Walkers and Saviours rejoice! AMC bosses have reassured The Walking Dead fans the show will be around ‘a long time’ yet despite falling ratings.
While we all anticipate the eventual destruction and catastrophe of nuclear disaster at the hands of Kim Jong-Un, we can all escape and indulge in the barren wasteland and Zombie apocalypse adventures of the Walking Dead (buy Negan’s Baseball Bat) knowing full well that Rick, Michonne and the rest of their unkept crew will be with us for a very long time.
Well, until North Korea decides to push the self-destruct button and all hell breaks loose of course.
The seventh season (Buy here) of the undead show was apparently met with criticism for being sluggish, leading to “some minor erosion” in US ratings, but this won’t affect the show’s future standing on the schedules.
Speaking at a Media & Communication Summit in New York about ratings concerns (via Hollywood Reporter), AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan said: “It’s pretty alive and vital and there’s a long time that we’re going to be playing with The Walking Dead.”
Despite some controversial pacing issues in the seventh season, show producer Greg Nicotero explained how fan reaction won’t affect their vision for season eight.
Showrunner Scott Gimple has also previously addressed the show’s lifespan, saying how he hopes the show will last for an exhausting 20 seasons.
There is however, a lot riding on the upcoming season, season eight, with many fans left burnt by the hyped-up teases which amounted to a slightly underwhelming season seven finale.
It’s something they’ve started to repeat with season eight too, with Scott Gimple saying how it’ll have a “breakneck pace” and Andrew Lincoln saying it’s the most excited he’s been about the show, ever!
While the ratings tumble looms over the show, we’ll simply have to wait and see if the 8th season can turn perception around, once again.
We don’t know about you but here at Brainstain we absolutely loved the last series of the Walking Dead and can’t wait until it returns to our screens later this fall. It’s not all about headshots, blood and guts and exploding body parts you know, some of us are actually emotionally invested in character development and expanding story arks.
This is what the Walking Dead does best, after all. The Walking Dead season eight is expected to release later this year, but until then you can click on our links and buy those box sets and you can thank us in advance!
Story by Michael Lee
Featured Photo Credit – AMC