For those out there wondering if The Walking Dead season 10 was looking to be the final one over at AMC, that doesn’t appear to be in the cards — at least for now.
There has been some reason for concern over the future of the flagship zombie show over the past few weeks. For starters, Andrew Lincoln is gone from the cast, and at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, Danai Gurira also confirmed her own departure. Losing two leads from a show like this is tough. There’s also the recent news that the Robert Kirkman comic series is coming to a close, and this sort of thing almost always tends to be a cause for concern.
So is that going to be the case here? Well, not so much. Speaking to TheWrap while at AMC’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour recently, here is what David Madden, president of programming, entertainment networks had to say:
“Once ‘Game of Thrones’ is technically off the air, it’s the No. 2 show on TV … You don’t sneeze at it being No. 2 out of the three billion shows that are on TV … The episode that followed [Andrew Lincoln’s] departure dropped 1% from the previous episode. That, we thought, was stunningly strong in terms of a hold. I think the show still has — with Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride and Jeffrey Dean Morgan — a lot of characters who are truly beloved on the show.”
Madden’s correct in that The Walking Dead, even in its current form, is still one of the most popular shows on all of television. There is enough of a reason to keep it around just on the basis of that. If there is a concern long-term here, it is just having the show overstay its welcome where it is a shell of its former self. Are we already there? That is all in the eye of the beholder. There are some out there who felt like it hasn’t been the same show that it once was for years. To us, it’s really going to be all about viewership and if AMC still sees consistency.
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