The Walking Dead is moving into its sixth season this October and, if it stays as popular as it currently is, we may see it moving through six more seasons in the future. In addition, we have a spin-off (Fear the Walking Dead) and the long-running comic book series. But all good things must come to an end, right? As a matter of fact, Robert Kirkman already has an end planned out. Scroll on to hear what he had to say about it.
While chatting on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Kirkman was inevitably asked that magic question – when will this story of zombies and survival end? He had this to say about the story’s longevity:
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, 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!’
So it sounds like he has something serious lurking beneath the façade of zombie apocalypse. Then again, it’s a mark of a great story (particularly with sci-fi) that there’s more going on than there first appears to be. How Kirkman will resolve the tale is a mystery that is likely going to remain in the shadows for many more years, but, personally, I’m looking forward to whatever surprise he has in store for us.
Kirkman was also asked whether that final surprise might, contrary to the grim atmosphere of The Walking Dead, be something hopeful. This is what he had to say about that one:
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.
What say the Nerd Readers? How long do you want the show/comic book to go on for? And would you prefer a bleak, horrible conclusion or something a bit more inspiring?
Source: WTF Podcast