Here's why The Walking Dead comic is ending; AMC reassures the series fans.
After The Walking Dead's comic series was brought to an abrupt end, AMC went on to reassure viewers about the fate of the TV adaptation. In the previous issue of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes was shot and murdered in a shocking and brutal turn of event, reaffirming the franchise's subject of no character being safe from the death.
At the time, Kirkman claimed his series would keep on going without its former protagonist and said he expected of fans tagging along to see what The Walking Dead had in store for the next part of its chapter. As is standard practice, Skybound Entertainment even launched cover pages for the upcoming several issues.
In an unprecedented move, however, it emerged yesterday (July 2nd) the next day's issue was really the last ever portion of The Walking Dead, acting as an epilogue to the fundamental story and featuring an extensive letter from Robert Kirkman clarifying his motivations for closing the series and for keeping its conclusion a mystery from perusers.
The ultimate issue, #193, hops forward many years into the future and highlights a grown-up Carl Grimes in a world that has, for the most part, overlooked the dread of being under constant threat from the undead. The chapter centers vigorously around the legacy of Rick's character yet touches upon the problems that the renewal of civilization has innovated.
After this surprise ending, AMC moved to calming fans about the ending of the comic books will not make that much of a difference to their The Walking Dead TV adaptation, which is as of the moment in production for its tenth season. In a statement (via The Wrap), the network states:
“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.”
Although The Walking Dead's book and live action renditions have been considered separate entities for a long time at this point, this is a significant illumination to make because of the AMC show's falling ratings in later seasons.
Despite lower audience meter and Andrew Lincoln's exit, AMC is apparently seeking to expand The Walking Dead as a franchise, with big screens adaptations and further spinoffs currently in the works. Turns out Kirkman's comic book series was likewise a major part of that blueprint, hence the shock announced the story's printed medium was ending naturally cast hesitation on the other projects attached to the marque.
AMC's statement leaves next to zero doubt that these concerns are unpledged and, unlike Kirkman's fruitful deception, it appears the announcements AMC made regarding The Walking Dead's future are completely real. While the end of The Walking Dead comics may not signal the finale of the TV show, it will have an undeniable impact on the storytelling.
Even though the two mediums pursue dissimilar paths, the AMC series still sticks to the rough sketch set by the comics. Without those directions to light the way, AMC's The Walking Dead will be completely responsible for coming up with future installments.
The Walking Dead season 10 is expected to start airing in October 2019.