I know for many fans of the series, the day The Walking Dead ends is almost not worth thinking about. Unfortunately, all good things must come to end, and either due to studio cancellation, finishing the story, or the actual zombie apocalypse, The Walking Dead will one day leave our screens.
At the moment, there's no reason to suggest The Walking Dead finale is going to occur any time soon. However, creator Robert Kirkman recently added his two cents on how long he thinks the show can last. In the letter column for Issue #126 of The Walking Dead comic book series, a fan asked Kirkman not to milk the concept and end the show by Season 7 or 8 at the latest. To this, Kirkman replied:
Just because something goes a long time doesn’t mean it’s being milked. We’ll be lucky to make it to season 7, but if we go beyond that it’ll be because we have a story to tell... We certainly won’t be able to tell the full story of the comics in seven seasons of the show.
While Kirkman's estimations might be a little bit conservative, The Walking Dead showrunner, Scott Gimple feels differently. He's much more optimistic about how long The Walking Dead can last - even claiming on Larry King Now that the show could last a decade longer!
Personally, I'm more inclined to agree with Kirkman. Every great piece of narrative storytelling needs to end eventually. To continue the show purely for the sake of ratings or revenue will inevitably ruin the series, or at the very least, result in an unsatisfactory ending once the studio execs realize the show is no longer profitable.
What do you think? Would you be happy for The Walking Dead to shamble on and on, or do you think it has to end one day?