With The Walking Dead comic more than a decade into its run, and the hit AMC series heading into its sixth season, it’s hard to imagine the series ever actually ending. But, creator Robert Kirkman is definitely working toward a finale — and his take on it might come as a bit of a surprise.
In an interesting interview with WTF podcast, Kirkman opened up about how he sees the series from a philosophical point of view and what he wants to do in the eventual finale. Despite all the horror, sadness and terror, Kirkman said he still believes The Walking Dead is a story of hope about the few survivors finding a way to keep going against all odds. Sure, all your loved ones might be dead, but we kept fighting. No matter what. That’s the heart of the story, for Kirkman.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
"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. It’s a very popular show, and [the executives at AMC] seem to want it to go for 50 seasons. And it may go for 50 seasons (He joked. Probably). There is definitely an end point at some point."
Though the first seasons of the series were dire, the recent arrival in Alexandria sets up a new era for the show that is still ongoing in the comic series. Seeing Kirkman’s comments, and knowing where the comic has gone in recent years (and where the series is likely heading in its tracks), his comments really start to put the narrative into a new perspective. Obviously, things are never easy in the apocalypse, but it's nice to know that final note might be a positive one.
So...things are looking up? Maybe? Regardless: Best of luck to Rick & Co.
The new season of The Walking Dead debuts October 12. The comic is punishing publishing monthly.