Just as there’s more than one type of serial, there’s more than one way to make a serial. Case in point, The Walking Dead which is largely planned out one season at a time as reiterated by comic creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman in a recent interview with Collider.
The zombie serial is currently filming its mid-season finale (Episode 3.08) which leads into the winter lowatus. As you’d expect they have the rest of the 16-episode season pretty much worked out in terms of story and characters. Looking further ahead, Kirkman reveals they have ideas for where seasons 4 and 5 might go, but largely it’s a one season at a time job:
“Mostly we take one season at a time, we try to focus on that season and try to make it as good as [we can]. We always sit down with the comics and go “these are good, we can tell that block of stories” — we definitely have ideas for a season 4 [and] 5, if things continue to go the way they’re going, but we take that [lowatus] and come back in with all the writers and go “new season, what are we doing?” It’s fun to come in with those fresh ideas, so we don’t have anything set in stone just yet.”
As for whether the third season will see an increase in budget after Season 2’s budget was apparently reduced (there’s some debate about whether it was or not), Kirkman confirmed:
“I think you might see a few more dollars on the screen in the third season. It’s gonna be bigger.”
Season 3 kicks off Oct. 14 on AMC. Watch the trailer below: