Temis the Vorta wrote:
]The ratings are strong and the show needs a plot arc that will keep it going for years. I'm having a grand old time right now watching the survival angle. They've got a new game to play for next season, with the impact of Dale's death inspiring them not to lose their humanity. That could form most of the plotline for next season, especially if they run into other survivors who will challenge that ethos.
I think the 'survival arc,' for a television audience needs some search for a cure and achievable goals to that end to keep people's interest. Moving from community to community and killing off new and existing characters IMO would become old.
That works well for the comic books but not for TV where your average show [save the Simpsons] doesn't last past 6 to 7 years.
A great recent example would be the series 24
where the never ending terrorist threat became tiring for many people. Another in Trek is in DS9 where the Dominion story arc even got old for Trek fans.