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The Walking Dead: Every Reason Why Andrew Lincoln is About to Return as Rick Grimes

Published on November 4th, 2020 | Updated on November 4th, 2020 | By FanFest

AMC confirmed what many fans had anticipated – The Walking Dead will end after Season 11.  The mega-season that will have 24 episodes (the past seasons have only had 16), will close the story arc of the flagship series for The Walking Dead Universe.  The announcement came without any updates on the Rick Grimes movies. This can only mean one thing: Andrew Lincoln must return to The Walking Dead to close the series. Here’s what we know, which ironically was just in the days before AMC’s announcement.

First up, Angel Theory, who plays Kelly on The Walking Dead, posted an image of herself, Cassady McClincy, and Andrew Lincoln on her Twitter account (See the image below).  The tweet said: “REALLY wishing we could have gotten scenes with Lydia, Kelly and Rick. Maybe someday.”  Since the post, Theory’s account has now gone into private mode.

UPDATE: Theory has since restored her Twitter account but has deleted the tweet.

In order to properly end The Walking Dead, the show has to end with Rick Grimes, with whom the show started.  The Walking Dead is Rick Grimes’ story.  It’s only proper to end it with Rick, since Carl (Chandler Riggs) is no longer alive on the show.

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What we do know is that Lincoln has been involved still with the show. According to Scott Gimple, who is in charge of The Walking Dead Universe for AMC, Gimple said had during San Diego Comic-Con at Home that Lincoln still has a huge say in what happens in the series. “He throws around the football with the rest of us. He’s very, very interested in this thing,” said Gimple. “And I got to tell you, he’s itching to get back, too. We all are,” he continued.

Second, as the pandemic is slowing and production begins to start on several fronts, the long-awaited Rick Grimes movie may be soon to be underway. As well, fans have started to argue whether or not it is Rick that is under the Masked Stranger’s mask that is seen in the Season 10 Finale trailer for The Walking Dead.

AMC has also posted notice with Georgia’s film department that the show is now back in pre-production and headed towards full-blown filming.


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Lincoln has previously stated that he may have left the show too soon, as the writing for the show has been strong the past two seasons. There wouldn’t be a more exciting moment on the show than to have Rick Grimes make a comeback in the Season 10 finale of the show of which the episode is titled, “A Certain Doom.” An appearance in the final episode, albeit brief, would excite past and present viewers of the show to make sure that Season 11 would be appointment television again.

As well, Lincoln finally confirmed that they are “working on” The Walking Dead movie in an interview for promoting his new film, Penguin Bloom.

Finally, The Walking Dead: World Beyond had listed Andrew Lincoln in the cast list for episode 10 of this current Season.  AMC has since had that pulled from but it happened.  AMC has also said it was an error and didn’t want to get fan’s hopes up. Sounds a bit curious to us!  What doesn’t help the situation is that one of World Beyond‘s stars, Nico Tortorella, appears to jokingly confirm it OR he’s just messing with fans.

We do know that a Season 10b is set to air early next year and filming is under way.  We’ve also learned that one of these episodes will tell Negan’s back story and about his wife, Lucille, who will be played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s real-life wife, Hilarie Burton. There will be a six episode continuation of Season 10, followed by a 24 episode Season 11 later in the year, carrying the show to its end in 2022.

A conclusion of Season 11 would logically take us into the Rick Grimes movies.

Either way, fans are ready for their hero to return. It’s time for Rick Grimes to return to the world of The Walking Dead. The world needs Rick Grimes!

What are your thoughts on Andrew Lincoln and The Walking Dead? Are you ready for more Rick Grimes?

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61 thoughts on “The Walking Dead: Every Reason Why Andrew Lincoln is About to Return as Rick Grimes

  1. Bring back Rick Grimes, show isn’t the same without him. He makes the show. BRING HIM BACK! BRING HIM BACK! BEING HIM BACK!

  2. Please Bring Back Rick Grimes!!!!
    Walking dead is nothing with out him
    He makes the show, is is the show…. Its all about Rick and fighting for who he loves and believes in

  3. This NW DOES NEED Rick Grimes!! If ever a world does….ours does right now!! Thank you Andy, for all your hard work, and beautiful talent these many years!!!

  4. I definitely want Rick Grimes back, not been the same without him even though I love The Walking Dead, I’ve just finished watching the first nine series again, please bring him back.

  5. YES most definitely ready for Rick Grimes. I’m just so sad that it’s coming to an end. I have watched this over and over again until the new episodes come on tv. I do not like zombie movies or shows but THE WALKING DEAD is awesome. I love the story.

  6. I can’t wait ! Rick should of never left the walking dead in the first place. He has to many responsibilities! He’s definitely my favorite!♥️

  7. Rick Grimes is what made the show. I enjoyed watching it every week to see what happens next there are a lot of great actors in the show. I hate this is the last season.

  8. Yes, I always thought it would end with just Rick left or Rick and Carl alone in the abyss

  9. Absolutely! The show IS Rick Grimes. Even though I love the other characters I can’t wait to see him come back….wish he’d never left actually.

  10. Hell yes ive been waiting for this news these movie and series people always end up screwing up the end of shows it begin as Rick Grimes show it has to end with him darl Karen and rest of whats left of the original crew. If not there is no reason for Andrew to come back he has a whole wide world of his mega fans begging for this and hopefully he wont disappoint us all thank god for Rick grimes.

  11. It started with Rick and it needs to end with Rick. Gloom and doom….can’t we end on a happier note. Life will never be the same on planet Earth, but there is hope for a rebirth of civilization, with Rick’s group determined to find others of the same thought throughout the land. We can say goodbye to the show and the characters we have invested are feelings into. And not morn their leaving, as so many other programs have done in the past. Rick returning, perhaps having escaped where ever he was taken and healed, would be the ultimate ending for the TV show.

  12. In a word, yes!!!! That’s an intriguing thought that Rick was the masked warrior. If he does return to the show, it should be a surprise reveal like that. I just really hope to see him have an emotional reunion with Judith. We will see.

  13. Yes please I miss Rick grimes so much as well as Carl and Herschel I was so happy to see Maggie’s return and also wondered if the mask stranger Was Rick Grimes! All Though I am sad to see the series leave I am at least very happy that Rick Grimes is returning and that there is a Rick Grimes movie rock on walking dead


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