Rick Grimes, the main character in The Walking Dead, does not die in the series. However, he departs from the show in Season 9, after he is critically injured and presumed dead by his friends and family following an explosion on a bridge. He is later revealed to have survived the explosion, and his story continues in the upcoming spinoff series.
The Walking Dead is a popular post-apocalyptic horror TV series that premiered on AMC in 2010. The show is an adaptation of a popular comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The plot follows a group of survivors led by Rick Grimes, a former cop, as they struggle to survive a world overrun by zombies (walkers).
Since its debut, The Walking Dead has become a cultural phenomenon with an avid fan base. The show has run for 11 seasons and has spawned several spinoff series, including Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond. It has been recognized with numerous awards, including Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup and Outstanding Sound Editing.
Does Rick Die In The Walking Dead, And In What Season?
As previously mentioned, Rick doesn’t die in The Walking Dead. He was, however, initially believed by all the remaining characters in the show to be dead after he performed a heroic act that leads his loved ones to believe he died. In the fifth episode of season 9 of The Walking Dead, titled “What Comes After,” Rick, in an effort to protect his family and community by leading a horde of walkers away, blows up a bridge and is engulfed by the explosion as onlookers watched in horror, believing that he had sacrificed himself.
However, viewers get to find out that Rick survived when he is discovered by Jadis who had already set to meet with a helicopter. Jadis contacts the Civic Republic Military and informs them of a “B” and they agree to rescue her and the severely injured Rick.
Later on in Season 10, more than six years after Rick’s disappearance, Michonne learns that Rick survived the explosion and sets out to find him. She shares this information with their daughter, Judith, who keeps it a secret from Daryl and others, fearing they might leave to search for Rick and leave her and her brother, RJ, behind. Judith eventually reveals the truth in the series finale.
In The Walking Dead spinoff series, World Beyond, it is revealed that Jadis used Rick as leverage to gain entry into a new community where she rises to a high-ranking military position.
Is Rick Coming Back to The Walking Dead?
The iconic character, Rick Grimes, makes his long-awaited return to The Walking Dead in the series finale in Season 11 titled “Rest in Peace.” After being absent for two and a half seasons, he appears in a tag scene that sets up the upcoming spinoff featuring him and Michonne.
The scene shows Rick seemingly on the run from the Civic Republic Military, who took him away in Season 9. A CRM helicopter confronts him, referring to him as “Prisoner Grimes,” but Rick surrenders with a sinister smile.
Meanwhile, Michonne appears in the same episode, sporting new and impressive armor as she rides a horse into a group of walkers, determined to continue her search for Rick.
The upcoming spinoff, will feature Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira reprising their iconic roles of Rick and Michonne respectively. The series is created by Danai Gurira and Scott M. Gimple, who is also the showrunner.
Initially planned as a Rick Grimes-led movie trilogy, the project was reworked by AMC into a limited six-episode drama. The Rick and Michonne series is set to debut in 2024 and will follow the epic love story of the two characters as they reunite after Rick’s long absence.
Who Plays Rick on The Walking Dead?
Andrew Lincoln plays the character of Rick Grimes in the TV series “The Walking Dead.” He played the lead role in the show from its premiere in 2010 until his character’s departure in Season 9.
The 50-year-old English actor was born on September 14, 1973, in London, England. He is best known for his role as Rick Grimes in the TV series “The Walking Dead.” Lincoln’s portrayal of Rick Grimes was widely acclaimed and earned him several award nominations, including a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He also won a Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television.
Before he appeared in “The Walking Dead”, he had appeared in various British TV shows and films, including “This Life,” “Teachers,” “Love Actually,” and “Enduring Love.”