Ever since the season finale of The Walking Dead, everyone has been wondering who Negan ends up beating to death with his barbed-wire bat named Lucille. Theories have been sailing across the internet with this reasoning and that explanation, but no one quite knows who will actually die next on the hit zombie TV series. Well, creator Robert Kirkman has finally come out and said a fan favorite and lead character is indeed going to end up biting it.
Please let it be known that there will and could be possible SPOILERS for The Walking Dead comic book and TV series ahead. If you don’t wish to know anything about what will happen, then stop reading now.
If you’re still here and reading, then, get ready for it.
Yes, folks. Rick Grimes is going to die.
Now, before people start to riot, there is an explanation, so everything is understood. Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, recently did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit since his new show, Outcast, is premiering soon, but everyone knew the talk would turn toward zombies.
During the AMA on Reddit, Kirkman was asked many questions about The Walking Dead, and he wasn’t going to answer them all. The guy isn’t stupid and won’t give away serious plot points to spoil anything, but he did answer one serious question.
A fan simply asked Kirkman the question that was very easily put as “Do rick die?” In just as simple of a response, Kirkman actually answered the fan, and in the same tense as he was presented the question.
“He do eventually.”
As reported by Newsweek, this immediately started a super frenzy with the fans as they weren’t sure if Kirkman had given away a huge spoiler from Season 7. Maybe it’s Rick who ends up beaten to death by Negan, or maybe he will get eaten by the Walkers later in the season.
So many questions started popping up and Kirkman wasn’t going to answer all of them. He actually didn’t get any more specific about saying that Rick Grimes will die on The Walking Dead. Maybe he just answered the question in a way that goes on to prove that everyone dies — eventually.
Fans could be looking at the death of Rick Grimes in Season 7 of The Walking Dead, or it could be Daryl Dixon or Carl or Abraham or Glenn or anyone else. That isn’t yet known.
At one point during the Reddit AMA, another fan brought forth a rather lengthy complaint about the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead. He said it alienated a lot of fans and actually called it a “dumpster fire” which made no sense and deserved all the bad press that it got.
Kirkman was prepared for those kinds of comments and questions. Without giving away anything that Negan may do or who he kills, Kirkman was able to respond in classic fashion while denying that it was simply a “ratings grab,” and that it is going to mean a lot in the future.
“I just want to point out that a lot of what you seem to hate about the finale are your assumptions of how season 7 will start. I assure you it will [have an impact]. You’re welcome to be unhappy with the episode that aired. Was it a misstep? Maybe. Only time will tell.”
After being asked when The Walking Dead will end, Kirkman said that he isn’t sure on the exact date, but he knows how it will conclude. Technically, the series is set to run for a full 25 seasons, but the creator merely said it wasn’t going to come to an end for a “long, LOOOOOONG time.”
So, in time, Rick Grimes is going to suffer the fate that everyone in the world ends up going through, and that is death. The Walking Dead is one of those TV series that doesn’t necessarily mind if they kill off the fan favorites and annoy the viewers at home. Robert Kirkman knows that the audience is going to keep coming back to see what happens next, and they will do that even if Rick dies.
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