Is The Walking Dead Going to Kill Rick Next?

Feb 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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OK, The Walking Dead fans, who's ready to talk about the Season 8 part two premiere? (Caution: There are spoilers ahead.)

Sunday's episode left us with what was arguably the biggest death of the season so far, though it was one we already knew was coming. Saying goodbye to Carl after watching his character literally grow up before our very eyes wasn't easy, and it's like a big blow to morale on the show (and probably IRL if you're a die-hard fan). But Carl's death may have also teased the possible demise of an even bigger, more central character: Carl's dad and The Walking Dead's main protagonist, Rick Grimes.

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In the episode, Carl slowly gave in to the infection he contracted as a result of a bite from one of the walkers. But what we didn't see coming were Carl's final wishes for his dad. He told Rick about the future he wanted: one with less bloodshed and more peace. Rick was open to it, and it seemed like Carl's vision might come true based on the vision of Rick as an old man with a cane we saw in the Season 8 premiere. But is that actually a real vision? It may not be.

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The end of the episode showed Rick leaning against a tree bleeding heavily from a wound. He did not look good, fam. He looked about an inch from death, TBH. Could this be teasing the end of Rick's life?

It's definitely possible according to Walking Dead cocreator Robert Kirkman.

"I've said from the very beginning that no one is safe," Kirkman told The Hollywood Reporter. "I do strongly feel like the show could survive without a Rick Grimes. There's certainly a lot of story to tell without that central character. I've talked a lot about how Rick Grimes will definitely die in the comic book series at some point before the series' conclusion, just because I want to make sure everyone knows that no one is safe."

But he added, "I don't think you should read too much into that [final scene]."

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So is Rick's death the next one that's coming? It sounds like only time will tell, so keep an eye out for anything that looks even remotely ominous about Rick's well-being in upcoming episodes.

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