In a surprise announcement, creator Robert Kirkman said that this week’s latest edition to the series, Issue #139, will be the last entry. The issue will be released Wednesday as a “super-sized” epilogue to the series.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE WALKING DEAD COMIC
The last two issues of The Walking Dead gave readers a shocking twist when lead character Rick Grimes was killed off. Though the details of the final issue remain under wraps, it is likely to deal with the aftermath of Rick’s death and tie up any loose ends surrounding his demise.
Kirkman expressed sadness at the thought of ending the beloved series, but stated that the sudden announcement was planned from the beginning:
“The Walking Dead has always been built on surprise. Not knowing what’s going to happen when you turn the page, who’s going to die, how they’re going to die… it’s been essential to the success of this series. It’s been the lifeblood that’s been keeping it going all these years, keeping people engaged. It just felt wrong and against the very nature of this series not to make the actual end as surprising as all the big deaths … from Shane all the way to Rick.”
This is not expected to affect the television series in any way. The series will premiere it’s 10th season this fall, and the character of Rick Grimes is still alive in the show and will headline three television movies set within the Walking Dead universe.
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