We all know the origins of The Walking Dead. Robert Kirkman wanted to make a comic series about what happens after the typical zombie movie ends and most of the world’s population has been turned into a zombie. “How do you continue to find food and shelter and protect loved ones for years and years and deal with the fall of civilization?” Kirkman wanted to know. “How does that affect you? The weak people get strong, and the strong people get weak, and people become insane.”
Kirkman has never revealed, however, how he’d like the series to end, although he has suggested that he has a plan. He hopes that the end of the series will be hopeful, optimistic. “I see the story from beginning to end, over many many years about humanity overcoming this insurmountable apocalyptic situation,” he said on the Nerdist podcast last year.
He did not, however, tell the Nerdist podcast if the hopeful ending was the one he had in mind for the comic series or the television series, and it appears as though the endings for those two media will be distinct. On Geeking Out with Kevin Smith last night, Kirkman reiterated that he has an end in mind for the comic series, but should the television series end before the comics, showrunner Scott Gimple will have to come up with his own idea.