The Rick Grimes of it all notwithstanding, the biggest twist of the latest Walking Dead installment was one that caught show-only viewers and comic book fans alike by surprise: Judith Grimes, aged up and ready for battle. In "What Comes After," which was billed as Andrew Lincoln's final Walking Dead episode (the actor will headline a trilogy of AMC Studios original movies, continuing the adventures of Rick Grimes), the action skipped forward several years in time following Rick's exit via helicopter. The closing scene of the episode involved a herd of walkers closing in on five newcomers: Magna (Nadia Hilker), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), Connie (Lauren Ridloff), Kelly (Angel Theory) and Luke (Dan Fogler). As death closed in on the group from all sides, salvation came in the form of a sharpshooter, blasting a path out of the deadly situation from somewhere in the woods. When Magna's group came face to face with their savior, it was none other than Rick's surviving daughter, … [Read more...] about ‘The Walking Dead’: Meet Andrew Lincoln’s Zombie-Killing Successor
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It's almost time for the biggest Walking Dead exit yet: Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, ready to ride off into the sunset in short order. Without question, Lincoln's departure marks not only the biggest change between the AMC drama and the comic books from Robert Kirkman thus far, but the most significant shift in status quo through nine seasons of television. The Walking Dead has weathered major losses in the past, however, as the fleeting nature of human existence is at the very core of the series' themes and storylines. Over the years, a wide array of episodes have either been entirely devoted to a major character's final farewell, or at least have made a significant meal out of the player in question … sometimes literally, in the more visceral cases. Ahead of Rick's departure, The Hollywood Reporter ranked the final farewells of the other major players in Walking Dead history. The included characters were all either series regulars, or are recurring figures with … [Read more...] about ‘Walking Dead’: Every Major Cast Departure, Ranked
The hour of Rick Grimes' release draws near. Andrew Lincoln's final episode of The Walking Dead, airing November 4, marks the end of an era. Over the course of eight full seasons and change, Lincoln stood at the center of AMC's world famous horror franchise, bringing the iconic character of Rick to haunting life through blood, sweat, tears — and so much beard. Due to the nature of the Walking Dead universe (which starts and continues with creator Robert Kirkman's comic book series), men and women come and go with alarming regularity: here one day, gone in a bloody heap the next. As much as many cast members may be missed, there's no denying the enormity of losing Lincoln as Grimes, the face of the franchise since its live-action debut in 2010. As Lincoln leaves, it's worth taking stock of the man's best work across more than 100 episodes of The Walking Dead. Read on for one last look at the actor and character's greatest hits, in chronological order. 1. … [Read more...] about ‘The Walking Dead’: Rick Grimes’ Greatest Hits
x The Walking Dead looks to be losing two of its longest running stars in the upcoming ninth season. Namely, Lauren Cohan’s moving on as Maggie Rhee after seven and a bit years on the show and so is Rick Grimes himself, Andrew Lincoln, who’s been the face of the hit AMC drama for the entirety of its run. But with these fan favorites on their way out, could a character we haven’t seen for a long while be coming back to soften the blow? It looks possible, as Jon Bernthal was spotted near The Walking Dead set in Senoia, Georgia recently. A fan shared a snap they took of their family with Lincoln and Norman Reedus on social media and happened to capture Bernthal in the background. If you think it isn’t clear enough to make out The Punisher star, the user confirms it by name-checking his character in her caption, which reads: “Right after I took the food photo they walked in!!!!! (Shane,Rick,Daryl).” Could Shane Be … [Read more...] about Could Shane Be Returning For The Walking Dead Season 9?
When The Walking Dead returns for season nine, the AMC zombie drama will open a new chapter in more ways than one. After the conclusion of Rick's battle against Negan in the "All-Out War" arc, the series will turn the page and begin to rebuild civilization as a way to honor Carl's dying wish. Off-screen, showrunner Scott M. Gimple is handing over the reins to Angela Kang, one of his top lieutenants, as he begins a larger role as chief content officer in which he will oversee the entire franchise for AMC. (That helps fill the void that was created when Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman exited his overall deal with AMC and signed a new pact with Amazon Studios.) Kang, like Gimple, started The Walking Dead during season two when she, like Gimple, was brought in to join the writing staff under former showrunner Frank Darabont. Darabont was famously fired by AMC and was replaced as showrunner by Glen Mazzara. Mazzara was let go at the end of season three and replaced by Gimple. Kang will … [Read more...] about Meet the New Brains Behind ‘The Walking Dead’