Good news, Walking Dead fans! It looks like Robert Kirkman's confident prediction on the show's future seasons is about to come true. AMC are apparently very satisfied with the show's "creative strength"— so much so that they're willing to keep the series going for quite some time.
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Ratings Have Dropped, But The Money's Still Flowing
#TheWalkingDead's future has looked a little uncertain following a fluctuation in ratings for Season 7. At one point, numbers were as low as those back in Season 3. While things have picked up since then, it raises some serious concerns about the show's ability to keep going— especially after seven seasons.
But in interview with The Hollywood Reporter, AMC stated they were more than happy with The Walking Dead's performance. Sure, the show may be losing viewers, but it's still proving incredibly profitable for the network:
"The Walking Dead is a franchise that will deliver ancillary revenues over different distribution platforms for many years to come as it does today. And we believe it will have a long life that accrues to our strategic position and financial benefit."
AMC cited the show's "creative strength" as a major winner, praising its ability to "command a large and loyal audience"— a talent that's served AMC's bank account quite well.
They also acknowledged the fact that The Walking Dead continues to reign supreme over its target demographic, an achievement AMC are incredibly proud of:
The Walking Dead remains the No. 1 show on television among younger viewers by a very wide margin. Beyond advertising, The Walking Dead is illustrative of the benefits of owned franchise content.
What Does This Mean For The Show's Narrative?
AMC's praise isn't just good news for fans, or the actors who depend on the show for their livelihood. The Walking Dead's writers now have plenty of room to work with in terms of the show's storyline.
In recent seasons, The Walking Dead has followed the plot laid out in Robert Kirkman's comic books more and more closely. The comics are currently much further ahead than the show, leaving the show writers with plenty of source material. But the possibility of having just a couple more seasons left meant the storyline would need to be adapted to accommodate for a looming cut-off date.
Luckily, this doesn't look like it'll be a problem anymore. With "many more years to come" of the show, the creators could continue to follow Kirkman's comics at their current pace, slowly unfolding the story and introducing viewers to new plot lines.
Then again, perhaps the show's writers will choose to do something completely different and divert from the comics altogether. At this early stage, it's anyone's guess.
What are your predictions for The Walking Dead's future seasons?
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)