[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”25633″ img_size=”810×560″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Needless to say, AMC’s The Walking Dead would have never came to be if it weren’t for the comics that the series was based on. Created by Robert Kirkman, this long-running story has stretched over fifteen years. Now, we’re being told that issue #193 will be its last. Many things have happened differently in the comics than it has in the show. With Rick Grimes having been killed off in between issue #191 and #192, it almost makes sense that the next issue would be the end.
There’s no clues as to how the series will tie everything up, but it is known that we’ll follow the other characters in the wake of Rick’s death.
Kirkman wrote in the now-online Letter Hacks section of #193:
“I hate knowing what’s coming. As a fan, I hate it when I realize I’m in the third act of a movie and the story is winding down. I hate that I can count commercial breaks and know I’m nearing the end of a TV show. I hate that you can feel when you’re getting to the end of a book, or a graphic novel. Some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones are when they’re structured in such a way and paced to perfection so your brain can’t tell if it’s been watching for 15 minutes or 50 minutes … and when the end comes … you’re stunned.
“I love long movies for that very reason. You lose track of time because you went in convinced that you’re going to be there for a long time, but the story moves at such an entertaining and engaging pace that by the time the movie’s wrapping up … you can’t believe it’s already over. Surprise, it’s over! All I’ve ever done, all a creator can really do … is tailor-make stories to entertain themselves, and hope the audience feels the same way. That’s all I’ve ever been doing … and it seems to work most of the time.”
This is not expected to affect the AMC TV series. As I said before, the show has diverged from the comics plenty of times over the years. How do you feel about this 15-year-old story coming to an end?