Robert Kirkman established virtually from the beginning of the “Walking Dead” comic book that no character is safe. It’s a thread that’s followed through, and held strong, on AMC’s hit television adaptation, leading fans to search for even the tiniest clues as to who might be the next to die. Under intense pressure, the cast and crew have managed to keep their lips sealed, but it turns out Kirkman has been dropping hints for a long time.
During an appearance this week on “Conan,” the creator of “The Walking Dead” revealed he enjoys having fun at the audience’s expense. “There is such a cruelty to the show,” observed host Conan O’Brien. “I see it just watching the show, but then I found out that you yourself can be quite cruel, taunting fans […] with who’s going to die when it’s not true.”
“I have a lot of fun with that,” Kirkman replied. “I do a lot of interviews, and a lot of people don’t know that I can’t answer the ‘Who dies next?’ question, and I get it so often that I just started answering it, inaccurately. And it brings me no end of delight to just go, ‘Well, Michonne does next,’ you know, or, ‘No, no, Rick dies in this next episode.’ Every single time, the person interviewing me is like, ‘Oh, my God, really?’ And, uh, it’s never true.”
O’Brien pointed out, however, that the reverse actually holds true: If Kirkman says a character is dying next, then he or she obviously isn’t.
“That’s the key” Kirkman replied, “and I get people that are mad at me cause I poke fun like that Wbut I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m throwing you a bone.’ If I answer the question, that means that person’s definitely not dying.” At least not right away.
So, yes, the formula is clear: If Kirkman ever says someone is dying, then there’s a high chance they aren’t. It’s not foolproof, but just be thankful Kirkman is trying to help us out.
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