The Walking Dead took it’s leap from comic books to television in 2010 and has been a staple to pop culture ever since. When the already larger than life characters were cast by some of today’s best actors and actresses; the story was introduced to an entirely new audience. The new audience grew into a family as the seasons went on – The Walking Dead Family to be exact – and it’s a solid and defining part of pop culture.
If you read the comics you know that the television series has strayed away from the plot in print and that has led fans to wonder for some time now if Scott Gimple and AMC already planning the conclusion and if it will mirror what Robert Kirkman could possibly be thinking for the comics. In an interview recently with EW, Kirkman addressed that longstanding question with an answer that makes a lot of sense.
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.
Kirkman went on to say that he does have an ending planned for the comics already and explains that the series wouldn’t be what it is today if he didn’t have a clear purpose for what the characters go through.
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.
It’s reassuring to know that Kirkman plans to have an ending that makes sense in the comics – that he’s dedicated to telling the story. He’s also said in the past that if the series were to end before the comics that he’d play dumb and pretend to have no idea on what he has in store for his own ending while getting Scott Gimple to do something totally different on television than he will in the comics.
When it comes to an end, however, there’s no need to start preparing for one just yet. Both the comics and the tv series are in such high demand that there appears to be no sight of an end on the horizon, and fans of The Walking Dead are certainly here for the long haul.