According to Bleeding Cool, The Walking Dead will come to a surprise ending with this week’s #193.

Bleeding Cool reports that the 71-page The Walking Dead #193 will be the series’ final installment, despite subsequent issues solicited for both August and September.

News of the Series’ impromptu finale comes after Rick Grimes, the lead of the entire series was killed off (twice, actually) in last month’s The Walking Dead #192.

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson has seemingly confirmed the series conclusion.

“For a monthly comic book to progress and change the way The Walking Dead has is completely unique, and what’s more impressive is that it has done so for its entire 193-issue run without relaunching or rebooting,” Stephenson said to Bleeding Cool. “Robert Kirkman has told one story and told it well for over 15 years, and while most comics are based on the illusion of change, The Walking Dead has happened in real time – characters have aged from children to adults, they’ve lost limbs, they’ve lost eyes, they’ve lost family members and friends, they’ve died”

“Not ‘died’ in the nudge, nudge; wink, wink way that Superman, Captain America, and Wolverine ‘died’, but in as real a manner as can happen in a fictional story. The series is concluding with the same finality and while that will no doubt be disappointing for some, in the big scheme of things, it’s a remarkable achievement for Robert and his collaborators.”

Edit: This post has been updated to remove information leaked from the July 3rd release of The Walking Dead #193

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