The Walking Dead comic books are rolling with a story at a dangerously high speed. The Whisperer War reached its midway point this week as issue #159, the third of the six issue arc, published on Wednesday.
Amidst the chaos ensuing around Alexandria, the writer and creator of The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman played host to a couple of panels both on the show room floor and the Hammerstein Ballroom. During the events, Kirkman fielded questions from spoiler hungry fans who are always looking to the future.
As it would turn it, Kirkman is looking even further ahead than the fans of his work are, even joking that The Walking Dead will run for 1,000 issues.
"I'm already working on what happens after Whisperer War," Kirkman says. "We have this big event that's in a way leading to an even bigger event."
This big event may or may not have something to do with the folks on the other end of Eugene's radio. In a recent issue, the group claimed to be in Ohio which is hundreds of miles away from Eugene's Alexandria locale - but who knows if theyre telling any sort of truth.
The only comment about Eugene's radio Kirkman was willing to make before quickly changing the subject was that it is not a hallucination like the time we found Rick on the phone with a dead Lori.
All in all, Kirkman did next to nothing to reveal any details about this "bigger event" following a "big event." It's possible he is referring to a major character death which will rock the world of The Walking Dead's characters. He has previously claimed that he will kill Rick Grimes before the series ends and with Negan seeming to seek a path of the anti-hero, it's possible that the Sheriff could be offed with the comics continuing.
Of course, the most likely bet is that the world will see the biggest expansion since the introduction of Alexandria, the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and the Sanctuary. Should the "Ohio" folks actually be a thriving community, a sense of government could come into the mix or a new foe with an even more threatening army could start rattling the cage.
The Walking Dead #159 is available and the AMC TV series adaptation will return for its seventh season on October 23. For complete coverage and insider info all season long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.