A new trailer has been presented by Amazon Fire TV, which originally premiered during SDCC 2018 in July and now features a new inscription teasing that Rick Grimes’ tenure on the show will be coming to an end.
Earlier, the network took a similar approach towards sending off Chandler Riggs and Carl Grimes, who was murdered last season. Carl died after revealing an incurable Walker bite in the mid-season finale.
Even Rick Grimes star Andrew Lincoln teased his departure during the San Diego Comic-Con this year stating that the upcoming season will be his last.
“I love this show. It means everything to me. I love the people who make this show… I’m particularly fond of the people who watch the show. You people. This has been the most extraordinary, amazing, and beautiful experience of my career.”
He also admitted later that he had to step away from the role as his children were getting older and less portable. He even told EW that he has felt a sense of relief ever since. AMC has also openly acknowledged his departure with their newly released Season 9 key art that highlights Rick Grimes at the front, wearing a Sherrif’s hat.
We don’t know how Rick will depart yet but it’s speculated that he will leave before the midway point of Season 9. Even his co-star Danai Gurira who plays Michonne in the series told EW that losing Lincoln will something that they will take time to deal with. She even stated that other cast members are all equally emotional for the loss that if felt by all.
Although Lincoln hinted at the Comic-Con that Rick could survive the whole season. Here’s what the actor said:
“I think [Morgan actor] Lennie James is a good example of leaving without dying. There’s also the other way, but I won’t tell you which one.”
The character’s exit could be tied to the mysteriously recurring helicopter that is seen placed near Rick in most promotional clips/images so far.
The Walking Dead Season 9 premiers on October 7, 2018 on AMC.