Walking Dead producer defends season 8 ratings slump

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Photo credit: Fox / AMC
Photo credit: Fox / AMC

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With an underwhelming start and a highly controversial midseason finale twist, season eight has failed to impress fans, while ratings have continued to slide and are currently at their lowest point since the second season all the way back in 2012.

Now, The Walking Dead producer David Alpert has come to the show's defence, arguing that ratings aren't necessarily reflective of popularity.

Photo credit: Gene Page / AMC
Photo credit: Gene Page / AMC

"I don't think in any way the brand has lost its relevance in general," he told Variety. "I think we're just seeing a decline in urgency across all media to consume something at a specific time.

"I think overall we're seeing increased competition, not just from television and not just from streaming services, but you get content everywhere.

Photo credit: Gene Page/AMC
Photo credit: Gene Page/AMC

"I still get people coming up to me at conventions talking about, they're in the middle of season six. They can't believe what's going on.

"I still get people coming up to me like, 'You killed Beth? You killed Beth? What's the matter with you?' And I'm like, 'Are you in season five?' and they're like, 'Yeah, I'm in season five!'"

Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl, may recently have suggested that The Walking Dead only has a couple of seasons left in it, but showrunner Scott Gimple is "very confident" we will see a tenth season and beyond.

The Walking Dead returns on February 25, 2018 on AMC in the US, and on February 26, 2018 on FOX and NOW TV in the UK.

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