We are in a The Walking Dead drought at the moment as the show is off the air until the fall and fans are left with no new episodes to let us know how everyone gets out of that train car and exacts revenge on Terminus. But while he have to wait a few months for new episodes to roll around, the future of the show is being discussed rather openly by producer Scott Gimple and that future seems to be very long term.
While appearing on Larry King Now, Gimple noted that he thinks the show could last anywhere from 10 to 27 years depending on how long the comics are produced and how often major cast members are killed off.
This actually isn’t that unfathomable of a plan, as we’ve seen shows last for years by replacing cast members one by one until the entire cast is brand new. The long running NBC series ER comes to mind as an example of a show that survived for over a decade by slowly changing the cast until it was entirely new.
Of course, if the show actually lasted for 27 seasons, that would put the final season as airing in 2037, which is ambitious but understandably overstated.
It may not be the best plan for The Walking Dead, but the show hasn’t yet jumped the shark and if the comic books are still going strong and don’t get stale, there’s no reason the show can’t do the same either.