"The Walking Dead" season 7 midseason finale has officially wrapped and episode 8 just left fans with a couple of cliffhangers. Season 7 will be back in February but season 8 has already been confirmed. From the looks of the bloody finale where a lot of characters have died than in the premiere episode of season 7, "The Walking Dead" is bound to become a series that will run for 20 long seasons.
Based on the comics and how the storyline of "The Walking Dead" flows, the AMC series proves it can go on with more seasons to come. The progress is slow yet fans have always been left wanting for more. The type of anticipation "The Walking Dead" season 7 triggers viewers to believe that the recent decrease in rating doesn't totally correspond to the popularity of the show.
As of the moment, it is beyond imagining that "The Walking Dead" will fend off season 9 and more from happening. For AMC, it isn't an easy feat to pull 10.5 million viewers in America as compared to its other shows like "Turn," Better Call Saul," and "Halt and Catch Fire." In terms of budget, AMC might not worry to pop some cash since as of now the setting only revolves around the Hilltop, Kingdom and Alexandria. Nonetheless, salary increase might be up for Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
If showrunners decide to stick strictly to the comics' storyline, "The Walking Dead" might last only until season 9. The creative team must have got something in the pipeline to fill in the gaps and expand the series so it could reach more seasons.
As "The Walking Dead" season 7, episode 9 returns February 2017, the war will begin to break out and more deaths are coming. Of course, Negan will remains alive as he's confirmed to come back in season 8. This only means that Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Rosita (Christian Serratos), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the rest of the gang will continue to tread water until Negan is taken out. More communities are expected to emerge, while more deaths are certainly coming up.