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The Walking Dead Producers Have 12 Seasons Mapped Out

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The Walking DeadGiven that the ratings for AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead have continued to get better over the course of the first four seasons, we’re in for many more years of the misadventures of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company. A planned spin-off promises to expand on this world, but the core show is bound to continue far into the horizon, and we have an idea of just how far this run could continue. Producers say they have already mapped out the series as far as the 12th season.

A while back, newly entrenched showrunner Scott Gimple told Larry King that he could see the show continuing for ten seasons. His fellow producer, Dave Alpert, has indicated that they have plans that extend well beyond that. During a recent panel at the Producers Guild of America, he had this to say:

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Which Walking Dead Character Will Be The First To Die In Season Five?

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The Walking DeadAMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is notorious for killing off major characters. Maybe they don’t take it to a Game of Thrones level, but if you’re a character on the show, you can never be entirely comfortable that you won’t get offed at the drop of a hat. While there were a fair share of fireworks during season four, the body count, at least for main characters, was relatively low—there were, however, a number of people added between season three and four that were little more than canon fodder. The most recent season ends on one hell of a cliffhanger, with most of the survivors in immediate peril, and we may now know who the first big death of season five is going to be.

It should go without saying, but there are significant SPOILERS beyond this point, both for the show and Robert Kirkman’s comic book that serves as the source material. You’ve been warned.

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The Walking Dead Season Five Photo Reveals A Beaten Up Rick Grimes

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The Walking DeadSeason four of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead hasn’t been in the books for very long, but the wheels are already turning on season five. The next chapter of undead action is currently filming outside of Atlanta, though it won’t return to our TV screens until this October. There hasn’t been a ton of news about the gang’s upcoming adventures, but they production has released a new photograph from the set.

This image gives you a glimpse at the show’s protagonist, former sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Season four was a bit of a rough patch for Rick, especially the second half. He got beat up pretty good and at one point wound up in a minor coma—when it comes to comas, is there really such a thing as a minor one? From the look of this picture, it doesn’t appear that things are going to get much better any time soon.

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The Walking Dead Adds The Wire Alum Seth Gilliam As A Series Regular

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Seth GilliamWell that didn’t take very long at all. Season four of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is barely in the books, but that has never stopped the producers from moving forward, and the series has already added another cast member for season five. And yet again, they’ve poached some talent from HBO’s The Wire. I guess it isn’t really poaching, since The Wire is dead and gone, but they’re definitely mining that talent pool. Seth Gilliam, who played detective Ellis Carver on the classic cop show, has been cast as a series regular next season. In addition to this news, Telltale Games has also released some new screenshots of the newest installment of their The Walking Dead video game.

Deadline reports that Gilliam, who has done turns on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Teen Wolf in his years since The Wire wrapped up, will play a character named Michael Todd. That isn’t his real name, which is being kept under lock and key, but the report speculates that he could be Gabriel Stokes, a priest who joins the crew, that is assuming they get out of that sticky situation in Terminus in one piece.

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Town Of The Living Dead Comedic Docuseries Greenlit By Syfy

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When filmmaker George Romero directed Night of the Living Dead over 40 years ago, there’s no way he could have known how many people would: A) take his undead characters, call them zombies, and put them in every conceivable plot device; and B) use his “of the Living Dead” title to spice up their own zombie-related work. (Not to mention all the puns, like 1990’s Night of the Living Bread.) Syfy is heading into a new territory for zombie media with the upcoming comedic docuseries Town of the Living Dead, which will chronicle a filmmaker’s troubled attempts to create a piece of art, in this case a zombie movie called Thr33 Days Dead.

But this isn’t just some hack film student trying to gross his friends out; this is a passion project for an entire community. Town of the Living Dead will film in the small town of Jasper, Alabama, where many of its citizens, especially director John M. Ware, have spent the past six years of their lives trying to turn Thr33 Days Dead into a full independent feature.

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The Walking Dead Showrunner Says The Series Could Continue For Ten Years

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The Walking DeadSeason four of AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead is in the books and, especially the final eight episodes, the series is as good as it has ever been. It is still far from perfect, but in the hands of the latest showrunner, Scott M. Gimple, fans have more reason to be optimistic about the future—of the show, not the characters, those guys are totally screwed. With shows like Talking Dead, the series has always been all about interacting with its viewers, and Gimple stopped by Larry King Live to answer a slew of questions from Twitter followers.

Though he does address a variety of topics and queries, he, understandably, has to skip over some specific spoilers for the upcoming season five, which goes into production next month. But there are times when his omissions are just as telling as his answers.