Despite treading water for the past few seasons and seeing its viewing figures steadily decline, AMC’s The Walking Dead is still a ratings monster. And it looks as if the genre juggernaut won’t be going away any time soon.
According to AMC’s Josh Sapan, there are currently plans afoot for another decade of The Walking Dead and its world. As Sapan put it, “The Walking Dead is a universe, and we have a plan to manage over the next decade plus. That plan is a careful plan to respect the world of the fans of that world.”
Whether those plans include running the main The Walking Dead series for another decade or more remains to be seen, but there’s always the option to add another shared realm show or two into the mix ala Fear the Walking Dead.
The upcoming ninth season of The Walking Dead is certainly going to be shaking things up, with mainstays Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan both getting set to depart the series. Lincoln’s Rick Grimes has been the focal point of the show since it began, where Cohan’s Maggie Rhee has been a key figure since debuting in the series’ second year.
As alluded to, despite falling ratings, The Walking Dead is still one of the most watched shows on the box. It just stands to be seen whether it can return to the tense, engaging storytelling of its earlier seasons that marked this out as can’t-miss, must-see TV.