ROBERT KIRKMAN surprised nerds everywhere yesterday, by announcing that his comic book series "The Walking Dead" is ending. IMMEDIATELY.
Issue #193 will be published TODAY, and it ends with this letter to the reader: Quote, "This is the end of The Walking Dead. That's it . . . it's over . . . we're done."
He added, quote, "It just felt wrong and against the very nature of this series NOT to make the actual end as surprising as all the big deaths . . .
"I'm upset, too. I'm going to miss it as much as you will, if not more so. It breaks my heart that I had to end it, and we have to move on . . . but I just love this world too much to stretch things out until it doesn't live up to what I want it to be."
So how will this impact the stretched out "Walking Dead" TV series? Well, it won't.
AMC said, quote, "'The Walking Dead'is a universe . . . and we have a plan to manage over the next decade, plus. That plan is a careful plan to respect the world of the fans of that world."
"The Walking Dead" is about to enter its 10th season, and "Fear the Walking Dead" is in its fifth. There's also the recap show "Talking Dead", a third spinoff in development, and a series of movies centered around Rick Grimes.