Warning: this article contains spoilers for season nine of The Walking Dead.
It remains one of the largest television programs on the planet.
AMC's post-apocalyptic drama, The Walking Dead, has been scaring audiences around the world for almost a decade.
But with the fall of audience numbers, some fans are critical of recent stories and a couple of their biggest names are going to depart, the new ninth season could be its most crucial so far.
A challenge for the new showrunner Angela Kang, who spoke in depth with Radio 1 Newsbeat, in her first radio interview in the United Kingdom.
While we were talking, Angela seemed to hint at additional details about the future of her main character, Rick Grimes, played by British actor Andrew Lincoln.
Once again: spoilers. You have been warned.
A new chapter
Angela Kang is a veteran writer in the world full of blood, walkers and blood of The Walking Dead.
But now he has taken over Scott M Gimple as boss and begins with moving the program to a new chapter, moving away from his long story "All Out War" that saw the characters face the evil Negan.
The plot was divisive. Certainly, the longest history in the history of Walking Dead and some fans have been critical of the fact that the show has been slow during the last few years.
But those viewers will no doubt be encouraged by the direction the new boss takes this season. The first reviews of season nine have been very positive.
"I've been on the team since the second season and we've played with the pace at which we do things, we always try to take creative risks," Angela tells Newsbeat.
"We were looking for ways to mix our narrative and one of the things is to try to increase the pace, so there is always a big twist in the plot of each episode."
"That's not a direct reaction to anything from last year, but we do our own internal calculation."
& # 39; This is a show with dead in the title. There will be losses.
It's not just the stories that change. In a move that some fans never thought would happen, AMC has confirmed that Rick Grimes of Andrew Lincoln has already filmed his final scenes.
Her decision to leave was not a shock to Angela and her team. They knew that Andrew would not want to live on the other side of the world for his family forever.
"This is a show with dead people in the title, there will be losses," she says.
"Not all of them are deaths, sometimes there are exits of different types, but this is really a show about how people survive."
The departure of one of the most iconic television characters will be broadcast this season, but for now how It goes is a very well kept secret.
"What I can tell you is that it's a very emotional story, we can remember some of the scenes that you've been dealing with since you started your story on the show.
"We just saw the incredible enthusiasm and determination he has, and we can also deal with some elements of mystery and surprise."
Angela also confirmed to Newsbeat that another British actress, Lauren Cohen, and her character Maggie will leave in the next episodes, while Lauren works on other projects.
However, a return next season seems a formality.
"It's really just a programming thing," says Angela. "We definitely plan to have more stories for Maggie in the future."
So, does that mean that the original protagonist of The Walking Dead could one day make a triumphant comeback and therefore not leave in a pool of blood?
"He's definitely out of the program this season, the intention is that this is his exit from the program."
"But who knows what time it can bring, we always love our Andrew, so since we have some time jumps, you never know what might happen."
The program ratings are below. But with the rise of TV broadcasting services and the banking programs of people to watch compulsively, one could argue that it is to be expected.
In the USA UU., The numbers of the episodes of a single episode reached their maximum point in the fifth season with 17.29 million. But even after his fall, last season The Walking Dead regularly reached the eight million mark.
To put that in context, the titans of television as Breaking Bad reached a maximum of 10.28 million, while the 8.89 million Game of Thrones for its latest episode is the highest it has so far.
In the United Kingdom on Fox, the numbers of The Walking Dead are also impressive. 482,000 people saw the opening of season nine.
Is the end in sight?
Angela insists that she does not worry about grades. She says that as long as the original comic continues to release "great source material," the program will continue.
"Robert Kirkman's comic continues to grow strong," says Angela.
"Since I've been working here, I think I've definitely had the experience in which I say: This is the best story ever written for comics, it can not be beat, we're going to have to finish the show & # 39;
"But then he comes up with a surprising twist that keeps us reading, there are many ways the story could end."
"But as long as the comic remains strong, it's hard for me to say that it has to end at this point, we never know what Robert is going to throw at us."
& # 39; You did not really see women of color in this kind of work & # 39;
For the first time in its long history, The Walking Dead now has a woman in charge. It is a fact that Angela seems to be proud of.
"I had so many opportunities to grow up in the US That my parents did not have in their home country, South Korea, during a military coup and a dictatorship in the 1970s," he says.
"But as I grew up there were not really any figures I could look at and think about:" That's a job I could do. "You did not really see women or people of color, certainly not women of color, who had this type of work in the industry.
"It's still not very common now, it moves me a lot when I hear people say, 'I want to do what you do when I grow up', because I think having those numbers is important.
"Representation does something for children, it expands the reach of their dreams and that's something I appreciate.
"I'm grateful to have this opportunity."
The Walking Dead continues on Mondays at 9pm on FOX.
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