Will the undead ever die on AMC?

When AMC Networks decided to try an experiment, a relatively hardcore horror series based on a comic series called THE WALKING DEAD, they couldn’t have imagined it would have blown up like it did. This is shown by their initial 6-episode run on the freshman series. Now, seven years later, the show is still going strong, and leaves many to wonder how long it can keep it up.

AMC – The Walking Dead

Comicbook.com wondered that exact same question. Kirkman took to an issue of letter hacks, the section of the end of a comic issue where Kirkman addresses fan questions, to comment on the longevity of the series, both in print and on the screen:

It took us 6 seasons to get to 100,” Kirkman wrote. “It won’t take us 6 years to get to 200 and that will take us to season … TWELVE. And we’ll still be ahead of the show at that point.”

AMC execs have indicated in the past that as long as Kirkman has great stories to tell, they will keep the series going, and Kirkman feels that he has the interest and energy to keep the comics going indefinitely. But for television series, even good things, maybe especially good things, come to an end.

AMC – The Walking Dead

There has been a lot of talk lately about the declining viewership of the TV series. Some are rebelling against, what many call, a manipulative season six finale. Others find the threat of humans less appealing than the undead threat. And some still feel like current events are depressing enough without the bleak tone of the show.

While execs are quick to point out that even with the lower numbers, the show looms large over other show’s viewer counts. We have to wonder though if their tune will change if the numbers continue to decline. If there’s one thing that can be said about AMC, however, is that they don’t cancel their original series on a whim. Typically show creators are the ones that choose to bow out on top. THE WALKING DEAD and BREAKING BAD arguably put AMC on the map as one of the top viewed networks on TV, so it’s understandable of the network has a higher than usual loyalty to the show.

At this point there’s no indication that the show will join the dead on the horizon. There are several major story arcs coming up if they continue to follow the comics, including the soon-to-be-seen All Out War arc, which are some of the most famous stories in its long running volumes.

The last issue to be released for THE WALKING DEAD comic is #161, and the midseason finale covered issue #111. Figuring that the show encases roughly 20 issues per season, it could take three years to catch up to the current point, and with the comic continuing to be published, it’s possible the show could pull a “Game of Thrones” and surpass them at some point. But viewers, and AMC, are going to have to continue to get behind it to keep it going.

Are you still hanging on to the seventh season of THE WALKING DEAD? How long would you like to see it continue?

THE WALKING DEAD returns on February 12th, 2017 and will air on Sundays at 9 PM through the rest of the season.

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