About a month ago, while doing some fact-checking (air dates.. etc), I went to IMDB and noticed that the synopsis for The Walking Dead season 7 episode 8-10 included a group from the comics that have not yet been introduced called “The Whisperers”. Instantly, I panicked. There is no way AMC would introduce them this early, unless it was to set up for a future season. But there it was, “Negan meets Alpha,” and I could not believe it. I assumed it was a Robert Kirkman prank (the creator of the walking dead), or maybe a writer at IMDB slipped it in as a prank, because I don’t buy that it was a mistake as whoeverwrote it knew the leader of The Whisperer’s name, Alpha. Additionally, they mucked up the Carl-Jesus-Enid story line. Whatever the case may be, I was nervous that they were going to wrap up the show too soon.
Luckily, the show did not stray from the book, and episode 8 left us at issue #111 with Spencer having, “No Guts.” Whew. The IMDB synopsis did have me asking myself just how long that TWD will be on the air for our enjoyment.
Currently, the show averages about 20 comic book issues a season, and #161 was released earlier this month. That would take about 2 full seasons to catch up, and I would guess season 8 is the All Out War story line, and season 9 would be The Whisperer War. Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) has been quoted saying that Scott Gimple, one of the show’s creators, would entertain the thought of ending the show the same time that the comic ended.
Good luck with that. Kirkman will tell you with a straight face that “Glenn will die” and you won’t believe him. He has also said that the show will end differently than the comics, and Kirkman also commented in the most recent comic issue’s Letter Hacks (an open Q&A at the end of each issue) saying:
So how many seasons will The Walking Dead give us?
My guess is 10. As many know, the ratings are in a decline this year, mainly due to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) owning Rick, and for non-readers this may have not translated to the small screen as well as intended. Some listen to Kirkman and say 12 seasons, and others say it will go on until the ratings will not let it thrive. I think 10 would be a good stopping point to create a legacy series, but as a fan I want 15 or more seasons.
There is still much left to cover: Maggie’s baby, Lydia (daughter of Alpha), the aforementioned Whisperers, quite a few deaths, Jesus’ love interest, Negan’s eventual living situation, Beta, Magna, Dwight’s empowerment, and whatever else will be written until Kirkman says “enough”. The list goes on and on.
Whats the word with our readers? Would you like to see it rounded off evenly at 10 seasons or take the full ride and go until the comic ends?