Walking Dead showrunner thinks it can run for 20 years

Louise McCreesh
Photo credit: Gene Page/AMC

From Digital Spy

As season 7 reaches its penultimate episode tonight (March 26) and ratings in the US continue to fall, some fans have been left wondering if The Walking Dead 's best days are behind it.

Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, however, is not one of them, as he thinks the show still has 20 more seasons left in it.

Speaking at this year's PaleyFest in LA alongside Walking Dead cast and crew, Gimple said the show may rival America's longest running sitcom The Simpsons, currently in its 28th season.

The undead never die, right?

Photo credit: AMC

"We are trying to do twenty years," Gimple said (via NY Daily News). "The [Walking Dead] 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."

Gimple added that that the series is looking to explore more "original stuff" away from the comic book source material, which can only be a good thing.

(If it weren't for original content, we wouldn't have Carol!)

Photo credit: Gene Page / AMC

"We try to reinvent the show every eight episodes," Gimple added.

"We have this story that is a fidelity to the comic book, but we're also exploring original stuff, and those things help us go on every year.

"We want to try do it better, do things we haven't done, take risks.

"It's scary as hell, but as long as we keep doing that the show can go on and on."

The Walking Dead continues tonight (March 26) on AMC in the US and tomorrow (March 27) on Fox in the UK.

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