WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WALKING DEAD?
Posted: 080519

Kirkman Explains Why He Killed Rick and Then The Walking Dead Comic

The Walking Dead ended surprisingly but if you read the book the ending wasnít as surprising as you think. Robert Kirkman had killed off Rick Grimes an issue earlier and once Rick was gone the soul of the book was gone. He was the first character we met in this world. So in the last issue we saw Carl and his new life conflicting with parts of his old life but saw that civilization did live on past Rick. At the San Diego Comic-Con Kirkman reaffirmed that Negan was still alive and Heath was as well. He says there is a Negan story to be told but isnít sure when he will ever write it. He told one fan that just because no one had seen a walker in 10 years didnít mean they were all gone but people knew now how to deal with them. Kirkman wanted fans to know he has endorsed all of the things seen on the TV show. But for all the fans who were upset the book ended with #193 it could have ended much earlier. The title almost ended with the four-issue No Way Out arc. That arc took place right after Rick's group got to Alexandria. We hadnít been introduced to Negan and Andrea was still alive. Kirkman was to have Rick proclaiming Alexandria was a place worth fighting for and where they would remain. We would have seen Rick's face as an old statue with vines growing on it and from there we would have learned that the statue was in Alexandria, which was now old and rundown with walkers wandering through it. So in the end the dead would have won and Kirkman realized the ending was ďa terrible ending that made the whole story pointless. So that ending... in hindsight was embarrassingly bad, but more than that, I wasn't ready to end this series. Not by a long shot.Ē He also never thought the book would have gone on for as long as it did.

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