It seems that AMC has a very strange way of looking at things, given the current condition of what was their flagship property, The Walking Dead. Even though, there’s been a steady decline with both its front running show that followed Rick (nope, he’s gone), Michonne (she’s going) and Darryl (nope, still here), as well as Fear The Walking Dead, the channel has another spin-off series stewing that’ll set more walkers stumbling onto our TV screens, so says Deadline.
Speaking to Wall Street analysts to discuss their quarterly earnings, COO Ed Carroll spilled the beans (they may have been guts, you know what that universe is like) that plans are in “active development” for another tale to be told in the world of walkers. Staying as cryptic as possible, Caroll said, “we’re not at a stage where we’ll be announcing its plans to premiere,” Carroll said. “But we have hired creative people that have pitched story outlines. We feel very good about the development of that series.”
This is the newest addition to the channels efforts to expand on the world they’ve built, regardless of some of it crumbling lately. The biggest game-changer of late was Andrew Lincoln picking up sticks, machetes and other sharp-edged implements and departing The Walking Dead recently with plans to see his character Rick Grimes return in a solo film. Add to that Danai Gurira’s eventual separation from the show as Michonne (potentially joining Rick in his film) and there’s every chance that AMC may be running out of ammo with their main show, something else that Caroll was quick to highlight.
“We are well aware that when a show has been around for nine years, you would expect viewership to be declining, but I think we’ve managed that and managed that well,” says the COO. When The Walking Dead is no longer part of the channel, I think that will have more of an impact on revenue than on [income] because generally, expenses go up as the seasons continue and viewership declines. That’s just a general pattern with any show that’s been around as long as The Walking Dead has.”
Admittedly, originally being a fan of the show from the start, I’ve drifted off ever since Negan stepped up to bat (that cliffhanger was diabolical) and have never felt the urge to return. Introducing new characters and new corners to this scorched earth may be a ‘so crazy it just might work’ move. Then again, they could just be firing blanks. More on this as it reanimates and gains a hunger for human flesh.