We’ve heard of extensive “show bibles” before, but it sounds like the producers behind AMC’s undead hit The Walking Dead might have set a record.
While speaking at a recent panel appearance, producer David Alpert was asked about the challenges of adapting a long-running, successful comic book to the television medium — i.e. the need to honor the canon but keep the story fresh, etc. But Alpert’s answer brought a pretty shocking revelation.
Here’s the choice excerpt via IndieWire:
“I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what season 10 is gonna be. We know where season 11 and 12...we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we're lucky enough to get there.”
With the series showing no signs of decay in the ratings, and with years of comic storylines still left to mine, Alpert said they already have a plan in place to carry the series all the way to at least season 12, which, for those keeping score, would air around 2021. By the current showrunner turnover rate, the series might also be on its 10th producer by then, too.
For anyone who has read the comics, it’s not hard to imagine things making it that far, at least from a story perspective. There are still a half dozen or more good arcs left unexplored from the comics, and with the comic run going stronger than ever, they could keep mining it for another decade if the viewers stick around.
What do you think? Would you like the zombie apocalypse to keep going almost indefinitely?