What started out as a seemingly innocent quip has turned into a serious ambition, with Robert Kirkman announcing his very real intentions to take #TheWalkingDead's seasons into the double digits.
The comic book writer and TV executive producer last year teased fans with hints that the show might just make it to Season 12, if his plans for the comics are anything to go by. And while the possibility of another five seasons of The Walking Dead is an exciting idea, it's highly likely that Kirkman was merely being a bit cheeky with his fans.
However, Kirkman recently penned a more concrete plan for the show's future in the "Letter Hacks" section of the latest Walking Dead comic— and this time, he means business.
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More Than Just Breadcrumbs
The last tidbit that Kirkman included in Letter Hacks was the suggestion that, given the show's current production speed, it would take 12 seasons for The Walking Dead to get anywhere near the amount of comics Kirkman has planned— at least 200. But now he's issued a more concrete statement on his hopes for the future of TV's most successful zombie drama:
"No telling how long the show will last. Very hopeful we will last to Season 10 and beyond."
This means that, given the show can "last", we'll hopefully be seeing another three seasons— if not more. This is, of course, completely reliant on continued high ratings for the show, as well as the show's team being willing to continue with the adventures of Rick and his ruthless band of survivors.
David Alpert Is On Board, Too
This isn't the first time long-term plans for The Walking Dead have been mentioned. Back in 2014, executive producer David Alpert spoke about the show's future at a panel held by the Producers Guild of America:
"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".
His sentiments certainly appear to match those of Robert Kirkman— who knows what the future might hold for The Walking Dead?
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