The creator of “The Walking Dead” comic books abruptly ended the series this week.
The comic book series that inspired AMC’s massive hit, “The Walking Dead” and its spin-offs, is officially over. Creator Robert Kirkman made the shocking announcement on Tuesday that issue No. 193, which comes out today, will be the final installment in the series.
The news comes on the heels of Kirkman killing off the series’ main character, Rick Grimes, in the most recent issue. Grimes is still alive in the TV show, but seems destined for a similar fate at some point.
Following the unexpected news, AMC released a statement of its own:
“This extraordinary comic created a world that already lives in multiple forms, and in the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the world, and will for many years to come.”
Kirkman explained his reasoning for abruptly ending the comics is that he likes not knowing when the end of a series or movie is 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.”