You may think that after 13 years and 155 issues of a comic series, Robert Kirkman could just be writing all sorts of mad scenarios for The Walking Dead without any care or thought about how the series will eventually end, but a recent interview shows you'd be wrong!
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the creator of the wildly successful comic book has revealed that not only does he know exactly how The Walking Dead comic series will end, but he ain't telling anyone in advance.
Kirkman sat down for the interview to chat the upcoming release of Cinemax TV series Outcast, which has been adapted from another of Kirkman's comic books, but thankfully he also found the time to chat The Walking Dead. When he was asked if he knew how The Walking Dead ended, he answered: "For the books? I do. I know how the story wraps up." Damn, pretty confident answer!
But despite knowing how the series will end, Kirkman revealed he wasn't exactly sure when that ending would come:
"The big question is when and how far in the distance that is. But I think that most people think, 'Oh, why would he end it? It's so successful, he's going to keep throwing shit at the wall to keep it going.' And that's not going to happen. You'll eventually be able to see that it all kind of comes together."
So, now that we know that Kirkman knows how The Walking Dead will end, what are the chances that he might reveal the end to the writers of the TV series, much like Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin did? Well, judging by his reply, I would say slim-to-none:
"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, 'Fuck you. You make it up now, I'll get to mine when I'm ready.'"
Whoa! Kirkman disappointed in George R.R. Martin? Shots fired.
But that wasn't the only controversial statement from the interview, with the 37-year-old author also taking a moment to address the fan backlash over the Season 6 finale cliffhanger.
"We knew that people might be upset, but come on! Everybody wants to see what happened. That's what a cliffhanger is. I'll probably get crucified for this, but I feel like there's a culture of instant gratification now: Netflix, social media, everything is on demand at all times. Nothing is withheld. You can't do 52 episodes a year. It's just not feasibly possible. If you can do something that has people talking about your show in that gap between seasons, that's great."
However, he did also have something to say to those fans who might have been upset at the finale:
"We just ask that if you've enjoyed the show so far, just know, Season 7 is going to be pretty great."
And hey, after six seasons of the TV series and 155 issues of the comic, I guess it'd be wise to believe him!
The Walking Dead returns to screens with Season 7 on AMC in October.
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Source: Rolling Stone