The Walking Dead Boss Talks About Competing With HBO's Last Of Us TV Show

"There's room for all of us," Scott Gimple says about the two shows.


HBO recently greenlit the Last of Us TV show, meaning it might enter production relatively soon. An official release date for the program has not been announced yet, but people are guessing that it may debut around the time that another show with zombies--The Walking Dead--airs its 11th and final season in 2022.

Scott Gimple, the head of content for The Walking Dead at AMC, said in a new interview with Insider that he's not worried about potentially competing with The Last of Us.

"I think there's room for all of us, with zombies and the different ways of telling zombie tales," Gimple said of the two shows. "I'm going to be watching both. I hope a lot of people will be watching."

Gimple went on to point out that The Last of Us and The Walking Dead are very different properties, so both should be able to find their own audiences.

"It's an amazing game," Gimple said in reference to The Last of Us. "There are some amazing creators that have gotten involved in it and I think it's incredibly different than 'The Walking Dead.' It's a very, very different take."

HBO's The Last of Us TV show is produced by Craig Mazin (The Hangover series, Chernobyl), with the game's writer and director, Neil Druckmann, also on staff. There have been no casting announcements yet, but those are expected in due time now that the show has been officially picked up for season one.

Not much about the show is known. The series is expected to follow the events of the first game, with the possibility of also overlapping on content present in the game's recent sequel. The adaptation is said to not invalidate or retcon the events in either games, but instead to "expand" on them.

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