While The Walking Dead comic book series that launched a whole wave of media adaptations and merchandising and endeared itself to millions of worldwide is coming to an end, the property will continue to live on via television.
Following co-creator Robert Kirkman's surprise announcement that the long-running survival horror comic series would end with issue #193 this week, AMC -- the network behind the comics' television adaptations -- has issued a written statement assuring it will continue to live on despite the original source material ending.
"This extraordinary comic created a world that already lives in multiple forms, and in the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the world, and will for many years to come," declared AMC in a written statement.
The initial television series has still been one of the most popular series on AMC, spawning a spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead, which has similarly seen success with viewers. An additional spinoff series has been announced as in active development as well as a trilogy of television films starring the original series protagonist Rick Grimes, with Andrew Lincoln reprising his role.
AMC's The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Nadia Hilker, Dan Fogler, Angel Theory, Lauren Ridloff and Eleanor Matsuura. The series returns for its 10th season in October.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, Fear the Walking Dead stars Lennie James, Colman Domingo, Alexa Nisenson, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman, Austin Amelio and Karen David.