The Walking Dead: AMC sees no end for their hit program

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AMC recently announced that they see no end in future for their hit zombie survival drama The Walking Dead, which is currently in its sixth season.

For many fans, AMC’s The Walking Dead has become their escape from reality. For five and a half seasons, the hit zombie survival drama has told the story of Rick Grimes trying to survive in a world full of undead monsters while protecting his family and finding friends to help him along the way.

Luckily for those fans, the continuing story looks to have no end in sight according to a recent article on the Vulture website featuring an interview from president of original programming and development at AMC Joel Stillerman.

Stillerman believes that as long as the comic book source material is going strong that AMC will have a place for The Walking Dead.

"“The answer to how long the show will go on in some way is directly correlated with the health of the storytelling in the comics. Those comics are firing on all cylinders. [Robert Kirkman] still writes every line of dialogue in those books, and is as engaged as he was when I think he was sitting around in Kentucky writing the first issue. That is very much part of the DNA of the show. He sort of felt like, in real life, this goes on for a very long time. We’re along for that ride.”"

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The Walking Dead’s comic book series has their 150th issue coming up, and this issue is said to be a game-changer. As long as the Image and Skybound publication can continue to keep people interested in the series and give exciting and unique material for AMC to develop, it sounds as the network is happy to keep the drama on the air.

Another thing helping to keep AMC interested in the show is the fact that it is an absolute rating juggernaut. For the network to pull the plug on one of the hottest television series that has already spawned a companion series, several video games, action figures, trading cards, and just about anything else you can imagine would be a poor business move.

"“I will tell you we are not actively talking about the end of ‘The Walking Dead.’ We’re talking about how to keep this No. 1 show on television feeling as fresh as it does in season six,” AMC network chief Charlie Collier said to Vulture. “As a brand, we’re very sensitive to making sure that every aspect of it feels fresh and original, and that it’s not treated in any way that’s derivative or taken for granted. Our planning is current and future-focused, and it is not focused on the end at this time.”"

With the popularity of the show still through the roof and the comic book series going strong, fans of The Walking Dead should be able to look forward to having more of the hit AMC show in the future. There is no way to know just how long that will last, but for now it is best to sit back and enjoy the ride.

The Walking Dead will return from its season 6 midseason break on February 14, 2016.