I gotta admit, by the end of last season I was all bit done with the Walking Dead. I was there since the first episode, but I couldn’t ignore the sound of the death rattle in the background. Then, the announcement that Andrew Lincoln was leaving definitely signaled what I thought was the inevitable deathblow. NOW, it seems as though Rick’s departure was exactly what the show needed as the last two episodes have to be the best of the last three seasons, period. Happy to see the show bounce back and I hope that it continues the momentum. Here’s a clip of next Sunday’s episode highlighting both Daryl and Carol. Enjoy!
While last Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead posed a bevy of questions, the biggest and most shocking reveal (hands down) was that Michonne (Danai Gurira) has a new son; named R.J., showrunner Angela Kang confirmed that the young man is the seed of Rick’s loins, explaining that the plot-point was eluded to back in Season 9, episode 3; she told EW:
“That is Rick junior, R.J., who’s scampering around. In episode 3, they go, ‘Well, let’s maybe start planning for the future in other ways.’ That was part of their hopefulness, that they believed that they could build a world where children could thrive. The kind of tragedy of it is that Rick was not around to see this happen. But for Michonne, it’s just another person that she is fighting for, and that she wants to keep safe, but it’s part of what plays into some of the philosophy and decisions behind how Alexandria is run, which is a big part of the story going forward for the season.”
While the word of the showrunner must be considered canon, not all Walking Dead fans are convinced; their main sticking point is that R.J. seems too young to be Rick’s son. If it’s been 6 years since Rick was kidnapped by Jadis as part of a slave trade, Jr. should be over 5 years old—but he seems only barely verbal. Indeed, R.J. is played by Antony Azor; while the young actor’s age isn’t common knowledge, The Walking Dead Wiki describes his as “a toddler American actor”. Toddler is a term used to describe a child between the ages of 12 and 36 months.
So, what gives? Is this a case of continuity taking a back-seat to storytelling or something else? Did Michonne have a relationship after Rick (Andrew Lincoln) disappeared (and was presumed dead)? Worse, is R.J. the product of a sexual assault, one that perhaps explains why Michonne has become so untrusting since the time jump—and even how she got the X-shaped scar over her left kidney?
There are 2 more episodes of The Walking Dead in 2019 before the show goes into hibernation for a midseason break. Perhaps we’ll learn the truth about R.J.’s conception—or perhaps we won’t. One thing is for certain: Fans of The Walking Dead will be keeping our eyes on the tyke with a mixture of tenderness and suspicion.
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When The Walking Dead aired on AMC last night, only a week had passed since Rick Grimes was kidnapped as part of Jadis’s slave trade, but six years had passed for the residents of Alexandria, The Kingdom, and The Hilltop. And while there are signs that things are thriving in some places, there’s also a dark undercurrent that suggests all is not well in the world of The Walking Dead.
Last night’s episode posed more questions than it answered, so we’ll run down the most pressing in the list below. We won’t be asking whether or not the walkers are “evolving”, rather we can announce that “The Whisperers” have officially arrived. Keep in mind, these aren’t the only questions we have following last night’s time jump, just the ones that will keep us up at night hypothesizing.
Why did the communities split?
While no one is feuding, Carl and Rick’s dream of a utopian Alexandria seems only half fulfilled. While the community seems prosperous, it’s become an isolated outpost, completely unaccepting of outsiders. It’s a far cry from the open haven Carl envisioned. What happened to turn Alexandria into a metaphoric island in the apocalypse? Why are the communities isolated from each other, and why is everyone so tense and uneasy about the new arrivals?
Why is The Kingdom falling apart?
While Alexandria is thriving, The Kingdom seems a shell of its former glory. Not only are the crops all but nonexistent, the infrastructure is crumbling with Henry complaining the waterworks are being held together with duct tape. In a way, the condition of The Kingdom is another side of the same question posed above: Why are things falling apart here while others are living in comparative luxury? Why aren’t the communities interacting like a collective anymore?
How did Michonne get her scar?
Michonne has always been tough as nails, but the character exudes a pervasive gloom that’s almost palpable. Her extra-hard exterior may be explained when we find out how she acquired the X-shaped scar on her back. While it looks like it’s directly over her left kidney, this isn’t a surgery scar; rather, it seems like some kind of identifier (painfully applied)—or perhaps the result of torture. What the hell happened?
Who’s in charge of The Hilltop?
Series producers revealed that last Sunday wasn’t just the final episode for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), but the last episode for Maggie Greene/Rhee (Lauren Cohan). That means it’s unlikely that she’s still the leader of The Hilltop. While we know that whoever is in charge is female thanks to unambiguous pronoun usage, it can’t possibly be Maggie—can it? Either way, before we can officially ask, “What happened to Maggie?” we’ve got to ask ourselves, “Who’s in running the show on The Hilltop?”
We only got a couple glimpses of Daryl (and I don’t think he spoke a single word); we get the idea that he’s been living a solitary existence when Carol greets him with “Hello, stranger” at the episode’s conclusion. What’s he been up to over the past six years, what was his involvement in the disintegration of the Alexandria/Hilltop/Kingdom alliance? I have a feeling that the circumstances that turned him into a hermit are harrowing.
While we’re not likely to learn the answers to all these questions immediately, we can hope to at least learn more in next week’s episode, the penultimate before the show’s midseason break.
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They say to never say “never” but Andrew Lincoln has confirmed to multiple sources that he’s never going to return to The Walking Dead TV series on AMC. Last week was Rick Grime’s final episode, but it didn’t end in the character’s death. Instead, Rich was spirited away in a helicopter as part of Jadis’s slave trade.
When the show returned last night, 6 years had passed since the day of Rick’s abduction. And while series producers have announced that Lincoln will reprise the role in a series of made-for-TV Walking Dead movies, the actor himself is stating (in no uncertain terms) that he’ll never be returning to the series; not for a cameo or a brief story-arch—not ever. In his own words:
“I can categorically say that I will not be returning to the TV show.”
Fan of Grimes can take small comfort in the fact that the ex-sheriff is still alive and well in the source material, The Walking Dead comic book series created by Robert Kirkman. And, hey, at least we can finally put to bed the theory that all of The Walking Dead is merely the character’s coma fantasy! For a peek at what fans can look forward to in upcoming episodes, check out the trailer below.
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The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang has finally answered one of the series’ most enduring question: What the hell happened to Heath (Corey Hawkins)? The last time we saw the character was back in Season 7 when he and Tara found themselves on opposite sides of a bridge overrun with walkers. While his fate has never been explicitly addressed, many fans considered him another casualty of the zombie apocalypse.
Not so, and it turns out Heath’s fate is tied to that of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who was spirited away in a helicopter at the end of last Sunday’s episode (never to be seen again—except in future made-for-TV movies). Kang confirmed that Heath, too, was trafficked in Jadis’s slave trade, meaning he was taken off to God-knows-where. She told Business Insider:
“That was kind of the intention that we had in the back of our heads this whole time. Even back in that season where you know we had to write the wonderful Corey Hawkins out because he had huge opportunities in the feature film world… those seeds were already set there.”
The fact that Hawkins left the show on good terms to peruse other creative projects means he could technically return to the series at any time. Kang claims the door is opened: “He’s a wonderful human being and a terrific actor” she stated when asked about the possibility of the actor/character’s future with the show.
When The Walking Dead returns tomorrow on AMC, 6 years will have passed since last week’s episode. The show has been hemorrhaging viewers for several seasons now, but this is an unprecedented turning point with the potential to reinvigorate the core fanbase while bringing wayward watchers back into the fold. Take a look at the trailer below for a peek at what’s in store in upcoming episodes.
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Whereas The Walking Dead mainstay Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) was spirited away with great fanfare last Sunday, Maggie Greene/Rhee (played by Lauren Cohan) may disappear with hardly murmur. When the show returns next Sunday, six years will have past and Maggie will be gone; but whereas we’ve been told Grimes will return in a series of made-for-TV Walking Dead movies, it’s uncertain if Maggie will ever return.
While Cohan hasn’t exactly quit the show, she’s taken another job; Whiskey Cavalier is being filmed in Prague for ABC, and it’s certain to become Cohan’s most time-intensive gig. Still, series supervisor Scott M. Gimple wants to leave the door wide opened for the actress, implying she, too, may return to The Walking Dead in a future movie.
“[Maggie appearing in a Walking Dead movie] is absolutely a possibility,” Gimple confirmed. “I will say that Angela [Kang] and I and others really want to see Maggie back on the show. We have a lot of story for her that we want to tackle and we’ve talked about different ways we can do it. That said, if Whiskey Cavalier lights up the world, we’re still going to do Maggie stuff. We’re just going to figure out different ways to do it. It might be me shooting Lauren in between scenes of Whiskey Cavalier, of Maggie in a post-apocalyptic Prague [where Whiskey Cavalier is filming].”
I’m not an expert at reading between lines, but it kind of sounds like the ball’s in Cohan’s court. Either way, we’re in for some major changes on The Walking Dead. Check out the trailer below for a taste at what’s in store.
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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 […]
Though her character hardly got the heart-wrenching send-off her co-star Andrew Lincoln received, Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead was actually the last for Lauren Cohan, the actress who’s played Maggie Greene/Rhee since Season 2, as well. It’s not surprising that her character has been written out, considering her contract negotiations famously went south earlier this year (not to mention the fact that the actress had accepted new future jobs—ones certain to conflict with The Walking Dead’s rigorous shooting schedule).
What is surprising, though, is that Maggie will be disappearing into the ether with little fanfare. Lincoln was showered with love and praises leading up to his character’s departure; Maggie got nothing (except a disappointing resolution to her quest for vengeance against Negan). Like Lincoln, though, fans are hopeful that Maggie could return in future seasons of The Walking Dead, or perhaps one of the made-for-TV movies AMC has in the works.
“That’s the last of her for this season,” showrunner Angela Kang confirms, speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about Cohan’s work in season nine. AMC programming president David Madden verifies the news, adding: “I would hope it’s not the last you’ll see of her for the show, but she is not in any immediately forthcoming episodes.”
As for what fans of The Walking Dead can expect moving forward, peep the trailer for the next 3 episodes below. The Walking Dead airs on AMC Sunday nights at 9 PM.
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The rock band Kiss is making headlines this week as ticket sales open up for their “End of the Road” final tour; but longtime fans of group recall their “Farewell Tour,” which concluded in 2001. Some felt misled when the band walked back their retirement declaration and began playing shows again just two years later in 2003. Not enough time passed between the farewell and the return for everyone to be on board. Well, The Walking Dead, has Kiss beat in this regard, as Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple announced Andrew Lincoln’s return to the franchise as Rick Grimes just minutes after the credits rolled on his highly-publicized departure from the franchise!
On the Talking Dead episode immediately following Sunday night’s “Farewell, Rick!” episode of The Walking Dead, Gimple confirmed again that the episode marked, “the end of Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead.” However, moments later he explained that Lincoln will return as Rick Grimes for original films which will continue his story:
“This is not going to be the end of Rick Grimes’ story… there’s a lot of story to tell.”
Gimple’s words on Talking Dead were reinforced by a new interview on Entertainment Weekly, which was posted to their site at 10:08 PM… 8 minutes after the episode’s credits rolled on AMC:
“It is really important for the audience to know that we are going to be continuing to tell the story of Rick Grimes in these AMC Studios original films.”
It was really important for the audience to know this… after the episode aired apparently. Otherwise, the “Rick Grimes’ Final Episodes” marketing campaign- which launched in early September- wouldn’t have packed quite as much as a punch!
Gimple elaborated on these upcoming The Walking Dead films in the new EW interview:
“We are telling Rick’s story in another medium, and it’s going to be these AMC Studios original films. They’re going to be on AMC, most probably. They’re centered around Rick Grimes. We’re going to tell the story of what happens after that helicopter flight, and these are going to be big, epic entertainments. Each are quality films. That’s what’s been happening in the industry. We’ve seen Netflix make these, basically, studio films for people to watch in their homes, and we’re going to be doing the same sort of thing here.”
So, there you have it: Andrew Lincoln exited the television show, The Walking Dead, as Rick Grimes on November 4th at 9:58 PM, and it was announced that Andrew Lincoln will return for television movies of The Walking Dead on November 4th at 10:08 PM! This has got to be a new record. When will these original films hit the airwaves? According to Gimple, “it really is going to be sooner than later.” The plan is to film the first one next year, but “these are not going to be made on television schedules. This is going to be on feature schedules, and they’re going to be big, so they’re going to take a minute to make.”
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for complete coverage of upcoming departures and simultaneous returns of The Walking Dead characters as soon as it breaks!
Last night, AMC aired “Rick Grimes’ Final Episode”, an event that proved little more than a publicity stunt to announce a series of Walking Dead made-for-TV movies. Though no one explicitly claimed Rick (played by Andrew Lincoln) was going to die, it was difficult to imagine such a devoted family man abandoning his partner Michonne and daughter Judith. It turns out, it all goes back to that mysterious helicopter we got our first glimpse of at the end of Season 8.
Though severely wounded and doggedly pursued by a heard of walkers, Rick Grimes was spirited away from the certain death by Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and her helicopter-flying compadres. As if we needed further confirmation that Rick’s story is far from over, series supervisor Scott M. Gimple appeared after the show on The Talking Dead to make an exciting announcement.
Rick Grimes will live on in a series of made-for-TV Walking Dead movies, ones Gimple promises will vastly expand the existing universe. We also got a look at footage from the next three episodes of The Walking Dead, revealing we’re in for a second time jump. Next time we see Judith, the toddler will be a gun-toting tween with a samurai sword!
“Rick Grimes is an amazing character and Andy has done an amazing performance. There were story ideas brewing that, as the years went on, seemed very compatible with continuing to tell the Rick story in another format that would allow him time with his family,” Gimple says, confirming that (spoiler alert) Rick does indeed survive his injuries.
Though Rick lives, last night’s episode of The Walking Deaddefinitely marks a new era in the show. It’s make-it-or-break-it time for the series, which has been hemorrhaging viewers for several seasons now. Perhaps this is a shake-up the series needs in order to infuse some much-needed freshness. Time will tell if fans stick around for The Walking Dead on a weekly basis, knowing it’ll be a long time before we see Rick again.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 PM on AMC.
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