Warning: This article contains major spoilers from The Walking Dead comic book.
It bears repeating that the idea of main star Andrew Lincoln and character lead Rick Grimes is exiting the world of The Walking Dead, but it seems that this will indeed be the case. And fans are no doubt anticipating how this will come to pass with the ninth season of the zombie apocalypse series returning to AMC this season. One thing fans don’t entirely know yet is the manner in which Lincoln and Grimes will exit the series.
Now, back in August, new showrunner Angela Kang compared Rick’s exit and the ramifications that will have for the other characters to when Andrea recently died in The Walking Dead comic book. And during a recent roundtable with Screenrant, those similarities came up yet again in regards to Andrew Lincoln’s exit:
“I think in some ways I just had to think of – okay, if I had to write the series finale for this character or, you know, just like a finale for this character, because in the comic books there are also some major exits. So kind of the closest analog we can think of, in terms of impact, of the characters that left in the comic, was when Andrea died in the comic. That was sort of this huge momentous death of a very, very long-running character arc. And so, we were just looking for inspiration in that. Like, how do you create a story that feels like it has its own arc while also at the same time creating the seeds for the episodes that follow, since, obviously, it’s not the end of the series – and there’s so much more story to tell.”
For clarification’s sake, in one of the most recent arc of The Walking Dead, during a battle with a massive walker herd, Andrea was bitten by a walker while saving Eugene. Following this, Andrea’s demise was given an entire issue. Everyone had a chance to say their goodbyes. Carl- who is still alive in the comic, by the way- Andrea as a surrogate mother for him after Lori’s death in the same way that Sophia- yeah, she’s alive, too- does for Maggie.
For Rick, though, the idea of Andrea dying rattled him. He couldn’t go on without her and when she eventually did turn after passing in her sleep, a tearful Rick eventually put her down for good. And while The Walking Dead has since moved past this onto the current story arc involving the Commonwealth community, Andrea’s death is still a recent wound in Rick’s mind that has yet to heal. Like Lori’s death, it resonated with him in a very emotional way for both him and Carl as well.
So for Kang to draw that comparison shows that Andrew Lincoln and Rick Grimes’ departure from the series will be a very huge moment for the series and have an impact for everyone involved. But again, how that happens remains to be seen. Time will tell.
What do you think of Angela Kang’s comments comparing Rick’s departure to Andrea’s death in the comics? How would you prefer to see Rick exit? Should he die or should the door be left open for him to return? Let us know in the comments below.
The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Katelyn Nacon, Tom Payne, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, Pollyanna McIntosh, Callan McAuliffe, Avi Nash, and Samantha Morton.
The ninth season premiere will air this Sunday, October 7, 2018 on AMC.