Originally Posted by bigbarada
Cause and "re-birth."
I don't want there to be a cure. Rick and Darryl, Michone - will all "turn." Either in old age or glorious sacrifice, they'll have to take one in the head.
Carl will survive long enough to raise Judith - who will not turn, along with a new generation, and maybe Carl will find a girl and have his own child.
But Judith and Carl's child will have to be trained to kill their parents before they turn one day.
The zombie population will eventually rot its way into oblivion as corpses fall apart, and the "biting body-less heads" will eventually experience brain decay and stop biting.
No. See above. And Carl will go through a huge character arc if he eventually has to kill Michonne, Darryl, and his father.
One thing I know I do NOT want to see is an "everybody dies" scenario. Mainly because that would make everything that came before seem totally pointless. That ending might work for a zombie movie (like Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead), but it's different when you've invested years into a character instead of just a couple of hours. Also I don't want to see an ending like George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, where you watch a character survive all kinds of hardships throughout the story only for them to get killed off almost randomly in the last few seconds of the film (I understand Romero was making a statement with that ending, but again the audience will feel cheated if they've been following that character for years).
No. They have a chance to make a serious point about government bio-weapon engineering or terrorism here, or even some experiment for achieving immortality that back-fired. I hope they take that route. To finish making that point, it has to have tragedy.
I actually wouldn't mind seeing a happy ending to the series, where they cure the infection, or at least learn to control it, and the survivors of the show can start rebuilding some semblance of a normal life for themselves. Which would probably be extremely difficult, because they are all likely suffering from some level of post-traumatic stress disorder and if the entire world went back to some semblance of normalcy, it would probably take them years to readjust to the quiet… some of them would probably never be able to live a normal life again.
If the children conceived after the apocalypse can survive without turning (Judith) Carl's kid, a kid with Darryl and Carol (or Beth - or both if Darryl gets around), can build a better future, where we hope they don't repeat that mistake - that'd give hope.
Rick, Michonne, maybe a few others - will survive into the last season or even the last episode.
No. A thought-provoking ending like many singular Star Trek episodes. Like when Dr. Pulaski discovered the children that were bio-engineered on that research station, but had to live in quarantine because they were deadly to their creators and caused them to age and die rapidly (ST TNG season 2).
Star Trek Voyager is a good example of a high-concept series with a really good happy ending finale, so it can be done. M*A*S*H would be another example of a happy ending finale and that's considered one of the best series finales of all time.
I hope you didn't have an Ewok celebration in mind for the ending to Walking Dead? LOL (where even the zombies learn to sing and they perform "We Are Family" all lined up shoulder-to-shoulder and kick-dance until their rotting legs fall off).
It makes the series pointless.
Oh yeah, and let's not have Rick waking up from his coma at the end of the series with Lori, Carl and Shane at his bedside and he tells them, "I had this really terrible dream…" then the screen fades to black.
Now I'd like to dedicate my response here to The Dark Side of the Force.
[This response is unaffiliated with any official Sith doctrine, but solely the opinion of Tycho, an individual Dark Sider.]