The path to a harmonious future for this new civilisation necessitated a sacrifice, it seems, and - in one of The Walking Dead's most poetic moments - that sacrifice was voluntarily made by none other than Rick Grimes himself. In the case of the series' longest-tenured stars, this means behind-the-scenes contract renewals and salary negotiations.
The Walking Dead season nine continues next Sunday on AMC and next Monday at 9pm on FOX in the UK. Tonight, after his exit from the series proper, AMC announced that Andrew Lincoln had signed aboard for of a series of upcoming movies starring the character that will tell his story after being carted off via helicopter, mortally wounded. "For me to want to do a limited number of episodes [of The Walking Dead] a year wouldn't feel like I was doing my job properly because playing this part has been so all-encompassing".
Are you excited for the new TWD movies? Obviously, the agreements come with substantial pay increases.
But Hershel wasn't having it, telling Rick that Maggie was a rock: 'My girl, she's strong, and my grandson, he'll only make her stronger. McBride's three-year total is estimated to be around $20 million.
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It's all part of a big plan by Walking Dead overlord Scott M. Gimple, who moved up to become Chief Content Officer, developing shows, movies and other spin-offs set in the expanding Dead world.
We then flashed forward a few years to see a Rick's now preteen daughter Judith Grimes saving a totally different day.
Andrew Lincoln may have celebrated his final episode being the Walking Dead's leading actor last night, but it doesn't appear like he's saying goodbye to Rick Grimes anytime soon. However, Rick immediately took things further, hacking the body of his captor to pieces right in front of his son's impressionable eyes. "I wake up, the phone rings, he wants to talk about everything on the way to work". And then, end of the day, we get in my vehicle, or I get in my auto and I pull out of the parking lot and my phone rings, and he wants to talk more. "There is something exciting about moving toward an end game for Rick's story that appealed to me". "I don't think anyone's going to step up and be Rick", he said.