Rick Grimes is not long for this world.
We have known for a while now that Andrew Lincoln and his lead character, Rick Grimes, would be leaving The Walking Dead universe at some point this season. His previously reported episode count was to be six. Now AMC has offered official confirmation as to what Rick Grimes’ final episode will be.
Rick leaves The Walking Dead for good in The Walking Dead Season 9, Episode 5: “What Comes After.” After the Glenn dumpster debacle and Negan season 7 cliffhanger controversy, AMC has been uncommonly forthright in broadcasting Lincoln’s send-off from the show. AMC confirmed the news via Twitter.— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 22, 2018
“What Comes After” will air at the show’s usual 9 p.m. ET time on Sunday, November 4.
Lincoln reportedly wanted to leave the show following season 8 so he could return to his native U.K. to spend more time with his family but the prospect of being around for The Walking Dead‘s “New Beginning” convinced him to spend a few more episodes in this world. Five episodes of season 9 seem like a decent compromise for both AMC and Lincoln. Rick isn’t going to make it to the 16-episode season’s midseason finale, which is a drag. His exit, however, will undoubtedly create a sort of midseason finale of the midseason in episode five and be a real event.
With Lauren Cohan set to leave the show at some point this season along with God knows who else, The Walking Dead Season 9 shouldn’t be lacking in big event episodes.
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