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[TV] AMC Has No Plan To End “The Walking Dead” (Even Though I’ve Ended It Already…)

Even though I’ve read nearly all the comics (I’m a bit behind), I feel like I’m the sole hater of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” television series. It’s frustrating that people aren’t seeing what I’m seeing, but I also respect that many of you guys love it. So, while I’d love to see AMC take the show in a new direction, or even reboot it the right way, the cabler promises that there’s no end in sight for the zombie series (unless you count deleting the series from your DVR).

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan said Wednesday that “Breaking Bad,” which ends its run next year, and “Mad Men,” which ends the year after that, are a couple of the best shows in the history of television, and that he sees no end in sight to “The Walking Dead,” says THR.

“The Walking Dead” is in just its third season and has a lot more to go.

We hope that zombies live forever, and we’ve just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like,” said Sapan, “so that we’ll be sitting here at the Barclays conference in 2022 discussing the fact that “Walking Dead” is not over … 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.

I’ve grown incredibly frustrated with AMC’s treatment of the series, and their inability to openly acknowledge the criticism. Because of the strong ratings, they continue to rub it in our noses that they know what’s best. This doesn’t mean the show has to be bad, in fact, eventually people will catch on. Much like each season before, I continue to keep faith alive that they’ll right the ship and get things on the correct course – only this time they have to convince me to start watching again…



  • Jasonicus

    I’ve read all of the comics, which have gotten a little silly, and watch the show. They are two different entities, I’ve accepted that. Kirkman is running both, so be mad at him. He has made these changes to the show version. I wish they would do things a bit differently but the show is still pretty good and more interesting than most TV. Or just don’t watch.

  • Dr_Loomis

    I find this show to be slightly average at best. I’ve never read the comics so I can’t make any comparison but it seems like for every step forward they take with the show they take 3 steps back shortly after. After the awful season 3 finale they better have big things planned for season 4 or I am done.

  • djblack1313

    i still somewhat enjoy the show but in no way do i love it the way i love HANNIBAL & BATES MOTEL.

    • coldblood

      I just love that there is so much great horror on tv right now. And I give MAJOR kudos to NBC for having the guts to put Hannibal on their station.
      Someone there must have remembered that edgy and risky shows (when done right) can build and save a network.
      Fox was built by shows like Married With Children and The Simpsons. And nobody really watched FX until the awesome The Shield was launched.And Cinemax now has the incredible Banshee.

      The networks are learning to not be pussies anymore and give us the good stuff.:-)

      ps. Naoki Urasawa’s Monster is coming soon too.

    • wildgator25

      I absolutely LOVE Hannibal. Bates Motel was good, but there were some dull moments as well which makes me feel that Hannibal is the better of the two. I can’t wait to see Under the Dome this summer. I hope CBS doesn’t fuck it up like they did Harper’s Island.

      • djblack1313

        wildgator, i loved HARPER’S ISLAND so much!! lol. i hope DOME is good too! i’m going to be very bummed if HANNIBAL is canceled (which it looks like it will be).

        • wildgator25

          Yeah dj, Harper’s Island was great. But what I wish someone would make again, other than Tales from the Darkside series, is Murder in Small Town X. That shit was awesome, even though it was a scripted reality show.

        • K-Dogg

          Just to add also … I read at that there would be an all out bidding war between 3 companies to purchase Hannibal if it’s axed, so even if NBC cancels it, someone will most likely pick it up. Oh, and P.S. 9 more sleeps to The Killing Season 3—-Giddy-up BABY !!!!!

          • djblack1313

            K-Dogg YES!!! YOU MADE MY DAY!!! thanx for the info!

          • djblack1313

            K-Dogg, can you post the link for that info on IGN? i’m looking for it now but i can’t find it.

          • K-Dogg

            I know I read it on IGN, cannot find the damn thing, but here’s the same story….

  • coldblood

    I love this show. Sundays night were awesome when I was watching The Walking Dead and Shameless back to back. That was the best combination ever since ribs and beer.

  • divisionbell

    The show has had a lot of problems from the start. A lot has to do with awful characters. I haven’t finished the most recent series, but I can only hope they kill off Rick and Andrea. Thank god they killed off Lori. What I would love to see is the show focus on Michonne and Darryl. That would get me excited again.

  • wildgator25

    I just can’t wrap my head around what people dislike about this show. I think Jasonicus said it best that both the comic and show are two different entities, albeit from the same creator. However, I think you HAVE to read the comics to understand why the pacing of the show varies tremendously from scene to scene, week to week.

    On the topic of character development (or lack thereof), if you don’t know these character’s backgrounds enough by now, then you haven’t been paying attention or you need to find a way to read the comics/novels.

    I would hope that if I were to post negative things on Dexter or True Blood topics, that someone who has read the novels that preceded these shows would correct me as to my limited vision (unless they find fault in either/both).

    It is understandable that some people do not care to vest any time other than the television show, but they should understand that this show was made by the creator of a comic that precedes the television show by 8 years. I had never heard of The Walking Dead prior to the shows announcement, but after watching the first season, I read every comic, own both novels about the governor, and subscribe to The Walking Dead monthly. These *extras* flesh out the television show and give you added perspective to the characters. Robert Kirkman has just begun to make small back-story comics for the major characters to show you how their life was before you met them in the original comics.

    So, in a nutshell, I don’t think there is anything wrong with this show. There are instances where I feel disappointed in the outcome of a situation, but I know there is a greater goal in mind. As one poster said, “1 step forward, 3 steps back”, the only thing you need to understand is those 3 steps back will work into a huge leap…. just give it time.

    • djblack1313

      wildgator, i still cringe and nearly vomit at DEXTER season 6’s “Deb is in love with Dex” debacle. lol. i’m really excited for season 8 of DEX and i’m looking forward to the new season of TRUE BLOOD!

      • John Marrone

        It was awkward, but I think it exemplified just how fucked up Debs mind was getting. Seems the new season is a walkthru of her inevitable breakdown. Theres always a lot more to Dexter stories than they show in the trailer. These are just teasers. What we saw was probably the synopsis of the first two episodes.

  • The funny thing is that you probably love “American Horror Story” which is by far the biggest piece of shit I have ever tried to follow.

    • djblack1313

      Chuck, it’s possible to enjoy both AHS and TWD.

  • I think ‘The Walking Dead’ is easily one of the best shows on television in a long time. I didn’t read the comics/graphic novels. But it doesn’t really matter. The show in itself is awesome, even if it deviates from it’s source material. If it followed the comic exactly, people would complain that it was predictable because they already knew what was going to happen. Can’t please everyone.

  • ThunderDragoon

    What made you turn off of TWD now? The third season was a masterpiece compared to the second season. The only complaint I have is that they (SPOILERS) didn’t kill off The Governor. They’re just beating a dead horse by dragging him into season 4.

    • John Marrone

      Third season wasnt a masterpiece over season 2. Youre talking about zombie death action. Yeah, that went up, but season 2 wove a great domestic buildup – the farm, the outer threats to normal life taking over, Shane and Rick – to that climax, which rocked because we were deprived of a lot of walking dead until then. I thought season 3 was a bland and shallow attempt to please the fans bitching for more zombies – and the whole Governor thing was fumbled.

      • djblack1313

        John, i’m with ThunderDragoon on this. season 3 was a trillion times better than season 2. season was a bore and a chore to get through. the 3 way love triange/baby drama made me want to gouge my eyes out.

  • John Marrone

    I have mixed feelings about the show but all in all its great entertainment. You guys that read the novels/comics have already been told the story (Walking Dead, Dexter, World War Z) – the majority of that group arent going to like the new product, especially when it veers off course from the original. Its hard to accept. Ive been avoiding the comics and the literature in cases like this, for this reason.

  • Polsdofer

    “Even though I’ve ended it already” you say it like because you stopped watching it they should stop making it. If Robert Kirkman is fine with the way it is going then i’m fine with it too.

    I personally love this show and i don’t think that any season as better than the other, hell i still go back and watch the first episode “Days gone bye” from time to time.

    When I watch T.V. shows I look at it as if it were real life and not a T.V. show at all and that seems to work when it come’s to disappointment but then again i don’t have any expectations when it come to T.V. shows.

  • TwistedCritic

    I think AMC’s biggest fault so far is dragging the seasons out longer than they need to be, while simultaneously trimming the budget. They dragged the hell out of season 2, and while season 3 was much better at first, it took forever to get to the finale, which was a letdown in itself. It was like they stretched 13 episodes’ worth of material into 16.

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