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Walking Dead Creator: “I’m Disappointed in George R.R. Martin…”

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Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead franchise, recently took some heat after comments he made regarding the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead. In the Letter Hacks section of the comics, Kirkman defended the cliffhanger tactic used during Negan’s infamous introduction. Fan response to the “apology” was mixed; some commended Kirkman for speaking out, while others weren’t buying it.

But one thing Kirkman holds steadfast on is his decision to keep the ending of The Walking Dead comic book series a complete secret. When asked if he knows how The Walking Dead will end, Kirkman replied, “For the books? I do. I know how the story wraps up.” This has left many fans to wonder whether the show will ever catch up to the television series. Comicbook.com suggests “in terms of story telling, the comics are at an equivalent to season 12 based on The Walking Dead‘s pacing through six seasons.”

This should come as relief to non-comic readers who don’t want the ending of the show spoiled by graphic novel fans. So while Kirkman has an end in mind, but doesn’t know when exactly it will happen, his lips are sealed. Although it’s unlikely that the source material will never catch up to the show, Kirkman had some strong opinions regarding The Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin’s decision to reveal his ending to show producers prior to finishing writing the novels. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kirkman stated:

“I would never do that. That’s the one thing I’m disappointed in George R.R. Martin for doing.  He should have just been like, ‘F— you.’ You make it up now, I’ll get to mine when I’m ready.”

Those are some pointed words toward an incredibly talented writer who has created a book-to-show adaptation that many fans tend to think is superior to Kirkman’s zombie drama. Do you think Kirkman’s comments are justified? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Sebastian Compagnucci

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Sebastian is the lead host of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast. In his spare time, you can find him watching trashy reality television like Survivor and Big Brother.
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  • Tara Grossman

    I am sorry I love both shows but the writing and storyline in Game of Thrones is far superior to TWD. Kirkman is out of line criticising someone else and how they handled their TV adapted story. It would be one thing to say I would do it this way but he goes out of his way to be critical and that is unfair. When the storyline of TWD becomes as intricate and interwoven as GOT then maybe Kirkman can say something but until then he shouldn’t. No one does deaths even heartbreaking ones as well as GOT. I’ve never been left scratching my head or feeling unfulfilled by the story even when people die. Kirkman could learn a thing or two about how to write a character arc that comes to a satisfying conclusion from Martin.

  • thatgirl

    Kirkman wishes he was half the writer GRRM is. Don’t get me wrong; I love TWD but he really needs to stfu.

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  • T A Donnelly

    I love both TWD & GoT, and while I agree with lots of the comments here that GoT is the better piece of art & storytelling, I have to agree that George R.R. Martin has made a HUGE mistake allowing the series to spoil the books.