Just when everyone thought "The Walking Dead's" season 9 might be its last season due to low ratings of season 8 and eventual departure of the show's main protagonist, Rick Grimes, in the upcoming season, AMC's president Josh Sapan announced that AMC has a decade worth of content planned for "The Walking Dead."

A possible addition to 'The Walking Dead' universe

According to Hollywood Reporter, when Josh Sapan was asked about the show's weak ratings at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, he replied by saying that "The Walking Dead is a universe...and we have a plan to manage over the next decade," pointing out that it's not just a show, but rather a franchise.

Furthermore, he added, "That plan is a careful plan to respect the world of the fans of that world."

This answer from AMC's president and CEO doesn't necessarily mean that they plan to continue the show for ten more years, but rather they have plans to preserve "The Walking Dead" universe for another decade. We've already seen this in the form of "Fear the Walking Dead," a spin-off series based in the same universe, that started back in 2015.

Even though "Fear the Walking Dead" is not mature enough compared to the main series, the latest crossover between both of them has allowed the spin-off series to develop even more. In the recent episodes of "Fear the Walking Dead," Morgan is planning on taking the group to Alexandria, the location in the main series.

During "The Walking Dead" panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Scott M. Gimple revealed that he was working on something and that "something" will apparently look to "the past, present, and future of the universe." We can definitely expect a huge crossover between both of the shows, or even a new addition to the universe itself.

Negan as a potential new lead character

While the main series is taking a very different route compared to the comics on which it is based, the serial still has material worth four to five season to adapt. The upcoming "The Whisperer" arc itself might span for two seasons, considering that they appear in the eighth episode (which is titled as "Evolution") of the first half of season 9.

But still, fans don't know how "The Walking Dead" will manage to push its rating now that two of the show's main characters are going to exit the series in the upcoming season. The only hope for the show would be to bring back Negan, the main antagonist of season 7 and 8, as the lead character of the show because fans still love his personality.

Negan has a potential impact on the upcoming arc of the show and he can easily replace Rick if he changes his policy of leading the communities. The show will return on 8th October in the UK and you can watch it on at 9 PM on FOX UK.