Earlier this year it was announced that Rick (played by Andrew Lincoln) will be leaving The Walking Dead during season nine.
Despite being the patriarch of his group for almost ten years, Rick will make his departure after losing his son Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) last season.
With many questions being posed by fans on how Rick’s exit will be felt throughout the group, showrunner Angela Kang has spoke out about his final episodes, and what they mean for the group.
She also revealed how one mystery that has been plaguing fans for almost an entire season may be revealed amidst Rick’s dramatic exit.
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Although the owner of the helicopter may be revealed early next season, it comes at the loss of Rick, which fans are not looking forward to.
Angela promised a memorable end to the leader’s story, and said his exit will leave “an incredible emotional impact”.
She also praised the rest of the team on the show, adding they showcase some “amazing” work from the entire cast.
The exact details surrounding Rick’s exit have not yet been revealed, and Angela did not hint towards any particular outcome for the show’s lead.
However it has been theorised that Rick may be killed off this season, and with unrest growing throughout his group, will he be betrayed by one of his own in a brutal twist?
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The titles of this season’s episodes may also hold clues as to when Rick will be leaving the show.
One of the episodes – titled “What Comes Next” – may hint at the end of Rick’s tenure on the show.
It could also be slyly pointing towards Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) taking over the group with an iron fist.
But could this mean Negan will return to kill Rick? Or have the pair somehow found a common ground in the 18-month gap?