'The Walking Dead' producers say that the show could go on until season 12, but can its ratings keep improving like they have been?
There’s nothing better than your favorite show being in its fourth season and hearing from its creators that they already have plans for season number twelve. It’s exactly what fans of 'The Walking Dead' got when showrunner Scott Gimple and producer David Alpert revealed the info. Gimple started it all when he said the show could go on for ten seasons a few months back, but Alpert recently backed him up stating that, whether 'The Walking Dead' makes it to season 12 or not, they already know where they’re going to take the hit zombie series.
The Walking Dead could last till season 12?
"I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what season 10 is gonna be," Aplert said at an appearance at the Produced By conference this week. "We know where Season 11 and 12...we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we're lucky enough to get there." The ones involved with the show aren’t the only ones who feel this way. Robert Kirkman, the creator of 'The Walking Dead' comic, has said that he knows where he’ll be taking the comic for issue number 200, and he even knows how it’s going to end. Started in October 2003, the book is currently at issue 128.
Season 12 is still a lot of years away, but it’s a safe bet that AMC isn’t going to cancel it even if the show was in season 50. Season 4, which ended back in March, had the highest ratings that the series has seen yet, as it pulled in nearly 28 million viewers every week. Not only that, but it was also only second to ‘Breaking Bad’ on Nielsen’s list of the top television shows talked about on Twitter. ‘The Walking Dead’ rules social media, and it rules TV ratings, but how long can it realistically last, despite what the showrunners say?
Does anyone want The Walking Dead to last 12 seasons?
If the show continues to follow its current path, and keeps taking plot points from the comics, then the future is bright for ‘The Walking Dead,’ and there’s no reason for it to slow down anytime soon. Though the zombie fad may be on the way out in general, it’s clear that fans only keep wanting more from their favorite undead series, and they’re going to get it when season five airs later this year. For those that may have thought last season went at a slower pace, Kirkman says things are going to speed up quickly. “We did pull back on the reins a little bit at the end of season four,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “We're definitely going to hit the ground running for season five and we really don't let up very quickly at all. It's going to be a pretty fast-paced, intense season.” If that’s the case, then we’re excited.