Last we heard, The Walking Dead is in no danger of ending its triumphant run on TV anytime soon. The AMC horror drama is one of the most popular series airing at this current time. And the network has previously stated that the show could go on indefinitely. But that doesn't mean there isn't an end game in the works. Creator Robert Kirkman knows exactly how he wants to end his comic book. But depending on how the show eventually pans out, he may have to create an entirely new ending so he doesn't spoil what he has planned.
The Walking Dead TV show has followed the comic book only loosely, taking liberties where the show runners see fit. The series finale will definitely be a very big deal when it happens. And it could take one of the greatest departures from the comic book fans have seen yet. Robert Kirkman had this to say about creating two very different endings for both the show and the comic while chatting with ComicBook.com.
I know how I want to end The Walking Dead so I can't tell anyone because I don't want it on the show before I get it in my comic! So, if the show were to end ever, at any point and the comic was still going, I would have to sit down with Scott [Gimple] and pretend I have no idea how to end it and come up with another ending."
The Walking Dead comic is one of the longest running titles currently in print. It first hit newsstands back in 2003 from Skybound/Image Comics. And issue #159 is arriving next week. The property is more than a decade old, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The show has been on the air since 2010 and enters its 7th season this fall. The AMC story is roughly at the #100 issue mark in terms of the comic. And it could very well catch up in the next couple of years. About that, Robert Kirkman had this to say.
"I hope the show ends and the comic keeps going. The comic was the comic before the show and so I try to maintain that."
Game of Thrones faced a similar scenario when it returned for Season 6 this past spring. The show had finally caught up with the George R.R. Martin books. And the show runners had to plan something new, as the author withheld a great big huge chunk of what he has planned, ending his book series on his own terms. In all likelihood, The Walking Dead TV show will have a different ending than the comics. The show returns October 23 at 9 pm only on AMC.