Like the zombie apocalypse the show depicts, there's no end in sight for The Walking Dead. The series, which recently wrapped its third season, is one of the highest-rated cable series on television -- and as such, says AMC networks CEO Josh Sapan, it could go on forever.
Or at least as close to that as television might allow: “We hope that zombies live forever and we’ve just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like, so that we’ll be sitting here at the Barclays conference in 2022 discussing the fact that Walking Dead is not over," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
2022? That would mean The Walking Dead would last twelve seasons -- practically an eternity in television terms. By that time, it seems likely, the entire show's cast will have fully cycled out. After all, the only season 1 cast members left at the end of season 3 are Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Steven Yeun (Glen Rhee), Melissa McBride (Carol Pelletier) -- and at the rate that the show is killing off its main cast, they'll probably only be around for a few more years.
And, of course, there's the danger of running out of storylines. I'm not quite sure there are twelve years worth of stories in The Walking Dead. The comic book upon which the show is based has already crossed its hundred issue threshold, and already seems to be recycling ideas. There's only so much you can do in the post-apocalypse.
What do you think? Would you like to see 12+ seasons of The Walking Dead, or would you rather it ended sooner?
The Walking Dead will return for season 4 this fall.