Robert Kirkman Already Knows How ‘The Walking Dead’ Is Going to End
Of course, we all want our fave zombie drama to go on forever. But all good things must come to an end.
The Walking Dead creator just dropped a major bombshell about the story’s inevitable close.
Is the end closer than we realize?
Robert Kirkman has said on more than one occasion that he doesn’t want to work on TWD forever, he’d like to do more projects one day.
But we never suspected he had an end in mind already!
During a recent San Diego Comic-Con panel, Robert shared a devastating secret — he’s been planning the end of TWD for years.
"I think about two or three years ago, I had a pretty good idea for a definitive ending,” he said, per ComicBook.com.
“I have known that since then and been working towards that, so I know exactly where I'm going and what's gonna happen when I get there."
The secret ending is actually the second — Robert had a different conclusion in mind for a long time before ultimately scrapping the whole thing.
"There was an ending I had in mind that I was thinking, 'Oh, this would be kind of a cool ending.' I got to a point where it should've happened and I was like, 'I'm not done yet.'”
He continued, “So, I just threw that out and then I just kept going because I had all kinds of cool stuff I wanted to do."
Robert generally writes his storylines around a certain event envisioned in his mind.
Everything that happened from the start of the outbreak was designed to get the gang to the prison.
"When I first started Walking Dead, I knew about the prison storyline. So, I knew that they would eventually live in a prison, I knew they would eventually encounter the Governor, I knew there'd be some stuff that happens and I was working towards that.”
Yes, that means Robert is building the comic book storyline toward his revised ending right now.
Everything in the books is geared towards that one moment.
“I feel like the book, since I know it's gonna be such a long journey, we're always building to something and there's always something new that can happen and you really have to do a lot of planning, especially at this point,” he revealed.
“It's actually more difficult to write The Walking Dead than it’s ever been because we've done a lot of stuff.”
“To be able to top yourself, and keep things fresh, and keep things interesting... It gets harder and harder and harder as you go. Knowing what the endgame is and working towards that, makes it a little bit easier."
Thankfully, Robert’s planned ending doesn’t spell doom for our fave survivors… yet.
He’s building to it, but there isn’t any rush.
“[I]'m working towards that but it's a very long way off.”
The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.