Last Night’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Set Up Potential Exit For Rick Grimes

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Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, titled “Warning Signs,” showed how tensions are continuing to flare between the Saviors and other communities who are distrustful of the Saviors for the crimes committed under Negan’s rule. As of the the episode, two Saviors have been killed — Justin and Arat. In addition to all of this, you’ve got the constant reminder from AMC that the next two episodes will be the last hurrah for Rick Grimes, but we still don’t exactly know how that will come to pass and in what way Andrew Lincoln will exit the series.

Will he outright be killed? As there have been comparisons to Andrea’s recent death in the comic book. But let’s get to the method in which some theorize Rick could exit. Since Jadis’ introduction on The Walking Dead, we’ve seen a landing pad at the junkyard where she and the rest of the Heapsters once resided. In addition, we’ve also spotted a helicopter flying overhead on occasion. Now sure, some also theorized that this could be the method that got Morgan to Fear the Walking Dead, but that wasn’t the case, obviously.

In last night’s episode, we see Jadis communicating with someone over the radio who asks if she has an “A” or “B.” Jadis had neither, and she indicated that she’s paid her shares already. As for what it apparently will take for Jadis? A solid “A.” Given that Jadis knocks out Gabriel — who was following her after she’d been accused of Justin’s killing — it’s probable that she could use him as bait or a prisoner. And this is where the speculation comes into play. Remember that Jadis also kept both Negan and Rick as prisoners.

Now I’m not going to join with those who theorize that “A” and “B” stand for “Alpha” or “Beta,” members of the new antagonist group coming down the line this season, but it’s possible, given Jadis’ love for Gabriel, that she ends up swapping Rick Grimes for him. We know that Jadis still trades people, so perhaps Rick goes in Gabriel’s place. And perhaps that could be the method in which Rick Grimes temporarily leaves the world of The Walking Dead.

It’s all baseless speculation, sure, and it’s equally possible that Rick just flat-out dies, and the episode’s opening with him spending time with Judith and Michonne do indeed hint that either the end is near or that will be one of the last times he’s in Alexandria alive. But time will ultimately tell if Jadis decides to trade Rick Grimes to her mysterious partners or if Mr. Grimes exits the series in a bloodier way. Let us know how you think Rick may exit The Walking Dead in the comments below.

The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Traci Dinwiddie, Elizabeth Ludlow, Lindsley Register, Brett Butler, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Katelyn Nacon, Tom Payne, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Callan McAuliffe, Khary Payton, Pollyanna McIntosh, Callan McAuliffe, and Avi Nash.

The series airs on Sunday nights at 9 PM on AMC.


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