After last month's shocking death of Rick Grimes, this month's issue of The Walking Dead comic has done something even more shocking: end.
According to , Robert Kirkman's tremendously lucrative comic series that serves as the source material for AMC's The Walking Dead is over, with no advance warning, with Issue #193, out Wednesday, bringing the story that started in 2003 to an end.
The plot of the issue is being kept under wraps for now, but it will serve as an epilogue to the death of Rick Grimes, which happened across #191 and #192.
"I hate knowing what's coming," Kirkman wrote in the Letter Hacks section of Issue #193, which leaked on Reddit. "
So what does this mean for AMC's The Walking Dead, which will return for Season 10 in the fall?
Honestly, probably not much, beyond reminding us that everything is finite and The Walking Dead will end someday.
The show is currently adapting somewhere around Issue #150, so it has some time before the source material runs out, though it looks like the Ohio storyline that emerges around Issue #169 may get adapted into the Rick Grimes movies, since there are some parallels between the Commonwealth and the helicopter people who took him in Season 9.
In that case, The Walking Dead will probably run out of source material to adapt after Season 10. But then chief content officer Scott Gimple and showrunner Angela Kang and their writers will just come up with original material.
The show has never been directly beholden to the comics anyway. It always gets "remixed," with storylines happening with different characters and different deaths and in different order, etc.
In any case, The Walking Dead franchise will soldier on, with the mothership show, Fear the Walking Dead, the untitled third series, and the Rick Grimes TV movie trilogy with Andrew Lincoln all in various stages of their lifespan.