The Walking Dead comic book just celebrated its 15th anniversary and shows no signs of slowing down.
Creator Robert Kirkman says he is looking forward to where the series headed. “I know what I have to do to get where I’m going,” Kirkman said. “I know the stories that have to be told, the deaths that have to happen, the changes I need to make to push things forward and evolve. When I get to those points I’ll know it’s time. I don’t think anyone should have concerns about things wrapping up too soon.”
Kirkman has admitted he pre-plans the series for around 3 or 4 story arcs ahead. Currently, he has at least 50 more issues full of about 5 0r 6 story arcs in the works.
“When you see the prison around issue 50, I already have the hunters planned and I’m sowing seeds to do that,” Kirkman said. “I know what I’m building to, to eventually wrap things up,” he said. “If I didn’t have that I’d just be twisting in the wind trying to lay track. I don’t know if that’s going to come in 1,000 issues or 100 issues, but I know what the conclusion of the story is and what has to happen to get there.”
Kirkman also plans on sticking to his promise of a “satisfying” ending for when it arrives.
“I do have an endpoint in mind for The Walking Dead, and I think that it’s my responsibility — and the responsibility of all the writers on the TV show — to the audience, because they’ve been on this journey for so long,” said Kirkman back in March of this year. “The Walking Dead isn’t gonna last forever. It might go on for many, many, many more years, but I think that for anyone that’s been on that journey for that long, they deserve a satisfying end. They deserve to know that the time that they invested in this thing was all working towards something, and was building to some kind of reward, and so I think to not have any kind of end goal in mind and not have a plan would be terrible.”
Kirkman is looking out for his loyal audience. Although we don’t want an ending, rest assured that Kirkman and his team won’t let us down.