AMC will launch the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead Season 6 on February 14, 2016, which has led to some fans asking, “Hey, just how long are we gonna keep following Rick through post-apocalyptic zombiefied America?” In a new Vulture interview with top AMC executives, the answer could be summed up in one word: Indefinitely.
“The answer to how long the show will go on in some way is directly correlated with the health of the storytelling in the comics,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development at AMC. “Those comics are firing on all cylinders. [Robert Kirkman] still writes every line of dialogue in those books, and is as engaged as he was when I think he was sitting around in Kentucky writing the first issue. That is very much part of the DNA of the show. He sort of felt like, in real life, this goes on for a very long time. We’re along for that ride.”
“I will tell you we are not actively talking about the end of ‘The Walking Dead,'” added AMC president Charlie Collier. “We’re talking about how to keep this No. 1 show on television feeling as fresh as it does in season six. As a brand, we’re very sensitive to making sure that every aspect of it feels fresh and original, and that it’s not treated in any way that’s derivative or taken for granted. Our planning is current and future-focused, and it is not focused on the end at this time.”
The Walking Dead cast includes Andrew Lincoln as Rick, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol, Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha, Lauren Cohan as Maggie, Steven Yeun as Glenn, Norman Reedus as Daryl, Lennie James as Morgan, Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel, Michael Cudlitz as Abraham, Josh McDermitt as Eugene, Alanna Masterson as Tara, Christian Serratos as Rosita, Tovah Feldshuh as Deanna, Ross Marquand as Aaron, Alexandra Breckenridge as Jesse, and Austin Nichols as Spencer. Season 6 will also feature newcomers Ethan Embry as Carter, Corey Hawkins as Heath and Emmy-winner Merritt Wever as Dr. Denise Cloyd.
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