With well over 10 million viewers per week, The Walking Dead remains king of cable TV. AMC’s flagship show has now reached the halfway mark of its seventh season, and the creator of the TWD comics, Robert Kirkman, has now come out and said he wants the show to last at least a few more years.
“No telling how long the show will last. Very hopeful we will last to Season 10 and beyond.”
Contrary to, say, Game Of Thrones, the Dead source material is still far ahead of the show. To put it into perspective: the mid-season finale can be compared to issue #111, and the most recently printed one is #162.
“It took us 6 seasons to get to 100,” Kirkman wrote. “It won’t take us 6 years to get to 200 and that will take us to season … TWELVE. And we’ll still be ahead of the show at that point.”
Should The Walking Dead continue to closely follow the comics, there’s a war with Negan ahead, which was heavily teased in the mid-season premiere trailer. After that, the comics saw a time jump to a point where civilization has begun rebuilding and the Whisperers are a looming threat.
The Walking Dead‘s alum Michael Rooker recently shared his idea for how the show should end, and to me, it was perfect:
“A railroad track…going on forever, into the setting sun. From behind camera, a single individual walks down the middle of the track…into the setting sun. You realize that individual is Carl…all grown-up, a man of his own. No one else is with him—just him. And as he does his voice-over, you realize that all the seasons that you’ve seen is him reliving his past. So everyone on the show is dead. He’s the only survivor, and he’s on his own and walks off into the sunset. And that’s the end of the show.”