AMC‘s mega-hit TV series, The Walking Dead, is in its sixth season, which can be a precarious time for any TV show. Creator Robert Kirkman is well aware that often, series are looking to end of their own accord, or end up cancelled, around this point in their lifecycle.
Kirkman, showrunner Scott M. Gimple, and executive producer Greg Nicotero, talked to The Hollywood Reporter about last Sunday’s season 6B mid-season premiere, and discussed how much life is left in this undead drama, starring Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, and Steven Yeun. [Warning: spoilers for The Walking Dead, season six, episode nine.]
From The Hollywood Reporter:
This was a huge episode: three major deaths plus Carl losing his eye — a lot of big moments from the comics. Where does the show go after this?
Kirkman: Everyone on this show is aware this is the sixth season. A lot of shows in their sixth seasons are either completely winding down or they’re struggling to find some kind of narrative transition to make the show about something else that can keep going. There are a lot of shows that lose steam at this point. Everyone involved is aware of the fact that these are dangerous waters and times when people can completely lose interest in a show. We’re working harder than we’ve ever worked, pulling out all the stops and rolling our sleeves up to make this as exciting and as explosive as we possibly can. Comic readers know this is a huge time period. There’s a lot of big moments from the book that are getting adapted from the “No Way Out” storyline in the midseason finale and midseason premiere and a big pivotal moment in the series and there’s a lot more to come. We’re putting it all out on the table for this season and we know there’s a lot more to come if we pull this off.
It sounds like there is still life in the old girl, yet. What do you think? Can (and should) The Walking Dead TV show continue for many more seasons, or should the creative team start to plan to end the series? Let us know, below.