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Robert Kirkman Knows How “The Walking Dead” Will End

In a chat with Marc Maron on the WTF Podcast, “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman opened up about the plans and visions he has for the show, noting that he has a clear idea of where the series is heading.

Kirkman stated in the podcast:

It’s a very popular show, and [the executives at AMC] seem to want it to go for fifty seasons. And it may go for fifty seasons, but there is definitely an end point at some point. 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!

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.’

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.

As we reported last year, the team behind the hit show are already well ahead of the curve, stating that they know what’s going to happen in season 12, even though we’re only just now entering the sixth season.

Weigh in here, fans. How would you want the show to end?



  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    I really hope the show doesn’t catch up to the comics, like GoT has with the books.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      Well, if it does, it could do its own thing again. I don’t mind because it gives me something new to watch and the show has done some things better than the comic, and vice versa.

      • Yakushiji Tenzen

        something new to watch is always good, but not if it’s CRAP. Like I don’t know writing Andrea into a wall in the show, realizing it, then killing her off. Same with Tyreese, those characters are so great in the comic and the writers just did absolutely nothing with them in the show. And don’t get me started on Lori or how much of a little shit Carl is in the show. Eh, I’m just glad FEAR the walking dead is going to be on soon and have completely new characters.

  • polterclown

    it should end with Rick’s group being invited by whats left of the military worldwide on one of their aircraft carriers that are like modern arks of Noah and set sail to a big island that has been cleared of walkers to start a new life.

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      Seems kinda typical.

  • dr.chimrichalds

    I hope it ends with either a little girl playing with a snowglobe or Bob Newhart waking up from a dream.

  • lion7718

    It will end when Hurley wakes up Rick & says ‘Dude’.

    • Yakushiji Tenzen

      haha YES!!!

  • Andros Fan

    12 seasons? Wow. I think I might give it a try, considering I love Telltale’s The Walking Dead game. 🙂

    • kenneth Tanner

      The video game series is the shit, that was fucked up that they killed off Lee. That was like killing off Rick, they should’ve kept him alive, I screamed when Kenny died. They should’ve killed him off that quickly neither. He’s more of a badass than Daryl. I’m dieing to know what they have instored for us in season 3.

  • brewers_rule

    This is one of those times I wished I read the comics its based on. I know he isn’t going exactly from them but one would think timeline-wise, that would determine where or when it’s nearing completion, wouldn’t it? 12 seasons seems like an awful stretch considering the tv viewing public can’t seem to stick w/a show as long as TWD’s last so far even.
    As far as the tone goes, I like that he’s talking about somehow tying things together in some sort of final redemption that could be satisfying. The bleak nature of the show is starting to wear. There’s no optimism or positivity for the most part. They’re even taking this new colony that I thought would be a positive turn & seemingly making it into more strife, conflict, & making good characters turn heel in the process. At some point, they have to give some glimmer of hope, right? I keep thinking at some point we’re going to see that the virus has changed, died out, or the people are beginning to outnumber the zombies but there’s no hint of that I see.

    • Joyce A. King

      I would watch this show for 20 seasons, provided they don’t kill off all of the originals. They seem to kill off all the interesting characters that would keep me vested in the show, and if I can’t connect with the new characters, then I would stop watching.

      • kenneth Tanner

        I don’t blame, and oh my god don’t get me started with Beth.
        I swear if they kill off Daryl the show will no longer have one of my presents.

  • suffering

    it will end like this Rick sacrifice himself to save his son and the group at the end of the final episode you will see carl adult or maybe in voice-off tell to other survivors/ spectator what horrible things his group,his father and himself do to survive and maybe finish in a badass final quote: ”it never end’,”the fight just begin”……ect……yeah i know so cliché XD

    • kenneth Tanner

      Don’t forget about Judith.

      • suffering

        ah shit i forget her………..cuz……the comic……..You know…XD

        • kenneth Tanner

          That’s true but trust me that fine sometimes I accidently get it mixed up myself. Lol hell there was one time were I was watching the show and I saw Carol, I was like WTF I thought Carol was dead because of the comic series. LMAO and then I realized Carol didn’t die in the TV series. Trust me TWD has tons of fans and I’m sure there are a lot of us that probably got it all mixed up lol.

          • suffering

            the first thing who literraly shocked me about carrol in the TV SERIE?……Her Haircut (0- 0 *)……and yes i was surprised she still alive XD

          • kenneth Tanner

            I know right?

  • Jeremy Wade

    the way i can see this show ending is if rick wakes up from his coma . showing it was all a dream. the zombies and the people we have seen were stuff heard while in his coma . like the zombie thing would be from a movie that was playing on tv like dawn of the dead or night of the living dead. the people would be other patients and nurses names . he heard while in his coma so his mind made up that world to help him cope or rick and his group found a underground base . they thought was empty had remaining soldiers and scientist that was the cause of the zombie out break, they were working on toxin to wipe out all the zombies this would be kinda a homage to day of the day movie . but someone in the under group lab don’t want the zombie out break to end so people start dying off and disappearing . so on the last episode we find out who it is before the toxin is released in the air to spread and kill all the zombies . only giving the remaining humans a fever or the flu because in season 1. it was said humans were already affected so this toxin would attack the affected cells and kill them so if a human dies . they would stay dead.

    • George g

      You can’t dream in a coma. There’s no brain functionality.

      • michelle

        No, you’re thinking about brain death. In a coma, your brain is still very functional.

  • kenneth Tanner

    You know not to copy from the video game series version, from the ones who watched the video game will know what I’m talking about. Maybe Robert could have this plan to end it, Rick gets beaten and he’s dieing and he tells Carl how much he loves him and Judith probably would be 12 and Carl would be an adult at the time. So any how Robert can have Rick talking to Carl and Judith while he’s dieing and Carl had to shoot him. It’s similar to Lee’s death from the video game series and the rest of the survivors had survived through out all the walkers and villians now all the survivors needs to do is repopulate the whole world and that’s the end of The Walking Dead

  • Dennis Giles

    If this guy thinks I’m going to swallow the “Dream” theory he can suck my ball sack !!

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