THE Walking Dead’s producer has revealed the zombie show ‘broke every rule’ leaving networks ‘afraid’ to make it.
The post-apocalyptic series has aired on AMC since 2010, with the season 10 finale just weeks away from airing.
However, producer Denise Huth has revealed how networks were afraid to take on the show in the years leading up to its eventual AMC debut.
She explained: “It just had all the great elements of a serialised drama, it kicked around for about five years before AMC were brave enough to say yes and put it on the air.
“It was one of those things that had never been done before and it was so unique in the fact that it almost shoots entirely outside – especially back in the beginning.
“It sort of broke every rule in what television is supposed to look like – I think everyone recognised it was good, but I think they were afraid it was possibly going to be an expensive show because of the special effects involved, that we had to film outside, and the amount of extras we would need.”
But Denise has no hard feelings towards the networks who turned the series down, saying: “We couldn’t say to anyone it would be a huge hit we were just praying that five people would watch.
“It’s hard to begrudge everybody who said no, but it is satisfying now to look back on it.”
Meanwhile, The Walking Dead’s showrunner Angela Kang recently revealed fans will get six episodes quite soon after, despite the delay in wrapping up season 10.
The season finale will air in early October – having been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic – with six episodes already drafted for an early 2021 release.
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She told fans at San Diego Comic-Con: “We’re excited to announce an extended season 10, there will be six extra episodes to follow the finale in early 2021, if all goes well. We’re working on those now.”
Fans of the show can also enjoy behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew from season 10 in The Walking Dead: Episode Diaires.
The series will feature remotely recorded interviews with cast members including Norman Reedus, Samantha Morton and Thora Birch and will air from Sunday, September 6 on AMC.
The Walking Dead season 10 finale airs on AMC on October 4 in the US and on Now TV on October 5 in the UK.