Often referred to as ‘the zombie movie that never ends’, it appears The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkland has at least some semblance of a conclusion to the story in mind. Speaking to EW, Kirkman discussed his approach to concluding the story and explained what influence, if any, AMC has on the outcome of The Walking Dead comics.
Kirkman confirmed that he has a plan for how The Walking Dead story will end and explained what point in the story the comics are currently in.
“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 end point is to be able to keep building towards it. I think that’s the only way to keep it alive.”
Unlike HBO’s Game of Thrones, whose creator, George R.R. Martin, has shared details about how the story will end with showrunners Benioff and Weiss, Kirkman explains that AMC has no say on what happens in the comic and are unaware of what direction the comics will take.
“There’s no communication whatsoever. 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.”
The Walking Dead is currently one of the most discussed shows on television with information and spoilers constantly being sought. So it is probably wise of Robert Kirkman to keep the ending to the story as close to the chest as possible. However, considering The Walking Dead often delivers a unique twist when adapting some of the most memorable moments and stories for the show, it is entirely possible the showrunners may have a different ending in mind.
The Walking Dead airs on Sunday at 9:00 pm ET on AMC.