For once, there are no spoilers — literally, none. We couldn't ruin the ending of The Walking Dead for you even if we wanted to!
To the relief of fans everywhere, #TheWalkingDead creator Robert Kirkman is apparently remaining tight-lipped on how/if the zombie reign will end, and refuses to tell his #AMC counterparts which way the apocalypse should be heading:
"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."
The show has a notoriously checkered past with spoilers, and the network even threatened to sue Facebook group "The Spoiling Dead" for even speculating on who Negan's victim was. However, Kirkman's stance is the opposite of #GameofThrones creator George R.R. Martin, who has been more than mouth-happy in revealing the end of his saga to showrunners Benioff and Weiss. Earlier this year Kirkman fired shots at Martin for this exact reason, saying that such a move lacked author integrity:
"I would never do that. That’s the one thing I’m disappointed in George R.R. Martin for doing. He should have just been like, F**k you. You make it up now, I’ll get to mine when I’m ready."
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There is no mollycoddling the series: Kirman has always said he knows exactly how the #comics will end — *spoiler* Rick Grimes won't be there for the fanfare. With the comics currently on Issue #160, and the seventh season of the show around issue #104, AMC's series will inevitably do a Thrones and overtake its source at some point. Take this as good or bad, but chances are that The Walking Dead TV series will mirror #HBO's song of ice and fire, veering off in a different direction to become its own Kirkman-less entity.
Showrunner Scott Gimple is reportedly a huge fan of the comics, and keeps them on hand so he can plot the next season of the show. However, despite the constant pestering, Kirkman refuses to divulge the future of the story to Gimple and co.:
"They're kind of 100% 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 news comes just days after Kirkman revealed that the ending for latest villain Negan will be coming some time sooner rather than later as he is already past his sell-by-date in the comics.
The Beginning Of The End
The comics began publications monthly since 2003, and despite being AMC's most-viewed show, both incarnations of The Walking Dead have been accused of running out of steam. This far into both stories and you have to ask yourself, "After tigers and people wearing the flesh of the undead, what is next?" We at least know the TWD has been commissioned for an eighth season for the channel — in the meantime, we are happy to ride on the tidal wave of blood and brains from Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan and his "vampire bat" Lucille. Just like winter, the end is coming!
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