The keys to the finale dug out of Scott Gimple.
More fun from the Saturn Awards in California as “The Walking Dead” show runner Scott Gimple – who has been a writer on the series since season two – tells Collider that comic creator Robert Kirkman (thankfully) has an ending in mind for the long running series. One of my biggest issues is that it feels like the wheels just keep spinning instead of just working towards creating a perfect story arc (much like “Preacher” did). And while Kirkman would tell Gimple the end, he would rather experience it month-to-month through the comics.
I would say ‘Yes’ [there is an end-game]. I actually don’t like spoiling myself on the comic. I read it as I go. Robert’s offered to tell me the whole thing so I get general aspects of it. I know the emotional end game of the show but there’s practical aspects, I want to keep with the comic. With these characters, you definitely have to think of the emotional endgame and that is very much a part of where I’m headed. But I want to have the flexibility to change the practicals with the comic and I don’t want Robert to spoil the whole series for me.
Gimple also talked briefly about the forthcoming AMC spinoff, although he indicates that licensing rights could cause the two series to never cross paths.
I have little to do with the spinoff… This I do know. It’s set in the world of The Walking Dead but from what I understand, it’s not like Daryl’s cousin or anything… I would never say never [to a crossover between the shows] because if I was a viewer I would say that sounds awesome. But we’re doing our own show. I also think a crossover might be tough because it would take a lot of [license] within the comic story. We’ll see. When we get to all-out war, who knows? We’ll add another faction. It’ll be the Saviors and the Hilltop and the ‘Spin-offers’.
“The Walking Dead” returns this fall on AMC.