The Reason Carl Wasn't In Rick's Final 'Walking Dead' Episode

Tanya Cunningham
November 6, 2018

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST/PST on AMC. In the case of the series' longest-tenured stars, this means behind-the-scenes contract renewals and salary negotiations. Intense, gritty, and over the top violent, it showcased a side of Rick Grimes that, while not a common element in the show, has certainly come out to play a few times. Get a taste of what's to come in this new trailer for The Walking Dead's three-episode lead-up to "Evolution", the midseason-finale episode airing November 25 on AMC. McBride's three-year total is estimated to be around $20 million. "The deals that we made for Norman and Melissa are franchise deals", said David Madden, AMC's President of programming. After months of marketing The Walking Dead's ninth season as "Rick Grimes' final episodes", clearly teasing the death of Andrew Lincoln's long-suffering character, the show just couldn't let Rick go.

The AMC series veteran has signed on to play the iconic character Rick Grimes in multiple feature-length projects in development at the cable network. This weird faction was teased in an earlier trailer released during San Diego Comic-Con this summer, but this new trailer features a better listen (if not a look) at them.

Speaking with Variety at the show's season nine premiere, the cast of "The Walking Dead" reflected on their time acting alongside Lincoln's character before offering up their thoughts on what his future tombstone might say.


In addition to the Rick-centric films, AMC's release teased "additional films, specials, series, digital content and more". We won't spoil you on how Rick exited The Walking Dead, but there is obviously a way for him to continue!

Last December, Lincoln talked to ComicBook.com about Grimes' journey and said, "There's part of me that really wants to complete something". And I like the idea that we get to tell a bigger story, maybe with a sort of wider vista. He knew that bridge - both metaphorically, but also very literally - connected these communities, so that's very much a part of the story we tell going forward and I'm excited for people to see that. He said "Rick Grimes is an wonderful character and Andy has done an unbelievable performance".

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