While the face of the AMC franchise remains in the family, Lincoln's departure from the flagship series prematurely ends some opportunities.
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The rumors about the death of Rick Grimes were greatly exaggerated. The Living Dead Held did not die on his last ride through the AMC drama. Instead, Andrew Lincoln will continue to play the role, albeit in a new feature film series for AMC, far away from the world of Alexandria.
At least us think He is far away from the world of Alexandria.
Here's the truth: Rick's next steps are largely unknown. Few people are on the road. Among these people: Scott M. Gimple, the Living Dead Franchise's Chief Content Officer, who served several seasons of the flagship series as a showrunner. In addition to his greater role in supervision Living Dead Brand, Gimple writes the script for at least the first Rick-centric movie, if not all three. Speak with The Hollywood Reporter, Gimple has dropped the first big spoiler for what to expect from the new movie series: Rick will not die – at least not right away.
"I'll give you a spoiler here: he does Survival, "says Gimple. Well, I'll say he's in all three movies. I hate to go that far, but it's crazy not to say it. "
Easy enough: Rick Grimes is alive and he will stay that way. What else do you need to know? Maybe nothing. Still, there are still a few things that can be suspected in the Rick-Flicks, such as …
1. A or B stories
What was wrong with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and all the talk about "A or B" types? Expect this question to have a firm answer when Rick Grimes next time in the Living Dead Universe. As Gimple explains, "This is for the overall story of this next story we have for Rick." Gimple presented the helicopter community for the first time in the eighth season the Walking Dead when Rick led "All-Out War" against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and the rescuers. Showrunner Angela Kang confirms that we saw the last of Jadis in Season 9 when she flew to unknown parts in his final episode; She will also be interested in Rick's next adventure.
2. An American story
Lincoln left the Walking Dead to spend more time at home with his family in England. The question is: Could Rick reappear next in an international environment? As convincing as it sounds, do not expect Walking Dead: London as title and location for Rick's new adventure. "London is unlikely," says Gimple, "but you never know." Newly-promoted AMC Program President David Madden adds, "I guess we're probably going to be shooting somewhere in North America, sounds like Rick is going next, he stays on the same continent as his loved ones.
3rd drive home
"We know Rick Grimes, he'd like to be home." So Gimple says to Rick's likely motivations in the upcoming film series. In short, whatever comes next, it is almost certain that the main objective in his mind will be a return trip to Alexandria. Whether he succeeds in this mission or not? Probably not, given the departure of Lincoln from the flagship series. On the positive side, there is reason to believe that Rick and Michonne will meet again at some point.
4. Space debris
What could possibly prevent Rick from returning to Alexandria? How about a journey into space? No, wait, do not go! Hear us out: Fear the walking death briefly introduced a story about an astronaut who had survived the Apocalypse, Robert Kirkman once wrote Living Dead Lark in the comics where Rick is in the middle of the space war, and There is the song that wrote Rick's journey in the series, Wang Chung's "Space Junk." This ignores Madden's commentary that he must agree with the grounds of the Main Living Dead Series, and it's also at least somewhat ridiculous, but the idea of Rick Grimes Living Dead space jam on is well worth the price. Besides, the show has already jumped the dumpster; How much more damage to the brand could cause a severe transformation in science fiction?
5. Other far-removed possibilities
Rick Grimes: Space Marine It's not a likely direction for the original AMC movies, however much you want them. (It's me, it's me.) But there are other ways to spin off Rick, whose roots are in the comic book series. For example, saga and Y: The last man Author Brian K. Vaughan once wrote Living Dead One-shot focusing on Rick Grimes' brother stranded in Europe. Could Rick's brother appear in the plot "A or B"? Maybe Heath (Corey Hawkins) will make his long awaited comeback over the Living Dead Film series? For the moment, we can only speculate on all the wild scenarios until AMC announces the next steps for the Zombie Murder Hero.
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