The Walking Dead’ Season 6: Scott Gimple Explains What’s Going on With Rick’s Hand
Rick and a Dead Alexandrian in The Walking Dead Season 6
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The Walking Dead’ Season 6: Scott Gimple Explains What’s Going on With Rick’s Hand


When Rick Grimes’s hand was cut by a blade sticking out of a walker’s shoulder in The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 3, fans of the TWD comics were especially worried for that important limb.

Now, TWD showrunner Scott Gimple gives us a definitive answer regarding whether or not Rick will lose his hand on the small screen just as he did in the comics.

For those of you unfamiliar with the comic book version of events, Rick actually loses his hand pretty early on in that medium. The devastating blow occurs when The Governor, played by David Morrissey on TV, took Rick, Glenn Rhee, and Michonne prisoner.

The Gov. demanded to be told the location of their camp, and when he finds out Rick lied to him, the one-eyed villain responded by cutting off Rick’s right hand.

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When Rick cut himself in “Thank You," many fans assumed this was a “remixed” version of that comic book storyline, but Scott assures fans that isn’t the case. 

Though the showrunner admitted it’s “entirely possible” to get infected by walker guts getting into an open wound, he tells TVLine, “I’m going to go out on a limb here and say something definitive: Rick is OK regarding that cut. 

"His hand will survive. There will be a bandage. There will be some ointment involved. But he’s going to walk away from it.”

We’re not used to getting such definitive answers from Scott so this is actually a bit jarring, but we’ll certainly take his word for it!

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Plus, Robert Kirkman has said in the past it would be “impossible” for Rick to lose his hand on the small screen, explaining, "I like the fact that he lost his hand in the comic, but to be perfectly honest, the practical difficulties of having a guy who doesn’t have a hand is extremely complicated in the comic and would be impossible in the show. Because the comic book doesn't move.”

The TWD comic book creator continued, “It would add a huge complication to the TV series, and probably a lot more money to the budget, especially since Rick is the main character and involved in many action scenes. 

"Enough people (Merle, Hershel) are already losing body parts on TV without Rick needing to join in.”

Well, this is certainly good news for Rick’s hand. Now let’s hope Glenn is just as lucky!

The Walking Dead Season 6 airs Sunday nights at at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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