Yesterday, I posted a — spoiler-free — Q&A with Walking Dead comic writer and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman in which he ruminated on Sunday’s season finale, “TS-19.” When I talked with Kirkman, the conversation at times referenced events that have already happened in his comic but which still lie in the future — or may do so — for the characters in the show. Given the potentially spoiler-filled nature of those portions I excised them from the original Q&A. As previously promised, you’ll find them below.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLYy: Would you mind telling us [what Dr Jenner whispered to Rick]?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: [Laughs hysterically]
Come on, it’s just the two of us. it’s not like I’m going to go and blog about this — he said, with fingers crossed behind his back.
He said, “I’m just joking. The doors aren’t locked.”
Do you mind if I make a guess about what he said?
Go for it.
Does it have something to do with the blood tests and the parentage of Rick’s son? Or should I say “alleged” son?
If Lori is even pregnant.
I was actually talking about Rick’s son, Carl.
Oh! Because in the comic book, she reveals pretty early on that she’s pregnant.
I didn’t even think about that.
Well, look at that!
Is that all you have to say on the subject?
You might be barking up the wrong tree. Anything can happen! I don’t want to give anything away! Look, it could have been just like, “Hey, watch out for those zombies out there, dude!” But it wasn’t. It’ll probably be revealed in season two, what he said. And it’s pretty monumental.
The finale was very much a roller coaster episode in terms of my — and I suspect a lot of other viewers’ — thoughts about Shane. We really saw the extremes of his character.
I agree. There were some great scenes in there with Jon Bernthal and Sarah Wayne Callies. One of the things I like about this episode is there’s a very big, cataclysmic thing that happens in the sixth issue of the comic book series involving Shane and Carl and Rick and Lori. I’ve been asked countless times how many issues these first six episodes cover and does it cover the first six issues. Because a lot of people think that would have been the perfect end to a season. And there are a lot of scenes in this episode where it seems like it could be building to that. But I like that it seemed we were building to that at times and it didn’t actually go there. I think for comic book fans especially, this episode probably held quite a bit of tension because they were thinking it was going to go somewhere that it ultimately didn’t. I think that’s one of the great things about this show, that it’s always playing with people’s expectations.
Any EW reader who would care for more illumination about just what the hell Kirkman was talking about at the end should check out the collected volumes of the Walking Dead comic. The thirteenth tome, Too Far Gone, is now available in all good zombie graphic novel-selling stores.
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