Ten seasons in, The Walking Dead is still one of the most talked about television shows currently airing. And even though the comic book series that inspired it has ended, the television universe continues to expand. Which begs the question: How will the show end?
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This is something that Scott Gimple, the chief content officer for the Walking Dead universe, has been contemplating as he now oversees two series (with a new spin-off currently in production) and three upcoming films for the franchise. But in an interview with Deadline, Gimple hopes to adapt the final comic storyline one day:
“The biggest thing is we will tell that finale story one day. And to me, that finale story — and Robert agrees — plays a lot like a pilot. Honoring the aspects of [the broader] finale story without the death of Rick Grimes will be a challenge to our storytelling.”
The Walking Dead comic came to a close this summer when creator Robert Kirkman decided to end the series in an abrupt announcement.
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The final issue, #193, served as an epilogue to the series, dealing with the death of Rick Grimes while flash-forwarding to the future where an adult Carl tells stories of his father to his son in a world where humanity has been restored.
The show has diverged heavily from the comics. Carl is dead in the series and Rick Grimes is still alive, though not part of the main story. His final episode sees Rick narrowly surviving an explosion that killed several zombies and being rescued and leaving for parts unknown.
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With the series being renewed for an 11th season, The Walking Dead television show isn’t ending anytime soon. But when it does end, it will be interesting to see how the series ends with many of its key players missing.
The Walking Dead is not only one of the most popular comics around, but it also became one of the most successful television shows of all time. Today, it was announced that the comic that inspired the show is coming to an end.
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.
The apocalyptic-zombie-monster film trend is still going strong. However, the next film to contribute to the genre will be from the mastermind behind The Walking Dead.
Coming Soon reports that comic book superstar Robert Kirkman is adapting his Oblivion Song series for the big screen. The adaptation will be produced by Universal Pictures and Kirkman’s own Skybound Entertainment company, and will be written by Sean O’Keefe (Wonderland).
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Kirkman’s adaptation projects continue to successfully stack up one after the other. On top of multiple Walking Dead TV shows, his comics Invincible and 5-Year are on their way to screens as well.
Oblivion Song follows Nathan Cole, who embarks on daily rescue missions to recover the 300,000 citizens that went missing during a decade-prior apocalypse in Philadelphia. The government has made every attempt to search for them in the hellscape referred to as Oblivion, but has given up after years of fruitless effort. Cole is now the only hope for those missing, but something else in the ruins calls to him as well.
We love Halloween- it’s scary, campy, and you can be whatever you want to be (which you can mostly do all the time, unless what you want to be is a ghoul or a sexier version of something decidedly unsexy). Unfortunately, getting down to the last episode of your favorite show is not the fun kind of scary. But if your show is on this list, here are some spooky, whacky, and genuinely frightening reads to tide you over.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Those of us with Buffy nostalgia face a challenge that can be scarier than the show itself- the fact that the show’s been finished since 2003. But if you can’t live without the misadventures of the teens quietly (and sometimes NOT so quietly) defending Sunnydale from monsters, why not explore an untold part of that story?
Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Hereexplores the lives of background characters in a nondescript town like Sunnydale for those of us who have never fought a vampire with our bare hands (or, you know, with anything else). Teenagers beset with their own slew of issues try to exist as the Chosen Ones deal with their zombie cops and spooky blue lights from outer space. This genre-bending book merges fantasy with reality as Ness explores how ordinary human lives fit in with the high stakes of genre fiction.
Unlike with Buffy, anyone who watches Supernatural knows there’s no shortage of content. Now entering its fourteenth season, the cult classic has thrilled viewers since 2005 with its story of two inseparable brothers who save lives, hunt monsters, make questionable choices, and fight with each other nonstop.
V.E. Schwab’s Viciousis a twist on the typical superhero story, following two former classmates who were once as close as brothers. When a string of bad decisions puts the friends in uncomfortably close contact with the world of the supernatural, some lives are saved- and others are lost. The mercurial relationship between Schwab’s protagonists may remind you of Supernatural‘s infamous brothers, and the hunting definitely will.
This hit TV show taps into 80s nostalgia in a serious way, and so modern books just won’t always sate your craving. You can take the edge off this with a book with the story that inspired last fall’s pop culture phenomenon: Stephen King’s IT.
Written in 1990 and set in the mid 80s, the story also focuses on a gang of kids taking on a threat that adults in town don’t understand. Featuring a familiar camaraderie, the Losers try to stop the entity that they have discovered, attempting to save both their town and themselves. And is there collateral damage? Well, isn’t there always?
The Walking Dead
Zombies might seem to be the territory of genre fiction and pop culture, but that isn’t always the case. Literary superstar Colson Whitehead’sZone Oneblends genre and literary fiction as it explores not the zombie apocalypse exactly, but what happens after.
With the mixture of tenderness and violence that viewers expect from The Walking Dead, Whitehead explicitly wanders into the thematic landscape of zombies, discussing at length the kind of moral and existential questions that many zombie stories only hint at.
American Horror Story
It might be hard to decide what will get you your AHS fix, given the wide range of premises the show offers. Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circusshares a similar versatility, blending elements of magic and witchcraft (like AHS season 3) with the creepy aesthetic of a sinister traveling circus (season 4). With a flair for the strange, cruel, and dramatic, The Night Circus’ range of amoral characters and tragically doomed human connections are reminiscent of all seasons of AHS.
While not explicitly a horror show, Black Mirror’s one-off dystopian plot lines terrify audiences with their creativity… and plausibility. Often focusing on motifs of alienation and technology, the show provides us with a horrifying reality that we both can and cannot imagine. A YA classic, Scott Westerfeld’s Ugliesdepicts a dystopian world in which, on their sixteenth birthday, teenagers undergo surgery to become Pretties- artificially enhanced beautiful people with equally beautiful lives (sounds exactly like being sixteen, right?). Unfortunately, life is not quite as beautiful as it appears. And unfortunately, that’s not all the surgery does.
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Everybody’s favorite bat-wielding, profanity-spewing villain from The Walking Dead is getting his own book. Skybound Books, the publisher of The Walking Dead comic book series, is releasing The Quotable Negan this summer, a 128-page book full of some of the character’s best one-liners from the comic books.
In addition to Negan’s most memorable quotes, the book will feature the standalone story Here’s Negan!, which was previously released last fall and provides insight into Negan’s life before the apocalypse, as well as a bunch of fun facts about the character’s reign of terror. It will also include an introduction written by Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead.
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Kirkman himself has described the book as both hilarious and disturbing. In a press release from Skybound, Kirkman said, “[E]ven with all the awful stuff [Negan has] said and done, there are some unexpected nuggets of wisdom and humanity in there…. My only hope is that fans have just as much fun reading him as I have writing him!”
The book is slated for release on July 3 and is available for pre-order here from Amazon.