The future of The Walking Dead: No end in sight?

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Scott M. Gimple says there is a lot more story to tell in The Walking Dead series and the creators have no timetable for an ending.

Scott M. Gimple, The Walking Dead’s chief content officer, says that this series will continue due to it’s popularity and the fact that there is a lot more story to tell. Which is good news for fans because there have been a lot of speculation as to how far the series could go since the comic book it is based on has come to an end.

To carry on for 10 seasons is monumental for a TV drama. With the loss of fan favorites Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) people wondered how long it could continue. This season fans will lose Michonne (Danai Gurira) so, it begs the question can it go on for much longer while losing these main characters?

Seasons 9 and 10 have really resurrected the series. With new villains, The Whisperers, lead by Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Beta (Ryan Hurst). And, this group is much worse than the previous villains, Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) and his saviors. We have many interesting characters that I believe could lead the show, if given a chance.

Two that stand out to me are Laura (Lindsley Register), who was formerly a savior under Negan, who has now become an important part of the Alexandria community even serving on their leadership council. And, Magna (Nadia Hilker), who is unpredictable and dangerous but she is tough as nails and definitely brings her skills and loyalty to the group.

Of course we still have Aaron (Ross Marquand), Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), Carol (Melissa McBride), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and others who can carry this show until the end. There is also the return of Maggie (Lauren Cohen) who when we last saw her was the leader of the Hilltop.

The series was always loosely based on the comic anyway so the sky is the limit as to where the showrunners can take these stories.

Gimple said, in an Entertainment Weekly interview:

"I’ve said it, Angela’s said it too, that last issue of the comic reads like a pilot."

That sounds like a great stepping stone to the next chapter in this series. Fans that stopped watching in earlier seasons have really missed out on a great show in Seasons 9 and 10. With the addition of the two spin-offs, Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond there is a much more likelihood of crossovers that also open up a whole new set of stories. So, can it last another decade? Maybe, maybe not, but this fan is here for the long haul and I am anxious to see what comes next.

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The Walking Dead returns with the back half of season 10 on February 23rd. Fear the Walking Dead returns starting it’s 6th season on August 11th and The Walking Dead: World Beyond will premier this spring.