In an extensive conversation with the Los Angeles Times, AMC Networks president Sarah Barnett said "we did this study and we realized the reason people liked a show like Orphan Black was not because it was sci-fi. They liked it because it was propulsive, it was surprising, and it was one of the few shows at that time that had complicated representations of women, that had a lot to say about sexual identity, that had stuff to say about women and their bodies and science. ... I don’t know that we’d have gotten to Killing Eve if we hadn’t done that research, because I think you would have thought that it was, frankly, not a good use of investment to go for something that wasn’t sci-fi." As for The Walking Dead, Barnett says the Negan-focused episodes "became a little too hopeless for audiences. I think that there was creative intention behind it that was really smart and thoughtful, but it I think it probably pushed people to a place where it was a lot to take at a time when maybe people just didn’t want to see that." ALSO: Sarah Barnett says analytics-based streaming shows "will hurt the quality and diversity of television and we stand to counter to that."