Rick exited The Walking Dead in heroic fashion, saving his friends by blowing up a bridge before being taken off on a helicopter to parts unknown.
"I don't think anyone can say enough good things about Andy", suggests The Walking Dead's Ross Marquand (Aaron) in a farewell video for series lead Andrew Lincoln, who makes his final appearance as Rick Grimes in Sunday's "What Comes After" (AMC, 9/8c). For the longest time, it looks like Rick is done for.
A word of warning for those who have not seen this weekend's The Walking Dead.
London-born Lincoln, 45, announced his Walking Dead departure earlier this year and viewers have been waiting eagerly to see how his character leaves the show.
While it may have seemed like a disappointingly ambiguous ending for a character fans have been following for nine seasons, it turns out the planned AMC movies will follow Grimes as his adventure continues, separate from the group featured on the hit show.
"Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned."Shooting a movie for two or three months is far easier, schedule-wise, than basically living in Atlanta for most of the year to shoot The Walking Dead. Gimple is now writing the first of the three untitled movies, with production set to begin in 2019. It's that simple. But I miss it terribly and I miss the relationships and I miss the people. "But I hope we'll know more in the next couple of weeks".
It's not the only project now in development for The Walking Dead Universe, with Gimple set to roll out a multi-year plan involving films, specials, series, and other vaguely described "digital content".
'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 added.
"There is more story to tell and we'll be telling it", said Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer for the show. "I want to know why we keep seeing helicopters flying around". And I've always been interested in what's going on out there, you know, whether or not there is contact with the wider world.