“The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman recently published issue #130 of the acclaimed comic book series. AMC’s TV adaptation has only adapted half of the material so far which means the show could go on for many years to come without worrying about running out of source material (ala “Game of Thrones”).
EW recently spoke with Kirkman and says the problem is the opposite most other shows face – in this case it is if there will be enough seasons produced to fully cover the story he intends to tell:
“Luckily, because of the comic book series, this isn’t a show where we’re going to run out of ideas. 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.”
Whilst the show may have many years more of life left to it, the comic’s days may be numbered. Kirman has revealed that he has an ending in mind for the comics and has begun working towards it, though he’s not quite sure when said end point will arrive:
“I do know what I’m building toward, yes. 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.
From the very beginning I would always plot these big, long overarching stories. 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. 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.”