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There are few TV shows in history quite as popular as AMC's The Walking Dead. Despite being in the midst of it eighth season on the network, the apocalyptic drama still rakes in massive numbers every week. It's spinoff Fear The Walking Dead has finally hit its stride as well, with an impending crossover event drumming up extra excitement. Everyone who works on TWD hasn't been shy about their intentions to keep the franchise running indefinitely, and now former showrunner and chief content officer Scott M. Gimple is teasing that potential spinoffs are eventually coming out way. He said,
I'm hoping to do a variety of different projects that are probably more in line with what we see on TV but maybe in different rhythms and formats and things like that. We'll still continue to come out with great digital content but I'm excited about the kind of stuff we can do. But I really am talking about all sides of it and I know we'll have more to talk about soon on that.
It looks like the zombie apocalypse isn't going anywhere, as there will be more TV content being developed for The Walking Dead franchise. While they'll also continue to produce web series, it sounds like big things are coming to the wildly popular brand.
Scott M. Gimple's comments to THR shouldn't come as a total surprise. Given the popularity of The Walking Dead shows, there is a seemingly never ending supply of content to mine from. We've only seen the zombie apocalypse from two very specific viewpoints: Rick Grimes and Madison Clarke. This has taken us primarily to Atlanta and California, although both shows have migrated to various other locations during their tenure on the air.
Because of this, we still have no concept of how the rest of the country, and more importantly, the world dealt with the end of the world. Did any government agencies or communities manage to monitor the situation and communicate? Or did every society fall into chaos once the lights turned off and the dead walked the Earth? There are plenty of stories and perspectives to tell, leaving the possibilities open. And with crossovers now officially on the table, it could make way for some particularly ambitious storytelling.
The Walking Dead seems to be moving full steam ahead as a comprehensive brand, which is actually pretty surprising. Usually shows tend to flicker out at around the point of its eighth season, leading to a decline in quality. There has been some drop off with the fandom in recent years, but certain character deaths have still been shown to break the internet. Since Robert Kirkman is continuing to release new installments of the comic books, there is also ample ground work to craft episodes with.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC, and Fear The Walking Dead will return for Season 4 on Sunday, April 15. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Additionally, check our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to make sure you don't miss a single episode.