The Walking Dead is far from dead according to Josh Sapan, the President of AMC.
In fact, Sapan believes The Walking Dead “has incredible long life left in it."
As fans, it's easy to believe the series can last twice as long as it already has. The comics crossed 150 issues a few months ago and the show took six years just to reach a story point equivalent of the 100th issue, which was printed in 2012.
“[Star Trek] came and went three times,” Sapan says. “We do think that we have a franchise [in The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead] that is one of the rare franchises that you occasionally come across in what we do for a living.”
Fear the Walking Dead is not quite where The Walking Dead in terms of fandom, garnering about a third of the audience its older silbing does, but still manages to top most other shows on cable. Sapan was not shy of pointing out such a fact.
“The environment is more cluttered and it is more challenging to be meaningful,” the executive said. “The nice news is that if you look at cable dramas, and you look at the top 10, we have five of them. And that’s a pretty good place to be.”0comments
Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 PM ET on AMC. The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season on October 23 at 9 PM ET. For complete coverage and insider info all season long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.