The Walking Dead season 10 spoilers: Robert Kirkman detailed an alternate ending
The Walking Dead viewers are currently on standby as they await any news that may crop up regarding the AMC TV show.
This is due to the recent shock announcement that Robert Kirkman made in the final pages of The Walking Dead’s latest issue, #193: “This is the end of The Walking Dead.”
Fans of the franchise are obviously not happy about this, but some have been digging up old issues of the comic book and dissecting them thoroughly for any clues this could be the end.
In this research, fans found an alternate ending spelled out by Kirkman back in 2011, during The Walking Dead’s issue #123.
Tucked away in the letters pages towards the back of the comic book, Kirkman explained the original ending happened during the No Way Out story arc, which ended with Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln in the AMC series) giving an impassioned speech.
He explained: “For years, that had planned to be the end. Rick would make his proclamation, and the speech would end with a big close-up on Rick’s face, you’d turn the page, and Rick’s face would be the same, only it was a statue.
“And you’d zoom out and see the full statue with some vines growing on the bottom of it… cracks forming… and you’d realise that it was quite OLD.
“We’d keep zooming out until we saw that the statue was in Alexandria, the same place where he gave the speech, but it was different.
“It was old and rundown, broken windows and missing doors. We would keep zooming out until a zombie walked by, then another…
“And we’d see that Rick had brought them to Alexandria, given this grand speech about rebuilding civilisation and SUCCEEDED to the point that they built a statue to honour him… but in the end, the dead won, society crumbled again, this time seemingly for good… and that was it.”
Rick would make his proclamation, and the speech would end with a big close-up on Rick’s face, you’d turn the page, and Rick’s face would be the same, only it was a statue.
Although an incredibly stark and desolate ending, it certainly would have shocked viewers to their very core.
Kirkman did go on in the letters section, however, to add that he now thinks the ending he originally planned was “embarrassingly bad.”
As fans now know, the ending of the franchise was entirely different, and left many of the characters in happy places – except Rick, who was killed.
Speaking in the recently released final issue of the comic book, Kirkman wrote: “That’s it… it’s over… we’re done. I’m sure you have a million questions… and I’m sure you feel as emotional about all this as we do… if not more so.
“I’m completely willing to bet some of you are angry over this. I get it… I do. I mean… WHY didn’t we announce this so that fans would have some time to prepare?
“Well… personally… I hate knowing what’s coming. As a fan, I hate it when I realise 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.”
Kirkman went on to add The Walking Dead franchise has always been built on the element of “surprise,” and he didn’t want to end the franchise in any other way.
But with the comic book coming to an abrupt end, does this mean the show is also ready to be shut down forever?
The Walking Dead is expected to return to AMC later this year.
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