‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Talks End of Season 1 [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated December 3rd, 2010 at 3:41 pm,

The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman Talks End of Season 1 [Updated]

WARNING: This Post Contains Walking Dead season 1 SPOILERS!

[UPDATE: We’ve added three minutes of footage from The Walking Dead Season Finale!]

Robert Kirkman has had a very good year. The creator of The Walking Dead comic book series has seen his creation gain mainstream exposure, be converted into a highly successful TV series on AMC, and most certainly watched it sell more trade paperback and graphic novel collections than he probably dared to dream.

Kirkman recently spoke to EW about The Walking Dead phenomenon, and what fans can expect from the end of the TV series’ first season.

If you’ve been keeping up with The Walking Dead TV show then you already know that this coming Sunday, December 5th, will (sadly) mark the finale of the show’s six-episode inaugural season. From previous reports we know that The Walking Dead season two has been greenlit…but won’t premiere on the airwaves until Fall of 2011.

However, Kirkman is speaking up, assuring fans that before we have to endure a grueling wait to see the further adventures of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his small band of zombie apocalypse survivors, there’s still some meaty stuff (no pun) left to cover in season 1:

Robert Kirkman: Well, if you’ve been watching the show, you’ll know there’s a lot going on between Rick and Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies). I think if you’re interested to see how that love triangle is going to progress, you might want to make sure you tune in for the last episode of this season. So that’s good. And then I think someone takes a shower.

And yes, fellas, that “someone” in the shower will be a lady. 😉

Kirkman also discussed the drama that unfolded in last night’s penultimate season one episode, “Wildfire”, including the final act when Rick and the other survivors found some unlikely salvation at the CDC facility in Atlanta:

RK: It occurred to me that, if this were to happen to real people, then real people wouldn’t be concerned with why it’s happening and how to fix it. They would just be concerned with finding food and surviving from day to day. But Frank Darabont said, “We’re in Atlanta and the CDC is based in Atlanta. Why wouldn’t they at least pop by?” And I said, “Huh?” Because I don’t know where the hell the CDC is stationed. I don’t watch the news a lot. I mean, sometimes. But they’re not talking about the CDC mostly. It’s always about, you know, who Britney Spears wrecked her car into. But when Frank brought it up, I said it was a really good idea. I like that we are diverging from the comic book here and there. For anyone that that terrifies, all I would say is, “We’re always going back onto the path.” Frank has always maintained that the comic book is a path but we’re not stuck on it. If a story idea comes up, we’ll leave the path for an episode or two, but we’ll always come back to it. I’m sure there are going to be some people out there that are like, “The CDC? What the heck? This isn’t in my comic book. This is no good!” And all I would say to those people is, “Calm down.”

You can read more of the interview with Kirkman – in which he discusses the tragic fate of Amy (Emma Bell), the possible return of Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) and where The Walking Dead TV show diverges from the comic book – by going HERE.

Update: If your not scared of spoiling the show too early, check out three minutes of footage from the Walking Dead season finale:

EW Cover The Walking Dead The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman Talks End of Season 1 [Updated]

Above you can see the upcoming EW cover which proclaims that The Walking Dead is “The Best New Show on TV.” I don’t want to brag (ok, maybe I do) but I stated in many of my posts at the start of the Fall 2010 TV season that this show and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire were going to be the best freshman series to debut this year. And, as both shows finish out their first seasons in the next week, I wholeheartedly stand by that claim. Just call me the Mrs. Cleo of your DVR. 😉

Catch The Walking Dead season one finale this Sunday @ 10 pm on AMC.

Source: EW

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  1. I would definitely agree that this and boardwalk empire are the best shows on t.v. right now. Boardwalk being my favorite out of the two though.

  2. I love this show this show is the reason im not re-watching Lost right now it has for the moment filled the black hola left by Lost lol

  3. I love these comics I like that they are devising slightly now and again seen episode 1 but waiting till it ends now to watch back to back.

    Can I ask what’s boardwalk empire about in the UK and never heard of it except on this site but everyone says its great

    • Big D,

      Boardwalk Empire is about the true-life rise of organized crime in the American prohibition era.

      It’s set primarily in Atlantic City, New Jersey, a prominent city in the Jersey shore area that is kind of like a mini Las Vegas on the East coast of the united states (I grew up down the road in Philadelphia :-P).

      Atlantic City has been notorious since its inception for sin and vice: gambling, prostitution, drugs – if it’s wrong, you can probably find it in AC.

      The series also details the rise of organized crime in Chicago (Al Capone) and New York city (Lucky Luciano) as a result of bootlegging that came with Prohibition.

  4. Cheers kofi I will check it out sounds good :)

  5. When I was watching this episode, i was wondering who decided to bring the Umbrella Corporation ( I mean CDC) in to the show.

  6. I think its great that he can go back and now add to the comic things he thought of later. Cant wait for the Governor tho!

    • If we see a large percentage of the Governor storyline I would be very surprised.


      I dont see the little girl zombie being chained.
      I dont see the torture of Machonne or the Governor.
      I dont see Rick losing his hand to the Governor.
      I dont see the sadistic side of the Governor with regards to the town and events that take place.
      I can see them holing up in the prison and the brother some how involved. I see him taking/attempting to take the prison back and then Rick losing his hand that way.

      In the long run I just dont see the Governor as we know him.

  7. this and boardwalk empire are the best??? aren’t we forgetting about Dexter?

    • Dexter is the best NEW SERIES of 2010???

      If you read closely, I said best NEW series. :-)

      • Kofi, I believe he was referring to the comment by sully311 way in the top…

        • Dexter is not as good as it use to be in fact I have almost completely written it off this season

          • Have u seen the last couple of episodes? I agree that it may have started a bit slow this season but the last couple of episodes have been among the best, thus making this season an excellent one and on par with the rest… So if you written it off u r definitely missing out, that is least in my opinion. I have yet to see Boardwalk so I can’t comment on that.

          • Have u seen the last couple of episodes? I agree that this season got of to a slow start (not a bad start) but the last couple of episodes have been among the best, thus making this season on par with the rest… at least on my opinion. If u have written it off u r definitely missing out on great television. I have yet to see Boardwalk so I can comment on that.

        • Well in regards to my comment, yes, Boardwalk trumps Dexter IMO :). I like the characters, setting, time period, set design and realism a lot more.

          My only beef with The Walking Dead is how fast the got Rick back to his wife and kid. Dead Set used a similar plot devise and waited till almost the last episode, and I felt it worked a lot better. But like Kofi said, it cost a lot to make each episode. So I can see why they sped things up and gave it such a short first season.

  8. As much as I like the show the creators need to understand that 6 episodes does NOT constitute a “season”. I don’t care what planet you live on, calling that a season is complete BS. Even in meteorological terms a season is roughly 3 months and we only got 1.5 months. We deserve at LEAST another 5 to even meet the minimum.

    Also waiting a full year (for what, another 6 episodes?) is also BS. This is not the way to create a successful show especially if you need people to tune in to your station to keep ratings up.

    • Quality > quantity. Let them be. I rather have a good show that leaves me wanting more than have it stretched out just for the sake of it. Season, series (like the british call it), mini-series, it’s just names, it’s not important.

    • I understand the frustration, but you have to remember mongoose, that this series cost several million dollars PER EPISODE to produce, and zombie horror was NOT a guarantee to be a success.

      AMC paid out what they could to give the show a chance – now that it’s a hit, you can bet they’ll get behind it and give us a true full season.

      Stay tuned. 😉

      • Zombie Drama….. 😉

    • @mongoose… cut them some slack and calm down. Here’s why YOU only got six episodes: AMC only ordered six because they didn’t think they’d get an audience ( read female ) and the production value is so high. They know what constitutes a full season but again they didn’t want to spend that kind of money and risk a flop in the ratings. They really had no idea that this would go viral ( pun intended! ). We all have to wait a year and then we will get 13 brand new episodes and most likely a two hour premier or finale to make up for the long wait.

  9. It grew on me fom the first eppy – so good and nice to see us brits getting some work in the states! :)

  10. I still think that Dexter is the best show on television but this show is coming very close.

  11. I was going to say… the story arc on Dexter is getting crazy… Though the wife and I DID start The Walking Dead first. Any show that has zombines that causes my wife, hardly a zombie fan, to drop everything to watch has GOT to win some accolades for the writing and presentation.

  12. We’ve updated the post with a 3 min vid of the season finale! Enjoy!

  13. Looking at the clip you would think basic synapse would still be firing… specially the eating ones….. 😀

  14. this shows is gooodd

  15. I am so glad this show is taking off. Every moment has been a pure joy. It’s so nice to see AMC standing behind something and treating a quality production the way they have. Too bad AMC can’t wrestle (pun intended) Caprica away from SyFy to save it.

  16. 6 episodes and then a year wait for season 2, you are going to lose my interest… Thought I had something interesting to watch for a while but now Im screwed… moving on!

  17. I gotta tell ya, this is for sure one of the best tv series right now, i really love it, i´m really looking forward to see season 2.. awesome job!