The Walking Dead eventually has to come to an end, and creator Robert Kirkman is already thinking about how he wants to conclude his popular TV and comic book series. Potential spoilers are ahead, but read on if you’re a fan of the zombie genre who wants to be shocked.
The Walking Dead universe is a bleak place — people get torn apart, cannibalized, tortured, chased by rotting corpses, and forced to dress like one of the Golden Girls (poor Carol). To make matters worse, Rick Grimes and his group of survivors always have their happy endings yanked away whenever they find hope for a better future. However, Robert Kirkman doesn’t plan on keeping things this way.
According to MTV News, Kirkman has come up with an intriguing way to make The Walking Dead stand out from the formulaic zombie movies that preceded his series. During a WTF with Marc Maron interview, Robert Kirkman complained about the way most zombie movies end.
“They never solve it. At the end of every movie, they’re like ‘The world is covered in zombies, and we’re out of time, so see ya later!’ “
Kirkman, architect of death and destruction and creator of Negan, went on to shockingly reveal that he plans on ending The Walking Dead on a positive note.
“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.”
Moviepilot recently pointed out that the Walking Dead TV series has already hinted at this happy ending. Dr. Edwin Jenner, the CDC employee who was working on a vaccine during Season 1, was named after Edward Jenner, the scientist who discovered the smallpox vaccine. Perhaps this moniker choice was foreshadowing of the future discovery of a vaccine.
Writer Sam Plank also speculates that children born after the initial zombie plague outbreak (like Judith) may somehow be immune to the virus. Reddit user ruta_skadi has another interesting theory about why babies may be safe from the virus that causes the dead to rise again (the theory doesn’t apply to the deadly zombie bites).
“Not sure why she’d be immune (or rather, she’s no more likely than anyone else), but it could be that she isn’t infected. Some illnesses are only contagious for a certain period of time. Could be that no one was contagious anymore by the time she was born.”
If does turn out to be the case, The Walking Dead survivors will eventually see new hope for humanity. They could focus on ridding the world of the walkers that exist, rebuilding society, and making an army of babies who will grow up being taught that they have to put bullets in their parents’ heads as soon as they’re dead. Unfortunately, a small child has to die in order for them to make the discovery that the young aren’t catching the virus.
Are you relieved that The Walking Dead will have a happy ending, and how do you think the survivors will get there?
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