Robert Kirkman is one of those rare comics creators who has a demonstrated versatility. Not only has he spent time writing some very well-loved comics for the likes of Marvel and Image, but he’s also basically created one of the most solid entertainment institutions in The Walking Dead, a series that started life at Image before making the transition into one of the most popular TV shows of today. While nobody is talking about an end point for The Walking Dead either in comics or on television, that doesn’t mean that the creator of the franchise isn’t thinking about the end, even if it’s still kind of far off.
In a new interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Kirkman was asked about the end of The Walking Dead, and how long it can go for. He said,
It’s a very popular show, and [the executives at AMC] seem to want it to go for 50 seasons. And it may go for 50 seasons, but there is definitely an end point at some point. The idea is that this story that’s longer than it has any business being, but it’s that length and watching those characters evolve over that time that’s gonna make it be this piece, that when it’s all done, you’ll look back on it and be like ‘what the hell, I thought they were just killing zombies. There’s totally an arc here and a thing going on, and I didn’t think the story was about this!’
He also talked about the possibility of the end of the story coming with the end of the zombie outbreak, which he didn’t seem averse to. While the story is pretty bleak, especially in the comics, Kirkman doesn’t necessarily think a more optimistic conclusion is out of the question.
People talk about how ‘The Walking Dead’s’ very bleak, and if you take a certain cross-section of the story, yeah, it’s horrible. People [are] getting their loved ones eaten and they’re having a horrible time. But I see the story from beginning to end, over many, many years, so I think it’s a very hopeful story about humanity overcoming this insurmountable, apocalyptic situation … it’s just gonna take them a long time to do it.
The sixth season of “The Walking Dead” TV series will premiere on AMC this October, while the spin-off “Fear the Walking Dead” debuts next month. Check your local comic book store for info on how to jump into the ongoing comic book series, which comes out every month.
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