Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic book series, has answered some of his fans concerns that AMC's television series of the same name would outpace the books.
In Kirkman's most recent Letter Hacks — the writer's weekly column at the end of Walking Dead issues — he said that while he could see why some readers would be worried about the show catching up to the comics, he didn't think that would be a problem. While the last eight episodes jumped from issue #75 to issue #100, ending with the introduction of the evil Negan, that was a rare occurrence.
"Yeah, look at it this way ... it took us six seasons to get to 100," Kirkman wrote. "It won't take us six years to get to 200 and that will take us to season ... 12. And we'll still be ahead of the show by that point."
Kirkman added that if the show was renewed all the way to a 12th season, he'd be too busy celebrating to worry about the series overlapping the comic book.
This type of concern has long been prevalent among genre fans. Recently, fans were up in arms after Game of Thrones’ sixth season was revealed to be the first to outpace its source material. Despite author George R.R. Martin's attempts to stay ahead of the show, he couldn't keep up, and admitted that the new season would have spoilers for readers of the series.
In an interview conduced by Polygon with Walking Dead creator Kirkman last year, the creator also touched upon the topic. You can read the full interview here.