Robert Kirkman has no interest in revealing just why the dead started to rise in 'The Walking Dead'.
When 'The Walking Dead' first started, whether you were following the comic books or the television series on AMC, you would have seen it kick off with lead character Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln on the show) waking from his coma. Upon his revival, he would realise that he was in the midst of a zombie apocalypse - something that he would find out had been going on for some time. Since that point, the narrative has been solely focused on each of the characters and their individual stories, as well as their fight for survival.
Robert Kirkman is the man responsible for creating 'The Walking Dead'
One piece of plot that we're still yet to find out however is exactly why the dead started to rise up and feast on human flesh. It's something that's usually explained in a series or a film of this type, and so creator Robert Kirkman has certainly broke the mould. The writer isn't in any rush to give the explanation behind the outbreak, either.
The show's ratings in the United States continue to plummet.
AMC's long-running zombie series 'The Walking Dead', based on the Robert Kirkman comic book series of the same name, could be in deep trouble. For quite some time now, ratings on the show have been dwindling, and now the series has hit a low that it's not seen for many years.
Norman Reedus stars as Daryl Dixon in the series
Following this week's season 8 episode 10 release 'The Lost and the Plunderers', numbers came in that showed the episode scored an average of 6.8 million viewers and a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which make the episode the lowest rated release since season 1 episode 5 release 'Wildfire'. Despite viewers dropping however, those working on the series don't seem to be too concerned, with current showrunner Scott Gimple admitting there were conversations going on about expanding the universe of 'The Walking Dead' further in the near future with more spinoffs and new content.
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AMC's long-running zombie series has already spawned 'Fear The Walking Dead'.
Based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, AMC's apocalyptic zombie series 'The Walking Dead' has become a smash hit and one of the most successful television shows of all time. Though ratings are steadily dropping, AMC are standing by the series and are now looking to the future, with a variety of different options on the table when it comes to extending and continuing its universe.
Scott Gimple promises big things for the future of 'The Walking Dead'
Back in 2015, bosses took the opportunity to progress the world of 'TWD' by debuting a spinoff series; the imaginatively titled 'Fear The Walking Dead'. Set in a completely different part of the United States, and kicking things off right at the start of the virus outbreak, fans got to see an all-new side to the events going on, and especially those that took place before we saw Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) wake up from his coma.
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Showrunner Scott Gimple has some wise words about where the show goes from here.
Finally, 'The Walking Dead' and its eighth season has returned to the small screen, but with it has confirmed the death of one of the show's leading characters; Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). The decision to kill off Carl was a hugely shocking one, leading to online petitions from a vocal portion of fans, mass hysteria amongst some of the viewers, and a lot of mystery surrounding the future of the show.
Scott Gimple will exit his role as showrunner following 'The Walking Dead' season 8
Outgoing showrunner Scott Gimple seems to be the man to have pulled the metaphorical trigger on Carl's time on the show, but it's a decision that the comic book creator Robert Kirkman has stood firmly alongside. It may deviate wildly from the narrative being told on the pages of the graphic novels, but it's certainly lit a fire in the bellies of those behind-the-scenes.
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The show threw a huge curveball at viewers during the season 8 midseason finale.
When Scott Gimple and those working on 'The Walking Dead' made their decision to kill off Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) on the long-running AMC zombie apocalyptic drama, a very vocal portion of the fan base let their voices be heard. They weren't happy with the huge deviation from the Robert Kirkman comic book series, in which Carl is still alive, but they're going to have to deal with it if they want to continue watching the show.
Audiences have Chandler Riggs evolve as Carl Grimes on 'The Walking Dead'
Making its return this weekend for the final eight episodes that make up season 8, fans will see Carl's zombie bite to the abdomen eventually lead to his death, but just because his physical presence won't be a part of the series in the future doesn't mean that he won't have a larger impact overall.
The creator has a regret about the past of the show.
'The Walking Dead' certainly isn't a comic book series or a television show without its controversies and shocking sequences. Though many of those that have taken place on the pages of Robert Kirkman's graphic novel series have also made their way to the small screen, one noticeable difference saw Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, allowed to keep his hand, rather than having it lopped off in the TV show.
Robert Kirkman's 'The Walking Dead' world has made some big impressions
The villainous Governor is the man to have cut off Rick's hand in the 28th issue of the comic books, punishing him for refusing to answer questions. It was a permanent disability for the series' leading character, and obviously would have proved too much of a challenge for showrunners to deal with on the TV series, as it wasn't implemented.
The franchise creator won't reveal who'll take over as lead character when the time does come, however.
'The Walking Dead' is going through some major changes on the small screen, with one of the leading characters being killed off in upcoming episodes, marking a huge deviation from the tale being told on the pages of the original comic book series. With that in mind, viewers have now come to terms with the fact that literally anything could happen on AMC's leading series, including the death of the show's biggest character, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
Andrew Lincoln has starred as Rick Grimes for eight seasons of 'The Walking Dead' to-date
Rick is someone who has in the past been confirmed to be one day meeting his maker before 'The Walking Dead' comes to an end by creator Robert Kirkman, and now the writer has resisted turning his back on that looming plot twist.
The character's future is no longer certain.
'The Walking Dead' was hit with a barrage of complaints from viewers when they revealed in the season 8 midseason finale that Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) had suffered a zombie bite to the abdomen. It looked as if there was no way out for the character and that he would succumb to the wound in the very near future, as his health depleted right in front of his father and group of survivors that he'd protected against Negan's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) forces.
Robert Kirkman has seen huge success with his 'Walking Dead' franchise
Now though, with some recent words from creator Robert Kirkman it would seem that the future isn't as set in stone as we would have thought. Though Carl's death is something that has been defended by those working on the show, some big moves may have been made behind-the-scenes to change up the future. It would mean that Riggs has been offered a new contract on the show, following his father's outburst on Facebook that accused showrunner Scott Gimple and production company AMC of using his son unethically.
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The late John Bernecker's family say filming conditions were "unsafe".
'The Walking Dead' has faced a run of unfortunate circumstances throughout the past 12 months or so, even seeing the death of stuntman John Bernecker on their set when he was filming scenes for the AMC show. Sustaining a serious head injury after falling 30 feet onto a concrete floor, Bernecker didn't immediately die, but was immediately ruled dead due to "accidental blunt force trauma".
Norman Reedus stars as Daryl Dixon in the long-running AMC series
Though this happened months ago, it would seem it's a case that could haunt AMC for the months to come, as Bernecker's family aren't happy with the way in which the veteran stuntman worked during his time on 'The Walking Dead'.
The show makes its return to the small screen this February.
When 'The Walking Dead' season 8 went on a break at the end of last year, the show didn't leave without dealing one of its biggest blows to viewers of all time. With the reveal of a zombie bite on the abdomen of main character Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), it quickly became clear that Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) son wasn't going to last very much longer on the show. Deviating from the Robert Kirkman comic books and the story they've told, it wasn't something that anybody saw coming.
Lennie James and Andrew Lincoln as Morgan and Rick in 'The Walking Dead'
Whilst a vocal portion of the show's fan base rebelled against the decision and even set up an online petition to call for the sacking of showrunner Scott Gimple, the move is one that writers will likely see pay off in future episodes. In fact, the midseason premiere that's set to air this February and bring the series back from its winter break will waste no time in doing just that.