– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Walking Dead is approaching its ninth season at AMC. That’s right. There have been eight seasons of zombie goodness on TV. It’s a concept that seemed destined to run its course in a handful of seasons, but even around its first season, AMC had stated they planned on continuing this series until around 2020 or so.

If that is enough to make you roll your eyes or cringe, you may not to read anything else. For the rest of you, here we go. According to AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan, who just spoke during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference (via THR), you can expect things to go on for a while longer:

The Walking Dead is a universe…and we have a plan to manage over the next decade, plus. That plan is a careful plan to respect the world of the fans of that world.”

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Series lead Rick Grimes is on his way out in the early part of Season 9 of The Walking Dead, but should this hold true, his role in the series as a whole will be but a small chapter in the greater world of The Walking Dead, especially if you include Fear the Walking Dead.

Creator Robert Kirkman has said repeatedly in the past that there would be no addressing the reasons behind the zombie breakout, and if you were hopeful that the show would eventually work in some endgame, let this be your confirmation…that likely will never happen.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.