The Walking Dead will never die. Like its walkers, shambling around without purpose, AMC foresee the franchise sticking around for a long, long time to come. We’re not talking years here… we’re talking decades. Hey, at least we might get ‘round to seeing literal Old Man Rick in season 46.
As reported by Deadline (opens in new tab), AMC CEO Josh Sapan deliberately uses the word franchise when talking about The Walking Dead’s future. “The use of the word ‘franchise,’ we don’t take lightly. It’s not a sloppy or casual word. We’ve studied the best,” Sapan explains, “Some have been around 30, 40, 50 years. We have a chance for a lot of life in the franchise.”
Of course, that hardly means we’re going to see the main TV show stretch much more past The Walking Dead season 8 (opens in new tab) but, rather, a whole bunch of spinoffs and other properties. Fear The Walking Dead has just finished its third season, and there’s bound to be plenty more where that came from, as Sapan says the franchise is “in great shape and the people who are managing that great shape are motivated.”
It’s all well and good saying you’re going to continue a franchise for a few decades, but what about the fans? The Walking Dead has been on the wane for the last couple of seasons and its video game counterpart is essentially over and done with. Where else is there for the franchise to go next? Zombies are great and all, but there’s only so much of the pains of the post-apocalypse that viewers can handle. Time to think outside the box, perhaps?
So, let’s settle this in the time-honoured tradition of our forefathers: an internet poll.