With AMC’s juggernaut hit The Walking Dead soon to begin its seventh season, and the Robert Kirkman comic book series that spawned it still going strong as well, many fans have wondered whether the eventual end of one would tie into the end of the other.

In a new clip from Kevin Smith’s AMC talk show Geeking Out, Kirkman addressed that very issue directly, and in a somewhat surprising fashion. Contrary to previously reported rumors, Kirkman said that he has plans to continue The Walking Dead comic series long after AMC ultimately decides to cancel the TV show. Additionally, Kirkman made it clear that he has no intention of revealing his planned comic ending to the writers of the TV show, effectively ensuring that the show will end Rick and company’s story completely differently than how Kirkman ends it on the page. Check out the full clip below.

The Walking Dead TV series has a history of diverging from Kirkman’s source material at times, sometimes in major ways. Thus, it’s not entirely surprising that the show and book might not end the same way. Still, the fact that Kirkman has now publicly confirmed as such is sure to excite fans who both watch and read The Walking Dead, knowing that one story’s resolution will not spoil the other.

The Walking Dead season 7 premieres Sunday, October 23rd at 9pm on AMC, not that anybody reading this needed a reminder, as the question of who Negan killed with Lucille at the end of the season 6 finale still remains hotly debated at this late date. Whoever does indeed meet their maker, it’s sure to have lasting impacts on the future of Walking Dead’s small-screen evolution.

Danai Gurira as Michonne; Michael Cudlitz as Sgt Abraham Ford; Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene; Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha; Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes; Josh McDermitt as Dr Eugene Porter - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC