Robert Kirkman, the creator of "The Walking Dead," revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he knows how the popular AMC show is going to end -- he just won't tell anybody.

"I know exactly how it ends, and I'm always taking baby steps toward that point as I'm telling the story," Kirkman said in the interview.

The future of the show

"The Walking Dead" smashed ratings records when the season debuted on October 23, 2016, due to a cliffhanger at the end of Season 6 and an episode that was hyped with a bloody and violent death of a main character. Since then, however, ratings for the show have faced a significant decline, leading to questions about the future of the show.

An eighth season has already been given the greenlight, though, so the show has at least another year left in it.

The show is also being given further life outside of the immediate realm of the show. There's a discussion-based show, "Talking Dead," airing directly after each episode which draws almost as high ratings as the show itself does. Additionally, an arcade game for the show is coming to venues in the first month of 2017.

A history of hiding spoilers

Kirkman's refusal to tell those closest to him his planned ending of the show may be selfish, but it isn't particularly rare. First, it's his right as the creator to divulge information as he sees fit. Additionally, "The Walking Dead" has already pulled a similar stunt of keeping secrets close to the vest just recently, when they filmed multiple deaths for their cliffhanger so that people wouldn't be able to figure out who was actually being killed if the footage leaked.

Other shows in the past have chosen to film alternate endings to the one that would air to keep both viewers and themselves on their toes until the last second. Recent shows that have done this include "White Collar" and "The Night Of." "The Walking Dead" has a complicating factor, a canonical comic book series, but Kirkman has said the show and the comic's trajectory don't have to be related.

The next episode of "The Walking Dead" will air on Sunday night.

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