It’s hard to wave goodbye to the Walkers.
The final batch of episodes of the last season of AMC’s flagship The Walking Dead series started to air this past weekend, and one of the storytellers behind the show’s success shared some personal feelings about the bittersweet conclusion.
Showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang–in an interview with Deadline–said the show wrapping up after 11 years is “a bit like sending a kid to college. It’s so hard to even process it because I think for me–and for many people who went through this ride–it’s like you went through a whole life stage.”
Kang said “it’s so rare in this industry to have an experience like that–where the people you work with become kind of a found family where we celebrate these things together, where we grieve each other’s losses.”
The whole experience, she added, “is “surreal. I feel like there’s still one part of my heart that’s in denial. It’s definitely quite the experience–I’ll never forget the years I’ve worked on the show.”
Even as it ends, Kang said, “it lives on in our hearts…and in the hearts of fans who went through the same sort of life stage with us. I feel very grateful, and it’s been really special. And it’s definitely strange and surreal right now, too.”
The show’s midseason premiere–Lockdown–aired this past weekend, and that will be followed by A New Deal (Oct. 9), Variant (Oct. 16), What’s Been Lost (Oct. 23), Outpost 22 (Oct. 30), Faith (Nov. 6), Family (Nov. 13) and the series finale, Rest in Peace (Nov. 20).
Executive producer Greg Nicotero–who directed Rest in Peace–said the cast and crew “felt like we had an obligation to make sure this landed. Everybody was saying we can’t screw this up because all eyes end up on the last episode.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the final episodes of The Walking Dead on AMC.