In the AMC interview, Alpert was asked about elements the show has incorporated that the executive producer wishes Robert Kirkman had thought about and added when writing the comics. Instead of answering that question, Alpert noted that there are characters and premises from the comics the show can’t wait to incorporate.
“It’s more like things in the comic that I can’t wait to get to. I cannot wait until we introduce Negan. He is just like the coolest fucking character on the planet. You thought the Governor was bad news?”
‘The Walking Dead’ Spoilers: Will Robert Kirkman’s Ending Have a Zombie Cure, or Kill all the Main Characters?
Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” kicks off in October and Entertainment Weekly sat down with executive producer – and Walking Dead comic book creator – Robert Kirkman to see if he knew how and when the series would end.
Kirkman explained that the TV series could last a really long time because there’s so much material it could pull from the comics. He just released comic book issue #130, while the show is still on issue #60-something.
“Luckily, because of the comic series, this isn’t a show where we’re going to run out of ideas,” Kirkman said. “This isn’t a show where it’s going to be, like, ‘Well, they’re clearly spinning their wheels just to keep the show going.’ It’s much more a matter of: Are we going to have enough seasons to get enough of the comic books into the show? I think that’s more the struggle for us. That’s what we’re hoping to find out in the next few years.”
As far as the comic book’s ending, Kirkman said he knows exactly how he wants to wrap up the zombie apocalypse. Will all the main characters be killed? Will there finally be a cure for the outbreak? Maybe the characters will learn how to live in a world with zombies, and it will a happily-ever-after type of feel?
Of course, Kirkman didn’t divulge any details but told EW that he came up with the idea about two years ago.
“I do know what I’m building towards, yes,” Kirkman said, referring to the comics. “I don’t know exactly what issue that’s going to fall on, per se, and I do have a lot of road laid out before that that is going to take a long time, but I certainly know exactly what I’m building to.”
He even said he has an idea of how the very last page of the comic would play out.
“From the very beginning I would always plot these big, long overreaching stories,” he said. “So it’d be like, oh, they’re going to get to the prison, then this is going to happen and then that’s going to happen and that’s going to happen. I wouldn’t really map out how many issues those were going to take, but I would always make sure that I had somewhere between two and ten years of story mapped out ahead of me.”
“About a year or two ago, I finally nailed it down exactly what I want the ending to be,” Kirkman added. “So now I’ve kind of got two trails of story going in my head. One working to where I’m at very far into the future, and one working from the end backwards. When these two stories meet, then I’ll know exactly how long the story is. I’m rapidly approaching that point.”
Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres Sunday, Oct. 12 on AMC.
Robert Kirkman has long described “The Walking Dead” as a zombie movie that never ends. Now, he’s changing his tune.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kirkman, the executive producer of the “Walking Dead” TV series and writer of the “Walking Dead” comic books, says he’s finally arrived at an idea for how to end the post-apocalypse thriller. Now, the question isn’t about how “Walking Dead” ends — it’s about when.
“I do know what I’m building toward, yes,” said Kirkman, referring to how the comics will end. “I don’t know exactly what issue that’s going to fall on, per se, and I do have a lot of road laid out before that that is going to take a long time, but I certainly know exactly what I’m building to.”
Kirkman even knows the final page of the “Walking Dead” comic series, and he says that the idea came to him about a year or two ago.
“From the very beginning I would always plot these big, long overarching stories,” he said. “So it’d be like, oh, they’re going to get to the prison, then this is going to happen and then that’s going to happen and that’s going to happen. I wouldn’t really map out how many issues those were going to take, but I would always make sure that I had somewhere between two and ten years of story mapped out ahead of me.
“About a year or two ago, I finally nailed down exactly what I want the ending to be,” he continued. “So now I’ve kind of got two trails of story going in my head. One working to where I’m at very far into the future, and one working from the end backwards. When those two stories meet, then I’ll know exactly how long the story is. I’m rapidly approaching that point.”
Recently, the “Walking Dead” comics have made some big changes in the lives of Rick Grimes and his companions. (SPOILER ALERT, if you’re behind.) After the “All Out War” story arc, “Walking Dead” experienced a time-jump, lurching forward a few years in the future to see Rick as the leader of a flourishing, organized society, with his arch-enemy Negan languishing in prison. Could we see another time-jump before “Walking Dead” ends, or was the time-jump the first silo in the final act of the zombie drama? We’ll find out someday — maybe not someday soon, but someday.
For now, the “Walking Dead” TV show certainly isn’t ending anytime soon; season five premieres on October 12.
AMC announced on Friday that the cable network is officially working on the Walking Dead spinoff that we’ve been hearing about (and hoping for) for nearly a year. The project is being described as a “companion series” and while the show is not going to go straight-to-series, a pilot has been ordered for the project, which will land in The Walking Dead universe.
Here’s what we know about the upcoming Walking Dead companion pilot. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Dave Erickson are all involved with The Walking Dead and will all executive produce the new pilot. In addition, Erickson is signed on as the showrunner for the pilot, which is fitting considering he co-created and co-wrote the pilot. Shooting is expected to begin before the end of the year, and AMC President Charlie Collier did give us some hints about the premise, noting that “fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world.” If the new pilot does take a more global look at the universe, it would be a smart move, as there would be infinite potential to market the series around the world.
Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead have long debated the sexuality of Daryl Dixon, mainly due to his lack of love interests in the show and his general disinterest in women. In the letter section of issue 130 of the comic series, fans asked creator Robert Kirkman to address the issue. According to Digital Spy, Kirkman responded:
“All I can say is that it’s been discussed,” he said. “We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not consistently distracted by crossbowing… we’ll tackle it in the show.”
Asked if AMC would allow Daryl to be gay, he added: “For the record, they absolutely would.”
This doesn’t really answer the question, but hints at a possible coming-out episode, or one where he bones down with a woman.
Either way, the fifth season of The Walking Dead begins Sunday October 12, at 9pm.