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The Walking Dead Could Last 12 Seasons

On the PGA’s Produced By panel last week, Executive Producer David Alpert mentioned that the 128 issues of The Walking Dead (to date) should have the show covered more material through as many as 12 seasons.

Alpert said, “I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what season 10 is gonna be. We know where season 11 and 12… we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we’re lucky enough to get there.”

That’s a lot of seasons. After 12 years, The Walking Dead would officially become AMC’s longest-running drama. Their current longest is Mad Men, which will enter its eight year in 2015.

How do you think season 10 will translate in terms of the comics? And what about season 11 and 12? Also, do you think The Walking Dead will really last all the way into 2022? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Joe Nida June 11, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

    With the success of the comics, and the growing number of tv viewers, it’s not out of the question. It would be interesting to see how everything falls together. Introduction of Negan in season 6 or 7? That could give a boost to the show and let the comic fans go nuts on the possibilities of what’s to come. All this is assuming they don’t fuck the series this season.

    • William Brink June 11, 2014 at 11:06 am - Reply

      Rumor has it Negan will make his entrance this coming season…which confuses me for a number of of reasons but we’re only up to season 5 and by the way it seems comics wise the show is up to the 80s ish area already and comics aren’t even at 130 yet. Either way should be interesting unless they drag all out war on for more than 2 seasons…and I think even that would be stretching that saga thin personally

      • Joe Nida June 11, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply

        I’m with ya, bringing Negan in this early doesn’t make a lot of sense. The way the show stretched out the prison arc was great, but stretching out the War arc for that long seems a little excessive. I heard rumors they were for sure going to DC, and getting there and setting up for Negan could take a lot of time. Kirkman has stated he has ideas through 300 issues of the comics, I just hope the show doesn’t get to a point where it’s “ahead” of the comics. (Yes I know it’s not fair to compare straight up, but there’s certain things you can compare and I hope you’re seeing the point I was getting at)

  2. cota472 June 11, 2014 at 11:01 am - Reply

    if they introduce Negan at season 6 like Kirkman hinted, I don’t see how they could stretch the war across to season 10. Maybe season 10 will introduce Manga though

  3. Bastet June 11, 2014 at 11:48 am - Reply

    As it is now, I can certainly see the show topping Mad Men in the running for runtime. However, my curiosity is with this spinoff coming next year & how it will affect the show. I’m looking for quality moreso than quantity. Then there’s the question of how Negan will be adapted. Some feel that a less over-the-top Negan would be perfectly fine on the screen, but I feel it would….detract from his character (especially for me, since I’ve read the comics & loved Negan’s character)…..the same way people felt about the absence of Rick’s F-Bomb in Terminus. BUT we are coming up on 5 seasons in & I have not been disappointed yet.

    I’ve read that Kirkman doesn’t want the show to catch up/bypass the comics, so there’s no telling how a Season 10 would translate in terms of the comics…..

    Either way, I’m there.

    • Cassi June 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      I agree. I can’t imagine how Negan will translate into the show. I’d almost rather hear bleeps over his dirty mouth than the ridiculous words they use to replace cursing. I once heard “frogging ashpole” on a cable showing of Goodfellas. Really?

      • Bastet June 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm - Reply

        Yeah, I believe more often than not, the intention is to use extremely silly words! I’d much rather have the irritating beep.

        • Stuart O June 12, 2014 at 2:43 am - Reply

          I’m still a little big foggy on why the use of bad language is prohibited? is it due to the time of the day that the show is on? or the channel/network that its broadcast? in the UK we have something called a watershed, where allchannel agrees to a code of conduct before 9pm and then after 9pm its (almost) anything goes.

          • Bastet June 12, 2014 at 3:54 am

            There are general rules for the time of day, the type of words used, & the number of words. Then the networks have their own guidelines within that. The reason AMC has so many great shows is that they get as close to the line as possible.

          • Alexander Lawson June 12, 2014 at 5:09 am

            Technically, with it being on cable, which is a paid service and doesn’t really have to follow the FCC guidelines for crudeness, nudity, etc… they could air Negan in all his fuckity fuckness. However, that would hurt their viewer audience. I know of middle school kids that watch the show with their parents. Hell, I know men of the cloth that watch the show. I think leaving him uncensored would hurt their viewer base. However, I think either bleeping him out, or possibly having a woman around that would bitch slap him every time he was about to swear could play in to his persona a bit. I think that could work out really well!

          • Bastet June 12, 2014 at 6:03 am

            To my understanding, those guidelines apply to cable as well…not sure about satellite. Because it is a law, it would be stated specifically if cable/satellite was exempt. Again, this is according to my understanding of it.

            I’d be all for a female (Sherry, maybe) bitch slapping Negan!

          • Stuart O June 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

            Thanks guys and gals, I think I have a better understanding now, I just had a mental image of negan getting slapped about 20 times in one speach, that would be funny but for some reason I dont think negan of the comic would stand for it .

    • Neutral Grey (Jonathon) June 15, 2014 at 4:25 am - Reply

      I never noticed this comment before.

      But yes… The spin-off DEFINITELY has my interest. Reason being, with this show we have to stretch out and drag arcs so the comic can still be well ahead to provide fuel for the TV series and often these arcs suffer because what would have made a great impacting four or so episodes becomes 8 to ten episodes full of filler.

      This show… It’s a start from scratch, potentially. A new ground-zero. They could craft a story and not have to slow down story telling or worry about adaptation. There’s no figuring out where the story is going. And for this reason, my comic book elitism can’t get in the way of my judgments, because I’ll have nothing to compare it to.

      • Bastet June 15, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

        That’s one way of looking at it in a positive light, but I think it also runs the risk of burnout. It’s like these senseless reality shows you see on TV now….some shows may be good but there’s a reality show for EVERYTHING now!! I’m sick of ’em! Now if they wanna take this spinoff & run it between these long season breaks, that would probably make it a little better!

  4. AJ Leslie June 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    A lot of things could go wrong but they haven’t yet. Keep it up 😛

  5. Japanese Business Man June 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Negan will likely appear season 6 finale. They still need to introduce Jesus, Heath, Aaron, Douglas and Jessie before that.

  6. ThatEpicBeast U Know June 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    eighth… not eight. Jeez, do I need to moderate you everytime?! 😀

  7. Neutral Grey (Jonathon) June 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Jesus. The show lasting that long is going to truly butcher Carl’s character even worse than it has been. A very important aspect of Carl is his age and you can’t stop an actor from aging. By the time Carl is supposed to be eleven in the comics he’ll be a fully grown man in the show.

  8. fdfdkdvcv June 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm - Reply
  9. Raymond Eddie June 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    ive been saying to my friends if they want the show to last they can deff do it. Adding new characters and plot twist to keep things interesting. All the while staying true to its core. Then again that’s a long time and im sure the show will endure changes to the writers room. Gaining and loosing certain aspects of the original season episodes,

    Im sure we all can agree however if you have watched a zombie movie or show recently since TWD. Nothing comes close to its quality. We have been spoiled “rotten”

  10. Gene Lariviere June 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Hope FX’s “The Strain” don’t go toe to toe with TWD. No way it’ll make it to a 12th season in that case.

    • Bastet June 12, 2014 at 3:14 am - Reply

      I cannot WAIT for this show!! The books were awesome; I’m pretty sure the show will be, too, since having it on the screen was del Toro’s original plan!

      I don’t expect it to cast a shadow on my Walking Dead, tho!

  11. hobbs June 12, 2014 at 10:01 am - Reply

    12 seasons SOUNDS cool, but it sure would be a HELLUVA lot cooler if they would make more than 12 episodes per season. Am I right??? They should make more like 24 episodes per season like most other ” hit shows”.

  12. hobbs June 12, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

    cut out the mid season finally B.S. and just give us an episode every week or so, but seriously, cheers on the ncis los angeles version of the walking dead that’s gonna come out soon, I’d been hopin for something like that for the past 3 seasons.

  13. Jason Thomas June 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I think it is extremely smart to plan that far ahead. #twd4life

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