Do you think The Walking Dead could really survive without Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln)? If so — and Andrew Lincoln certainly thinks so — when would it be OK to kill him?
Andy talked about his character’s eventual death during a press conference last week in Singapore. “I’ve always maintained that if and when I die, which is an inevitability in the show… as long as it pushes the story on, I’ll go with it.”
Eek. There’s precedent for that Rick is not untouchable argument, though.
Last year, a fan asked comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman if the group could survive if something happened to Rick. He answered, "Yes, absolutely. We've been saying that no one is safe on this show, and I wouldn't rule out seeing the death of Rick Grimes at almost any point. We really like to keep people guessing, and I could definitely see some interesting stories coming from that.”
We may see some of those interesting stories very soon. Season 4, Episode 9 will show Rick looking at least half dead after the prison battle with The Governor (David Morrissey). Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) will have to step up in the interim.
But that’s not to say Rick is leaving us anytime soon. There’s way too much story to tell. As Andy told the Singapore audience, “I don’t want to go just yet.” He said the next eight episodes will offer “a very different tone, pace and you’ll be rewarded by it as well. … It’s a really different back eight and if we continue to keep doing that, [Rick] has got a few years left.”
Good! TWD doesn’t often follow the comics, but it would truly be a shocking death to kill Rick on TV in Season 4. Or even Season 5. We don’t want Rick to die at all — he’s the main freakin’ character! — but there’s no denying it would be a fascinating storyline earthquake.
Will you keep watching The Walking Dead if — or apparently when — Rick dies?
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns with Episode 9 on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.