It sounds like Andrew Lincoln leaving AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead‘ as Rick Grimes will take a bat to the head of the series and create a reboot of sorts. At least, that is what Jeffrey Dean Morgan has shared in a recent interview.
As the Grimes family has been the heart of the show and comics so far and we’ve already seen Carl Grimes killed off on screen, it only stands to reason that there would be some major changes in the works. Not only will we be getting a shift in focus as to who the leading character is but that will also require massive changes for any future story arcs that the series is hoping to adapt from the comics.
According to Morgan:
“Rick Grimes, I think, is synonymous with Walking Dead, so it’s a little bit of a reboot for the show — but in a good way.”
You almost have to wonder if this means we’ll be seeing a more positive spin painted on his character of Negan going forward. The comics have already changed how he acts even though he isn’t currently front and center so you can’t help but wonder how he may change here. Going into more detail the actor shares:
“I really feel positive about that aspect of it, but I tell you, I miss Andy. We all miss Andy. Just his energy and how positive and gung-ho he is, it’s a rare thing, and he is an incredible leader. And we feel his loss.”
While everyone is assuming that Rick is going to die, it still has yet to be confirmed, and when asked if the actor could return, Morgan just smiled and stated: “We’ll see.”
As Lincoln is already set to return for the tenth season as a director, there is always the chance that Rick will either voluntarily or forcefully have to leave his friends in a way that doesn’t kill off his character. That could open the doors for a future return if he isn’t clearly killed when we see his exit episode, that is.
Are you excited at the prospect of a “reboot” and shift of focus in ‘The Walking Dead’? Do you feel that the loss of Rick Grimes would hurt or help ratings? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Comic Book