014
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If having seven or eight seasons of “Game of Thrones” on HBO wasn’t good enough, how about 10 or more years of “The Walking Dead” on AMC?

Showrunner Scott M. Gimple doesn’t think that estimation is out of the question as he spoke with Larry King about just how long the hit cable drama, following survivors in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, could last. Speaking about the future of the show, Gimple says:

As a TV show, all TV shows end, but I will say, I think it’s possible that it could go on and on and on. I think if it went 10 years, if it went longer than that, it’s possible that the cast — considering the amount of deaths on this cast and everything else — after 10, 12 years, it could shift into a whole new cast.

That might sound a bit over-the-top, but if characters keep dying at the rate we’ve seen in just four seasons, then it would stand to reason that the main cast could keep changing. Of course, isn’t that the purpose of the developing spin-off that will focus on a different band of survivors? Ten years is a long time to do anything, and will the actors who play the surviving characters want to stick around for another six years (at the very least)?

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More than likely, Gimple is just being hopeful and trying to create some buzz (and here we are writing about it). After all, only slightly more than a dozen live-action drama series have lasted 10 or more seasons. Some of them include crime dramas like “NYPD Blue” and a couple different “Law & Order” variations, westerns like “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke,” and medical dramas like “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The biggest problem is that many of those shows began to lose their luster towards the end and overstayed their welcome. Anyway, for now we’ll just have to wait and see what we hear about the fifth season, which will likely premiere again in October this fall. Plus, stay tuned to find out more about that spin-off that’s happening as well.

Would you watch “The Walking Dead” for 10 or more years? How much longer do you want the show to last?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.