An era has come to an unexpected end. And frankly, it felt a little underwhelming.
No spoilers, but the ending of The Walking Dead was about as happy as a story about surviving the zombie apocalypse for that long could possibly have been. There was no real fanfare, and no one expected the series to end where it did, especially after the bombshell death of Rick Grimes. But it did. And now it’s over.
What an ending…it wasn’t great.
I’m not sure that I’m satisfied, but it ended in a way that makes sense. The juxtaposition of the previous issue with the story in 193 feels disjointed in a way. Like there was just nowhere left to go in that story. It was an ending that proves exactly how much Rick grimes was the glue that held the world of the Walking Dead together. It reflects on all of his accomplishments and his losses. And it was a story that lacked the shock value so normalized within the pages of the series.
And now what are we going to do with our lives since there’s no zombie book to make us squirm?
Funnily enough, if you read the book, it’s telling you to move on. Things are different now, things have changed, and it’s time to let go, and to stop living in the past. At least, that’s what the final message of the book was. It was trying to end on a note of hope. Whether it really accomplished that, is up to your interpretation. Personally I found it a little underwhelming, but ti was very evident that Kirkman didn’t want to keep going. His heart wasn’t in it. And frankly, I don’t blame him. Living in that world for as long as he did has to take its toll on you. Look at the actors in the show. They’ve aged quicker than they thought they ought to. Andrew Lincoln famously joked that “living in the apocalypse has aged [me].”
So here’s to the end of an era. The ending was maybe not as satisfying as you’d have hoped, but the end came at the time when it needed to. Saying goodbye is always hard, but the bittersweet ending to The Walking Dead, and the fact that it ended on a peaceful note, is something that’s going to stick with me for a while.
Still, though, we never got an answer about those aliens that Kirkman pitched. That’s going to bug me for a long time.