Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Season 7 continues as the post-apocalyptic zombie world ushers in other communities. Now instead of following a group of individuals, Kirkman transitions Rick Grimes’ crew in Alexandria with that of the Hilltop Colony, The Kingdom, and Negan’s Saviors. This portion of the show gets deeper and at this point, marks the middle portion of a long journey.
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The Walking Dead Comic And TV Endings
Kirkman said he knows how the comic story ends and is taking baby steps as they move forward, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“Yeah, I know exactly how it ends, and I’m always taking baby steps toward that point as I’m telling the story. I know what the end point is, and at the end of the day, I want this entire long narrative to be a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end. We’re just spending a lot of time in the middle, so, I kind of have to know what that direction is, and I have to know what that end point is to be able to keep building towards it. I think that’s the only way to keep it alive.”
The Walking Dead’s creator also noted that AMC executives, nor producers, have a say in what direction the comic book goes. There is no dialogue regarding the comic’s ending and Kirkman even said in an interview with Geeking Out’s Kevin Smith that he’s not telling how the comic concludes. They tend to use it as sort of a blue print for the show and make adjustments to the story accordingly.
To reiterate, Robert Kirkman knows how the comic book saga ends, although it may not mean the show will end in the same fashion. He does find it kind of fun, as he will need to consult with his show cohorts on how to end the TV series as he may not entirely use a comic book adaptation of the ending.
As Robert moves forward in The Walking Dead comics, and should the TV series end before the publication, there would be a need for some tricky forward thinking. That’s why Kirkman mentioned the “babysteps.”
As you can see, Robert Kirkman wants to keep The Walking Dead comic book series sauntering forth while he does acknowledge the show’s ending, whenever that may be. The creator did mention that most zombie movies tend to leave strings hanging when it comes to their own endings and wants his show to be different in that sense. He also wants The Walking Dead to end positively.
“I hope The Walking Dead goes on long enough that at the end, everyone is like, ‘Good thing we took care of those zombies!’ People talk about how The Walking Dead is bleak … but I see the story from beginning to end, over many many years about humanity overcoming this insurmountable apocalyptic situation.”
Will Jenner And Judith Foreshadow The End?
On that note, last year Movie Pilot had a theory tying the ending of the series to that of Doctor Edwin Jenner, who was found in the CDC building and revealed to Rick that the world’s population was already infected. This explains how the currently infected, who die of natural causes, would even turn into walkers. This was demonstrated in Woodbury where an elderly man was already dying of cancer and became a walker, and of course when Shane was shot.
There’s where the theory on how the show could end comes from. The Edwin Jenner fictional name is very close to the real life discoverer of the smallpox vaccine, Edward Jenner. Movie Pilot also suggested that anyone born after the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse may be immune. Of course there is no way of knowing this unless they actually die and then turn — or don’t.
Does this mean Judith Grimes marks the beginning of the uninfected generation of humans? This would give Generation Z a whole new meaning wouldn’t it?
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Considering the science behind viruses or diseases, there’s a tendency for the human body, or any organism, to build up a defense after an infection has run its course.
Do you think Robert Kirkman is using real life viral science to end his show? It would make sense that humans who have contracted it rather obscurely and naturally through the environment would become carriers for who knows how long.
Would it not make sense to end the show in the same fashion considering things in this world are cyclical?
AMC’s The Walking Dead airs every Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST. Hopefully, as the show progresses, we can garner insight into the mind of Robert Kirkman as he puts his mind to both paper and TV.
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