Just a few months ago, AMC announced they were planning to extend the Walking Dead universe for at least another decade. Now, we know that Andrew Lincoln will take a leading role in a trilogy of upcoming Walking Dead movies! Read on to find out everything we know about this exciting development.
Andrew Lincoln’s Major Spin-Off
Spoilers ahead to those not caught up with the most recent Walking Dead episodes!
In the most recent episode Andrew Lincoln’s character, Rick, became severely hurt. Typically, this would be dramatic enough. However, stakes are extra-high this season as showrunners previously announced the current season would be Rick’s last. Thankfully, things did not go too far south for Rick. His final moments on the show see him boarding a helicopter with Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) and flying off to places unknown. Immediately after Rick’s last episode, AMC announced Lincoln and his character would remain in the Walking Dead universe. But the character will not stay on the show, or its spin-off Fear of the Walking Dead. Instead, Rick will lead three upcoming Walking Dead feature films.
It’s a smart move on AMC’s part, as we’re used to characters dying and disappearing. AMC is working on multiple new Walking Dead projects simultaneously, including the movies. Whether the film trilogy will be made for mass cinematic distribution or a TV movie, is unknown.
On these spin-off productions, Gimple said, “We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors, [Andrew Lincoln] in television history and one of the best people I’ve ever met. …We’re starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of The Walking Dead.”
False Alarms And Fake Exits
However, not everyone is happy about the upcoming films and new shows. Many fans and critiques alike called out the showrunners for the “heavily buzzed” and hinted about character exits, many of which fans ultimately felt were a letdown. Showrunners, writers, and cast members build up the exit or death of a character as an end to their story. Those “ends,” however turn out to be nothing but frustrating cliffhangers leading to more Walking Dead content. If your character just continues on in a new project, that’s not really killing off your character. That’s just “heavy clickbait,” a great tease to create false suspense around the show, instead of just creating really great plots and twists.
Will the rest of the Walking Dead season continue to both surprise and disappoint fans? How will the rest of the projects be? We’ll just have to wait and see!