The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman is serious about keeping his Walking Dead spoilers to himself. While the writer and creator of the hit AMC series and Image comics series knows how his zombie drama will inevitably end, he isn't willing to tell a soul about it.
When asked if he knows how The Walking Dead will end, Kirkman replies, "For the books? I do. I know how the story wraps up."
With issue #155 hitting shelves today, Kirkman still doesn't know when the series will actually conclude. "The big question is when and how far in the distance that is," the writer says of his planned ending. "But I think that most people think, oh, why would he end it? It's so successful, he's going to keep throwing shit at the wall to keep it going. And that's not going to happen. You'll eventually be able to see that it all kind of comes together."
The Walking Dead's TV series may not run as long as the comics have. They've been in print for over a decade and in terms of story telling, they're at an equivalent to season 12 based on The Walking Dead's pacing through six seasons. Yes, it is the highest rated show on television at the moment with no signs of slowing down, but doubling its current lifespan would still be an impressive feat.
Unlike Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead will likely never surpass its source material when adapted to live action. Even if it did, though, Kirkman won't spill the beans on the ending like George R.R. Martin did for his HBO series.
"I would never do that," Kirkman says. "That's the one thing I'm disappointed in George R.R. Martin for doing. He should have just been like, 'F--- you.' You make it up now, I'll get to mine when I'm ready."
The Walking Dead returns for its seventh season in October. Issue #155 is available now.