The comic series, by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard, came to a halt in the final issue with an epilogue to Rick Grimes’ story, with no warning at all.
Kirkman writes in issue, “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 this 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 … from Shane all the way to Rick.”
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