With an eighth season already announced, there’s little to say about the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The zombie apocalypse action/drama TV series has captivated its audience ever since the pilot episode aired on October 31, 2010. We can only assume the show will go longer than eight seasons since Robert Kirkman, the creator of the Walking Dead comic books is still currently working on new issues.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he had this to say about his vision of the comics going forward and where they’re at currently:
“Yeah, I know exactly how it ends, and I’m always taking baby steps toward that point as I’m telling the story. I know what the end point is, and at the end of the day, I want this entire long narrative to be a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end. We’re just spending a lot of time in the middle, so, I kind of have to know what that direction is, and I have to know what that endpoint is to be able to keep building towards it. I think that’s the only way to keep it alive.”
Kirkman’s comment makes sense, and it’s comforting to know that someone writing TWD comics has a clear ending to the story, but the showrunner, Scott Gimple, has other feelings. In the same interview, Kirkman also said this about Gimple and his way of going about TWD’s TV show:
“No, there’s no communication whatsoever [about the ending]. They have no approval over what happens in the comic. Scott Gimple is an avid reader of the comic and prefers to experience the comic book as a reader, so he gets the advance issues as they’re published, but he doesn’t read scripts. He gets mad at me if I give him any kind of indication as to what’s coming because he doesn’t like spoilers. So, they’re kind of a hundred percent in the dark, which I guess is pretty remarkable, and I would probably say it’s a testament to the trust that AMC has in me. I mean, I guess to a certain extent, at this point, the comic book is kind of a workshop of future seasons of the show, and it’s fun to think that I can just completely torpedo the story if I wanted to.”
How do you think The Walking Dead will end? Will someone find a cure to the zombie virus, or will all living people just eventually join together to build a new civilization? Sound off in the comments or on Twitter / Instagram!