WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the latest episode of “The Walking Dead”, “What Comes After,” that premiered Sunday, November 4th on the AMC Network.
With Sunday’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln may have exited the series, but Rick Grimes will be back in big way as his story will continue with a trilogy of original movies for AMC.
Rick had to blow up the bridge that’s been built since Season 9’s premiere episode that leads to Alexandria, so that he could draw a massive group of walkers from entering the community. Rick shoots a bunch of dynamite sitting on the bridge, thus destroying the bridge and the herd of zombies crossing it. But in the aftermath of the explosion Jadis, the character who was introduced as the leader of the junk yard, plea help from a mysterious helicopter that’s been flying around throughout the season, and they were both taken away.
So where do we go from here? Now, according to The Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, Rick Grimes will return in big-budget, feature-length TV movies that will explain what comes next.
“It is really important for the audience to know that we are going to be continuing to tell the story of Rick Grimes in these AMC Studios original films,” Gimple recently told Entertainment Weekly. “We don’t want this thing to be like, “Oh, well, he’ll be back on the show any moment now.” We are telling Rick’s story in another medium, and it’s going to be these AMC Studios original films. They’re going to be on AMC, most probably. They’re centered around Rick Grimes.”
“We’re going to tell the story of what happens after that helicopter flight, and these are going to be big, epic entertainments. Each are quality films,” Gimble said. “That’s what’s been happening in the industry. We’ve seen Netflix make these, basically, studio films for people to watch in their homes, and we’re going to be doing the same sort of thing here.”
Gimple has a multi-year plan for what’s being called The Walking Dead Universe, where other projects are currently in development, including new additional series, films, specials and digital content. Some of the stories will relate to the original The Walking Dead series as fans know it, while others will be standalone stories that will break into new creative areas.
“We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I’ve ever met,” said Gimple. “These films are going to be big evolutions of what we’ve been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features. 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 and faces from the show’s past, as well as new characters we hope to become favorites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that’s captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead.”
“We believe this is a world and narrative with many possibilities and opportunities for character development and we’re excited to expand the series into a franchise that can live across multiple formats,” said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “For many years, fans have talked about things in the apocalypse they want to see and now we have an opportunity to explore those stories, beginning with the character who started it all, Rick Grimes.”
The Walking Dead continues to air with new episodes on Sundays at 9pm on AMC.