Imagining a world without "The Walking Dead" is right up there on the emotional anguish scale with thinking about our dog dying.
That's why we usually prefer not to think about it, and instead labor under the beautiful delusion that "The Walking Dead" -- much like our dog -- is invincible, eternal, and going to live forever.
But whenever the time does come to wrap up the most beloved zombie drama on television, "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman has more or less revealed how he plans to bring the series to a close. And except for the part where there's no more "Walking Dead" afterward, it's actually pretty promising.
In an interview on WTF with Marc Maron, Kirkman aired his grievances with the way zombie stories typically end, i.e. where there's no hope, no solution, and the dead inherit the earth.
"They never solve it," Kirkman said, in reference to basically every zombie genre film that has ever existed. "At the end of every movie, they’re like 'The world is covered in zombies, and we’re out of time, so see ya later!'"
But "The Walking Dead" isn't going to be like all those other stories about the dead walking.
"I hope 'The Walking Dead' goes on long enough that at the end, everyone is like, 'Good thing we took care of those zombies!'" Kirkman said. "People talk about how 'The Walking Dead' is bleak, and if you take a certain cross-section of the story, then yeah. Horrible. People have their loved ones eaten and they have a horrible time. But I see the story from beginning to end, over many many years about humanity overcoming this insurmountable apocalyptic situation."
In other words: Wherever "The Walking Dead" takes us over the next few years, and however many of our beloved characters get turned into walker chow along the way, the show's final scene probably won't be of the last living human on earth getting nibbled to death by a horde of zombies.
That is, if the show were going to end, which it obviously will not, ever. No. SHHHH.