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

Published 2 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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  1. I love the walking dead I thaink their shoud be one million season’s. LOL

  2. noo. i would love to watch it and watch it, but in my opinion 4-5 seasons are enough. what happens with amazing series that last too much – usually it becomes boring or we see too much comerce in it. it all has to be considered well, its a hard work to find the goal, to end at the right moment. prison break – great example. dr.house last seasons – bad example. but of course, it all depends on directors choices and scriptwriters decisions

  3. I think we should see how it goes for about 3 – 4 more seasons, but I do like the idea this way we can see characters grow like carl and judith bring in new characters there’s a whole lot of things the walking dead could do and it will be interesting plus I want to see more of daryl his still a mystery kinda guy. I think they should show certain things like flashbacks so we understand more of the characters like the gov if it follows the comics and the novels it should be interesting. There lots of t v series that have gone on for over 10 years and true fans love it even more why not take it season by season!

  4. I do agree with the prison break comment to, but I didn’t want that to end :(

  5. Hellllzzzzzz yeaaa i want 7 seasons or more i love that show

  6. i feel the walking dead should go on for like,as LONG as it can,the only reason it wont go on tv anymore is becouse its starting to get SO EPIC and people just cant handle it,the only people that feels that it shouldent go on anymore just dont have ANY taists in good shows

    • Im with you. its an amazing show and i cant get enough

    • Agreed

  7. Walking dead should become the next soapy, like “days of our life’s” it should go on forever. but we must not wait for the next season,when the current season ends the next one should continue. I don’t think there’s a better series than walking dead. I wish we had the T-shirts available here in South-Africa. they are so cool.

  8. I think the walking dead shouldn’t ever come to an end, if they could figure out how to make a profit from the show, perhaps this could be more widely renowned and stretched into bigger ideas, such as a movie or books not comic books but there are probably more fans of the walking dead then they’ve ever expected there to be it would be amazing to see the walking dead thrive for a long long time and I know I’d support them every step of the way, just as long as they don’t screw it up. XD

    • I think Walking Dead should consist of 7 or 8 seasons there are many more ideas they can introduce, like maybe finding an island, but then realise that its even more dangerous than the main land.. cutting to 5 or 6 seasons would be okay but I think for a show that can introduce so many more ideas, they should do 7 or 8 seasons, but doign 10 or 11 would be too much

      • yes, then they end up on Lost Island, or Lostopia and meet the guys from lost, but the island time/ universe traveled so the whole lost storyline gets changed into a zombie type thing, idk may sound dumb and probably is since they would have to find all the actors for lost, or at least some of them. Then there would be copyright and ownership problems, but i would love to see Harold Perrineau all savage looking ( when i saw the left 4 dead 2 original louis it reminded me so much like his character from lost. At the end it would be ABC meets AMC, ehh stupid i know and will never happen, but it be cool.

  9. I DONT WANT TO END THE WALKING DEAD IT IS THE BEST EVER!!

  10. I love this show, its some of the best TV I have seen and I hope that they keep it going with new people joining the survivors and new baddies coming along also

  11. I think they should do at least. 8 more series i.cnt get enough of the walking dead an Daryl dixson BRING ON SEASON FOUR :D

  12. I think they should do at least. 8 more series i.cant get enough of the walking dead an Daryl dixson BRING ON SEASON FOUR :D

  13. hell yeah, The walking dead has been my favorite TV series since it started. i was scared they would end it at season 4, but hell yeah, go for atleast 7 seasons !!! Stay dead people !

  14. I think it would be cool to have another walking dead seires in another state with all new characters have it run at a differant time that way we can have the walking dead all year long. Maybe years from they they can interact

  15. I love the Walking Dead I think it should go on until the producer runs out of ideas and then let the fans post ideas so it will never end because with this show being the most watched television series I don’t think its worth ever ending that’s what I think. I LOVE THE WALKING DEAD I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT This series should be never ending. This is what I look forward to every week I literally count down the days. My life will be over without this show LOL jk but I still really love the show sooooooooooo much

  16. as long they leave breaking bad out of it !!!
    its creasy people on the net talking about how the walking dead connects with breaking bad,even that breaking bad would end in a zombie virus thing,i would never ever ever watch a episode of the walking dead again if they would do this

  17. i am a huge fan of the walking dead. it should never end. want to be watching it my whole life :D. such a great show, great ideas and acting.

    GJ CANT WAIT FOR SEASON 4 :D

  18. I think that the walking dead has something no other series have. When I watched the seasons it put me the viewer audience in this place where I could feel each characters emotion and suffering and I know there will eventually be an ending but the director really has so much potential right now I would hate for him to stop the series to early but I’m really excited for season 4 I think that season 3 2 1 was good but season 3 was I idk there was a lot of death and stuff and we lost a lot of great characters ( RIP merle Dickson) but I just didn’t like always watching the governors town can’t remember name I love the walking dead and think its has so much potential I hope in a future season it’s going to be mind blowing but let’s hope ppl we can get at least season 10 woohoo

  19. Walking dead the first zobie series ever and sould stay on for at least 12 seosons or more. Love it.

  20. I love love love the walking dead…
    However I want it to be a series I can love and be nostalgic with
    I don’t want them to run in I to the ground where the get repetitive and dull
    As long as season seven goes out with a bang I will be one super happy fan
    Rather than it go forever and I hate it

  21. It sounds to me we will get our show as long as we buy the comics. Lame.

  22. Their totally should be more then 7 seasons because the last 3 seasons gets you on the end of your seat with excitement, me personally I love the walking reads and I get way to excited ;)

  23. I feel that it’s doing wonderfully well, i can’t see a show that’s been going as good as it is not continuing i hope and pray it reaches 10 seasons that would be awesome im glad this show was made and im a huge fan.please continuing not just for me but the die-hard fan viewers

  24. 10 season seems reasonable

  25. I think the idea of branching out and making another show from a different state would be a great idea creating a while new group of characters and then they eventually overlap with each other a few season down the road that would be very coo, and bring a whole different variable to the shows and just make them so much more dynamic and then we could have walking dead all year long!

  26. There doing great after there done running the comic book out they should just go with the flow make 15seasons for all i care its goon good many more ideas are to come the babys gota grow in this world carol has to get older and many more things still gota go on it could take awhile I’m here to watch as long as it goes I’ve had dreams about the day this happens sense i was 10 I’m now 23 love zombies and deff could survive an apocalypse

  27. the walking dead should have so many seasons, the actors die of old age! then show can end

  28. I can’t wait for the next episode. Walking dead is brill I wish I had seen it from day one. Only just found it on 5*. Keep it coming please

  29. I love the Walking Dead, it is a great show and like another poster said it would be great for flashbacks e.g. how they survived the winter would be good, this show is just so good I don’t want it to end