Currently in its seventh season, The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple doesn’t yet see an end for the show. At PaleyFest, Gimple said he’d believes the AMC series could go on for two more decades and says that if the comic book the series is based can do it, so can they.
“We are trying to do twenty years. The (“Walking Dead”) comic has certainly done it, and I look forward to every issue. The Simpsons has been on 26, 27 years, so that’s a challenge — so OK, challenge accepted. Done.”
But after that long, how can a show not grow boring and the audience fatigued from watching? Gimple isn’t concerned because he believes they come up with something new every eight episodes or so.
“We try to reinvent the show every eight episodes. We have this story that is a fidelity to the comic book, but we’re also exploring original stuff, and those things help us go on every year. We want to try do it better, do things we haven’t done, take risks. It’s scary as hell, but as long as we keep doing that the show can go on and on.”
Gimple’s enthusiasm is great, but The Simpsons is a rare case. With dramas, especially genre dramas like The Walking Dead, creativity eventually dies and so does viewer enthusiasm with the show. The cast might also want to move on and work on other projects.
What do you think? Do you see the series going on for that long? Would you continue watching? Is twenty years a stretch? Let us know in the comments below!
The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.
Source: NY Daily News