It has been leaked that The Walking Dead will end this week’s #193 (on shelves July 3rd). The Walking Dead #193 will be a 71 page comic. It was not solicited as the series finale and future issues have been solicited for release in August and September. It wouldn’t be the first time Robert Kirkman has kept a big event secret until the last minute, though.
“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, I hope you understand. I hope you, dear reader, know how much I appreciate the gift you have given me. I got to tell my story exactly how I wanted to for 193 issues and end it on my terms, with no interference at all along the way… at any point. That’s such a rare thing and it doesn’t exist without the unyielding support this series got from readers like you. Thank you so much.” Kirkman has reportedly stated.
“For a monthly comic book to progress and change the way The Walking Dead has is completely unique, and what’s more impressive is that it has done so for its entire 193-issue run without relaunching or rebooting,” said Stephenson. “Robert Kirkman has told one story and told it well for over 15 years, and while most comics are based on the illusion of change, The Walking Dead has happened in real time. Characters have aged from children to adults, they’ve lost limbs, they’ve lost eyes, they’ve lost family members and friends, they’ve died.”
“Not ‘died’ in the nudge, nudge; wink, wink way that Superman, Captain America, and Wolverine ‘died,’ but in as real a manner as can happen in a fictional story. The series is concluding with the same finality and while that will no doubt be disappointing for some, in the big scheme of things, it’s a remarkable achievement for Robert and his collaborators.”
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