We’re quickly approaching The Walking Dead #100 and Robert Kirkman promises that it will “easily be the most gruesome, most violent, disturbing” issue of comic book series. During a recent interview, he talks about issue #100, a panel from a previous issue that still haunts him, and his writing process:
***Major Spoiler Warning: There are major spoilers for those who have not read the first 50 issues of the comic book series. This also may be a future TV series spoiler.***
Via CBR: “Speaking of moving forward, and I know you don’t like to give much away about upcoming issues, but can you tell us anything about what happens in “The Walking Dead” #100?
I can say that everybody knows that there’s this group out there called the Saviors that are kind of intimidating everyone on the Hilltop. They’ve kind of gotten on Rick’s radar, we [saw] their first interaction in #97. We’ve basically got another very violent, dangerous group out there that Rick is going to be clashing with head-on and I can say that issue #100 is going to easily be the most gruesome, most violent, disturbing issue of “The Walking Dead” yet. So, be on the lookout. Yet, when I say that, I do remember all of the gruesome, disturbing and violent things that have happened in “The Walking Dead” thus far, so I promise I mean it.
In a lot of comics, you hear that kind of tease and it feels like bluster, but considering all the insane things you’ve done, readers must take you seriously. Are there moments that even surprised you with how far they went?
Seeing that baby arm come out from under Lori with her staring at you with those dead eyes in that panel Charlie drew [in "The Walking Dead" #48], that panel still haunts my dreams. When I wrote that, I was really upset and like, “Ah god, we’re killing this baby, but we’ve got to do it, it’s ‘The Walking Dead.’” And I never in a million years expected that panel to affect me the way it did when Charlie turned that page in, but that’s a real tough one for me, but it’s part of the job. You gotta do what you gotta do.
Is that how you generally work by focusing on “The Walking Dead,” “Invincible” or “Super Dinosaur” for a certain number of days and then moving on to the next?
I bounce around. It’s not structured at all. Sometimes I’ll work on all three in a day and sometimes I’ll work on one of them for a week or two. I know it does help me to move from those different stories and different kinds of genres and moods. I do exaggerate a little bit, it’s not completely depressing to write “The Walking Dead,” but there have been times where I’ve written nothing but “The Walking Dead” for a solid week and at the end of that week I’m like, “Ahh, I’m just not happy and I don’t know what’s going on.” Then I realize like, “Oh, yeah, you’ve been in this world and it’s affecting you.” “
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