How Long Could Walking Dead Go On For?

Posted by inferiorego (23163 posts) - - Show Bio

USA Today recently interviewed writer Robert Kirkman about his upcoming show on AMC, the Walking Dead, based on his hit on-going comic book series. While this first season will only last a few episodes, many people hope it will last a lot longer. Kirkman hopes for the best.
 
"I'm hoping we blow past M*A*S*H, The Simpsons, Bonanza — I want 27 years of The Walking Dead!"
 
Now, that may seem a little too much, and the first episode hasn't even aired, but this show has potential to go the distance, but I don't know about 27 years. For those who haven't read the book, I'll sum it up quickly. The Walking Dead follows one man as the world he knows becomes infested with zombies. Humanity has essentially kicked the bucket as he and other people he find in the world band together to try and get back to normalcy. This book is less about zombies and more about community, survival, and human nature. It's lasted so many years because it's not a gimmicky book, nor does it rely on just the zombies to be an interesting read. 
 
In the 12 trades that are out (Vol 12 coming out this month), there's enough stories to keep this television show running for a few years. Obviously, the show doesn't, and most likely won't, stick to the book 100% and that's fine, as long as it still feels like the book. I personally could see this show running for 5 years minimum. There's a lot of potential to have this show run quite a while without it getting too repetitive or boring. Heck, even Prison Break ran four seasons and they were out of the prison by the end of the first season. I hope this show runs for a while. It's one of those things where I'm really excited for it, and all I've seen is some pictures of some zombies, but they are some darn good lookin zombies. In all honesty, if this show, which I hope it doesn't, ends up being just "ok" or even worse, I'd still want to see it on air for a few years. How long do you guys think this show will run?
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#1 Edited by nick7913 (104 posts) - - Show Bio

Have to wait and see how the first year goes. My guess is 3-4 seasons if it does well on the first.

#2 Posted by luckynitro007 (83 posts) - - Show Bio

i say 3 or 4 seasons too. after the 3rd season thing will just get redundant
#3 Posted by ibrahimo94 (10 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll be optimistic and say that this show could go for a good long while. If it's following the comic story exactly, it'll probably drag around where Vol. 2-4 or so take place, but it picks up very quickly after that. IF they make it to Vol.8 though, then the show will definitely grow in popularity because of the crazy plot twists in that volume.

#4 Posted by NightFang (9986 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll wait and see the episodes before saying how long it could last.

#5 Posted by Bruce Vain (1869 posts) - - Show Bio

Ooooo I would just love for that to happen :D
#6 Posted by Bear28 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Well Frank Darabont stated that he doesn't plan on having the group make it to the prison till the season 2 finale. At that pace I think the show could go on for a while. Plus what I'm reading / hearing sound very promising so I would expect it to run for a while.   

#7 Posted by inferiorego (23163 posts) - - Show Bio
@NightFang said:
" I'll wait and see the episodes before saying how long it could last. "
Not even an uneducated guess based on the director and other info we've seen?
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#8 Posted by NightFang (9986 posts) - - Show Bio
@inferiorego said:
" @NightFang said:
" I'll wait and see the episodes before saying how long it could last. "
Not even an uneducated guess based on the director and other info we've seen? "
             Okay, i'll give it 3-5 seasons. Thats a good time for any show ti end.
#9 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14428 posts) - - Show Bio

as long as i get two good seasons iam happy

#10 Posted by Roninidas (383 posts) - - Show Bio

I say 4 and a half years. 

#11 Posted by daken_2513 (416 posts) - - Show Bio

5-6 seasons

#12 Posted by the_orange_crush (79 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd say 4 seasons at most. I think I skipped this, but is each episode going to be an hour long? If so, then yeah, 4 seasons would be good. Anything longer would probably make the story dull.

#13 Posted by Graphicly (52 posts) - - Show Bio
@Bear28 said:
" Well Frank Darabont stated that he doesn't plan on having the group make it to the prison till the season 2 finale. At that pace I think the show could go on for a while. Plus what I'm reading / hearing sound very promising so I would expect it to run for a while.    "
If that's how long it takes them to get to the prison, it almost seems like they're going at a pace of one trade a season (Second trade is when they make it to the prison correct?).  I think at that rate the end of this show could done way before some people hope it to be.  That is if they stick closely to the source material.
#14 Posted by Joe Venom (1275 posts) - - Show Bio
@luckynitro007 said:
" i say 3 or 4 seasons too. after the 3rd season thing will just get redundant "
Imma huge fan of Walking Dead and would love for it to go no forever....but I gotta agree wit this guy season 4 will be the cut off date hopefully some other network will pick it up
#15 Posted by Manchine (4169 posts) - - Show Bio

If it lasts more then 3 its considered good.  If it lasts more then 5 its considered a hit.  =)
#16 Posted by MisterDK (199 posts) - - Show Bio

Longer that Heroes.
 
Less than Cheers.

#17 Posted by foxglove (77 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd like to see it get at least as far as them being displaced after being chased out of the prison. I really hope to see Rick's phone conversations with Lori.

#18 Posted by danhimself (22493 posts) - - Show Bio

I want 27 years...I have a feeling that I'm going to be extremely fanboyish over this show and that even if it sucks I'll think it's the best show on earth....just like the book

#19 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

at six episodes a season I'll say 27 seems plausible...

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#20 Posted by The Lobster (1507 posts) - - Show Bio

If it makes it over 4 seasons I'll be happy.

#21 Posted by Shatterstar (4539 posts) - - Show Bio

The show will air for exactly 4 seasons when the actual zombie apocalypse occurs and is subsequently canceled, replaced a season later with the horrifying " The Walking Living".

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#22 Posted by reaper2923 (2778 posts) - - Show Bio

Nothing can ever beat M*A*S*H
"We're doctors the worst thing we can do is storm the enemy and take their tonsils out."

#23 Posted by skaarason (683 posts) - - Show Bio

every episode be 1 issue  !!!! 

#24 Posted by bingbangboom (746 posts) - - Show Bio

Hard to predict without anything even being shown on it yet. They are really trying to expand AMC's original content so I know at least two seasons would be a lock but again you never know. This is something new, if it does well I could see it as at least 5 seasons.

#25 Posted by ComicMan24 (147085 posts) - - Show Bio

As long it's good, it can keep running.

#26 Posted by SirSparkington (342 posts) - - Show Bio

I can see a good 3-6 seasons. Thats assuming the audience is there and the quality doesn't go downhill.

#27 Posted by cbishop (7573 posts) - - Show Bio

I think they've picked the wrong channel for a show about zombies, but I hope it does well.  I think they probably should have pursued Sci-Fi or HBO.

#28 Posted by baker1skter (163 posts) - - Show Bio

3 or 4 seasons. i mean seriously how long can a zombie show go on. it will get redundant and wont reach a large audience.

#29 Posted by Comiclove5 (1258 posts) - - Show Bio

10-12 years mabye.
#30 Posted by _brandon (66 posts) - - Show Bio

my guess is 20 episodes at most. with the first season only being 6 episodes I can see interest waning by the time the next batch is rolled out which will hurt it. Also, A&E may have other better ratings getters like Intervention that will trump it too easily in terms of lower production costs. If the second season is only 6 episodes as well I would think that will be the end of it.
#31 Posted by ballsnbayonets (42 posts) - - Show Bio

i think like 3-4 seasons like most people but i hope they keep the seasons short like the first one is spose to be

#32 Posted by Red L.A.M.P. (2828 posts) - - Show Bio

I am reading Book 3 now. Love it.

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#33 Edited by The Impersonator (5395 posts) - - Show Bio

27 yrs? yeah right. Even though the show looks promising, I bet you anything this show won't run even less than 27 yrs. It all depends on the ratings and how this show sells well. Take a look at Jonah Hex movie, that didn't turn out well but the comics did. I'm pretty sure the same thing will happen to Walking Dead. Good luck, though.
#34 Posted by Rosebunse (151 posts) - - Show Bio

At most, I'll go with 2 classic seasons that people will be talking about for years to come. Then the third season will come and it will get axed or something. It will still win an award.
#35 Posted by Cherry Bomb (3189 posts) - - Show Bio

I think 2 seasons. [:

#36 Posted by Kid_Zombie (824 posts) - - Show Bio

Well the whole appeal of Walking Dead is that it is a Zombie movie that never ends. I would love for both the comics and the show to do this. never end ha ha Unless the show is terrible that is. But I hope its just as amazing as the Comic.

#37 Posted by Illyana Rasputin (2771 posts) - - Show Bio

I can see it going on for a while! I hope Michonne is brought into the television series at some point.

#38 Edited by Omega Ray Jay (7702 posts) - - Show Bio

Keep meaning to read this, got the first one (i think its the first one) at free comic day but haven't gotten around to it yet. Would like to watch this all the same.

#39 Posted by Harlekin (680 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll go with as many seasons as needed because Robert Kirkman is the best writer in comics today.

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