The Walking Dead: Seven Seasons and a Spin-Off?

The third season of AMC's The Walking Dead continues tonight with the second episode, "Sick," which will follow up on the massive cliffhanger that the season premiere, "Seed," left us with. Will Hershel survive the zombie bite that forced Rick to amputate his leg? Will the survivors inside the prison be friendly or deadly? And just how will our survivors get out of the corner in which they've found themselves? 

We'll find all that out in tonight's episode, don't worry. But showrunner Glen Mazzara has even bigger plans for the series than the week-to-week duties of creating the show. He's got a very clear plan in mind, as it turns out. 

Speaking with Assignment X, Mazzara shared his plans for the show's future: "Hopefully this is long running and it’s a show that goes seven years and hopefully spins off into WALKING DEAD: L.A. and that kind of stuff. We can go anywhere with that. If you look at our episodes, every episode is different. Some are going to have zombies, some won’t have a lot. What I’m looking at is the bigger picture."

So Mazzara really wants to turn The Walking Dead into a CSI-style franchise, it appears. Whether or not the series will have staying power as a franchise remains to be seen, but for the moment, at least, that looks like a very possible future. After all, last week's season premiere managed to nab an astounding 10.87 viewers, the highest ever for an episode of AMC's original programming. At this rate, the series will almost undoubtedly make it to a seventh year, and maybe even beyond. 

What do you think? Would you like to see The Walking Dead continue on into the distant future, branching out into different incarnations? It certainly seems like an interesting idea. Post your opinions in the comments section below. 

The second episode of The Walking Dead season 3, "Sick," airs tonight at 9/8c on AMC. 

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Written by: mcpherson
Oct 21st, 2012, 1:00 pm


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Message Posted On Oct 22nd, 2012, 12:26 am

A franchise COULD keep it fresh.  My concern with this series has always been that I, personally, am not a HUGE fan of the zombie/zombie apocalypse genre in the sense that if it's perpetual, I'm not that interested.  It feels like a pointless journey if there's no hope to strive for.  Apocalyptic tales are interesting when you know there is an end to the story, one way or another.  I'm not really interested in long term living in a horrible hopeless situation.  In that sense I was totally with the girl last season that wanted to just end it all.  I was like, "I feel ya."  Granted, the way she would've done it, we now know, would've resulted in her becoming one.  This is not to say that I'm uninterested in the SHOW now, I'm just saying if I was in their situation, I'd've probably found a way to blow my brains out.  "Enough of THIS."


Message Posted On Oct 21st, 2012, 11:03 pm
The charm (!?) of the current version is it is close(ish) to the comics with some characters and some locations. A spin off gives you license to go off on a tangent. Although they discovered that there is no cure perhaps some sort of military base with scientists working on a cure with experimentation would add some desperation and caged zombies would add a threat. Or go a bit 'I am legend' and have a zombie which has a functioning brain.

Message Posted On Oct 21st, 2012, 8:05 pm
It's an amazing idea, one that usually ends up sucking, with the product/s just not being up to par. *** But imagine if it would actually work! That would be incredible. *** Key is to have available to spare the needed energy, without dispersing it. The budget needs to be... enough, and then, spent wisely (i.e. not spending 70 percent of it on a few A-List idiots, for example). *** Luckily, AMC execs seem much less likely to become actively involved (beyond writing the check) to fack things up, compared to, say, NBC/ABC/CBS/etc., who probably just would not be able to help themselves. *** So, with talents (writing/acting/fx/dp/edit/etc.) of comparable quality, we may yet see this being realized (in a beyond-DickWolfe way, that is). Oh, and not forgetting the involvement of the author (not just being on-board, but actively helping) would be pretty pivotal, as well. *** Exciting prospects, for sure.

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Message Posted On Oct 21st, 2012, 1:34 pm

Each could essentially adopt tones/settings as disparate as Romero's various films. 


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Message Posted On Oct 21st, 2012, 1:21 pm

I actually love the franchise idea--setting one of the shows in an enclave where civilization held out longer than other areas would completely alter the focus and tone of the series.

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