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Letter Hacks is Robert Kirkman's letter column at the end of most issues of the Comic Series. Questions are answered or there is a note to the readers.


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Notable Letters and Information[]

Volume 1: Days Gone Bye[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Zombies won't ever be intelligent.
  • In response to why the hospital and police station still had lights on and functioning elevators in the previous issue, Kirkman states, "Places like police stations and hospitals would have back up generators and I'm thinking for the most part that power would remain available until something went wrong."
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  • Kirkman states that he doesn't have a planned ending for the book.
  • Zombies are confirmed to be the only "monsters" present in the series.
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  • Not every issue will feature zombies.
  • "The Walking Dead" is not a reference to zombies.

Volume 2: Miles Behind Us[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Robert Kirkman explains the reasons for Tony Moore's departure and introduces Charlie Adlard as his replacement.
  • First mention of the "aliens" of issue 75.
  • No one who died before "the turn" will come back, only the recently deceased.
  • The book will never be printed in color.
  • A zombie's "lifetime" varies, depending on the individual, and a surviving human will most likely outlive a zombie through the years.
  • Zombies can't run.
  • Kirkman establishes that he is never going to provide a rational explanation for how the outbreak occurs. He thinks any explanation would disrupt the normalness, and border "science fiction". He is more interested in what happens post-outbreak than what had happened leading up to it.
  • The book will never be printed in color.
  • Rick's coma lasted "a number of weeks."
  • Confirmation Carl is indeed 7 years old soon-to-turn 8.
  • It is reaffirmed by Kirkman that he will not explain the origin of the plague.
  • The "aliens" of issue 75 are once again mentioned.
  • Zombies decay at a much slower rate than the human body
  • Kirkman avoids answering a question regarding who is the father of Lori's future child.
  • The very first mention of a possible The Walking Dead television series.
  • Only humans can turn into zombies.
  • It is once again stated that the origin of the plague will never ever be revealed.
  • Morgan and Duane will be seen again.
  • It is reaffirmed that zombies last a lot longer than a regular dead body.
  • Another mention of a possible television series.
  • Simon Pegg, an actor and zombie enthusiast who played "Shaun" in Shaun of the Dead, sends an email to Robert Kirkman.
  • Robert Kirkman states that he won't show flashbacks of the characters' lives before the plague.
  • The Prison is confirmed as a long-term location.
  • Issue covers are meant to be mostly symbolic and not literal.

Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Another mention of a possible The Walking Dead television series.
  • The Walking Dead's main setting will always be the United States.
  • Many "bad survivors" will be encountered as the series progresses.
  • Zombies only eat for impulse, and do not possess a functioning digestive system.
  • The prison is one or two hours southwest of Atlanta.
  • The Greene family will be seen again.
  • Once again it is explained that issue covers are not literal representations of events in the story.
  • Another mention of Morgan and Duane's return.
  • Confirmation that getting zombie blood in contact with an open wound is fatal.
  • Confirmation the rest of the military is "out there in some fashion."
  • There won't be a "spin-off" series of the comic book.
  • Lori is five months pregnant.
  • Originally, Julie was supposed to shoot Chris, who'd then turn and be killed by Tyreese.
  • One more mention of the "aliens" of issue 75.
  • Some characters will remain unknown, and dead ones most likely won't show up again as zombies.
  • There are child zombies.

Volume 4: The Heart's Desire[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Duane Jones' name was inspired by Kirkman's favorite Romero actor, the leading role in the film Night of the Living Dead.
  • A character will be named "Barbara" as an homage to 1950s Horror star Barbara Steele, which he does in Issue 72.
  • Kirkman reveals that he thought about killing Rick instead of Shane.
  • More of the Prison and its surrounding areas will be explored.
  • There may be survivors out in the world working on a cure for the zombie problem.
  • Decay varies from zombie to zombie depending on activity, weather, etc.
  • Morgan and Duane are still out there.
  • It's implied the story began October 2003.
  • The prison guards set all prisoners free before escaping.
  • Ingesting zombie blood will likely make someone sick.
  • The upcoming script book is mentioned.
  • It's revealed Michonne was hallucinating.
  • Kirkman would like to release maps and timelines of the series.

Volume 5: The Best Defense[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Another mention of a possible The Walking Dead television series.
  • This issue contains a character list featuring every character in the series and their status and relationships.
  • The series will eventually visit a big city.
  • Lori is 6-7 months pregnant.
  • "Michonne" is said to be pronounced ME-SHAWN.
  • Most zombies don't get to eat much.
  • It's teased something might happen with Rick's hand.
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  • A fan asks why the biters are present in the Woodbury fights. Merely for the purpose of entertainment to make the fights more interesting.

Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life[]

Issue Note(s)
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  • Kirkman reveals that a Rick Grimes full body statue has been made by Clayburn Moore.
  • It is confirmed that Delcourt will be taking over the French language publication of the book.
  • Kirkman doesn't plan on ever writing what caused the apocalypse.
  • Michonne doesn't know any formal martial arts.
  • Robert Kirkman confirms it is Thomas Richards' corpse that a roamer trips on in Issue 20.

Volume 7: The Calm Before[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Instead of fan mail, this Letter Hacks edition featured an interview with Robert Kirkman by Andrea Voglino from an Italian magazine.
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  • Kirkman confirms the rule that everyone has the same infection (of unknown origin) that causes zombies. Unless your brain is damaged, however way someone dies, they end up a zombie. A zombie bite kills due to infection or blood loss, not because of the zombie virus.
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Volume 8: Made To Suffer[]

Issue Note(s)
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  • Robert Kirkman states that he is sorry to see Tyreese die but he has planned his death almost since his introduction. He asks readers not to "flip out" saying that there is a future for the series without him.
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  • Kirkman originally had intended Lori and Judith's death in #47, not this one. He writes this, however, makes the "twist" with Alice possible, but also equates to most of the deaths in this arc taking place in this issue, which had not been Kirkman's plan.
  • Kirkman also writes he is not officially saying all the Woodbury survivors were killed, but "the prison is dead to me. I've moved on and so have the characters."

Volume 9: Here We Remain[]

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Volume 10: What We Become[]

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Volume 11: Fear The Hunters[]

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Volume 12: Life Among Them[]

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Volume 13: Too Far Gone[]

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Volume 14: No Way Out[]

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Volume 15: We Find Ourselves[]

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Volume 16: A Larger World[]

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Volume 17: Something To Fear[]

Issue Note(s)
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  • Kirkman confirms that Daryl Dixon won't appear in the Comic Series.
  • Kirkman confirms that he's not using elements from The Bible.
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  • A letter sent in by Steven Yeun jokingly insulted Robert Kirkman and stated that he was very upset about the death of Glenn in Issue 100.

Volume 18: What Comes After[]

Issue Note(s)
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  • It is confirmed that Jeffrey Grimes will never appear in the TV Series
  • Kirkman confirms the prison was originally supposed to appear in #7.

Volume 19: March To War[]

Issue Note(s)
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  • Kirkman stated that zombies do not digest food, and when their stomach is full, the food is simply forced out through the anus.
  • Kirkman reminded the readers that the apocalypse started at an unspecified time. And hope the exact year will never be known.
  • Kirkman suggests that Ezekiel could be the smartest person in the Comic Series.
  • Kirkman reveals that there will be three trade paperbacks released in 2014.

Volume 20: All Out War - Part One[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Kirkman explains that the companion TV series wont affect the parent show in any way.
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  • Kirkman reveals that Paul Monroe is a fan of the novel series "Goosebumps".
  • Kirkman states that the book will be drastically different, starting with #127.
  • Kirkman states that zombies have no real need for food and their urge to eat is due to a "false sense of hunger" they have come to possess after reanimating.

Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two[]

Issue Note(s)
  • It is stated by Robert Kirkman that "...whatever is making them [zombies] walk around is also keeping them from rotting to bones in a matter of weeks."
  • Kirkman confirms that Maggie's last name remains "Greene", as a way of keeping her family's legacy alive, and because Glenn's surname is nonexistent in the book.
  • Kirkman and Sean discussed that the war, up to this point, had been about a week and a few days, with #115 and #116 being one day. #118 being approximately a week, with all the quick, smaller attacks on the outposts. And then #119 and #120 being another day.
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Volume 22: A New Beginning[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Kirkman revealed that Negan was the one who killed Holly.
  • Mackiewicz states that this issue takes place two years after "All Out War".
  • Robert Kirkman implies the timeskip length was supposed to be a secret (regarding Sean revealing it in the previous column). He also reveals that he planned to keep both Rick and Negan alive since the beginning.
  • It was revealed that the #132 cover would feature Maggie Greene holding her and Glenn's child.
  • It is explained by Kirkman (regarding Magna not finding any survivors during seven months on the road) that anyone who made it that far into the apocalypse, most likely did so by forming community of survivors who are far away from each other and hard to stumble upon during seven months of traveling.
  • Robert Kirkman teases that Lucille's location will be revealed "later".
  • It is confirmed that there is no caste system in the communities.
  • It is teased that Negan might never escape from prison.
  • Robert Kirkman asks a fan to "be patient" when it comes to learning the fate of The Sanctuary and the missing characters.
  • It is stated that it might take a good number of issues until everyone's fate is revealed.
  • Robert Kirkman reaffirms that the idea of "talking zombies" isn't good for the book.
  • It is stated that "plenty of babies" were born at Hilltop.

Volume 23: Whispers Into Screams[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Kirkman explains in the letters that he prefers comic covers that are "striking" and "a surprise" rather than having an accurate cover or one that reflects what is happening in a particular issue. This explains why so many issue covers do not contain anything in the story or are misleading.
  • Kirkman reveals that the Hunters didn't get infected after eating a bitten human, as well as Gareth's group.
  • Kirkman promises "more info on Negan and Jesus at some point (possibly soon)..."
  • Kirkman jokingly says that each time a reader asks about Michonne, he pushes her reappearance or death confirmation back by two issues. It is also mentioned that issues without Rick might become a trend from now on.
  • It is revealed that the Kingdom and the Saviors had more casualties than any other faction during the war.
  • The father of Rosita's baby will be revealed eventually, but not soon.

Volume 24: Life And Death[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Kirkman stated that zombies react to different climates the same way humans do.
  • It is confirmed that Alpha's first appearance was in Issue 132, when she confronted Dante with her shotgun.
  • Kirkman says the comic will cover more sea traveling in the series.
  • It is revealed that most of the farming is done outside the communities.
  • It is revealed that Negan was a used cars salesman before the apocalypse.
    Robert Kirkman alludes to the possibility of releasing a set of maps of the comic series, showing faction territories and other things.
  • It is suggested that the horde of walkers seen at the end of this issue could be the largest the communities have ever faced.
  • It is confirmed that Lucille's whereabouts will soon be revealed.
  • It is also confirmed that going forward we will be seeing a lot more of The Kingdom.

Volume 25: No Turning Back[]

Issue Note(s)
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  • Kirkman details how Alpha probably lured people outside the fair, i.e. asking help finding someone, asking to carry something, etc.
  • In response to the lack of Latinos in the comics, Kirkman responds that characters like Marco, Dante and Eduardo are all Latinos.
  • Finally, Kirkman delivers a long explanation about how zombification works, the text can be seen here.
  • Kirkman states that the Saviors will be seen again "soon."
  • Kirkman jokes that Andrea will die in Issue 150.
    He also says that Negan liked the younger Carson brother and forced him to come back with him as his assistant.
  • Kirkman states that the Whisperers can uses any dead flesh to make their skin suits.
  • He also says that Carl's hat was left at Alexandria or they forgot to draw it in the issue.
  • He also says that exploring the dental issues of the book will be too boring.
  • Kirkman states that Alpha's zombie skin is clean on the inside, dirty on the outside and that she probably put a little perfume before arriving at the fair.
  • Kirkman teases that fans will have to "watch out" for Negan's next evil smile because of the Rule of Three.
  • He also says that Gabriel will be more involved soon, very soon.

Volume 26: Call To Arms[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Kirkman says Negan will never get out of his cell.
  • He also says to "stay tuned for big things", in regard to the radio and Stephanie.
  • Kirkman says the Whisperer War will be very different to All Out War.
  • Kirkman says he plans to spend more time at the Hilltop, The Sanctuary and the Oceanside.
  • Kirkman says Magna will play a bigger role in future issues.
  • He also says Negan and Alpha's relationship plays a big part in the coming war.
  • He confirms Laura's ethnicity as Latina.


Volume 27: The Whisperer War[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Robert Kirkman says he loves 16-panel grid comics and that he had used this format for The Irredeemable Ant-Man and random issues of Invincible.
  • Sean Mankiewicz promises that everyone featured in the last page will have drastically different lives by the end of the volume. This includes Rick, Carl, Andrea, Maggie, Michonne, Eugene, Gabriel, Aaron, Jesus, Dwight, Negan, Magna, Hershel, Dante, Lydia, Laura and William.
  • About the recent deaths, Kirkman says that killing Alpha was one of the hardest deaths ever and Gabriel's death was one of the most unpleasant deaths yet.
  • In response to a reader comparing Siddiq to Axel, Kirkman claims that the two characters are drastically different and more of Siddiq will be seen soon.
  • With regards to William in charge of The Kingdom, Kirkman stated that "it's a very much different place without Ezekiel."
  • Kirkman says that something that hasn't happened in a long time will happen in the next issue.
  • He also briefly explains how we plans issues: Has as some ideas for 50 to 100 issues out, and then knows exactly what happens for the next 25 issues out. Example he used he knows all the details up until Issue 178.
  • Kirkman states that the readers will soon find out why Beta hides his face.
  • It is announced that 'Here's Negan' will be extended to a total of 16 issues.
  • Kirkman confirms that Jesus is gay just like his comic counterpart.

Volume 28: A Certain Doom[]

Issue Note(s)
  • It is confirmed that Eugene is on the autism spectrum. Kirkman states that he was "The most important character for the potential rebuilding of society"
  • It is explained that Rick and Lori got "serious" in their relationship around when Rick was 23.
  • The mixup with the characters' ages is also acknowledged and that the time skip is likely more than two years.
  • It is explained that some characters are aware of what happened in the past, such as Andrea knowing Carl killed Ben and gives a glimpse into what to expect in future issues. Such as Eugene finding out who got Rosita pregnant, that Maggie will find out that Negan is allowed to run free, and Eugene's connections to Stephanie will be revealed.
  • Robert Kirkman also claims that he thinks that Rick's physical limitations make him a better character.
  • Kirkman says that "there are so many other deaths on the horizon you have no clue are coming."
  • It was confirmed that Negan was originally going to be killed off in Issue 108. As a result, Dwight was not originally planned to defect to Rick's side.
  • It was also confirmed that in the future, an existing or new character will be confirmed to be a lesbian.
  • It was also revealed that the next issue will be a "big deal".
  • Instead of Letter Hacks, Kirkman published his eulogy to longstanding character Andrea at the end of the issue.
  • When asked if Rick would get a "new girl" if Andrea died; Kirkman responded by saying "IF Rick gets a "new girl", it won't be for a LONG time."

Volume 29: Lines We Cross[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Kirkman had planned on Carl telling Andrea he killed Ben after All Out War, just never knew when was the right time, until after her death.
  • In response to a fan's question if Rick will ever die. Kirkman's response was: "Everyone dies eventually"
  • Robert Kirkman paid his respects to the legendary filmmaker George A. Romero.
  • Kirkman says he has considered doing a back story of The Princess and/or Jesus.
  • Kirkman says Magna was originally not planned as a lesbian and admits he changed this due to the series not featuring a lesbian couple.
    He also states he knows exactly what's going to happen in Issue 200.
  • The letter regarding issue 200 is reprinted, most likely an oversight.

Volume 30: New World Order[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Kirkman confirms that Beta is dead.
  • Robert Kirkman admits in his original script for Issue 174. Maggie was going to shoot Negan, but then later changed his mind.
  • Robert Kirkman confirms that there is only 1.6 million people still alive in the world. There are vast dead zones and Montana only has a population of ten people. He later rectified this, saying it was a joke.
  • A fan asked how long Robert Kirkman planned for Michonne and for one of her daughters to be reunited. He responding by not knowing exactly when he got the idea, but it was before Issue 100 for sure.
  • Sean admits that Stephanie's skin color tone was off in Issue 176 and that she is indeed African American.

Volume 31: The Rotten Core[]

Issue Note(s)
  • It was confirmed that there will be no deaths in Issue 200, but there will be at least one before then, which will include one of the characters mentioned in this issues Letter Hacks.
  • One fan pointed out that the last issue that did not include an "F-bomb" was Issue 96.
  • Kirkman hints that there was a chance we may never see Negan again. Implying that his last appearance was the end of his story. However, he may have not been serious.
  • It was revealed that Rick never planned on letting Negan out of his cell. Nor was Rick going to even if everyone else wanted him out.
  • Sean Mackiewicz revealed that there will be a shocking twist within the next issue.
  • Sean Mackiewicz says goodbye to Dwight.
  • Kirkman revealed that Pamela Milton was never a Governor before the Apocalypse and puts her system into question.

Volume 32: Rest In Peace[]

Issue Note(s)
  • Regarding a letter with a fan saying that they think they know how the series will end, Kirkman promised that he "doesn't know the ending"
  • With regards to a possible transgender character on the series, Kirkman has no plans of introducing one.
  • Kirkman reveals that Michonne has spent many months in the Commonwealth since she first arrived there, and that it takes at least a week to travel from Alexandria to the Commonwealth and vice-versa.
  • Sean Mackiewicz says that there will be no snow in the following issue.
  • Robert Kirkman reveals that Magna was a leader of a community before she arrived to Alexandria, and cites this as the reason she was left in charge in Rick's absence instead of Heath, and also Health doesn't want such responsibilities.
  • Robert Kirkman confirmed again that Negan isn't dead.
  • In regards to a question about the technique and difficulty about stabbing zombies in the head, Kirkman stated that everyone that is alive (most of them anyways) have become experts at stabbing walkers.
  • Sean Mackiewicz says that readers will see Sophia again before they see Negan.
  • It is revealed that Overkill's The Walking Dead is officially discontinued and cancelled.
  • Kirkman reveals that he knew Sebastian would be the one to kill Rick before he even introduced the character.
  • Kirkman hints at the very end of the Letter Hacks that Negan returns to the series.