Despite the show’s massive 60 percent-plus drop-off in popularity over the past three years, it's currently shooting season 10 in Senoia and AMC has not even hinted at the show ending its run. In the meantime, spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead” is currently in its fifth season. And a second spinoff show is in the works. And don’t forget the upcoming Rick Grimes series of films.
The original TV series has followed some plot lines and characters associated with the graphic novel. But there have been some massive deviations over the first nine seasons.
Carl Grimes died in season eight but made it to the end of the comics. Rick Grimes died on the show long before the comics. Of course, Daryl never existed in the comics. And Carol was a minor character who died early in the comics.
“In a way, killing this [comic] series has been a lot like killing a major character,” Kirkman explained. “Much, much harder … but the same feeling. I don’t WANT to do it. I’d rather keep going … But the story is telling me what it wants and what it needs. This needs to happen, whether I want it or not.”