FANS of The Walking Dead better start getting ready to grieve – as the writer of the hit comic book series has confirmed that its main hero Rick Grimes will die at some point.
Ahead of an explosive eighth series, Robert Kirkman broke a lot of hearts last weekend when he revealed at New York’s latest Comic-Con that former sheriff Rick going to fall prey to the dangerous world he lives in – and he added that “nobody is safe”.
Rick, played by Andrew Lincoln, and his best friend Daryl, played by Norman Reedus, are very much the beating heart of the show – literally, seeing as they are both miraculously still alive.
But that may not be the case for very long, according to what Kirkman said at the Comic-Con panel while talking to fans of his comics.
Seeing as is Kirman the creator of the whole story, the AMC show will follow suit, because the show follows the comics much more closely than Game Of Thrones follows its books.
Kirkman began by saying: “No one is safe. Hopefully there have been points where you go, ‘Is this it? Is this where Rick dies?’. And he doesn’t.
“One day, the moment will come where you go, ‘Oh my god, it is!’
He added: “[Rick dying] could happen any time between now and 50 years from now. Fifty years, that’s not gonna happen . . . “
Despite Kirkman’s sobering warning to fans, they may be so bold as to expect Grimes to survive until series nine.
That’s because a spoiler last month revealed that series nine will be “very different” to the next one, as the action will be propelled into a more peaceful future – one that’s been seen in the comics series.
Meanwhile The Walking Dead, which producers have confirmed shares its universe with another hit TV series, is preparing to shock its fans once again with an “all-out war” series eight.
He said: “We are going to have to come and bring one of the greatest episodes we’ve ever attempted, and we’re going to start the season with it. And, it will be the hundredth episode, which is one of the greatest.”
The premier of The Walking Dead season 8 airs on UK screens on Monday 23 October on Fox at 9pm.
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