Reports have emerged that co-executive producer David Alpert has thought ahead to the twelfth season of The Walking Dead.
The immensely popular television show The Walking Dead premiered on AMC on Halloween night, 2010 to 5.35 million people and has continued on a very popular path since then. Season five is set to return in October of this year and the show seems to only be gaining momentum, with over 15 million people tuning in to watch the season 4 finale. With such popularity, it’s no wonder that everyone is planning a little bit ahead, and according to co-executive producer David Alpert, they’ve planned more than just a season or two more. In an article from 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.”
The news may come as a surprise, especially when one takes into consideration how many comics are out right now and where the show is in relation to the story being told. Of course, stretched out long enough, the current content of The Walking Dead comics could more than fill the supposed twelve seasons and they clearly have the demand to keep the show going, but why prepare so far in advance?
With season five shaping up to be interesting already with (SPOILER ALERT) the introduction of the cannibals, rumors have also begun to circulate that one of the audiences favorite characters, Glenn Rhee (played by Stephen Yuen) may be killed off. Will Glenn fans that have stuck through the sometimes ‘soap opera zombie show’ continue to tune in every week despite the demise of their favorite character? Let’s not even talk about what would happen to the show if they were to kill off Daryl Dixon (I read something about rioting, though).
It’ll be interesting to see in the coming seasons what the executives have planned and whether or not the show will be able to maintain its ratings as well as keep cast members; shooting into the twelfth season would mean work into 2021, which could be great or dreadful news for the actors. Luckily, they always have a way out and as Kirkman has said before,
“The most beloved characters deserve the most violent deaths.”