Robert Kirkman takes it upon himself to shoot down wild Walking Dead fan theory

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Oct 27, 2014

When a show (or comic) gets as popular as AMC’s The Walking Dead has become, fans and critics alike start trying to pick it all apart and make an educated guess at what comes next. Well, one theory was so wild that Robert Kirkman himself has chimed in to shoot it down.

The folks at UPROXX recently pointed to a burgeoning fan theory that posits that the entire series of events could be taking place in Rick Grimes’ mind. Astute readers will remember that all the zombie insanity began (for us) when Rick woke up from his coma — since it’s his perspective from which we see the events unfold.

But what if Rick never actually woke up from that coma? What if the entire run of the comic, and television series for that matter, was all just a dream? Well, don’t worry — series creator Kirkman promises they’re not going to pull the wool over our eyes and undo the entire series. It’s not often that Kirkman addresses fan theories, but this one could be so egregious that he made an exception.

Here's Kirkman's flat-out denial:

Going on record to answer this: Rick is NOT still in a coma. The events of TWD are definitely happening.

— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) October 24, 2014

Of course, this being Kirkman, he couldn’t help to throw in a nice bit of snark after setting things straight:

But Carl and everyone else are all imagined. He actually NEVER found his family. He's been crazy since he killed his first zombie. #joking?

— Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) October 24, 2014

This seems like a far-fetched theory in and of itself, and you’d have to think Kirkman (and everyone else) knows it would piss pretty much everyone off if they were to do anything like this. Fans don’t like to be told that nothing that happened actually mattered, and we’re glad Kirkman took the time to nip it in the bud. 

Are you glad to hear the entire zombie saga isn’t just some tripped-out fever dream?

(Via Robert Kirkman)