‘The Walking Dead’ Will Never Die

I don’t watch The Walking Dead, but I have Twitter friends and real life friends who do. They all tell me that they hate the show and only watch it out of habit. Guess what friends? Get ready for 20 more years of hate-watching.

Here’s what show-runner Scott Gimple had to say:

“We are trying to do 20 years. The [Walking Dead] comic has certainly done it, and I look forward to every issue,” Gimple said. He also pointed to The Simpsons as an inspiration: “The Simpsons has been on 26, 27 years, so that’s a challenge—so O.K., challenge accepted. Done,” Gimple said.

He does realize that a half-hour animated comedy, which hasn’t been good for years mind you, isn’t the same as a one-hour scripted horror drama? Am I supposed to believe that these zombies and survivors are so incompetent that they can’t figure out how to eliminate each other? Zombieland lasted an hour and a half. Maybe these people on The Walking Dead should call Woody Harrelson.

As ambitious as Gimple is, it’s just nearly impossible to sustain a specialized drama for that long in this day and age. The great hour-long TV shows (The Wire, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos) all lasted 5-6 seasons. And even then they had some issues with consistency in the writing. Overstaying your welcome is the worst thing you can do in television. Looking at you, Dexter.

I guess it is fitting that a show about zombies just won’t die, though.

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7 years ago

The next person who needs to die on TWD is Scott Gimple. Get that ahole away from the show, with his slow scripts, stupid fake deaths and how he has killed a crucial part of the early seasons–anyone can die at any time.

In S&, no deaths of consequence. Yeah, you could say Abraham and Glenn. BUt really those were S6 deaths they just used as a cliffhanger to S7. Since then, nothing, and I don;t even worry about walkers killing anyone anymore. The walkers are now all toothless.

Time for a new showrunner.