With just two more episodes left in The Walking Dead Season 7, fans are waiting with bated breath to see if any of the beloved characters will be killed off as this season comes to a close. While the fate of these character remains in question, the fate of the series itself is quite secure, with AMC already renewing the hit series for Season 8 on AMC. While the show has suffered a bit of a ratings hit this season, it's still one of the most popular shows on TV, with showrunner Scott M. Gimple recently revealing that he thinks the show could feasibly run for a whopping 20 seasons.
Scott M. Gimple made an appearance with the cast at PaleyFest over the weekend, with The New York Daily News in attendance. There has been talk that AMC has no definite end game planned for the series, and there is enough of a gap between the TV show and the comics that the series could conceivably run indefinitely, or at least until the Walking Dead comic book ends its run, but that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon. When asked about how long he can see the show running for, Scott M. Gimple had this to say.
"We are trying to do twenty years. The comic has certainly done it, and I look forward to every issue. The Simpsons has been on 26, 27 years, so that's a challenge, so OK, challenge accepted. Done."
The only thing that may hinder this 20-year plan from happening is the declining ratings. A few weeks ago, we reported that the Walking Dead ratings hit a four-year low, with 10.16 million viewers tuning in, which is still a big number, but far less than the ratings the show is used to. Some attribute the ratings decline to the brutal Season 7 premiere, where it was revealed that the nefarious villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) killed off two beloved characters, Michael Cudlitz's Abraham Ford and Steven Yeun's Glenn Rhee, after the Season 6 finale cliffhanger revealed one character was killed, but it wasn't revealed who. These brutal deaths sparked a number of fans to file official complaints with the FCC, due to the brutal nature of these deaths.
Last week's episode ended with a cliffhanger of sorts as well, with Sasha (Sonequa Martin Green) locking out Rosita (Christian Serratos), going off on her own on a mission to kill Negan, after breaking into the Sanctuary. A new photo was released from tonight's episode, Something They Need, which shows Sasha is being held in perhaps the same cell that Daryl was stuck in for the first half of this season. If that's true, that means Sasha was eventually caught by the Saviors and thrown in this cell, which could be the start of her "training," which involves the playing of one particular song over and over and over again, which is done to break the spirit of the prisoner and get them to submit fully to Negan. Whether or not this will happen is unclear, but it's certainly possible.
After tonight's episode is the Season 7 finale, but for those who were upset about the Season 6 finale cliffhanger, fear not, because Scott M. Gimple recently confirmed that there will be no cliffhanger in the Season 7 finale. There have also been rumors that Sonequa Martin Green's Sasha may also be killed off, since she recently joined the cast of the CBS All Access series Star Trek Discovery as the lead character, but there have also been reports that she will be able to shoot both shows. Hopefully we'll learn more about the fate of these characters with the new episode of The Walking Dead tonight.