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The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, has discussed the future of chief protagonist, Rick Grimes.
Kirkman, who is an executive producer on the show and the co-creator of The Walking Dead comic books, admits that the character played by Andrew Lincoln will definitely die during a future season of the hit zombie series.
The surprise admission came when Kirkman was quizzed about Grimes’ future at a fan panel aboard the 2018 Walker Stalker Cruise.
“Yeah of course”, Kirkman answered when quizzed if Grimes will ever die.
That said, he was less certain when asked who will take over from the leading man.
“Well, that’s a question, right? Who knows?” he said. “Maybe it’s a character that hasn’t been introduced yet. Maybe it’ll be Judith, who knows.”
As reported on AAA last week, fans were up in arms over the news that Rick’s son, Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), was to be written out of the hit show after the revelation in the mid-season finale that he’d been by a zombie.
But Kirkman has hinted that the character could still have some distance left to run.
Kirkman said: “He’s not dead yet. He might not die. You never know.
“But I think if, were that to happen, I think that it would have some interesting ramifications on Rick [Carl’s father, played by Andrew Lincoln] that I think would energise and really kind of set things in motion in a really interesting way.”
The Walking Dead is due to return for the second half of its eighth season on Sunday, February 25 in the US on AMC, and the following night in the UK on FOX.