Sunday is the last episode of The living Dead with the episode “Rest in Peace”, which concluded the eleven seasons of the popular series. But while there are plenty of threads and stories to wrap up the finale, there are a few things fans are hoping for when the series, which is based on the comic book series of the same name, ends its run. The biggest of those questions? Will Rick Grimes return in the series finale?
As fans of the series remember, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) left the series during the ninth season with Anne (Pollyanna McIntosh) taking a badly injured Rick to a new corner of the zombie apocalypse aboard a Civic Republic Military helicopter . The character’s departure was never meant to be the last time fans of the franchise saw him, but as there were plans for a trio Walking dead feature films. Then it was announced earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con that a spinoff centered around Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) is expected to reach AMC in 2023.
Since fans already know there will be more of Rick’s story to come after The Walking Dead ends, the odds seem pretty high that Rick will appear in “Rest in Peace” one way or another. If the character makes an appearance, even if only briefly, the series would be ready for the Rick and Michonne spin-off, although the chief content officer of the Walking dead Universe has previously said that the final episode is mostly focused on wrapping up The living Dead.
“There’s room for those spin-offs, but full-on, The living Dead finale concludes the story of these 11 [seasons],” he said at the show’s final San Diego Comic-Con appearance. “We didn’t want the spin-offs to get in the way of that fulfilment. They live together, I think, very nice.”
Additionally, Lincoln has previously said he’s open to returning to the series before its end, telling SFX Magazine earlier this year to “never say never.”
“That’s a very good question,” Lincoln said SFX magazine when asked about Rick’s return to the main show. “The easy answer is: I have no idea. I don’t think it’s been written yet, but I would never say never, because everyone who still does the TV show are good friends, and it’s an extraordinary achievement that they’re still at it. and making this beautiful and groundbreaking show that still resonates with the world.”
Fans will just have to tune in The Walking Dead series to see for sure. You can also check out our guide to watching the finals event here.
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