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[TV] Robert Kirkman Knows How “The Walking Dead” Will End…

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.


  • The walking dead has zero tension until the final episode of a season and the opener of a new season. Just slow paced, filler writing….

    • Karen Goldenthal

      I love the show! So, anyone negative – take it elsewhere!

  • ohitsmerenz

    Well uhhh he’s the creator, so no shit

  • James

    How long until the boner who wrote this realizes that “creative license” and “licensed creations” aren’t the same thing?

  • Dr. Storm Crow

    Hey Mr. Disgusting, how about you get someone else to write the Walking Dead related articles, so we can finally stop hearing you piss and moan about how you hate the show. Some of us actually still enjoy it and want just the information about the show, not editorialization on said info. You’re not Hunter S. Thompson, so just give me facts and posit your opinion in reviews.

  • Not really news. I’ve heard that they’ve had an endgame in mind for quite some time and if they didn’t, that’s kind of sad.

  • Evan3

    Will enough of the main series cast be left alive to allow for a crossover? I have to suspect that in the end, everyone will die (and walk again).

  • deathmonger420 .

    characters suck, dialogue sucks, zombies getting slaughtered is all the walking dead has going for it. for some reason carl really gets on my nerves, i hope he dies soon, although when/if he does they will stretch it out over the whole season just like season 2 did.

  • JosephPattisall

    Unless I missed something, he’s speaking to creative license within the story which does not mean licensing rights.

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