Despite poor ratings in season 7 and now the highly anticipated All-Out-War season 8, AMC still seem pretty confident for the future of the franchise.
AMC have confidence that The Walking Dead will make fans fall in love with it once again, but they are really pushing their luck with the amount of viewers who have completely stopped watching, viewing figures from season 7 to season 8 took another big drop.
Speaking on the topic of ratings, AMC CEO Josh Sapan was surprisingly confident that The Walking Dead is a staple of the future of the network , and like other similar franchises, the zombie drama could last ’30, 40, 50 years’. He touches that the show wouldn’t be the main medium to rejuvenate The Walking Dead, AMC also hold rights to games, Virtual Reality experiences, events and other huge opportunities.
ALSO VIEW: ‘Preacher’ renewed for season 3 by AMC
Read an extract of what Josh Sapan said below:
“The use of the word ‘franchise,’ we don’t take lightly. It’s not a sloppy or casual word. We’ve studied the best. Some have been around 30, 40, 50 years. We have a chance for a lot of life in the franchise.”
It’s obvious that AMC want’s The Walking Dead to echo throughout the times, like Star Wars or Harry Potter. They aren’t too far off either, it already has a successful spin-off and a few games, but for it to become even bigger major changes need to happen, especially in the writing of the show, it looks doubtful that the drama will last one more decade never mind five, but nothing is impossible. Loosing mass viewership speaks for itself, and it is a poor direction to be heading in.
Thoughts? Leave a comment below!