Robert Kirkman Knows How The Walking Dead Will End, Teases Solution to 'Zombie Problem'

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 - 4:42PM
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015 - 4:42PM
Robert Kirkman Knows How The Walking Dead Will End, Teases Solution to 'Zombie Problem'
With Mad Men and Breaking Bad off to that big awards-bait antihero narrative in the sky, The Walking Dead is AMC's ratings darling, so it's safe to say that it won't go off the air anytime soon. Even so, Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman has an idea of how the show will end, whether that's after seven or seventy seasons: 

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"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," Kirkman said on WTF With Marc Maron. "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!'"
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Fans of the show would probably assume that the ending will be fairly bleak, maybe with Kirkman just killing everyone off in one fell swoop, Hamlet-style. But the producers have been vocal lately about shifting the tone of the show to slightly more optimistic, and Kirkman claims that this shift is part of a long game that will give The Walking Dead a legacy as an overall hopeful show:

Opening quote
"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."
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But what does that mean exactly? Maron asked if there's a possibility that the "zombie problem" will be solved by the end of the series, and Kirkman's answer was surprisingly revealing:

Opening quote
"Maybe. You never know. I do hope that 'The Walking Dead' goes on long enough that when it ends, it's like, 'good thing we took care of those zombies.'"
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To be fair, it's likely way too far in advance for us to take these statements seriously. Plus, if this really were the ending, it's unlikely that he would give it away in public, so it actually might be less likely that the zombie problem will be solved now that he's said that. But it would be very interesting if that's how The Walking Dead ended, and would certainly impact viewers' interpretations of all the misery that came before.

Via Variety.
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