The Walking Dead Fanbase Braces For Rick’s Imminent Exit

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Next week’s episode of The Walking Dead is a big one. A huge one, in fact.

Titled “What Comes After,” the fifth installment of The Walking Dead season 9 will also be Rick’s last, as Andrew Lincoln prepares to leave the zombie juggernaut for pastures anew.

Judging by last night’s promo, it’ll be a bittersweet finale for the show’s fearless leader, as he stumbles mindlessly towards ground zero. Which is to say that the visibly distressed Rick will be journeying back to Atlanta in the hope of evading a herd of flesh-munching zombies. Will he make it out alive? Or has he been doomed to the same fate as Carl Grimes? We’ll find out very soon indeed.

One thing’s immediately clear: not everyone is ready to say goodbye to Andrew Lincoln’s protagonist, as evidenced by the outpouring of support and emotional tributes that began circulating around Twitter yesterday evening.

All good things must come to an end, as the old saying goes, and while The Walking Dead has arguably stuttered in recent seasons, falling back on recycled ideas and trite drama, season 9 has been a marked improvement as the Powers That Be prepare to deliver a fitting finale to Rick Grimes, arguably the show’s most popular character.

In his absence, it seems Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) will soon inherit leading man duties, before Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) follows Rick out the exit door later in the season…

“What Comes After” is scheduled to air via AMC on Sunday, November 4th. It’ll no doubt mark a major sea change for The Walking Dead, too, as everyone begins to adjust to life without Rick Grimes. Don’t. Miss. It.

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