If you haven’t caught up on the latest episode of “The Walking Dead”, then back out of this article now because we’re going to getting into big spoilers. Ready to keep reading? Alright, here we go.
So on the heels of the big “final Rick Grimes” episode AMC has come out with a major announcement regarding the future of the “Walking Dead” series. If you saw last night’s episode then you’ll know that Rick’s final episode didn’t necessarily mean his death after all. In a big twist, Rick was saved from certain death and whisked away by a helicopter and heading to an uncertain future.
Well, it turns out that Rick Grimes aka Andrew Lincoln is heading to a three movie deal with AMC. According to the Hollywood Reporter AMC will be making three made for television movies that will continue the story of Rick Grimes after he was taken away on the helicopter. The movies will begin production next year with Scott Gimple serving as a writer and Andrew Lincoln signed on to star.
So why go through all of this if you weren’t going to kill off Rick? Well according to Gimple and THR, it had been their intention to kill of Rick by season eight. However, those plans started to change as Lincoln grew to love Rick, but he was still stuck with a serious dilemma. Filming “The Walking Dead” can take about nine months so that’s nine months that Andrew Lincoln is away from his family. By switching over to movie format Lincoln can be away from his family for just a couple of months.
And then there’s the matter of where the films might be filmed. It’s entirely possible that the movies could be filmed overseas, closer to Lincoln’s home.
As for what the movies will be about, here’s how Gimple described the future plots to THR:
Gimple confirmed Lincoln will indeed be in all three AMC movies, which he says will explore the period between Rick’s helicopter rescue and the years-later time jump that was featured at the end of Sunday’s episode — and stretch beyond that period. Each movie will tell a complete story about Rick. “It is about who he is and who he’s going to be — and certainly how he deals with the situation he’s in,” Gimple says. “We know Rick Grimes; he would want to be home.”
The first pic will be told from Rick’s point of view and explore what Gimple called the “vast mythology” behind the other mysterious community looking for “A or B”-type people. “That serves the overall story to this next story we have for Rick,” Gimple says.
So for now it’s not goodbye to Andrew Lincoln, but just a farewell for now.