Robert Kirkman Says The Walking Dead's Ending Will Be Different From the Comics

Friday, 30 September 2016 - 2:33PM
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Friday, 30 September 2016 - 2:33PM
Robert Kirkman Says The Walking Dead's Ending Will Be Different From the Comics
Robert Kirkman never had to deal with the kind of huge fan backlash that Scott Gimple weathered following the infamous Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, where a man with a baseball bat named Negan (SPOILER) kills Dumbledore. Just kidding—they still haven't revealed who it is. (Though Tom Payne says it would have been fine if they just showed it in the finale, rather than waiting for Season 7, as do we all.)

Either way, fans of the comic can lord one amazing piece of knowledge over the people watching the show—Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead comic, has revealed that he knows how the comic will end, and that he will not tell the showrunners (including Scott Gimple) over at AMC because "I don't want it on the show before I get it in my comic!" You can watch the short clip from "Geeking Out" below!


Geeking Out: 'The Walking Dead' Official Sneak... by comicbookdotcom

Essentially, Kirkman's decision to keep his ending secret comes from his feeling that the comic has its own life outside the TV show. The fact remains that the comic was around before the show, and it may even continue after the show is done. Like George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, an original work and its hyper-popular TV show can have an uneasy relationship when it comes to continuity, and one of the ways the authors and show writers can keep their artistic integrity is to allow the two versions to diverge plot-wise, but keep the spirit of the original material. 

This can result in some weird situations, like Kirkman's admission that if the show ends and Scott Gimple comes to him to help write the ending, Kirkman will have to "pretend I have no idea how to end it and come up with another ending" for the TV series. It's a weird kind of narrative hostage situation, but for Kirkman, it means staking claim on an ending that is uniquely his.

So shine on, Robert Kirkman, you crazy, zombie diamond.

The seventh season of The Walking Dead will premiere October 23rd @ 9 PM ET on AMC.
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