Season 8 of The Walking Dead opened with the show’s 100th episode, and suffice to say it wasn’t exactly a fan-favourite, earning some of the lowest ratings that the show has had in years. However, new word from the CEO of AMC suggests that they’re decades away from ending the series.

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan showed complete confidence in a conference call with Wall Street analysts. According to Sapan, the franchise could go on for another few decades, regardless of whether the main series survives:

“The use of the word ‘franchise,’ we don’t take lightly. It’s not a sloppy or casual word. We’ve studied the best. Some have been around 30, 40, 50 years. We have a chance for a lot of life in the franchise … [it’s] in great shape and the people who are managing that great shape are motivated.”

They also note that companion series Fear the Walking Dead has also slipped in ratings with its third season, even as the two series are expecting to crossover in the coming year. If not the series, Sapan pointed to “gaming, merchandising and virtual reality” as what will keep the franchise alive. He has also previously likened The Walking Dead to the Star Trek franchise, which has gone through multiple iterations across the last fifty years.

It remains to be seen how long The Walking Dead can continue for, but we admire their optimism.

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