‘The Walking Dead’ Planned Through to Season 12

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Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 16 The Walking Dead Planned Through to Season 12

[WARNING: This post contains spoilers for The Walking Dead.]


There is no way of knowing when a TV show will run out of road or if they will try to navigate over gravel and broken glass long after that point, refusing to wrap things up before people start forgetting why they loved those shows in the first place.

The Walking Dead isn’t necessarily kicking up gravel or nearing its expiration point right now as the cast and crew work on season 5 (which will debut this fall), but producer David Alpert has indicated that producers of the AMC zombie drama do have the far-off future on their mind.

Here’s Alpert, answering a question about working with “pre-existing” material during a panel discussion at a Producers Guild event.

“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 Walking Dead has diverged a bit from the comic book source material at times, so it’s hard to know how vital those “milestones” and “benchmarks” will be and what form they will take. However, if Alpert is referring to the source material that has already been released by Image Comics and Robert Kirkman and not some kind of story bible, then it seems natural to wonder if the Alexandria camp will play a large role in the later seasons of the show and what that could mean for the future of the show.

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First, let’s establish that this wouldn’t be a large leap. We already know that Negan’s eventual appearance as a big bad is a “99% lock” and Alexandria has been the port-of-call for Rick and his group since issue #69. At this point, most of the Walking Dead comic book series has occurred within and around that camp.

With that in mind, it would make sense that the show would settle there after Terminus and, quite possibly, a bit of time spent on the road. The trouble is, while there have been some great stories told about the group’s adjustment to “regular” life in Alexandria, some significant new characters, the town’s institutional naivety and Negan, there have been times where the comic has felt a bit stale because of Kirkman’s decision to make Alexandria home base and take the group off the road.

Four seasons in and The Walking Dead has seen four primary settings – the camp/Atlanta, Hershel’s Farm, the prison/Woodbury and the Road to Terminus. The Walking Dead has thrived on new scenarios and new challenges as Rick and his group struggle to survive, adapt and also steal back a bit of what they lost from time to time.

Without that constant change, though, it’s fair to wonder if the show could stagnate if the writers don’t find new ways to amp up the action within and around the walls of Alexandria if/when they get there, because if they don’t, then future forecasts could be irrelevant.


The Walking Dead season 5 returns to AMC in the fall of 2014.

Source: IndieWire, MTV

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  1. I can see both sides of this argument… If the show goes 12 seasons with this cast, it will become stagnant and repetitive (you can’t character develop that long).

    However if they focus on the World of the Walking Dead, and kill off this cast (including Daryl), then it could work to extend it 12 plus seasons. (They aren’t married to the source material now).

    The issues will be, will this show with the way it’s currently set up, survive without the key players (Daryl, Rick, Michonne, etc) in terms of fan appeal, and in 6/7 years, will anyone still be interested in the Zombie Survival genre? Also if they focus on the world setting, can they introduce new stories without just giving us a rehash of what the original story they told was?

  2. I just looove the “I stopped watching two seasons ago”, but they always show up to make comments on something they don’t watch. Exit stage left, if you really ever stopped watching

    • You act like you made some great point… as if people who stopped watching can’t comment.

  3. I pray this show doesn’t make it that long. There is no way they will do Negan justice on the show even if it is a cable program, they wont go as dark as the comic book. Not to mention they will have to kill Carl or he will look as old as Rick In a couple years.

    • That’s the problem with child actors though. Very few understand acting like adults do, when they need to be really young to play a role. Look at game of thrones. Most of the children in that series aren’t even meant to be teenagers, but there aren’t enough great actors that are between 5-10 years old. Acting is an experience thing as much as it’s a talent thing.

      I’m not saying child actors are bad though. Recently we’ve had loads of fantastic young actors come through that can have a long career in acting should they wish to carry on when they get older

      I would keep watching Walking Dead though. Apart from Survival Instinct, everything associated with the Walking dead has been fantastic, and with a third season of the game being planned, and a spin off series, it;s a great time to be a fan off the series

  4. If this show goes on for twenty years I will probably still watch it. Any news on the spin-off??

  5. Hey Ceasar-

    Since you didn’t reply directly to a post, I’m not sure who you are talking to. Maybe the article writer? Anyway, since you wrote below me I will just conveniently assume you were complimenting me… I just saw your website and I like it. Seems very well put together. A suggestion I would make would be to integrate more personal, original content, (such as discussion or analysis of some sort), to go with the slick synopsis and video content. I would have clicked on more stuff if you had! Nice work though.

  6. Well hope the walking dead goes on for a while but if norman or chandler die on it I will not watch.

  7. I want it to go on until season 100! XD as if that will happen but I can dream/

  8. Now, if only AMC has the same faith they do on TWD on their other shows like Turn…

  9. OMG
    I Love You Walking Dead :D

  10. How long of time span do the graphic novels cover? It seems like they were at the prison (tv) for about a year, and at Hershel’s for at least 6 months.

    • They we’re at Hershel’s for a couple of weeks.

  11. Wow! 12 seasons ?

    Looks like AMC is aiming for syndication. If the show’s ratings are still in the top 10 , they just might make it to season 12. If the general audience isn’t bored with zombies that is.

  12. i say kill off this current cast within the next few seasons except Rick, Michonne, Judith and Carl…id like to see Rick start to age a little more and need more help from carl and michonne and have him die maybe by episode 9 or 10

    • They may go the route of the game and have very few of the group survive, and those remaining literally walk off into the sunset and we never hear from them again. Then the spin off series starts at the same time as season 1, and their timelines run alongside each other

  13. As long as The Walking Dead has good stories to tell they should go on as long as they want. I’ll keep watching. The’ll just have to keep bringing in new people to keep it fresh.

  14. I love the show, and I hope that it is the longest running tv show in history. It is absolutely captivating each and every episode. Ill watch it until the very end.

  15. They should go to season 12 people are just haters cuz this is the best show in the world haters can’t prove nothing

  16. Ii think its a possibility altough i think it would be smarter to return to 10 to 12 episode for the story line progression. Network wise the show does great in numbers so sponsors and network like to have a full portfolio for each season. Its qauntity which might affect qaulity for some viewers

  17. I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead so I hope it last for a while!!!