When news of Andrew Lincoln’s departure from The Walking Dead broke, it was easy to assume the worst. Many believed that it meant the end of Rick Grimes was imminent, but come his final episode of season nine something epic happened. Rick was saved by Jadis and taken away in a helicopter to some mystery location.
While his open-ended story was a relief to fans, the news soon got even better. Scott Gimple confirmed later that night that AMC was working on three Walking Dead movies that would follow Rick’s journey after the helicopter.
While the news of the feature-length films certainly caught some fans by surprise, they should find comfort in the fact that Lincoln has wanted to do movies for quite some time. While attending Fan Fest San Jose, Chandler Riggs, who played Rick’s son Carl Grimes on the series, took a moment during his panel to comment on Lincoln’s desire to get The Walking Dead to the big screen.
Pollyanna McIntosh also confirmed during her Fan Fest panel that she would be playing a part in the movies as well.
Fans had some sort of idea that something was up when Lincoln revealed at this past San Diego Comic-Con that “my relationship with Rick Grimes is far from over,” but many assumed it meant that he would simply return to the series in some sort of capacity down the line. Shortly after his final episode aired, Lincoln spoke with the New York Times and revealed just why the concept of movies fascinated him so much.
Are you excited about The Walking Dead movies? It seems that Lincoln will be playing a huge part in the vision and direction of the films, which should be good news to skeptical fans! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.