‘Walking Dead’ comic series ending with latest issue
The end has finally come for “The Walking Dead.” And no one saw it coming.
Entertainment Weekly reports writer Robert Kirkman broke the news on the last page of the latest issue — No. 193 — of the long-running horror comic.
“This is the end of The Walking Dead,” Kirkman writes. “That’s it … it’s over … we’re done. I’m sure you have a million questions … and I’m sure you feel as emotional about all this as we do … if not more so. I’m completely willing to bet some of you are angry over this. I get it … I do. I mean … WHY didn’t we announce this so that fans would have some time to prepare? Well … personally … I hate knowing what’s coming. As a fan, I hate it when I realize I’m in the third act of a movie and the story is winding down. I hate that I can count commercial breaks and know I’m nearing the end of a TV show. I hate that you can FEEL when you’re getting to the end of a book, or a graphic novel.”
The comic series began in 2003, and it’s popularity led to the creation of the hit AMC series that began in 2008. EW reports the comic’s ending will not effect the AMC series. Season 10 of the show is set to premiere this fall.
“The Walking Dead has always been built on surprise,” Kirkman writes. “Not knowing what’s going to happen when you turn the page, who’s going to die, how they’re going to die … it’s been ESSENTIAL to the success of this series. It’s been the lifeblood that’s been keeping it going all these years, keeping people engaged. It just felt WRONG and against the very nature of this series not to make the actual end as surprising as all the big deaths… from Shane all the way to Rick.”
The comic was actually set to end back around issue #73, Kirkman stated in an earlier issue of the series. But he changed his mind after fleshing out the storyline, which would have seen it all end with an inspiring speech from Rick about how the group could no longer be nomadic, but must set down roots in Alexandria. The story, Kirkman says, would have ended with a statue of Rick, and a deserted Alexandria with zombies roaming freely.
“That ending… in hindsight was embarrassingly bad,” Kirkman wrote to fans, “but more than that, I wasn’t ready to end this series. Not by a long shot.”
In this latest issue, Kirkman writes that he plotted out the ending back in 2015, but resisted the urge to extend it.
“As I worked to come up with ways to expand the story, none of it felt right,” he writes. “Everything felt like an unnecessary detour … it was, for lack of a better word, filler. The harder I tried to come up with new places to go, the clearer it was to me that this is what this story needed … it needed to end.”
If you are curious to know just how the series will actually end this time — and obviously there are MAJOR spoilers — check out this report ComicBook.com.
Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, [email protected] or via Twitter .