Maggie practicing knife throwing in The Walking Dead Season 7

There are popular TV shows, and then there are the handful of small screen behemoths that are currently airing. Chief among them is AMC's apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead which is currently chest deep into its seventh season on the cable network. And TWD is showing no signs of slowing, as the comic book source material continues to produce new issues with captivating stories perfect for the small screen. So how long will the series continue being produced? The show is getting pretty long in the tooth, after all.

The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple recently appeared at Paleyfest in LA to speak about the show's success and future. When asked how long the show will run (via the Daily News), Gimple said:

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We are trying to do twenty years. The comic has certainly done it, and I look forward to every issue. The Simpsons has been on 26, 27 years, so that's a challenge --- so OK, challenge accepted. Done.

20 years? That's a lot of zombie guts and character deaths. So you might want to stock up on tissues, because it's going to be a heartbreaking next few years.

While 20 seasons seems nearly impossible for show that is set during the apocalypse, the past seven seasons have truly flown by. We've seen the revolving door of cast members arrive and depart in gruesome fashion, all while the series garners an insane amount of consistent viewership. And with juggernaut drama Game of Thrones ending in just two short seasons, it seems like TWD doesn't have many peers in regards to its popularity and acclaim.

While current fans may be worried about The Walking Dead becoming stale, it's not the first show that has run for years and still remain successful. Shows like Grey's Anatomy and Supernatural have extended into Season 13, and are still extremely popular. The Walking Dead is honestly on another tier above those two, so it surely has the team of writers, directors, and actors that can keep the series as fresh and terrifying as we're used to.

Additionally, the Walking Dead comics aren't stopping anytime soon. The TV series has been following the comics pretty closely as of late, which has made for some moments of magic in the sixth and seventh seasons. And unlike Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman can produce new stories fairly quickly since they're graphic novels. So as long as new issues are being released, there will be new adventures to adapt for the small screen.

The Walking Dead is currently moving to the end of its seventh season, which has been a bit of a doozy. Mostly made up of capsule episodes, Season 7 has been either thrilling or a bit dull, depending on the episode. The show will return to AMC tonight- be sure to check out our summer premiere schedule to find out when your favorite summer show is returning to the small screen.

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