Talking about the comic book series, here, not the TV series, which will never end.
You remember what I said a couple’a weeks ago, about how Robert Kirkman, creator of the THE WALKING DEAD comic book series, is keeping the series going now only because he wants to? Well, he no longer wants to. The latest issue, number 193, was the last issue. Kirkman has put the comic to bed. Said Kirkman: “THE WALKING DEAD has always been built on surprise. Not knowing what’s going to happen when you turn the page, who’s going to die, how they’re going to die… it’s been ESSENTIAL to the success of the series…It’s been the lifeblood that’s been keeping it going all these years, keeping people engaged…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…” Eh, maybe. Whether or not his fans will accept this reasoning is another matter. They may feel cheated, the way fans of PENNY DREADFUL felt after John Logan yanked the plug on the TV series prematurely without warning anybody ahead of time (and then lied about his reasons for doing so).
However the fans take it, don’t expect it to have any effect on the TV show. Those who actually read the comics were a small slice of the overall viewership for the TV show, and the showrunners long ago broke away from the storytelling framework of the comics. Don’t expect Tony Stark to go anywhere in Marvel comics because Robert Downey Jr.’s contract ran out in the movies, and don’t expect THE WALKING DEAD to roll up the sidewalks just because THE WALKING DEAD is kaput.