Andrew Lincoln to Continue As “Rick Grimes” in The Walking Dead Movies

Andrew Lincoln to Continue As “Rick Grimes” in The Walking Dead Movies

By Kathy Hutchins

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Rick Grimes is not dead! After this emotional The Walking Dead episode on Sunday, it was sad to see Rick leave the group in such an abrupt way. The good thing is that even after being wounded and nearly dying, and blowing up his newly made bridge just to save his family from a zombie hoard, Rick is not dead! He was saved by Anne, who had her mysterious helicopter friends pick them up. But, the family he leaves behind does not know this.

Andrew Lincoln will now continue as Rick Grimes in the upcoming AMC original films that will focus on his life after being taken away on the helicopter with Anne.

“It’s not the beginning of the end, it’s the end of the beginning,” Lincoln, 45, explained during an interview on Talking Dead on Sunday night. “And I like the idea that we get to tell a bigger story, maybe with a sort of wider vista. I’ve always been interested in what’s going on out there, whether or not there is contact with the wider world. I want to know the meta of it all. And I suppose to be able to kind of touch upon that in a contained story for me is a very exciting proposition. … It’s the start of a bigger story.”

According to the network, “The first film will explore the story of where Rick is taken and what he faces in a new corner of the zombie apocalypse.” The movie, which is expected to go into production as early as next year, will be written by TWD‘s Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple.

Andrew explained that his family was behind his reason for leaving the show. The actor confirmed the news at San Diego Comic-Con in July, explaining that his choice to step away from the show was all about his family. “I have two young children, and I live in a different country, and they become less portable as they get older. It was that simple. It was time for me to come home.” His family lives in England, while the show filmed in Georgia for more than half the year.

Im sad to see Rick leave The Walking Dead, but I am HYPE for his individual movies!!

Written by Clarke Jones

Source: PEOPLE