Say what you will about The Walking Dead (you know, like the fact that the first season never quite lives up to the potential of the premise, the second season featured some of the worst/obvious/most wheel-spinning and ham-fisted plotting seen on modern television, and the third season was much better but still featured a dizzying amount of contrivances), like it’s titular zombies, the show simply cannot die. Despite its innumerable flaws, the occasional glints of potential (as well as powerhouse ratings) have been a steady engine for the zombie apocalypse program, keeping it running on AMC for at least an upcoming fourth season. And now the AMC CEO is stating he expects the show to still be on the air in 2022.
Of course, that exact date is likely a bit of hubris, it also speaks of AMC’s determination to wring every last bit of ratings from The Walking Dead much longer than they should, a la Showtime has with Dexter, and Fox did with House, MD.
So what was said? AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan stated that he “hope[s] that zombies live forever and we’ve just begun to find out what the post apocalyptic world is like, so that we’ll be sitting here at the Barclays conference in 2022 discussing the fact that Walking Dead is not over.”
So, what do you think—will The Walking Dead become the Rolling Stones of AMC, or will it go on way too long?
Source: Coming Soon