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Robert Kirkman already has Walking Dead conclusion in mind

July 22nd, 2015 by Dave Bowling Comments

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Good as it is, The Walking Dead has to end sometime.

Won’t be just yet, though. With six seasons in the can and plans from network AMC for even more, including an upcoming spinoff, we can look forward to much more zombie action to come. Creator Robert Kirkman is still working in an exit strategy, however.

In a recent interview for the WTF podcast, Kirkman was naturally asked that inevitable question: when’s it all gonna end?

It’s a very popular show, and [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!’

While it’s always good when there’s something more going on under the surface than there first appears, Kirkman was also asked whether there might be a twist to this endgame. Specifically, a change to the unremitting bleakness of the last six seasons:

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.

So maybe not everybody’s getting eaten. Who knows? Just remember, if zombies ever chase us, I’m tripping people up…


Source: Nerd Bastards

Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...