The Walking Dead is a television juggernaut and shows no sign of slowing down. The hit AMC zombie survival show is set to premiere its seventh season on October 23, coinciding with the arrival of the series’ biggest villain, the sadistic (and charismatic) Negan.
In the comics, however, the story is much father along. (This is your spoiler warning.) Negan is still alive and well in the comics, and there was even a time jump that progressed the story years at a time. Robert Kirkman recently revealed that he has a plan for how to eventually end the comic series, which has been running for a decade now. However, he promises that the show won’t use the same ending.
“I know how I want to end The Walking Dead, the book,” Kirkman said on Geeking Out with Kevin Smith. “But I can’t tell anyone, because I don’t want it on the show before I get it in the comic. So if the show were to ever end, ever, at any point, and the comic was still going, I would have to sit down with Scott [Gimple] and pretend that I have no idea how to end it and work with him to try and come up with a new ending.”
Unless Kirkman gets sick of making comics, the show will probably end first. After all, the actors can’t play the same roles forever. Do we really want to see Rick Grimes and company facing off against dangers in an eventual Season 21 of The Walking Dead? Errr, maybe not.
Kirkman previously promised that no matter how the story ends, there would be an element of hope and humanity involved. But you should probably still prepare for the death of all of your favorite characters, just in case.