The Eisner award-winning comic series The Walking Dead finally has an expiration date. Series creator Robert Kirkman admitted as much at The Walking Dead’s panel today at San Diego Comic-Con, writes The A.V. Club. The writer said that he’s known that the comic series — which has spawned two TV shows, an acclaimed Telltale Games series, and a handful of novels — would eventually reach its end for some time.
“I think about two or three years ago, I had a pretty good idea for a definitive ending,” he said. “I have known that since then and been working towards that, so I know exactly where I’m going and what’s going to happen when I get there.”
Kirkman wouldn’t say when or how the series would end, only saying that he plans on topping himself as he slowly builds to that final issue. However, according to Comicbook.com, he also said that Rick Grimes, the series protagonist and leader of a core group of survivors, won’t make it to the very end of the story. “I’ve said before, Rick does not survive to the end. It was years ago so you guys probably forgot, but I foresee there being more story after his eventual demise.”
With the series approaching a landmark 200 issues, The Walking Dead probably has a few years of life left in it. But don’t expect it to last forever.