“The Walking Dead” comic creator Robert Kirkman has revealed that he won’t tell anyone the ultimate ending he has planned for his comic, and that includes those involved in the mega-rating TV series adaptation of the work.
In fact showrunner Scott Gimple and even the network itself AMC are not being told what happens, with Gimple himself not wanting to be let in on any secrets beyond what’s being published. Kirkman tells EW:
“There’s no communication whatsoever. They have no approval over what happens in the comic. Scott Gimple is an avid reader of the comic, and prefers to experience the comic book as a reader, so he gets the advance issues as they’re published, but he doesn’t read scripts. He gets mad at me if I give him any kind of indication as to what’s coming, because he doesn’t like spoilers.
So, they’re kind of a hundred percent in the dark, which I guess is pretty remarkable, and I would probably say it’s a testament to the trust that AMC has in me. I mean, I guess to a certain extent, at this point, the comic book is kind of a workshop of future seasons of the show, and it’s fun to think that I can just completely torpedo the story if I wanted to.”
That marks a change from the other mega-rating TV series adaptation, HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which has both its showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss having been told where author George R.R. Martin’s still incomplete fantasy novel saga will end up.
Kirkman says he knows exactly how the comics will end but he’s: “always taking baby steps toward that point as I’m telling the story.”