Season 5 is now in production, set to premiere in October. TWD producer David Alpert recently talked about how they have a plan for what Season 10 will look like, and where Seasons 11 and 12 will be headed. Since AMC didn’t jump in with a “wait a second, mister” they are probably hopeful that the show will continue its ratings success, leaving a tentative spot open on the schedule from October to March for the next seven years or so. In fact, we know they’re hopeful, since last year, AMC CEO Josh Sapan said he hoped to still be talking about TWD in 2022.
But not everyone is fond of the idea of TWD continuing for quite that long. Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) was recently asked, “I heard that the producers if Twd said their will be at least 12 seasons. Is this true?” It’s not really like he’d know for sure — the show is renewed on a year-to-year basis, so no one can be definitive that far into the future, but Chandler replied, “there was an article about an amc producer saying that the show will still be on in 2022...we'll see, but i personally think 10 seasons would be a good ending point for the show."
Chandler may face some disagreement on that, but he’s probably just worried about keeping the show as fresh and relevant as it is now. Then again, it’s up to the producers and writers to make sure that stays the case. Some series do fall off after a while, with fans wishing someone had put them down before they turned. But other shows can tell a great story for years and years, and TWD has the potential to do just that.
It’s key to hear that The Powers That Be have a plan. The last thing you’d want to hear is “we’re going to wing it!” with no idea where they could be headed. Robert Kirkman is still writing his comic book series, and he’s said he plans to have the TV show endbefore the end of the comics, so there’s no worry about running out of source material. It’s just a matter of when they decide the TV show should end, and what ending they choose to use to wrap up the televised version of the story.
If Season 5 is premiering in October 2014 (and it is, unless the real zombie apocalypse starts first), then Season 10 would premiere in 2019. Continuing into 2022 would mean keeping on until Season 13. (Fun fact: Chandler will turn 23 in 2022. Carl Grimes: The College Years = spinoff?)
Do you think Season 10 would be a good end point, or do you hope they keep going to Season 12, or Season 13 … or beyond?