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.
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?
The Walking Dead airs Sundays @9pm on AMC
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Source: Daily Dead