‘Walking Dead’ Producer Wants More Than 7 Seasons – Do You?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 15th, 2012 at 10:36 am,

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The Walking Dead season 3 has officially begun, taking Rick and the survivors into their most dangerous environment yet, the prison. But how many more years of adventures can we expect from AMC’s hit series? That answer, unfortunately, depends on which producer you ask.

Speaking with Daily Dead, producer Gale Anne Hurd opened up about the potential future of the series – as well as how long she feels the series should continue – taking into account creator Robert Kirkman’s plans for The Walking Dead comic book.

Hurd, knowing all of the storylines the comic book explores, feels as if there’s more than enough content in the source material to continue the series for the foreseeable future:

There is so much rich material to draw from and so many fantastic characters. There are so many different situations and characters to join our survivors, as well as [characters] to be pitted against them… I think there is no limit. There is certainly no limit to the comic book series and Robert has probably 250 [issues] figured out.

However, before any Walking Dead fans jump for joy about the “no limit” comment, it should be noted that executive producer Glen Mazzara had previously stated that, even though Kirkman’s source material is rich with stories, he has an ending planned for the series, as any television show can only last for so long. With a set amount of stories he wants to tell, Mazzara sees the series reaching season 7.

Even though Hurd knows that 7 seasons is what could likely happen for the show, she believes that her previous experience in film has given her a different perspective on the future of The Walking Dead:

I think much bigger and maybe it’s my feature film background. Seven isn’t nearly enough…

All things said, Hurd’s comments about the 7 season plan is absolutely true, but only when pairing it with the comic book. Kirkman has previously stated that, because The Walking Dead is a story about survival, the comic could potentially continue indefinitely. And with the popularity of the comics growing each year, it’s very likely that “indefinitely” is the current plan for the source material.

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Television, however, is much more finicky, with viewers coming and going as tastes and trends change. Even though The Walking Dead has more than enough established storylines (via the comic book) to currently present audiences with eighteen seasons of show, many television producers see each season as a miracle, never knowing when, or if, the viewers’ love for the series will wane. Television’s graveyard is currently filled with more than enough once-popular television series being upended and canceled, many of which continued beyond their collective welcome.

Then again, The Walking Dead is not like any other television series, as its storylines and character moments have already stood the test of an opinionated – and much finickier – comic book audiences. So while some series degrade as they age, The Walking Dead has a succinct storyline already prepared, simply awaiting being told.

Like with most things, time will reveal all. Still, if The Walking Dead continues to evolve each season, there’s no doubt that it can hit that season 7 goal. But the question is: If that happens, will you still be watching it?

Then again, if the show wears thin, there’s always that Walking Dead movie that could potentially continue the story.

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The Walking Dead airs Sundays @9pm on AMC

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  1. they need to do 12 seasons!!

  2. i think there should be at least about 20 seasons, and i know it seams like a lot…but we need to REALLLLLY understand how bad the world of Walking Dead people is :)

  3. I loveeeeeee this show its amazing, and im hooked on it :) !!

  4. Im so happy that they made a show about zombies … I loveeeeeee every zombie show or zombie movie that’s out !!! I like horror stuff, I’m into that and i like figuring out who will be next to be saved and who will survived and also who will be next to die and turned into a zombie 😉

    • They’re not zombies, they’re walkers. 😉

  5. The walking dead is soo amazing!!! They should atleast do 20 seasons!! And THEN do a walking dead movie!! I love the story line and EVERYTHING, and I think they should move on to a diffrent area in the country! That would cool!!! Please keep making the walking dead!

  6. how about yes? more than 9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999!

  7. While loads of seasons might please comic book readers, I really think somewhere between 7 maybe 8 seasons is enough, they should speed up the show from the comics leave some stuff out , and if need be create an alternate ending in the tv series to the comics. MOST PEOPLE WILL GET TIRED IF YOU DRAG IT OUT.

  8. I LOVVVVVVVE This show

  9. Every descent show needs to know when to bow out…After this part 2 of Season 4, I don’t know how much longer I can take with the same struggles and long over done dry material…I wish this show gets cancelled hopefully all the fangirls/fanboys that love Norman Reedus “Daryl” will stop watching the show if they killed him off and maybe than will people actually realize this show has not been compelling since season 1…

    • Wronnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

  10. I couldnt stand zombie shows before I got into TWD and now I am hooked. This show is the best show on TV please keeping making it, do whatever you have to do besides killing Rick and Daryl or Carl. Make them travel to different parts of the world or whatever just keep it going. HUGE FAN

  11. the walking dead should go for 13.i love the show.

  12. Skip the bullsh*t rant scroll down and vote HELL YEAH!

  13. Decided to watch the walking dead a few weeks ago… almost through the third season. Absolutely love it. Can’t get enough….

  14. I think 7 or 8 is good enough. Because you guys need to think about the main cast, especially the guy who plays Rick. He’s going to get tired of playing the same character. As much he might love playing Rick, at some point, he’s going to quit and move on to something else. 13 or 20 seasons, is to much of a show and sounds a bit torture to the actors who has been on the show since season 1. I do like the show, however, I’m starting to lose my patient on the slow parts in the middle of the episodes, everyone of them. But to be fair to the actors and along with the people working on the show will need to stop and move on something else they’ll like to work on new projects. Like going to school for the last 12 years. Are you high schoolers tired of going to school? Yep, you’re tired, annoyed and want to go to college or get a job right away. You’ll want to do something different. Again, i like the show, but at some point, the show will need to end. the comics can go on as long the creators want it to be.

  15. As long as they keep daryl till the end of the series I say why not.

  16. I think there couldn’t ever be too many walking dead seasons , I’m so hooked and love them , I’d watch at least up to season 100 😀 asking as they keep rick daryl and Carl and glen then I’m happy

  17. I watched all 4 seasons it was awesome. The show should continue without a doubt.

  18. Yes please it would be awesome if there were more than 7 seasons of The Walking Dead,as many as possible, i just love it.

  19. i absolutely love The Walking Dead, I now have my fiance and my mum hooked too! I think you should keep filming, making The Walking Dead until it’s fan base drops dramatically, I have watched it and re watched it about a million times, the only way it can end is a cure (but I hope that never happens) :)

  20. At least 12, at the LEAST!!! I’ve been watching since I was 8, and I’ll be 12 in a week but please at least 12, or 20, or 400,000,000,000, and if you end the walking dead, that’ll end me, no joke, I cry when the characters die, well, my favorites, and DO NOT KILL DARYL!!!!

  21. I think this show is amazing I am twelve years old and there should be over 100 seasons.

    • i wish we would have the more than 7 seasons I don’t want it to be over