Wait, EVERY character could eventually die on The Walking Dead?

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Dec 17, 2012

As any fan of The Walking Dead knows, folks don't last long in the zombie apocalypse. In the span of two short seasons, the series has killed off more characters than most shows ever have—and the producers say the carnage is only getting started. But could we ever get to a point where every original character is dead?

According to producers Robert Kirkman and Glen Mazzara, yes, it technically could happen.

In an interview with Collider, the two talked about how all the death and destruction is actually part of what makes the series so popular, and were asked if we could ever get to a point where the entire original cast was eventually killed off. Their answers were intriguing, to say the least.

Kirkman, always one to stir up trouble, said he does believe the show could work if every original cast member eventually wound up walker bait. But for now it's Rick's story, and that's the way they like it—though that might not always be the case:

"I honestly do think that the show could survive. Telling stories in this world is an interesting prospect. To a certain extent, this is Rick's story, so something really drastic would have to happen for it to suddenly shift gears, and that might be somewhat jarring. I've always said that this is a very dangerous world that we're telling stories in and, if characters aren't dropping like flies and dying left and right, we just wouldn't be telling a realistic story.  So, in an effort to keep things realistic, we are going to be burning through cast, like we have been in the first two seasons.  It is an evolving show, and I really like the fact that the cast is cycling. When I see these big marketing images before every season, it's like, 'Here's the cast,' and then the next year, it's like, 'Here's the cast,' and it's always pretty different. I just think that's cool. It shows that you're getting something new this season, which I think is really exciting."
If a transition like that were to ever take place, Mazzara indicated it would happen organically within the framework of the series, as opposed to a mass death followed by a reboot:
"One of the things we take seriously is the issue of life and death in this season, and what that means for the survivors. So, I do think that the show could suffer any death and still continue. I would never want to have everybody wiped out and come back with a brand new cast. That's a little crazy. We would never do that. But, you show how people survive each other's death and what that means and what that loss is. This is a show that's very much dealing with that."
What do you think? Could season seven or eight eventually evolve into a whole new group of survivors?

(Via Collider)