AMC: The Walking Dead Comic Series Ending Won’t Impact TV Series
Following the earlier news that The Walking Dead comic series would be coming to a sudden end with the extra-length issue #193 this week, AMC has released a statement saying:
“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. The comic series ending is not expected to impact the TV series,” AMC Networks said.
Kirkman also released another statement about his decision and feelings about ending the popular comic series: “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.”
He continued, “I love long movies for that very reason. 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.”
Creator Robert Kirkman will appear at San Diego Comic-Con this month during two panels in Hall H. There, he should address the ending of the comic book series as he wraps up his characters’ stories. The Walking Dead #193, titled “The Farmhouse,” will go on sale on July 3 for the usual price of $3.99.
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