Season 7 of The Walking Dead, AMC’s megahit zombie-apocalypse drama, saw disparate clans gather for “all-out war”; but things may get put on hold indefinitely as The Writer’s Guild of America marches towards an all-out strike.
[In September 2016] Howard Rodman, a board member during the last strike, [was] elected president of the WGA West on a promise to get tough with the companies at the bargaining table. “This is an era where the companies are doing astonishingly well – the companies’ profits have doubled in the last decade, now approaching $50 billion a year,” he said during the campaign. “So much of that profit originates with our work. The companies forget that. It’s our job to make sure they don’t.”
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To make a long story short: Contract negotiations are tense, and a deadline to with accept studios’ terms or else strike is rapidly approaching: May 2nd. This date coincides almost exactly with The Walking Dead’s writing cycle, meaning Season 8 could be derailed before it even begins. Exactly how this will affect Season 8 is uncertain, but if writers aren’t given the time and resources they need to make quality television, everyone will suffer—especially the fans, who may get a watered down storyline with a rushed production.
The WGA claims writers’ wages have dropped an average of 23% in the past 2 years while studios are raking in record profits. Here’s hoping they get everything they deserve in time to avoid the first strike since 2005.