But not only did Rick not die, he's going to star in his own series of made-for-TV movies that take place in the "Walking Dead universe", a term scarier than any zombie horde the gang has faced over the years.
Ahead of Rick Grimes' final episode this Sunday, AMC has released a video of the current and former The Walking Dead cast, including the late Scott Wilson, saying goodbye and paying tribute to Andrew Lincoln. It feels good to know Lincoln ended his time on the show giggling, given how heartbreaking The Walking Dead can be.
Uh, does anyone here still watch The Walking Dead? This is the end of Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead. 'Right now, we're working on three but there's flexibility in that'. According to THR, "Gimple's vision stretches beyond that and includes introducing content with brand new characters, revisiting old fan-favorite and obscure ones and, maybe, spinning off others in shows that could run anywhere from 16-episode seasons to short-order miniseries".
It'll be intriguing to see how the big baddie is affected by the Rick news, and how it'll play into his character arc from the rest of season 9 onwards. It would have been a fitting death for Rick, coupled with some badass last words, "I got 'em".
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Adding that's he's "extremely hard at work on the first" movie, Gimple also revealed that the new films will explain the role that Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), the enigmatic leader of the Scavengers, has been playing behind the scenes.
Now that the cat's out of the bag, Grimes' Andrew Lincoln and the show's creative team are at last free to talk about what comes next for Rick.
Andrew has since spent nine seasons on the show, and it all came to an end for his character Rick last night, yet apparently there were plans to have him leave in season eight.
We've been talking to Lauren and hopefully, we'll get to tell more story for her. I want to know the meta of it all.
"But I'll just - it was the goodbye, the goodbye was awesome, you know, 'cause it's everybody that's worked with me for - alongside the show, you know, for nine years". Granted, I know the two have diverged wildly at this point, and there's a whole other spinoff series - but with ratings at a recent low, it seemed like tough times for what was AMC's signature populist show.