Sadly, more and more viewers seemed to have been steering clear of The Walking Dead as its eighth season recently played out. And while the genre juggernaut is already confirmed for several more seasons, it looks as if there’s a possibility that the action could potentially be taken to the big screen at some point, too.
With Scott M. Gimple handing showrunner duties over to Angela Kang for Season 9, Gimple has been speaking about what could lie ahead for the property as a whole.
As he explained to Vulture, “Right now, I’m working on Fear [the Walking Dead]. I’m working on Walking Dead. I’m working on that new stuff, and there are all sorts of interesting possibilities that I dare not even address specifically. But the most important thing is that when we’re moving forward, whatever we do is different. That we see the world of The Walking Dead in a new way. We’re trying to achieve a variety, and to show ever pocket that we can. There are all sorts of cool things ahead.”
When pushed on whether those cool things could involve a Walking Dead movie happening at some point, Gimple said, “I mean, that kind of variety, that’s what we’re talking about. All the differences of the ways we tell the story, yeah, what we can feature and all that. There’s a whole universe of possibilities.”
This is obviously a long, long way of any sort of solid confirmation of a film definitely happening, but it at least shows that discussions have happened and that something could happen down the line. Whether that ultimately does happen, of course, we’ll have to wait and see.
It’s no secret that AMC’s The Walking Dead has been in a steady ratings decline over the past few years, and that was again highlighted by the recent finale episode of the aforementioned Season 8.
Said season finale brought in 8 million viewers in the US, which is a huge figure that marked it out as the most-watched cable show of the night. The problem is, while The Walking Dead continues to trample its opposition, there’s no getting away from the fact the show itself continues to hit new lows with its ratings. To give an example of this, the 8 million viewers marked the episode out as the lowest rated season finale since the show’s debut season (which drew 6 million viewers). The Season 8 finale also saw a 30% ratings drop when compared to Season 7’s final episode, and it’s nearly half the amount of eyes as the series’ highest-rated season finale – that being the conclusion of Season 5 in which a ridiculous 15.8 million viewers tuned in!
Expect more on all things The Walking Dead as Season 9 starts to take shape over the upcoming months.