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.