Image comics has gone and a dropped a huge bombshell on comic readers by confirming that today’s issue of The Walking Dead will in fact be the series last.
Some time ago creator and writer Robert Kirkman confirmed that he would be ending the series in the future but did not confirm when and how it would happen.
Issue #193 publishes today with solicitations in existence for issues to be released in August and September. But yesterday rumours began to circulate that #193 would in fact be the end and now the news has been confirmed.
Speaking of the end Kirkman said “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,” he continued. “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.”
The Walking Dead issue #193 hits stores today and is an extend, 71-page epic conclusion to the franchise.