Fear The Walking Dead could run for at least six seasons, according to showrunner Dave Erickson.
The Walking Dead companion series premieres this summer on AMC but has already been renewed through Season 2, with Erickson confirming that he envisages the show surviving many more seasons beyond that.
Speaking to THR, Erickson identified a “five or six” season run for the series, which takes place during the early days of the zombie outbreak, but doesn’t have a fixed number, or ending, in mind.
[I see the show running for] about five or six [seasons]. The more we dig into it, the more we’ll find. The original show is at least another few seasons based on the material that Robert has written for the comic already, and that serves as a guiding light. I like endings, and — I haven’t discussed this with Robert but I think it’s more of a question for us to discuss when we sit down and really start breaking season two. I don’t have a specific set number of seasons in my head right now. I do think that the burden at a certain point, when you cross that 10-year mark … it can be pretty challenging. I’ve got some of mile markers, which don’t take me that long as of yet, but I can’t really say because it’s an AMC question.
Elaborating on the show’s potential lifespan, Erickson believes the central theme of ‘family’ will keep the story going through seasons “three, four, five and six”:
Travis (Curtis) just moved in with his girlfriend Madison (Dickens) after they got married. She has two children, one of whom has some issues. Travis has a very pissed-off teenager and an ex-wife. You’re talking about two people who, as the story opens, all they want is to bring their family together under one roof and make everyone whole. The irony for us is that the only thing that helps accomplish that is that the world ends. What’s intriguing to me is to take these problems, which I think would make for a compelling drama, and put them in this much larger canvas and see how they play out.
All of the issues that we establish, these are the things that in my head will come to fruition in seasons three, four, five and six. It forges an interesting introduction into this world. It’s much more about the “shark” you don’t see in season one. We obviously play some of the tropes — and there are definitely walkers — but it’s people trying to wrap their brain around what the hell is going on and not fully understanding the zombie apocalypse by act one. It’s going through that process of the colleague or the friend you had coffee with the day before is now trying to kill you. And your first thought’s going to be, “They’re sick, they’re on something.” It takes a bit of time for everyone to wrap their brains around what this truly means.
As for the time-frame of the story in relation to the number of seasons, Erickson offered:
The goal was to loosely track the period of those four or five weeks that Rick Grimes was in his coma. When he wakes up and goes outside, it’s done; the world has come to an end. We’re not going to time out exactly to that point. We have a story device that will still keep our characters — our core family — somewhat ignorant of what’s going on beyond [..] I wouldn’t say that we end the season at the exact same point where Rick wakes up, but it’ll loosely be in that time frame. Things will have gone very bad by the end of season one.
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