Josh Sapan, the CEO of AMC, recently spoke about The Walking Dead at the Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference. He said:
“We hope that zombies live forever, and we’ve just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like, so that we’ll be sitting here at the Barclays conference in 2022 discussing the fact that ‘Walking Dead’ is not over,” he said. “At that point, I think any one of the companies will have replaced the United States government and we’ll be in a complete free enterprise world in which there are no nations.”
While no one sure if Sapan was joking or not, we do know that he mentioned shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad would eventually come to an end, and that The Walking Dead would exempt the normal flow of TV.
“We’ll all suffer from some minor heartbreak when these shows come to a natural close. Like some of the best shows in history, there will be a mantle that exists sort of virtually in people’s minds, and in the world maybe they’ll actually put a statue somewhere,” he said of the two other shows. “We will bring them to a close with the people who created them at the right time.”
Even though The Walking Dead is one of the greatest shows created, if not the greatest, there is a limit to how long shows can go on before they get old.