The Walking Dead just debuted its eighth season a few weeks ago, but what’s next? Recently, AMC CEO Josh Sapan discussed the future of the TV show.
Based on the comics by Robert Kirkman, the popular zombie drama stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
During an interview with Wall Street analysts, Sapan revealed AMC has big plans for The Walking Dead and the franchise could last for decades:
The use of the word ‘franchise,’ we don’t take lightly. It’s not a sloppy or casual word. We’ve studied the best. Some have been around 30, 40, 50 years. We have a chance for a lot of life in the franchise.”
So far, season eight of The Walking Dead has been a success for AMC. While ratings have dropped slightly since last year, the season is holding strong with an average rating of 4.51 in the 18-49 demo and 10.181 million viewers. For comparison, season seven averaged a 5.39 rating in the 18-49 demo and 11.349 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you watch The Walking Dead? Do you think it has long-term franchise potential?
No. I was a fan, never missed ANY episode ,watched the reruns, and even followed up with talking dead. And then the deaths of all the character s that you grew with you killed over and over and OVER in one season…. Replacing the killed with too much talk, shallow scattered events too much going not enough coming, oh ya also Stating. THE RATING DECLINE DON’T MATTER IS SLAPPING NO EXCUSE ME IT’S STABBING US , OLD FANS IN THE HEART and back because, obviously We would NOT have watched so LONG if WE didn’t Like ……..SAD X fan …Carls… Read more »
I Love The Walking Dead, Please keep it on!
It’s time to finish it , a ridiculous show with same story in each season: gather people around and attack!
I don’t know… I just got a mental image of an elderly Rick, guarding his nursing home by killing walkers with his cane!
omg, this made me laugh
The Walking Dead is my favorite. When it is no longer showing I will simply throw the TV in the dumpster and live in the past.