The Walking Dead’s series ending will surprise viewers

Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), The Walking Dead - AMC
Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), The Walking Dead - AMC /

AMC’s The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on television.  When a show can get the amount of attention like the zombie survival drama has, fans can have it engulf many parts of their lives.  Eventually, all good things come to an end, and the hit program will have to have a series finale.

Not all series finales are great.  For example, last night’s final episode of FOX’s “Wayward Pines” and was massively let down by how the show ended and the explanation that was given for why the ending was the way it was.  And while Wayward Pines was a popular program, it’s nowhere near the level of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, was recently on WTF with Marc Maron, where he talked about his vision for how the show will end.

"“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!’”"

Robert Kirkman, Talking Dead - AMC
Robert Kirkman, Talking Dead – AMC /

Hopefully, his idea for finishing off the show is much better than the lie that he pitched to Image Comics to get The Walking Dead’s comic book into circulation.  In fact, if that is the show’s endgame, than I expect many fans to be disappointed.  However, it is unlikely that the AMC show goes that route.

Instead, I do expect something insightful and character driven when the program does come to an end.  That doesn’t mean a happy ending, but from what Kirkman said on the podcast, that might not be out of the question.

"“I do hope that ‘The Walking Dead’ goes on long enough that when it ends, it’s like, ‘good thing we took care of those zombies.’”"

An end to all the walkers?  Wouldn’t that be something.  Civilization could start being rebuilt and the characters could start Earth’s re-population and attempting to find other survivors.  That could make for a fun spinoff show if it does happen.

Speaking of spinoffs, even if The Walking Dead does end, we will likely have several companion shows and spinoffs to keep fans interested.  Because of those, the zombie survival drama series might not ever come to an end.

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