Why AMC Spoiled Rick Grimes’ Exit From ‘The Walking Dead’

If you’re a die-hard fan of The Walking Dead comics then you know that main character Rick Grimes has gone through a lot. He got his hand cut off, his best friend tried to kill him and both his wife and daughter get killed by The Governor. But he’s still alive and well and making part of the main series, up till now. That, as you may or may not know, didn’t happen in the TV series. So far what we know is that he flew off in a helicopter and, according to AMC, he will be part of other content related to Robert Kirkman’s zombie universe. Actually, that decision made some fans angry and upset about how “he was sent off”.

On this note, AMC President of Programming David Madden recently spoke to The New York Times about why the network “spoiled” Andrew Lincoln’s character Rick Grimes’s exit from the series. If you’re unaware, AMC strongly advertised the “last episodes of Rick Grimes” during the last part of the ninth season. Basically, the network felt that fans ought to know when the emblematic character was leaving the show. Here’s what Madden said:

“If you were a fan of the show we wanted you to know this was your opportunity to see, live, his departure from the series. We wanted to honor that moment, and then at the same time tell people what would come next.”

Andrew Lincoln seemed against this approach as he also told the Times that he was sad fans didn’t experience that moment in a surprising manner:

“The greatest regret I have is that people aren’t experiencing this fresh.”

Rick Grimes is such an iconic character for the zombie genre that people were upset he didn’t get a more “proper” send-off. After all, he’s been the hero for Kirkman’s zombie apocalypse universe for several years and fans may feel disoriented as to who may lead the group of survivors now. We’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, AMC is working towards Lincoln’s first Rick Grimes movie in 2019. According to The Walking Dead producer and AMC executive Scott Gimple, this movie will continue Rick Grimes’ story in the zombie apocalypse universe, but not necessarily in the TV series:

“These films are going to be big evolutions of what we’ve been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features. We’re starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of The Walking Dead and faces from the show’s past, as well as new characters we hope to become favorites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that’s captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead.”

The Walking Dead returns with new episodes Sunday, February 10 on AMC.

Source: The New York Times

‘The Walking Dead’: Official Photos From Rick Grimes’ Final Episode Released

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The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew LincolnAMC has released over one dozen photos from Andrew Lincoln's final episode of The Walking Dead as Rick Grimes.

Next Sunday will mark Andrew Lincoln's final outing as Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead and AMC has released several new photos featuring the long-time series regular as he leads a heard of walker's away from his friends. Furthermore, the photo set offers fans a hint at what to expect from Danai Gurira's Michonne, Lauren Cohan's Maggie Rhee, Pollyanna McIntosh's Jadis, and Judith during Rick Grimes' final hour on the series.

You can check out the first video below and click "Next" to view the rest of the gallery!

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What do you think will happen to Rick Grimes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.

Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick’s steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors.

As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.

The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Khary Payton, Katelyn Nacon, Pollyanna McIntosh, Callan McAuliffe, Avi Nash, and Samantha Morton as Alpha.

The Walking Dead season 9 premieres on October 7, 2018, on AMC.

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Andrew Lincoln

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