There’s nothing quite like being a Walking Dead fan. The show is a constant emotional roller coaster, a reminder of the best and worst qualities of human nature. Since the show debuted in 2010, it’s provided us with some of the biggest moments in recent TV history. And those moments would have never existed without Robert Kirkman. Kirkman, creator of the comic that launched the titanic franchise, was recently at New York Comic Con. He went before a massive crowd at the Hammerstein Ballroom to answer questions, tell some stories, and provide some insights into the show.

Kirkman began his Q&A in a lighthearted way. “Don’t ask me about Andrew Lincoln’s exit,” he said as the audience lined up to ask their questions. Then, doing his best to avoid spoilers, Kirkman answered questions about the upcoming episodes of the show. He teased the “biggest arc the show’s ever done,” coming in January,  teased the release of the new season this Sunday, and mentioned at a very popular aspect of the comic headed to the screen.

 

The Whisperers are coming,” said Kirkman, to an extremely positive reaction from the crowd.

 

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Kirkman went on to answer questions about his experience writing the comic, gave advice to future writers, and denied that he’d ever make a cameo in the show itself. In fact, cameos are apparently a pet peeve of the writer. “I’m watching a Lord of the Rings movie and I have to see Peter Jackson’s dumb face?” he laughed.

Despite his joke at the beginning of the panel, Kirkman did not shy away from the end of Rick Grimes. “I know exactly how Rick Grimes is going to die in the comics,” he said, then clarified that it would be different from what’s in the show. He was careful to avoid any spoilers, but informed fans that the character’s exit was in good hands. Still, Kirkman expressed how sad it will be to see Rick go. “It’s sad,” he said, “It’s easy to kill off a character in the comics, but in the show, there’s a human being playing the character that you don’t get to hang out with anymore.”

The Walking Dead Season Nine will premiere this Sunday, October 7th. Check it out and let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. For more Walking Dead and New York Comic Con coverage, keep lurking at Nightmare on Film Street.