As The Walking Dead shuffles towards its conclusion with the now in-production eleventh season being its last, Robert Kirkman has been speaking to comicbook.com about not only the end, but how the series will live on in spin-offs and movies, including the long-gestating Rick Grimes trilogy, which he says is “going to be a very different kind of Walking Dead story”.
Having abruptly ended the comic series with issue #193 in 2019, Kirkman foresees a much slower wind-down of the universe born from those pages. He said “I haven’t really thought about [the ending] to be honest but cause it’s still a ways away. At the same time, you know, we’re already talking about the Carol and Daryl show and there’s different ways that The Walking Dead will live on, so I guess concluding at Season 11 in some ways isn’t really a conclusion. So, I haven’t really thought about it but now you’re making me real sad!”
One of those ways in which it will “live-on” is through the Rick Grimes movies, which should go before the camera sometime this Spring, and on which Kirkman says “I think that the show is very much an ensemble story and this is very much Rick story. So, I think being able to focus more on Rick as a character and do more with him is really cool. I think it’s gonna be a very different kind of Walking Dead story, which is really exciting. You know, when you’re doing something like this you have to make sure that it makes sense for it to be a movie. This isn’t just some kind of expansion of what you’re expecting from the show. This is something that’s gonna be very different but it’s gonna be the Rick Grimes that we all know and love.”
Kirkman finished by joking that he was “very excited for people to finally see it when it’s released in 2032.”
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