As the co-creator of the comics on which hit AMC series "The Walking Dead" is based, Robert Kirkman is privy to many details about the characters before the actors who play them are -- and living with the knowledge of when each one of them will meet a grisly end is tearing him apart.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly's SiriusXM station, Kirkman, who's also an executive producer on the show, admitted that he has timed it down to months, even days, for some characters' demises.
" ... I got a pretty good idea when all of them are dying," he said. "To a certain extent, if we follow the comic, like possibly even more than [showrunner] Scott [Gimple] knows."
So I'm always like [points at imaginary bodies around the room] ... two years, three years, six months, two weeks, oh, God this is awful! It's really rough. Doing the comic, it was fine because it was just lines on a paper. Whatever. We're killing that guy. Cool. But the show, it sucks because we all work together, we hang out, and have a great time. But, you know, the story's gotta get done and people gots to die, as I like to say. It's pretty rough.
Kirkman also said that he can't tell the actors when their time is coming, since things could change depending on what direction the writers want to take the series.
"We can't really give them that much warning because there's always a chance that we'll get into actually writing the scripts after we plan things out and we're like, 'Nope, that character's living.' Which has happened many times," Kirkman explained to EW.
So take heart, members of the "Walking Dead" ensemble: At least when your number is up, you won't have much time to stress about it. Unless you read the comics, too.
The fifth season of "The Walking Dead" premieres on AMC sometime this October.
[via: Entertainment Weekly]